Thursday, May 20, 2010


Shapeshifter are loved the world over for their unique and unprecedented merging of human energy and electronic influence and their explosive and exceptional live show. Known for their extensive list of accolades and awards, their platinum selling albums and regular news of sold-out shows across NZ, Australia, Europe and UK, Shapeshifter are currently preparing for the Australian release of their new album, The System Is A Vampire. We got a chance to chat with Nick Robinson from the group.

What did you dream of being when you were a kid?
I had a stage of wanting to be all the normal things kids want to be, pilot, police man, gangster, doctor, porn star... but i really rated Mark Knophler so from about 12 years old i was pretty keen to be in a band

What are you doing now in your life?
I am a Musician, producer and a dad.. My skills are washing baby clothes, and spending copious amounts of money on old vinyl and various collectable home audio systems.

What has been the best advice given to you to about surviving the entertainment industry?
Just to never quit, and to do it for the love of it. If you keep working at it and doing it for the love then you're winning already.

Where do you get your fashion inspiration from?
Probably just from watching people, and tv. There's good fashion tips on TV, shows like Jersey Shore - no not really. I like different/subtle fashion. Everyone everywhere in the world dress like hollywood stars or Rockstars - its boring. Clothes and Sunglasses are just so cheap and readily available these days. When i see someone who looks casual and comfortable - thats when i stop and take notice.

Describe your style to us?
Emo hippie Surfer/ street Skater on holiday in Fiji in the rainy season.

Describe your outfit when you go out?
Dr Denim Mauser jeans - skinny/Rinsed blue, Insight Death Switch T-Shirt, piece of my baby's pounamu around my neck, Pair of Adio Radley's on my feet with odd socks, Electric Crossover Sunglasses in my pocket for the morning, and a Lacoste black V-neck jumper for warmth.

What item of clothing would you like to see brought back?
Definately the classic 80's stubbies... 80's NRL stubbies to be precise

Who is a person that has been an inspiration to you?
The Guy who goes down to Latimer Square (in christchurch) every weekend and spends $200 of his own money and puts on a massive free Kai for all the homeless and hungry... its all about giving with no taking necessary, thats what its all about - nice guy.

Who is the ultimate Spader to you?
It would have to be my Dad, always cool calm and collected, never blows his top- quietly does his dramas. I want to be like that.

Shapeshifter's 'The System Is A Vampire' Is Out now, and you can catch them live:

Thu 3 June – The Bay Hotel, Hobart
Fri 4 June – The Hi-Fi, Brisbane
Sat 5 June – Coolangatta Hotel, Gold Coast
Thu 10 June – HQ, Adelaide
Fri 11 June – The Palace Theatre, Melbourne
Sat 12 June – Villa Nightclub, Perth
Sun 13 June – The Metro, Sydney


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