Alexander Lendrum

Editorial curator, born and raised in Hong Kong.

New Zealand’s Underground R&B-Punk artist TAPZ is making ‘Horror Meets Love’ Music


“A superstitious experience where horror meets love.” These are the words upcoming New Zealand artist TAPZ–formally Young Tapz–used to explain his sound when asked by Australia-based culture mag Acclaim. That’s what caught our eye, wondering what on earth sounds like horror meeting love, and low and behold, it’s the haunting productions and dark subject matter in TAPZ’ music colliding with the poetic melody of his voice. That my friend, is “horror meets love.” Originally born in Zimbabwe, the rising musician used to listen to only local music and Michael Jackson.

It was when he moved to New Zealand that the artist began expanding his musical knowledge, soaking in all genres and generations, from Lional Ritchie and country music to G-Eazy and Australia’s Hermitude–who brought TAPZ on as a feature on their hit song “The Buzz.” With his infectious and resoundingly powerful sound, the underground artist has broken through the surface and now fucks with the likes of Che Pope from G.O.O.D. Music, and Winterman & Goldstein, known for working with the likes of Empire of the Sun and The Avalanches. More than just music, TAPZ represents that rare breed of youth that has a level of self-awareness that surpasses his age. Or as Noisey editor Laura Pitcher (who apparently may be his GF) puts it, “Tapz is both a musician and a designer with a creative vision that goes in hand with his music.”

While his body of work is still at freshling size, we have no doubt that TAPZ will be making waves both in his home country and throughout the US, having already had one of his songs remixed by Ricky Reed that featured on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show. Check out examples of his works throughout, and then follow his Soundcloud page to catch more to come.

Alexander Lendrum

Editorial curator, born and raised in Hong Kong.