In 2004 vocalist Iri Aumatangi and guitarist Dixon Nacey began writing and recording their own music together, giving birth to the funk-jazz-pop band I.D. A twelve track demo-album was created, featuring some of Auckland’s finest instrumental musicians. In 2005 the group performed main stage at PASIFIKA festival, where hugely successful pacific artist ‘Fiji’ commented on how much he dug their unique sound. However, momentum ran out of the project with the arrival of Dixon’s first son Luka in 2006.  Progress with the band eventually ground to a halt in 2007.

Now, nine years (and many more children) later, the group have reformed with a goal to re-record an EP worth of old tracks to release quality. New personnel, new arrangements, new tunes and new energy has revitalized I.D. – keep an eye out for their next release or gig!

9 Piece Originals Funk Jazz Fusion Group

STYLE: Funk, pop, jazz
SIZE: 6 to 9 piece
LINEUP: Vocals, vocals & guitar, vocals & 2nd guitar, keys, bass, drums and vocals, percussion, horns (2)

Individual Bios


IRI AUMATANGI (Lead vocals)

Iri is an Auckland based singer, songwriter and producer who has collaborated on countless musical projects ranging from writing and recording with original artists 'Jamoa Jam', 'Wale Vocals' and '2XL'. His stunning, soulful vocals have seen him performing on T.V, YouTube, at festivals throughout NZ, Australia, Hawaii, USA, Tahiti, Samoa, Rarotonga and even at functions for high flying corporate companies from Air NZ, Telecom & Vodafone to singing on Graeme Hart's Super Yacht, 'Ulysses'.


Widely regarded as one of the best and most versatile guitarists in the country, Dixon‘s twenty-two year music career has seen him perform with New Zealand’s top jazz and pop musicians as a backing artist and session player, and international acts touring through New Zealand. He has recorded three albums (2008, 2011 and 2013) with the ‘Samsom Nacey Haines Trio’, the first of which was a finalist in the 2009 Jazz Tui of The Year Award. He also leads The John Scofield Project, plays jazz with The Alan Brown Trio, rock-reggae with ‘dDub’, and Latin music with Santiago Soul Stars. He has recently been through USA, Australia, Canada, New Caledonia, Singapore, Fiji, The Cook Islands and Thailand with his music.

HENRIQUE MORALES (Guitar, Backing Vocals)

Originally from the South of Brazil, Henrique Morales' has lived in New Zealand since 2007, performing in many venues and festivals throughout Aotearoa. Former member of the kiwi band ‘Batucada Sound Machine’, Henrique played on their second album - “Don't Keep Silent” (2011) and toured extensively with them in Spain, Portugal, Holland, Germany, Switzerland, Hungary, Serbia, Belgium, England, Austria, South Korea, Singapore and Australia (2008-2012). He currently performs and directs the “Henrique Morales Quartet” - a fusion of Brazilian, funk, Latin and Afro-Cuban repertoire - and is working on his first solo album, with an estimated 2016 release date.

HAYDEN WHAREWAKA (Drums, backing vocals)

At just ten years of age, Hayden started playing gigs with his grandparents the N.Z. jazz icons Millie and Johnny Bradfield. He is now one of New Zealand’s most in demand session drummers; with over 20 years experience in performing and recording high quality music. His solid groove is a strong foundation of any group he plays with and his exceptional time feel is a huge asset to the sound of the I.D. rhythm section. Over the past fifteen years he has played drums for: ‘Union’ (covers band), the ‘Yellow Ribbon Fight for Life’, ‘When the Cats Away’, T.V.3s ‘Stage of Origin’, ‘Debbie Harwood’, ‘Tina Cross’, ‘Larry Morris’, ‘Suzanne Lynch’, ‘John Rowles’, ‘Anna Wilson’, ‘Adeaze’, ‘Aradhna’ and cover bands’ ‘Karamol’, ‘The Band of Gold’, and ‘What’s going on’.


Michal is a talented keyboardist and pianist originally from Poland, who began his career as a classical pianist for 10 years before discovering his passion for jazz music. Michal graduated from the University of Auckland in 2011 with a degree in Jazz Performance (BMus). Since arriving in New Zealand he has toured, recorded and performed with artists such as Nathan Haines, Tama Waipara, Lewis McCallum, Kevin Mark Trail, Sharlene Hector, Miguel Fuentes, Maisey Rika, Roger Manins, Kevin Haines, Ron Samsom, Batucada Sound Machine and Indira Moala, amongst others. He is currently working on recording and co-producing his own original album with legendary modern jazz-fusion producer, Mike Patto (Reel People).

KARIKA JUNIOR TURUA (Bass, Backing Vocals)

Karika is a well established bass player from Auckland, N.Z. with over 25 years worth of experience performing on some of the biggest stages in the country and beyond. He is widely sought after for his solid groove foundation and versatile playing style, and has toured with some of NZ's finest singers and musicians. From The Lady-Killers covers super group to jazz-funk legend Nathan Haines, pianist Kevin Field on ‘Field of Vision’, Israeli guitar virtuoso Arli Liberman, drummer Ron Samsom’s Neutrino band, the Grand Central Band, fusion group ‘Blue Train’, and more. Karika has travelled extensively with his music and also added his bass finesse to many great New Zealand albums while keeping active on the local music scene.