Formed in Christchurch in 1999, Shapeshifter’s brand of South Pacific jungle/drum and bass and heavy soul has become an integral part of the tapestry of our live and recorded music scene. Consistently selling gold to platinum and playing sold-out tours across the country and abroad, their influence and impact is undeniable.

During the late 90s, the jungle/drum and bass scene was one of the most interesting, credible, and vibrant dance music cultures in the world. As the decade progressed, the power of this UK-born genre’s furious breakbeat drums, thunderous bass lines and futuristic melodic and textural sensibilities became increasingly crucial to the development and evolution of New Zealand's rave and nightclub scene.

Shapeshifter, NYE 2020.
Photo credit: Mark Russell
Shapeshifter - Gravity
Shapeshifter - Lightspeed (2020)
Shapeshifter - The Making of the Vampire - Part 2
Shapeshifter - Rituals (2021)
Shapeshifter - Been Missin
Groove Guide, August 2004
Photo credit: Murray Cammick Collection
Shapeshifter - Diamond Trade
Shapeshifter, Matakana 2021.
Photo credit: Mark Russell
Shapeshifter - The Roxxy (2021)
Shapeshifter feat Ladi6 - When I Return
Shapeshifter, 2021.
Photo credit: Tom Grut
Shapeshifter - Long White Cloud
Shapeshifter in a publicity photo for Stars (2016).
Photo credit: Toaki Okano
Shapeshifter – Stars
Shapeshifter - Stars (2016)
Shapeshifter - Her (2016)
Shapeshifter - Bring Change
Shapeshifter – Rituals
L to R: Nick, Darren, Devin, Sam, P-Digsss
Shapeshifter, 2010 - L to R: P-Digsss, Devin, Nick, Sam, Johnny
Shapeshifter - The Making of the Vampire - Part 1
Shapeshifter - Found In You (2021)
Shapeshifter - Electronic Press Kit 2009
Shapeshifter 2005 - L to R: Redford, P-Digsss, Devin, Nick, Sam
Shapeshifter - Endless
Shapeshifter - Twin Galaxies
Shapeshifter - Monarch
Shapeshifter - Electric Dream (2006)
Shapeshifter - In Colour (2013)
Shapeshifter – Rituals release.
Photo credit: Mark Russell
Shapeshifter performing ‘Stars’ on VNZMAs, November 24, 2016
L to R: P-Digsss, Nick, Sam, Devin, Redford
L to R: Sam, Nick, Devin, Darren, P-Digsss
Photo credit: Photo by Oliver Rose

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Redford Grenell's father is the New Zealand country music legend John Grenell.


Sam Trevethick - guitar, keyboards, percussion

P Digsss - vocals

Nick Robinson - bass, keyboards

Dan McGruer - keyboards, synthesiser

Darren Mathiassen - drums, percussion

Johnny Hooves - drums, percussion

Devin Abrams - saxophone, synthesiser

Redford Grenell - drums, percussion

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