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Matt Shanks plays electric and upright basses in Auckland and around New Zealand. Matt has played on many albums and recordings for a variety of genres. He is a seasoned performer and an asset on the stage, and is experienced playing jazz to pop, and folk to rock, afrobeat to samba.

From early days supporting singer songwriters at open mic nights as a teenager, Matt has accumulated more than 20 years of playing festivals, musicals, live TV and radio performances, music videos, film and commercials, as well as weddings, corporate, club and pub gigs.

Matt has writing and production credits on records with popular bands such as dDub, Batucada Sound Machine, the Fast Crew, and the Maybes.

Current projects:

wiso colourWaiheke International Soul Orchestra

The Waiheke International Soul Orchestra is a seven-piece electronic | soul | drum n bass | funk |percussion collective. Coming to a festival near you.


Bonfire Baby

Soulful vocals, dual harmonies and an infectious back beat give Bonfire Baby their signature sound. Rootsy guitar licks and honking saxophone melody lines add to the band’s unique vibe.

denizen now

Denizen Now

Win it All is the first solo release by Talaiasi Lyndon ‘Ofamooni recorded at the lab late 2016 with a top line up of sidemen.


Wolves and Ravens

Arguably Auckland’s most entertaining wedding band.


Ed Taylor

Working on an EP with Ed for release later in 2017. Recording at Studio 38 on Airedale St with Jesse Wilde.



Matt performs regularly at the moment with these bands and in various Jazz band combinations and as a session bassist. One of the reasons he is so sought after as a session player is his ability to stand in at short notice, by quickly learning the style and repertoire of the band or artist he is playing with. Matt also teaches electric and upright bass in his home studio.

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