In early 2019, Jazz, KP, Barrie and Yannika travelled from Aotearoa to Samoa to set up Island Base.
Born in Egypt, raised in Germany, living in NZ and with years in Samoa as well, Jazz is a true Child of the world.
Making Aotearoa & Samoa her homes of choice, Jazz is a DJ, Artist and Youth Mentor herself, connecting people and the sounds of the South Pacific in particular.
With a Masters degree in Media Management & Media Production, Jazz has grown the Base brand not only into a well-respected radio station nationwide but also a crucial platform for up and coming as well as established artists – and now using that network for educating the next generation through music and with a strong focus on Pacific people.
KYLE POPHAM ‘KP’
KP is Maori and Samoan. He is an established and internationally touring artist, and is half of Sunshine Soundsystem and an MC for many other groups at major festivals & gigs. He also hosts the Friday Drive show on Base FM / Island Base and is one of our mentors for young talents.
Born in Auckland City, but of Niuean, Cook Islands and Samoan descent, Yannika also adds a pacific flavour to the Island Base team and wears many hats such as Cultural advisor, DJ, Videographer and Content coordinator.
Yannika’s love of music pushed her to change careers from working in corporate IT for over 10 years and into the music industry in late 2018. She studied Artist Management at MAINZ, is a current member of the Music Managers Forum, works with MADCAP as an Artist Liaison and most importantly, is a full time Mum to her precious little one, Aiko.
CHRIS HARTNETT ‘GRASSMOUTH’
Growing up at the foothills of the Waitakere Ranges has given Chris a deep appreciation for the environment and for connecting with cultures that maintain a close bond with the whenua. Most recently this took Chris to Vanuatu for two years where we worked in rural water supply development (through VSA), as well as hosting a few DJ events and recording local musicians along the way. Now Chris continues in this spirit by mentoring rangatahi from South Auckland in giving them their first taste of radio hosting on BASE FM.
Jordan is a Chartered Accountant with a love for travel, the Auckland Blues and NZ Music.
‘Of Irish, Samoan, Scottish and Solomon decent, I’m proud to be a product of the melting pot, Tamaki Makaurau. Blessed to be a part of the Island Base Team and the amazing service that it provides within the community, alofa atu.‘