Live Stream is the first track to be released from High Beams, a 7-track EP by IllBaz with MELODOWNZ and Raiza Biza featuring the distinctive vocals of break-out soul artist TEEKS. Live Stream is about pushing for conversation around important issues even if people aren't willing to listen.
The single is accompanied by a video directed by Connor Prichard and includes footage of the first two intifadas in Palestine as well as the uprising for Apartheid in South Africa with MELODOWNZ inspired by the Polynesian Panthers.
Live Stream is available today from all digital streaming services.
High Beams was created in Baz's bedroom studio in Mt Roskill where Raiza and Bronson (MELODOWNZ) would play FIFA and lay down vocals on Baz's countless demos. From there the boys took the album to Red Bull Studios where they linked up with the all-star line-up of Teeks, Che Fu, Dirty (Eno x Dirty) and High Hoops who all added ridiculous features.
The joint project is about shining a light on things that are discarded or overlooked, especially living in New Zealand, a country so distant from conflicts and human injustice on a large scale.
Baz being from Palestine, myself being from Rwanda, and Melo being Polynesian. We see and deal with these issues daily. Most of our common ground lies in what makes us different, but at the end of the day, we are young people who want to be happy. No different to other young people. We like to have fun but not at the expense of being true to ourselves - Raiza Biza
High Beams will be released through Sony Music New Zealand and distributed through The Orchard on July 27.