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Phantom Sticking Up For Live Music With Free Posters 

They've been sticking up for local music for 40 years, but of course, Phantom Billstickers has been hurting, too, from the lack of gig action nationwide.  Phantom wants to see live performances roaring back once Covid restrictions end – and is offering a sweeeet-as deal of 50 x A3 printed and placed for FREE for your first gig back! To take up this offer, email your artwork, preferred dates, name and contact number to anton@0800phantom.co.nz There's limited inventory, so it's first in, first ...

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Waiata Māori Music Awards 2021 Winners

At the Waiata Māori Music Awards 2021 held in the Hawke’s Bay on Saturday, October 9, Troy Kingi and L.A.B. each enjoyed wins in three different categories, while Sir Pita Sharples and Che Fu were honoured for their special contributions to Māori music. The 90-minute awards ceremony was held online for the second year in a row due to Covid-19 and remains available to view on-demand at Māori Television, as well as via the Māori+ app. Now in its 14th year, the event included performances by ...

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Internship Programme November 2021 Applications Open

Young people trying to break into the music industry are invited to apply for the Music Commission's Music Industry Internship Programme November 2021 intake. The programme is an initiative created to help emerging music professionals and recent tertiary graduates gain experience and kick-start their careers in the music sector. This time around the Internship Programme is being split into two intakes to accommodate areas of the business that get particularly busy during summer, for example, music ...

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NewTracks New Artist: Gala George

A graduate of the same high school as Lorde, Gin Wigmore, Finn Andrews and The Checks, Gala George, full name Gala Georgette Morris, also has her own uber-musical personal heritage to add to that Takapuna Grammar School pedigree. It's been a question of when, not if, she would breakthrough as a new artist in her own right. Love and Lost is the last song on her debut EP titled 'I Am The Morning', but the first to attract the attention of NZ On Air Music who added the song to their NewTracks compilation ...

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NewTracks New Artist: Pretty Stooked

What's My Line? Oh, it's the name of the latest single from Ōtautahi indie band Pretty Stooked. Actually, we say band, but (for the sake of this interview at least) it's more songwriter/guitarist Eddie Kiesanowski, who you may remember from his previous band Skelter. Well, Eddie's back kids (cue cascading leaves and almost five minutes of very Kiwi swirling guitar chords and glorious indie-rock) with My Line. We want you to feel it, and NZ On Air Music obviously do, too, since they featured the ...

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Interviews

Womb: Like A Candle In The Wind

Made up of twins Charlotte and Haz Forrester, along with sister Georgette Brown, the popular Te-Whanganui-a-Tara trio Womb have this year released a new EP called ‘Holding A Flame’. The title, and the inspiration for the idea behind it, comes from a close friend of the band - Cooki, aka Strange Stains. Article by Sam Stonnell. Holding a Flame by Womb “I feel like we’d always get into real intense chats, really good healing chats together. They used this phrase a lot, holding a flame, to ...

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Freddy Reynold: A Different Sort Of SSRI

'Southside Run It' is the third EP offering in as many years from Tāmaki Makaurau hip hop artist Freddy Reynold. This release moves into new sound territory by melding healthy doses of EDM, house and hip hop into a collection of songs that are tightly produced and sound huge, with the intent and potential to see summer festival audiences lose their minds over. Silke Hartung was keen to find out more. Southside Run It by Freddy Reynold Congratulations on your new EP. The production is so great, ...

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TJ Taotua: Remembering About You And I

Born in Samoa, TJ Taotua grew up in Porirua, and it was in the church that he learnt to play instruments and sing. He was good enough to get into the Wellington covers scene as a teenager, and two full decades later continues to perform a mix of (mostly RnB) covers and originals, as well as running a band agency and holding down a 9-5 role. In 2014 TJ released a gospel EP that won him two trophies at the 2015 Pacific Music Awards – Best Pacific Gospel Artist and Best Pacific Male Artist. His single ...

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NewTracks New Artist: Mohi

Mohi Allen is holding a tidy pair of aces, enough to clean the table in the entertaining video for his very new single E Kii. As the song title suggests the vocals are sung in Te Reo. What's more of a surprise is the way his waiata so neatly inhabits the smoking jacket of Swing music – being smooth, simple and easy-listening jazz, with a solid beat and strong dance groove, clear lyrics and memorable melody. What's not to like? NZ On Air added the song to their NewTracks compilation this October.  What's ...

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Ezra Phoenix: Burning Ambition

Wellington-based artist Ezra Phoenix is on the rise, looking to share his soulful and heartfelt music with the world. Recently released, his self-titled debut album explores his pride in his identity as a gay Samoan man, and announces his presence as a formidable musician. Ezra’s music is honest and provocative, beautifully blending pop and RnB styles, crowned by lush and complex vocal harmonies. It’s the type of music you play on repeat and gets stuck in your head. Sam Stonell talked with him. Solomon ...

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Jan Preston: South Island Boogie Woman Tour Dates

Following contracts composing soundtracks for documentaries, including sister Gaylene Preston's Helen Clark documentary My Year With Helen, Jan Preston, Aotearoa's own queen of boogie-woogie, is taking her latest album, 'Boogie Woogie Woman', on a massive 24-date tour of Te Waipounamu - starting late September. NZM used the chance for a quick catch up with the internationally renowned powerhouse pianist, singer and entertainer. Tickets for the tour are available here. Am I right to understand ...

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Jenny Mitchell Spring Tours 2021

The last time NZM caught up with award-winning Gore songwriter Jenny Mitchell was not long after the release of her 2018 album 'Wildfires'. Currently preparing for not one, but two tours this spring, NZM invited Jenny to talk about how she prepares for life on the road and provide a few tips for anyone new to touring. Catch her live this September with UK band Good Habits around the North Island (more info and tickets here), or nationwide alongside Tami Neilson from mid-October (more info and tickets ...

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SAE Open Day On August 14

Auckland's SAE Creative Media Institute will be opening its doors to welcome the public to its Parnell-based campus this Saturday, 14 August, from 10am-2pm. This annual SAE Open Day is a great opportunity for artful types of any age interested in attaining a career in the music, audio or film industries. Visitors will be given an opportunity to talk with staff and explore the campus and professional facilities.  SAE lecturers and campus staff will be leading the tours of all SAE’s studio facilities, ...

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