Thanks to Ross for answering these questions:
What can we expect to see from The Managers over the next year?
We are releasing a brand new EP on May 1st, so touring and getting the new tracks out there and heard by people. We have been in recording mode for a while but have continued writing new material as we worked on mixing the EP. We're looking at starting work on a new full length album within the next year and playing alot of festivals next summer.
Who are your favourite NZ musicians/bands, and why?
Some of the best live music you'll ever see are the bands in the local underground ska scene like. The music has so much energy and people dance their ass off from the first note.
What will The Managers' next release be?
'The Grove Street Tapes' is being released through Rhythmethod in about a week. Our release party is on Sat May 1st at the Thirsty Dog on KRd and then we will tour the rest of the country in the follwing months.
How do you believe The Managers fits into the NZ music industry?
We really do play with all sorts of different bands. Ska music, which we play alot of, kind of creates a bridge between punkrock and reggae and you can find yourself at an underground punk gig or a peace festival.... We have played with ska bands like The Specials, Skatalites, punk bands like Missing Teeth, UK Subs, dub/reggae bands, Fat Freddy's Drop, dDub etc.... so can kind of slot in anywhere.
How do you describe The Managers' music?
Everchanging but is always stabalised by a heavy ska and reggae influence. Playing on the offbeat is kind of our natural way to play as a band but we do mix it up alot and ther are no real rules when it comes to what can happen in a song. We have death metal, punk riffs, acapla breaks, swing, surf, jazz..... as long as it works. Being a 7 piece and having the brass section tends to mean there's alot of different sounds you can create together, all part of the fun. Live we go for a pretty high energy show and usually like to throw in a ska intrumental or two to improvise over.
The Managers are Richard Singleton (trumpet), Nick Brown (bass), Tom Anderson (saxophone), Simon Frost (drums), Paul Frewin (vocals, guitar), Ross Hutchison (guitar) and Heather Bolton (keyboards).
The Managers new EP 'The Grove Street Tapes' will be released on May 1st with a release gig at the Thirsty Dog on KRd.
What can we expect to see from Jdubs over the next year?
I'll be taking the album on tour in May, hopefully performing all over the place throughout the year. I've also finished an 8 track EP showcasing my new music that was written from when the album was finished until now. And of course album number 2 has begun construction! I will also be spending ample time with the paintbrush in 2010 too!
Who are your favourite NZ musicians/bands, and why?
I'm a massive fan of NZ music through and through, to name a few demigods we have here ; The mighty Shapeshifter, Parks and Ladi 6, Electric Wire Hustle, Sacha Vee, Aeries, Lisa Tomlins.. the list goes on. These musicians are not only exceptionally talented and gifted, they are also supremely beautiful, soulful people. Artists in this country are family, respect is paramount and the music is worldclass.
What will Jdubs next release be?
Unofficially my EP will be next off the blocks, it's gunna be recorded mixtape style (rough and gritty!) and will be thrown out at live gigs etc. And of course my follow up album which im chiseling away at with Charles Kickens and his beat apprentice Dempski. If all things go to plan I should have number 2 ready for the start of summer!
How do you come up with your lyrics?
Over many years I have come to write my best lyrics in my car, with the iPod thru the tape player. I have a few peaceful spots around Christchurch that I park up and write at. The process involves brainstorming the song subject and concept.. general idea jamming which then manifests into lyrics. I'll usually sit there for 3 or 4 hours at a time for a verse. I do alot of outside research on concepts and learning the information on which I choose to have an opinion on.
Who would you most like to support live?
The shifters are awesome to support live, but I'd have to say at this very moment i would most like to support Ladi 6 and Parks live. Love those two!
Jdubs released his debut album 'The Keynotes' on March 29 and you can read the muzic.net.nz review here.
What can we expect to see from you over the next year?
I've been working on a lot more TV/Film soundtrack work lately, so there is plenty more of that to come this year. However, my main focus at the moment is the upcoming live 'Standing in Silence' show at the Wellington Opera House on June 19th. It’s been a really beautiful experience to see the album come alive and develop more as a filmic work, rather than just a typical live gig.
What is in your CD collection at home?
