Hopetoun Brown

2017 Taite Prize finalists and newly announced Arts on Tour act Hopetoun Brown have built a devoted audience over the past couple of years with two Top 40 albums and countless live shows up and down the nation.

While the duo have captivated audiences at Auckland City Limits, Waiheke Jazz Festival and supporting Violent Femmes for two sold-out nights in a row at the St James, the pair also play horns for some of our finest local acts, including Marlon Williams, Tami Neilson and Dave Dobbyn. Tim Stewart and Nick Atkinson are also founding and current members of local funk juggernaught Supergroove and they always use Shure microphones when performing with the rowdy seven-piece.

Hopetoun Brown are currently working on their next record tentatively titled Go Electric which is set for release in March 2018 and they’re already booked to play Waiheke Jazz Festival 2018 after which they’ll be on the road with Arts on Tour throughout April and May 2018. There are plenty more places you catch the band between now and then including Winetopia Auckland and Wellington, The Nelson Cider Festival and numerous other headlining slots around New Zealand.

Hopetoun Brown on Shure:

  • What was your first Shure product? Are you still using this product now? Shure SM57. Total workhorse, use it on every show for the bass clarinet and saxophone.
  • How have Shure products helped you throughout your career? It's the clarity and reliability that stand out.
  • What Shure products could you not live without, and why? As a band that pays it's way on stage it's those classic live mics that we couldn't live without, but now we've joined the Shure family we're starting to get attached to the beautiful range of studio gear too.
  • Do you have any stories/experiences using Shure product in live performance and/or recording applications that are interesting to share? We're in a process of discovery with mics like the new KSM8 which we're loving on stage and in the studio. The KSM313 is really working when we want a warmer sound with a retro character for horns and vocals and the SM7 is very impressive for Tim's big lead vocal.
  • What qualities do you think defines Shure as a brand? And why would you choose Shure over other products? Again it's the clarity and reliability of those classics like the 57 and the 58 on stage. With Hopetoun Brown the only electronics we use on stage are microphones and maybe the odd vintage keyboard, so the mics are key for us.

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  • Shure SM7B Studio Microphone
  • Shure KSM313 Dual Voice Ribbon Microphone
  • Shure PGA181-XLR Side Address Cardioid Condenser Microphone
  • Shure PGA52-XLR Cardioid Dynamic Kick Drum Microphone
  • Shure KSM8 Dualdyne Vocal Microphone x 2