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June/July 2016

COVER STORY

Features

Aaradhna: A Girl That Likes To Sing

At the 2013 Pacific Music Awards Aaradhna staged the awards’ first ever clean sweep, setting a record with six awards including Best Album for ‘Treble & Reverb’ and best song for the fantastic ...

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FEATURES

Features

Stomping Nick: Shaking The Tin

Adding further to the already ridiculously extensive list of talented musicians who call Lyttelton home is one man band Nick Jackman, aka Stomping Nick. Jackman sings and plays harmonica, guitar and drums ...

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Features

Pales: Nice Enough

The newly released second album by Wellington group Pales, ‘Don’t Be So Nice,’ brings more of their gently flowing, delicately fingerpicked and vocally rich sound, albeit a swifter stream flowing ...

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Features

Fresh Talent: Shepherds Reign

South Auckland heavy metallers Shepherds Reign formed in 2013 as a trio of Oliver Leupolu (guitar and production), drummer Shaymen Rameka and Filiva’a James on keys and vocals. In November 2015 after ...

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Ex-Pat Files

Ex-Pat Files: Kristen Ng

When Kiwi underground band crusader Blink toured the Shocking Pinks through China, Europe and the States in 2015, he was filmed in a Beijing rooftop interviewed by fellow Wellingtonian Kristen Ng. The ...

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Fresh Talent: Skelter

Consisting of Eddie Kiesanowski (vocals and guitar), Zeke Mitchell-Emerson (guitars), Robert Daglish (bass) and James Rance on drums, Skelter are yet another example of a jazz school stewing pot gone right. Suffocate ...

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Features

Huia Hamon: A Deliberate Viewpoint

Mother, musician, producer, promoter, vocal tutor and composer – Huia Hamon evidently likes to keep herself plenty busy, actively involving herself in numerous aspects of the local music scene. Drawing ...

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Features

On Foreign Soil: Estère In Africa

Quite apart from being her first time on the continent, being named after her Cameroonian grandmother meant the opportunity to travel to Africa and perform at festivals in Mozambique, Swaziland and South ...

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Features

Fresh Talent: Hex

Staunchly feminist, Kirsten Van Newtown, Liz Matthews and Greta Van Newtown don’t seem to be fazed about how Hex is perceived. Instead the band align their music with how the trio perceive the natural ...

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Features

Fresh Talent: JuiceRoof

Having grown up as a small town boy from Utah, USA, and moving to NZ at 16, Whangamata proved to be the perfect location for Jake Preston to cook up some surfy, psychedelic sounds. Known musically by the ...

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Features

Tom Cunliffe: Easy As Pie

Tom Cunliffe has been writing songs for longer than he has been playing them. His first album, 2011’s ‘Red Leather Blues’, was a test run, a project he now refers to as “… not really an album.” ...

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Features

Third3ye: Liiight Side of The Moon

As artists Third3ye challenge the boundaries of contemporary hip hop through experimentation and shared messages of philosophy, spiritual enlightenment and the pursuit of higher consciousness in their ...

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Features

Joe Blossom: Flower Power

Wellington multi-instrumentalist Sean O’Brien, aka Joe Blossom, has just released his second album. Entitled ‘All Of The Above’, it’s the sophomore to his 2011 debut ‘Nocturnes’. Though surprising, ...

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Features

Moments Like These: Upper Hutt Posse’s Te Kupu aka Dean Hapeta

At the 2016 Taite Music Prize Awards held in April Upper Hutt Posse were announced as recipients of this year's Classic Record award for their crucial 1988 12” single E Tū. Released on Wellington indie ...

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Features

Ladyhawke: Hunt For The Wilder Things

While Pip Brown has been regularly seen out and about around Auckland, and certainly came to celebrity page attention in January with her wedding to actress Madeleine Sami, it’s fair to say we really ...

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Features

Fresh Talent: Rubita

When her band Cinco broke up mid-2015, Hamilton vocalist Rachel Kibblewhite started focusing on her own acoustic jazz-pop sound under the name Rubita. The name comes from her strong interest in Hispanic ...

