Funk and Soul Band - Auckland

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Artist Bio

  • Artist Type Bands
  • Location Auckland
  • Genre Funk, R'n'B, Soul
  • Members 9
  • Price Premium

Hipstamatics are a party band with a difference.

They take iconic well known tunes and reinterpret them into an authentic vintage soul/funk style.

Elements of Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin and James Brown are evident in the sound.

Comprising three lead vocals and a horn section this 9 piece band will surely get a party started.

Dillon “the Rooster” Riesterer - Vocals
Dillon is the Hipstamatics frontman, and as a jack-of-all-trades musician can be seen singing lead, playing keys and percussion with the band.

Victor Hawkins-Sulfa - Vocals
Victor Hawkins-Sulfa was born singing. Naturally introverted, he was encouraged to sing publicly at age 15 igniting his love of the art. Victor credits his development to this encouragement, honoring this by aspiring to greatness.
He has sung for Vince Harder (three years), Erakah, J Williams, Dane Rumble and Stan Walker’s (2011 NZ Tour). He became “The Levites Session Band” staple vocalist (four years). His work includes featuring on J Williams’ track “Beautiful”(Young Love), co-writing The Chinga Styles (64D – Mc Yoyo’s) single “Let me show you”, Sola Rosa’s “Misunderstood” and as a vocalist/vocal arranger for artists such as Grace Ikenasio, Bex Nabouta (Sassy and the Pocketbook), Vivah, Chinga Style (64D) and L.A Mitchell.

Molee Lauititi - Vocals
“Princess Molee” is our resident Soul Diva.  Molee is a natural and brings a warm on-stage X Factor to Hipstamatics.

Liam Pram - Guitar
Liam plays Guitar for Hipstamatics while studying Fine Art at Elam in Auckland.
An all-round creative, Liam brings his unique style to the Hipstamatics.
Hannah Elise - Bass
Hannah is our resident “Female Bootsy” on bass guitar. Hannah first played guitar from age 6 and made the transition to Bass at 15. Self taught whilst being home schooled, she’s been playing for 5 years. After various bands she now resides with Hipstamatics as well as being an in-demand sub for other working bands.

Thabani Gapara - Saxophone
Zimbabwean born and raised saxophonist Thabani was introduced to the saxophone at age 17 and has been playing since. He has had the pleasure to play as a member in several musical projects in Zimbababwe, South Africa and now New Zealand.  His passion for collaboration has seen him work in several NZ artists including K-one, Batucada Sound Machine, MaVelle, The Leveites session band, Stan Walker, House of Shem and Three Houses Down to mention but a few.

Cam Sangster - Drums
Cam studied at Massey University achieving a Batchelor of Music Degree, Majoring in Jazz Performance and graduating in 2012. He has also studied composition, arranging, theory, improvisation and Latin styles. The moment Cam touched a drum kit at age 10 he knew he had found his passion in life. With 12 years drumming experience he is without doubt a very talented performer.

Jerome Drumm - Trumpet.
Jerome is by day a mild mannered Insurance Salesman, by night the party boy of the band. He plays a mean horn as well!

Matt Lorden - Keys
Matt has played piano for 20 years. He is classically trained and was introduced to Jazz through the Northcote College Big Band where he was mentored by Phil Broadhurst.

Jonathan Brittain - Trombone
Jonathan first picked up trombone at age 11 and hasn’t looked back. Originally from Perth, Western Australia, he has recently moved to N.Z. seeking musical adventure.  An experienced performer, Jonathan has shared the stage with Fred Wesley, Stan Walker, House of Shem and others too numerous to mention.



"This band is truly a crowd pleaser. The best feedback I’ve received from any band so far, we’d be happy to have these guys back again!" Sky City Queenstown - 1 January 1970

"I thoroughly recommend Hipstamatics for weddings and events. They were very professional and easy to work with at the wedding. Punctual, well organized and came to inspect the Venue before the event. They set up in plenty of time and sound checked, ready to go, well ahead of schedule. The band was a huge hit with the all the guests, everyone hit the dancefloor and stayed there all night!" Brick Bay Wines - 1 January 1970

"Professional, on time, polite and sounded fantastic. Hipstamatics just blew us all away. Recommend them to anyone!" Jansen Pro Audio - 1 January 1970

"Hipstamatics embrace the current vogue of funking up pop and soul covers from ‘Creep’ and ‘Misty Frequencies’ to ‘Hotel California’. With two male vocalists and one female vocalist they have a knack of creating arrangements that surprise, and in cases surpass, the originals. They have taken the Otis Redding trashing of the Beatles’ ‘Day Tripper’ and made it work and their take on Curtis Mayfield’s ‘Move On Up’ adds a cool vocal twist." Rip It Up Magazine - 1 January 1970

'The Hipstamatics were outstanding! Everyone loved them and they had everyone getting up on the dance floor (which is rare for a Gala dinner!). Dillon was extremely easy to communicate with and exceeded all of our clients' expectations. If the venue wasn't closing we would had to of had an encore. Thanks again, Georgie.' Georgie Thomas - Mediaworks - 3 August 2016

A massive thank you for all your work to make Saturday evening the success it was! We’re truly thankful for all the time, effort, skill and energy you put into performing at the Cancer Society Ball - we loved the band, especially the last set. They know how to create a party! Have a great week, and hope we can work again in the future. Carlo Gomez - Cancer Society Ball - 24 June 2017

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Audio Samples

Come Together

Smells Like Teen Spirit

Suit And Tie



Song List

Superstition - Stevie Wonder
I Wish - Stevie Wonder
Come Together - The Beatles
Take Me To The River - Al Green
Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones
Day Tripper - The Beatles
What’s Goin On - Marvin Gaye
Signed Sealed Delivered - Stevie Wonder
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough - Marvin Gaye
Heatwave - Martha and the Vandellas
Move On Up - Curtis Mayfield
I See Red - Split Enz
Jungle Boogie - Kool and the Gang
Interstate Love Song - Stone Temple Pilots
I Heard It Thru The Grapevine - Al Green
Love Rollercoaster - The Ohio Players
7 Nation Army - The White Stripes
Mercy - Duffy
Sex Machine - James Brown
Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag - James Brown
Toxic - Britney Spears
Take Me Out - Franz Ferdinand
Don’t Speak - No Doubt
Higher and Higher - Jackie Wilson
Valerie - Amy Winehouse
Hotel California - The Eagles
Creep - Radiohead
Fire - Jimi Hendrix
Sunny - Bobby Hebb
Ain’t To Proud To Beg - The Temptations
Mellowship Slinky - RHCP
Pusherman - Curtis Mayfield
Love Child - Dianna Ross
We Can Work It Out - The Beatles
Got To Get You Into My Life - The Beatles
Cloud Nine - The Temptations
Another Part Of Me - Micheal Jackson
I Was Made To Love Her - Stevie Wonder
Knock On Wood - Eddie Floyd
I Can See Clearly Now - Johnny Nash
You Keep Me Hanging On - The Supremes
Just - Radiohead
Misty Frequencies - Che Fu
The Weight - The Band
Hard To Handle - Otis Redding
My Girl - The Temptations
This Old Heart Of Mine - The Isley Brothers
Where Did Our Love Go - The Supremes
Crazy In Love - Beyonce
Is This Love - Bob Marley
Naughty Girl - Beyonce
Get Lucky - Daft Punk
Happy - Pharrell Williams