Peter "P-Money" Wadams is New Zealand’s most renowned Producer and DJ. His talents in the studio and on the decks have made him a household name and a pioneering figure within New Zealand music.
Only a handful of D.J.'s can create both a great live mix on stage and produce amazing original songs, P-Money, the Papakura born DJ and Record Producer, is one of those select few.
P-Money’s musical pedigree is certified with a string of number one hits and platinum selling albums to his credit. A true ambassador of NZ Music he co-wrote and produced five of the biggest New Zealand singles of the past decade; “Not Many”, “Stand Up”, & “Stop The Music ft Scribe”, “Keep On Callin ft Akon” and “Everything ft Vince Harder”. The latter of which broke through to UK airwaves on BBC1 and was dubbed Zane Lowe’s Hottest Record in the World.
As a teenager P-Money poured endless hours into his craft of DJ'ing, a discipline that would culminate in a 3rd Place prize at the legendary DMC World DJ Championship (a Bronze Medal in the Olympics of the DJ World!). The skills developed during those early years are evident every time P takes the stage to perform be it in the most intimate club setting or live on main-stage at the largest festivals.
He and business partner Callum August founded independent record label Dirty Records in 2001 launching the careers of local rap superstars Scribe, PNC and David Dallas. When Dirty Records released P-Money’s debut album “Big Things” an entire generation of Hip-Hop artists were inspired to reach the new benchmark set by the label and it's prodigious producer.
P-Money’s scope of production work spans from Hip-Hop and Rap into the world’s of Pop, Dance, R&B and Soul music. Producing a series of Rap albums for the artists on his label and a variety of dance singles with the likes of Dan Aux, MayaVanya, Kaleena Zanders and CTFD before switching gears to produce the award winning retro soul album “Treble & Reverb” by New Zealand soul sensation Aaradhna.
In 2013 P-Money paired with US indie Hip-Hop label Duck Down Music to release his sixth album “Gratitude”. The album includes features by Talib Kweli, Freddie Gibbs, Roc Marciano, M.O.P., Havoc (of Mobb Deep), Buckshot, Aaradhna, Nicole Wray (Lady), Fashawn, Skyzoo, Jamall Bufford, Pac Div, STS, Blaison Maven, Monsta G and @Peace. And in 2014 P-Money released the underground Hip-Hop album 'Backpack Travels' alongside legendary Brooklyn MC and Duck Down Music founder "Buckshot" (of Black Moon).
In 2015 P-Money was enlisted as music supervisor and composer for the motion picture "Born To Dance" starring Stan Walker with choreography by Parris Goebel.
Peter "P-Money" Wadams is co-writer and producer on the worldwide chart hit "Call On Me" by Australian singer/songwriter Starley. The two met via a mutual associate and began collaborating prior to the singer signing a record deal with Australian dance label Tinted Music. "Call On Me" was #1 in Sweden for 4 weeks and cracked the Top 10 in the U.K., Germany, Australia, Denmark, Ireland, Scotland, New Zealand, Norway, Belgium, Switzerland and the Netherlands.
Big Things (Dirty Records) 2002
Big Things Instrumentals (Dirty Records) 2003
Magic City (Dirty Records) 2004
Unreleased Joints and Remixes (Dirty Records) 2007
Everything (Dirty Records) 2010
Gratitude (Dirty Records / Duck Down Music) 2013
Buckshot & P-Money - Backpack Travels (Duck Down Music) 2014
P-Money & Gappy Ranks - The Baddest EP (Dirty Records) 2014
Che-Fu - The Navigator (Epic) (4 Tracks, co-produced) 2001
Scribe - The Crusader (Dirty Records) 2003
PNC - Rookie Card (Dirty Records) (3 Tracks) 2006
Sky’high - Your Highness EP / Forever Sky’High [Album] (Elefant Traks) 2012
Aaradhna - Treble & Reverb (Dawn Raid Music) 2013
Starley - Call On Me [Single] (Tinted Music) 2016
Awards and Achievements
1999 - New Zealand ITF DJ Battle National Champion
2000 - New Zealand ITF DJ Battle National Champion
2000 - b-Net New Zealand Music Awards - Best Turntablist
2001 - b-Net New Zealand Music Awards - Best Turntablist
2001 - New Zealand ITF DJ Battle National Champion
2001 - Technics DMC New Zealand Champion
2001 - 3rd Place Technics DMC World DJ Championships
2002 - b-Net New Zealand Music Awards - Best Hip-Hop Release – “Big Things”
2004 - APRA Silver Scroll Award - Songwriter Of The Year - “Not Many”
2004 - RIANZ New Zealand Music Awards - Best Producer - Scribe “The Crusader”
2004 - RIANZ New Zealand Music Awards - Songwriter/s Of The Year - “Not Many - The Remix!”
2005 - b-Net New Zealand Music Awards - Best Hip-Hop Release - “Magic City”
2005 - RIANZ New Zealand Music Awards - Best Urban Album - “Magic City”
2005 - RIANZ New Zealand Music Awards - Best Male Solo Artist
2006 - Australian Urban Music Awards - Best DJ
2006 - Australian Urban Music Awards - Best Hip-Hop Single - “Stop The Music”
2007 - Australian Urban Music Awards - Best Producer
2009 - RIANZ New Zealand Music Awards - Single Of The Year Finalist - "Everything"
2010 - RIANZ New Zealand Music Awards - Best Electronic Album Finalist - "Everything"
2013 - RIANZ New Zealand Music Awards - Best Urban Album Finalist - “Gratitude”