Soulyric a.k.a Willie Cottle, is no stranger to the NZ music scene and has been performing professionally since the late 90's predominantly in Auckland but also all over NZ as a DJ, Singer/Songwriter, Event Co-ordinator, MC and Radio Host.
Song selection is his specialty with a flare for quick drops, Scratching, Freestyling and Singing over beats that get you moving from Hip-hop, Soul, Funk, Reggae, Mid-Tempo Bangers, Nu-Funk/Disco, Funky House, Electro to Drum & Bass & more, although tracks leaving room for live vocals and freestyling are always a favourite pick allowing Soulyric to truely shine and helps show what sets him apart from your average DJ.
Kfm Radio (106.9 fm) based in Auckland city became home to Soulyric around 2007, holding a regular weekly show for around 4 years. With his engineering background he became the Ad and Sting maker for many of the shows and advertising promos.
In 2010 Soulyric made his first collaboration with Eavesdrop, featuring on two tracks of Eavesdrop's first E.P on Empathy Recording including 'Solitary Confinement' and the title track 'Air on Fire'. This was the first time Soulyric's vocals had been used over Drum & Bass, the union was exceptional and a performing pair were born.
With this new love of d&b MCing brought new opportunities including one amazing, successful night as the featured MC for the Brookes Brothers (UK) on their world tour in Auckland.
In 2011 Soulyric spread his wings and flew off to spend a year away from NZ in the beautiful surroundings of Whistler, Canada. Here he mingled with Whistlers finest musicians and made a very well known name for himself as a local DJ and solo singer/songwriter, regularly playing the local bars and clubs with his unique blend of DJing mixed with singing and freestyling. So much was the support for Soulyric and his unique style, he was given a local radio show on Whistlers local radio station WMN fm, and asked to MC many festivals and perform live to thousands over his time spent there.
Returning to Auckland early 2012 Soulyric wasted no time jumping back into the game by joining forces once more with Eavesdrop, Touring as his MC for his second E.P release on Liquid Brilliants Recordings (RUS) around Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Queenstown & Wanaka. The tour created a load of momentum for both performers with new shows continuously being booked. Recent show collaborations have seen the pair joining forces with Speakeasy Sideshow (Kolab) and another with Optimus Gryme where Soulyric was the MC. Late 2012 summer will coincide with the release of Eavesdrops Debut album and a busy gig & festival season for both performers including their place on the 2012 NYE party 'Northern Bass'.
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