Auckland electro-pop duo SACHI go global

by Noted / 01 November, 2018
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Young, talented and dedicated to music, electronic pop duo SACHI have hit the global stage thanks to being signed by a major US label. Here's the lowdown on what lies ahead…

Being signed to Casablanca Records is a step into the big leagues for Kiwi guys Nick Chrisp and Will Thomas – best friends, business partners and makers of super-catchy dance beats – so catchy in fact, that when the pair handed their single ‘No More’ to mega-producer Diplo back in 2015, he played it on his radio show.

Following a trip to the US to meet with Casablanca Records and sign the deal, the duo released their latest single ‘Hollywood Angel’, featuring the slick, anthemic vocals of Australian electronic dance artist E^ST.

The trip gave SACHI the opportunity to meet the people getting behind their music in the US – and the rest of the world. “It was both our first times in New York, so it was pretty surreal,” says Thomas. “Casablanca constantly has their ear to the street on what’s working in certain territories and I think that’s how they found our song ‘Shelter’.” 

The deal with Casablanca Records and the spotlight Diplo placed on their single three years ago would be a dream come true for any musician working in the electronic space, but the duo’s commitment to technology and building their production skills has ensured their tunes are deserving of the industry attention they’re receiving.

Barely out of their teens, Chrisp and Thomas met in primary school and grew their skills from their bedrooms – learning music production techniques from YouTube tutorials and teaching each other every time they discovered something new.

“All we need is laptops really – our entire sound is technology,” says Thomas. The pair uses the HP Spectre to produce beats and as the ultimate tool to capture inspiration when it hits. “The Spectre is so great for us because we’re always on the move,” says Thomas. “We’re all about the music, so it’s perfect for any time we see something that could be inspiring – it doesn’t have to be a musical thing, it can be a photo or a person.”

“Any melody idea or anything, wherever you are,” adds Chrisp.

The pair spent the summer on and off the road, performing in Australia with Alison Wonderland and at festivals across New Zealand while working on new material using their HP Spectres. In July SACHI performed on the world stage at New York’s Panorama festival, alongside electronic music royalty such as Dua Lipa and The Weeknd.

The duo is excited yet pragmatic about their global position. “It’s just another step in our journey to where we want to go and where we want to be,” says Chrisp.

With the support of a top international label, the best tech available and their dedication to relentlessly danceable beats, SACHI is definitely a case of ‘watch this space’.

To view more videos of SACHI’s journey as HP Reinventors, visit hp.co.nz/reinventors

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