16 Aug 2022

Remember Me? | Join | Recover
Click here to sign in via social networking

Diesel Phoenix - Diesel Phoenix Newsletter Interview

06 Jul 2008 // An interview by Shade
Thanks to Sam for these answers:

What is the best gig/event you have ever performed at, and why?

We toured Australia promoting our debut album 'White Lies & Black Hearts'; The Alley Bar in Brisbane was our last show. It was packed with kids who knew our songs and really showed us that Australian crowds are just as noisy and rough as back home. We signed more merch and had more photo's taken than ever before. It was amazing. It wasn't the biggest show we've played but there was just so much love it was too hard to ignore. It definitely made us feel like we had made our mark overseas.

What is your favourite NZ venue?

Definitely The Kings Arms Tavern!

Every time we play there it's like coming home to the faithful armchair that's slightly worn but still retains the perfect curves of your body, ohhh good times! We played our first show there back when we were called DonkeyPunk and we played our first show as Diesel Phoenix there. The best thing about the Kings Arms is the way they tirelessly support up and coming New Zealand musicians. In any given week they may be hosting a massive overseas act on a Friday night & then have a group of 18 year old kids play their first ever pub show there on the Saturday night...

That's very hard to find in New Zealand let alone the rest of the globe

What can we expect to see from Diesel Phoenix over the next year?

We will be shooting for two new videos, one for our new single 'Beneath' and the other I can't say as I'm sworn to secrecy ha ha. We are just in the middle of developing a nationwide schools tour and we will definitely be playing some killer shows for the older kids too.

What other NZ musicians or bands would you like to see more of, and why?

Simple Day and Sinfura... They're are our boys and we love their music. If you're reading this and don't know about them, do some research... It's well worth it. Unfortunately this year has been pretty sad for the NZ music scene with the retirement of a few killer acts such as Blindspott and The WBC... It's a tough industry and it makes us sad as a band when some of our favourite acts will no longer be playing together.

If you could, what rumour would you start about Diesel Phoenix?

That since buying our album, over 300 girls have fallen pregnant listening to our music. Diesel Phoenix is considered by many to be "The SEX"

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

Keep working at your dream. Decide that YOU ARE WORTH EVERYTHING. Do your research and learn what really makes the music industry tick. We have learnt more in the last year than we have learnt in 10, yet the more we know the more we realise we don't know! Don't rely on fabricated pipe dreams of being signed to a major label just from playing the right show at the right time. Be pro-active. Talk to successful artists that you admire and learn from what they did. Most musicians are more than willing to help because in the end, success as a NZ musician benefits every NZ musician.

About Diesel Phoenix

A message to our fans:

'When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.’

— Jimi Hendrix

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Diesel Phoenix


White Lies & Black Hearts
Year: 2007
Type: Album

Other Interviews By Shade

n1ghtmar3cat Newsletter Interview
07 Aug 2022 // by Shade
It's one thing to produce music from within two different genres, but it's a completely different thing to master each genre to perfection. One person who has mastered two genres to perfection is Dave Johnston - the hard hitting drummer from one of NZ's most well-known Rock acts, Villainy, also creates  immersive indie-electronica / EDM music as n1ghtmar3cat.
Yung Ludd Newsletter Interview
28 Apr 2022 // by Shade
There's been a lot of NZ rappers making their debut in recent times, with Lyttelton's Yung Ludd leading at the fore. Having spent some time in Auckland in his twenties, he was exposed to a lot of the underground hip-hop scene there which proved to be very influential on his sound.
Ersha Island Newsletter Interview
30 Mar 2022 // by Shade
How did you become involved in music? Both of us started learning classical music at very young ages and picked up piano at three and five, respectively.
Arjuna Oakes Newsletter Interview
24 Mar 2022 // by Shade
Arjuna Oakes is a singer-songwriter and producer based in Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Aotearoa (Wellington, New Zealand). Following the release of his debut EP The Watcher in 2019, Arjuna has released 2020’s Recovery Pt.
Daniel Hayles Newsletter Interview
01 Mar 2022 // by Shade
Daniel Hayles is a piano player, producer, Musical Director and teacher living in Wellington, New Zealand. With his brand new album Other Futures recently released on 4 March, he had a few words with Muzic.
MNZ Interview: Shihad
20 Dec 2021 // by Shade
“Rupert Murdoch’s got a lot of blood on his hands,” Jon Toogood, Shihad’s front man and lyricist tells me when i start our interview. I’d asked, by way of a reference to the title of the first single Tear Down Those Names, which name would you tear down first?
Avya Newsletter Interview
23 Nov 2021 // by Shade
Rising musical talent Avya has released her breakout single, In Love with Broken, after its television debut on TVNZ's Popstars earlier this year.Produced by Joseph Faris (Ezra Vine, Daily J, Julius Black), the song is one of self-realization, telling her personal story of being trapped in a repetitive cycle of wanting to help hurting people, but to her own detriment.
OdESSA Newsletter Interview
28 Sep 2021 // by Shade
Your favourite garage funksters are back with a new look, a refined sound and a new track - the first in over 13 years! 2021 has been electrifying for the high energy funk band OdESSA after their show-stealing performances at Garden City Magic, CubaDupa and Newtown Festival.
View All Articles By Shade

NZ Top 10 Singles

    Steve Lacy
    Luude And Mattafix
  • DOJA
    Central Cee
    Doja Cat
    Cat Burns
    Harry Styles
    Kate Bush
    Post Malone And Doja Cat
View the Full NZ Top 40...
muzic.net.nz Logo
100% New Zealand Music
All content on this website is copyright to muzic.net.nz and other respective rights holders. Redistribution of any material presented here without permission is prohibited.
Report a ProblemReport A Problem