Originally from Wellington’s notorious K-hole region, Naram is a reggae fanatic with a penchant for vintage synthesisers, cheesy 80s horror films, Test Match Cricket and dal makanis.
Back in the day, he primarily operated as a selector – however he always enjoyed producing low-fi digikal riddims for a laugh. Then, in 2010, he took off from New Zealand with a bicycle, a tent, and a plan to ride from Australia to Scotland via Eurasia (also just for a laugh).
During the course of his successful bicycle adventure he managed to procure an iPod Touch from a dodgy gentleman in Hanoi, Vietnam. Using said iPod – and an app called NanoStudio – he started building a few riddims again, usually in his tent each night after a hard day’s pedaling.
While the road to building a good riddim was long and arduous, eventually – some 15,000km on from Hanoi – he struck gold on a roadside in Turkey with a thing called March of the Gremlins riddim. Upon finishing said riddim, he decided to pedal to Leipzig to play it to the man like disrupt – and the rest, as they say, is history. Now finished with the iron horseplay, Naram has set up shop in Australia’s Coburgistan region (north of Melbourne). Rather than risking repetitive stress injury to his thumbs with the iPod, he now spends his days in a classic analogue studio/bedroom with a growing arsenal of vintage synths,keyboards and effects – including his secret weapon, the Suzuki Omnichord.
His debut release, March of the Gremlins, features an eclectic mix of digikal delights, some produced in his tent on the iPod – and others built in the aforementioned studio. As well as producing a steady flow of deadly digikal riddims, he flings down dubplates with Echo Chamber Sound in Melbourne alongside fellow kiwis L Que and Colonel Mustard. He is also the new chief propaganda advisor for Jahtari.