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May/June 2019

COVER STORY

On Foreign Soil

On Foreign Soil: Hans at SXSW 2019

Hans (actually hans.) is the stage name adopted by Auckland hip hop artist Hanju Kim, who first featured on NZMusician.co.nz back in 2017 with the release of his debut EP titled ‘1995’. Talking with ...

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COVER STORY

Interviews

Soaked Oats: Cereal Killers

In the wake of Soaked Oats’ 2018 US tour and ahead of an appearance at England’s The Great Escape (and the release of their EP ‘Sludge Pop’) Katherine Parsons talked with guitar (bubble stick) ...

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COVER STORY

Album Reviews

Unchained XL: The Migrant Mind EP

There’s a blatant gap in the music scene where afro music needs to be heard ­– not the cheap rip off versions by artists who take parts of a culture and use it make it bank – for authentic afro ...

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FEATURES

Fresh Talent

Fresh Talent: Late Night Tales

With an average age of just 17, it’s safe to say that Whanganui five-piece Late Night Tales have time well and truly on their sides. Despite their youth, the band has already independently released a ...

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Interviews

Departure Party: Cajons And Cronies

Departure Party is a folk-punk, maybe emo/anti-folk three-piece, that has released two albums (the first in 2017 under then-band name Yor Cronies, titled ‘I Want To Quit’) and the just-released ‘Departure ...

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Gear Reviews

Gear Review: Yamaha CP88 Stage Piano

Among no doubt plenty of other new instrument offerings, Yamaha has this year unveiled the CP73 and CP88 stage pianos, boasting new key hammer technology and an upgraded system of sounds and effects. The ...

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Ex-Pat Files

Ex-Pat Files: Oliver Emmitt

Oliver Emmitt says it was on a whim that he first decided to try living in Amsterdam back in May 2011. The versatile trombone player had just spent time touring Europe with two Kiwi acts, so doesn’t ...

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Fresh Talent

Fresh Talent: Pickle Darling

Christchurch multi-instrumentalist Pickle Darling is turning heads with his witty, thought-provoking take on bedroom pop. It’s the musical project of Lukas Mayo, an audio production graduate whose sweet ...

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Interviews

Kingsland: You Can’t Keep A Good Thing Down

Sharing name with the increasingly cool Auckland city-edge suburb, Kingsland fuses rock and blues with a splash of soul, creating a sound niche unoccupied by many others in indie-crazed Tāmaki Makaurau. ...

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Interviews

Villainy: The Light Of Day

It’s a great name for a rock band and Villainy have done it proud in terms of success and errm, sticking-togetherness. This July, the Auckland four-piece will see the release of their third album in ...

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Interviews

Sophie Mashlan: Courting Disaster

Fast emerging folk talent Sophie Mashlan released her debut album, ‘Perfect Disaster’, in April. Displaying a confidence that belies her delicate voice and slight build, the teenaged Auckland singer/songwriter ...

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On Foreign Soil

On Foreign Soil: Jack Panther

At the beginning of May, Wellingtonian Jack Anderson aka Jack Panther independently released his debut EP 'Retrospect', digitally and on cassette. The first single of the EP, Heartbreakers was premiered ...

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Interviews

Bailey Wiley: A Road Less Travelled

The blend of hip hop production with her natural richly emotive neo-soulful voice has led to Bailey Wiley being badged as both genre- and era-bridging. Strong explorative EP releases in 2013, ‘14 and ...

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Interviews

Bad Timing: Brassed Off With Brassicas

Miss June, The Miltones, Whaea & the Rumble; if you’ve been keeping rough tabs on Auckland’s music scene over the last few years then chances are you will see some familiar faces in Bad Timing. ...

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Interviews

Razé: Razing The Barre

The Williams family of South Auckland have already given us plenty of musical entertainment, in the shape of 1990s girl group Ma-V-Elle (Lavina), noughties RnB artist J Williams, and their singer/actress ...

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Industry

Auckland As A City of Music

Publicly announced in 2018, the thinking and work behind the plan to get Auckland identified as one of the UNESCO Cities of Music goes back more than two years before that date. Employed by Recorded Music ...

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Fresh Talent

Fresh Talent: The Butlers

Sumner-based band The Butlers have slipped in the back door of the NZ music scene with a laid-back groove well suited to any smokey bar scene from an old school movie. “We were just jamming a few ...

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LESSONS

Guitar Cool

Guitar Cool: Practising for Playing Live

No one wants to make mistakes or look inept when up on stage in front of an audience, but I have seen it happen many times, and some of those have been with people you wouldn’t expect it to happen to. ...

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Deep Thinking

Deep Thinking: Weather Report’s Birdland

For this issue, I have transcribed the opening bass part on the seminal Weather Report track Birdland from the band’s 1977 album ‘Heavy Weather‘. The transcription features the band’s bassist, ...

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Building Blocks

Building Blocks: Managing Your Band Pt 2

The Business End: In the first instalment of this Building Blocks mini-series of Managing Your Band, Pt 1 - Stepping Forward, I covered reasons why you might want to propose that you manage your band. ...

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Finding Your Voice

Finding Your Voice: Just Keep Swimming

Just keep swimming: A hero's quest. ‘If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am only for myself, what good am I? If not now, when?’ – The Talmud One of our jobs as artists is to share ...

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Road Rules

Road Rules: The Wisdom Of Saying No

Most of the time it’s awesome to say yes. Being positive and curious leads to great experiences and emotional growth. Recently I’ve been reading a book by Baron Baptiste, who developed Baptiste Power ...

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X-Factory

X-Factory: Bene – Soaked

And the award goes to... Bene for the quickest earworm I have ever experienced – I think I may have even dreamt about this song last night! The number one New Zealand song (at time of press) is Soaked, ...

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MUSIC

Caroline Easther

Lucky

30/08/2019

Francisca Griffin

The Spaces Between

15/08/2019

David Feehan

5

09/08/2019

Skyscraper Stan

Golden Boy Vol.I and Vol.II

05/08/2019

Brother Sister

SSDD EP

19/07/2019

Tei

The Alone One EP

18/07/2019

Plum Green

Sound Recordings

11/07/2019

The Hollow Grinders

Surfin’ Taniwha

02/07/2019

bKidd

The Milkman EP

28/06/2019

Ounce

Oz

18/06/2019

The Flaming Mudcats

Cut Loose

07/06/2019

Kāhu & The Corybas

Waiata For Ghosts EP

04/06/2019

Aura

Secret Intelligent Light

23/05/2019

The Chills

Snow Bound

20/05/2019

Tui Mamaki

Fly EP

17/05/2019

The Shirleybyrds

I Wonder What Became Of Leia

13/05/2019

Skinny Hobos

The Lucifer EP

09/05/2019

Bad Timing

Might As Well Be Cabbage

06/05/2019

Delaney Davidson and Barry Saunders

Word Gets Around

04/05/2019