The Mint Collective

The Mint Collective increases visibility for creative endeavors through music, the arts, live events and conversation.

Our mission is to foster a learning environment through creative expression and exploration.

We ♥ We ♥ music, the arts, creating, traveling, technology, food and drink, laughing and lots more. Its fun, really, sometimes even splendid.

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Finest Ego Compilation

This lovely comp features some tunes from the finest New Zealand and Australian-based beatmakers.  From heavily laced future funk and soul to the beautiful musical textures and organic vibes.  This compilation exhibits the talent of some of the South Pacific’s finest beat making talent such as, Adi Dick, Ben Houghton, Ben Jamin w/ Matt Miller, Christoph El Truento, D:UNK, Electric Sea Spider, Galapagoose, Isaac Aesili, Kilter, Lewis McCallum, Mike Kay, Panorama, Slamagotchi and Ta Ku. The sum of this talent leaves you inspired and hankering for these rich musical tapestry’s. Enjoy and download comp for free.  Bigups to our homie Keegan Fepuleai over at Project Mooncircle who put us on!

Electric Wire Hustle Branching Out


Last year we met and interviewed the gang of Electric Wire Hustle at their first LA show.  It was really such an amazing time and so nice to tie in all of their wonderful music to their real life laughter and gracious spirits. 

In the past week 2 of the 3 members of New Zealand’s soulhop trio, Electric Wire Hustle have begun to release their own side projects!  

The group’s vocalist, Mara TK, who regularly cooks up some super soul has unveiled his Taniwhunk EP which he wrote and produced at the Red Bull Music Studios in Auckland, New Zealand.  The new tunes are on that laid-back, chill, percussive vibe with minimal yet beautifully layered vocals. 

“Taniwhunk is a form of Maori music” A term coined in order to claim a small part of this vast musical universe for ourselves, lest we continually be labelled the borrower. The Maori of this generation exist in the most technologically advanced era yet. Thus we are afforded the potential to express our mana with ever-greater resources, definition and distribution.”  - Mara TK

Dropping the single off his forthcoming album One today, Electric Wire Hustle’s drummer Myele Manzanza comes with some uptempo, funky goodness.  The first single ‘Me I Know Him’ featuring Sam Manzanza and fellow Red Bull Music Academy participant Amenta started life with recording Sam’s vocals in Myele’s kitchen in Wellington on his inboard laptop microphone, while Amenta’s vocals were tracked at the high end recording facility of London’s Red Bull Studios.

“This rhythmical track touches on where I have come from, my African heritage, my history as a drummer and my love for jazz and dance music. Plus it’s dope to be able to finally put my dad on something too!”  -Myele Manzanza

Me I Know Him ft. Sam Manzanza and Amenta by Myele Manzanza

The One album looks like it will be pretty epic with features from Ladi6, Mark de Clive-Lowe, Charlie K, Bella Kalolo, Rachel Fraser, Mara TK and TaayNinh of Electric Wire Hustle.

Check out our interview with Electric Wire Hustle.

Electric Wire Hustle Added to Grown Kids Radio x Mint Collective Unofficial SXSW Showcase

A slight but FANTASTIC update to our unofficial South-By-Southwest showcase  - we’ve added one of our favorite groups in the history of ever, Electric Wire Hustle!

EWH, hailing all the way from new Zealand, has been been around sine 2007 and last year they came to tour the U.S. for the first time and we had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing them. Not only are they amazing artists with a super unique sound, but they are also hilarious and super sharp gentleman. 

Electric Wire Hustle Interview from The Mint Collective on Vimeo.

Along with EWH, we have some amazingly talented artists to showcase and to celebrate everything coming together so beautifully, Grown Kids Radio’s Brown Maj has curated and blended this mixtape to give you an idea of what to expect.

Enjoy, spread the love and come see us if you’ll be in Austin on March 14.

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Electric Wire Hustle - Buy Some Land, Put A House On It

Miles Bonny - Too High

Hawthorne Headhunters - Teleport

Anthony Valadez - Rising Love feat. Vivian Perez and Samiyam

Secret Sidewalk - Babingka

Maus Haus - You Made My Radar

Spinnerty - Just Listen Pt. 2 feat. Jacqueline Mari

Myron & E - The Pot Club

Zuzuka Poderosa and Kush Arora - Seda (H3 remix)

B. Bravo & The Starship Connection - The Rollout v.2

The Park - These are the days

MC ZULU and Kush Arora - Vigilante Gun Court

Hawthorne Headhunters - Hole in the World

Electric Wire Hustle - Thank You Steve

Intergalactic (Benny Tones RIP MCA² Edit)

This week we lost one of the greatest in our hip hop history, Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch of the Beastie Boys. Adam was 1/3 of the Beastie Boys, songwriter, [film] director, father and husband. MCA and his contributions to this universe were infinite and we are thankful for the legacy he’s left behind.

To pay homage, Benny Tones (New Zealand), the guy behind all of the amazing sound that is Electric Wire Hustle, has put together a really dope re-edit of the Beastie’s classic, “Intergalactic”.

Rest in Power MCA.

Fat Freddy’s Drop | Silver & Gold

Fat Freddy’s Drop, the epic soul/dub/funk/jazz band hailing from New Zealand, is back!!! They are set to drop a new album, Blackbird, in early 2013 and have just released their single “Silver & Gold” for free download to get you excited. Worked for us - sold!