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Ben & Brody: Open Up About Open Up

With two years between them, Auckland siblings Brody Glanfield and her younger brother Ben aka Ben & Brody have been learning and making music together since their early primary school days. Both ...

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Michael Gudinski Death Shocks Industry

The Australasian music industry has been rocked today with news that legendary Australian music entrepreneur Michael Gudinski has died at the age of 68. He died peacefully at home in Melbourne on the night of March 1, his death sending shockwaves through the Australian music industry and far beyond. The founder of the massively influential Mushroom Group of companies, Gudinski has long been a leading trans-Tasman industry figure. As Lars Brandle of the Industry Observer notes,   ‘…no single ...

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New Music Pasifika Funding January 2021 Decisions

NZ On Air has announced the New Music Pasifika Funding January 2021 decisions – supporting recording, video content and promotion of new songs by Pasifika artists. From 68 applications, the assessment panel made up of Aaron Pulemagafa (Niu FM), Nicole Rex (NZ On Air), Petrina Togi-Sa’ena (Pacific Music Awards Trust) and Tana Tupai (Tomorrow People), identified the following 21 new songs/artists that will receive funding support.    The next New Music Pasifika round will open on June ...

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ISC 2020 Semi-Finalists Announced

The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) has announced the 2020 semi-finalists, a long list that includes over 40 Kiwi entries across the many categories, particularly present under Children's Music, Teen and Folk. Chances of a big local win look especially strong for Children's Music with six entries from across Aotearoa, including audience favourites such as 'Wonky Donkey Man' Craig Smith, Claudia Robin Gunn and Fleabite. One interesting semi-finalist is Te Vaka's We Know The Way in the ...

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Local Music On NZ Radio Hits New Peak

Local music play on NZ radio has hit the highest peak since record-keeping began, reports NZ On Air. According to the NZOA, the Radio Broadcasters Association and Recorded Music NZ, several records for radio airplay and chart placings were broken in 2020, in spite of the many challenges the industry faced due to the Covid pandemic. For the first time since 2005, commercial radio networks and stations playing contemporary local music collectively played more than 20% local music content in the calendar ...

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NewTracks New Artist

NewTracks New Artist: Sapphire

Sapphire Matāfai didn’t study music at school, but she hardly needed to. Her father Isaiah began teaching church choir when he was just 10, and with her mum Clera had established a record label, Dúnamis Music, to nurture the musical talents of their seven children – (eldest to youngest) Sapphire, Ezekial, Izayah, Caleb, Gabriel, Zephaniah and Elijah. Not surprisingly the siblings started a group, but it is as a solo artist (with production courtesy of her younger brother) that Sapphire came ...

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Interviews

Tia Drumma: Feeling The Love

Reported by the Bay of Plenty Times in early November, Mount Maunganui College students released what they claim as the first original school album coming from the BoP. The album features songs from school bands and artists Vegan Funk Machine, Emily Tattersall, Skye Hine & Malakhai Sadler, Good Morning Good Night, Kofe Table, Mabel George and El’fah.01 & TJ. Driver of this ambitious project was teacher and music producer Tia Beaufort, aka Tia Drumma. ‘MMC 2020’ caught the ear of NZM ...

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Scarlett Lashes: Dirty Deeds Done For Good

Tāmaki Makaura sound engineer Jess Haugh is a busy woman. Alongside fronting the indie-rock explosion that is King Ketchup, she single-handedly runs Women About Sound, organising free events with the aim of upskilling women in the music industry, and has also been cracking the literal whip as electro-cabaret feminist mistress Scarlett Lashes. Silke Hartung caught up with Scarlett in advance of a performance at Grrrl Fest 2021 in Kirikiriroa/Hamilton on March 6 with her right-hand, party monster ...

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NewTracks New Artist: Silas Futura

Moving along from his previous project Bobandii, Auckland hip hop artist and producer Silas McClintock emerged under the new name Silas Futura in 2017, and has since released two albums, featuring, among others, local hip hop star CHAII. His new single Precious featured on NZ On Air Music's NewTracks compilation this February. What’s your given name, where are you from and how do you make your music? I’m Silas McClintock, I was born in Pakari and I grew up around the Mahurangi region. I ...

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My Song

My Song: Renee Millner – Out Their Windows

Previously active as Renny M, Taranaki singer-songwriter Renee Millner decided to create music under her actual name after all, to avoid confusion. Staying true to her trusty acoustic guitar and folk-tinged tunes that tell a story, the first release from an upcoming selection of songs, Out Their Windows, shows a more mature side to her songwriting. Conveyed with aching intensity and a stunning soulful vocal performance, the single is a very personal contemplation on the fate of elderly people in ...

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Phodiso: Brimming With Talent

Phodiso Dintwe is a modern renaissance man with his fingers in many a pie. Yes, he is a musician, he raps and plays percussion, but he’s also a poet, an actor, a filmmaker, a dancer – the list seems to go on. After a cameo on JessB’s debut EP ‘Bloom’ in 2018, and winning the pop category of the inaugural Bubble Bop, a 24-hour music-making competition coming out of Massey University student initiative SomethingSomething, he finally followed up with a release of his own, EP ‘Act 1’, the ...

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NewTracks New Artist: Corduroy

Coming off a tour and festival gigs, Corduroy is maintaining a busy schedule with the release of a new single Spaceships (If I Came Back Again) from their new EP 'Poor Mans Velvet'. The single before Spaceships was I'm So Bored; a colourful pop song that plays into the typically rummaging yet optimistic mind of the youth today. Even judging by the title their new single feels like a continuation of the previous narrative delving into the psyche of youth. NZ On Air Music featured Spaceships (If ...

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Event Guide

2021 YAMI Sounz Summit Planned for Wanaka in May

The 2021 YAMI (Youth and Adults in the Music Industry) Sounz Summit has confirmed a packed-out weekend of musical workshops, seminars and showcases in Wanaka on May 8-9.  A grant from the Central Lakes Trust has allowed Lake Wanaka SouNZ Incorporated to confirm the event. Participants (aged from 10 years to “near-ancient”) work alongside the tutors during the weekend summit, with some taking to the stage with their idols at the final night’s public showcase. Tutors lined up to inspire and ...

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MMF’s Back to Basics 2021 Seminar To Be Held In Christchurch

The Music Managers Forum Aotearoa (MMF) has announced Back to Basics 2021, with the annual seminar to take place in Christchurch on March 23.   Aimed at all who are new to artist management including self-managed artists, this seminar explores the fundamentals and inner workings of the music industry. Topics will cover: contracts – band, manager, live etc setting up a management business and the business of a band information on APRA AMCOS Recorded Music NZ’s Direct to Artist Scheme funding;  ...

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Photo Galleries

2021 Auckland Folk Festival

Trevor Villers spent the weekend at the 2021 Auckland Folk Festival and shared his bounty of photos with us, documenting colourful performers and crowds alike. 

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