On October 7, 2009, SoulChef reached out to Hydroponikz to work on their very first project together. "It’s a production album. I just need the dopest emcees I can find. Your name was on the list," said the producer, hailing from Auckland, New Zealand. His rugged yet refined beats captured the Queens, New York City rapper's ears, sounding as if they were produced in his very own neighborhood. SoulChef & Hydroponikz would then begin their musical journey together, appearing on each others numerous pieces over the next decade.
On October 30, 2020, due to popular demand, their first full length album "NY2NZ" is available as a collection of new exploratory songs from the accomplished duo, further pushing their creativity, and remembering their mission statement from a lyric heard within their first 2009 collaboration: "Makin’ music that you feelin', New York to New Zealand".
SoulChef is a generous and meticulous producer hailing from Auckland, New Zealand offering a smooth and versatile blend of Jazz, Soul & Hip-Hop instrumentals while collaborating from time to time with artists from New Zealand, Asia, Europe, The United States, South America and more. Since 2010, he has accumulated no less than 25 releases, and already has on his counter no less than 20 million streams.
Born in Quezon City, Philippines and growing up in Queens, New York City, Hydroponikz uses music to capture experiences, feelings, tastes, scents, and memories from his surrounding environment. An organic sound with a classic slang, Hydro always pays homage to his OGs, but constantly keeps it moving forward. A 1st trumpeter at age 9 with a fascination with rhyme, aiming to spread a message of gratitude in troubling times, Hydroponikz strives to awaken the pride and voices for those who were once voiceless.