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New Zealand-born, Melbourne-based Lance Ferguson is a Producer, Guitarist, Songwriter, DJ and Tru Thoughts recording artist. He divides his time between leading Australia’s premier funk/soul outfit The Bamboos, releasing electronic-based production/remixes under his Lanu guise, and lending his production, songwriting and guitar skills to Kylie Auldist & Cookin’ On 3 Burners.

Lance comes from a line of music makers that started with his Hawaiian-guitarist grandfather Bill Wolfgramm who recorded NZ’s first ever LP record back in 1956.

Keeping with the family tradition, his first foray into production was releasing Australia’s very first deep funk 45 with The Bamboos in 2001.

Since then he has produced 11 full-length albums and over 40 singles for labels including Tru Thoughts (UK), Ubiquity (USA), Freestyle (UK), Kaydee (USA), Soul Source (Japan), Equatorial, Local People & Bamboo Shack (AUS).

He has collaborated on musical projects with artists including: Quantic (U.K), Lyrics Born (U.S), Alice Russell (U.K), TY (U.K), Aloe Blacc (U.S), Ohmega Watts (U.S), Megan Washington (AUS), Kero One (U.S), Kylie Auldist (AUS) Paul MacInnes (SWED) & Tyra Hammond (NZ).

His releases have received chartlistings and radio play from key tastemakers including; Gilles Peterson (‘Worldwide’ BBC Radio 1), Benji B (Deviation 1XTRA), Mark Lamarr (BBC2), Craig Charles (BBC6), Patrick Forge (Kiss FM), Jazzanova, Nicola Conte, Nik Weston, Rainer Truby, Ennio Styles, Kenny Dope & Keb Darge,

Lance’s music has been included on over 50 different CD complilations and on high-rating TV shows including: Grey’s Anatomy, Ugly Betty, Packed To The Rafters, Recruits, Bondi Rescue & Underbelly (Seasons 1 & 2).

In 2010 his composition for The Bamboos; “Can’t Help Myself” was nominated in the ‘Blues & Roots Work Of The Year’ category at the annual APRA Music awards.

An accomplished guitarist, he has played with artists/acts including; Syl Johnson (U.S), Eddie Bo (U.S), Eddie Floyd (U.S), Joe Bataan (U.S), Betty Harris (U.S), Alice Russell (U.K), Megan Washington, Kylie Auldist, Mark de Clive-Lowe, The Quantic Soul Orchestra, Lady Alma, Bembe Segue, Doug Parkinson, Renee Geyer, The Bamboos, Cookin’ On 3 Burners and Los Cabrones.

Lance Ferguson was a co-founder of Melbourne’s Local People and Equatorial labels, whose releases put Melbourne on the map in the early 2000’s for purveyors of quality, soulful club music.

His DJ sets and live shows have been heard around the globe at destinations including London (The Barbican/The Jazz Cafe), New York, Paris, Los Angeles (Low End Theory), San Francisco, Washington DC, Brighton (The Brighton Jazz Rooms), Barcelona, Madrid, Edinburgh, Tokyo, Berlin, Italy, Switzerland, Slovakia, Belgium, Ireland, Hong Kong, Shanghai and throughout Australia & New Zealand.

He has performed at events including The Byron Bay Blues & Roots Festival, Meredith Music Festival, Falls Festival, The West Coast Blues & Roots Festival, Golden Plains, Parklife, The Adelaide Festival, The St Kilda Festival, The Caloundra Music Festival, The Sydney Festival & Trop Fest.

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