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Newsletter Issue #161: 04 Nov 2007

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Scribe is one of the most prominent figures in the Aotearoa Hip-hop scene at the moment. He has just released his second album, 'Rhyme Book' which has been performing well on the NZ Album charts since it debuted four weeks ago at #4.

Here are his responses to our interview questions:

What is your greatest achievement?
My greatest achievement would be my daughter.

What do you think could be done to make NZ music even better?
I think NZ music is pretty good already. One thing that disappoints me is that the videos never do NZ music justice. So I would say an increase of the NZ On Air funding for videos, which is currently $5000.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Hopefully in 5 years I will be running my own label and I will still be making music.

What is the best thing about making music?
The best thing is that it's what I love most and it's my job!

What advice would you like to give to other aspiring musicians?
Believe in yourself and get a good manager who believes in you also.

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White Island

White Island is a guitar based rock outfit comprised solely of David Bennett and can be accessed via MySpace at www.myspace.com/whiteislandmusic.

What is your greatest achievement?
My relationship with my wife and son, who are my biggest inspiration. I also found out recently that I will be featured in Guitar Player Magazine's "Editors Top Eight Section". As a completely self-taught guitarist, this is a really satisfying result.

What do you think could be done to make NZ music even better?
I believe we need to build more infrastructure and partnership with our Australian counterparts as the population in New Zealand is just not large enough to sustain all the great music coming out of this country.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In 5 years I would like to have secured a stable distribution process for my music with room for growth, either through a label, or independently. I would like to have cultivated a loyal base of listeners, and to have grown musically.

What is the best thing about making music?
I enjoy writing and recording music that will last forever - it's fun!

What advice would you like to give to other aspiring musicians?
Learn as much as you can about the music business. Become great on your instrument, learn about recording and live performance, learn about marketing, but most importantly, enjoy what you do.

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Enter today for your chance to win the following albums:

Antagonist - 'Distance'

Quarter 2 - 'Taking Arson To
New Heights'

B.S.M - 'Rhythm and Rhyme'

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Reviews and Interviews

Recently Chunganaut was back in Palmy, so one of out crew went along to their gig. Read about it below. Also, could out the review of Antagonist's EP, which we're also giving away this month:

Chuganaut - Album & Gig Reviews

Antagonist - Distance EP

New Artists

The following new artists were added to the website over the past two weeks. Check them out:

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