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Features

On Foreign Soil: Anonymouz in Guåhan – The Festival of Pacific Arts 2016

Nearly 100 Māori and Aotearoa-based Pasifika artists represented this country at the 12th Festival of Pacific Arts in Guåhan (Guam) this May into June. With 26 other Pacific nations represented what ...

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Features

NZ On Air Changes Music Funding Structure

Review-led changes to NZ On Air’s Making Tracks single/video funding scheme were flagged well before David Ridler took over the agency’s Head of Music role earlier this year. One of the architects ...

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LESSONS

Lessons

Tutors’ Tutorial: Mixing In The Box – An Introduction

Mixing in the box - thanks to the ‘miracle of modern technology’ it has become possible to create a complete musical project in our computer. There is no shortage of material on mixing with plenty ...

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Get Yer Kit Off

Get Yer Kit Off: Stu Harwood

Not many local drummers will have built their own acrylic drum kit, or constructed a vintage drum machine. Stuart Harwood has done both, and further proves his versatility playing currently for several ...

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Deep Thinking

Deep Thinking: Some Country Slap Blues

In this issue we are going to take some of the techniques from last issue’s Deep Thinking column and turn them into a country slap blues 12-bar pattern. Imagine you are in a bluesy-styled band that ...

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Legal Advice

The Lawful Truth: Compilation Agreements

Rather than working through a record label, an increasing number of bands and artists these days pay for and consequently own the rights to their own recordings. As a result activities that were once the ...

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Lessons

X-Factory: Disclosure feat. Lorde – Magnets

25-year old Guy Lawrence is surfing a wave of popularity with his 22-year old brother Howard. The U.K. powerhouse EDM duo Disclosure has worked with some big names in pop, from Sam Smith to The Weeknd, ...

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Building Blocks

Building Blocks: All-Ages & School Gigs – Stage Trek 3

Starting this ‘Stage Trek’ series last issue, I gave a few general pointers on how to hunt down places for your band to play. Now let’s work forward from the most basic types of venues to the most ...

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Finding Your Voice

Finding Your Voice: 50 Ways to Love Your Voice… Even More!

I am overjoyed to announce that this is my 50th column for NZ Musician. To celebrate, I’m letting rip 50 top tips. 50 gold nuggets of singing wisdom I’ve extracted from 18 years fulltime teaching and ...

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MUSIC

Veronica Grace

Veronica Grace

12/09/2016

Wellington Heads

Southern Night Sky

26/08/2016

Jesse Wilde & The Drive

Ghost Town Road EP

16/08/2016

Doprah

Wasting

11/08/2016

Delaney Davidson

Devil In The Parlour

09/08/2016

Duffty Baker

Broadie

06/08/2016

Carnivorous Plant Society

Phantom Finger

05/08/2016

Ladyhawke

Wild Things

04/08/2016

Lucid Hiest

Absence In Motion

01/08/2016

Will Wood

Magpie Brain & Other Stories

28/07/2016

Murray McNabb

The Way In Is The Way Out

26/07/2016

Angelo King

Kats & Doggs

24/07/2016

Miloux

EP 1

21/07/2016

Wendyhouse

Veggieklöpse

19/07/2016

Valere

Blue EP

17/07/2016

Bloodshot

Can't Stop Us EP

16/07/2016

Shady Brain Farm

Feather In A Fire

14/07/2016

The Winebox Enquiry

Sets Sail

12/07/2016

The Jordan Luck Band

Not Only... But Also

09/07/2016

Kelburn Viaduct Municipal Ensemble Jugband

Stomp Around The Floor

07/07/2016

Mothra

Decision Process

06/07/2016

3 Voices

Self-titled

03/07/2016

Guy Wishart

West By North

30/06/2016

Silent Invisible Radiation

The Difficulties Working in The 4th Dimension

28/06/2016

Apera

The Operator EP

26/06/2016

Jocee Tuck

Mt Dora

23/06/2016

Damien Binder

A New World

23/06/2016

Tom Cunliffe

Howl And Whisper

22/06/2016

My Baby

Shamanaid

21/06/2016

Fake Empire

Fracture EP

21/06/2016

Mr Sterile Assembly

It's All Over

16/06/2016