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August/September 2016

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Features

Vince Harder: Showing Rare Vision

Two trophies as the artist behind his ’Rare Vision’ EP, plus a third as producer of the Stan Walker/Samantha Jade pop single Start Again, made Vince Harder the biggest winner at this year’s Pacific ...

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FEATURES

Features

Abbie: Giving It Back

Launched in September last year, about the same time Maori Television’s fun music competition show Homai Te Pakipaki nine year run ended, Waatea Music was established to provide a platform to release ...

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Features

Fresh Talent: Kip McGrath

Coming together in time for 2014’s Chronophonium festival, Auckland act Kip McGrath have since released two self-produced EPs. Their latest entitled ‘Sour Grapes’ consists of five tracks, the majority ...

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Features

Al Witham: Angel Bones & Kapiti Blues

A stalwart of the Kapiti Coast and Wellington blues scenes for many years, Al Witham is known as much for his deep baritone vocals as his performances, both solo and with a band. Recorded at ‘Al’s ...

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Features

Blair Parkes: Neverendingly

It may just be that he has too much other art going on in his life, but for whatever reason Blair Parkes is evidently reluctant to push his new album onto an over-supplied market. That’s a shame because ...

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Features

Prizegiving: Round Of Applause

Based in Newtown, but originating from the Bay of Plenty, Prizegiving are part of the latest wave of upbeat kick-ass Wellington bands. They may have only existed under that moniker for the last months ...

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Features

On Foreign Soil: Arcee

Arcee is Rona Claire Wignall, the performer name being both her initials and a riff on that of a feisty female Transformers’ autobot. Born in Manchester, England, she grew up in NZ from 12. Having studied ...

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Luthiers' Fancy

Luthiers’ Fancy: Binford Luthiery

The business seemed to rather creep into place on the Auckland guitar-making (and repair) scene, but in a couple of years Binford Luthiery has cemented a significant and active presence, which notably ...

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Features

Fresh Talent: Henika

Upon learning her first instrument, Henrieta Tornyai, more commonly known by the name Henika, fell in love with music. Having moved to NZ from Slovakia aged eight, she started playing guitar at 11. “It’s ...

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Features

Trip To The Moon: Ambient Planet

Being jazz-based instrumental recordings, radio has never been an outlet – and being evidently performance-shy, touring and gigging has not earned them a following. Still, it could well be that you are ...

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Features

After Ours: Into The Sunshine

Directed by Swap Gomez, the video for single See The Light is shot fly-on-the-wall style at a classic Auckland west coast beach home afternoon/evening party gathering. There’s family, food, music, conversations, ...

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Features

Nikita Tu-Bryant: Recording with Rangi

On the south coast of Wellington, hidden away from the city, still in hearing distance from the airport but where the ocean laps gently on the sand, Nikita Tu-Bryant recorded an album in the back of her ...

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Features

Kiri Eriwata: Sum Of The Parts

She has released a number of radio singles in a diversity of genres covering  pop, folk, rock, urban Maori and soul. She’s shared the stage with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and sung backing ...

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Features

Maala: Whaat’s In A Naame

Successfully stepping out of well-fitting singer/songwriter brogues and into the dancefloor sneakers of electronic pop clearly requires more than just a change of haircut and footwear. Some kind of intervention ...

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Features

Fresh Talent: Bakers Eddy

In 2009, childhood buddies Ciarann Babbington (vocals/guitar) and Jamie Gordon (drums/vocals) formed a punk rock band: Bakers Eddy. “It was originally a three piece. Me, Jamie and this guy called ...

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Features

So Laid Back Country China: Calmly Armed

Separately frustrated with the strictures of the different variations of country music that their respective bands had hitched their wagons to, Wellington musicians Michael Keane and Harriett Ferry found ...

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LESSONS

Building Blocks

Building Blocks: Street Fairs & Festivals – Stage Trek 3

The last stop in our quest was the unpredictable but often quite fun planet of All-Ages & School Gigs. Now let’s journey to the stage at street fairs or festivals. That’s not just another world, ...

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Lessons

X-Factory: Shortland Street TV Theme – Graham Bollard

The longest running NZ TV theme of all time has by now ear-wormed its way through the conscious (and subconscious) sound world of multiple generations of Kiwis and international listeners alike. The 26-year ...

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Finding Your Voice

Finding Your Voice: Love The Songs We Sing

What’s Love Got To Do With It? Why we ought’a be in love with the songs we sing. Now, there’s this song I’ve fancied for years and years, but never had the courage to ask it out. I’d listen ...

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Legal Advice

The Lawful Truth: Producer Agreements – Part 1

It’s no secret that many artists wouldn’t be the household names they are today without the work of some great music producers behind them. While producers often have a low profile as far as the public ...

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Guitar Cool

Guitar Cool: Using Movable Chords

Using Movable Chords: One of the biggest challenges guitar players face is that of playing chords. Some of the problems are 1). Knowing where all the chord shapes are on the neck. 2). How they all fit ...

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Lessons

Tutors’ Tutorial: Mixing In The Box – Part 2

Mixing in the box: Okay, valuable cliché time. ‘Start with the end in mind.’ There is a temptation to just start pushing faders around and see what happens. If you have an idea of what you want your ...

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Deep Thinking

Deep Thinking: Ay Caramba! Some Latin Grooves

Latin Grooves: In this issue we are going to look at some Afro–Cuban bass lines two of which are contemporary, and one, while from a relatively recent song, is based on a traditional Cuban rhythm. In ...

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MUSIC

Strikemaster

Sun For A Change

19/10/2016

Helen Henderson

London

18/10/2016

A Dead Forest Index

In All That Drifts From Summit Down

13/10/2016

Dark Water

You’re Only As Addicted As You’re Willing To Be

11/10/2016

Jupiter Sulphur Mine

Introducing

08/10/2016

Various Artists

Two Tongues

06/10/2016

Wavepig

Roasted Days

04/10/2016

Sachi

Lunch With Bianca EP

29/09/2016

Into The East

How To Turn A Blind Eye

27/09/2016

Spank

Slap-Up And Noblest EP

25/09/2016

Man From Atlanta

Flood Of Tears

24/09/2016

Evangel

Sea Of The Dead EP

23/09/2016

Gareth Thomas

Fizzy Milk

20/09/2016

Callum Gentleman

Callum Gentleman EP

18/09/2016

Louie Knuxx

Tiny Warm Hearts

15/09/2016

The Beths

Warm Blood EP

13/09/2016

Jackie Bristow

Shot Of Gold

10/09/2016

Miller Yule

Shoot Me In The Heart EP

08/09/2016

Al Witham

Angel Bones

06/09/2016

Maya Payne

The Lucky Ones EP

01/09/2016

Pales

Don't Be So Nice

30/08/2016

Oyawa

Won’t Even Try To Scale It EP

28/08/2016

Toni Huata

Kahungunu Maranga EP

27/08/2016

Primacy

Failure & Sacrifice EP

26/08/2016

Klezmer Rebs

Always A Pleasure

26/08/2016

Ny Oh

Lovely And Honest EP

26/08/2016

Lichtbeuger

Pizoelectric EP

25/08/2016

Seafog

Raise Your Skinny Fist

18/08/2016