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Thomston: Getting Behind The Name

21 million Spotify streams is a shit load more than most artists can hope to accumulate, a number all the more impressive if the artist in question has yet to release an album – or celebrate turning ...

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News

NZ Music Charts Now To Include Bandcamp

From the beginning of December the Official Top 40 and IMNZ charts will include physical and digital sales from Bandcamp. “Bandcamp has become a popular destination for local music fans, especially those looking to explore the full depth of independent and innovative music available out there today,” says Recorded Music NZ Data Manager Paul Kennedy. “Being able to fully reflect that diversity of music in both the Official Top 40 and the IMNZ charts is something we are very pleased to ...

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NZ Music Community Wellbeing Survey Findings

The NZ Music Foundation has released its findings from the music community wellbeing survey conducted in July this year. Over 1350 respondents answered 40 questions about their working hours and income, sleep, nutrition and exercise, drug and alcohol use, mental health, support networks and more. Initial results from the survey, released in September, showed that over a third of songwriters, composers and performers report having been diagnosed with a mental health disorder - almost double ...

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Farewell To Ray Columbus

NZ music legend Ray Columbus has died in Auckland aged 74.  Columbus was best know for his 1964 hit She's A Mod. Performed with his band The Invaders, it was the first song from a NZ group to reach the top of the charts in another country. His 2011 autobiography was appropriately titled The Modfather. Ray Columbus & The Invaders were inducted into the NZ Hall Of Fame in 2009 as part of the NZ Music Awards. Ray was the first pop star in the British Commonwealth to be awarded ...

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Malcolm Black To Replace Don McGlashan On APRA Board

Malcolm Black joins the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) board as the New Zealand Writer Director, replacing Don McGlashan, who is stepping down. As a songwriter, Malcolm won a Silver Scroll in 1984 with the Netherworld Dancing Toys for the For Today. He has since focused on the business side of music as director of A&R at Sony Music NZ, co-manager of Neil Finn and Crowded House and establishing licensing and digital company Les Mills Music. Additional nominations ...

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On Foreign Soil

On Foreign Soil: Stephen Matthews In Glasgow

In late July songwriter, composer and University of Auckland music lecturer Stephen Matthews attended the international 2016 ISME music educators’ conference in Glasgow. He was asked to share his thoughts on creative projects that help songwriters find a personal and authentic musical voice. I have been fortunate to mentor songwriters and vocalists at the University of Auckland for quite a few years now. And what a privilege it is to be part of such a loyal community of 50 plus committed songwriters ...

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Fresh Talent

Fresh Talent: Deanne Krieg

From an early age, singer/songwriter Deanne Krieg was exposed to an inter-disciplinary approach to music, pursuing both singing and the guitar through her school years. Deanne earned a scholarship to a programme at Capital E that trained her to develop her own music and introduced her to recording and music production. She continued to purse her talents and completed her Bachelors degree in performance, with a focus on vocal jazz from the NZ School of Music. Her aesthetic sensibilities have been ...

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Interviews

Name UL: Wellington By The Bottle

Under the rapper pseudonym of Name UL, Emanuel Psathas recently released his debut album. The honest and confrontational album focuses on our youth drinking culture, doubling as a love letter-of sorts to the capital city. He talked about ‘Choice(s)’ with Jack Woodbury. Dixon Street’s Flight Coffee Hangar is a bustling little concrete box at 9:30am. Emanuel Psathas appears right at home in the small café. Loud, vibrant and full of coffee aromas, it seems pertinent to meet Wellington’s ...

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Pitch Black: Future’s Knocking

Even for those with close ties to our electronic music scene it must surely come as a surprise that Pitch Black have been churning out their often ground-breaking music and visuals for more than two decades. A human generation but more like an eon in terms of the dance floor dub/electronica they specialise in. Okay, so it’s been nine years since ‘Rude Mechanicals’, but 2016 sees the duo of Paddy Free and Mike Hodgson mark their duo’s 20th year by dropping ‘Filtered Senses’, their fifth ...

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Bic Runga: Getting The Bic Idea

It's a lesson in just how influential and important a song, and one album can be. Bic Runga's Sway featured on her debut album 'Drive' which was released back in August 1997. When she performed it at the 2016 NZ Music Awards she had the Vector Arena crowd in her hands and TV viewers of all ages would no doubt have been singing along. Almost 20 years ago, NZM's April/May 1997 issue featured Bic on the cover a few months ahead of the release of 'Drive' with the following article by Andrew Polson. ...

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Gear Reviews

Yamaha Montage 6 Synthesiser

Released this year, Yamaha’s new Montage is billed a synthesiser from the future and a flagship product for the brand. A further development of Yamaha’s game-changing DX and the later Motif synth range, Montages come in three models, 88-, 76- and 61-key versions – the latter being the one I was provided for this review. Biggest of the range is the Montage 8 which boasts fully-weighted balanced hammer key action and will set you back seven grand, while the Montage 6 comes at the more widely ...

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Candice Milner: When One Door Closes…

The 2014 release of her debut single Helping Hands in support of Canteen and the Cancer Society marked Candice Milner out as an artist of interest. Still a teenager she has now delivered 'Evergreen', an album of not pop that she can best describe as being from her idiosyncratic home town, as she tells Jennifer Shields. Lyttelton local Candice Milner announced herself in the the scene last year with her single Run For It winning the (late) audience.co.nz’s monthly charts for June, and so gaining ...

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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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Reviews

Volume: Making Music in Aotearoa

‘ Volume : Making Music in Aotearoa’ has been over two years in development, a joint venture between the Auckland Museum and the NZ Music Hall of Fame. Auckland War Memorial Museum October 2016 – May 2017 ‘Volume’ is many things: interactive, fun and often insightful, taking you back in time from now (2000s) to then (1950s) as you wend your way through, ending with the obligatory shop, and a photographic ‘wall of fame’ of musicians and bands before you exit. The exhibition ...

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