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Finding Your Voice: How Aotearoa Is Perfect For Touring!

I had the great privilege of recently touring Aotearoa with Arts on Tour and experienced tour veterans The Alpaca Social Club, stretching from Riverton to Kaitaia with 23 gigs in 26 daze! This column ...

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Opportunities

2017 NZ Jazz Award Entries Sought

Entries for the 2017 NZ Jazz Awards are open; the submission deadline is February 13. You can find application details for the Best Jazz Composition 2017 award here. Application details for the Best Jazz Album 2017 award can be found here. This year will see the awards ceremony shift from Tauranga to the capital, to coincide with the Wellington Jazz Festival in June 2017.

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Opportunities

Time to Enter The Pacific Music Awards!

Nominations for the 2017 Pacific Music Awards are open, with all entries due by February 7. Eligible to enter are Pacific artists who have released singles, EPs or albums for sale in 2016. Check out the full terms and conditions here. To access the online nomination system, you will need a link and password – please email info@pacificmusicawards.org.nz for more information. The categories for 2017 are... Best Pacific Group Best Pacific Female Artist Best Pacific Male Artist ...

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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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Fresh Talent

Fresh Talent: Molly & The Chromatics

Over the summer of 2014, Molly & The Chromatics started playing covers at house parties. With most of the original line up hailing from Auckland’s North Shore they quickly developed a solid following around Devonport and Takapuna, gigging with other local bands. “Our first big gig was at The Patriot in Devonport, which was packed because everyone there knows everyone, and wants to support everyone,” reminisces singer Molly Rowlandson. The band quickly grew tired of playing the same ...

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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: 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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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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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 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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