Purveyors of modern torch song, stripped back soul, jazz beats and vibrant psychedelia, Auckland quartet Esther Stephens & The Means are one of the most exciting young ensembles operating in New Zealand and Australia.

Singer & actress Esther Stephens is a mainstay of the Auckland music scene, having lent her pipes to acts including Homebrew, Sola Rosa and Tama Waipara. Her first underground release ‘Asahi’ was praised by music journalist Martyn Pepperell as a ‘sultry, richly toned trip-hop/modern soul voice through an engaging melodic and rhythmic frame’ (Martyn Pepperell, Vanguard Red Magazine) and in 2012 Esther was given special mention after the release of the chart topping Home Brew album on which she features. ‘Stephens is a true standout, and adds her smoky-toned R&B talents to four different tracks including the classily smouldering Plastic Magic.’ (Lydia Jenkin, NZ Herald).

Abraham Kunin (guitar), Tom Broome (drums) and Marika Hodgson (Bass) aka The Means got their start several years ago as session musicians, bonding at the time over D'Angelo records and a shared love of playing. Having spent the last couple of years gigging on both sides of the Tasman, and sharing stages with the likes of Olivier Daysoul (US), Apollo Brown (US) and Oddisee (US), things really crystalised for The Means late 2013 with the release of their Aaron Nevezie (The Bunker Studio, NYC) produced debut EP The Ends. Featuring outside contributions from vocalists Rachel Fraser, Jesse Cassin, and Courtney Meredith, keyboardist Steph Brown (Lips) and beatmaker Christoph El Truento, their EP lead to media coverage and support from New Zealand Musician, 13th Floor, Wildstyle Mag, Vanguard Red and Radio New Zealand. 

Continuing the longterm creative partnership which most notably produced three tracks from 'The Ends EP', and singles 'Free', and NZ on Air funded 'Under You' Esther Stephens & The Means have made their tryst public. On the back of successful Red Bull Sound Select NZ tours, they have joined both forces and monikers, and are currently producing an EP under this unified banner, due for release Summer 2015. 

"Mesmerising and almost hypnotising…the complementation of these two magical musical forces is one that you have to experience" Rachael Watson, Groove & Marvel


Under You



Stoked to be joining a stellar line up of artists at Music in Parks end of next month! I'll be appearing with some familiar faces performing material from the Esther Stephens & The Means album. If you missed our farewell show, this is your chance to catch our tunes one last time. Gunna be one hell of a sassy, sunny, swinging summer Sunday, get along!

@[155495781170657:274:Waitemata Local Board] and @[239405044195:274:Music in Parks] presents Myers Park Medley with @[120770394640928:274:Sal Valentine & The Babyshakes], @[168612453193215:274:Esther Stephens & The Means], @[162982030492153:274:Kong Fooey], @[417166128398587:274:Hopetoun Brown], and @[144700172210838:274:The Blackbird Ensemble (NZ)]: Carnivale.

Auckland Council Music in Parks in cohoots with Myers Park Medley is sure to get your feet stomping this summer.

It’s a little bit different, a little bit Krd and it's definitely Myers Park.

So prepare for a day full of entertainment, performances and surprises!

This is an alcohol-free and zero waste event.

Music Genre: Jazz / Blues, Urban, Something a bit different

Accessibility: Very limited mobility parking onsite but public parking facilities nearby, accessible toilet available.

Thanks to our major partners @[158642037510424:274:Zerowater] and Oreo and major sponsor @[198763923475350:274:MediaWorks New Zealand].

Auckland Council sports fields, parks and reserves are smoke-free areas.

Last night was incredible. Such a joyful send off for #EstherStephensAndTheMeans ♥️ Thank you so much to Neck of the Woods for hosting us, and to all our friends and fans who came through, you made our night so special 😊
Hey team! Just a reminder that tonight's final gig at Neck of the Woods is in fact free entry - with koha exit. Also we're are starting - honest to goodness - at 9pm. Because it is a school night after all. So bring your spare change and we'll see you there!
We played the opening of their bar, now they host our final gig. Esther chatted to Neck of the Woods about coming full circle.
This Wednesday we say goodbye to Esther Stephens & The Means. We're excited to host their final gig as our monthly For What It's Worth event. The band have previously played their “fusion of soul, fun, pop, jazz and psychedelia” music alongside the likes of Team Dynamite, Homebrew, Oddisee and The F...
After 3 years of making music together, the time has come for us to call it a day. We've so appreciated all the friends and fans who came to our shows and supported us in any way, as well our Young Gifted And Broke family and Red Bull Studios​ for all their help. We're having one final show on December 14th: For What It's Worth (Esther Stephens & The Means Final Show). Much love, Esther Stephens & The Means.