Having a voice is key for a singer. Being able to create your own tracks even more so. Music is for self-expression and a possible career path, so writing originals is the next and crucial step forward and we mentor rangatahi through the process of song-writing, production and recording.
Pulling in some of our established artist friends again to assist or supply the beats and in-house at Base HQ or out and about where-ever we need to go to make this happen… Samoa for example!


Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate school students Rose, Eve and Cyprus show us how it’s done on this fire beat from MK47.


Recorded at Māngere Central School Songwriting workshop featuring Matai, and Karina, beat by Grassmouth.


Final song created with second group from Māngere Central School featuring Maria, Sofia, Matai, Sandy Mill, Tom Hopkins and Grassmouth on the beat!

‘Viga aku pea’ is about growing up and having your elders tell you over and over again to do something but don’t end up listening. With relatable lyrics and a chilled tropical hip hop beat this track is super catchy.

‘This is Love’, the first Island Base FM project of its kind – an International collaboration where we brought established Soul, RnB group Downtoplease – DTP (AUS) over to the island for youth workshops and to mentor local up and coming artists.