What is your name and role within Knights Of The Dub Table?
My in the band is Saximus, we all have alter egos which allow us to get outside of ourselves and cut loose on stage. My main roles sre tenor Sax and Emcee but I also sing lead and BVs a s well.
Where are you currently based and what is the music scene like there?
We are based in the Waikato District with members scattered between Hamilton, Ngaruawahia and Huntly. Our local scene is has really gained momentum over the years with Katchafire, House of Shem and Cornerstone Roots leading the charge for the likes of NRG Rising, Ourselves and more recently Rootz Konnect who are starting to make some serious noise in the area.
Please tell us what you have been up to lately:
This year we have been busy completing our ‘BROTHERHOOD EP’, the third EP in the D.U.B EP series featuring 5 new tracks. 2015 saw the release of ‘DEDICATION’ the first EP and then 2017 we released ‘UNITY’ which we toured to Melbourne, Perth, Margaret River, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast , Brisbane and Byron Bay in October 2017.
What can the Aussie’s expect for your upcoming tour?
The ‘JOURNEY’ Single Release Tour scheduled from September 28th to October 7th will be promoting the first release from the ‘BROTHERHOOD EP’ which we intend on releasing in November 2018. We will be performing a Sound system set featuring Mr Sammy Samson on lead guitar and Alto Sax, Saximus on Tenor Sax and Black Jack on Trumpet.
How did the band form?
Knights of the DUB table was formed in 2008 by Reti Hedley, Tim Heal and Matutaera Herangi whilst completing our final year of a Bachelor of Media Arts degree at Wintec in Hamilton, New Zealand. Our initial line up included live drums and acoustic bass before evolving to Ableton live samples and sessions containing beats and effects. Our musical focus has always been on creating original experimental dub flavoured songs that combine and interweave a range of genres including Soul/ funk/ reggae/ rock/ Hip Hop/ drum and bass and dubstep.
How would you describe your live shows?
Our live performance is like nothing ever seen or heard before, incorporating, soulful horn lines, improvised lyrical freestyling, three part harmonies and conscious uplifting roots vibrations over heavy Bass and DUB flavoured beats.
Whats the drive behind Knights of the Dub Table?
Our Band is fuelled by a passion and desire to uplift and inspire people with our music and positive messages around caring, sharing and living for the benefit of one another. Our fundamental values are derived from our personal band philosophy ‘The Way of the DUB’. Dedication Unity and Brotherhood.
We are committed to working collaboratively and collectively as a united force for the benefit of our individual selves, our fans, families and friends. Knights of the DUB table affords us the opportunity to manifest our highest forms of our individual selves as a part of a collaborative force.
We believe the ‘Band’ is the ultimate example of collaboration and cooperation with a group of individuals performing totally separate parts of a song in perfect unison to create something greater than each part, something magical that moves and affects people physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally.
Who are you listening to at the moment?
Tunes of I and Strangely Arousing have supported us in recent times and we are loving their styles. Troy Kingi and the Galactic Chiropractors are right up there and anything from Fat Freddys Drop, The Black Seeds, L.A.B and Kora are always on high rotation.
What do you like to do outside of music?
Outside of music the majority of us are high school teachers trying to make a difference in our communities by uplifting inspiring and educating our future generations.
What do you have planned following your up coming Australian tour?
After this tour we are going to release our ‘BROTHERHOOD EP’ which we will tour around the South island of New Zealand in January 2019 before we return to Australia later that year.
Favourite food and place to hangout?
As full time teachers a lot of our time is dedicated to our students and our schools. Gig time, rehearsals and recording sessions are pretty much our time to hang out and spend time together. We usually go for Laksa or Malaysian noodle soups depending on where we are playing. Oriental Kingdom in Wellington and Khymer noodle house in Hamilton are a couple of our go to spots.