Oozing vocal intricacies that echo the golden age of modern-day R&B, Reuben draws from the heart strings to access an emotional depth of someone who has lived. Born and raised on New Zealand’s coastal Coromandel, the 20-year-old singer-songwriter grew up in Whangamata, immersed in the surf and skate culture unique to the seaside town. ‘U’ is Reuben’s debut single and a strong signal for more to come.
Q&A with Reuben Fleetwood
Three New Zealand artists I grew up with who shaped my artistry: I’d say Stan Walker, Six60, Crowded House.
My first memory with music would be: We used to go to my grandparent’s farm for Christmas and things like that, and I always remember falling asleep to my Pop and other people playing guitar.
Jet planes, creepy jelly babies or pineapple lumps: *laughs* I’m only going to say this once, I only like Skittles alright?
A special skill I possess that no one would guess: I yawn when I get nervous. That’s not really a special skill…
My ultimate favourite kiwi classic song of all time: ‘Don’t Dream It’s Over’ by Crowded House.