It’s fitting then, that a band
hailing from Raglan on the majestic west coast of
New Zealand's Northern Isle, should adopt such
sensibilities. ZIONHILL is the country's latest offering
to the international world of music. A conscious
yet vibrant, home-grown roots band.
Formed in 2007, and gaining momentum ever since
- ZIONHILL is made up of co-founding members, bass
player Damian Hepi-Te Huia; leading guitarist and
guitar synth maestro Shai Rudolph; alongside front
man Gavin Dempsey, formerly of early 90's hard rock
Hamilton group, Blackjack. In 2009 the band
introduced drummer Jesse Bates directlyfrom Australia.
Fellow musicians, DJs and those in the know would
define ZIONHILL's music as 'Conscious Dub Fusion' or
'Roots Rock' but the band are quick to point out that
they are not that keen to be simply pigeon-holed as
just another 'New Zealand Dub' outfit. Although their
influences range vastly, they have a sound distinctly
their own and celebrate that through their music,
especially their live performances. They have a love
for that special experience of playing in front of a
crowd, 'TRIBAL PRIDE 09' being one of their most
appreciated live gigs yet. "We like to make a connection
when playing live" says Damian "Our songs are
conscious, about life, about the environment and
what's happening here in Aotearoa (Maori for Land of
the Long White Cloud) and the World today."
ZIONHILL have plenty of plans for the future, keep
tabs on the band and make sure you remain part
of the action. ZIONHILL are here to stay.