MEET: NZ's own "Stack and Piece"

Who are you and what do you do?

We're Greg Stack and Scott Tindale (Stack and Piece), we're part of the G7NG Collective, music producers, DJs, promoters and radio hosts. We're originally from the mighty Waikato but recently moved to Auckland.

So I understand where Stack came from then haha. What about the origin of Piece?

No lies, it's the name Scott chose for himself. It means 'piece of s**t' which is how the more eloquent of our friends would describe him when he was, er, 'intoxicated'.

A while ago he thought he'd change it  to be a bit more professional but in the end he was like 'fuck it, I'm going to own it'.
Coming up with 'names' is actually somewhat difficult. In only a couple of words you have to describe your style and who you are but you don't want to sound tacky or cheesy or even arrogant. I feel sorry for parents having to name their kids - not only have they made the mistake of not using protection in the first place but now they've got a lifetime of pressure on picking the right name.

Us? We just took my last name and Scott's nickname and threw an ampersand between them.

Easy.

 

So having heard a bit about Stack and Piece by night what about by day. Do you both have a day jobs?

I still do the whole suit-wearing-nine-to-fiving and DJ three or four nights a week. Scott is more fortunate and slightly more impoverished, he focuses on producing - which is why you would've heard how much our stuff has improved recently. Basically all the money we make off gigging goes straight back into production and it's starting to really pay off.

Out last few tracks got into the Top 20 on Beatport's Hip Hop section (which is where all the trap and Twerk is kept) and we're hoping the next few break the Top 10.

 

Who are the biggest inspirations to your music?

We are lucky enough to have many of the people who influence us as friends. Ric Rush, is one of the earliest influences on us, he's a Hamilton DJ and not only is he incredibly humble but he is also more talented than 99% of the DJs out there - though he'd never admit to it. Almost a decade a go, when everyone was choosing to go to X show playing six hours of X genre, he was mixing hip-hop and house in ways that I had never heard. He's the reason I got into DJing and he's the reason we don't play genres - we play bpms.

ATonez (Australia) is also another huge influence, again - he's a great friend but is also exceedingly talented. It may come as a shock but DJing out three or four nights takes a bit of the shine off the music, it's kind of like Top 40 music, you hear the same shit over and over again. Then you hear someone like ATonez play and you remember why you love listening to DJs, he's energetic, masterful and has a turntable arm and cartridge tattoo on his forearm - so you know he's committed to the craft.

ATonez also plays at Chinese Laundry   (Sydney) a bit with some of our other favourite Aussie acts, Spenda-C and Nem0.

Speaking of Aussies, the legendary duo What So Not (Flume and Emoh Instead) have had a profound musical impact on us. We've been smashing Emoh edits since we stumbled upon them ages ago on soundcloud - when we would play his tunes out people would always screenwatch the CDJs and ask 'brooooo, who made this?' It was like we'd dug up some treasure and in a time when pirating and blogs are everywhere, these little pieces of gold have a lot of impact.

Also, worth mentioning is Diaz Grimm and one of my first real DJ influences, Greg Churchill and Angela Fisken.

 

What are your essentials for a Gig?

USBs, headphones and footwear

 

Tell us a bit about this newest release?

The original mix of Hadouken by Zeds Dead seemed a little, um, lacklustre - which isn't supposed to sound insulting but I think Scott was a little underwhelmed. So we chucked on some jumper cables and Scott revved the hell out of it. It's on the heavier,what the bro steppers would call, 'gash' side of trap music. It's not happy and melodic, it's for peak time, singlet wearing, jaw clenching mosh pitting ... Which is a complete contrast to our next release.

 

So what’s to expect next from Stack and Piece?

There's approximately seven Stack & Piece songs currently getting mixed down and mastered. The next release is a remix of Jupiter Project and Jetski Safari's 'With You'. It's very melodic and soft - the soft of thing you dance with your girlfriend too. We played it at a gig last week and we've never seen the dancefloor react like that before - it's by far the best thing we've done ... You're going to love it.

 

 


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Here's the new one from them, a remix of Zeds Dead Hadouken.

Check it out!

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