What is the best gig/event you have ever performed at, and why?
I played a support slot recently for Newton Faulkner which was great fun. The crowd were along really early so I played to a packed venue and they were very responsive and respectful. It felt like a lot of people were really listening and connecting with the music which was very flattering. Newton afterwards was also an inspiration to watch.
What is your favourite NZ venue?
It'd have to be the St James, there's just something about that place that's just special.
What can we expect to see from Jonny Love over the next year?
Basically touring as much as I can to promote the album and hopefully some overseas ventures to try and get the music known a bit more internationally as well. As this is my debut album I don't really know what to expect myself though!
What other NZ musicians or bands would you like to see more of, and why?
I'd love to see more of Autozamm. They're a great band, really good songwriting, backed up with a fantastic live set.
If you could, what rumour would you start about Jonny Love?
That I'm going to be doing a world tour with Sigur Ros
What advice would you like to give to other aspiring musicians?
Work hard and never forget that you never know who might be in the room listening to you, so always give your all.Believe in what you're singing/playing and try to connect people to your music.
Jonny Love's debut self-titled album is out now.
We're an Auckland four piece, all with the same life-threatening disease.
The doctors said there was only one cure - well thought out alternative rock.
As a result of this, we recorded our EP and had to add some extra percussion (namely a door and some metal shelving) to make it alternative enough to avoid dying.
We're releasing our debut EP entitled 'Six' on the 24th of November, which will be in all 'good' record stores and iTunes on this date.
To celebrate not being dead yet, we're having a EP release party on the 29th at 420 on K'Rd in Auckland.
We've got plans for a North Island tour in the new year, where we'll probably go to alternative towns such as Te Kuiti, Taihape and the mecca of alternative rock, Masterton.
Our song 'Better, Not' is about the pressures of trying to fit into an alternative culture.
Inverse Order is Neill Fraser (rhythm guitar, vocals), Tristan Lewis (drums), James Dylan (bass) and Thomas Watts (lead guitar).
Doppler have been busy. The last two months has seen musicians Adam and Daniel Wilson, Matt Gorman and Simon Christensen flying up to Auckland to record 'Oblivion' at the legendary York Street studios, produced by 'Hook' from 48 May. 'Oblivion' is the summer anthem people have been waiting for. With powerful vocals, complex beats and edgy, loud guitars, 'Oblivion' is a song that won't let you go. Doppler are playing it to radio stations around the country, so listen out!
Playing live is what these guys do best. Recent gigs with OpShop, Elemeno P, Atlas, Autozamm and Goodnight Nurse are tasters compared to the anticipated crowds at AREA 9 (a weekend long music festival at Lake Ohau in February) where they are on the bill to rock out with the star-studded line up of Kora, Rhombus, Salmonella Dub and many more! Catch Doppler in your town soon - the boys are planning a tour in early 09, bringing their catchy, raw rock to the rest of New Zealand.
Doppler is Adam Wilson (vocals, rhythm guitar), Daniel Wilson (bass), Simon Christensen (drums) and Matt Gorman (lead guitar).
Handle The Jandal 2008: Finalists announced
Fifteen of New Zealand's hottest up'n'coming filmmakers will square off for the coveted Golden Jandal at the Handle the Jandal 2008 Do It Yourself Music Video Awards.
Handle the Jandal is the annual competition for Do-It-Yourself New Zealand filmmakers to create music videos for local bands and artists. The Awards are about matching rising music stars with up’n’coming filmmakers. All videos must be completely self-funded and may only use New Zealand music.
The finalists were selected from 122 entries, which was a record number of entries received for the Handle the Jandal awards. Local Wellington filmmakers and entertainment journalists identified the final 15, and they have now entered the Judges Protection Programme to help protect them from any potential recrimination from the many entrants that did not survive the initial cut.
