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Elan Vital: The Future Is Retro

Dunedin electronic trio Elan Vital make synth-based music that washes all around you in the manner of the waves at St Kilda on a post dance party Sunday. Occasionally the water is calm and warmly familiar, ...

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Kiwi Country To Launch On UK TV

Musician Aly Cook's TV show Kiwi Country will be hitting UK and European airwaves on May 2. Picked up by UK's Keep it Country TV Channel, Cook will be promoting Kiwi country artists and landscapes. It will then be available weekly on Freeview where it will appear in up to 19 million homes. The real star of the show, says Cook, is the scenery, which features in the segments of interviews and music videos. “There’s so many really talented young artists who are producing videos that ...

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Opportunities

Young Classical Performers Grant For Wellington

The Dame Malvina Major Foundation offers a classical performers grant for young Wellingtonians through its Arts Excellence Awards. Up to $6,000 will be awarded by the Wellington Committee of the DMMF to musicians of outstanding ability and real development potential in the performing arts. For more information and how to apply click here. Applications close on May 25. Previous recipients of Arts Excellence Awards have included baritone Christian Thurston, soprano Isabella Moore, violist ...

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Jazz Awards 2017 Finalists Announced

The Jazz Awards 2017 finalists have been announced. Two awards will be presented this year; the Recorded Music NZ Best Jazz Album award and the APRA Best Jazz Composition. The finalists for the best jazz album are Myele Manzanza’s 'OnePointOne' (reviewed here), Jonathan Crayford’s 'East West Moon', and the Mike Nock Trio & NZ Trio’s 'Vicissitudes.' Callum Allardice's Deep Thought, Bruce Brown's It’s A Good Time (To Be A Man), and Familia by Jasmine Lovell-Smith are all in ...

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2017 Pacific Music Awards Finalists

Going by the list of 2017 Pacific Music Awards finalists published last night, Pasifika music is thriving. The finalists this year are, among others, artists whose tunes the whole world can hum along to, like the team behind the soundtrack of Disney's blockbuster Moana, local record breaking chart toppers, legendary stalwarts of the scene, dazzlingly talented newcomers, some of our finest voices, conscious lyricists, beatmakers and activists. In addition to the categories listed below, the ...

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Features

Premiere: Violet Highway – Breathe EP

Aucklanders Violet Highway are a female fronted three-piece who play an energetic blend of blues rock and pop. Their sophomore EP 'Breathe' is set for release on April 21, and they've allowed us to show it to you first, exclusively here on NZMusician.co.nz. BREATHE by Violet Highway Citing their influences as ranging from Joan Jett to the Black Keys, the band’s prior self-titled EP was received with positive reviews and described by NZM's Aaron Smith as an “almost ’90s pop rock kind ...

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Fresh Talent

Fresh Talent: Hybrid Rose

Citing a range of musical influences from Kevin Parker (Tame Impala) to Lady Gaga and Marina Diamandis, to Coldplay, Blenheim resident Stefani Gray (aka Hybrid Rose) self-produces tunes that vary from chiptune ditty Video Games to the poppy, dance-y Pixel and distorted dubstep of Expectations. Her influences go beyond music, however; the opening chords to Pixels came to her while watching an episode of Adventure Time for example. She also cites vintage design and graphics as an influence, especially ...

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Interviews

A Girl Named Mo: Who They Say You Might Be

Reasonably described as an edgy perspective on neo-soul, the music of A Girl Named Mo is an engaging combo of soulful electronica, hip hop and RnB. Slade Butler on keys and Marcus Gurtner on drums/samples provide a highly coloured, rhythmic but space-full backdrop to the smart lyrics and vocal versatility of Moana Ete. Andrew Witty spoke with Moana about their introductory live album, ‘Platonic\Romantic’, recorded live at a series of Wellington concerts and digitally released at the end of 2016. Led ...

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Get Yer Kit Off

Get Yer Kit Off: Ben Barter

Having previously been behind the kit for the likes of Kingston, No Wyld and Kidz In Space, for the last few years Aucklander Ben Barter has been from keeping time with Lorde. After relocating to LA the 31-year-old can also be seen drumming for Broods, Australian Jarryd James and US band Passion Pit on occasion – be it on major US talk shows or on some of the largest stages in the world. He interviewed fellow drummer Jimmy Mac of Scuba Diva for NZM’s last issue, and here we’ve turned the tables, ...

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Fresh Talent: Gromz

Gromz is a new band of twenty-somethings formed in Dunedin mid-2016. Two and a Half Days by GROMz “Gromz can be any little nippers, trying to make their mark. Grommits are just little kids running around causing mischief – I guess that's what we are!” Semisi Maiai, singer of Gromz, explains the name of the band and how the guys got together. “I met Mo, our guitarist, February last year at uni and we had a wee jam just for fun. I knew Isaac Kennedy was a drummer and I kind of knew ...

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The Bollands: From Fielding To Formosa

When musicians describe their new album as ‘vulnerable’, that’s all too often code for ‘this album lacks real inspiration’. It will likely consist of slow ballads and the lyrics will be a mix of tortured metaphors and navel-gazing narcissism. The tunes won’t be catchy, or memorable, lest they take away focus from the artist’s all-important inner pain. Vulnerable is all too often code for dull and whiny – but not so when it comes to The Bollands. Ailee Slater caught up with the now ...

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The All Seeing Hand: Way Beyond The Pale

Combining a drummer with a punk/hardcore background, a champion turntablist and a Mongolian throat singing exponent The All Seeing Hand are challenging on numerous levels. Off-kilter rhythms, futuristic mechanical drones and ancient chants somehow come together to make impossible to describe music that can somehow lull you into a trance. Primarily a live act, Aabir Mazumdar spoke with the Wellington trio of Jonny Marks, Ben Knight and David Morrison about their newly released fourth album ‘Sand ...

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Photo Galleries

Nadia Reid, Port Chalmers Town Hall, Mar 30 2017

These live shots of Nadia Reid were taken on her album release tour for 'Preservation' by Adam Binns at Port Chalmers Town Hall, on Thursday, March 30 2017.

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Record Store Day 2017

April 23 2017 was the 10th international Record Store Day. Auckland crowds traversed town on the hunt for some of the famed limited Record Store Day specials, and general browsing for vinyl while listening to local live music at every store. Trevor Villers headed out for us with his camera.

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NZ Musician Presents

23 Bands In (Just Over) 2 Hours

A gig, one night only, with 23 bands / acts, playing a song each over the course of just over two hours. For us at NZ Musician it's NZ Music Month all year round, so we've never thrown ourselves in the ring before. This year is different, and we want to celebrate with you. Hopefully the line up includes something for everyone, a mix of legends as well as up-and-comers, with a few multi-talented industry people for good measure. Where? The Wine Cellar, St Kevins Arcade, K'Rd, Auckland When? Wednesday, ...

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