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Q & A: Tali

Auckland MC, singer and songwriter Tali Sheppard released her new single Powerful today. Raising money for domestic violence charity Women’s Refuge, Sheppard hopes that the song's messages can motivate ...

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Nominations Open For NZ Music Awards 2017

With the NZ Music Awards 2017 five months away, a number of category changes have been announced and nominations officially opened today. Details and instructions on entry, as well as the terms and conditions can be found here. To be eligible for judging, all nominations including any accompanying material must be with Recorded Music by August 2, 2017. For any questions regarding the nominations process contact Sarah Leota. Unless otherwise specified, awards are open to NZ artists who ...

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Classics & Clangers

Dunedin Band LSD Fundraiser Causes CBD Shutdown

How many bands can say that their music caused an inner city evacuation? Dunedin noise band LSD Fundraiser can add that questionable trophy to their band CV after police mistook one of their demo tapes as a bomb last week. While we appreciate that the whole issue was definitely not funny for anyone who got evacuated, local businesses, or the police, or the bomb squad, we would still like to send kudos to the band for spreading their music physically by the way of an Easter egg hunt. Read the ...

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Opportunities

APRA Live Performance Reports Are Due On July 31

APRA just sent out a reminder that it's time to enter your Live Performance Reports. If you have been performing music live between July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2017, enter a Performance Report online by July 31 to receive a royalty payment. Log into your APRA membership page, and tell us when and where your music was performed during the reporting period: The process is simple: Log in Select the Performance Report tab Click ‘Create/View Performance Report’ Begin entering the ...

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Auckland’s Music In Parks 2018 Looking For Performers

Auckland's Music In Parks 2018 is looking for a mix of emerging and established musicians of all genres to fill their stages across the region this coming summer. The team welcomes submissions from all Kiwi artists; either born or currently residing here. Over the years, Music in Parks has seen top New Zealand artists perform such as Shihad, Anna Coddington, Tami Neilson and Katchafire, and supported emerging talents like Evan Sinton (now Maala), Villainy, Nomad and Sons of Zion. Online ...

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On Foreign Soil

On Foreign Soil: Jas Josland In The Netherlands & Germany

Jas Josland leads an interesting life. Originally (and still mostly) from Christchurch, she prefers to say that she’s based globally these days, often Hong Kong and other places in Asia. She left the dream job of working on superyachts behind for another, dedicating her life to being a full-time musician. Not only does she write a great rock tune, she also has a suitable voice to pull it off. Often performing as a solo acoustic act, her recorded sound with a full band is something you’re sure ...

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Interviews

Gold Medal Famous: Meddling In All The Right Places

In the process of creating their latest album prolific Wellington trio Gold Medal Famous set a new pace for themselves – taking a slower, more craftsman-like approach to the record than they have in the past. And as the queen and kings of refusing-to-be-pigeon-holed, Tamsin Grigg, Vorn Colgan and Chris Wilson continue to keep fans guessing with ‘Activity’ as Briar Lawry reports. Past Gold Medal Famous recordings (and there’ve been a few) have dabbled in everything from jazz to heavy ...

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Rei: Standing Tall

A few days out from the release of his second album Auckland-based rapper Callum McDougall aka Rei passed through Wellington, finding time for a coffee with NZM writer Andrew Witty. ‘A Place To Stand’ encapsulates Rei’s movements in finding his feet as an artist. Based on the Māori term ‘tūrangawaewae’, Rei offers a thoughtful record with versatile and hard-hitting beats with his sophomore album. On ‘A Place To Stand’ he strikes a rare balance of self-awareness and culture, while ...

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Glass Vaults: Mutating Musonics

Coverage of previous releases of Glass Vaults in NZ Musician have noted the band members’ propensity for change, AV designer Rowan Pierce saying back in 2015 that he needs a bit of instability to hold his interest. Two years later the Wellington band’s sophomore album finds their music not just changing but mutating. Aabir Mazumdar talked with guitarist/singer Richard Larsen, as well as Pierce and production collaborator Bevan Smith, about ‘The New Happy’, ASMR, harmonizers of choice and ...

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Levi Patel: Empty Calls Quiet

With three solo records, a collaboration with electronic producer Suren Unka and soundtrack for a short film under his belt, Levi Patel is quietly claiming his rightful place in the spotlight. Articulate and quietly confident, Levi worked on his debut album 'Affinity' for over four years, before releasing it in early April this year to glowing reception and a captivating release show at the Auckland Art Gallery. Jean Bell met up with Patel shortly afterwards. Levi’s connection with music goes ...

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Stonehurst: Fighting The Urge

Along with writing smart rock songs, Stonehurst guitar/vocalist Tim Hunt clearly enjoys the telling of a good story. Like the band’s unlikely links to Evermore, or the one about how the five-piece which was shaping to be named Hell In The Way It’s Run, instead took its name from a gentrified central Christchurch pub. He talked with Dee Muir ahead of the September 2017 release of Stonehurst’s impressive sophomore album ‘Strange Urge’. It seems that yet again, Christchurch has managed ...

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The Map Room: Atmospheric Pressures

The musical output of smart Kiwi production duo The Map Room is typically described as ‘atmospheric indie pop’. Clever then that the second album from them should be titled ‘Weatherless’, even if one roommate, Simon Gooding, lives in the country’s weather capital. Martyn Pepperell talked with Gooding about the new album and their musical umbrella. When Auckland/Wellington duo The Map Room released their self-titled debut album, back in 2013, their elegant indie-pop songs arrived in ...

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Photo Galleries

MAINZ Arcade

Photographer Trevor Villers just sent us some gorgeous shots from last night's MAINZ Arcade showcase on K'Rd. 

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Event Guide

NZM Presents: Shoutin’ Preachin’, Arcee & Bobandii

The third NZM Presents gig on Wednesday, June 7 will be all about hip hop. Who'll be playing? Shoutin' Preachin' add brass to their beats, social consciousness to the lyrics and punk rock to the attitude. Their recent EP 'From The Echo Chamber' provided a high energy soundtrack to the end of our summer. From The Echo Chamber EP by Shoutin' Preachin' Following some high profile local support slots, and a European tour last year, Arcee Rapper is going to show off her skills performing a live ...

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Gold Medal Famous ‘Activity’ Release Tour

When you hear the 9-5 roles 'advisor', 'book shop employee' and 'music teacher' – what musical genre comes to mind right away? If you're thinking to yourself, "Well, that could be anything really," you're probably as close as you could get to what Gold Medal Famous generally sound like.  Chris Wilson, Tamsin Grigg and Vorn Colgan are as versatile and capable at their craft as they get, not shying away from giving any genre a crack, and that's what they've done for the last nine years as Gold ...

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