And the finalists are:
(Filmmaker, band, song title)
- Marco Vidaurre: The Ruby Suns, Tane Mahuta
- Vorn Colgan: Vorn, Get Better Work Stories
- Sam Muirhead: Brand New Math, Idiot Savant
- Ben Forman/Judah: Finnigan Deep Sea Regret, So Far So Good
- Daniel Batkin-Smith: Little Pictures, This House Can Fit Us All
- Campbell Farquar: Wilberforces, Tidal Waves
- Kent Griggs: Missing Teeth, Not For Me
- Jonas Besson & Paul Raine: Moon Balloon, Video Games
- Anton Steel: Reb Fountain, TAB
- Brian Hainsworth: The Short Shorts, You Don’t Know
- Brian Hainsworth: Tommy Ill and Buck Beauchamp, Letters To The Editor
- Daniel Alexander: Fowler Denmark, Street Will You?
- Logan McMillan: Flip Grater, Ring Around The Rosie
- Thedownlowconcept: The Hot Grits, Headlights
- Curtis Baigent: The Bonnie Scarlets, It's Getting Me Down
Rock n Rally for children with cancer
Kiwi chart toppers Shihad and Opshop will join leading rally drivers Chris West and Haydon Paddon for a unique event next March, featuring celebrity rally race-offs and a rock concert, with all proceeds going to Camp Quality, a charity for children living with cancer.
Andrew Simms Mitsubishi has signed the award winning bands, West, Paddon and a host of celebrities for the inaugural Rock n Rally charity event to be held at Western Springs on Saturday, 21st March 2009.
And as an added bonus, a high spec street version of the Evo 9 rally car worth over $40,000, courtesy of Andrew Simms Mitsubishi, will be given away on the night.
Celebrities racing with West and Paddon include Lana Coc-Kroft, Vicky Lee Valentino, Jono and Simon Doull from The Rock FM, Stacey Jones, Peggy Bourne and Temepara George.
The racing will pit Paddon’s Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 against West in the brand new Evo 10, with the winning team receiving $5,000 and the runners up $1,000, for the charity of their choice.
Music industry raises funds for therapy centre
The New Zealand music industry has raised more than $150,000 for the Raukatauri Music Therapy Trust at a charity gala auction in Auckland on Saturday night (Nov. 15).
The funds will go towards operational costs at the Auckland-based trust’s therapy centre for children with special needs. The centre receives no statutory funding and the trust needs to raise $400,000 each year to keep it running.
Highlights of the auction were:
- a Mazda 2 customised by fashion designers Stitch Ministry which fetched $20,000;
- the ‘ultimate’ Kiwi Music Dinner set decorated by eight of the country’s best-loved musicians knocked down for $8,000;
- Chris Knox’s interpretation of the Beatles Rubber Soul cover reaching $12,500;
- ten VIP tickets to the Big Day Out snatched for $3,500;
- a private acoustic performance by Bic Runga at an exclusive cocktail party at The Wharf soared to $18,000.
Hosted by Dai Henwood, the evening featured donated performances by numerous musicians including Hollie Smith and the Mount Roskill Primary School Choir, Hinewehi Mohi with Joel and Nathan Haines, Elemeno P, Supergroove and Opshop. Henwood and auctioneer Brett Trigger also gave their services.
Fringe benefits in time for Xmas
Father Fringe-mas dipped into his Santa Sack this week and doled out a smidge under $50,000 to New Zealand artists and entertainers for a very merry creative Christmas.
A total of $49,294.97 was distributed to 33 participants for the 2009 New Zealand Fringe Festival, from 38 applicants for the Kakano funding initiative. A total of $71,557 was applied for.
Fringe 09 also announced that it has surpassed last year's bumper crop of 100 entries, drawing 105 eager beavers to line up for the 2009 festival.
The Kakano Fund was established in conjunction with Creative New Zealand to provide a foundation for the development of new work by New Zealand artists participating in the New Zealand Fringe Festival.
Cheese On Toast Turns 5
In December Cheese On Toast, New Zealand’s very own indie tastemaker website and barometer of what’s hip and happening, will celebrate five years of having a sticky finger on the pulse of the up and coming, both locally and internationally. To mark this fifth anniversary, Cheese On Toast is excited to announce COT 5 : a fortnight long festival of events representing the exciting state of “now”.
