We all know that Australia has a massive amount of incredible artists killing it right now, but so does New Zealand. Some of these artists are so good, we just want to claim them for ourselves. Here’s six Kiwi acts we love so much that we’re gonna start claiming them as Australians.

Mitch James

Mitch James has been blowing up recently. A string of support slots for Ed Sheeran and a debut album due out in the coming weeks have taken this kiwi from busking on the streets of London to playing stadiums. He’s got a bunch of gigs coming up with Conrad Sewell in Australia over the next couple of months, and with the Ed Sheeran tick of approval you can rest assured they’ll be amazing.

Matthew Young

Matthew Young has had a massive year. After struggling with Bipolar Disorder, Young returned to the music scene with Fruit – an incredibly personal and powerful EP. He recently toured Australia behind the EP, and if you were lucky enough to head along to one of those shows, you’ll know why we are so desperate to claim him as ours!


This young Kiwi has been absolutely killing it recently. The global success of “Nothing To Regret” has taken her to the UK for sold out shows and showcases. She also managed to sign deals with Sony Australia and New Zealand as well as Universal on a worldwide contract in the same week. Her latest track is a bop and a half, and we’re quietly confident everything else she’s got up her sleeves will blow us all away.


Maala has been steadily releasing music for a few years since he came third on New Zealand’s Got Talent under his real name Evan Sinton. Distancing himself from the fame that came from that, Sinton adopted the stage name Maala. His last release was the 2017 single “Crazy”, but we are pretty sure new music from the artist is imminent.

Coco Solid

After a few years focussing on collaboration work and other projects, Coco Solid has returned in 2018 with a stunning new mixtape Cokes. Her first solo effort since 2013, it’s like no time has passed. The MC delivers another incredibly experimental and vibing mixtape which spans across several genres. We can’t wait for more to come from the artist!


Emma Logan released her debut album as October in April this year. The dark, industrial electronic music that fills Ultra Red has set her apart from a lot of other musicians in NZ. We are more happy to claim the singer for ourselves, as we reckon she’d fit in just right with us Aussies!

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