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


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Can't make it to a store today for a physical copy of the Red Bull Sound Select vinyl? Never fear! We got you covered with a full FREE digital download available today only for Record Store Day!
The Red Bull Sound Select 12" LP ft. 4 unique artists has hit the web. Grab the limited chance to download these tracks free for 24 hours. If you didn't cop the vinyl in store, or aren't lucky enough
Our first ever vinyl release is out tomorrow for Record Store Day!!! The good people at Red Bull Studios have put together a limited edition #SoundSelect EP which will be available tomorrow in twelve cult record stores around New Zealand. Our lucky top 50 fans on Red Bull Sound Select will be contacted shortly for special delivery, and in store get in early as it's first come first served!
Much love to the peeps over at Base FM for making 'Heartbeat' Tune Of The Week. You guys are the best!
Listen to Heartbeat Feat. Hone Be Good by Esther Stephens+The Means #np on #SoundCloud
Melbourne people, I know you've missed out a bit when it comes to live gigs. But soon as we can, we wanna make it happen! In the meantime, show us some love over on Triple J!
Modern Marvel...
We are so, so happy to finally present our self-titled, debut album. Follow the Soundcloud link below to stream it, and if you really like it, there is a *buy album* button that will take you to our Bandcamp page, where you can own it for $10. Thanks to everyone who helped make this happen and we hope you enjoy. Esther & The Means x
Listen to Esther Stephens & The Means by Esther Stephens+The Means #np on #SoundCloud
Great event put on by Auckland Museum, going behind the scenes of #WhenWeGoToWar the day before its NZ debut on TV One. We filmed parts of the series outside the museum, though it's very cleverly disguised as a completely different location. See if you can spot it! #WWGTW

Esther x
Get behind the scenes of TVNZ’s major new historical drama, When We Go to War. Join writer Gavin Strawhan and director Peter Burger as they talk about the challenges and triumphs of recreating New Zealand and Gallipoli 100 years ago.