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December/January 2019

COVER STORY

Interviews

Chelsea Jade: Pilgrim’s Progress

In recent years Los Angeles has firmly taken over as the de facto ex-pat home to world market-conscious Kiwi music professionals, not simply musicians but for music producers like Joel Little and Sam de ...

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FEATURES

Fresh Talent

Fresh Talent: Josie Moon

Living in Wellington, Josie Moon is an inspired artist of indie pop who is pushing herself in every direction – production, songwriting, performing and producing videos. “Music was always around, ...

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Interviews

Racing: Disco For The End Of Days

When critically acclaimed Auckland five-piece The Checks called it quits in 2011, having given the European market a good but ultimately unrewarding crack, charismatic singer Ed Knowles and tone-maestro ...

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Fresh Talent

Fresh Talent: Fruit Juice Parade

The new pride of Palmerston North, the two members of Fruit Juice Parade, guitarist/singer Shannen Petersen and drummer Tharushi Bowatte are still really a couple of kids. the more you don't know the ...

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Interviews

Early Sans: All Abuzz About Earl

You might well recognise Earl Ho as the charismatic singer in Sherpa. Things have changed dramatically for him in the last 24 months. Also known as Early Sans, CHIA or Soul when in his Superorganism outfit, ...

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Interviews

Mitch James: Climbing In Ed’s Footsteps

In two short years, Auckland-born singer/songwriter Mitch James has seen his music detonate into New Zealand’s music consciousness. Armed with little more than a guitar and a set of hook-filled pop songs, ...

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Interviews

Carl Verheyen: Full Interview With Kevin Downing

Earlier this year NZM's Kevin Downing interviewed guitarist Carl Verheyen in LA, and wrote a Guitar Cool column about a few things he learned from him that day. Here is Kevin's full interview. So one ...

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Interviews

Rhian Sheehan: Nevermind The Great Divide

Leading an eight-piece band and locally string sections recruited from each city, in October musician/composer/all-round creative genius Rhian Sheehan played album release shows in Dunedin, Nelson, Wellington ...

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Interviews

Sam Kristofski: Just Shoot Me

Sam Kristofski is a film director with a portfolio traversing photography, commercials, oddball short films and lots more besides. Among his numerous Kiwi music video clients over the years have been the ...

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Interviews

Jenny Mitchell: A Concert and a Cup Of Tea…

With a career beginning from her early teens, singer/songwriter Jenny Mitchell already has two albums behind her, a Gold Guitar Award on her mantelpiece, and is a graduate of the Australian Academy of ...

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Get Yer Kit Off

Get Yer Kit Off: Kate Baya

Locally-based session drummers remain a rarity, local female session drummers considerably fewer. Kate Baya has taken aim at raising the percentages and has quickly developed a great rep as a session player-for-hire. ...

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Interviews

Jaggers x Lines: Crossing The Timeline

Introduced to NZMusician.co.nz readers in a Fresh Talent feature by Louisa Nicklin back in April/May 2017, the enigmatically-named Jaggers x Lines consists of Morgan Smillie and Eliana Gray, Dunedin friends ...

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Fresh Talent

Fresh Talent: Fables

Auckland musician Jess Bailey aka Fables has an artful passion for making – making jewellery, paintings, ceramics and, most fortunately for us, music. Early music making at high school was a collaborative ...

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On Foreign Soil

On Foreign Soil: Fanfickk at MU:CON, Seoul

MU:CON, which presumably stands for MUsic CONvention, is Asia’s leading music business market, focusing on the interaction and communication of the Asian and global music industries. (As copied straight ...

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Ex-Pat Files

Ex-pat Files: Blair Jollands

London-based Kiwi singer/songwriter Blair Jollands has been described as having a ‘country and eastern’ sound. Comparisons drawn with Nick Cave, Bowie and Beck tell you that his song compositions, ...

