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Music Hall Of Fame Adds When The Cat’s Away

The NZ Music Hall of Fame | Te Whare Taonga Pūoro o Aotearoa has announced the induction of the five incredible women who performed together as When The Cat’s Away back in the late 1980s, and subsequently, have each left a lasting legacy in forging a path for others, on-stage as well as behind the scenes.  Annie Crummer, Debbie Harwood, Dianne Swann, Margaret Urlich and Kim Willoughby will be inducted into the NZ Music Hall of Fame at the delayed 2021 Aotearoa Music Awards ceremony in December. ...

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Radio NZ Announce New Youth Platform – Tahi

After many years of prevarication, Radio NZ has announced the establishment of a commercial-free, public service media platform for youth. Tahi exists to connect rangatahi with the music, stories and culture of Aotearoa​.  The new platform will be editorially independent and begins with music streaming at tahi.fm that is at least 40% local, and across multiple different genres.  Music Scheduler Harrison Pali says that Tahi will showcase music from young artists that are starting out ...

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Opportunities

2022 Industry Internship Programme Applications Open

The Music Commission’s 2022 Industry Internship Programme is now open for its second intake, with 15 music sector roles available for a February start. For this intake, there are 15 internships available across the country including Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, New Plymouth and Golden Bay. All are paid positions at the increased living wage rate of $22.75 per hour. Applications will remain open until December 15. Applicants can apply for a maximum of three internship positions across both ...

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Te Kura Young Musicians Programme

Te Kura's Young Musicians programme has been given the thumbs up by industry heavyweights, and two songwriting students at Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu have had their own songs released under the school initiative. Aidan Ripley and Natalie Martin were chosen to take part in Te Kura’s inaugural songwriting initiative. Te Kura Central North kaiako (teacher) Trevor Faville, says the goal of the programme has been to take selected ākonga (students) who have been writing and recording their own songs. “From ...

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Interviews

John Psathas: Psathas On A Mission

Kiwi composer John Psathas shot to fame when his music was heard (and acclaimed) by billions at the opening ceremony of the 2004 Olympic Games held in Athens. Over nearly 20 years since then, his music has continued to open up exciting and immersive experiences for audiences and build collaborations locally and all around the globe. Clare Martin spoke with him. Internationally acclaimed NZ/Greek contemporary classical composer John Psathas is a man on a mission. Over the last two years alone his ...

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NewTracks New Artist: SuperFly Killa

Six-member Gisborne band SuperFly Killa are a winning blend of hard case east coasties (killas) and hard working musicians (the superfly bit), who came together pretty much by chance, and have stayed together out of a shared love for the wide-ranging music styles they bring together. After nearly three years together they recently scored a minor coup in terms of breaking out of Gizzy, gaining a spot on NZ On Air's NewTracks compilation for November. Their single is called Hold I Down and the guys ...

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My Song

My Song: Fathom – Mother Star

Tāmaki Makaurau's Nancy Howie got some press during this Delta lockdown for cleverly creating her own instruments, and now she's ready to share one of the songs stemming from that project with the world. Under a new moniker, Fathom, her single Mother Star isn't entirely dissimilar to her previous project, alt-folk band Tweed, who charmed with a gorgeous album full of harmonies and engaging live shows around 2017. Nancy kindly provided NZM with this inspiring rundown on how Mother Star came to be ...

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My Song: Wulfie – Love Won’t Run Away

Ōtautahi songwriter and producer Tim Heeringa, aka Wulfie, is back with a new tune, synth-heavy electronic pop ballad Love Won't Run Away. Coming after the June release of his second EP 'Actors', the song also marks the debut of newcomer Lauren Marshall, whose big voice beautifully complements Wulfie's track. NZM asked Wulfie to reflect on the new single which has already found an international following. WULFIE · Love Won't Run Away (Feat. LOVETA) If we cast our thoughts back to the year ...

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NewTracks New Artist: Cassa

There's a whole house load of talent residing within the creative persona of Cassandra McCowan aka Cassa, as evidenced by her Master of Arts gained from a London college. That qualification was a ticket of entry into London's wildly competitive world of west end musicals, where this triple-threat artist has spent most of her artistic life until recently returning to Aotearoa. Entitled So Long, Cassa's debut single attracted the attention of NZ On Air who shared the song through their NewTracks compilation ...

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Mixtapes

Alba Rose ‘s Mixtape

Celebrating Te Whanganui-a-Tara songwriter Alba Rose 's fresh mid-November release, 'Silhouette', a classy and smart EP for fans of jazz-influenced, stylishly sleek tunes, we asked the artist to create a mixtape of music that has influenced her, and blends readily with her own mellow grooves. What she delivered is an eclectic, laid-back selection of classics and newcomers worth checking out, with the background to some of her thoughtful choices explained below.  Marlon Williams & Aldous ...

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Isaac Bell: Let There Be (More) Music Videos

Six60 might continue to dominate the numbers game and Lorde still horde international media attention, but if there’s one Kiwi artist defining the local music landscape in the 2020’s it’s surely actor/musician Troy Kingi. It follows then that being Kingi’s go-to music video maker is a pretty good indicator of directorial talent, and the holder of that baton is fellow Northlander Isaac Bell. Richard Thorne talked with him during Auckland’s Delta lockdown.   There are surely cost-effective ...

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Event Guide

Songlines Community Exhibition Launching In Takapuna

Auckland City of Music (ACOM) and Auckland Council’s urban regeneration agency, Eke Panuku Development Auckland will soon launch Songlines – a free interactive community exhibition celebrating the music of Tāmaki Makaurau in Takapuna, on Auckland’s North Shore. Opening December 4, Songlines is essentially a mixtape of a dozen songs, represented by record-shaped pavement decals creating a trail of tunes. Each decal carries song lyrics from some of the city’s most memorable tracks, plus ...

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2021 Pro Audio Showcase Now Scheduled For February 2022

Auckland’s enduring Level 3 Covid lockdown has left the re-scheduled November dates for the 2021 Pro Audio Showcase unviable. With the show’s exhibiting companies remaining keen for the biennial industry event to go ahead, organisers have announced new dates in February next year. Originally scheduled for September 2021, the Pro Audio Showcase will now take place on February 16 &17, 2022. The venue remains Auckland’s Victory Church Convention Centre, overlooking Victoria Park in Freemans ...

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Jan Preston: South Island Boogie Woman Tour Dates

Following contracts composing soundtracks for documentaries, including sister Gaylene Preston's Helen Clark documentary My Year With Helen, Jan Preston, Aotearoa's own queen of boogie-woogie, is taking her latest album, 'Boogie Woogie Woman', on a massive 24-date tour of Te Waipounamu - starting late September. NZM used the chance for a quick catch up with the internationally renowned powerhouse pianist, singer and entertainer. Tickets for the tour are available here. Am I right to understand ...

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