Devin Abrams

Devin Abrams

Senior lecturer, Te Rewa o Puanga - the School of Music and Creative Media Production

Devin Abrams has for the better part of 15 years been a practicing musician, manager, producer and director of New Zealand band Shapeshifter. He also works as manager, artist developer, and producer for other New Zealand groups, alongside creating and performing his own music under the pseudonym Pacific Heights. Abrams has toured extensively throughout Europe, Asia, North America and Australia and his recordings are available through Warners Music, Universal Music and Truetone Recordings.

  • Expertise

    Music composition, production and performing.

  • Research Highlights

    The Stillness by Pacific Heights, Warners NZ and Create-Control Australia, 2016. An album of original electronica compositions. The album debut' in the top ten New Zealand Music album charts. The Stillness is a collaboration between composer/producer Devin Abrams and Wellington based vocalists.

    The Stillness Exhibition, 2016 A collaborative Exhibition featuring twelve pieces of work from artist Matthew Eales that represented the twelve songs on Abrams album 'The Stillness'. The works featured many interpretations and revisitations of each of Abrams' songs.  The exhibition was held in Wellington and Auckland during May 2016.

    Buried By the Burden Music Video by Pacific Heights, Warners NZ and Create-Control Australia. 2016 A music video directed by cinematographer Sam Peacocke to the lead single from Abrams album 'The Stillness'. It featured exclusively on highly respected U.S. based art site thenowness.com (owned by Louis Vitton).

    Delta by Shapeshifter, Universal Music/Truetone Recordings, 2016 An album of original electronica compositions. Winning several New Zealand Music Awards and achieving multiple weeks at number one in the New Zealand top 40 album charts alongside platinum status in New Zealand. The album was released worldwide through Universal Music/Truetone Recordings.

  • Qualifications

    MMus (Otago University)