Kiwi electronic star Baynk's homecoming

He's booked some of the world's biggest gigs, but now Kiwi electronic producer and singer Baynk is bringing his hits to local fans.

With more than 1.3 million streams each month and counting on Spotify, the former engineer's rise to success is far from over - and he's loving every minute.

"This is probably the perfect outcome to be honest," the 26-year-old told Newshub.

Jock Nowell-Usticke - aka Baynk - broke into the music scene in 2015 after uploading a song to Soundcloud while on holiday in Europe.

It made waves among electronic enthusiasts and the music industry and it was then when he realised his planned engineering career wasn't for him.

"I don't really like stop often enough to reality check and think what my life would be like now if I was still doing chemical engineering.

"I'm sure I'd be much less happier than I am now," he says.

The young producer played at Coachella this year and is lined up for next month's Lollapolooza Festival in Chicago.

His seven-track EP released in May has also been met with wide acclaim but he admits it's his impending New Zealand tour dates that he says he's most nervous about.

"There's a lot more pressure when it's your friends and your family and the people you grew up with because you're kind of trying to like prove something to them that you're not just the guy from university or school."

He's also decided to donate some of the ticket sales from his New Zealand shows to victims of the Christchurch terror attacks.

"It just did so much for me as a person going to university there. The people I met are still like my best friends today and I just thought it was the least I could do."

While Kiwi stages might seem pale in comparison to overseas festivals, Baynk told Newshub he's put in just as much effort.

"We've just gone second by second to really make sure it's an experience and that people have a good time."

Baynk performs in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin this week before heading to Asia and the US.


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