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Blunt Dog: Bluntly Honest Dog Bites

The Blunt Dog sound is unadorned. Almost naively simple but oddly-named singles from the indie folk four-piece's debut album 'How Is A Dog So Honest?', released in July 2023, did notably well on SRN radio ...

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Opportunities

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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News

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

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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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

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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NewTracks New Artist: Saharaa

From small local shows around her Waiheke home, pop artist Sahara Adams has moved via studying pop music at  Auckland Uni into working with local producers Will Henderson and Joel Jones, slowly gathering momentum and attention for her music. Releasing music as Saharaa, her latest single Getting Better was included on NZ On Air Music's NewTracks compilation in December. What's your full name, where are you from and what instruments do you play? My full name is Sahara Adams. I was born on ...

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My Song

My Song: Kylie Price – In The Crowd

Shaped by long walks through the English capital that's currently home, Kiwi singer-songwriter Kylie Price describes her latest single In The Crowd as the beginning of her "London catalogue". NZM asked the former Ōtepoti artist to expand a little on how the song came to be. Made with support from NZ On Air Music. Near the heart of London one September evening in 2022, I was playing a melody I had had circling my mind for a while. I thought of a line I had written some months ago, "I let my ...

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Bexy: Driveway To Success

With a bunch of singles that have collectively gained millions of Spotify streams, the latest slice of energetic pop from now Aussie-based Bexy Shingleton is ear catchingly-named Screaming In Your Driveway. Jasper West speaks to her about the genesis of the song, and a pretty special celebrity encounter. Made with support from NZ On Air Music. Bexy Shingleton grew up in Aotearoa moving from town to town following her parents' photography career and writing songs to herself in her bedroom. "I ...

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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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