Lee Mvtthews, aka, Graham Matthews and Tom Lee met in 2012 and started working together after discovering they had a nearly identical taste in music, eventuating in Lee Mvtthews in late 2013. Since then, they’ve gone from strength-to-strength, gaining a reputation for turning out infectious tunes that pair colourful melodies with bass-driven drops.
They have become a favourite in the New Zealand festival circuit, playing regularly at the likes of Rhythm & Vines, Bay Dreams, Homegrown, Springbreak Fiji, as well as headlining shows up and down the country. In their hometown of Auckland, their ‘Lee Mvtthews and Friends’ series has amassed attention, hosting Australian acts like Leotrix and Badrapper. In addition to this, they have become a go-to support act for an array of international talents, such as Slumberjack, Jauz, Sigma, Borgore, and more.
Their debut EP, SILHOUETTES, was released in late 2017 and featured collaborations with well-known Kiwi acts such as Pieter T and TY. The record’s stand-out track, ‘Nothing To Lose’, featuring Jay Bulletproof and Marino Mariner, was a huge hit on George FM winning them “Best Track of 2018” at the George FM awards, they also won “Best Breakthrough Artist of 2018” at the same awards.
In 2018 the duo released four singles, ‘Stay’ Ft. Omega Levine, ‘Inside Out (Ft. Watson)’, ‘Fool’, and ‘Let Me Go (Ft. Embher)’. They also took on remixes for Perth drum and bass duo Flowidus and NZ pop/hip hop sensation Kings, with the remix of King’s ‘6 Figures’ hitting the number one spot on NZ Dance Charts.
Come 2019 and the boys wrapped up a successful Summer NZ festival season with sets at Homegrown, Bay Dreams and Rhythm and Vines before heading to their first Bush Doof at the end of March. The winter months saw them headlining shows up and down the country as well as playing support for Internationals acts such as Luude, Svdden Death & Upgrade & NZ heavy weights, Shapeshifter.
November 2019 marked the ultimate culmination of their incessant hard work and creativity with the release of their debut album, Bones. The lead single ‘Takeover (Ft. Nü)’ reached number one on the NZ Dance Charts as well as taking out the top spot on George FM’s annual ‘Aotearoa Anthems’ countdown.
They ended 2019 with a bang, embarking on a seven date nationwide tour across the country to celebrate the release of their debut album, Bones, which closed out with a sold out show at Auckland’s Studio, The Venue and quickly following on from that that with shows at the Rhythm & Alps warm up party, Rhythm & Vines, Bay Dreams Nelson, and Farm Dance in Whangamata.
Most recently, Lee Mvtthews utilised the time off from touring to write a stack of new music which they are eager to start sharing with the world.
The first release of 2020 is ‘Turning Back’, which is the debut release on ShockOne’s new label Dark Machine Records & marks the expansion of international horizons for Lee Mvtthews.
Turning Back is a drum and bass banger that has quickly earned radio play globally including plays on Rene La Vice’s prestigious BBC Radio 1 Drum & Bass Show.
Fans can get ready for more new music arriving in 2020, in addition to a number of headline shows booked in the coming months around New Zealand, most of which have sold out already. It seems nothing can stop these two as they hold their spot as one of the hottest New Zealand drum & bass acts.