Atsushi Ukito, aka "Moisty Atsushi" immigrated to New Zealand in 1999 from Japan.
That year he joined Auckland ska band Risto Rockers as guitarist and songwriter. Later he joined local ska/punk band Skivvy, on trumpet and back-up vocals. Atsushi toured New Zealand with both bands, as well as playing countless local gigs and continued to write and record his own tunes.
With a near-obsessive passion for 1960s Jamaican ska and rocksteady music, Atsushi started a solo project in 2003, evolving it by 2006 into popular authentic ska band Atsushi and The Moisties. Under his leadership, the band looked to recreate the sound of early Jamaican ska, releasing their Sound of the Ska EP in 2008 and sold-out vinyl 7″ Kingsland the Great in 2010. Atsushi and The Moisties have performed at numerous shows and festivals around the country, alongside both local and international acts. As part of his high-energy stage act with The Moisties, Atsushi dons animal costumes on-stage, a unique performance aspect that the band is renowned for.
Combining his passion for music and love of teaching, in 2009 Atsushi formed The Mini Moisties “ska for kids”; a full ska band featuring eleven and twelve year-old children performing original Moisties songs. The Mini Moisties have successfully established their own following in Auckland, recently performing in Aotea Square and on the main stage at the Kiwi Day Out festival in the Auckland Domain.
In the past few years Atsushi has promoted events for, toured with, and performed alongside Chris Murray (USA), DJ Mossman (Canada – Musical Director of Rocksteady: The Roots of Reggae), and Stranger Cole (Jamaica). Travelling to South America, he performed with several Moisties members in Brazil and recorded with Daniel from Satellite Kingston (based in Buenos Aires, Argentina). Performing as a solo artist he played overseas in Japan and Argentina and toured New Zealand with Monica and The Explosion.
Meanwhile, December 2011 saw the release of “Speedo”, a Moisty Atsushi solo project featuring two tracks performed by The Mini Moisties. Atsushi is a songwriter, guitarist, artist, promoter, DJ, producer and teacher. And the same year, he started recording with his band, the Moisties and local musicians. They experimented with room, microphones, styles and tape recorders to create their vintage sound. In 2012, the band released Fire Train 7″. And his long time dream, playing with the Skatalites finally came true. Lester Sterling recorded on his new album, adding greatly to the vintage sound.
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