Village90 - 'That's How I Know'
Check out the visuals for Village90's latest track 'That's How I know' directed by Elisha Oloapu and shot in the boys neighbourhood - Dawson Road, Otara.
The video captures the simplicity of appreciating the mundane moments and sets a reminder that we shouldn't take them for granted.
We caught up with the boys after their Pacific Music Awards win for 'Kelz Garage' which they featured on with SWIDT and Lomez Brown. Q&A with them below
Who is Village90?
Village90 is a 5 piece band. Our common ground is RnB but we all have other genres we individually like too, so it helps to bring other elements into our own music.
The Village90 crew are Daniel Patea (Lead vocalist/song writer), William Langi (Guitarist), Sione Langi (Drummer), Elcid Tiai (Bass Player), and Doulos Luatua (Keys Player)
How did Village90 come together as a group?
Everyone in the band knew another person in the band from somewhere so we all kind of brought each other in. Our guitarist and drummer are siblings, who also attended the same high school as our bass player.
Our bass player grew up with our keyboard player and our drummer and guitarist played in a previous band with our lead vocalist. But it all didn't come together properly until we all attended MAINZ, a music school previously based in town.
Do you all write or contribute to writing your own songs and what do you love about the song writing process?
Daniel does the writing for the band, and the musos focus on the instrumentation. Making chord progressions and grooves to help evolve melody lines and such.
We just love that it's something we all enjoy doing. We get to take what's in our minds and bring it to life in the form of music. Basically taking a bit of our personalities and serving it on a platter for anyone and everyone.
You were recently on SWIDT's award winning song 'Kelz Garage' - how did that collab come about?
Our lead singer Daniel is actually a close cousin of SWIDT member JAMAL and for a special live version of Kelz garage they wanted to have a band play alongside them.
Jamal knew about our band but didn't know if we were any good so they took a chance and brought us in for the live version at Round Head studios, thankfully they enjoyed the arrangement we came up with, which resulted in a second live performance at the Pacific Music Awards.
What other artists or songs do you have on heavy rotation at the moment?
Although we find common ground in RnB we all have individual music tastes so some of our favourite songs and artists are quite diverse. We also love our local scene so some of our peers appear frequently amongst our playlists Some songs and artists we all enjoy are
Yamz - Masego, Devin Morrison.
Easy - Mac Ayres
Let's dance - Matt Nanai
Biker boy - Sam V
Your will - Red hands
Is there one Pasifika artist or group that you feel has inspired you in your musical journey?
Nesian Mystik is definitely a band we admire a lot. The way their songs have transcended time as well how diverse their catalogue is genre-wise, is something we'd love to replicate.
What is the best piece of industry advice you've been given?
Be yourselves. You'll be pushed and pulled in a lot of directions but as long as you know who you are and what your music represents then no one can take anything from you.
What do you have coming up that we can look out for or where can we see you perform live next?
Next up for Village90 is an exciting opportunity to perform alongside some amazing poly artists at the STNDRDs album release party on the 3rd of September. We will be jamming all our originals as well as some of our favourite covers.