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December/January 2018

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Interviews

Alien Weaponry: Breaking Boundaries

If the music quiz challenge was to name one artist/band that has tipped the NZ music industry up in 2017 and given it a bloody good shaking, then the answer would have to be Alien Weaponry. Lorde may have ...

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FEATURES

Interviews

Salina Fisher: Championing Classical Creativity

Last year Salina Fisher became the youngest ever composer to win the SOUNZ Contemporary Award, at the 2016 APRA Silver Scroll ceremony. Any thoughts that her win may have been a quirk of luck were removed ...

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Fresh Talent

Fresh Talent: Alexa Casino

Wellington-based singer/ songwriter/ arranger/ producer/ DJ Alexa Casino is running a tight sonic ship. Her artistic process is thorough and painstaking. “Most of the time I will write the songs in ...

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Interviews

Koizilla: Kitchen’s Clean

It does seem that power trios are much in local vogue right now and here’s one from Dunedin. The psychedelic-inclined trio of brothers Zach and Josh Nicholls plus Connor Blackie took their band name ...

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Ex-Pat Files

Ex-Pat Files: Misha Marks in Mexico City

Misha Marks grew up in a very small community near Little Wanganui, on the South Island’s West Coast. After high school in Christchurch he moved to Wellington to study music. For almost a decade now ...

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Moments Like These

Moments Like These: Julia Deans

Singer/songwriter Julia Deans has been performing and making music for over 25 years. Over the course of a decade, her high profile band Fur Patrol had an enduring NZ number one single (Lydia in 2000), ...

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Interviews

Naram: Chief Propaganda Advisor

Tom Langford, aka Naram, traces his first exposure to music back to piano lessons at the age of nine. Despite those lessons stopping shortly after, he inevitably got back into it four years later when ...

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Interviews

Unchained XL: Giving It A Good Shot

Hugh Ozumba is an artist on a mission. The Liverpool-born Nigerian New Zealander, who goes by the name Unchained XL, has recently quit his full-time job at Serato to become a full-time rapper. He has lofty ...

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Fresh Talent

Fresh Talent: Sky Canvas

The three members of Sky Canvas squished up together on the couch are a cheery bunch. We’re in the flat of vocalist Katelin Little and keyboards/synths player Fraser Walker, who are joined on their couch ...

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Get Yer Kit Off

Get Yer Kit Off: Swap Gomez

Auckland drummer Swap Gomez likes to keep himself busy – behind the kit and away from it. At the beginning of 2017, he organised the Drummer’s Day Out held at the Auckland Showgrounds. As a drummer, ...

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Interviews

Sachi: A Lowkey Year To Savour

Widespread confusion was plainly evident as the courier van pulled up in the stars’ limo lane outside the NZ Music Awards, the driver pulling out two over-sized boxes labelled Sachi. A standout prank ...

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Interviews

Great North: Folk Abroad

Husband and wife duo Hayden and Rachel Donnell are no strangers in the NZ folk scene. Indeed having previously won Tui Awards for Best Folk Album of the Year with ‘Halves’ in 2013 and ‘Up In Smoke’ ...

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Interviews

Ria Hall: Pride Over Prejudice

Shifting from the thrust of hip hop to lush soundscapes, spoken word to soulful waiata, Ria Hall’s debut album also moves across battle lines, languages and centuries. Including input from numerous contemporaries, ...

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Interviews

Beachware: Food For The Dancing Soul

For some local artists the musical imperative is to sound ‘international’, but for others, Auckland’s Beachware for example, the whole intention is to be unashamedly Kiwi. On Bandcamp, the band describe ...

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Interviews

Maaka Fiso: Soul Factor

It’s been a busy 2017 for Upper Hutt native Maaka Fiso. Named the best male solo artist at the 2016 Waiata Maori Music Awards he released two EPs, ‘Written In The Stars’ and ‘Moeke’, in June ...

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Fresh Talent

Fresh Talent: Oaky

Taking the name from a diss rap about his high school math teacher, Mitch Fowler explores elements of rap, hip hop and poetry under the pseudonym Oaky. “I was 16 at the time and I honestly thought it ...

