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May/June 2018

COVER STORY

Interviews

Estère: Beating The Day

From Paddy Free’s famously orange hair to Sachi’s white on pink presentation, Kiwi electronica artists are not without a flair for colour. Surely none though are a match for Estère Dalton, who seems ...

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FEATURES

Interviews

Arma Del Amor: Coming Into View

There is a very evident artfulness to both the music and presentation of Arma Del Amor, so it’s unsurprising that in discussion with them moody ‘90s dance trio Massive Attack warrant a mention. Beautifully ...

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Fresh Talent

Fresh Talent: Girlboss

Lucy Botting is Girlboss! "My friend started her own business and she would make posts with #girlboss. I‘d never really seen it before, but it was like, ”I love it‘. It just struck me as quite a ...

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Fresh Talent

Fresh Talent: Drxnes

In just three short years Drxnes have emerged as a popular live draw in their hometown of Whanganui. Drummer Ethan Coleman and guitarists Isaac Chamberlain and Adam Robinson took a break from their sweaty ...

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Interviews

October: The Hunt For Ultra Red

Fast gaining attention in the music world as October, Emma Logan is a self-made producer, singer/songwriter and performer from Blenheim. Her sound is industrial and edgy, but accessible to the masses. ...

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Fresh Talent

Fresh Talent: Harry Parsons

“When I won it, it all just sort of happened. I didn’t take all the opportunities that I had offered to me because I just wasn’t ready.” Triumphant in 2013’s Rockquest competition, taking first ...

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Interviews

Depths: Going The Distance

Prophets of the digitising of music have always pointed to the opportunities it provides for artists from the extremities of genre and geography. Palmerston North struggles for population and is the more ...

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Interviews

Delaney Davidson: This World Of His

It’s emblematic of Delaney Davidson’s natural perversity that the CD version of his new album, entitled ‘Shining Day’, is presented in a matt cardboard pack of decidedly muted colours. Perhaps ...

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Fresh Talent

Fresh Talent: Round Buddah

The debut EP from Auckland hip hop-jazz fusionists Round Buddah received a warm welcome into the world with an enthusiastic reception at a release party in late 2017. ‘People and Trees’ was recorded ...

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On Foreign Soil

On Foreign Soil: Erin Cole-Baker

With her third album ‘Till The Feeling’s Right’ out now, Whangarei Heads-based songwriter Erin Cole-Baker left home and family behind in February this year to take her music to the Folk Alliance ...

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Interviews

Wax Chattels: Coffee & Chat(tels)

Wax Chattels are an Auckland three-piece that has hit it hard since forming less than two years ago. They made Top 10 on alternative stations across the country and gained a rewarding last-minute addition ...

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Interviews

Kody Nielson: They Say It’s Your Birthday?

The wordplay in the title is self-evident but what is not so apparent about Kody Nielson ’s new album, ‘Birthday Suite’, is that it is indeed a collection, a suite indeed, of musical tracks written ...

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Interviews

Carb On Carb: Dietary Supplement

Indie rock/emo act Carb On Carb came together in 2012. Listing the achievements of Nicole Gaffney (vox, guitar) and James Stuteley (vox, drums) since the duo’s conception would make for a long list. ...

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Interviews

Hex: The Musical Theory Of Hex

Valentine’s Day was more than just a day for sappy cards, flowers and chocolates for four musical Wellingtonians this year. On 14 February Hex dropped their first album – ‘The Hill Temple’ – ...

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Interviews

Stef Animal: The Golden Commodore

The irony, heavy it is with this one. Formerly of Mëstar and presently The Golden Awesome, Stef Animal has quite literally gone back-to-the-future in creating a concept solo album she has branded ‘Top ...

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Ex-Pat Files

Ex-Pat Files: Estella Dawn

New Zealand has indeed got talent, much of it currently based off-shore doing what talented artists need to do – challenging themselves, making a name for themselves and making a living. Colorado could ...

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Moments Like These

Moments Like These: Charlotte Yates

Charlotte Yates is a very well respected musician, songwriter and composer who has forged an individual path in NZ music that’s seen her endeavours include a still growing catalogue of seven solo releases. ...

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Interviews

Hopetoun Brown: Just Down The Road

Despite the ever-increasing climatic confusion the Kiwi summer holiday beach tour remains something of a ritual for established rock and pop bands. Brass-based duo Hopetoun Brown fit neither category and ...

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LESSONS

X-Factory

X-Factory: Carnivorous Plant Society – Don’t Go Outside

On first hearing Carnivorous Plant Society ’s Don’t Go Outside I felt transfixed by the performance, recorded live for RNZ in March. A seven-piece band packed the studio with vibraphone, keyboards, ...

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Building Blocks

Building Blocks: Self-Manage Or Bust!

Self-manage or bust: Ask the average working musician how they’re doing these days and they’ll likely shrug and tell you, “I’m managing.” In other words, they’re managing to make a career out ...

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Finding Your Voice

Finding Your Voice: The Yoga Of Voice

This column investigates and celebrates the connection between the physical body, spirit and sound. I combine vocal warm-ups with yoga. Or, you could say my yoga practice incorporates a vocal warm-up. Attending ...

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Legal Advice

Legal Bandwidth: Adding Up A Manager

Successful music artists will tell you that the management team you choose will make or break you in this business. Your manager is the strategic and business brains of your outfit. They work as an organiser, ...

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Guitar Cool

Guitar Cool: Travis Picking

This is an introductory lesson into the classic acoustic guitar technique of Travis picking, which was made famous by the legendary country guitar picker Merle Travis. Chet Atkins took it and added to ...

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Deep Thinking

Deep Thinking: Addicted To Chic

As mentioned in previous Deep Thinking columns, I have always admired the bass playing of the late Bernard Edwards (1952–1996), one of the co-founders founders of Chic, a seminal disco band of the late ...

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MUSIC

Tom Lee-Richards

Out Of The Oddness

20/07/2018

Ria Hall

Rules Of Engagement

19/07/2018

Davey Beige And The Blackdoor Band

Beginner’s Mind

19/07/2018

The Response

What Are You Waiting For? EP

18/07/2018

Cricket Farm

Bending Spoons

17/07/2018

This Pale Fire

Alchemy

16/07/2018

The Lucky Lost

Tethered To The Sea

13/07/2018

Quinn The Human

Mission Helsinki EP

12/07/2018

Lunavela

Lunavela EP

11/07/2018

Kody Nielson

Birthday Suite

09/07/2018

Alan Brown

Composure

06/07/2018

Solo Ono

Rogue Planet EP

05/07/2018

Stef Animal

Top Gear

02/07/2018

Dominic Blaazer

The Lights Of Te Atatu

28/06/2018

Jacquie Walters

Light For A Broken World

26/06/2018

Dreams Are Like Water

A Sea Spell EP

25/06/2018

Jordan Rakei

Wallflower

19/06/2018

Miho Wada

Accidental Journey

18/06/2018

Shady Brain Farm

19 Years In The Same House

15/06/2018

Soaked Oats

No Slip Ups EP

12/06/2018

Marlon Williams

Make Way For Love

11/06/2018

Hex

The Hill Temple

06/06/2018

Superorganism

Self-titled

08/05/2018

Emily Fairlight

Mother Of Gloom

04/05/2018

Spotify Playlist

NZM174 May/June 2018

02/05/2018