Raglan-based indie/roots/soul band Masaya today release the new video for their latest single ‘Soda Dreams’.
Masaya formed in 2019 when lead singer Reiki Ruawai needed to put together a band for a university assignment. He coaxed his sister, Kaea, to jump on the drums and friend Muroki Pearsall to play bass.
They performed together as a three-piece for a short time before they were joined by Jules Blewman (Tunes of I) on lead guitar and Joe Kaptein on keys. As a five-piece, they recorded their 2019 EP, tongue & Groove and have been playing live shows and festivals ever since.
The band wrote ‘Soda Dreams’ during lockdown: “It’s about when you’re trapped in a mental state that is too boring or annoying so you drift into your ‘soda dream’ and that’s where you actually want to be,” says lead vocalist Reiki Ruawai.
The song’s self-funded video was shot at Auckland’s Roundhead Studios during their recording session. The band wanted to show some of the effort that goes on behind the scenes when recording a track, including endless takes and lots of waiting around.
Masaya play the Rhythm & Vines Warm Up on the Garden Stage in December, as well as Soundplash in Raglan in 2021.