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February/March 2017

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Interviews

Nadia Reid: Turning Towards The Light

It’s little more than a year since the last glowing international reviews of Nadia Reid’s PledgeMe-funded first album, ’Listen To Formation – Look For The Signs’, were published. Though not all ...

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FEATURES

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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Fresh Talent

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 ...

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Interviews

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 ...

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Interviews

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 ...

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Interviews

Abigail Knudson: Do As You Please

Little more than a year into her recording career, Dunedin native Abigail Knudson has already proven herself to be incredibly prolific, establishing a digital release profile that is elegant and darkly ...

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Ex-Pat Files

Ex-Pat Files: Great Danes

Chester Travis is one of those driven, uber onto it people that started playing music and promoting shows as under age kid, before heading out to find success overseas. After a stint in London he was ready ...

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Interviews

Tweed: Tightly Knit Sounds

Sparingly strummed mandolin and delicate French horn introduce ‘High-Brow Blues’, the debut album from Auckland alternative folk trio Tweed. From there it’s all meaningful lyrics and shared vocals ...

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Fresh Talent

Fresh Talent: Bobandii

Hailing originally from Warkworth, Bobandii is a one man project inspired by acts like Chance The Rapper and Bon Iver. Silas McClintock sings, raps, writes, mixes and masters his own projects from his ...

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Interviews

Shoutin’ Preachin’: Survival of the Hippest

The name’s genius right? Adding a sixth member to the group, Auckland brass-heavy hip hop act Shoutin’ Preachin’ announce the upcoming release of their EP ‘From The Echo Chamber’. Ally Su'a ...

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Interviews

Neil Watson: Constructed in Jazz

Jazz guitarist and academic Neil Watson has a well-earned reputation as one of Auckland’s go-to sidemen. His played- and recorded-with credits traverse ground as varied as the Finn brothers, Tami Neilson, ...

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Interviews

Black Science: Nurture vs Nature

Black Science was conjured up when Dylan Clarke, Alex Willi and Joss Colling joined forces in 2009 to form a raucous and robust alternative rock act with punk and psychedelic undertones. With one EP already ...

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Interviews

Mikey Mayz: Beta, Gamma, Delta, Epsilon…

Having spent his early years growing up on a boat, without a specific country to call his own, Michael Gibson has firmly established a presence in the local hip hop scene. Mikey Mayz, as he is these days ...

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Interviews

Lydia Cole: Undefined Horizon

There’s a strong visual link between Lydia Cole’s 2012 debut album and this year’s sophomore release, textured, messed-with artwork in textured shades of brown, and printed on matt card. The effect ...

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LESSONS

Tutors' Tutorial

Tutors’ Tutorial: Mix Buss Processing

The mix is close to being finished and it’s time to add the final touches. Time then to talk mix-buss or mix-buss processing – the plugins that are often used to finish off your mix. The overall ...

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Building Blocks

Building Blocks: Stage Trek Ep 5 – Weddings

My last article left us orbiting Planet Party, and away missions visited a few lucrative locations; playing at private events, graduation shindigs, and even corporate wingdings. But the mother ship won’t ...

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Finding Your Voice

Finding Your Voice: The Myth of Self – Confidence

Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Is it confidence that makes you capable of performance, or performance the gives you confidence? I believe it is the latter. Confidence is NOT a prerequisite ...

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X-Factory

X-Factory: Bic Runga – Close Your Eyes

Released in November 2016, ‘Close Your Eyes’ is Bic Runga’s fifth studio album, a 12-song tribute featuring interpretations of some of her favourite covers to which she also added two new original ...

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Deep Thinking

Deep Thinking: The Age Of Aquarius

In this issue I am looking at a tune from a musical I saw when I was 15 years old. It was one of the reasons I became a professional musician in the ’70s, and it has been covered by some great people. ...

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Guitar Cool

Guitar Cool: The Rhythm Guitarist’s Role

The role of rhythm guitarist within a band setting is often overlooked, misunderstood and undervalued amongst fellow musicians. Not many guitar players actually understand what the role entails either, ...

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MUSIC

Kara James Gordon

Settle The Score EP

20/04/2017

Jeshel

Self-titled

19/04/2017

Rubita

Brutal Yet Dulce Soap EP

16/04/2017

Captain Festus McBoyle

Ships N Giggles

11/04/2017

P.H.F.

9mm

06/04/2017

Renny

Everywhere I Turn EP

04/04/2017

Merk

Swordfish

31/03/2017

Neil Watson

Studies In Tubular

30/03/2017

Affsid Kidjhagiffy

Why Do All Garden Sheds Smell The Same?

29/03/2017

Ryan Johansen

The Balladeer and the Mountain EP

27/03/2017

In2strings

Self-titled

24/03/2017

Aaradhna

Brown Girl

22/03/2017

Monk Party

Silence Flooded Trance

21/03/2017

Steve Low

Dream Destination

17/03/2017

Various Artists

Taranaki Music Sessions

16/03/2017

Emerald & Kayboku

Amalgamation EP

15/03/2017

Indi

In Caves

14/03/2017

David Sutton

V

13/03/2017

Abigail Knudson

Nicotine

10/03/2017

Phil Judd

UniQue

09/03/2017

Catherine Tunks

The Beautiful Dreamers (Part One) EP

07/03/2017

The Eversons

Stuck In New Zealand

06/03/2017

Kiri Eriwata

Muse and Memorabilia

03/03/2017

Alargo

Central Plateau

02/03/2017

The River Jesters

Beautiful Mire

01/03/2017

John White

Henry Green and the Island of Tuliarts

28/02/2017

Government Pest

Government Pest

27/02/2017