Whanganui reggae act NLC (which stands for No Limits Crew) have been active for six years, with the current six-member line up in place for about half that time. Fans of the genre will likely be familiar with Life Hurts, a universally honest song that’s racked up almost a quarter million Youtube views over the past year. Or maybe their Waiata award-winning 2019 album ‘Know Your Roots’. In June they dropped an impressive track titled One More Try, which NZ On Air chose to include on their NewTracks compilation for July.
My name is Baz Muir, founder of NLC. I am the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist. I produce the music for NLC and also create the videos as well.
I received guitar tutoring, mainly electric guitar solos, private sessions which was very helpful.
NLC was created six years ago, focusing on original music of the reggae genre. We started out as a 8-piece band. Over the years different musicians came and went as they had their own projects/family/goals etc., but the core of the group which includes Marcel Martin, Shaye Muir and Sunka is still together. The current line up that includes Peter Riley, Hoeta Maxwell has been together for two and a half years.
NLC songwriting has evolved a lot, especially in the production of the music. Mixing and mastering. Also lyrical content. We have put it down to developing our skill set and learning from other musicians around the world.
The biggest highlight so far was winning an award at the Waiata Awards 2019 for Best Roots Album.
Also making the NewTracks list, very honoured.
I felt that One More Try had a nice modern groove which could easily fit into mainstream. It has a nice bounce to it.
One More Try was written during lockdown, and is about being given another opportunity to make amends. It’s based on a true story about a couple that had drifted apart. However the guy was basically wanting that “one more try” to try and save their relationship.
The favourite moment for me is when the beat comes in at the intro, which defines the feel and the groove.
I produced the music, then created a draft of the melody and the chorus. I then sent it to Shaye Muir. I said, “What do you think about this?” She replied, “Nice groove, but not feeling the chorus – let me sort that out.” So she came up with a hook and I liked it immediately. Recorded the vocals and sent the song to a friend in Australia (Stanley T). He liked it and recorded a verse and emailed it to me and asked, “What do you think?” I said, “I really like it, but can you re-do it please because I transposed the song down a tone!” He was professional and got it done the next day. lol
I would like the listeners to walk away with a nice, happy, positive, groovy vibe and a song they can sing along with.
I like to listen to the groove and the feels and that usually allows me to work out which song would be a good single.
We are signed up with Hustle Management and Waatea Music.
NLC album release in early August, called ‘Silhouette’. Also another two video releases out soon!
L.A.B: In the Air
I have applied for NZOA funding for a single about seven times, but have been unsuccessful. My advice would be to keep trying and stay positive.
Being able to get recognised has always been a struggle and some of the boxes weren’t ticked, which makes it hard to gain momentum. e.g airplay, playlists, tours etc. I basically kept grinding through and doing as much as I can, and doing my best.
I watch a lot of tutorials on how to improve my skills in all music aspects e.g. mastering, mixing, compression etc..
I created the video and edited it myself along with my partner.
First of all, I would like to say thank you very much for emailing me to be apart of the project. I am honoured and appreciate this a lot. It has been hard to get any traction in the music industry and just to be given an opportunity is all I ever wanted. NLC creates original music and is very passionate about making people happy when listening to our music.
Thank you for your time.