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Articles By Gaby Ivanov-Giraldo

Six60 - Gig Review: Six60 @ Waitangi Sports Ground, Waitangi - 16/01/2021
18 Jan 2021 // review by Gaby Ivanov-Giraldo
The very start of the Six60 Summer Tour began in the heart of Waitangi, the birthplace of Aotearoa, on the land where it all began. January 16th marked a very special time; a time where no other country could host an event of this kind.
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James Hunter - Single Review: You
10 Dec 2020 // review by Gaby Ivanov-Giraldo
James Hunter is a singer songwriter based in Wellington. He’s been an enthusiastic musician for some time, writing songs throughout his childhood, and also having a big interest in acting and theatre.
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VÏKÆ - Single Review: Angry Girl
09 Dec 2020 // review by Gaby Ivanov-Giraldo
Auckland based songwriter and vocalist VïKÆ was originally born in Ukraine, and post-Chernobyl sought refuge here in New Zealand. She has an interesting backstory and brings forth her unique life experience to give a voice to important themes surrounding mental health, growth and expression.
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Madie - EP Review: Modern Mind
18 Nov 2020 // review by Gaby Ivanov-Giraldo
Wellington-based singer songwriter Madie is releasing her debut EP titled The Modern Mind. She has been passionate about music from a young age, and has finally released something with a lot of talent, and a lot of depth.
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Geoff Ong - Interview with Geoff Ong
15 Nov 2020 // interview by Gaby Ivanov-Giraldo
Geoff Ong wants to be a Pop star for dorks. He made catchy and compelling pop music, the kind that gets stuck in your head and leaves you humming for days.
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Fat Freddy's Drop - Gig Review: Fat Freddy's Drop @ Spark Arena, Auckland - 7/11/2020
10 Nov 2020 // review by Gaby Ivanov-Giraldo
On November 7th, Fat Freddy’s Drop at Spark Arena was an ultimate highlight to the year of 2020, playing with opening act Avantdale Bowling Club. Avantdale Bowling Club kicks off with a symphony of percussion, keys, horns, and a big double bass.
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City of Souls - Interview with City of Souls
27 Oct 2020 // interview by Gaby Ivanov-Giraldo
City of Souls are one of New Zealand's few superbands, with members coming from bands that have etched their mark on the local and international hard rock and metal scene such as Blindspott, Blacklistt, 8 Foot Sativa, New Way Home, Cold By Winter, In Dread Response and Solstate. With a new and highly-anticipated debut album recently released, City of Souls are ready to take the world by storm.
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Blindspott - Interview with Blindspott
27 Oct 2020 // interview by Gaby Ivanov-Giraldo
Blindspott are easily one of New Zealand's most iconic Rock bands, with many of their songs idolised by their huge fanbase. With more than 2 decades amazing audiences worldwide, they have amassed multiple hit singles and an extensive tour repertoire.
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Treenurse - Single Review: Pyjamas
26 Oct 2020 // review by Gaby Ivanov-Giraldo
The new single release by Treenurse is here! Entitled Pyjamas, this is a snappy little indie/alt-rock number about giving life a full go; trying.
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Empress - Single Review: Sailing the Seas of Grease
19 Oct 2020 // review by Gaby Ivanov-Giraldo
Empress have just released their debut single Sailing the Seas of Grease, with an incredibly artistic music video that accompanies the track. Empress are a heavy two-piece band, originally from Auckland and Hamilton.
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Sola Rosa - Album Review: Chasing The Sun
25 Sep 2020 // review by Gaby Ivanov-Giraldo
The architect of Sola Rosa is Andrew Spraggon, a musician/producer based in Auckland, New Zealand. Spraggon has created his next major chapter, Chasing The Sun, which took a decent stretch of time in the making.
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Sola Rosa - Interview with Sola Rosa
16 Sep 2020 // interview by Gaby Ivanov-Giraldo
Sola Rosa is one of Kiwi music’s most evolutionary and enduring acts. With 2020 comes Sola Rosa's next musical chapter with the release of the long player Chasing The Sun.
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Taylor Roche - Single Review: Never Like That
26 Aug 2020 // review by Gaby Ivanov-Giraldo
Emerging pop artist Taylor Roche has just released his latest single Never Like That. Roche is Auckland-based and full of flame.
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Festival Review: Good Vibes @ Logan Campbell Centre, Auckland - 7/08/2020
09 Aug 2020 // review by Gaby Ivanov-Giraldo
On Friday the 7th of August, Good Vibes, Pato Entertainment and Mai FM presented to us the best line-up our Auckland Winter has seen to date! The Good Vibes Winter Festival is here; brought to us on a chilly Winter's night with no delay in action.
