This page lists tracks/releases for (at least) three artists that record as Shapeshifter. Shapeshifter are a New Zealand based five piece band comprising of: Devin Abrams, Paora Apera (aka P Digsss), Redford Grenell, Nick Robinson and Sam Trevethick along with Tiki Taane as their sound engineer. They incorporate Dub, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Metal, Funk and Electronic music to play live Drum 'n' Bass. Albums of theirs listed here are: Real Time, Riddim Wise, Soulstice and The System is a Vampire.
The band's third album Soulstice was released in August 2006, with lead single "Bring Change" receiving extensive video and radio play. The album quickly went gold; the success gave Shapeshifter the opportunity to appear with the Auckland and Christchurch Symphony Orchestras in two special live shows. In september 2007 they released a six track live album of the Christchurch concert: Live With skills honed over four albums and countless sold-out shows, Shapeshifter have consolidated their awesome powers on brand new long player, The System is a Vampire, creating a future-proofed sound that is both unrelenting and uplifting. If you haven't witnessed Shapeshifter lock into one of their monstrous live grooves that synthesize barreling drum'n'bass, cavernous dub soundscapes and pounding hard rock, The System is a Vampire will transport you to these stages where all parts move as one and tempos are ratcheted to breaking point, and Shapeshifter command the crowd to follow its lead.
When Shapeshifter's five-strong line up of PDigsss (vocals), Devin Abrams (sax/keys/synths), Sam Trevethick (guitar/synths/sampler), Nick Robinson (bass/synths/MPC) and Johnny Hooves (drums), fuse their talents as one band, they drive a sound as unrelenting as a force of nature. The System is a Vampire is a true document of their heavy soul, designed to motivate dance floors, arenas and festival fields. While Shapeshifter continue to set their own terms for their music and how it's presented, this didn't stop The System is a Vampire debuting at number one on the New Zealand album charts. Its success has been as unstoppable as the rolling drum breaks that fuel Shapeshifter - the album was released on a Friday and by lunchtime had sold more albums than any other that week, going on to become their third LP to clock platinum sales.Make Shapeshifter Playlist