I have a massive CD collection at home. It’s mainly made up of obscure ambient music and soundtracks.
What advice would you like to give to other aspiring musicians?
Listen to other people’s music all the time. Get inspired as much as you can. Don't beat yourself up over your music. The good stuff doesn't always come, but it will if you stick at it.
What rumour would you like to start about yourself?
That I appeared in James Cameron's Avatar as a soldier (this is actually true).
How do you keep in contact with your fans?
I'm on Facebook and MySpace, but I think Last.Fm is probably one of the best ways to get your music out to world and get heard.
You can catch Rhian Sheehan & friends performing live at his Standing in Silence show at the Wellington Opera House on June 19th. Tickets are available from Ticketek and Real Grooy.
Ever since Gorilla Guitars and Drums arrived on the already crowded music shop scene in August 2007, they have earned themselves a reputation for excellent customer service and knowledgeable friendly staff.
Their extensive range of guitars, ukuleles, drums and accessories cater for every musician’s needs from beginners looking for something affordable, to more advanced players looking for an elite instrument to perform or record with. They also do guitar setups and repairs if you have an old favourite instrument that needs a little TLC to bring it back to life.
Gorilla is the exclusive distributor of the famous Höfner guitars and basses, and also the German-made
To celebrate New Zealand Music Month during May, not only is Gorilla running weeknight workshops with local musicians which in the past have included drumming talent Dylan Elise and guitarist/tutor Lance Su’a throughout the month, Gorilla is giving away a brand new Fender Highway One Stratocaster worth $1,599! All you need to do is purchase anything over $20 in store during May to enter the draw. They’ve got some great specials lined up so be sure to check them out.
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The finalists for the 2010 S³ Pacific Music Awards have been announced with Pacific legends Te Vaka named in four categories and Three Houses Down and Malcolm Lakatani each named in three categories.
RIANZ Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards adds Pop category
Nominations for the 45th annual RIANZ Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards are set to open – and for the first time a Tui is being awarded for the best Pop album.
Sting Nets Music Piracy Guilty Plea
A store owner charged with selling counterfeit Michael Jackson CDs has pleaded guilty in the Manukau District Court.
NZ Music Month 2010
With May just a few weeks away, this is the perfect time to let you know how we're going about celebrating local music during the month - and the tenth NZ Music Month!
- CHARTFEST 2010 Announces Stages
- Lisa Crawley to support John Mayers' Wellington and Auckland shows
- Jameson Jam Sessions – June 2010
- Billy Liar (Scotland) postpones due to European travel restrictions
- Wahine Toa Tour
- Coast CD Release Party
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'Where's The Time?' is the debut EP from Auckland-based singer/songwriter Joanne Chester. Easy listening chill out music, although some songs are quite upbeat. Joanne has been compared with Norah Jones except her songs tend to be more jazzy.
In 2010 OdESSA have made their previously unreleased album Bring Me The Head Of Pepe Lopez available, featuring the "classic" lineup of vocalist Matt Pender, bassist Paul Mouncey, drummer Matt Swain and uniquely-gifted guitarist Matthew Armitage. Enter now for your chance to win a copy!
This album showcases Puppeteer's modern sound that can be described as "Thrashing Groove Metal with a splash of Hardcore." Tucked In By Brutality is Puppeteer's first release to showcase the twin songwriting talents of original members, Rob Sadd and Scott McNab.
Farmer Pimp have emerged from a writing and recording hiatus that sees them presenting their finest material yet with their debut LP Sweet Hot Pepper Pop!
Knights Of The Dub Table hit full stride with their first CD release, Tronic EP – a showcase of musical styles blended together to bring you an emotive and unique sound. Knights of the DUB Table combine elements of Reggae, Drum n Bass, Hip-Hop and Rock into their own fusion of Dub flavoured music.
Check out our latest reviews:
- Jdubs - 'The Keynotes' Album Review
- Dead Fools Fiesta album review
- Cybiont - Angels and Demons Album Review
- Puppeteer - Tucked In By Brutality album review
- Knights of the DUB Table - Tronic EP Review
- OdESSA - 'Bring Me The Head Of Pepe Lopez' album review
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