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Inaugural Bubble Bop Winners Announced

The winners of NZ’s first 24-hour Bubble Bop songwriting competition have been announced by Massey University's student-led creative organisation Something Something. The competition, a truly changing-with-the-times ...

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2020 NZ Music Awards Nominations Open

Nominations are now open for the 2020 NZ Music Awards | Ngā Tohu Puoro o Aotearoa. The awards are open to NZ artists who have had recordings commercially released between 1 August 2019 and 31 July 2020. The nomination process closes on 7 August 2020 with the details available at www.nzmusicawards.co.nz. While confirming that there will be an actual award celebration this November, event organisers Recorded Music NZ haven’t yet confirmed the date or venue. One significant change noted comes ...

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New Music Pasifika 2020 Funding Decisions

NZ On Air has announced the New Music Pasifika 2020 funding decisions with two dozen artists out of 95 applicants to receive funding. That's almost twice the number of applications received for the inaugural New Music Pasifika round held in February last year. Impressively nineteen of the 24 newly funded acts are new recipients of NZ On Air funding. Each will receive funding of up to $8,000 for their single, which can cover costs of recording, video content and promotion for the public release ...

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NZ On Air’s New Music Funding Changes

On 29 May the Prime Minister and Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage the Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern announced details of a Cultural Recovery Package which included $7.1million to NZ On Air over the next two years to ‘boost NZ On Air’s New Music programmes’.  Some details of how that additional funding is being allocated have now been published with changes to the two main New Music funding schemes – New Music Single and New Music Project. The changes will come into play with the next funding ...

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2020 Best Jazz Artist Tui Winners Announced

Dixon Nacey has been awarded the 2020 Best Jazz Artist Tui for his album 'The Edge of Chaos', while Jake Baxendale received the Best Jazz Composition award, coincidentally for his work entitled Tui. The Edge of Chaos by Dixon Nacey Released in 2019 'The Edge of Chaos' was Dixon Nacey's debut album as a bandleader, featuring himself on guitar alongside fellow luminaries  Roger Manins (saxophone), Kevin Field (piano), Olivier Holland (bass) and Andy Keegan on drums. Nacey has worked with some of ...

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Fresh Talent

Fresh Talent: Amber Carly Williams

With the arrival of her debut EP this weekend, several months ahead of her 19th birthday, Christchurch’s Amber Carly Williams proves herself a genuine and impressive self-starter. Just last year she was a Cashmere High student and runner-up in Rockquest’s Canterbury regional final. In February this year NZ On Air’s NewTracks compilation included Lights Down Low, her first proper single release – though she has been posting videos of her own songs and covers (Tori Kelly, Stephen Wilson, Lady ...

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Interviews

Denel: Kickin’ Ahead

Hoping for a repeat of the promising glimpse of success his 2019 single Let Go enjoyed, Auckland musician and producer Denelle Bhagwandhin, aka Denel, worked on his latest release Kick It, a smooth R&B/pop number, with Tane the Forest Kid and Waazzoo & The Vibes. Aged just 24, he already has some strong international contacts, having worked with blockbuster producers such as ‘Chizzy’ Stephens (Justin Bieber) and Big D Evans, as well as local talent including Jupiter Project, Vince ...

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Video Premiere: Roonie – My Heart

We heart music video premieres! Meet Roonie, previously performing under her real name Michaela Pointon, formerly from Taupo, now Auckland-based. My Heart is the first single and video after rebranding with the new stage name, and it's set to make a mark as one of the few melancholic songs you can still dance to. The video, created with the help of Christian Tjandrawinata, is all about the symbolic meaning of certain colours, as Roonie explains to Silke Hartung. How would you describe your ...

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NewTracks New Artist

NewTracks New Artist: Reed.

Surprisingly few artists have the time and drive to work on their career while still studying for a university degree, but Sasha Te Whare is one of the exceptions. The MAINZ student's first solo single (following two collabs) under the stage name REED., the groovy Never Be, shows off his top vocal chops. No wonder that NZ On Air Music picked up the song for their NewTracks compilation this June. What's your given name, where are you from and what do you play? Kia ora, my name is Sasha Te Whare ...

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Fresh Talent: Sophie Gibson

Sophie Gibson played her first gig when she was 14, at the Talisman Hotel in Katikati. Her set list included Iko Iko and Pokarekare Ana. Since then, she has twice collaborated with American group Amité, and written music for a video game. Her concert stages have multiplied to include Auckland’s Summer in the Square series, MoveSpace, and Sofar Sounds, among others.  Now, just 30 minutes down the road from where she gave her first public performance, Sophie Gibson has released her first single, ...

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Fresh Talent: Imugi 이무기

Carving out a path from modern pop-and-electronic-influence, Auckland duo Imugi cut through their tightly produced dreamscapes with honesty and insight. Combining passion and vision, and with a broad scope of influences, the duo has earned the hype around their upcoming projects. Ben Mollison caught up with the pair. Mutual school friends were the catalyst for Carl Ruwhiu and Yery Cho’s musical collaboration. Imugi emerged from uniting former interests – Carl’s fascination with drum and ...

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NewTracks New Artist

NewTracks New Artist: Kathy Bates Motel

Kathy Bates Motel have done things a bit backwards. They’ve never played a show, but they have recorded a full album of nine originals plus a cover of Robert Palmer’s Johnny and Mary. It’s kind of a concept album, chronicling the rise and fall of a relationship looked at from both sides, with self-effacing humour and honesty. Their debut single Damaged Goods is really about co-dependancy, the bones of the track dating back to a bunch of songwriting stints Joe Lonie had in response to Supergroove ...

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Event Guide

Gig Guide: Park Rd, Arlo Mac & There’s A Tuesday

Teenage Auckland band Park Rd have a very real mission: they believe that music can form a lifeline to those who feel lost or alone, especially young people like themselves. Their own special all-ages Level 1 celebratory gig is on Saturday June 27th at the Tuning Fork in Auckland, along with fellow Smokefree Rockquest finalists Arlo Mac and There’s a Tuesday. Tickets are on sale from Moshtix for just $15 – and they can’t wait to see you there. Released just ahead of NZ's Covid-19 lockdown, ...

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Gig Guide: Kerryn Fields, Auckland June 19

Award-winning alt-country singer/songwriter Kerryn Fields is back in the country from Melbourne to play a one-off solo show at Auckland's Wine Cellar on June 19.  Rascal by Kerryn Fields Drawing comparisons with the likes of timeless creators, Cat Stevens, Townes Van Zandt, Joan Baez, and Neil Young, Fields’ trademark warmth of character - evident in both life and music - fuels a creative offering that’s equal parts captivating, refined and heartrendingly insightful.  Tickets are available ...

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2020 NZ Music Month Summit Guide

In keeping with the theme of this year’s annual Kiwi music celebration, the topic of the 2020 NZ Music Month Summit will be It’s All Local: Support Local, Stream Local, Follow Local, Buy Local. This year’s digital-only event will take place on Saturday 23 May, live-streamed through the Music Managers Forum NZ and NZ Music Commission’s Facebook pages and YouTube channels. Attendees can expect thought provoking discussions and conversation, invaluable ideas and information, and the opportunity ...

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