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Opportunities

Enter the 2020 Children’s Music Awards

It's time to enter the 2020 Children's Music Awards for anyone that writes music for our youngest music fans. More info and the entry form for the Best Children's Music Song Award More info and the entry form for the Best Children's Music Video Award The deadline for both is February 19, 2020. The winner of the APRA Best Children’s Music Song Award takes home an $8,000 NZ On Air grant to go towards the production of a song and a music video, while the winner of the NZ On Air Best Children's ...

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Opportunities

Pacific Music Awards 2020 Nominations Open

Nominations for all award categories of the Pacific Music Awards 2020 are now open. A dozen categories are for local artists (New Zealand citizens/residents) plus there's the Best International Pacific Artist Award, which is open to artists from overseas. For the 2020 awards singles, EPs and albums by Pacific artists released for sale during the full 2019 calendar year are eligible to enter. The entry deadline is February 7, 2020. The entered categories for 2020 are confirmed as the following: Best ...

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News

New Music Singles Funding December 2019 Outcomes

NZ On Air Music's New Music Singles Funding December 2019 outcomes have been revealed. From 164 applications, 30 songs made it through the deciding panel, which was made up of Paddy Hill (Roundhead Studios), Nicky Harrop, Harry Pali (ZM), Jeff Newton (NZ On Air), Lydia Jenkin (APRA AMCOS NZ), Wairere Iti and Sarah Thomson (95bFM). The next New Music Singles funding round closes on February 13 and you can apply here. 

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News

Best Folk Tui 2020 Finalists

There's still a bit of 2019 to come but Recorded Music NZ has announced the three finalists for the Best Folk Tui 2020. Mel Parsons is once again in the running to win Te Kaipuoro Taketake Toa, alongside Kiwi singer/songwriter Victoria Vigenser & Lindsay Martin and husband-and-wife duo Paper Cranes. The award ceremony will take place at the 2020 Auckland Folk Festival on 26 January. Recorded in LA with famed producer Mitchell Froom, Mel Parson’s fourth studio album 'Glass Heart' was a ...

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Interviews

Lake South: Capital Chap

Lake South is a musician, producer and a director. He makes most of his own music videos and was the director and writer of NZ Idle, a web-series about an artist on the dole. In 2019 he released an album that is a paean of sorts to the country’s capital Wellington. He talked with Frank Eggleton. Urbantramper was Lake South’s first group, and for most of a decade, they roamed New Zealand, much as the name suggests, expanding and contracting. “Urbantramper was me and anyone I could strong-arm ...

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Ex-Pat Files

Ex-Pat Files: Lemon Tree Music

As strong a year as 2019 may have been for various Kiwi acts around the globe, their achievements have been gazumped by the successes of a number of breakthrough Australian artists with evident worldwide appeal. Tash Sultana is one who has gone from busker to international arena-filling star in the space of three years. Most recently newcomer Tones And I has been busily smashing all manner of records with her ludicrously catchy Dance Monkey. The song has been a #1 hit all over place (including a ...

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Edy: Counting On The Beat

When talent and hard work unify the result can be something special, a proposition well illustrated by Auckland producer-artist EDY. At the centre of an energised local urban music scene, the talented young producer who goes by the handle EDY On The Beat has credits with a number of the country’s biggest hip hop artists, including Donell Lewis, Razé, Mikey Mayz and Lion Rezz. Sam Dunlay talked with him to get a picture of this prodigious new talent. Originally trained in classical piano, Edy ...

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Interviews

Miss June: You Make Your Own Luck

It’s no stretch of the truth to say that Auckland punk rock act Miss June have had quite a year of it. Playing their first gigs outside of Australasia in Europe and the States, signing to Frenchkiss Records, home to the esteemed likes of Bloc Party and Diet Cig, and in September releasing their debut album, followed by a two-month global tour. Ben Lynch spoke to vocalist, songwriter and guitarist Annabel Liddell, just ahead of the delivery of their ‘Bad Luck Party’. Armed with an authentic ...

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Interviews

Fresh Talent: Solomon Crook

Solomon Crook grew up in a small town in Coromandel – Opoutere which is around about halfway between Whangamata and Pauanui. With two older sisters he grew up for his first seven years, in the bedroom he was born in. His school time at St Peters in Cambridge saw him enter five Smokefree Rockquests; three times in a band, and twice solo – finally managing third place as a solo artist in his final Rockquest in 2015. Having studied for a Commercial Music degree at Massey the 21-year-old’s current ...

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Interviews

JessB: Connecting Views

Intersecting between being Afro-Kiwi, female and queer makes Auckland MC JessB even more multi-faceted than many humans – importantly able to connect and offer a voice to some less visible communities. Of Kenyan descent, Jess Bourke found hip hop offered a means to explore her identity in a way that felt natural – providing a cultural touchstone as a minority in Aotearoa. Bridie Chetwin-Kelly caught up with this busy artist on the eve of the release of her second EP, ‘New Views’. The last ...

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Interviews

L.A.B.: Three.Strikes – You’re.In.

There are plenty of ways in which L.A.B. have been a phenomenon on the local music front, most evidently their popularity as a live performance act. Having firmly established that reputation the band set themselves a new challenge of trying to record and release three albums in three years, a goal which they have just realised with the release of ‘L.A.B. III’ on December 6. Felicity Farrell talked with charismatic singer Joel Shadbolt about the new album. L.A.B. III by L.A.B. The L.A.B. album ...

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Photo Galleries

Tijay, Geoff Ong And Gretel, Auckland Music In Parks, January 12, 2020

Starting the 2020 season of Auckland's annual, regionwide Music In Parks gigs at the Domain's band rotunda last weekend, poppy newcomers Tijay, Geoff Ong and Gretel had young and old on their feet for a boogie. Trevor Villers joined the crowd, taking photos to capture the vibe.

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Photo Galleries

NSW Rural Fire Service Fundraiser @ Auckland, January 11, 2020

Last weekend, Park Up Collective organised a fundraiser to support the NSW Rural Fire Service in their efforts with the Australian climate fires. The line up consisted of Dual, Skilaa, Hahko, Gretel & Smokestack Slim, and Trevor Villers took some photos for us.

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Live Reviews

Review: Jeff Henderson, Audio Foundation, Dec 12, 2019

I wandered tardily down the stairs into the dank and wondrous world that is the Audio Foundation with a beer in my bag and a powerful thirst for strange experiences to see Jeff Henderson. Jeff Henderson is an experimental sax artist living deep within the scene of boundary-pushing sounds in this country. He has just released 'The Charming Clarinet', instruction manual and accompanying compact disc. The Charming Clarinet by Jeff HendersonI arrived in a sparsely occupied room to stories of chasing ...

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