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Konarucchi - EP Review: Stuck In Daydreams
31 Jul 2020 // review by Gaby Ivanov-Giraldo
Konarucchi is a multi-genre solo artist and composer from Wainuiomata. He is talented at mixing and recording, and has many versatile skills he brings to the table.
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Geoff Ong - Gig Review: Geoff Ong @ Cassette Nine, Auckland - 24/07/2020
31 Jul 2020 // review by Gaby Ivanov-Giraldo
I said my bygones to the week behind me. The global climate is still heavy in the background of what we all miss doing and seeing.
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Oakley Grenell - Single Review: Chimbambaira (OG Remix)
14 Jul 2020 // review by Gaby Ivanov-Giraldo
Melbourne-based Cantabrian producer Oakley Grenell has ignited the Shottaz’ (Zimbabwe born artists Max and Hlats) new release Chimbambaira, which also features Nutty O. From the 2019 EP afro dancehall project Chimbambaira Reloaded sees the dynamic Shottaz team pair-up with various artists, DJs and producers to make way for some glorious remixes and riddims, including this steaming track with Oakley Grenell.
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Sola Rosa - Single Review: Searching For Love Feat. Kiko Bun
23 Jun 2020 // review by Gaby Ivanov-Giraldo
If you love music, Sola Rosa is a Kiwi band that you really should know about. The founder of this powerhouse is Andrew Spraggon; the man behind the band’s "near 20-year labour of love".
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Kevin Posey - Album Review: Breathe
19 Jun 2020 // review by Gaby Ivanov-Giraldo
US-born producer, rapper, and singer-songwriter Kevin Posey has just released his latest album Breathe. Posey is an international artist who has recently been thriving in the Aotearoa music scene.
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Kevin Posey - Single Review: Your Shine Feat. Mazbou Q & Kirsten
11 Jun 2020 // review by Gaby Ivanov-Giraldo
Kevin Posey is an international artist and native from Oklahoma, USA. Posey is a music producer, publisher and songwriter that has also graduated from an associates degree in Music Production from the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma.
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Valere - Single Review: Like That
05 Jun 2020 // review by Gaby Ivanov-Giraldo
Singer songwriter Shana Llorando, AKA Valere, has just released her latest single Like That. She brings blossom to our generation of music with her diversity and versatility of sound.
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Theia - EP Review: 99% Angel
03 Jun 2020 // review by Gaby Ivanov-Giraldo
Theia is a vibrant songwriter, independent NZ musician and artist who has been releasing music since 2015, when her RnB-fused track Silver Second, produced by Alex Hope, first set foot on the scene. Her stellar debut, self-titled EP was released in 2017 with fervour, sweeping support by number.
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Theia - Interview with Theia
26 May 2020 // interview by Gaby Ivanov-Giraldo
Alt-pop singer and songwriter Theia, whose burgeoning catalogue showcases an artist who is unafraid to push the boundaries, has recently released her 99% Angel mixtape which features her brand new single Celebrity. Gaby from Muzic.
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Lost Tribe Aotearoa - Album Review: Lost Tribe Aotearoa
14 May 2020 // review by Gaby Ivanov-Giraldo
Lost Tribe Aotearoa are a group of musicians bubbling from various spots in the North Island, having formed in Raglan in December 2017. Their debut single Irie won the 2018 Mai FM Big Break competition and made the NZ music charts at #8.
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Mazbou Q - Interview with Mazbou Q
13 May 2020 // interview by Gaby Ivanov-Giraldo
Mazbou Q is a phenomenal force to be reckoned with. His impressive new EP Afroternity has taken the NZ Hip-Hop scene by storm, with a unique and afrocentric sound that is easily recognisable as his own.
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The Kendals - Single Review: Vines (Dear Will Remix)
08 May 2020 // review by Gaby Ivanov-Giraldo
The Kendals are a three-piece pop trio from Auckland. The band have been releasing music since their debut single Passion.
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Tricks & Sleeves - Single Review: Raelene
28 Apr 2020 // review by Gaby Ivanov-Giraldo
Auckland-based indie band Tricks & Sleeves have recently released their latest single Raelene. These lads have drawn various inspiration from other alternative/indie bands of the last couple of decades, as well inspiration from 70’s folk artists like Paul Simon and Neil Young.
