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Lauren Ellis: Drumming Big Band To Monterey

Wellington drummer Lauren Ellis is looking forward to the next few weeks. Four American jazz musicians, arriving in New Zealand for a six-city tour with the Rodger Fox Big Band that Laura drums for, ...

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Out On The Street

Reactivate Radio Active

Wellington indie radio station Radio Active 88.6FM has been given a new lease of life but needs financial support to secure its future. Donate via Givealittle As a massive supporter of local music and creative communities for four decades, the station now calls upon its listeners and the wider Wellington community to donate in support of the station as it works back to financial stability. The Radio Active Charitable Trust has been formed by key figures from Wellington’s creative arts ...

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Opportunities

Audition For Christmas In The Park 2017

Christmas In The Park 2017 musical director Dixon Nacey and his team are looking for new talent to perform alongside more established artists at the two outdoor shows in Christchurch and Auckland later this year.   Christmas In The Park is a multi-cultural showcase of talent which has featured top home-grown and international acts and helped launch the career of many Kiwi entertainers. Aspiring performers are encouraged to apply online to audition. Successful applicants will be invited ...

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News

Country Music Awards Finalists 2017

The Country Music Awards Finalists 2017 have been announced today and will be presented at this year’s Gold Guitar Awards on June 1 in Gore. The finalists for Best Country Music Album 2017 are Hamilton County Bluegrass Band for their album 'These Old Hands', Wanaka native Jody Direen for 'Shake Up', and Phil Doublet for his second album 'Endless Highway'. Kendall Elise Todd’s Heart Full of Dirt, Chester Travis (as featured in Expat-Files NZM February/March 2017) and Great Danes for Toothache, ...

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Classics & Clangers

Radio NZ: 10 Things You Can Do To Support Local Music

The music team over at Radio New Zealand has compiled a list of ten things you can do to support local music actively - there's something on that list for everyone, and most items are easy to do. Check out their article here. Item number one on the list: Make a mixtape! We did that for the last issue - a song of all artists in the magazine that we could find on Spotify!

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Fresh Talent

Fresh Talent: Balu Brigada

Balu Brigada is quite literally a band of brothers – comprising three Beasley brothers and one close friend. Henry Beasley owns lead guitar and vocals, with brothers Pierre manning the keyboard and Charles on drums. Their friendship with Guy Harrison (bass and vocals) dates back years. “The first couple of gigs we did just as a three-piece because our youngest brother Pierre was 15, so we couldn’t really get him into bars,” laughs Henry. “When he got old enough to be able to slip through ...

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Interviews

Sonic Delusion: All That Glitters

New Plymouth library might not be the most rock and roll of settings but according to Alastair Ross it provided an ideal location to chat to a relaxed and enthusiastic Andre Manella (aka Sonic Delusion) about his (band’s) latest album, a jauntily diverse, sometimes serious, sometimes flippant excursion titled ‘This Material World’. Sonic Delusion’s first album ‘+OR-’ was released in 2012. A small cast of rotating band members has orbited around Andre Manella since. As he explains it ...

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Interviews

Q & A: Music Month Summit 2017

This year's Music Month Summit is fast approaching, and with a lot of other events going on around town, we thought it would be a great idea to ask organiser Teresa Patterson (pictured above with Andrew Papas) a few questions about the summit, why you should go, and the NZ Music Managers Forum. Can you remember when the first Music Month Summit was held and whose idea it was? It was about 10 years ago and the Summit evolved from the NZ Music Month seminars that the NZ Music Commission and the NZ ...

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Fazerdaze: Morningside Is Life

Amelia Murray is the shy enchantress behind the dreamy fuzz-guitared world of Fazerdaze. After moving north from Wellington to Auckland to study music she served her uni time playing in bands, alongside some well-known and established players. Deciding it was time to find her own sound Amelia began working on a solo project during her last year of university, introducing herself to the world with the ’Fazerdaze’ EP late in 2014. NZ Music Month 2017 will bring us ’Morningside’, her debut album, ...

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Interviews

Q & A: ROE

Auckland songwriter Bianca Erceg aka ROE impressed us earlier this year with her debut indie electronic pop single Fire Walk, which the prolific MAINZ student followed up with the equally catchy Nobody a few weeks later. Part of a new breed of young songwriters using electronic means to create their sound, we invited ROE to perform at the inaugural NZM Presents gig in April where she continued to wow us. With new single I Know out now, we sent Sophie Mashlan her way to find out more about the ...

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Clap Clap Riot: Grab Yourself A Number

‘Dull Life’ – hardly an inspirational kind of album title you might think, but then again ‘Parklife’ did Blur no harm back in the mid ’90s. Clap Clap Riot have a strong history of enigmatic release titles. There’s 2008’s introductory EP ‘TV Knows Better’, ‘Counting Spins’ their pop-rockin’ debut album, and then its determinedly indie rock follow up ‘Nobody/Everybody’. Those albums were rather like two sides of a musical coin, the band apparently searching for a best-fitting ...

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Interviews

Niko Ne Zna: Food For The Dancing Soul

A quick Google will tell you that there are as many basic recipes for borscht as there are past and present members of Wellington brass act Niko Ne Zna. Actually far more, even though the capital’s self-titled ’renegade brass bandits’ currently number nine. Charlotte Crone talked with originator, band manager and soprano saxophone specialist Frankie Curac, ahead of the release of ’Babushka's Balkan Banquet’, his eclectic band’s appetisingly-framed second album. Niko Ne Zna, the name ...

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Live Reviews

Play It Strange’s We Are One Concert

A crowd of 600 people gathered on Saturday, May 13 at Sacred Heart College in Auckland, where Play it Strange presented the We Are One concert for autism awareness with Jordan Luck, Fiona McDonald, Larry Morris, Mike Chunn, Peter Urlich, Shane Cortese and the North Shore Youth Music Orchestra. 16-year-old Kane Chong wrote the title song We Are One, inspired by a friend who is affected by autism. Kane was thrilled, saying it was truly incredible that people from all over the country had come ...

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Photo Galleries

The Chills w/ Anthonie Tonnon, Kings Arms, May 13 2017

Trevor Villers went along to the sold out Auckland show of The Chills' 2017 tour to take photos for us. The band was supported by former Dunedinite, songwriter Anthony Tonnon.

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NZM Presents: 22 Bands In (Just Over) Two Hours

Rock, RnB, indie pop, classic soul, folk and jazz - our 22 Bands gig had a little bit of everything for everyone. Thanks for playing, helping and turning up to see the show, and big thanks to Trevor Villers for taking photos on the night!

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