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May/June 2022

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Lessons

Songwriting Hacks: Retrograde – Playing It Backwards

Looking for some easy songwriting inspiration? This is one of my favourite melodic and harmonic manipulation techniques. A very simple but effective idea. Retrograde basically means to play backwards, ...

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COVER STORY

Interviews

Bakers Eddy: Hi-Vis Antics

Originating in Wellington as a schoolboy skater band back in 2009, Bakers Eddy have this March released a debut album that has drawn enthusiastic praise for its freewheeling blend of indie and punk, music ...

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FEATURES

Fresh Talent

Fresh Talent: Skram

Skram is a magnetic new pop group from Lower Hutt, with sing-and-laugh along videos and a firecracker stage presence. Henry Ashby on lead vocals and guitar, Felix Nesbitt on drums and vocals, and Lee Pryor ...

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Interviews

Mild Orange: Finding Space For Each Other

Four new friends from different corners of Aotearoa came together during their time at Otago University to form a band. Sound familiar? This version is a dream-pop, indie-rock act so chill they named themselves ...

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Fresh Talent

Fresh Talent: Jeivenchy

Having released his first EP, ‘Seenzoned’ in 2021, electronic pop artist Jeivenchy has recently released ‘Fatal Attraction’, a new album he describes as a soundtrack to the events that transpired ...

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Interviews

Josette: Working For The Weekend

Singer-songwriter Josette Klausen stepped right out of studying for a jazz degree and into recording her debut EP ’Daytona Fair’. Dipping in and out of hard rock, pop and neo-soul, the Ōtautahi musician ...

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On Foreign Soil

On Foreign Soil: Kylie Price at SXSW 2022

Ōtepoti-based country-pop artist Kylie Price was simultaneously nervous and excited to find out she would perform at South By Southwest 2022. The SXSW conference and associated creative sector festivals ...

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Interviews

Emma Dilemma: Ready To Be Noticed

Emma Dilemma is an energetic, and vibrant creative force of nature that will have you jumping around singing We Should All Give A Shit after only hearing the chorus once. From a long musical journey of ...

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Fresh Talent

Fresh Talent: Sam Bambery

For Sam Bambery a music journey that started small and modest has subsequently grown into a full-time thing, a personal commitment that’s recently seen him deliver a debut alt-country album, ‘Songs ...

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Fresh Talent

Fresh Talent: Emily Muli

Soul/RnB songwriter Emily Muli is itching to get back into live performances and “sharing music in a space with other people” again, after spending the last two years making music from her bedroom. ...

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Interviews

No Broadcast: Swirling In Space

Ōtautahi’s No Broadcast released the latest of their captivating post rock projects on April 1st. No joking here, it reveals a higher level of cohesiveness and more polished production than anything ...

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Interviews

Arun O’Connor: Forged From Friendship

Recorded in Nashville, via Invercargill and Auckland, the debut album from Arun O’Connor, ’Songs From The Reading Room’ introduces a strong new alt-country/rock singer-songwriter talent to our country ...

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Interviews

Steve Tofa: Bringing Leni To Life

Formerly frontman for Auckland indie rock/soul five-piece The Mercenaries, Steve Tofa is these days progressing along his own musical journey, making and recording as a singer-songwriter from the comforts ...

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Ex-Pat Files

Ex-Pat Files: Ellery Daines

Multi-instrumentalist, rock songwriter, and musician Ellery Daines left Auckland in 2018 to follow his then-girlfriend (now-wife) to Tromsø, Norway. Though finding it difficult to start from scratch in ...

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Fresh Talent

Fresh Talent: Mads Harrop

With lyrical and vocal honesty to the fore, Mads Harrop merges emotional vulnerability with a sharp, rock-driven guitar tone in her music, prominent in her recently released single Hiding In Colour. Citing ...

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Interviews

Hans: Playing With Names

With the release of his single, followed by his 2022 EP ‘Kimyuntak’, March was a busy month for Hans, aka Han Ju Kim. The determinedly idiosyncratic Kiwi-Korean rapper talked with Kat Parsons about ...

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Interviews

Ny Oh: Alchemy Of Humans

The announcement that superstar Brit singer/actor Harry Styles will be playing Auckland in March next year warranted 6pm TV news coverage, with grateful, almost tearful fans expressing their joy. Those ...

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Industry

RMNZ CEO Damian Vaughan Departs

When Recorded Music NZ announced in February that Damian Vaughan was stepping down after nine years as CEO, the accompanying media statement noted that he would be leaving behind a lasting legacy across ...

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Interviews

Parabola West: Star Struck

Parabola West, aka Amy West, is a folktronica musician, fantasy storyteller, and self-described nerd. Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, and first known for her part in London-based trip-hop band Dreamfield, ...

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Gear Reviews

Review: Fender Player Plus HSS Stratocaster

Fender Player Plus HSS Stratocaster - I’ve got a brand new out-of-the-box Fender Player Plus HSS Stratocaster to review, (srp $2450) but first I have a story or two of my own about Fender Strats. I’ve ...

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LESSONS

Finding Your Voice

Finding Your Voice: The Effect Menopause Has On The Voice

Singing Through ’The Change’: The Effect Menopause Has On The Voice - After the 21st gig of a 22-date tour, I stayed with friends for a much-needed breather. As documented in a previous Finding Your ...

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Road Rules

Road Rules: The Secret Sauce For Amplifying Your Audience

The Secret Sauce For Amplifying Your Audience: When I was 16 all I wanted in the world was to be Jaco Pastorius. I bought the fretless bass, wore the headband, and learned how to play Portrait Of Tracy, ...

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