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Fresh Talent: Hans

It’s possible that ‘1995’ is the name Auckland hip hop artist Hanju Kim aka Hans has given his first EP because it was the year of hip hop that first caught his youthful attention. As Cassandra ...

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News

2017 NZ Music Awards Finalists Announced

SWIDT lead the pack with an impressive six finalist positions for the 2017 NZ Music Awards that will be held at the Spark Arena on 16 November. The Onehunga rap crew is up for Album of the Year, Single of the Year, Best Group, Best Hip Hop Artist and the People’s Choice award. In addition to all of which – as well as band member SmokeyGotBeatz standing in line for the Best Producer Tui, which will be presented earlier at the Artisan Awards. Remarkably SWIDT numerically head off Lorde, who is ...

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Golden Dusk?

The good people behind Auckland’s Golden Dawn bar and live music venue have announced their intention to shut up shop. With the venerable Kings Arms due to close in late Feb, the upstart Ponsonby venue will now follow at the end of March. ‘Throughout the past seven years, we have been humbled beyond belief at the response from our community of freaks and geeks, and the overwhelming amount of love that you all have shown our little hippie headquarters has made every second of this absolutely ...

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September 2017 New Music Single Funding Outcomes

NZ On Air Music has published the results of its September 2017 New Music Single funding round. The panel chose to fund 23 songs from a pool of 137 applicants.  The September panel consisted of six music industry judges, broadcaster Charlotte Ryan, Dean Campbell from The Edge network,  NZOA's Jeff Newton, engineer Lee Prebble of Wellington's The Surgery studio, Radio Active's Miles Buckingham and NZ Musician's own Silke Hartung, all pictured below with Sarah Pearce and David Ridler of ...

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Interviews

Dixon Nacey: On Stage With Jazz Bass Legend David Friesen

David Friesen has performed and/or recorded with the likes of Stan Getz, Michael Brecker, Dizzy Gillespie, Freddy Hubbard, John Scofield, Elvin Jones and Jack DeJohnette. October 2017 sees the highly regarded American jazz bassist touring NZ for a second time, promoting an album of tunes recorded live at Auckland’s Creative Jazz Club back in 2015. Auckland jazz guitarist Dixon Nacey and Wellington drummer Reuben Bradley feature on that recording, and will again accompany Friesen on this local tour. ...

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Fresh Talent: Dirty Pixels

Dirty Pixels is the new solo project of Auckland musician Ethan Moore. Formerly bassist with indie band Charlie Freak, Moore began working on Dirty Pixels music back in late-2014, putting it aside while Charlie Freak recorded and performed. “I didn't touch Dirty Pixels for a few years, and when Charlie Freak stopped playing together last November I started recording songs again, and then realised I could potentially do an EP.” Spacesuit EP by Dirty Pixels A four-track EP titled ...

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Features

Peter Hobbs Marks Centenary Of Passchendaele

Helping to mark the day that our nation commemorates the 100th anniversary of the First Battle of Passchendaele, fought on October 12th, 1917, Auckland composer and musician Peter Hobbs has today released a poignant single titled 300 Yards of Ground. The lyrics to 300 Yards of Ground are based on a letter by Private Leonard Hart, one of the comparatively few Kiwi soldiers who survived what has become known as New Zealand’s darkest day.  On October 12, 1917, an NZ division was among ...

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Q & A: The Imposters

Christchurch duo The Imposters, consist of singer Zoe-Eve Coetser (August Fields) alongside guitarist and industry veteran Marc Royal (The Easy Hearts). Having been creating their own brand of alt-pop for only a year the pair are excited about the imminent release of their debut EP  'Doomsday Anthems'. Silke Hartung quizzed them about the genesis of The Imposters' sound.  You don't sound like imposters, you sound like you know what you're doing. So where did the name come from?  MR: ...

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Indi: On The Edge

First coming to public attention after placing second in the 2012 Smokefree Rockquest comp, Indira Force became part of the NZ alternative music scene during her time as lead singer of Doprah. When NZM caught up with Indi last year, Doprah's debut album ‘Wasting’ had just been released. Now Indi is stepping into her own light again, this time less mainstream than the first time around, with the dreamlike sound of solo album ‘Precipice’. She refers to Doprah as a huge learning curve for her ...

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Wukong The Monkey King: The Dynasty of Song

Combining elements of jazz, funk and psychedelic rock, Wukong The Monkey King are a five-piece band with a knack for expressive and invigorating live shows. Their self-titled debut album was recorded halfway around the world, in China, as part of an epic trip, the group embarked on earlier this year. Now back in Auckland, the band has been active on the local scene while planning the next move. Jean Bell sat down with the WTMK boys in a kebab shop on K’Rd, over some shisha, to learn more. “It ...

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Davey Beige: Mindfully Making Music

At one time, over a dozen beige suits filled Dave Bishop's aka Davey Beige’s wardrobe. A majority of this historic menswear collection featured fawn safari suits, the genesis for his stage name. This was back in the day when he and his band The Peter Stuyvesant Hitlist were one of the must-see bands in town. Davey’s name still remains, however the safari suits have been upgraded for rock’n’roll threads and brown suede boots. To celebrate the release of his second album, 'Beginner's Mind', Davey ...

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Event Guide

US Jazz Bassist Nathan Brown Announces Nationwide Tour

American upright bassist and rising jazz star Nathan Brown, one of the most in-demand bassists in New York City, will be playing a nationwide series of shows, and hold a masterclass workshop, to celebrate the release of his debut album, ‘This Is The Moment’. NZ Tour Dates Queenstown – The Queenstown Jazz Festival - Oct 21 / 22 / 23 Christchurch – Orange Studio - Oct 28 Nelson – Fairfield House - Oct 29 Wellington – Musicworks - Rhythm section master class & private lessons ...

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45th Auckland Folk Festival – First Announcement

The Auckland Folk Festival celebrates its 45th anniversary in January with an entertaining and inspiringly diverse line-up of local and international artists. New Zealand’s biggest annual folk music gathering will take place again at the Kumeu Showgrounds, over Auckland Anniversary Weekend, January 26-29, 2018. Featured in the first lineup announcement: The East Pointers (CAN) Nadia Reid Esther Swift (UK) Huw Williams (UK) Klezmer Rebs T-Bone Trio Reverie The Bollands The family-friendly ...

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Reviews

Going Global 2017: A Quick Glance Back with Herriot Row

The IMNZ-organised Going Global Music Summit reached new heights at the start of September, with a sold-out two-day seminar event held at Roundhead Studios in Auckland. Ahead of the event, NZMusician.co.nz ran a Q&A with one of the many interesting speakers, Bandcamp’s chief curator Andrew Jervis. As a follow-up, we asked local musician Simon Comber (Herriot Row) to give a quick precis of his Going Global 2017 experiences as an artist attendee. My band Herriot Row was lucky enough to be one ...

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