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Magic Factory: Riding A Golden Carpet

With a two-state tour of USA just behind them, Magic Factory also have a recently released album, titled ‘Working With Gold’, to be proud of. From a possible pool of nine ‘Factory’ workers, Sam ...

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News

MAINZ To Sit Under SIT

Tai Poutini Polytechnic’s (TPP) Music and Audio Institute of NZ (MAINZ) will transfer to the Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) early next year. In late November, Greymouth-based Tai Poutini Polytechnic was required to appoint another institution, Invercargill's Southern Institute of Technology, to moderate its assessments after the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) gave it a category 4 ranking – the lowest ever received by a public institution.  Discussions regarding a transfer ...

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Opportunities

Nominations Open For 2018 Taite Music Prize

Did you release an album or EP between January 1 and December 31 in 2017? Think it's pretty good? If so, you can now nominate it for the Taite Music Prize 2018. Commercial success doesn't matter for this one, only the artistic merit of the full release is taken into consideration. Deadline for nominations is February 6!  T&Cs are here. The sign-up form is here.

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A Raging Case Of Grammy Fever!

Between Australia and NZ, APRA reports, there are 26 artists in the running for a 2018 Grammy, be it in the limelight or behind the scenes. At the forefront, and directly up for the big Album Of The Year award is Lorde with her 'Melodrama' – competing against the likes of Jay Z, Kendrick Lamar and Childish Gambino.   Opetaia Foa’i is up for Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media with the blockbuster soundtrack to Disney's Moana. As part of the Australian Hillsong church ...

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Classics & Clangers

Spotify Don’t Lie: What Kiwis Listened To Most in 2017

Spotify has published a list of the top streams of 2017, and you won't find the names and songs on it overly surprising!  With more than 140 million active users, and 60 million paying subscribers, it's hard to ignore the platform's influence worldwide as a discovery tool, on our listening habits and of course the local charts. Without any hint of question, New Zealand’s most streamed local artist of 2017 is Lorde, followed by a range of drum and bass, dub, roots and reggae bands with Six60, ...

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Interviews

*Joy*: Defined By Music

Between Lorde, Kings and Teeks almost all the Tuis dispensed to solo artists at the recent 2017 NZ Music Awards went to musicians sporting single-syllable ‘performer’ names. Timely then for contemplative electronica artist *JOY* to drop ‘The Music To Live For’, the first of his planned series of three EPs – over three consecutive months. joy (For the time being at least) the Christchurch-based composer has chosen to remain otherwise incognito, explaining the adopted name as simply being ...

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Fresh Talent

Fresh Talent: Same Name Confusion

Same Name Confusion is a band formed by three fourth-year University of Canterbury engineering students. Despite any remaining confusion among listeners, they do not want to keep answering what their band name means. “Can you tell people to just stop asking us?” jokes lead singer and keyboardist Luke Courtney. “And leave it at that? That’s worse! That’s only going to fuel it. Is that a form of reverse psychology?” challenges rhythm guitarist and singer Alvin Bartley. Luke, Alvin, ...

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Features

The Low Low: Seen From Above

Five years ago, Auckland's Catherine Walker released her charming debut EP 'Magenta' as The Low Low, admittedly very much on the down-low.  She is only now following it up with a second EP, co-produced by the artist herself with Tom Healy (Tiny Ruins, Bic Runga, Pacquin) at The Lab in Auckland. 'Birthday At The Beach' is an unpretentious and almost autobiographical second offering, full of clean harmonies and well thought-out arrangements in the shape of quiet, timeless classic pop. NZM asked ...

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Interviews

SoccerPractise: Five Aside

Like the filmmaker of a very similar name, Thom Burton is a bit of a genius. Guitarist, frontman, producer – his name has for years been synonymous with edgy music, highly regarded by his peers. Along with Glen Johnson, he formed Yokel Ono while living in Hamilton back in 2000, followed by Wilberforces, and most recently the mostly solo endeavour Moppy. His latest project is SoccerPractise, an Auckland-based synthie Indie electronica quartet. His team mates are guitarist Leo Horgan and Kim ...

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Del Thomas: There’s Gonna Be Some Changes Comin’

Wellington blues artist Del Thomas released his third album at the beginning of October. ‘Changes Coming’ features some new tracks and some older material that’s been revisited with his current band. Del himself provides guitar, voice, harmonica and keys. His band includes guitarist Dougal Speir, Elliotte Fuimaono on bass and Mo Phillips behind the drums, supplemented with vocals from Lynley Christoffersen and Jade Eru. They’ve done a sterling job of interpreting the album’s 11 songs that ...

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Interviews

The Black Seeds: Patterns, Stripes And Checks

A sunny spring day in the capital means it’s time to get outside and soak up some vitamin D before the weather takes a turn for the less friendly. So it was that Briar Lawry stretched out in Civic Square with Barnaby Weir of The Black Seeds to watch the world go by, chat about the band’s latest album release ‘Fabric’ and 20 years of The Black Seeds, as well as (read on) the existential meaning of being targeted by seagulls. It’s safe to say that 20 years of experience working with the ...

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Q & A: 2017 Tui-Winning Engineer Clint Murphy

At this year's Artisan Awards held in late October, the Tui for Best Engineer went to UK-based Kiwi Clint Murphy for his work with Devilskin. The band's 'Be Like The River' album was recorded at Modern World Studio, Murphy's home base since 2009. This was his second Tui, following a shared one with Dave Rhodes in 2003 for Blindspott's self-titled debut. Working on the Manic Street Preachers' ‘Lifeblood’, Thunder's ’Rip It Up’ and Melanie C's ‘Beautiful Intentions’, Murphy has achieved ...

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Photo Galleries

Devonstock 2017

Devonstock 2017 took place at Windsor Reserve in Devonport on December 10. Trevor Villers went along to take photos of some of the local talent on stage, this year headlined by Molly & The Chromatics and Dirty Pixels, supported by Slipstream, Theo Sawyer, Neon Flame and Freya. 

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Event Guide

Aussie Groove Masters Hobo Magic To Tour NZ In December

Auckland can proudly boast rock duo Skinny Hobos but it takes Australia’s Sunshine Coast to produce Hobo Magic – the riff-tactically trippy heavy rock trio many are calling Australia's best underground rock act. Hobo Magic today announced their first international tour, heading over the ditch for a bunch of NZ dates in early December. Given the nod by Christchurch stoner fest, Blazed and Confused, the band will play eight shows including Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, with support provided ...

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Event Guide

SAE Open Day 2017

If you’ve ever dreamed of a career in audio and film, then the SAE open day is your chance to come along and see how you can turn your dreams into reality. On November 4 there is no schedule, simply turn up any time between 11am and 3pm to join one of the campus tours. SAE's open day offerings include the opportunity to do a full tour of all SAE’s studio facilities, including the new film studio which was opened last year. Tours will be led throughout the day by lecturers and campus staff, ...

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