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Dirty Pixels & Smokestack Slim Winter Tour

Auckland bands Dirty Pixels and Smokestack Slim are joining forces this winter to embark on a double headline tour of Aotearoa. The two bands, fronted by Dillon Feeney (Smokestack Slim) and Ethan Moore ...

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News

The 2019 NZ Jazz Awards Went To…

The winners of the 2019 NZ Jazz Awards, the Recorded Music NZ Best Jazz Artist / Te Kaipuoro Tautito Toa and the APRA Best Jazz Composition, were announced in Wellington on Sunday. GRG67 were awarded the Best Jazz Artist Tui, while Callum Allardice became the first artist to win three Best Jazz Composition awards. The Thing by Roger Manins & GRG67 After curating a number of compositions, Roger Manins needed to find the right musicians to help bring his visions to life. And so GRG67 was born, ...

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Opportunities

APRA Professional Development Awards 2019

Applications for the APRA Professional Development Awards 2019 are open now. The biennial awards exist to provide support to emerging songwriters and composers.   Applications are now open across three categories: Popular Contemporary (which covers pop, rock, metal, blues, folk, country hip hop and R&B); Film and Television (includes Gaming); and Classical. Applications for the awards close July 1, 2019. Each recipient will receive a $10,000 cash prize to support their development. It ...

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Salina Fisher Is Victoria University’s 2019 Composer-in-Residence

Award-winning composer and violinist Salina Fisher will be the Composer-in-Residence for 2019 at Victoria University of Wellington’s NZ School of Music - Te Kōkī. Salina graduated from NZSM in 2015 with a Postgraduate Diploma in Music with Distinction. She was awarded the Fulbright NZ General Graduate Award to study her Master of Music in Composition at the Manhattan School of Music, New York. She graduated in May this year, winning the Carl Kanter Award in Orchestral Composition for her thesis ...

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2019 NZ Country Music Awards

It was a 'wildfire' heartwarming case of local-girl-does-good at the announcement of winners of the 2019 NZ Country Music Awards, held as part of the annual Gold Guitar Awards, in Gore on May 30. Jenny Mitchell received the Recorded Music NZ Best Country Music Artist title and Tui award, while Holly Arrowsmith was recognised with the APRA Best Country Song for her track Slow Train Creek.  Wildfires by Jenny Mitchell Gore’s own Jenny Mitchell began her career as a teenager and has released ...

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Interviews

Soaked Oats: Cereal Killers

In the wake of Soaked Oats’ 2018 US tour and ahead of an appearance at England’s The Great Escape (and the release of their EP ‘Sludge Pop’) Katherine Parsons talked with guitar (bubble stick) player Henry Francis and bassist (blue whaler) Max Holmes about how the sludgy Dunedin four-piece has become the country’s fastest building indie rock act. “Show it to ya neighbours,” laughs Max Holmes, promoting their new single Coming Up and their upcoming EP ‘Sludge Pop’. Sludge Pop by ...

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Observation Posts

Vox Pops: The Best Thing In My NZ Music Month 2019 Was…

NZM asked a few local music industry folk, and other players, about their memorable moments of NZ Music Month, May 2019. Here's what we learned: Emma Cameron, Decades (Christchurch) My favourite part of NZ Music Month this year was having the privilege of being a judge at the Christchurch regional heats for Smokefree Rockquest! There is nothing more inspiring than bearing witness to up-and-coming teenage musicians giving their passion the attention it deserves and having the courage to perform ...

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NewTracks New Artist

NewTracks New Artist: Ny Oh

It's not easy to stand out when everyone in your genre wants one of the few coveted spots on NZ On Air Music's NewTracks compilation each month. This June Ny Oh 's Big And Yellow, a vulnerable sounding ballad around the thought that "the process of letting go of someone is accepting who you are now", convinced Team NZOA as the only worthy song in the 'folk & country' category. It's the latest single from London-based Bay Of Plenty songwriter Naomi Ludlow's heartwrenching EP 'Without', released ...

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From A Fusion Of Sound Arises Originality

Sometimes, a good old-fashioned bribe is the best way to finish a project. But only when you’re bribing yourself, of course.  For musicians Holly Roughton and Steven Morris, bribery looked like a reward of some tasty food and a session in the gaming arcade after working on sounds and tracks that perfectly blend their musical identities. But when you’re working on an award-winning track, any kind of motivation is the best kind. Holly and Steven – known artistically as Porcelain and Kaøz, ...

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Interviews

Bad Timing: Brassed Off With Brassicas

Miss June, The Miltones, Whaea & the Rumble; if you’ve been keeping rough tabs on Auckland’s music scene over the last few years then chances are you will see some familiar faces in Bad Timing. Forming partially because, as singer/guitarist/songwriter Chris Marshall notes, “We all wanted to start a band where we weren’t playing our primary instruments,” the recent jazz school graduates have, in the space of a year, turned their new project into one of the most arresting current acts ...

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Observation Posts

The Satisfying Art of Bedroom Music Production

Having spent four recent weeks in the top 5 of the Student Radio Network charts, Rose Muollo-Gray, aka Hybrid Rose, knows a thing or two about recording from the bedroom at radio quality. The Massey University student adapted a recent presentation on the subject for us to enjoy. What's your opinion on the subject – could music produced in the privacy of our bedrooms take on the world? It's not a defect, I like it this way. When I tell people I’m a bedroom producer, they kind'a roll their eyes ...

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NewTracks New Artist

NewTracks New Artist: Gretel

Making it onto NZ On Air Music's NewTracks compilation with your debut single is no mean feat! Rangitoto College and 2018 Rockquest National Final alumna  Gretel Donnelly has achieved just that with her beautifully flowing song Catch Me If You Can. Find out a bit more about this very capable newcomer here. Can you tell us a little about your musical self. I’m Gretel Donnelly. I was born in Deniliquin, Australia (aka the middle of the bloody outback) to Kiwi parents. I moved to the North ...

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Photo Galleries

Folk At The Bunker, May 26, 2019

Photographer Trevor Villers climbed a mountain for some music at the Bunker in Auckland's Devonport on Sunday, May 26. "This was a particularly nice way to while away a Sunday night, up by the fireside at the Bunker. Some fine songwriting evident, and some particularly lovely fretwork from Bryce Patten," says Trevor. Also on stage that night were Colin Speir, Caitlin Smith and Geoff Rowe.

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Photo Galleries

Phantom’s Musicians of Aotearoa 2019

Each NZ Music Month of recent years, Phantom Billstickers have brought striking portraits of local musicians taken by Auckland photographer Hayley Theyers to walls and fences nationwide. We're pleased to feature the full collection of Musicians Of Aotearoa 2019 here. With Phantom looking after the postering side of things, Theyers has made it her mission to take photographs of some of our best but maybe not best-known musicians. She visits them in their homes, studios and neighbourhoods, capturing ...

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Event Guide

2019 NZ Music Month Summit Ahead!

The 2019 NZ Music Month Summit will happen in Auckland later this month with a great line-up of panellists ready to speak about various aspects of live performances. Organised by the MMF and held at the Herald Theatre (Aotea Centre) in central Auckland on Saturday May 25th, the event will feature four separate panel sessions with industry leaders. Expect thought-provoking discussions and conversation, insight and information, with an opportunity to have questions answered at the end of each session. Tickets ...

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