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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 ...

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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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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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News

Brooke Fraser Wins Grammy

Brooke Fraser won a Grammy on Monday night (28th January) for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song, and it could have almost gone unnoticed. This was largely due to the fact that the Grammy was actually won by Hillsong Worship, and that Fraser performs with Hillsong Music (Los Angeles) under her married name, Ligertwood. Co-Written with Ben Fielding, the song What A Beautiful Name, released January 2017, boasts over 114 million views on YouTube, made the top spot on the Billboard ...

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2018 Best Folk Artist Tui Goes To Albi & The Wolves

On Sunday night, Albi & The Wolves were announced as the winner of the 2018 Best Folk Artist Tui at the Auckland Folk Festival in Kumeu. Currently one of the most engaging and captivating live bands in the country, Albi & The Wolves independently released their debut album 'One Eye Open' in December 2016. One Eye Open by Albi & The Wolves The other finalists for the 2018 Best Folk Artist were Reb Fountain, following the release of her album 'Little Arrows' in spring 2017, and Candice ...

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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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Interviews

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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Get Yer Kit Off

Get Yer Kit Off: Swap Gomez

Auckland drummer Swap Gomez likes to keep himself busy – behind the kit and away from it. At the beginning of 2017, he organised the Drummer’s Day Out held at the Auckland Showgrounds. As a drummer, he has made quite a name for himself in recent years as drummer for those kings of collaboration that are electronic hip hop act Yoko-Zuna. Swap first let NZM know he was keen to be featured in Get Your Kit Off a couple of years ago. With the generous help of another busy drumming pro, Tom Broome, ...

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Interviews

Sachi: A Lowkey Year To Savour

Widespread confusion was plainly evident as the courier van pulled up in the stars’ limo lane outside the NZ Music Awards, the driver pulling out two over-sized boxes labelled Sachi. A standout prank of the night, as it became apparent that the duo had mailed themselves to the Award show. Still relatively new to the NZ electronic pop scene, Sachi have made substantial inroads since their 2016 debut EP ‘Lunch With Bianca’. They have also gained international traction, with singles showcased ...

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Photo Galleries

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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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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