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Beachware: Food For The Dancing Soul

For some local artists the musical imperative is to sound ‘international’, but for others, Auckland’s Beachware for example, the whole intention is to be unashamedly Kiwi. On Bandcamp, the band describe ...

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Classics & Clangers

Vinylhub ‘s World Record Shop Map

Vinylhub has started the impossible - a map of all record shops in the world.  Anyone can contribute to it, so if you see your local one missing, you can add it via a link on their website. Check out the map here. NZ isn't doing too badly in terms of numbers, when you look at the rest of the world!

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News

New Year Rings In Management Changes At 95bFM

Auckland's 95BFM has announced the resignation of Hugh Sundae, who will step down as General Manager at the beginning of March. Caitlin McIlhagga who is currently Administration Assistant, having had various roles at the student radio station over six years, will move up into the GM role. “Becoming General Manager of the station I was raised on is an honour and a privilege, but also a huge responsibility,” she says. “Safeguarding independent media like BFM is no easy task - but the goal will ...

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Opportunities

2018 NZ Jazz Awards – Enter Now!

Entries for the 2018 NZ Jazz Awards open today for both APRA Best Jazz Composition Award and the Recorded Music NZ Best Jazz Album Award. Click here to read the entry conditions for best composition, fill out the entry form and upload the music. The Best Jazz Album award is administered through the NZ Music Awards website. The awards will be presented in Wellington in June.

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News

Christchurch Music Industry Trust (CHART) Is Winding Up

On January 3, the Christchurch Music Industry Trust (CHART) announced that it will close down in the next few weeks via a Facebook announcement. Their full statement: "After 11 years in operation working with the local and national music industry, The Christchurch Music Industry Trust will be officially winding up our organisation in the next few weeks. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our many dedicated trustees, our kind supporters, and all the great musicians who have been ...

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Ex-Pat Files

Ex-Pat Files: Jesse Sheehan

He had already won the 2009 SFRQ solo, joined The Electric Confectionaires, played overseas with both Neil Finn and Dave Dobbyn, delivered a smart debut EP and built quite a reputation when, aged 23, Jesse Sheehan headed for London, feeling that the work he was doing in NZ wasn’t big enough to match his ambitions. He already felt that he’d been in the same industry for a number of years and it was starting to get stagnant. Jesse was extremely generous in providing NZM with this ex-pat “essay” ...

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Fresh Talent

Fresh Talent: Oaky

Taking the name from a diss rap about his high school math teacher, Mitch Fowler explores elements of rap, hip hop and poetry under the pseudonym Oaky. “I was 16 at the time and I honestly thought it was a pretty stupid hook, but six years later the name stuck.” Born in South Auckland but raised in Christchurch, Fowler grew up inspired by The Black Eyed Peas, Offsite, and alternative hip hop musician Milo, particularly his album ‘I Wish my Brother Rob Was Here’. “What he [Milo] was doing ...

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Interviews

Decades: Minor To Major

First getting together way back in 2006, Christchurch rock act Ashei produced a few decent recordings over the following decade, most significantly their 2014 five-track EP brashly titled ‘Music Is Boring’. That independent release may have proven a turning point because the band re-invented itself a few years later as Decades, a much harder-hitting rock version that puts songwriter/guitarist Emma Cameron front and centre, and has attracted major league support and already produced an album. ...

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Interviews

Q & A: Peter Skerrett

Peter Skerrett has worked in the New Zealand and Australian music scenes as a session bassist and singer for over 60 years. He played bass on Peter Posa’s 1963 hit White Rabbit as well as for numerous show bands and jingles. He has toured and played with arrangers and artists Mike Perjanik and Bobby Rydel and many more. Now tutoring in the Contemporary Music Department at SIT, Peter talked with Pania Simmonds. What were your early childhood experiences in music? My first experiences were singing ...

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Gear Reviews

Gear Review: Behringer DeepMind12 Synth

From its beginnings, in 1989 Behringer set out to provide sharp-priced options across a wide product range. As it has grown the company has purposefully acquired established and reputable brands that have in turn allowed it to became a player across more musical instrument product sectors. Turns out the company’s founder Uli Behringer has long had a deep passion for things keyboard. That certainly shows in the attention to detail Behringer has given the new DeepMind12 synthesiser, available here ...

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Guitar Gear

McPherson White Fuzz

There are plenty of off-the-peg guitar effects pedal options available from the High St shops, so if you’re going to go the extra distance to buy a ‘boutique’ pedal you want to enjoy a boutique experience. Right from opening the box tightly housing the McPherson White Fuzz plus bonus accessories, the first impression you’ll get is of attention to detail. This hot little number is a fetching no-nonsense blend of creamy grey trims, an evidently solid metal build with quality parts on display. Not ...

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DVD Reviews

DVD Review: Into The Void

Quite often, the very best music documentaries are those about artists or bands otherwise ignored by the mainstream. The real grassroots stuff, behind-the-scenes warts ‘n all stories focusing rather more on the flaws and frailties of the human condition. Which is precisely where Margaret Gordon’s oddball and frequently hilarious independent documentary about Christchurch noise merchants Into The Void fits. The film gained festival plaudits back in 2014 but is only now getting a more wide-reaching, ...

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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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Live Reviews

Aldous Harding, Party Tour 2017, Dunedin

It’s been­­­­ a big and busy 12 months for Aldous Harding, topped off with a top 10 placing in Mojo magazine’s canonical ‘Albums of the Year’ list. Critically Harding’s year has been one of polarised opinions – accolades for her second solo album, the avant-folk ‘Party’, then praise mixed with often bewildering criticism for her performance style. With this, plus two 2017 NZ Music Awards Tuis, as the backdrop to her recent sell-out tour around NZ, Harding’s Dunedin’s show ...

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Event Guide

NZM Presents: Omega Levine, Bewyldabeast & The Backchat

Spend the eve of Friday, January 12 with us at your local music spot The Wine Cellar in Auckland with some homegrown music at the next NZM Presents gig. Three acts, all with upbeat, soulful tunes to keep our summer going. Omega Levine turned a lot of heads last year when he featured on Chores track Away which reached the Top 40 on the NZ Spotify Viral chart and now has over 200,000 Spotify plays. He released a new single and music video in December. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zh-7lko8dfU The ...

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