“Deep, musical and ecstatic- this is music produced with love, a dancer’s passion and a DJ’s understanding of dance ” - Christopher Tubbs (Club 121, Heads Down)
Aroha Harawira is a fully-fledged music industry icon, accentuating her renowned tastemaker stamp and creating moods for music enthusiasts across the seas. From her hometown of Masterton, New Zealand to Melbourne where she now resides, the producer and DJ whose throwdown teases the house, bass and techno realms, certainly gives audiences and industry tastemakers something to talk about. Having met with a phenomenal resume of opportunities throughout her career, AROHA’s passion for music is a stand out in its own affair, both as a solo artist and half of duo Aroha & Tali, with award winning MC Tali. From prime-time hosting on New Zealand’s leading electronic radio station George FM, alternative station 95bFM, to online station Music For The People and Juice TV, she has pioneered. Out of radio and TV; AROHA has also opened parties for the likes of Disclosure and been voted as New Zealand’s Best Club DJ.
Notably acclaimed for her club-ready set lists that evoke the crowds before her, AROHA navigates a sure-fire trim of the most unique, energetic and driving musical attire across house and techno with hues of breakbeat, future garage, jungle, drum & bass, post-dubstep and UK bass - truly aligning with her studio signature. Fusing a sheer devotion for music that moves people in every way and creating her own lane, she has claimed repeated festival spots at the likes of Rhythm & Vines, Northern Bass, Homegrown, Electric Avenue, Rhythm & Alps and Soundsplash whilst also being invited to play a New Zealand edition of the famous Los Angeles party The Do Over, alongside headliner DJ Jazzy Jeff. Around the world including the UK and Japan, AROHA has welcomed prodigious highs in her career with many headliner shows, boutique event bills and spots alongside the likes of Kaytranada, Ben UFO, Heidi, Josh Butler, Troyboi, Breakbot, Chase & Status and more.
In late 2020, AROHA cemented her debut EP ‘No More Jenga’, receiving support worldwide including plays on Glasgow Subcity Radio, Street Sounds Radio Essex, Triple J, FBi Radio, PBS, 2RRR, Fresh FM, and in New Zealand on George FM, Radio New Zealand, Music For The People, Pulzar FM, RDU, Radio Active and placement in the listener-voted 95bFM Top 10.
Exploring the experimental elements of house, bass and post-dubstep, she truly honed in on her asset in the electronic music pool. With a passion for the music, her debut EP explores more underground territories, and left dance floor and festival crowds mesmerised during her summer 2020/2021 New Zealand tour. Adding her own mysterious vocals to ‘No More Jenga’ fused with melodic yet wubbed intricacies, right through to the dynamic and deep wave of space exploration in ‘L2K’, AROHA perfected her studio output on this debut EP.
She followed up with ‘No More Jenga - The Remixes’ featuring stunning remakes by rising Melbourne house and techno export Luke Alessi, liquid drum & bass royalty Tokyo Prose, NZ afro acid duo Kédu Carlö, D&B heavy hitters Monika & Akuratyde, and NZ festival favourite Bomb Dylan. The remixes received support worldwide including plays and DSP support by RÜFÜS DU SOL, spins by Eelke Kleijn, Doc Scott, Dillinja (DJing with MC GQ at the London Coliseum for Fabric London), spins on Yolanda Be Cool’s ‘Friday Night Shuffle’ show on Triple J, and earning the #2 spot in the 95bFM Top 10.
Dedicated to the industry, AROHA’s life outside the studio and stage is a true testament to her devotion to the music. As Ableton’s brand manager for Australia and New Zealand and having studied and taught audio engineering whilst also once being 95bFM’s Programme Director; her drive for elevating the voices of musicians, artists and creatives around her is indisputable.