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Newsletter Issue #154: 09 Sep 2007

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Flip Grater

Flip Grater is a Christchurch based singer/songwriter. Her style ranges from dirty indie-folk, to gentle introverted lullabies. In 2006 Flip toured the country, promoting her debut album 'Cage For A Song'. Traveling the length and breadth of the country in her trusty 1988 Lada Stationwagon, she sang for her supper in small towns and big cities, blagging accommodation, food and most importantly recipes along the way. For more information on this amazing concept, check out www.cookbooktour.com.

What is your greatest achievement?

Releasing my debut album felt like a huge acheivement. Any time you do something for the first time it's twice as much work because you're learning how to do it all. I have just released a book called The Cookbook Tour and that's a similar thing where I am learning as I go so it's really interesting and challenging. When I've put a lot of time and energy into a project, that's when it feels like an acheivement.

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

More people going to gigs.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

In five years I hope I'll be doing similar things to now. My ideal lifestyle includes work, play, family, travel, music, exercise and meditation, so I'm pretty close to having my perfect life now!

What is the best thing about making music?

Having people enjoy it.

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

If you work hard and have a good attitude, you can do anything you want to do.

More information:

muzic.net.nz Artist Page
MySpace Page
Official Website

 

Ms Manikin


What is your greatest achievement?

Recording at York St. (won from winning shore bands comp).

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

Even more support for nz bands to go abroad.

Where do you see yourselves in 5 years?

Playing events like BDO.

What is the best thing about making music?

The feeling as it all comes together 'BANG'.

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

Never break up and commit 100%.

More information:

muzic.net.nz Artist Page
Myspace Page

 

The DeSotos


Auckland based band The DeSotos are heading into the studio in September to record their self funded debut CD.

The DeSotos have been gigging around the Auckland region for the last 18 months and building a solid following at their live performances.

The band uses an interesting array of retro gear including a 30 year old Hammond organ & Leslie, vintage Gretsch drums and guitars, and some early Fender stuff.

Influences range from rock through to alt country and Americana. The sound is built around strong melodies and vocal harmonies over a solid rhythm section - they describe the sound as "100% distilled music".

For the recording, The DeSotos are working with Steve Garden as the producer / engineer and the CD is due for release pre-Christmas.

It will feature 11 songs written by the band, and anyone wanting a sneak preview can catch them live at the Grey Lynn Tavern, 9pm, 29th September.

More information:

muzic.net.nz Artist Page
Myspace Page
Official Website

 

What's New!

New Artists This Week

Check out these new additions to muzic.net.nz:

Delgirl Omega Realm
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Next Week...

We have an extra special feature from Hit Your Head Music, so keep an eye out!

 

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