In the words of Stuart McDeeds, “LET THERE BE MUSIC!” If you don’t know who S.McDeeds is, then good neither do I, but if he was real, then his quote would suit the moment perfectly!
Being NZ Music Month, I’ve had NZ music gigs coming out of my ears! The hard thing is choosing which ones to go to! There has been the odd three-gigs-in-one-night stint, which involves a master plan and good timing!
I didn’t get to catch the free Shihad gig on the 1st May at the Aotea Square but the 8,000 fans that did attend it would have had a pretty rocking start to the month I imagine!
Two weeks into May and there are still plenty more gigs and cd releases for us to enjoy, also if you’re under 18, then I can’t stress going to all ages gigs enough!! They are a rare thing now days, so take advantage of them when they do come round!
Also the annual CokeSmokeFreeRockQuest is well under way. Heats are happening all around the country at the moment. If you’re in a school band, I say enter this competition, the experience of playing a proper show with good equipment is a thrill itself, let alone the massive exposure you get within your area and who knows you may just become the next big thing….or get some awesome recording time out of it.
A few up coming shows that I’d like to mention, 27th May- the B-net annual music awards are on at the Auckland Town Hall. Voting has now closed but you can still give the nominees your full support! Also the very next night, 28th May, if you’re into Metal and Hardcore then definitely get down to the Galatos Basement (Galatos St, Newton) around 8pm, where you can watch four of NZ’s best metal and hardcore bands, including Cold By Winter, NewayHome, Second Theory and Saving Grace for only $7! And merch will be available at the show!
With all that in mind, keep rocking hard for New Zealand Music Month 2005!
Jonny and The Robba are a 5 piece Auckland based Hip Hop/Punk band. Their sound has been described as urban hip hop with a cowshed twist. Jonny and the Robba have just released their debut single 'Damn Girl'. They spent $10,000 on a video for it. Jonny and the Robba are currently producing their second single which they plan to release with a video around mid June. This will be followed by an E.P later this year.
"The highlight of my musical career so far would probably have to be playing to 2000 people at this years Auckland Edgefest" says rapper Jonny. Jonny and the Robba's main goals for 2005 are to get signed, release an E.P and then get booked to play Big Day Out. You can check out New Zealand' favourite musical duo at www.jonnyandtherobba.com or check out their 'Damn Girl' Video at www.cokefridge.co.nz under the launchpad link.
Minisnap started as a two piece about four years ago and has gradually accumulated people and songs to become what it is today ie: Kaye Woodward (vocals, guitar) Paul Kean (mostly bass but also vocals, guitar and keyboard), Malcolm Grant (drums) and Marcus Winstanley (guitar).
Minisnap started when The Bats were having too long a break and Kaye and Paul started experimenting with song writing around drum loops. The name Minisnap suited our two piece plus drum machine line up and we've kept it on. We have released two-five track EPs, In My Pocket (2002) and March Hare (2004) which document the evolution so far. This year we have set aside June to record an album. We played at the Wunderbar in Lyttelton with Pine last weekend and are in Dunedin on May 6th at Refuel. We're also playing Creation in ChCh with Pine and Thomas:Parkes on May 20th and Dux de Lux on June 17th. We like playing with Pine because we compliment each other musically and have a nice time together. We plan to tour the North Island after recording has been finished. Down the track we hope to venture further afield and tour Australia, USA and France.
For more information on Minisnap, check out their page on muzic.net.nz!
The following new artists have been added to muzic.net.nz over the past two weeks. Be sure to check them out!
|The Clerics||Aesthetic Incest||Daedalus Inc|
|The Rising Sons||Knifeparty||Pacific Underground|
|DJ Poroufessor||Hype||Kelvin Cummings|
Congratulations to P. Miller of Auckland and N. Garry of Christchurch for winning copies of the Sullen Moon albums we had up for grabs. You've still got a chance to win copies of the debut album from The Downlow and copies of the new album from Tourettes on our Competitions page!
The Rock Factory is a rehearsal & recording studio based in Mt Wellington, Auckland. The Rock Factory is not just a top notch recording studio, but a growing community of up and coming kiwi bands working together. Bands include Miscreant, Redmore, Sonic, Alpine Fault, Upraw, Ishtar, Gods of Nothing and many more. The Rock Factory also organise gigs for bands at some of Aucklands finest venues (Kings Arms, Studio etc.)
Check out their current special, your first 2 songs recorded, mixed and mastered at broadcast quality standard for a flat fee of $150 per song. More info including rates and MP3 samples available at www.therockfactory.net