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The Black Seeds: Patterns, Stripes And Checks

A sunny spring day in the capital means it’s time to get outside and soak up some vitamin D before the weather takes a turn for the less friendly. So it was that Briar Lawry stretched out in Civic Square ...

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2017 NZ Music Awards: “Oh my” Lorde

While we don't want to take focus away from all deserving finalists, a great show and music community spirit at Spark Arena last night, there's no way we can ignore (or be surprised by) the fact that Lorde won six Tuis at the 2017 NZ Music Awards, so taking the number of Tuis on her mantlepiece to a total of 18! Both Lorde and Te Vaka's Opetaia Foa'i got special recognition for their international achievements, the latter for his songwriting and music work on Disney's blockbuster Moana. A year ...

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SAE Add To Band Line Up

As reported in the last NZM Update, Sam Taylor who is the guitar voice for Nadia Reid (among others), has recently started work at SAE in Auckland as Audio Head of Department. Now it seems that the SAE Campus Director, Dr Suzette Major, may just be on a mission to form an industry-besting SAE band. The institute's latest announcement reveals that Lani Purkis, bass player for Elemeno P, has been appointed as Student Support Officer, and the drummer from Yoko-Zuna, Swap Gomez, is the new ...

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Opportunities

Win A Spot To Perform At The Auckland Folk Festival 2018

From the organisers of the Auckland Folk Festival 2018: Calling all musicians! We're offering you the chance to win a spot at Auckland Folk Festival 2018! Upload a recording of your live performance of a folk song (original or cover) to Facebook (you don’t have to record one especially for us!). Make sure the privacy settings of the post/video is set to public. State that this is your entry for the ‘Auckland Folk Festival Showcase Spot 2018’ either in the post/video or in the comment ...

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Opportunities

Pacifica Beats Mentoring Applications 2018

Another one for music teachers countrywide: Applications are now open for Smokefree Pacifica Beats Mentoring for schools, provided by the NZ Music Commission. Please use this form to apply.

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Interviews

Q & A: 2017 Tui-Winning Engineer Clint Murphy

At this year's Artisan Awards held in late October, the Tui for Best Engineer went to UK-based Kiwi Clint Murphy for his work with Devilskin. The band's 'Be Like The River' album was recorded at Modern World Studio, Murphy's home base since 2009. This was his second Tui, following a shared one with Dave Rhodes in 2003 for Blindspott's self-titled debut. Working on the Manic Street Preachers' ‘Lifeblood’, Thunder's ’Rip It Up’ and Melanie C's ‘Beautiful Intentions’, Murphy has achieved ...

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Q & A: Finn McLennan-Elliott (Auckland Folk Festival 2018)

Finn McLennan-Elliott loves folk music. A few years ago he founded SecondHandNews.co.nz, a blog dedicated to all things folky, he unofficially manages folk band Fables, and in recent years has been involved with organising (and modernising) the Auckland Folk Festival (Jan 26-28 2018, Kumeu, Auckland), which is now in its fifth decade.  Can you remember the first you went to the Auckland Folk Festival? What was your impression?  I am still a relatively new Auckland Folk Festival attendee. ...

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Parabola West: Out Of The Rabbit Hole

Released in 2014, Parabola West ’s first EP ‘Did You Hear’ revealed an accomplished musician and songwriter, with an evident hippy-, or at least alternate lifestyle-bent. Besides being very much a form of therapy, music creation is for her a mixture of precise structure and imperfect elements – rather like the New Zealand nature, where she has found her happy place. She talked with Ania Glowacz about her second EP, titled ‘Purity Of Weakness’. Parabola West was born in NZ in 2013, ...

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The Bads: Heroes Lost And Heroes Found

After a three year absence, The Bads (songwriters, singers and multi-instrumentalists Dianne Swann and Brett Adams) have returned to the airwaves with a new album. ‘Losing Heroes’ is a record chock-full of hooks, inventive structures and thoughtful, considered lyrics. ‘Losing Heroes’ has struck a chord with their fanbase, the album receiving a positive response. “I think in some ways we had a real feeling of… this could be the last one,” Swann reveals. “Every time you record, you ...

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Grawlixes: Capital News

Despite having debuted with their break-up album, Grawlixes ’ journey seems to be nowhere near an end, as Sam Vegar reports. The former Dunedin duo of Penelope Esplin and Robin Cederman are now both living in Wellington, where they have been working on a second album and an expanded band format. “I went to an art class, Robin was the nude model. So I have these drawings of Robin, before we met face to face. Then, he came for a practice to see if he would work for the band (Sunley Band), and ...

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Features

Dissecting 2017’s Best Music Videos

Each year ahead of the NZ Music Awards the industry pays tribute to those whose talents get local music to our earbuds (engineers and producers) and screens (music video directors), with the Artisan Awards. Ahead of that ceremony on October 25, we asked the head of SAE’s film school, Michael Miller, to take a look at this year’s Best Music Videos and comment on what makes them stand out. The 2017 crop of NZ On Air Best Music Video finalists have been announced and the creations couldn’t be ...

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Fresh Talent

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 King reveals, his Korean origins and evidently classical sensibilities have since led him to create some uniquely interesting and increasingly meaningful music. Having discovered ‘90s hip hop at the age of 14, Hanju Kim started to explore the genre. Not only did it become a new hobby, but also a ...

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Event Guide

SAE Open Day 2017

If you’ve ever dreamed of a career in audio and film, then the SAE open day is your chance to come along and see how you can turn your dreams into reality. On November 4 there is no schedule, simply turn up any time between 11am and 3pm to join one of the campus tours. SAE's open day offerings include the opportunity to do a full tour of all SAE’s studio facilities, including the new film studio which was opened last year. Tours will be led throughout the day by lecturers and campus staff, ...

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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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