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SKILAA’s sound is equal parts RnB, alternative, progressive folk and hip-hop. It’s something you can’t quite put your finger on, but you know you like it.

The Auckland-based six-piece started writing together in late 2017 after meeting through Auckland University’s Jazz programme. The initial success of their first singles ‘Bluffin’ and ‘Way of The World’ have secured them as K’Rd’s favourite party-starters alongside Ha The Unclear, and have allowed them to recently emerge with promise into the eclectic corners of Wellington.

Vocally, there are influences from traditional Bulgarian harmonies, West African pop, Gospel and RnB, and Chelsea’s Greek-Cypriot heritage. Melismatic singing and close harmonies all feed into the ethereal vocal arrangements that SKILAA are known for.

The band consists of Chelsea Prastiti (lead vox, writing), Michael Howell (guitar, writing), Adam Tobeck (Drums), Tom Dennison (bass, writing), Crystal Choi and Lea Anae (backing vocals).

2024 will see the band release their debut album 'Tiger in the river' (!!)

Agent: Reuben Bonner

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