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NewTracks New Artist: Frankie Venter

The first wave of performers who are Girl Rock Camp Aotearoa alumni are now emerging, and Mount Maunganui artist Frankie Venter is one of them. Her latest release, the plainly-spoken and catchy Leyla, ...

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FromThePit 2024 Submissions Open

FromThePit 2024 submissions are open to local music photographers wanting to showcase your images. You can submit up to five images for consideration in the 2024 exhibition. Those photos can be no older than June 2022 and must be of NZ artists playing in NZ for entry consideration to the AV exhibition, which will run during Te Marama Puoro o Aotearoa | NZ Music Month (May 2024). FromThePit is focused on images made at shows in an official capacity, i.e. photographing for a publication, a venue, ...

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Nominations Open For Taite Music Prize 2024

Nominations are now open for the Taite Music Prize 2024, Outstanding Music Journalism Award and Best Independent Debut Award. Nominations close January 31 and the award ceremony is confirmed for April 23 at Q Theatre, Tāmaki Makaurau. You can find details on eligibility and nomination forms on the website of Independent Music NZ.

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Next Aotearoa Music Awards 2024 Scheduled For May

With no AMA event being held in 2023, the next Aotearoa Music Awards 2024 are scheduled to take place May 30 next year, at the Viaduct Events Centre in Tāmaki Makaurau - bringing NZ Music Month to a close in style. Produced by Recorded Music NZ, the Aotearoa Music Awards are the annual showcase event for the music industry, recognising the biggest musical successes of the year and celebrating artists and music from Aotearoa. Along with the new mid-year scheduling, RMNZ have announced a considerably ...

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Louisa Williamson Wins 2023 Best Jazz Composition Award

Te Whanganui-a-Tara composer Louisa Williamson has won the 2023 Best Jazz Composition Award for her instrumental Dream Within A Dream. What Dreams May Come by Louisa Williamson A regular gigging and session musician, but first time finalist, Williamson's winning song, Dream Within A Dream, is the lead track from her debut album 'What Dreams May Come' released in June 2022, engineered, mixed and mastered by Mike Gibson. The evolving three sectional piece explores themes of dreaming, both when ...

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Interviews

Mozie: Letting The Son Shine In

Emotive heartbreak ballad Not Done Loving first showcased the  strong, sweet-toned voice and vulnerability of her songwriting when Mozie first appeared on the scene in 2022. Her second single Sonshine continues in a similar breezy, warm-tinged soul vein, the new song no less vulnerable but taking a more inspirational angle. Nur Lajunen-Tal talked to her for NZM. Made with support from NZ On Air Music. NZ-Samoan artist Mozie, whose real name is Moana Leota, collaborated with Leonardo Coghini ...

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Lilly Carron: Introspective Wilderness

Establishing herself with a 2020 debut EP ‘Messy Mind,’ Lilly Carron ’s artistic voice is dreamy, atmospheric, and intimately introspective. Her first single of 2024, the boldly existential Wild For Change, sees that voice growing in confidence and depth, the result being at once plaintive and triumphant as Nur Lajunen-Tal finds. Made with support from NZ On Air Music. Growing up in Muriwai Beach to the west of Auckland, Lilly Carron has been involved in music since an early age. “I ...

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Shepherds Reign: Samoan Industrious Metal

Shepherds Reign are a Kiwi heavy metal band from the Polynesian stronghold suburbs of Tāmaki Makaurau. The band have reached a pivotal point in their career with the 2023 release of their sophomore album 'Ala Mai', which sees them breaking new ground, taking the striking incorporation of Samoan culture into their music even further. Guitarist Oliver Leupolu talked with Dean Blackwell about the album and their recent tour in support of 'Ala Mai' that included two shows in Samoa. "There's not a ...

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Aja: Making Time For Aroha

Aja Wairere Ropata has had a long and rewarding live career, both as part of the group Aio and, since they disbanded, as solo artist Aja. Recent years have seen the Te Whanganui-a-Tara artist make her first foray into recording, releasing several singles since 2019. Her luxurious recent single, True Love, is a silky, sensual RnB ballad which celebrates love in all its many forms, made all the more compelling by Aja's rich, soulful voice. An article by Nur Lajunen-Tal. Made with support from NZ On ...

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Zanderr Pierre: Feeling Love’s Pain

Alex Pierre Amosa isn’t afraid to reach for the stars. Performing professionally as Zanderr Pierre, the ambitious young NZ-Samoan’s latest single is You Don’t Feel, an emotive house-influenced ballad about lost love. Nur Lajunen-Tal enjoyed learning more about him for NZM. Made with support from NZ On Air Music. Growing up in South Auckland and the Samoan church, richly-voiced Alex Amosa has been involved in music since a young age. “Music’s been something that’s been part of ...

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NewTracks New Artist: Wet Denim

Starting out as a bunch of mates planning to jam Kings Of Leon style material, Te Wanganui-a-Tara four-piece Wet Denim have turned into something of a live phenomenon, touring countrywide, earning support slots and selling out their own headline shows. Their new single Remedy caught the ear of NZ On Air Music and was included on the December's NewTracks compilation. What are your given names, where are you from and what instruments do you each play? Nick Goodwin takes care of lead vocals ...

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NewTracks New Artist: Dave And The Dirty Humans

With the name ingeniously provided by a band name generator, Te Whanganui-A-Tara alt-rock four-piece Dave And The Dirty Humans don't actually have a band member called Dave, but instead an increasing number of alt-rock bangers likely to get a mosh pit going. Fora, their first actual single, made it into NZ On Air Music's NewTracks compilation in December.  What are your full names, where are you from and what instruments do you each play? Dave and the Dirty Humans is a four piece alt-rock band ...

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Event Guide

Back To Basics 2024

Music Managers Forum Aotearoa announce a new series of free Back To Basics seminars in 2024. Aimed at all who are in the early stages of artist management, including self-managed artists, the seminars explore the fundamentals and inner workings of the music industry.   More info here. Mar 5 - Kirikiriroa, Hamilton Mar 12 - Whangārei

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Ōtautahi: Off Centre Festival Is Back For 2024

Eclectic and exuberant, celebrating the best of the arts, Off Centre is everything Ōtautahi loves about The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora. For two nights and one day, The Arts Centre will be bursting with music, comedy, circus, theatre, food, and vibrant entertainment. Off Centre is a solid mix of arts and entertainment for everyone, with family-friendly and free events as well as ticketed performances. The line-up this year features 1 Drop Nation, singer-songwriter Hera, Shay Horay presents ...

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Syncposium 2024 In Auckland, February

Syncposium 2024, a two-day screen music industries conference, will be held at Q Theatre in Tāmaki Makaurau over two days, February 23-24. Syncposium brings together Grammy and Oscar-winning composers Pasek and Paul (La La Land, The Greatest Showman, Hollywood television and movie executives and a group of Aotearoa’s best music talent. It will be a rare opportunity to gain insights, knowledge and inspiration from some of the most influential voices in the entertainment industry. Tickets are ...

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