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Fresh Talent: Fables

Auckland musician Jess Bailey aka Fables has an artful passion for making – making jewellery, paintings, ceramics and, most fortunately for us, music. Early music making at high school was a collaborative ...

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Opportunities

Jazz, Kids & Country – 2019 Music Award Nominations Time!

The 2019 Music Awards season got started with a bang on January 14 – the Best NZ Jazz, Children's and Country Music Awards all simultaneously opening for nominations! Follow the links below for more information on the individual awards. The deadline for nominations to each of these awards will be February 18. 2019 NZ Country Music Awards Presented as part of the NZ Gold Guitar Awards in Gore in late May/early June. APRA Best Country Song Recorded Music NZ Best Country Artist  2019 ...

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Opportunities

Enter The 2019 Pacific Music Awards

Entries for the 2019 Pacific Music Awards will be open online for about three more weeks. Nominations can be completed online directly by artists and/or their representatives at the music award's website.    All nominations need to be submitted by February 4, 2019. More Info Here Categories The entered categories for 2019 are confirmed as the following: Best Pacific Female Artist Best Pacific Male Artist Best Pacific Group Best Pacific Language Best Pacific Gospel Artist Best ...

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News

Finalists Revealed For 2019 Folk Artist Tui

Recorded Music NZ has announced three finalists for the 2019 Folk Artist Tui Award to be celebrated at the 2019 Auckland Folk Festival on January 27. Strong newcomers Jono Heyes and The Frank Burkitt Band join two-time Best Folk Artist winners Great North as the 2019 finalists. Hailing originally from Central Otago, Jono Heyes’ 2017 album ‘9 Pilgrims’ was released in October and features a number of musicians from across the world – including Ireland, Switzerland and the Czech Republic ...

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Classics & Clangers

Introduction To Instagram & Facebook Insights

Intended for local art organisations, these Creative NZ-produced Youtube mini-seminars on the metrics of Instagram and Facebook are worth watching for anyone having to wrangle the necessity to be present on social media in 2019. While quite dry and introductory in nature they're a great starting point to help lift your understanding of the important subjects.  Instagram Facebook

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On Foreign Soil

On Foreign Soil: Fanfickk at MU:CON, Seoul

MU:CON, which presumably stands for MUsic CONvention, is Asia’s leading music business market, focusing on the interaction and communication of the Asian and global music industries. (As copied straight from their website!) In 2018 it was staged in Seoul over three days, September 10-12, boasting approximately 11,000 attendees and 81 live shows. Kiwi musician Fanfickk was there hoping to fit in some Korean BBQ and secure distribution of her quirky, synth-pop music in the homeland of 52M K-pop fans. MU:CON ...

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NewTracks New Artist

NewTracks New Artist: Tommie

Bianca Tomena Erceg aka Tommie grew up in Whangarei but calls Auckland her home these days. After starting out on the guitar at age 8, she soon went on to dabble in other instruments like bass, piano, and a little bit of drums. "Also, I sing if that counts," she laughs. Studying at MAINZ led her to recording a few demos, back then under the name Roe. Moving on from the project's dark pop vibe, the new, self-assured pop sound of Tommie's debut single Better was featured on NZ On Air Music's NewTracks ...

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Features

Premiere: Bartells – Still Like To Know

Auckland newcomer Bartells kicks off 2019 with his latest single, Still Like To Know - quite a fitting tune to start off the New Year. Officially out on January 11, we've already got it available for you to have a listen! Still Like To Know expresses his hope and excitement for the future and all of the changes that come with that. Building on what was a successful 2018, which saw his previous singles, Extraordinary Girl and Our Love May Go Away, receive airplay nationwide, the songwriter ...

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Interviews

Industry Types: Music Journalists Sarah Gooding & Nick Fulton

With the rise of blogging, social media, and streaming, as well as increasingly more cuts in staff at news media outlets, music journalism is in a precarious position, you could argue. In spite of this uncertain future, freelance music journalists continue to fly the flag for a craft that has long been at the centre of popular music and the culture around it. Nick Fulton and Sarah Gooding are two freelance music journalists who started their trade in New Zealand with Einstein Music Journal, a music ...

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Ex-Pat Files

Ex-pat Files: Blair Jollands

London-based Kiwi singer/songwriter Blair Jollands has been described as having a ‘country and eastern’ sound. Comparisons drawn with Nick Cave, Bowie and Beck tell you that his song compositions, voice and recordings are of plentiful and international merit. Most of his previous album releases have been under the alter ego name El Hula, but among the NZM office’s ‘best of’ picks for 2018 was ‘7 Blood’, released under his own name, an album of exciting,sometimes theatric diversity that ...

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Interviews

Chelsea Jade: Pilgrim’s Progress

In recent years Los Angeles has firmly taken over as the de facto ex-pat home to world market-conscious Kiwi music professionals, not simply musicians but for music producers like Joel Little and Sam de Jong. Chelsea Jade Metcalf fits into the first category but has expanded her activities into the realm of song co-writing, with notable early success. It’s another unveiled layer of the artist Kiwi audiences have known variously as a backing vocalist, member of Teacups, as the award-winning Watercolours, ...

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Gear Reviews

Gear Review: Fender Mustang GT100 Guitar Amp

Fender’s new Mustang GT 2.0 range covers the little GT40 home amp, this review’s studio/stage-oriented GT100 and the GT200 model designed for bigger stages. The Mustang is a slick digital solid state amp that comes with some exciting new age extras like Bluetooth and Wifi connectivity. If you’re familiar with the Line 6 Spider Pro Jams, Peavey Vypyrs, Vox VTX or Fender’s previous Mustangs you will have an idea of what the series brings to the table. The Mustang GT100 retails here at $899 ...

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Photo Galleries

Under The Arcade, December 7, 2018

With Christmas parties left, right and centre, it's hard not to overdo it this time of the year. In case you missed Under The Arcade, a charming Christmas mini-festival set up by Arcade Records and Second Hand Records, you're in the luck because Trevor Villers took some photos of the night for us. 

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Devonstock 2018

The weather could have been better, but the music and atmosphere at Devonstock 2018 were excellent, tells us photographer Trevor Villers, who headed out to make the most of his day on December 9. The line up was curated to showcase local newcomers, namely Ben Glanfield, Masonic Silk, Gretel, Munkhouse, Daffodils and Skilaa this year.

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Grey Lynn Festival 2018

In spite of the weather, Grey Lynn Festival 2018 took place last weekend at trusty Grey Lynn Park. Photographer Trevor Villers reports back with photos. "It certainly was a grey old day. In fact, the sun didn’t come out until Che Fu came on well towards the end. He was in top form, but honours must go to his Dad [Tigi Ness, Unity Pacific] who was sublime. Some pretty resolute folk down there, with or without umbrellas." 

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