Upon leaving school Rikki was thrust into the ‘University of Life’, working as a sound engineer for one of New Zealand’s most legendary bands Th’ Dudes.
With over 35 years experience in the music industry Rikki has won NZ Music Award ‘Tuis’, the prestigious APRA Silver Scroll, NZ Radio Jingle Awards, and written and performed a NZ number one single.
Rikki has also performed and worked with literally hundreds of bands and artists including Th’ Dudes, Hello Sailor, Gin Wigmore, The Checks, The Lady Killers, When The Cat’s Away, Bread, Tony Hadley & Paul Young, Belinda Carlisle, Lloyd Cole, Greg Johnson, Flight of the Conchords, Nathan Haines, Cairo Knife Fight, The Bads, Concord Dawn….the list is long and varied!
Totally self-taught and unschooled, music composition is Rikki’s true ‘Happy Place’. Rikki believes songwriting is a gift like no other and spends many a long hour working on songs, chord progressions and melancholic melodies!