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NewTracks New Artist: Foley

Though the faces might be familiar to observant indie concert goers, Foley just started making their mark in the world of more commercially sounding music with their debut single Settle. Part of NZ On ...

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Classics & Clangers

Unplugging the Kings Arms

Over at the NZ Herald, Chris Schulz wrote a great piece on the closing of the Kings Arms Tavern in Auckland, talking to a number of artists and associates of the venue about their stories. "More than 20 years of musical history will end when the Kings Arms shuts its doors for good later this month. What will happen to the bands? The fans? Auckland's live music scene? We asked the questions. The answers, well, they're not good." Read the full article here.

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Equipment News

NAMM Show 2018 Highlights Round-Up

The annual NAMM Show in Anaheim, California is a 3-day mega show of pretty much all that's new and kicking in the realm of music instruments – of all persuasions. It's a place where small companies with smart new products can make a quick impact, though the mega brands typically dominate with huge display stands, endorsee artist performances and multiple new product releases. That said, Gibson was notably absent, amid growing speculation about the legendary guitar company being in serious financial ...

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Opportunities

Apply Now For SongHubs

There are twelve places available for writers, and four for producers for this April's SongHubs collaborative song-writing retreat in Auckland - and you can apply for one of those now! SongHubs brings internationally acclaimed songwriters to Auckland where they collaborate with NZ and Australian writers, artists and producers.  On offer: Two fully funded places for internationally based APRA AMCOS members: Return flights to Auckland from anywhere in the world Accommodation for seven nights ...

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Opportunities

Nomination Time For The 2018 Country Music Awards

Country music makers, it's time to nominate your best song, or yourself as an artist, for the 2018 Country Music Awards. Entries for the 2018 APRA Best Country Music Song Award are now open. You can read all the terms and conditions, and enter your song here. Entries for the 2018 Recorded Music NZ Best Country Music Artist Award (Tui) are open from today as well, though presently there's no link available. Watch this space for updates. Nominations for both will close on March 12, with the awards ...

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Interviews

Naram: Chief Propaganda Advisor

Tom Langford, aka Naram, traces his first exposure to music back to piano lessons at the age of nine. Despite those lessons stopping shortly after, he inevitably got back into it four years later when he downloaded a cracked version of the music production software Fruity Loops. Now in his early thirties, he is a label-owning reggae and dub producer. Aabir Mazumdar caught up with him to talk about forging an international career in a niche genre, and the current state of Aotearoan reggae. Wellingtonian ...

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Unchained XL: Giving It A Good Shot

Hugh Ozumba is an artist on a mission. The Liverpool-born Nigerian New Zealander, who goes by the name Unchained XL, has recently quit his full-time job at Serato to become a full-time rapper. He has lofty goals for the local hip hop scene and where he wants to take his music. Sam Smith talked with him about what he terms ‘afrofunk hip hop’. Hugh Ozumba is not your typical rapper. He has only recently started rapping after being the frontman in metal band East of Eden, while his style of hip ...

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NewTracks New Artist

NewTracks New Artist: JSH

Among the stand out new artists featured on NZ On Air's latest NewTracks compilation is North Shore MC JSH. Signed with Tyree Tautogia and Deach Fa'afou's Empire Records, you might have come across the melodic rhymes of his debut single Lemme Just on the radio over the last few weeks. NZM got in touch to learn some more and JSH kindly obliged. If you've got a new song you think radio stations across the country might be into, you can submit it for the next NewTracks by February 16. What's ...

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Interviews

Ignite 2018 – Fire In Your Application!

Firing up in April, Ignite 2018 will see 10 music industry professionals paired up with participants aged 15-18 for one-on-one mentorship, offering them an insight into the inner workings of the music events business. Sophie Mashlan asks Ignite founder Savina Kim about the youth development programme returning to Auckland for the second time this year. Great to see that the Ignite programme is back! Why the year-long hiatus and what inspired you to return to it? The intention was to run Ignite ...

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Alien Weaponry: Breaking Boundaries

If the music quiz challenge was to name one artist/band that has tipped the NZ music industry up in 2017 and given it a bloody good shaking, then the answer would have to be Alien Weaponry. Lorde may have introduced us all to the idea of new musical stars breaking big while still wearing a school uniform, but even her inspirational story pales in comparison with that of the thrash metal trio from rural Waipu who have this year won one of the nation’s most prestigious annual songwriting awards – ...

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NewTracks New Artist

NewTracks New Artist: Britt Rion

Previously the Kiwi Hit Disc, NZ On Air Music's monthly compilation of the upcoming local releases for broadcast use is these days called NewTracks. One sure proof of new-ness is that there are always tracks from artists we've previously known nothing about. NZM's NewTracks New Artist gives such artists a chance to introduce themselves and their new song. Meet Aucklander Britt Rion who created one of the stand-out tracks of the February 2018 NewTracks compilation. Her debut single CHIMA ...

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Fresh Talent

Fresh Talent: Sky Canvas

The three members of Sky Canvas squished up together on the couch are a cheery bunch. We’re in the flat of vocalist Katelin Little and keyboards/synths player Fraser Walker, who are joined on their couch by Luther Hunt – who looks after the drums and percussion, as well as singing a bit. Total Sky Canvas membership is five, the missing pair being Sam Nakamura (guitar/vocals) and Tyaan Singh who plays bass and saxophone. Sky Canvas EP by Sky Canvas The band have recently enjoyed the success ...

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Photo Galleries

Midge Marsden, The Flaming Mudcats & White Chapel Jak

On Friday, February 16, it was all about the blues at Music In Parks, with Midge Marsden headlining the stage at Auckland's Blockhouse Bay Beach Reserve, supported by the Flaming Mudcats and White Chapel Jak. Says photographer Trevor Villers, "I haven’t seen him [Midge] in such fine form in years. Effervescent he was, positively bubbling over. The pics don’t lie." Trevor was particularly impressed with White Chapel Jak. "Their irrepressible front person, Bonnie Hurunui had the crowd totally ...

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45th Auckland Folk Festival

On Auckland Anniversary Weekend 2018 the 45th Auckland Folk Festival took place at the Kumeu Showgrounds. Trevor Villers went along to take photos for the ones of you, who couldn't make it.

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Event Guide

For The First Time In NZ: A Songwriting Retreat!

Singer-songwriter Charlotte Yates prepares to deliver NZ’s first songwriting retreat in Hanmer Springs this Waitangi Weekend, Feb 2-6, 2018. A professional songwriter for over 25 years, Charlotte also coaches songwriting students individually through her service, Song Doctor.  Charlotte has designed and presented small group based songwriting programmes for workshops and following her own study through the Berklee College of Music recently, more intensive clinics. Songwriters Retreat NZ has ...

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