Dr. Reknaw is a 8 piece supergroup that will take you on a journey - a vibrational cleanse of dub, roots, soul, funk, RnB and hip-hop.
Founded by sisters Julia (lead vocals) and Sophie Cooper (vocals/bass), Dr. Reknaw has grown into an empowering groove-machine, using music as a medium to connect fellow human beings to back to te whenua (the earth), and to one another.
Born and raised in Aotearoa New Zealand, these children of the sun share a vision of advocating for Papatuanuku (Mother Earth), plant medicine, social/environmental justice, and indigenous rights, honouring Tikanga Maori. Dr. Reknaw shares messages from within and without, through the sisters’ intertwining vocal harmonies, alongside an uplifting and enchanting horn section (Dr. Hayden Richardson on Trumpet and Dr. Eilish Wilson on Sax).
The music's foundation consists of Sophie's stanky basslines, soul-moving drums (Dr. Luther Hunt), bubbling keys (Dr. Ben Stewart) and psychedelic guitar (Dr. Jules Blewman). The doctors' music will take you through dimensions of inner and outer space, moving your body, freeing your mind, and landing you somewhere closer to yourself.
The group's first singles ‘Advocate’ and 'Kererū' were both released in 2019, and have been enjoyed all over the globe, with over 500,000 listens across platforms. The Dr. Reknaw live show experience is one of wholesome empowerment, and feel good vibrations. Hometown and out of town operations are frequently packed out, including venues such as Meow in Wellington, Whammy bar Auckland, Wunderbar Christchurch, Mussel Inn Onekaka, and Toad Hall in Motueka to name a few.
The festival scene in Aotearoa has also grown fond of the Dr. Reknaw experience, with Cubadupa, Newtown festival, Tora Bombora, Twisted Frequency festival, MIX festival, Autumn Arena, and Harvest festival all calling for multiple doses of the doctors' musical medicine.