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SWIDT: Straight Outta Onehunga

Finalists for both the 2016 Critics Choice Prize and the Urban / Hip Hop Album of the Year Tui at the NZ Music Awards that followed soon after, unassuming Auckland hip hop newcomers SWIDT missed out on ...

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Opportunities

Taite Music Prize Nominations Open

Labels, it’s time to nominate your artists’ albums of 2016 for this year’s Taite Music Prize. Determined by industry judges, the award is all about the originality, artistic merit, creativity, innovation and excellence of each album in its entirety. Any qualifying NZ albums released during 2016 (Jan 1 - Dec 31) are eligible. The deadline for nominations is February 7. Responding to that awkward silence in the room when the winning act is obviously elsewhere and unable to front for ...

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Classics & Clangers

Diversity: Upper Reaches Of Music Industry ‘A Man’s World’

"The upper ranks of the UK’s music industry are still “a man’s world”, with women in only 30% of senior executive roles despite making up more than half of entry-level positions," starts the article by Hannah Ellis-Petersen in The Guardian, published on January 9. "Keith Harris – who has worked with artists including Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross and Stevie Wonder – chaired the survey. He said the problem of a lack of diversity was self-perpetuating, as those in senior positions tended ...

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Kings: Don’t Worry, Be Happy

Six60 and Broods pretty much owned the NZ Singles Chart back in May when an unknown guy calling himself Kings turned up with Don’t Worry Bout It, which entered at #20. After hovering in the bigger numbers for a month the single started a rapid climb that took it to #1 by mid-July. It’s not gone anywhere since, Gold in late August, Platinum by late October and still #1 (half a year and counting) as this issue goes to print. It’s a single phenomenon. Emma Moss talked to Kings just before his ...

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Interviews

Albi And The Wolves: A Pack Of Three

Easily mistaken at first glance as an oddball half-band – an open-mic night kind of unfinished ensemble – Albi And The Wolves typically take little more time than the obligatory count in to convincingly prove otherwise. Somehow the combination of casual electric violin-wielder, retiring hippy-haired upright bass player, and bald-but-bearded, albino acoustic guitarist frontman just… works. And work they sure do, the trio rank right up there in the hardest-working local act department. Sammy ...

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Fresh Talent

Fresh Talent: Iris Guevarra

The young Iris Guevarra was only seven years of age, yet heartbroken and crushed at what she thought was the realisation that her dreams could never come true… “I joined the talent competition, and I didn’t get a placing. I remember vividly when I didn’t hear my name getting called out, and I was crying on my mum’s lap.” But that was 11 years ago, and now Guevarra has gained not only first place in this year’s Smokefreerockquest solo/duo category, but also a life (so far) journeying ...

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Interviews

Opetaia Foa’i: Making Moana’s music

New Zealand composers quite possibly have a strong reputation in Disney land, courtesy of Bret McKenzie’s genius in composing Man or Muppet, for which he famously won the Original Song Oscar at the 2012 Academy Awards. Equally it could just have been the international reputation of his show band and the seven prior albums which won Te Vaka’s Opetaia Foa’i the role of songwriter for Disney’s next-big-thing Polynesian ‘princess’ movie Moana. No matter, it was a role of great kudos, a huge ...

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Book Reviews

The Dunedin Sound – Some Disenchanted Evening

By Ian Chapman, Bateman Publishing, rrp $50 One of the many endearing aspects of Dr Ian Chapman’s book, 'The Dunedin Sound - Some Disenchanted Evening', is just how much of it is taken up with the very question of whether there is such a thing – or at least, whether or not it’s right to lump the music of widely various acts together into one descriptive hold-all, simply based on their city of origin. It’s a book that happily challenges its own precept – that the Dunedin Sound is ...

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Get Yer Kit Off

Get Yer Kit Off: Jimmy Mac

Throughout 2014 James McDonald performed all across the globe with Lorde, playing not drums but synths and electronics. Late last year Jimmy Mac surfaced back home in Auckland under the guise of Scuba Diva, a “hi-fi alt pop” act. Happily back behind the drums he promptly won the 2016 Critics Choice Award. NZM thanks Ben Barter (Lorde, Kingston, The Wyld) for agreeing to do the GYKO interview honours. So first up, how did you feel about winning the Critics Choice Prize? Will it be valuable to ...

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Remembering...

Ray Columbus OBE (4/11/1942 – 29/11/2016)

For those going out to popular music venues or at home watching TV in the 1970s and ’80s, Ray Columbus was a very familiar figure. A fantastically versatile performer and unusually great Kiwi showman he was a staple of televised entertainment shows, and one of New Zealand’s few real stars of the time. A pop star first maybe, but he far transcended that genre. Such popular stars can often be impossibly cool and equally impossible, or at least too daunting, for Joe Citizen to talk to. Not so ...

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Live Reviews

Live Review: Devilskin Live At Altitude in Hamilton (23/12/16)

A homecoming Christmas gig is the perfect gift for loyal fans, and for Hamilton metal fans Christmas came early. An enthusiastic queue of waiting fans weaved its way well down the road as the doors at Altitude opened, and Devilskin t-shirts of old and new made their way into the venue. Opening acts Skinny Hobos and City Of Souls took a leaf from Devilskin’s book of self promotion, both had merch stalls worth checking out with a good range of product to help fund their cause. Auckland two-piece ...

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Live Reviews

Live Review: The Nudge Dark Arts Single Release

Wellington-based trio (and backing band for recent installments of Fly My Pretties) The Nudge smashed out an electric performance in celebration of the release their new single Dark Arts from their upcoming album of the same name at Whammy Bar on November 26. Jean Bell headed along. Dark Arts by The Nudge While Whammy wasn’t packed to the rafters, it was certainly full of love for music. With the sound fine-tuned to appear textured and full, the experience was completed by a psychedelic ...

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Events

Vote For For Your Dirtbags!

For the third year, the team behind 95bFM's Dirtbag Radio show are organising an alternative music award, the Dirtbag Awards.  "Born out of a drunken 4am conversation cursing the avalanche of shit that fills commercial music award shows, the Dirtbag Awards celebrate the hard-working, under-praised musicians, artists, bar staff, promoters and sound engineers that make up our local underground music scene." For the first time, the award will cover categories for favourite bands by bNet stations ...

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