December birthday activities kick off on December 1 with a three hour special on Alt TV, the usual Cheese On Toast hour is extended and remixed with a live house band, drop in celebrity guests, and acoustic performances. The centrepiece of the fortnight is The Official Cheese On Toast 5th Birthday Party, a free event on Dec 5th. The show features Surf City, Brand New Math, Los Hories, Trees Climbing Trees, and Prince Diana – all personally selected by COT founder Andrew Tidball. And Cheese On Toast have partnered with Strange News to ensure COT 5 goes off with a bang: Krautrocking electronic Canadian duo Holy Fuck close out the fortnight’s proceedings with a show at 4:20 on K Rd on December 14th. There is a limited amount of half-price tickets to the show for quick Cheese On Toast readers, and regular public tickets are available from usual outlets.
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The Black Seeds release 'Make A Move'
With their new album Solid Ground having spent seven consecutive weeks in the ‘top 5’ of the NZ album charts, and on the back of a sell out New Zealand tour, The Black Seeds announce the release of new single ‘MAKE A MOVE’ - the second single from the new album.
To purchase the single now through Vodafone LIVE just text ‘SEEDS’ to LIVE (5483), or, if you purchase it through iTunes now you’ll receive the exclusive bonus track – ‘Come To Me Dub’ from Solid Ground, and mixed by Mike Fabulous. Click here to download now: www.itunes.com/theblackseeds/makeamove-ep
The upbeat, funk-laden new single features Daniel Weetman on vocals and oozes with The Black Seeds distinctive summer styles. The new video clip was directed by Maia Horniak (First Cut Collective), and will be released to New Zealand Music TV the week commencing Monday 24 November.
Also worth checking out:
Sad news for Wellington live music
After 11 years, the owners of Valve Bar in Wellington have decided to call it a day. Unfortunately this means that all future gigs booked at Valve have been cancelled.
Want to gig in Gisborne?
Hi, My names Rory and I'm the station manager for Alt.FM (independent alternative radio station in Gisborne).
We've recently secured an agreement with the PBC Bar here where we can organise the gigs and they'll take care of security, bar and sound, all of which is good quality stuff.
E-mail email@example.com if you are interested in having a gig at the PBC Bar.
Site of the moment: CHART - Christchurch Music Industry Trust
The Christchurch Music Industry Trust ((Chart)) was formed at the end of 2005 when a group of local industry stalwarts and recent Christchurch returnees, armed with national and international experience in the music industry combined forces to voluntarily help build the capability of the music industry in Christchurch.
The following musicians were added to the muzic.net.nz website recently. Check them out:
Congratulations to our latest winners:
- Y. Bright (Auckland) and J. Boyd (Wyndham) will be receiving their copy of the new Decortica album very soon.
- I. Barratt from Waihi has won the latest album from The Datsuns - 'Headstunts'.
- The double pass to the Weta gig in Auckland went to K. Brennan, also of Auckland.
Don't miss out on your chance to win one of two single passes to Big Day Out 2009!
Featuring Neil Young, Arctic Monkeys, The Living End, The Prodigy, Sneaky Sound System, My Morning Jacket, Pendulum, Bullet For My Valentine, TV On The Radio, Simian Mobile Disco, The Ting Tings, Tiki Taane, Headless Chickens, The Black Seeds, The Datsuns, Elemeno P, Nesian Mystik, Luger Boa, Cobra Khan, Ladi 6, The Naked And Famous and more!
More competitions will be announced on the competitions page soon.
The last muzic.net.nz for 2008 is going out on 7 December and will feature Figurehead and The Ramps.
There is still space available in our final newsletter, however it is filling up very quickly, so if you are a NZ musician or in a band, and would like to promote your music before the year is out by featuring in this newsletter, contact Lisa today!
If you don't get in now, you will have to wait until next year. The first issue of the muzic.net.nz newsletter for 2009 is planned for mid January to early February.
If you would like to advertise your next album release or tour in our newsletter and/or gig mail out email Lisa. It is 100% FREE to feature or advertise in our newsletter and gig mail outs! We also offer advertising on the muzic.net.nz website for very competitive prices.
If you have any suggestions for our 2009 newsletters, including what questions we can ask musicians and bands who feature in the newsletter, let Lisa know your thoughts.
Our gig mail outs will continue through the Christmas break. Our extra special New Years Eve and summer festival edition of the gig mail out will go out on 28 December 08 - if you would like to advertise your summer tour in this issue, contact Lisa as soon as possible!
- The muzic.net.nz team