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Ones To Watch 2023

Posted by Lee Densem


We like to shine a light on some of the best talent our country has to offer. Before Xmas, we looked back with our Best In NZ Music 2022, and now it's time for this year's picks. Here's our specially curated list of eight Kiwi artists/groups that you should expect to hear more from in 2023.

Wireless listening devices charged? Jump on board with Radio BurgerFuel's Ones To Watch 2023.


Like a moist towelette for your ears, on the menu this year are Body Ocean, Foley, DARTZ, Molly Payton, and more.


We were blessed in 2022 to get Mazbou Q back in for a live set at Friday Night Bites (watch the video here), becoming the first artist to perform twice (first time as Unchained XL). Apart from his amazing music, the main reason you need to watch Mazbou is the insanely good hip-hop theory videos he posts on TikTok as The Rap Scientist. Go now, watch, and soak it in.


'Blessed' made it onto our Best Of 2022 list and for good reason. She's just dropped a sweet Siren Beat and we hope if she ever makes it on Discord or something [note to self - stop being lazy and check], she'll be Heiressofthegamer.


Long time Friends of Radio BurgerFuel, have long been plugging our ears with some high quality music to dance to. I feel like their time has come, and with it is their debut album which comes out at the end of February. Watch this space for a chat with Ash & Gabe. Taking over Radio BurgerFuel, then the world.


We've loved her since 2021's 'Honey' squeezed into our ears. Dividing her time between Aotearoa and the UK, she's been spending summer here playing some shows and getting ready to release her sophmore album. We can't wait.


Yup, they're The Band from Wellington, New Zealand - and as you read this they'll be lining up to play Laneway 2023 at Auckland's Western Springs. It's simple, these guys write a good tune and they rock. DARTZ released they're debut album called, um 'The Band From Wellington, New Zealand'. Check out some sweet tunes like High At The Beach, No Dogs At The Party, and Toyota Corolla. Make sure you check out their (non-album) rework of Dominion Rd which is the best you'll ever hear. They're even better live. Promise.


Can we include these guys? Spotify gives us 5.5 million reasons why we shouldn't. But even though they've toured with Six60, and are part of their stable of bands, this is their year. Jam it on for summer and wash away your cares. 


The pair known as Midwave Breaks have been a part of legendary NZ bands Supergroove and Eight. Right now their sweet sounding rock is about to take off again around Aotearoa with a new EP due in February before a performance at Rock The Park in Ōtautahi in March. With rumours of a tour later on, you'd do well keeping an eye out for Paul and Bruce around the traps. So while they're both well known and loved in their own right, they're definitely still One To Watch.