Kody Nielson first came to the world’s attention as a producer, songwriter and frontman for Auckland experimental punk band the Mint Chicks.
His live performances are legendary even from those early days and their second album “Crazy? Yes! Dumb? No!” was gold certified and won the band five New Zealand Music Awards in 2007.
After the Mint Chicks broke up in 2010, Kody started collaborating extensively with singer songwriter Bic Runga on her own solo records “Belle” and “Close Your Eyes” as well as their project Opossom, touring internationally and enjoying chart success and several award nominations.
Kody has also been an integral collaborator in his brother Ruban’s project Unknown Mortal Orchestra, touring, recording and producing for the band extensively. Kody and his brother received Apra’s Silver Scroll Award for the song “Multi-Love” which they wrote together.
During the last few years Kody has recorded as Silicon for London’s Domino Records, touring extensively and gaining praise from critics and fans like Pharrell Williams and Justin Timberlake with the album “Personal Computer”.
Always restlessly experimenting, his newer work has taken in IDM, Afrobeat, Jazz Fusion, Italo Disco, Psychedelic Rock and all other kinds of offbeat explorational sounds while maintaining a commitment to classic songcraft and musicianship. Always twisting genre, technique and persona he continues to be one of New Zealand’s most vital musicians.
(Kody will be performing at Splore along with ex Mint Chicks’ Michael Logie).