Dane Rumble

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Dane Rumble
Dane Rumble, Sky Tower Concert 26-3-10 .jpg
Rumble performing at a free concert at the Sky Tower Auckland City, in March 2010.
Background information
Birth name Dane Rumble
Also known as Kid Deft[1]
Born (1982-02-09) 9 February 1982 (age 35)
Auckland, New Zealand
Genres Pop rock, dance-pop, hip pop
Years active Fast Crew: 1999–2009
Solo: 2009–present
Labels Rumble/Warner Bros. Records
Associated acts Fast Crew, J.Williams
Website danerumble.com

Dane Aaron Rumble (born 9 February 1982) is a New Zealand recording artist. He is a former member of New Zealand hip hop group, Fast Crew.[1] Dane Rumble has a particularly large fan base in Edinburgh, United Kingdom, where the term 'rumbling' is used to describe listening to his music.


Rumble was born in Auckland and received his education at St Peter's College, Auckland.[2]

Music career[edit]

Fast Crew 1999–2009[edit]

Main article: Fast Crew

Rumble started out in 1999 as the co-founder, writer and co-producer of New Zealand Hip-Hop act Fast Crew.[3] Their debut single "I Got" peaked at number 4 in the RIANZ New Zealand Singles Chart, and their debut album Set the Record Straight peaked number 11 on the Album Chart. The album produced another 2 top ten singles, "It's the Incredible" and "Suburbia Streets". In 2008 they released their second album Truth, Lies & Red Tape. In early 2009 the group disbanded amicably with Rumble pursuing a solo career. He describes his music as "a brand new New Zealand sound".

Dane currently resides in Sydneyand extensively tours both Australia and New Zealand.

Solo career[edit]

2009–11: The Experiment[edit]

In March 2009, Rumble released his first solo single "Always Be Here". The track debuted on the RIANZ New Zealand Singles Chart at number 33 and peaked at number 13. The single was later certified gold status for selling over 7,500 copies digitally. A second single, "Don't Know What to Do", was released in July, and after a nationwide radio tour, funded by New Zealand On Air, the single reached number 10 on the chart, becoming his first top 10 single as a solo artist.

A third single titled "Cruel" was released in November, and debuted at number 17 on the New Zealand singles chart. The track has since then climbed to number 3, making the track his third consecutive top 20 single, and on top of that, Cruel was certified platinum with sales over 15,000. Rumble spent the summer of 2009/10 with Martin Stevenson, performing on both 'Coca Cola Bands on Beach Tour' & 'The Woah Oh Oh Tour'.

Rumble's debut solo album, The Experiment was released on 29 March 2010. The album debuted at number 1 on the New Zealand Albums Chart. The following single Everything was released in April and so far has reached no. 20 on the chart.

Ahead of Dane Rumble's 'The Experiment Tour' alongside J.Williams, the two released a collaboration, 'Takes Me Higher' which debuted at Number Two on the New Zealand Singles Chart.[citation needed]

August saw the official release of 'Always Be Here' in Australia. Dane was the No. 1 breakthrough act on Australian radio the week of the single release. 'What Are You Waiting For?' was the 5th single in New Zealand, released digitally on 30 August.

In September 2010 Rumble was nominated for 6 New Zealand Music Awards. He received the same amount of nominations as pop singer Gin Wigmore.

2012–present: Exodus[edit]

After taking a brief holiday from touring and music duties, Rumble embarked on a trip to the USA and UK to start work on his second album. Working with various producers and writers including producer Manuel Seal Jr along with Dutch song writer Louis Schoorl.

In mid-March 2012 Rumble confirmed his lead single "Lights Go Out" from his 2nd studio album titled "Exodus". The single is due to be released in New Zealand 26 March[4] and the album to be released "Late 2012".

Unlike his 1st album, Exodus will feature other artists alongside Rumble and be more of a collaborative effort with writing, producing and recording duties being shared rather than Rumble being the sole-creator. The album is due in 2013.

Artistry and fashion[edit]

Rumble has a line of jewellery called Culet, which he contributes to the design of.[5] Stylistically, Rumble is influenced by Kanye West.[5]


Dane Rumble discography
Studio albums 2
Music videos 4
Singles 6

Studio albums[edit]

Year Title NZ Chart[6] Certifications
(sales thresholds)
2010 The Experiment 1
2012 Exodus


Year Title Chart positions Certifications Album
2009 "Always Be Here" 13 94
  • NZ: Gold
The Experiment
"Don't Know What to Do" 10
  • NZ: Gold
"Cruel" 3
  • NZ: Platinum
2010 "Everything" 20
"What Are You Waiting For?"
"Takes Me Higher"
(J. Williams featuring Dane Rumble)
  • NZ: Platinum
Young Love
2011 "Want to Rule the World"
(J.Williams featuring Dane Rumble and K.One)
29 Non-album single
2012 "Lights Go Out" Exodus
2013 "Not Alone" (featuring Jupiter Project) 14

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Director(s)
2009 "Always Be Here" Ivan Slavov
"Don't Know What to Do"
2010 "Everything (Take Me Down)"
"Takes Me Higher"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Type Award Result
2010 New Zealand Music Awards Breakthrough Artist of The Year[9] Nominated
Vodafone Single of the Year ("Cruel")[10] Nominated
People's Choice Award[11] Nominated
Best Pop Album[12] Nominated
Vodafone Album of The Year ("The Experiment")[13] Nominated
Best Male Solo Artist ("The Experiment")[14] Won
APRA Awards Most Air Played ("Cruel")[15] Won
Juice TV Awards Sunday News Best Solo Video for ("Cruel")[15] Won


  1. ^ a b Kara, Scott (28 November 2004). "Fast Crew want to be taken seriously". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 10 April 2010. 
  2. ^ "Rumble@Homegrown", SPCOBA, News (Retrieved 31 October 2013)
  3. ^ "Fast Crew – The Fast And The Furious". 3D World. Retrieved 31 March 2009. [permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Dane Rumble To Release New Single 'Lights Go Out' On March 26". Rumble/Warner. Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  5. ^ a b MTV Style; Newton, Penny (25 April 2011). "The Kiwi Muso And Jewellery Designer Chats To MTV Style". MTV News. MTV Australia. Retrieved 30 June 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Discography Dane Rumble". Charts.org.nz. Archived from the original on 19 February 2013. Retrieved 19 June 2013. 
  7. ^ "Gold and platinum New Zealand albums to 2013". Te Ara. Encyclopedia of NZ. Retrieved 19 July 2015. 
  8. ^ "The ARIA Report" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association. 13 September 2010. Retrieved 14 May 2011. 
  9. ^ Pacific Blue Breakthrough Artist of the Year « Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards. Nzmusicawards.co.nz (6 October 2010). Retrieved on 2012-04-22.
  10. ^ Vodafone Single of the Year « Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards. Nzmusicawards.co.nz (6 October 2010). Retrieved on 2012-04-22.
  11. ^ Vodafone People’s Choice Award « Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards. Nzmusicawards.co.nz (6 October 2010). Retrieved on 2012-04-22.
  12. ^ THE EDGE Best Pop Album « Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards. Nzmusicawards.co.nz. Retrieved on 2012-04-22.
  13. ^ Russian Standard Vodka Album Of The Year « Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards. Nzmusicawards.co.nz. Retrieved on 2012-04-22.
  14. ^ Best Male Solo Artist « Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards. Nzmusicawards.co.nz. Retrieved on 2012-04-22.
  15. ^ a b [1] Archived 14 January 2011 at the Wayback Machine.

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