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Cornerstone Roots - Cornerstone Roots - Newsletter Interview

29 Jan 2007 // An interview by Shade
1) What is your greatest achievement?

Recording with Jamaican ghetto star Big Youth

2) What do you think could be done to make NZ music even better?

Competitiveness needs to stop. It doesnt matter what genre we choose to play. We ought to open our minds and support each other. We need to encourage, appreciate and acknowledge everybodys artistic efforts .

3) Where do you see yourselves in 5 years?

Touring album #5

4) What is the best thing about making music?

Being creative with other like minded people and sharing that with others.

5) What advice would you like to give to other aspiring musicians?

Have a plan and stick to it.


The Cornerstone Roots are Brian McMillian (vocals, guitar), Naomi Tuao (bass), Boyd 'Rikkihana' Turongo Dixon (drums) and Lisa McLeod (keyboards).

About Cornerstone Roots

Cornerstone Roots are an enduring entity within the New Zealand music industry. From their humble beginnings in Raglan, to the revered and respected band they are today. The band pocces a list of admirable achievement’s coupled with the fact they have played along side some of the biggest named reggae artist’s in the world, whilst still remaining loyal to their beliefs and their love of true grass root’s reggae music.

The band was formed in 2001 after a session at the infamous Raglan Musician’s Club, and consisted of a 3-piece outfit. They quickly developed a strong local following with many of their early show’s being filmed and recorded by fans. This prompted the band to record their first EP “One Fine Day” and proceeded to tour provincial New Zealand where the café’s were crammed and live show’s intense.

The following year they recorded their debut album “Soul Revolution” that was described by reviewers as “brilliant” and “impressive”. The album was recorded in Wellington with engineer Lee Prebble at Surgery Studio’s, where the rhythm tracks were recorded live in one weekend. The album release was complimented with a 20-date tour of the country, and climaxed at the Wellington Town Hall supporting powerhouse rhythm section Sly n Robbie.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Cornerstone Roots


Future Is Now
Year: 2010
Type: Album
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Free Yourself
Year: 2007
Type: Album
Buy Online @ Mightyape
Foward Movement
Year: 2004
Type: EP
Soul Revolution
Year: 2003
Type: Album
Buy Online @ Mightyape
One Fine Day
Year: 2002
Type: EP

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