Theia is one of the most exciting pop voices to emerge from New Zealand in the past five years – Billboard
“Bad ass attitude that doesn’t f around” – triple j Unearthed
Theia is one of alt-pop music’s most idiosyncratic acts. Her burgeoning catalogue showcases an artist who is unafraid to push boundaries both sonically and lyrically.
The singer and songwriter first emerged in 2015 with the exquisite R’n’B-infused ‘Silver Second’, produced by Alex Hope (Troye Sivan, Tove Lo). She followed it up in 2016 with her breakout hit ‘Roam’, which set the scene for the release of her debut EP, earning her three nominations at the 2017 NZ Music Awards and a nod for ‘Breakthrough Artist’ at the 2017 Georgie Awards. The self-titled EP received widespread radio play in NZ and Asia and has gone on to be streamed more than 16 million times on Spotify.
Theia returned in early 2019 with her second EP, NOT YOUR PRINCESS, receiving critical acclaim from the likes of the UK’s Clash Magazine, which described it as “five tracks of exquisite pop music that drifts into uncharted territory”. The EP also got two nods at the 2019 Waiata Māori Music Awards.
In May 2020, Theia released her 99% Angel mixtape. The four-track record, made up of A-sides and B-sides, cleverly showcases the two worlds in which Theia exists – hooky mainstream bops, alongside bold and edgy alt-pop.
“Her new mixtape is a sweltering collage of neon mixes, delectable hooks, and gut-punching bass. But, if you listen closely, you’re thrust into a movement [of] weaponizing club music and re-defining a genre” – Pure Nowhere
“Fluorescent alt-pop that bulldozes social injustices? No other artist can do Theia, like Theia” – Uniquely Aligned
Theia is a respected songwriter, who has written with well-known names such as Mike Elizondo (Eminem, Dre); Emily Warren (Chainsmokers, Dua Lipa); Guy Sebastian, James Newman (Ed Sheeran, Rudimental), MoZella (Miley Cyrus, Kelly Clarkson) and Teddy Sinclair (Madonna, Rihanna). She has twice been a finalist in the International Songwriting Competition – this year her song ‘Not Your Princess’ was placed third in the ‘Unpublished’ category. It also received an honorable mention in the ‘Top 40/Pop’ category. Theia has also showcased her strength as a songwriter in te reo Māori, releasing the Christmas hymn ‘Te Kaiwhakaora O Te Ao’ in December 2019.
An accomplished performer, she has opened for acts such as Sia, Charli XCX, Tones And I, Portugal. The Man, LEON and Mika. She has also played at many of New Zealand’s largest festivals, from Bay Dreams to R&V. In early 2020 she headlined the Heaps Gay party at Sydney Mardi Gras alongside Dorian Electra. Throughout the COVID lockdown she played regular online sets with well-known US underground clubs such as Subculture and performed at Club Immaterial’s ‘Cyber Fashion Week’ closing party, which featured in Vogue Spain.