About the band

The Response are an alt-pop duo based in Ōtautahi, New Zealand.

New Zealand Alternative Pop duo The Response blend electronic minimalism, pop sensibilities and the eclectic influences of vocalist/guitarist Andy Knopp and multi-instrumentalist Victoria Knopp to create what NZ Musician Magazine describes as “indie pop at its carefully crafted best.” Their dynamic live show has allowed them to share the stage with such international acts as Baio (of Vampire Weekend fame), Deep Sea Diver (Seattle), Big Scary (Australia) and Kate Boy (Sweden), as well as play local festivals.

After two years based in Vancouver, Canada where apartment living and public transit inspired a more minimalistic and increasingly electronic shift in their sound and live set up, The Response made their way back to New Zealand where they have since released EPs ‘What Are You Waiting For?’ and ‘Little Worlds’ as well as the full length ‘Escaping This Cold Rotation’. Described as “indie-proper”, the duo write, produce, record, mix and master all their own music, as well as design and artwork.

Often introspective, their music is said to “offer a sense of cautious hope, one that brings nostalgic touches of loss, belonging and identity” (Permanent Rain Press). With new singles ‘Circles Within Circles’ and ‘Over The Moon’, The Response have unearthed a new facet of their sound that is bursting with frenetic energy.

The Response have joined forces with Rodney Fisher (Goodshirt) to create a beautiful and pensive full album Art School Dropout, released September 29, 2023.

“This dynamic pair delivers a sound that is both familiar and fresh, capturing hearts with their signature blend of synth-driven Indie Rock and honest songwriting that explores the complexities of the human experience.”

Koze Music – April 2023

Latest Music Video


Andy Knopp
Guitar, Vocals, Loops

​ Victoria Knopp
Drum samples, Foot controlled bass synth, Vocals, Glockenspiel

The Response also work as a music production duo, producing and recording artists all over New Zealand including Volts, Rodney Fisher, Music with Michal, Imperial April, Katie Thompson, Emma Dilemma, Mini Miller and many others.