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10 Kiwi-Made Pieces Of Musical Kit For NZ Music Month

If you’re intrigued by the NZ Music Month advertisement this year, it’s Rodney Fisher’s graphic homage to 10 Kiwi-made pieces of NZ musical equipment. Some it would be hard for a Kiwi music aficionado ...

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News

NZ Songwriters Get 1 Billion List Award

Four NZ songwriters are among those acknowledged by APRA AMCOS for reaching the milestone of one billion streams online. Ella Yelich-O'Connor, Joel Little, Leroy Clampitt and James Wong were further rewarded for their songs’ achievements and received their own 1 Billion List Award.  Yelich-O'Connor (Lorde) and Little got an award together for their 2014 Grammy award-winning hit Royals, while Little received his fourth list award for the 2019 Taylor Swift song Me! Clampitt and Wong together received ...

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Opportunities

2021 Ngā Taonga Toi a Te Waka Toi Awards Nominations Open

Nominations are open for Creative New Zealand's  Ngā Taonga Toi a Te Waka Toi (the Te Waka Toi Awards) for 2021. The awards recognise the artistic excellence, achievement and contribution of Māori artists working in customary and contemporary Māori arts. Three of the award categories are open for public nominations: Ngā Manu Pīrere award - Emerging artist showing promise and potential in their chosen art form. Ngā Tohu Hautūtanga - Recognising leadership and outstanding contribution ...

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Arts Agencies Support Bilingual Music Industry

APRA AMCOS NZ, Creative New Zealand and the Māori Language Commission - Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori have combined to support the development of a bilingual music industry in Aotearoa. Under a pilot programme Pokapū, the initiative will fund support for artists to work with mātanga reo/language experts to translate existing songs from English into te reo Māori, and with pronunciation to record and perform waiata. The pilot aims to produce a further 20 reo remixes, adding to the repertoire ...

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Creative New Zealand announces 2021 Music Scholars

Creative New Zealand has announced the six 2021 music scholars chosen to receive help with international professional development opportunities. This year's scholarship recipients were: Edwin Carr Foundation Scholarship  Kirsten Storm - towards a Master of Music in Composition at the Royal Academy of Music, London. Reuben Jelleyman - towards a second year of a Master's in Composition at the Conservatoire de Paris, France. New Zealand/Aotearoa Music Scholarship  Claudia Tarrant-Matthews ...

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My Song

My Song: Miranda Easten – Country Boy

A year ago (already) Miranda Easten created a Spotify playlist for NZM to go along with the NZ Music Month 2020 release of her uplifting single Only One. Once the Covid lockdown shenanigans passed, the Christchurch singer-songwriter brought several of her naturally romantic alt-country tunes north to Auckland’s Roundhead Studios, to be recorded with a crack band under the production baton of producer Greg Haver. Here, Miranda shares some unexpected insights to her upcoming album’s lead single ...

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Interviews

Michael Aisuru: Moving Upwards

Electronica artist Michael Aisuru (real name Michael West) moved from Christchurch to Auckland for the opportunity to grow as a musician. His recent EP ‘Fantasy’ is a blend of dubstep and dnb that was compiled over the span of two years and both cities. It’s a collection of songs that reflect on his feelings towards his childhood. Jason Chan caught up with him for NZM. “I played the saxophone when I was around 10, and then I moved on to guitar when I was 14 and started thrashing away, ...

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Interviews

TS: The North Has Something To Say

Hip hop is very much tied up in the geography of where it is made. In a NZ context, we tend to think of South Auckland, Avondale, Ponsonby, Christchurch, all places that have spurned burgeoning rap scenes over the years. In 2021 one new rapper is trying to create a scene in the far north, and his name is TS. Sam Smith discovered an artist of genuine talent and community commitment, every bit as confident as his music. Born Trey Subritzky, TS reps the far north through and through. Based in smalltown ...

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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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NewTracks New Artist

NewTracks New Artist: Volts

Formerly part of Christchurch rockers The Valves, guitarist Marc Royal has a new project on the go in the form of pop-rock band Volts. He talks to NZM about the group’s exuberant new single Glass Walls which features as part of April’s NewTracks compilation by NZ On Air Music.  What’s your full name, where are you from and what instruments do you play? Marc Royal from Christchurch - guitars and chief band wrangler. Was any high school or other music training especially important ...

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My Song

My Song: Lunar Intruder – Angel

Cameron Buyers of Christchurch psychedelic indie rock band Lunar Intruder wrote the lyrics to their new single Angel within an hour. He tells NZM this was one of the first songs he’s written where he was truly satisfied with the outcome by the end of the songwriting process, indeed that completing the song has itself brought the four-piece band closer.  Angel, a dreamy journey through a psychedelic atmosphere, attempts to suck the listener in from the moment it begins, progressively ramping ...

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Mixtapes

Mini Simmons’ Mixtape

Since appearing on the scene in 2017, high-energy retro blues-rock five-piece Mini Simmons have been bringing a colourful ’70s West Coast vibe to our ears and stages. Celebrating the release of their recent single Push And Pull with a nationwide tour, we asked the band to capture the spirit of their own favourite tunes and influences in a Spotify playlist, and provide a few words about some of their picks. Brad Craig (vocals, guitar) and Emily Mackie (vocals/keys) compiled a list of explosive, ...

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Event Guide

Ableton Bringing Us Loop Create 2021

Ableton has announced a new event taking place online in June. Loop Create 2021 is a one-day event for music makers, designed to bring people together across different time zones. Attendees will be able to gain new insights and techniques to use in their music-making process, try out new ideas, and share the results with a community of creators from all over the world in a fast-paced, collaborative environment. The event will be hosted on Ableton’s own microsite for Loop events and will start ...

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Live Reviews

Live Review: Echo Children, April 22, Wine Cellar

It’s been a busy 2021 so far for The Wine Cellar on Auckland’s K’ Rd, but near the end of April, Echo Children brought a striking new character to the venue. By the end of the night the local band had compelled their cross-generation audience to scream for ‘one last song’, even after an encore.  In celebration of their latest EP, ‘Toxic Happiness’, the three-piece brought their cutting edge, alt-country sound, joined by vivy alt-punk band, Running Stitch and striking blues-rock band, ...

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Live Review: NZTrio’s Dramatic Skies Stratus, April 18, Auckland

NZTrio launched their 2021 series Dramatic Skies at the Concert Chamber of Auckland’s Town Hall on Sunday April 18 with a programme that was bursting with colour. Stratus is the first of three concerts of a cloud theme, but the evening was very far from being overcast or grey. Two works by New Zealand composers were at the centre of the evening - Claire Cowan’s Ultra Violet and a new commission in Reuben de Lautour’s An Auscultation of Water. As respected ambassadors of contemporary classical ...

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