Nathan Haines Profile

aka Sci-clone
Graham Reid
Published: 28 May 2013
Updated: 20 Feb 2019

In 1995 Nathan Haines released his debut album Shift Left, an album which revealed a fault-line between the previous generation of New Zealand jazz players and – because of its use of turntables and rappers – a new generation which had embraced hip-hop as much as the cool sounds of the 50s and 60s.

Shift Left – the title chosen from a roadworks sign which appealed to Haines’ left-leaning attitude – remains New Zealand’s biggest-selling jazz album. Yet, a year later, when it was awarded Jazz Album of the Year, Haines wasn’t interested in the accolade or the album anymore. He was only 22 when he recorded it and had, he said, “moved on into electronic music and found the album dated.”

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Daryn Karaitiana, Kevin Field, Nathan Haines, Sani Sagala on the Shift Left tour, Queenstown, 1995
Photo credit: Photo by Simon Grigg
Nathan Haines & The Enforcers, Cause Celebre, Auckland circa 1994. Murray McNabb is to the left.
Photo credit: Karl Pierard
Pauly Fuemana, Nathan Haines, Parnell, Auckland, October 1995
Photo credit: Photo by Simon Grigg
The second sleeve for Shift Left, December 1995.
Hidden Fortress (feat. Kevin Mark Trail) (2016)
Nathan Haines in a 1994 Shift Left photo shoot outtake
Photo credit: Photo by Karl Pierard. Simon Grigg Collection
Nathan Haines in New York in the mid-1990s
Interview with Nathan Haines, 30 March 1995. Directed by Ross Cunningham. Directed by Ross Cunningham, DOP Mike Monten, edited by Gregor Boyd, art by Johnnie Pain. Huh! Records.
Nathan with producer (and Upper Hutt Posse manager) George Hubbard, 1995
The 2003 Squire For Hire cover 
Manuel Bundy, Nathan Haines, Sani Sagala on the Shift Left tour, Queenstown, 1995
Photo credit: Photo by Simon Grigg
The Poet's Embrace EPK
Pathway feat. Kevin Mark Trail
Nathan Haines in New York in the mid-1990s
Nathan Haines and Simon Grigg, Parnell, Auckland, 1995
Doot Dude
The Samsung Naked Sessions - Part 2 of 2
Nathan Haines with his wife Jaimie Webster Haines and their son, Zoot
Photo credit:
Nathan Haines, Hinemoa Elder and Peter Urlich
Ancestral Dance
Tell Me What You're Feeling
Kevin Field, Joel Haines and Nathan Haines
Nathan Haines - Shift Left 2019 reissue (Huh! / Universal Music New Zealand)
Lady Lwya (live at London's Lovebuzz Studios, 2014)
Heaven and Earth 15-3-10 Radio Wammo Show
Nathan Haines, 1999
Nathan Haines in the studio with his son, 2017
Nathan Haines and the Enforcers, Auckland Town Hall, July 1994 with Sani Sagala AKA Dei Hamo on vocals/raps
The Samsung Naked Sessions - Part 1 of 2
Nathan Haines, on the street
Nathan Haines's Shift Left (1994): a landmark album, it was recorded by Steve Garden in live sessions at Auckland's Revolver Studios
Label from the Nathan Haines - Shift Left 2019 reissue.
Nathan Haines, sax by the sea
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Nathan Haines - Zoot Allure (remixes from 5 A Day - for release in Europe and Japan)
The Making of Vermillion Skies
Lady J
Nathan Haines Family Album documentary (2005)
Nathan Haines - 5 A Day
Nathan Haines at the Civic Theatre, Auckland, 2001
Photo credit: Simon Grigg collection
Nathan Haines, London, 1999
Photo credit: Photo by Kerry Brown
Nathan Haines
UK's James Hardway with Nathan Haines, December 1997


Haven Music


Warner Classics

Warner Jazz

Foliage Records


Nathan and his wife Jaimie often DJ together, with Nathan playing as part of the performance, as Mr & Mrs Haines.