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SAE Auckland Opens 2025 Applications

SAE Institute Auckland has opened student applications for the academic year 2025. Aspiring students who are interested in pursuing a career in the music, audio, film or songwriting industries can now apply to SAE for creative tertiary education during 2025. With state-of-the-art facilities, experienced faculty, and a student-centred learning approach, SAE aims to help students develop their creativity, technical skills, and industry knowledge, preparing them for successful careers in the creative ...

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Finalists for the 2024 Aotearoa Music Awards

Finalists for the 2024 Aotearoa Music Awards have been announced ahead of the ceremony to be held on May 30 at the Viaduct Events Centre in Tāmaki Makaurau. With 13 finalists named in both the Album and Single Of The Year, and half a dozen in many other categories the artist list is a long one. Stan Walker leads the Tūī charge with five finalist in five categories including  Album Of The Year, Single Of The Year (for I Am)  Best Solo Artist, Best Māori Artist, and Te Māngai Pāho Mana Reo, ...

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Vera Ellen Takes Home Taite Music Prize

Te Whanganui-A-Tara indie singer-songwriter Vera Ellen took home the big award for her album 'Ideal Home Noise' at the 2024 Taite Music Prize at the ceremony held at Auckland's Q Theatre on April 23. Ideal Home Noise by Vera Ellen She accepted the award accompanied by the album's producer Ben Lemi. 'Ideal Home Noise' deals with personal introspection, balancing comedic elements with darker themes through contrasting musical styles.  Jujulipps took home the Best Independent Debut for her EP ...

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Ōtautahi Arts Centre 2024 Creative Residents Announced

Te Matatiki Toi Ora The Arts Centre has announced the next four 2024 creative residents to live and work in the heritage precinct in Ōtautahi, musician Phoebe Hurst being one of them. This is the first of two creative residency programmes this year, and the programme is a rare opportunity for artists to develop their own work free of distractions. All four will create new work in their areas of practice while in residence for the period April 8 to June 16. The creative residence apartment is a ...

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NewTracks New Artist

NewTracks New Artist: Beth Torrance

Just a few years into her career as a solo artist Beth Torrrance has already released an album, with a follow EP due this winter, as well as LA-based management. Her latest singleTiny Flowers is the title track of her upcoming EP, a whimsical, elegantly understated song about secret butterflies in the stomach. NZ On Air Music featured it on their NewTracks compilation this April. What's your full name, where are you from and what instruments do you play? My full name is Beth Melchoir Torrance-Hetherington. ...

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My Song

Video Premiere: Sam Fowles – Butterfly Baby

Te Whanganui-a-Tara singer-songwriter Sam Fowles is on a roll! With an album ready for release later this year he released his debut single Butterfly Baby in April. Produced by The Black Seeds' legend Barnaby Weir, the music has the warmth, blues and swagger you'd expect from such a collab, with a beautiful, very Wellington video officially out this Friday. NZM is proud to give you an exclusive first look today, and asked Sam to tell us more about the song. The initial spark of inspiration for ...

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NewTracks New Artist: Te KuraHuia

A full trifecta of grants from NZ On Air Music, Te Māngai Pāho and Creative NZ were put to good use by Te Whanganui-a-Tara artist Te KuraHuia, created dazzling new pieces of music in her breakout EP, 'Astro-Tīpuna'. Released in January 2024 the EP melds genres and languages into some of the most exciting contemporary music in Te Reo to date. NZ On Air Music featured her single Pretty Gal Club on their NewTracks compilation this April. What's your full name, what are your pronouns, where are ...

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Interviews

C. Zukey: Bearing The Fruut Of Love

It’s been 12 years since Christian Brenndorfer-Zucchiatti’s Farah Loux released their debut album, ‘Flaws’ - marking the last time Christian wrote music. Now working as C. Zukey (a shortened form of his name), his new album ‘Stone Fruut’, is suitably fresh. Jennifer Shields catches up with him. Stone Fruut by C. Zukey “For me, it’s something completely different, and it’s really kind of varied - a lot of songs I wouldn’t have written back when I was writing with Farah Loux,” ...

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NewTracks New Artist: Imani-J

The drive and prolific output of Whakatū high school student Alyahna Sanson-Rejouis, featured with her band Jola Burns in NZM's December/January 2024 print issue, is rather remarkable. Aged 15 and now also going solo as Imani-J, NZ On Air Music feature her single North Star on their NewTracks compilation this March.  North Star by Imani-J What's your full name, where are you from and what instruments do you play? Alyahna Sanson-Rejouis, from Whakatū / Nelson. I play guitar, keys, drum pads ...

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Fresh Talent

Fresh Talent: Ray Leslie

Philippine-born artist Marie Gaabucayan has released music under several different names in the past, but having settled into the performer guise of Ray Leslie the talented and dynamic Tāmaki Makaurau rapper is about to deliver on a series of exciting projects. "Right at the moment I'm finishing up an EP set to release at the start of next year. We're planning to do a video per track and premiere the project as a film so, at the moment, lots of filming! I've also just been doing lots of projects ...

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On Foreign Soil

On Foreign Soil: Nathan Haines In China

China has always held a great fascination for me. My grandfather Yee Jeng Keng was born in Ghangzhou in 1915 and came to New Zealand as a young man, then again in the 1940s when he started a family. He was a chef and had a Chinese restaurant in Christchurch, and a love of Cantonese food was passed down to me through my mother Elaine Lywa Haines (nee Keng). My Chinese roots have always been important to me and for decades I had wanted to explore mainland China, soak up the vibe and meet some musicians. ...

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Event Guide

Celebrating NZ Music Month With Vanessa Tottle

Local songwriter, trip hop artist Vanessa Tottle invites you to celebrate NZ Music Month with herself and fellow musicians Andre Bunton, MyCivilian aka Shamus Crawford, and Charlie, on May 23 at Tāmaki Makaurau Kingsland venue the Portland Public House.  Tickets are available here. Can you tell us when you discovered trip hop? What song was your gateway drug, if you will? I didn’t know I was making trip hop, my sound engineer Ben Furniss from Lonely Hawk Studios said to me one day last year, ...

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Back To Basics 2024

Music Managers Forum Aotearoa announce a new series of free Back To Basics seminars in 2024. Aimed at all who are in the early stages of artist management, including self-managed artists, the seminars explore the fundamentals and inner workings of the music industry.   More info here. Mar 5 - Kirikiriroa, Hamilton Mar 12 - Whangārei

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Ōtautahi: Off Centre Festival Is Back For 2024

Eclectic and exuberant, celebrating the best of the arts, Off Centre is everything Ōtautahi loves about The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora. For two nights and one day, The Arts Centre will be bursting with music, comedy, circus, theatre, food, and vibrant entertainment. Off Centre is a solid mix of arts and entertainment for everyone, with family-friendly and free events as well as ticketed performances. The line-up this year features 1 Drop Nation, singer-songwriter Hera, Shay Horay presents ...

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