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Gear Reviews

Gear Review: Fender Mustang GT100 Guitar Amp

Fender’s new Mustang GT 2.0 range covers the little GT40 home amp, this review’s studio/stage-oriented GT100 and the GT200 model designed for bigger stages. The Mustang is a slick digital solid state ...

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Interviews

Alae: Stone Cold Lady Killers

A month after the release of their first album ‘Henry St’, the founding fathers of Auckland indie pop act Alae, Alex Farrell-Davey and Allister Meffen talked with Katherine Parsons about growing the ...

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Interviews

Orangefarm: Bittersweet Tales

It’s been a while between drinks and EPs down at Orangefarm. The band’s first, ‘Joined At The Hip’, was released in 2000 with its follow up, ‘The Water' in July this year. Richard Thorne caught ...

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Fresh Talent

Fresh Talent: Te Henga Collective

“We write songs in our style. And our style encompasses heaps of different stuff,” Drew Smith of Te Henga Collective explains. Ngā Ara Maha by Te Henga Collective “You get six different people’s ...

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Interviews

The Changing Same: The Story Remains…

You may remember him from such bands as the ’80s Flying Nun outfit Sneaky Feelings (who staged a return recently to release their new album ‘Progress Junction’ and play at the 2017 Others Way Festival) ...

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Gear Reviews

Gear Reviews: Martin D-28 Standard Series

Hard case all right. Out of the blue, middle of a very busy week, promoting a gig… my usual part-time work dried up, bills piling in. Then… “Hey, Otis, would you like to review a high-end Martin ...

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LESSONS

Guitar Cool

Guitar Cool: 11 Things I Learnt From Carl Verheyen

Earlier this year I was in Los Angeles and caught up with the amazing guitarist Carl Verheyen (pronounced Ver-high-in) at Village Recorders in Santa Monica, where he was working on and producing an album ...

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Finding Your Voice

Finding Your Voice: Finding The Alternative

In the latest incarnation of A Star Is Born, we are presented with the tropes of self-destructive, addicted and tortured singer/songwriter (Jackson, played by Bradley Cooper) and up-and-coming, manipulated ...

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Building Blocks

Building Blocks: Managing Your Band Pt 1

The previous Building Blocks column was titled Self-Manage or Bust! In it, I pointed out that any professional musician’s life is comprised of a series of small challenges. When those challenges are ...

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X-Factory

X-Factory: Nostalgia, Semiotics, and Drax Project

Nostalgia, Semiotics, and Drax Project: Nostalgia’s not what it used to be – perhaps an overly theatrical beginning to this X-Factory piece, but tongue-in-cheek usually gets a smile, or at least a ...

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Lessons

Cherie Mathieson & Tami Neilson: Voice Health On Tour

Have you ever wondered how someone with a big singing voice and a performance schedue to match looks after and maintains their vocal health? When she thinks huge vocals, singer and vocal coach Cherie ...

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MUSIC

Helen Corry

Later For The Real Show EP

01/03/2019

Anika Moa

Anika Moa

27/02/2019

Alayna

Sweet Soul/Live At Roundhead Studios

26/02/2019

High Hoops

Seasons on Planet Earth

15/02/2019

Fables

Portraits EP

11/02/2019

Black Wren

Black Wren

08/02/2019

High Beams

High Beams

05/02/2019

Heavy Chest

Home Turf EP

25/01/2019

Pablo Vasquez

Pablo Vasquez

23/01/2019

Pale Lady

Told To Fold EP

21/01/2019

Across The Great Divide

Uncommon Ground

18/01/2019

Mel Parsons

Glass Heart

16/01/2019

Drax Project: Noon EP

Drax Project: Noon EP

08/01/2019

Earth to Zena

Transmundane EP

07/01/2019

Princess Chelsea

The Loneliest Girl

18/12/2018

Podcast: Cherie Mathieson & Tami Neilson

Voice Health On Tour

18/12/2018

Dharmarat

Jesus

13/12/2018