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May/June 2021

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Interviews

Pickle Darling: The Power Of Twee

Bedroom pop has proven to be the perfect music style for a pandemic. The affordable ease of recording from the confines of any small room at home makes the format appealing to up-and-coming musicians worldwide, ...

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Fresh Talent

Fresh Talent: Ripple Effect

In 2019, before they'd even released anything officially, Ripple Effect were approached by Hawaiian group Rebel Souljahz with a support slot opportunity. “We grew up listening to this band, so for ...

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Industry

Celebrating 30 Years Of Rattle

When NZM last published a feature on Rattle Records, back in 2006, Kiran Dass reported that the three partners in the then 15 year-old label were still coming to grips with what was needed to make the ...

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Interviews

Foley: Take Some Time Off…

Best friends since high school, Ash Wallace and Gabriel Everett have found an inspiring creative duality within Foley. Now in its fourth year, the pop-funk act has just dropped sophomore EP ‘Vacation’. ...

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Interviews

Team Dynamite: Inspecting Their Process

In a scene inundated with talent it can often feel impossible for young artists to discover an effective creative process. Auckland’s Team Dynamite have been building their unique brand of hip hop for ...

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Get Yer Kit Off

Get Yer Kit Off: Fiona Campbell

Fiona Campbell - (Ngati Kahungunu ki Wairoa, Takatãpui, She/They) first established her drumming chops in the late ’90s with South Auckland grrrl punk band The Coolies. Living in the US since then she ...

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Interviews

Maianginui: Orchestrating The Breath Of Birds

Taonga pūoro are a range of musical instruments and other sound making devices indigenous to Aotearoa New Zealand. Back in the 1970s and ’80s, they were scarcely heard outside of just a few whānau ...

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Interviews

Anna Hawkins: The Dreamer Within

With the April release of ‘Dreamer’ Anna Hawkins has delivered four richly-voiced LPs since 2013. ‘Be it pop, show musical theatre, classical opera, folk, Celtic, her voice enfolds and enhances all ...

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Interviews

Merk: Bedroom Universe Of Blurry Transitions

Had you asked a year ago, Mark Perkins was excited. His solo music project, Merk, had gained momentum, fast. So fast the musician had tickets booked for an overseas tour, Austin’s 2020 SXSW festival ...

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Interviews

Dianne Swann: Giving Us A Piece Of Her Mind

Explaining the title of her newly-released debut solo album, Dianne Swann says it relates to the human condition; in a nutshell that sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, that we cannot always feel happy, ...

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Interviews

Sheep, Dog & Wolf: Finding The Strength

It has been eight long years since Daniel McBride released music as Sheep, Dog & Wolf. His first album, 2013’s ‘Egospect’ won instant local acclaim on its release, earning the then 19-year old ...

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Interviews

Wurld Series: Meritorious Carry On

After a mysterious two-year sojourn, Wurld Series burst back onto the student radio airwaves with their charismatic second full-album release. Songwriter and vocalist Luke Towart, and drummer Brian Feary, ...

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Fresh Talent

Fresh Talent: Park Rd

West Auckland has been a proven breeding ground for musical talent over the years. Park Rd, the latest act to emerge out of the Titirangi hills, hadn’t released their first EP when they played a sold ...

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Industry

Delivering NZ On Air Music’s $7M Plan

On May 29 last year the Prime Minister (and Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage) announced details of an arts and music sector recovery package. Part of a bigger initiative to aid the creative sector ...

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Interviews

Reb Fountain: Now You Know Who She Is

Having led the way into the challenging realm of online Kiwi music awards last year, with admirable success, in mid-April the Taite Music Prize returned to its much-preferred venue of Q Theatre on Auckland’s ...

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Interviews

Jack Page: On A Musical Trail

Studying jazz piano, in the midst of falling in love with soul and RnB, has surprisingly led Christchurch artist Jack Page on a long musical trail – evidently straight into the arms of contemporary pop ...

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Interviews

Ripship: Shipping News

One of the most exciting live bands in Auckland over the last few years has been Ripship. The duo/couple Callum Lincoln and Eva-Rae McLean are prolific performers and everything points to them not slowing ...

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Industry

10 Kiwi-Made Pieces Of Musical Kit For NZ Music Month

If you’re intrigued by the NZ Music Month advertisement this year, it’s Rodney Fisher’s graphic homage to 10 Kiwi-made pieces of NZ musical equipment. Some it would be hard for a Kiwi music aficionado ...

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Interviews

TS: The North Has Something To Say

Hip hop is very much tied up in the geography of where it is made. In a NZ context, we tend to think of South Auckland, Avondale, Ponsonby, Christchurch, all places that have spurned burgeoning rap scenes ...

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LESSONS

Finding Your Voice

Finding Your Voice: The Whole Body

As a singer our body is our instrument. We must be entirely sovereign over how we take care of our inner landscape. If the cathedral that we are is filled with concrete, we cannot sing. Tension is that ...

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Deep Thinking

Deep Thinking: Heavy Weather Hombre

This issue’s piece is a bit of a tough hombre. (See that, I used Spanish, not bad for a bassist!) I have transcribed one of Jaco Pastorius’ signature compositions, Teen Town from the Weather Report’s ...

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X-Factory

X-Factory: Rosé – On The Ground

Rosé, hyperreality, harmony and the pop-drop. The term hyperreality was coined by French theorist Jean Baudrillard to describe the postmodern, semiotic condition of society in which we are unable to distinguish ...

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Guitar Cool

Guitar Cool: The Best Guitar Solos Tell A Story. Do Yours?

Whether your guitar performances stretch to playing solos or not, this article should be good reading and learning for you as sooner or later you will have to play one. The lists of what songs include ...

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Road Rules

Road Rules: How To Attract Your (First 1000) True Fans

Growing your audience as a musician is all about attracting the right people to you, sharing your story to engage them, and then getting them to stick around with consistent content that inspires, informs, ...

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