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Gear Reviews

Gear Review: Behringer DeepMind12 Synth

From its beginnings, in 1989 Behringer set out to provide sharp-priced options across a wide product range. As it has grown the company has purposefully acquired established and reputable brands that have ...

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Guitar Gear

McPherson White Fuzz

There are plenty of off-the-peg guitar effects pedal options available from the High St shops, so if you’re going to go the extra distance to buy a ‘boutique’ pedal you want to enjoy a boutique experience. ...

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DVD Reviews

DVD Review: Into The Void

Quite often, the very best music documentaries are those about artists or bands otherwise ignored by the mainstream. The real grassroots stuff, behind-the-scenes warts ‘n all stories focusing rather ...

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LESSONS

Finding Your Voice

Finding your Voice: Voice Damage – It Cuts Like A Knife

In a recent Guardian article, Bernhard Warner asked, “Why do stars like Adele keep losing their voice?” Expanding on that he observed: “More and more singers are cancelling big shows and turning ...

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Building Blocks

Building Blocks: Reach – The People You’ll Never Know

You’ve been playing music for a while, been in and out of a few bands at high school and then uni. Eventually, you meet some musicians who are worth sticking with for a long, long time, players who bring ...

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X-Factory

X-Factory: Leisure, Money and the Soulquarians

Go on, do it! Google the word ‘soulquarians’. You may already be familiar with this term or you may, as I was, be on the brink of discovering something truly wonderful. Looking back at movements in ...

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Deep Thinking

Deep Thinking: Fretting Over Picking Technique

What more could a bassist ask for than something to play while sitting in the sun waiting for the onslaught of New Year’s Eve gigs? I may have the answer in a chordal tune that moves slightly away from ...

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Legal Advice

Legal Bandwidth: What To Do When A Good Band Turns Bad

Being in a band is like a marriage. Except that instead of having one significant other to keep happy, you’re usually fully committed professionally, financially and personally to a whole group of passionate, ...

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Tutors' Tutorial

Tutors’ Tutorial: Why Ableton Doesn’t Suck!

To the people who use Ableton, you know why it doesn’t suck. In fact, the case is quite the opposite. It blows! Blows audio fish out of the audio ocean with audio dynamite. Far too often I’ve heard ...

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Guitar Cool

Guitar Cool: Grooving Away This Christmas

Many guitar players haven’t got a wide-ranging repertoire in their favourite genre let alone even a few favourite Christmas standards. I suggest you at least learn a few Christmas songs that you can ...

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MUSIC

Jet Jaguar

Grounded

27/02/2018

The Low Low

Birthday At The Beach

23/02/2018

Ben Wilcock And The Jelly Rolls

The Phantom Canoe

20/02/2018

Ciaran McMeeken

Self-titled

19/02/2018

Wukong The Monkey King

Wukong

16/02/2018

Theia

Self-titled EP

14/02/2018

Him

Kangaroo Dreaming EP

13/02/2018

Sean Bodley

Genesis

12/02/2018

*Joy*

Ghost EP

09/02/2018

The Bing Turkby Ensemble

Atlantean Night Tourists

08/02/2018

Parabola West

Purity Of Weakness EP

07/02/2018

Seas Of Conflict

Vestige EP

02/02/2018

The Imposters

Doomsday Anthems EP

31/01/2018

Meech Brothers

Brown Owl EP

30/01/2018

Charlotte Yates

Then The Stars Start Singing

25/01/2018

Lost Demos

Viva Lost Demos EP

24/01/2018

Ladi6

Royal Blue 3000 EP

23/01/2018

Gibbee The Visionary

Chiascuro

22/01/2018

Anthonie Tonnon

Two Free Hands EP

19/01/2018

Del Thomas

Changes Coming

18/01/2018

Hospital Sports

Take Care

15/01/2018

The Nukes

III

12/01/2018

Beachware

Twin Coast Disc Drive EP

11/01/2018

Neil Finn

Out Of Silence

05/01/2018

Selon Recliner

Stories Of Later EP

03/01/2018

Arc Of Ascent

Realms Of The Metaphysical

28/12/2017

Reb Fountain

Little Arrows

21/12/2017

Gold Medal Famous

Activity

19/12/2017

The Sound Of NZM

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