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2018 Silver Scroll Award – The Top 20

APRA has announced the top 20 finalists for the 2018 Silver Scroll Award. The annual award recognises outstanding songwriting, as voted for by fellow Kiwi composers and songwriters. The semi-finalists (list and Spotify playlist below) were chosen from over 200 entries by a panel of songwriters who have themselves each made some wonderful NZ music. The nine judges were: Anji Sami, Anna Coddington, Cherie Mathieson, Jane de Jong (Ruby Frost), Hollie Fullbrook, Nadia Reid, Phil Bell (DJ Sir-vere), ...

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Opportunities

Apply For Amped 2018

The Amped Music Project is a Dunedin-based mentorship programme for young musicians. Over seven weeks, Amped 2018 aims to prepare local high school students for a musical career, led this year by local songwriter Nadia Reid. Concluding in September with Ampathon, the programme showcase, participants will attend workshops and be involved in organising gigs.  Students thinking of applying should have some experience playing live. They also need to be able to commit to attending Saturday workshops ...

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Opportunities

Apply Now To Play Newtown Festival 2019

Musicians are invited to fill out an expression of interest to perform at Newtown Festival which will take place in its eponymous Wellington suburb on March 3 next year. Applications will close on September 1. Register your interest here.

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New Hot 40 Singles Charts Launches Tomorrow

As the musical landscape continues to evolve, so do the opportunities for a new interpretation of music consumption habits. The UK Top 40 singles chart is now including video streaming figures from Spotify, YouTube, Apple Music and Tidal, while streams from free and paid-for services will no longer be weighted equally. Recorded Music NZ has announced a new weekly chart that will be known as the Official Hot 40 Singles Chart. Unlike the Official Top 40 Singles Chart the Hot 40 is expected to be dynamic, ...

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Fresh Talent

Fresh Talent: Girlboss

Lucy Botting is Girlboss! "My friend started her own business and she would make posts with #girlboss. I‘d never really seen it before, but it was like, ”I love it‘. It just struck me as quite a powerful phrase." The Wellington musician took that powerful phrase to heart with the March release of a debut EP entitled ‘Body Con‘. Body Con by girlboss "When I was in Wet Wings I was kind‘a young. [That duo got started when she was 17.] I was really shy and didn‘t really want to share ...

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Interviews

Kevin Haines: Playing Bass Now And Then

Kevin Haines is a double bass player who has played in the New Zealand jazz scene for over 50 years. After a long and continuing career Haines now also teaches at the Auckland University School of Music. He currently plays with the Samsom Nacey Haines Trio who have most recently released their third album ‘Cross Now’. The album has a unique formation as friends Ron Samsom, Dixon Nacey and Kevin Haines equally contributed ideas that have evolved over their time working together. The outcome being ...

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Software

VST Guitar Plugins: Some Options

If fear of being a relatively slow guitar learner and months of callouses is holding you back from creating your very own rock symphony, there is, of course, a ready compromise available. Comfortably snug in your bedroom all you need these days is a computer with a DAW software. Here are a few VST guitar plugins that I've found come pretty close to the real deal. Kontakt Evolution Strawberry by Orange Tree Samples One of the biggest pros of Evolution Strawberry is that you don’t essentially ...

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NewTracks New Artist

NewTracks New Artist: Lexxa

Lexxa is Auckland-based twins, Maude and Julia Morris. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree they say – many will remember their dad, musician and producer Ian Morris , who was a key part of Th'Dudes and a genuine Kiwi music legend. The colourful sister duo's first single I Got Better Friends Now featured on NZ On Air Music's NewTracks compilation this June. What instruments do you play, if any? For our live shows, we play many things and like to swap around. Maude mostly plays guitar ...

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NewTracks New Artist: OD

Born and bred in Hawkes Bay, all members of hip hop crew OD grew up in the Hastings' suburb of Flaxmere. These days Gold Coast-based, the band consists of Bailey Tamati (Bay), Cody Tamati (THC aka The Homie Cody), Jacques Cross (Jah) and producer/multi-instrumentalist Cody Patea (Cody Wave). Their debut single Mood was featured on NZ On Air Music's NewTracks compilation this June, so The Homie Cody was up for introducing his band and their music to NZMusician. What other projects might we know ...

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Observation Posts

Remembering Bastion Point with Music

On Friday May 25 2018, to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the forced eviction of protestors at Auckland’s Bastion Point, a packed concert at the city’s Tuning Fork venue featured Annie Crummer, Ardijah, Che Fu, Harry Lyon, Herbs, King Kapisi, Moana Maniapoto, Papa Band Of The Land, Ron LaPraed (ex-Commodores), Tama Waipara and Tigilau Ness. John Dix provides this background. Takaparawhā or Bastion Point, the promontory which overlooks Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour, was gifted to the government ...

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Fresh Talent

Fresh Talent: Drxnes

In just three short years Drxnes have emerged as a popular live draw in their hometown of Whanganui. Drummer Ethan Coleman and guitarists Isaac Chamberlain and Adam Robinson took a break from their sweaty rehearsal room to have a chat about their music and plans for the new year. It turns out there are a few! Beginning life as an instrumental four-piece in 2015, Drxnes gained the services of Australian singer Rob Reynolds two years later and incorporated his voice into their entire back catalogue. ...

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Photo Galleries

Adam McGrath House Concert June 2018

Filling in the gap for small venues, Auckland's Secondhand News sets up occasional house concerts, the latest a performance of Christchurch troubadour Adam McGrath (The Eastern). Photographer Trevor Villers joined the small group of punters in a suburban living room. "He was in fine fettle too. Lots of smiley faces about the place, many of them familiar," Trevor tells us.

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MAINZ Arcade 2018

On 21 June MAINZ Arcade 2018 took place at Wine Cellar and Whammy Bar, in the cellar of St Kevins Arcade on Auckland's K'Rd. Trevor Villers braved the weather to take some photos for NZM. "They certainly managed to bring a little warmth and a lot of joy to an otherwise chilly St Kevins Arcade," Trevor tells us.

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2018 Nook And Cranny Music Festival, Dunedin

The 2018 Nook And Cranny Music Festival was held on May 27 at the Dunedin Public Library for the third time. Paul Allen went along with his camera. In over 50 performances by different Dunedin based musicians, singer-songwriters and bands across many genres, each act performed for 20 minutes in and around the library over a 5 hour period, celebrating NZ Music Month.

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