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Background information
Origin Dunedin, New Zealand
Years active 2008–present
Labels Massive
Members Eli Paewai (drums)
Chris Mac (bass, synths)
Ji Fraser (lead guitar)
Marlon Gerbes (synths, samples)
Matiu Walters (vocals, guitar)

SIX60 is a five piece New Zealand band that formed in 2008. Their self-titled debut album was released on 10 October 2011 on their own label Massive Entertainment. The album debuted at number one in the New Zealand charts and was certified gold within its first week of release[1] Their first two singles "Rise Up 2.0" and "Don't Forget Your Roots" reached number one and number two respectively on the RIANZ singles chart and were both certified double and triple platinum.[2]


SIX60 was formed in Dunedin, the founding members met while attending the University of Otago. The band created their name from the street number of the house they lived at in Dunedin.[3]

Their local following developed from Dunedin to other student hubs around the country such as Auckland, Waikato, Christchurch and Wellington.

SIX60's original EP (released 2009) contained a track called "Someone to Be Around".[1] This track was left off their debut album but remains one of the most popular songs.

SIX60 have a quadruple platinum number one debut album with triple platinum selling single "Don't Forget Your Roots", two double platinum selling singles "Only To Be" and "Rise Up", one platinum selling single "Forever", and one gold selling single "Lost".

In early March 2013 the band was featured on George FM Breakfast's 'Damn! I Wish I Was Your Cover' series covering Rudimental's "Feel the Love".

In 2014, their song "Run For It" was featured on the trailer of ITV drama series Prey, starring John Simm.[4][5]

Chris uses a MOOG Voyager / Ernie ball Musicman Sting Ray Bass. Matiu and Ji both play Fender Strats, while Marlon uses an MS2000 / Muse VIP / Fender Strat. Eli plays KDrums [].



Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
Six60 1 RIANZ: 4× Platinum[6]
Six60 (Deluxe)
"—" denotes an album that did not chart in that country.

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
Rise Up 2.0 EP
  • Released: 4 October 2010 (2010-10-04)
  • Label: Massive Entertainment
  • Format: CD, digital download
iTunes Session EP
  • Released: 20 December 2013 (2013-12-20)
  • Label: Massive Entertainment
  • Format: digital download
Forever EP
  • Released: 7 February 2014 (2014-02-07)
  • Label: Four Music
  • Format: digital download
"—" denotes an album that did not chart in that country.


Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
"Rise Up 2.0" 2010 1
  • RMNZ: 2× Platinum
"Don't Forget Your Roots" 2011 2
  • RMNZ: 3× Platinum
"Only to Be" 5
  • RMNZ: 2× Platinum
"Forever" 2012 11
  • RMNZ: Platinum
"In the Clear"
(feat. Paul Mac)
(feat. APO)
  • RMNZ: Gold
"Forever (Movie Version)" 2013 Vaterfreuden (Original Soundtrack)
"Special" 2014 1
  • RMNZ: Gold
Six60 (2015)
"So High" 21
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Other charted songs[edit]

Year Title charts Album

2011 "Lost" 12 Six60
"Finest Wine" 5
2013 "Home" 9 iTunes Session
"Waterfalls" 6
"Someone to Be Around" 17

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards Year Type Song or album Notes
New Zealand Music Awards 2011 Single of the Year "Rise Up 2.0" Nominated
Breakthrough Artist of the Year "Rise Up 2.0" Nominated
Peoples' Choice Award Nominated
New Zealand Music Awards 2012 Single of the Year "Don't Forget Your Roots" Won
Best Group Six60 Won
Peoples' Choice Award Won
Highest selling New Zealand Single "Don't Forget Your Roots" Won
Highest selling New Zealand Album "Six60" Won
Radio Airplay Record of the Year "Don't Forget Your Roots" Won
Album of the Year "Six60" Nominated
Best Electronica Album "Six60" Nominated


  1. ^ a b Weaser, Laura. "Interview: Matiu Walters - SIX60". Rip it Up. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Six60 in New Zealand Charts". Hung Medien. Retrieved 7 January 2011. 
  3. ^ Bailey, Thomas. "Six60". 
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  7. ^ "Top 20 New Zealand Single Chart – The Official New Zealand Music Chart". Archived from the original on 13 March 2012. Retrieved 23 December 2012.