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Moana: Rhythm & Reo

Moana has a pretty high profile, for someone who's about to release her first album (mid-July 1993). She says it's on account of her numerous singles (she's lost count how many there've been since her ...

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March 2019 New Music Singles Funding Outcomes

NZ On Air Music has published the results of their March 2019 New Music Singles funding outcomes.  25 songs were selected out of a total of 194 applications, making it the largest funding round to date. The panel was made up of (L-R) Aaron Gardiner of The Hits network, Roundhead Studio's Charlotte Ryan, Massey University's Barnaby Weir, Jeff Newton from NZ on Air Music, RNZ Music's Hayley Dingwall, David Ridler, Yadana Saw (RNZ), Sarah Thomson from 95bfm and Smokefreerockquest's Matt Ealand.   The ...

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International Songwriting Competition 2018 Kiwi Finalists

Six Kiwi teams/soloists are finalists across the many categories of the International Songwriting Competition 2018, with the strongest outcome notably for children's musicians. Aucklander Captain Festus McBoyle aka Rich Manic (The Little Things) and Wanaka resident Anna Van Riel (Throw Out The Grain) both managed to place in the top 14 songs written for Children. Darren Watson's Un-love Me is among the Blues category finalists, while soul voiced fellow Wellingtonian Louis Baker gained a spot ...

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Taite Music Prize Finalists 2019

Independent Music New Zealand (IMNZ) has announced the finalists for the Taite Music Prize 2019.  This year’s ten finalists were selected from a list of 67 nominated artists/albums: Alien Weaponry: 'Tū'  Avantdale Bowling Club: 'Avantdale Bowling Club' Jonathan Bree: 'Sleepwalking' Julia Deans: 'We Light Fire' Marlon Williams: 'Make Way For Love' Mel Parsons: 'Glass Heart' Tami Neilson: 'Sassafrass!'  The Beths: 'Future Me Hates Me' Unknown Mortal Orchestra: 'Sex & ...

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Givealittle Campaign: dDub’s Derek Browne Has End Stage Cancer

Fans and friends of Derek Browne, the hardworking founder and lead singer of dDub are urged to donate to a recently established Givealittle campaign. Only 48, Derek became suddenly ill and was diagnosed with Stage IV prostate cancer in November 2018. His wife Veronica is now caring for him full-time. Very much to the fore of the live scene in the early 2000s, the seven-member dDub toured NZ extensively over 15 years, releasing two successful albums. dDub bassist and long time friend Matt Shanks ...

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NewTracks New Artist

NewTracks New Artist: Sam Cullen

We can't really call Sam Cullen "one of Invercargill's finest" anymore because he has relocated to Wellington in recent times, but any chance to put the far south on the musical map is worth a quick shout out. Sam has been on our radar since he placed third at last year's Smokefree Rockquest against strong competition. NZ On Air Music liked his upbeat debut single Shut The Door so much that they featured it on this month's NewTracks compilation. What's your background brief and what instruments ...

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Observation Posts

Steph Brown (Lips) On Creating The Sound Of Daffodils

Daffodils. It’s an NZ-made movie musical starring Kimbra, Rose McIver and George Mason, that features 10 of New Zealand’s most iconic songs (Anchor Me, Language, Fall At Your Feet…). I know what you’re thinking, “I’m not a fan of movie musicals or musicals in general, they’re corny and film musicals are generally a bit shit. Outside of Once. That one I liked alright…”. I get it. But as a musician, you need to go and see Daffodils. Full disclaimer: I did the music for it (along with ...

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Interviews

Otium: The Good Hype

With a recent mini EP release, summer festival stints and an eight-stop ‘Late Night Hype’ North Island tour under their belt, Otium is a growing presence on the local music scene. First established during high school in 2014, things really got cracking two years back and the now five-man band have since been making waves well beyond Whangarei with their dynamic live performances and unique evolving vibe. Lana Andelane had a chat with them. A diverse spectrum of influences ranging from Aotearoa’s ...

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NewTracks New Artist: Emily Muli

You might have heard newcomer Emily Muli 's voice when she was accompanying other artists like Aaradhna and Tommy Nee on stage or in the studio, but this time the Auckland go-getter steps into the limelight with her own material. Emily's debut single, the groovy rnb track Rhythm & Truth, received funding from NZ On Air Music's inaugural NewMusic Pasifika round in February 2019 and was subsequently featured on their monthly NewTracks compilation in March.  What's your full name, where are ...

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Fresh Talent

Fresh Talent: Josie Moon

Living in Wellington, Josie Moon is an inspired artist of indie pop who is pushing herself in every direction – production, songwriting, performing and producing videos. “Music was always around, but I didn’t really start doing it as a hobby or writing that much, until my first year of university. I really hated that degree, so in my spare time, I just started writing, giving myself something to focus on. I just kind of, went from there.” She bought a MIDI keyboard, electric guitar and ...

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NewTracks New Artist: Estella

Event sponsorship is another arm of local music industry support provided by NZ On Air outside of the more familiar funding and new release promotion platforms. Mostly that sponsorship takes the form of an opportunity to professionally record a single, which is precisely the background to Estella's Break The Silence – a heartfelt, flawlessly sung indie ballad you’ll find on the February 2019 New Tracks compilation. The singer/guitarist confidently represented the Nelson region (and Nelson ...

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B4 Radio: It’s About Finding Your Local Music Online

With our music listening habits now largely dictated by the almighty algorithms of streaming services such as Spotify and Apple Music, there is the feeling on occasions that what is closer to home is all too easily missed. Compounded by additional factors such as the immediacy many modern listeners demand, directing attention to local music is becoming increasingly problematic. A problem actioned-on by Aucklander Caine Rotherham, the founder of New Zealand’s own local music streaming platform, ...

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Live Reviews

Newtown Festival 2019, Wellington

You awake to a light grey day, with a smidgen of fuzz— because you couldn’t resist going to Moon to see Hex and an Australian touring band called Cable Ties. You behaved yourself, sleeking home straight after the last note. Which is just as well, as your group is scheduled to play at 10am on a Sunday morning. Not just any Sunday though, it’s the most wonderful day of the year: that’s right, it’s Newtown Festival 2019, Wellington. You have time for a coffee and to grab your bass and walk ...

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Milk & Honey 2019: Wine Cellar/Whammy, Auckland

Spread across multiple cities and venues, I attended one of the Auckland legs of Milk & Honey, at Wine Cellar and Whammy Bar on K'Rd, which was well curated, well considered and offered a unique feeling of comfort. I have been to a lot of gigs at the collection of bars and venues down St Kevin’s Arcade. This one, however, surpassed anything that has been hosted there before. The Women’s Day celebration had one key component to it – women could actually be at a gig and feel safe. While ...

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Event Guide

Mental Health & Wellbeing Seminars

Psychologist Grant Gunning will hold seminars on mental health and wellbeing in the music industry in Auckland, Dunedin and Christchurch this March. The key aims of the session is to improve the mental health and wellbeing literacy of music managers and self managed artists, to empower our community to better monitor themselves and to reach out and give practical support to those around them, and to impart a greater understanding of the framework of assistance and support that exists for people ...

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