Arjuna Oakes is a 22-year old singer/songwriter and producer, currently based in Wellington, New Zealand. Following the release of his debut EP in 2019 with a combined 500,000+ Spotify listens, Arjuna and his band have been exciting audiences pre and post lockdown with sold-out shows in NZ and performances at summer festivals such as Rhythm and Vines, 121 festival and Tora Bombora.
Arjuna's latest EP 'Recovery Pt.1' is about the process of healing in relation to the planet, ourselves, and our society in the current moment. The EP features live in-studio performances by Arjuna and his band, creating a cohesive experience filled with creative improvisation, interesting production and meaningful songwriting.
With an act comprising some of New Zealand’s most exciting young jazz musicians, Arjuna and his band present a euphoric live experience and recorded sound, with his charismatic soul vocals and robust sonic palette serving as a connective thread. Decorated by cinematic soundscapes, hypnotic grooves, creative improvisation and catchy melodies, Arjuna’s recordings and performances display a musical sensibility well beyond his years.
With tracks from The Watcher EP playlisted by tastemakers as diverse as Tokyo’s influential DJ Taro of J-Wave FM, as well as Vogue Paris’ 2019 selection, and a review from UK record store, Juno records saying “as debuts go it's an absolute stunner”, Arjuna’s appeal is truly international. -Rain and Shine Records