Paora Apera aka P Digsss

Paora 'P Digsss' Apera is the vocal vanguard of beloved Kiwi band Shapeshifter. He lives out in Muriwai Beach, northwest of Auckland but spends most of his time touring Aotearoa and abroad, taking Shapeshifter’s unique live mix of drum and bass, electronica, soul, jazz and rock to the adoring masses. When he’s not busy with his music, he’s giving back to his community and is a passionate advocate for one of our partner charities, Sustainable Coastlines, helping them motivate volunteers and communities around Aotearoa and the Pacific to look after the coastlines we all love. 


What’s happening in the world of P Digsss?

Right, on this hand, the past three months of my life I've been touring with Shapeshifter across NZ and AUS promoting the release of our new album DELTA. Touring is epic. Even after 14 years as Shapeshifter we still love it. You would hope after all those years you got something right and that's touring … we got it dialled. Always fun times to be had.

On the other hand, I've been fitting in surfing, skating and snowboarding in Japan, riding the illest powder with my bro Sambora from Shapeshifter and your own bad self (Pat). Been dj'n a lot more this year and learning how to use the Maschine from native instruments to make my own beats. Mad fun. Tricky but mad fun. At the same time I have a great passion for Ducati motorcycles. I have three at present. Nearly every spare minute I have will be engrossed in my bikes. It’s crazy at times … if it wasn't for the band I’d be spending all my time tinkering away, polishing and just staring at the bloody things till the wee hours. 


Name an everyday action that makes the world a better place, yet is underrated.

It's almost like a simple hello has become underrated these days but pop a fine as smile on your dial while delivering it. Boom. Happy days and that helps make a better world right.


Describe the most generous person you know and how they influenced you.

Of course family come first. My mother who birthed me of this physical existence … always giving, unconditionally loving. Generous people come into life in waves. My bro Downtown will go out of his way for friends - it’s bloody inspiring. My flatmate Kpz inspires me on a daily basis. That's life really. Surround oneself with inspirational characters and be a big old sponge. 


Tell us three things that inspire you and why. 

  1. Fresh falling dry snow and the promise of riding bottomless powder runs through trees all day.
  2. Perfect peeling 4-6ft surf outside my window in summer or any empty brand new skate bowl, that'll do it.
  3. Riding my super bike on epic roads across our country is up there.

Yeah all of the above laced with a heavy dosage of music of course. Boom. Let’s ride.


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