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Alders - Single Review: Lost In Your Colours
18 Apr 2020 // review by Gaby Ivanov-Giraldo
Alders, the solo project of Mitch Alderlieste, has just released his latest single Lost In Your Colours. Mitch Alderlieste is an independent singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist based in Wellington.
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CampbellMack - Single Review: Second Self
04 Apr 2020 // review by Gaby Ivanov-Giraldo
Singer songwriter CampbellMack, alias of Campbell MacKenzie, has just released his new single Second Self. As a guitar player himself from the age of six, also having released now six streamable singles with viably different influences, you can really hear the “thinking and feeling” aspect of musicianship in this song.
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Cashek - Single Review: Ciel d’Amour (feat. Lorenzo Pradel)
02 Apr 2020 // review by Gaby Ivanov-Giraldo
Floyd Pepper, aka Cashek, just released his latest single Ciel d’Amour featuring the smooth voice of Lorenzo Pradel. This is a 'post-summer', sensual track for those that enjoy electronic, RnB, soul, house, cinematic EDM and the like.
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Georgia Lines - EP Review: Georgia Lines
27 Mar 2020 // review by Gaby Ivanov-Giraldo
Today on the 27th of March, Georgia Lines is releasing her debut EP. Since the start of Georgia’s journey with music, she has been on an upward rise.
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Georgia Lines - Single Review: Same Things
10 Mar 2020 // review by Gaby Ivanov-Giraldo
Singer songwriter Georgia Lines, previously known as George, just released her single Same Things. From the beginnings of her exposure, Georgia’s music has had nothing but an upward flight.
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Gig Review: Music in Parks: Fresh Takes @ Walmsley Park, Auckland - 01/03/2020
09 Mar 2020 // review by Gaby Ivanov-Giraldo
Another humid Auckland day, yet, a cheerful turnout still showed up to support our local artists. A free event run by council to get everyone out of the house: Music in Parks - Fresh Takes kicked off at 1pm at Walmsley Park.
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Grace Duncan - Single Review: Time Will Tell
26 Feb 2020 // review by Gaby Ivanov-Giraldo
Originally from Hawke’s Bay, singer-songwriter and composer Grace Duncan will be releasing her new single Time Will Tell on February 28th.Grace is exploring her musical identity through the likes of her alluring vocals and choice of calming, natural harmonies and melodies.
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Charlotte Kerrigan - Album Review: Paper Lanterns
26 Feb 2020 // review by Gaby Ivanov-Giraldo
Charlotte Kerrigan is releasing her new 9 track album Paper Lanterns on 28 March 2020. The album is a collection of soulful, bluesy ballads with melodious jazz influence, and weighty compassion in her lyrics.
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George After James - EP Review: Wait For You
31 Jan 2020 // review by Gaby Ivanov-Giraldo
The date has come, and the release of the new five track EP Wait For You by George After James is out now. George After James is a project by James Fistonich and his band who are Auckland based.
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L.A.B. - Gig Review: L.A.B @ Coroglen Tavern, Coroglen - 28/12/2019
05 Jan 2020 // review by Gaby Ivanov-Giraldo
It couldn’t have been a better day for it. The sun was radiant, and the energy was high.
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Take Hold - Gig Review: Take Hold @ Whammy, Auckland - 12/12/2019
20 Dec 2019 // review by Gaby Ivanov-Giraldo
On 12 December, Whammy Backroom set it off with a decent turnout for a late mid-week show. Soaking in a familiar aura, I distinguished an overwhelming sense of nostalgia; there were notable remnants of New Zealand hardcore music and its scene which was prolific in its earlier years from the late 90’s, 00’s to 10’s.
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Annie J - Single Review: Figured Out
05 Dec 2019 // review by Gaby Ivanov-Giraldo
Annie J has just released her new single Figured Out. Her music so far has made it to the NZ Top 50 Viral Chart, also streaming over 100,000, as well as reaching a semi-final place in the Unsigned Only Worldwide song writing competition.
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Daniel McClelland - EP Review: Swallow Fear
24 Nov 2019 // review by Gaby Ivanov-Giraldo
You want it? Come and get it!
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NZ Top 10 Singles

  • DRIVERS LICENSE
    Olivia Rodrigo
  • WHY OH WHY
    L.A.B.
  • 34+35
    Ariana Grande
  • GOOD DAYS
    SZA
  • LEVITATING
    Dua Lipa feat. DaBaby
  • IN THE AIR
    L.A.B.
  • CONTROLLER
    L.A.B.
  • NOT MY NEIGHBOUR
    Niko Walters
  • MOOD
    24kGoldn feat. iann dior
  • ANYONE
    Justin Bieber
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