Mt. Maunganui based producer Tia Beaufort (Ngāti Kahungunu) is usually found playing drums for rappers such as Sid Diamond, Raiza Biza and JessB, but recently he has fallen in love with the art of producing hip-hop influenced music.

Tia is a graduate of the New Zealand School of Music, with a degree in Jazz Performance, and is currently teaching at Mount Maunganui College and working as a freelance musician around NZ. 

An experienced, percussionist and drum tutor, Tia is also a competent player of piano, guitar and bass and has a sound knowledge of musical theory.