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December/January 2021

COVER STORY

Industry

What Do You Call A Series Of Producers?

Music is fashion and movements within the musical landscape often come in waves that follow, or sometimes herald the arrival of the latest industry trend. The closing end of 2020 saw a flurry of initiatives ...

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FEATURES

Interviews

Tia Drumma: Feeling The Love

Reported by the Bay of Plenty Times in early November, Mount Maunganui College students released what they claim as the first original school album coming from the BoP. The album features songs from school ...

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Interviews

Phodiso: Brimming With Talent

Phodiso Dintwe is a modern renaissance man with his fingers in many a pie. Yes, he is a musician, he raps and plays percussion, but he’s also a poet, an actor, a filmmaker, a dancer – the list seems ...

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Interviews

Hot Donnas: Would The Real E-Wan Please Stand Up

As someone quite famous once observed, it’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock’n’roll. Dunedin four-piece Hot Donnas don’t necessarily aspire to reach the top, but as frontman Jacob Sydney ...

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Fresh Talent

Fresh Talent: Chris William

Almost two years after releasing his first EP ‘Out Of Sight’, Christchurch artist Chris William is fresh off his NZ tour for the release of a new EP ‘Light Shines Above’. Influenced by singer-songwriters ...

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Fresh Talent

Fresh Talent: Vikae

“I want to be a voice for the voiceless,” proclaims Veronika Bell, known professionally and to her friends as Vikae. An up-and-comer as yet on our music scene, Vikae’s brand of electro-pop is dark, ...

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Interviews

Diggy Dupé: More Music, More Life

Grey Lynn looms large in the life of Diggy Dupé, including a feature in the opening shots of the video for single That’s Team, which features fellow rapper AP and a cast of quite evidently proud friends ...

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Ex-Pat Files

Ex-Pat Files: Opiuo

Oscar Davey-Wraight grew up in Ngatimoti near Motueka – neither a metropolis nor musical hotbed. These days though you’ll much more likely find him on some the biggest stages in the world, performing ...

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Interviews

O & The Mo: Songs In Transit

For O & The Mo the imminent Covid restrictions forced their hand, altering their plans, lifestyle and the music they wrote along the way. The band’s core of Alvin Bartley and Olivia Gallagher created ...

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Fresh Talent

Fresh Talent: Disciple Pati

Sapati Apa-Fepulea'i, aka Disciple Pati, is quickly becoming one of Tāmaki Makaurau’s newest powerhouses, and will be remembered for her outstanding performance at the streamed 2020 APRA Silver Scroll ...

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Interviews

Benee: If You Get To Meet Her

Auckland-based artist Benee, born Stella Rose Bennett, has seen a consistent swell in her career since uploading some covers to Soundcloud in 2017. In 2019 the bubbly pop sensation crossed the threshold ...

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Interviews

King Sweeties: Herbs, Spice And Everything Nice

Over a dozen or so years Auckland bassist Cass Mitchell has played with more of our favourite local artists than we’ve got space here to list, be it as a permanent band member or gun for hire on album ...

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Interviews

Maimoa: Collective Influence

Maimoa Music are arguably the most important music collective in Aotearoa - a collection of young Māori artists with a kaupapa to benefit and develop te reo Māori, consciously creating positive footprints ...

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Interviews

Amamelia: Give Her Space

Featuring in NZM as a Fresh Talent along with her Kip McGrath bandmates back in August 2016, Amelia Berry came more into her own once that band morphed into the less contentiously-named Polyester. The ...

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Review: Fender Tone Master Deluxe Reverb Amp

When I think of the ‘classic Fender amp sound’ I straight away think of the 1960s Twin Reverb, or maybe its little brother the Deluxe Reverb. These two hugely popular valve amplifiers, sometimes referred ...

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Interviews

Stalker: A Band Called Stalker

It’s been four years since Stalker ’s first demo release ‘Satanic Panic’ and three years since their 2017 debut album ‘Shadow of the Sword’ was released through Austrian record label Napalm ...

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Gear Reviews

Review: Duesenberg Starplayer III Guitar

Fair to say that Duesenberg is a guitar brand that’s not anything like as familiar as those American juggernauts Fender and Gibson, but by no means does it make these German guitars any less special ...

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Interviews

Paige: Turning Yellow into Gold

From the vantage point of NZMusician.co.nz, it’s sometimes easy to see when a new artist is kicking up more dust than any of their contemporaries, simply based on digital statistics. So it was three ...

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LESSONS

Deep Thinking

Deep Thinking: Black And White Boy… On Bass

As we’ve spent the last few issues doing some tricky stuff more suited to solo bass performances, I thought that this issue’s tune should feature some straight–ahead rock. I’ve chosen one of my ...

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Guitar Cool

Guitar Cool: Soloing With 4ths

Soloing With 4ths - Among the questions I get asked a lot is how do I make my solos, fills, or improvisations sound more modern or different? This is a very wide-ranging question that could easily have ...

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Road Rules

Road Rules: How To Build A Music Following On Instagram

For some of us, self-promotion can feel silly and vain but, when used strategically, social media can be a powerful way to grow your community and boost your career. Follow this guide to build your Instagram ...

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