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Newsletter Issue #184: 25 May 2008

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Muzic.net.nz and NZ Music Month

Here's some interesting facts about muzic.net.nz that we have collected for NZ Music Month:

During NZ music month we have run 8 competitions on the site, with 28 winners.

Our gig guide had a total of 674 listings for May 2008.

We have had over 40,000 visitors to the site, with an average of 1,650 visitors per day.

During May, 274 MP3's were downloaded from the site.

This just in... Greymouth has been chosen from hundreds of entries to host the official closing gig of NZ Music Month 2008.


Lauren Thomson

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

It's a hard question because there have been so many great gigs! I would have to say the EP Release in Auckland at the Wine Cellar in December. It was overflowing with people, and that night had been a long time coming, not only for me, but for friends and fans. I played with the band, and this was a first for a lot of people, and everyone seemed to be buzzing!

What is your favourite NZ venue?

I would have to say my favourite city to play is Wellington - does that count? However so far, the Wine Cellar in Auckland is my favourite. But after the tour in a couple of weeks - that could all change!

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

Well I'm off on a national solo tour in just over a week, and at this stage, just playing as many gigs as possible. I'm going into writing hibernation at some point, as i'm planning an album for next year.

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

Some raw musicians who just play their instrument without technological additives, along the lines of Shaun K Anderson and Flip Grater. 

If you could, what rumour would you start about yourself?

I don't really play - I just lipsync and pretend to play guitar....

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

Enjoy the process of this crazy musical journey - and don't focus so much on your ideal final destination.

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

The best gig we have performed at is by far our album launch at Whangarei in May 2007, it went off! Over 250 people crammed into the old Grand Hotel made for a very intimate show indeed, the locals turned out to support us big time.

What is your favourite NZ venue?

Our favourite NZ venue is that very same Hotel it has been loyal to us and us to it.

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

The next year brings another definite video, lots of shows with a focus on festivals and we will also start recording our second album.

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

We would like to see the emergence of alot more acts from the Northland area, there is so much untapped talent up here, I feel they just need some guidance and support.

If you could, what rumour would you start about yourselves?

A rumour we would start would be something like we were a reject band in the eighties and transported ourselves into the now or that we were the last band to perform on the love boat, that should get some positive results.

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

Our advice to other aspiring musicians would be don't do it if you want to make money but definitely do it if you have a real passion for it.

Gridlock is Mario (guitar), Te Morena Pieta (bass), Robbie Steele (guitars), Clint (drums, percussion) and Yimmy (vocals).

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

Two gigs that really stand out are opening for OpShop in our hometown and playing with Elemeno P (in front of 2500 drunken university students!). But nothing can match our EP release party we threw at the Blue Pub in Methven: Beer in the foldbacks, girls on stage. It was an amazing crazy night with 150 of our true blue fans turning up to rock the night into the small hours (and then some).

What is your favourite NZ venue?

It’s gotta be the Blue Pub in Methven. We get the craziest dancefloor action happening there: One time in a previous band we had one guitarist ripping a solo on top of the bar while our other axe jockey Gormo (our 10 foot tall lead guitarist at present) was perched on the cigarette vending machine. That show finished with a pile of broken guitars covered in 200 peoples sweat…oh the memories.......

We also played a  great intimate set at the Dux de Lux in Queenstown a while ago, it was so intense and the crowd was locked on, it just rocked aye so I deffinately rate the Dux as a great venue.

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

We have so much material at the moment, and I know Adam has another 100 songs waiting to explode from his brain! We are hoping to rough out heaps more songs, get some alternative feedback, pick the best and record a couple of singles, or an EP (or if we find some cash lying round, splash out on an album, who knows!).

We are also doing a South Island promo tour in August for a new Kiwi music and extreme sports festival, with gigs in Dunedin, Queenstown, Timaru, Ashburton, Twizel, Wanaka and Christchurch. I'm sure you will hear a lot more about this in the coming months!

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

I would have to say The Dukes; they are amazing musicians who have an amazing sound that needs to be heard by everyone.

I also really enjoy Christchurch band Sunburn, they are all great guys who have alot of potential chart topping pop/rock songs.

If you could, what rumour would you start about yourselves?

Well we could say something like:


And we would instantly be interogated by the FBI  which would lead to massive publicity in the states and an interview on Letterman "INSTANT SUCCESS!!"

We may already be famous since I just said that! "big brother is watching!!"

Doppler is Adam Wilson (vocals, rhythm guitar), Daniel Wilson (bass), Simon Christensen (drums) and Matt Gorman (lead guitar).

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

There’s been so many its hard to compare, but recently, it would have to be one of either Paris or Ljubljana Slovenia. When I played Paris last year my show happened to be on the same night that the All Blacks lost to France in the world cup. The French folk were absolutely rowdy, and the fact that they had just beaten my team seemed to give them an extra motivation to show me how hard the French can really party. It was epic. The other would be at a club called K4 in Ljubljana Slovenia, where I played last September. It was so rammed, the vibe was electric and it was just one of those nights any DJ would feel privileged to play. (You can find photos of both events on the Bulletproof MySpace)

What is your favourite NZ venue?

INK/Coherent - Best Club, Best System, Best Bar owner, Best Bar Manager, and THE BEST Bar staff in New Zealand hands down. Apart from that the vibe in there is hard to match....

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

I am heading back to Europe on tour to promote & tour the 'Dark Times Desperate Measures' album for 5 weeks from June, in which time I will most probably start work on my next album by collaborating with some good friends and respected artists. I also produce Dubstep under the alias of Razorgang, so I’m looking forward to sinking my teeth deeper into that side of production.

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

Bring back the Mint Chicks! One of the baddest and most original bands to have ever graced New Zealand music. Next for me would be Cut Off Your Hands. I also think some of the hip hop talent in New Zealand is phenomenal. I’ve just completed a tour with rappers PNC & David Dallas (former of Frontline), and to me, these guys are both world class rappers, and I can’t wait for their new albums.

If you could, what rumour would you start about yourself?

That I won lotto - and spent my entire winnings on beer and cigarettes.

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

Don’t sell your publishing! Don’t sell your soul! Don’t sell out! - But.... If you want to make some money for the short term, Sell your publishing, sell your soul, and sell out! At the end of the day, it’s hard to make any money in this industry if you aren’t prepared to move with the times. A lot of the majors don’t have a clue about the direction the market is heading because they’re mostly just groups of old men who don’t have a clue about the music, and are all far too busy wondering where all their profits have gone. Its all about the digital market. That’s how you will make a name for yourself, at minimal expense, to a major audience. There are more people listening online than there are in the top floor conference rooms of Sony and Universal at any given time! Apart from that, surround yourself with the right people, Management, Agents etc. They are out there! And most of all, Be true to yourself your music and your audience.

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Muzic.net.nz News

New Artists

The following musicians were added to the muzic.net.nz website recently. Check them out:

The Symphony of Screams

Bear Cat

Luger Boa

Lydia Cole

The Benka Boradovsky Bordello Band

Demon Fetal Harvest

The Naked And Famous


Dominoes Of The Eskimo

Damn The Maps


Congratulations to the following winners:

Crash Test For Favourite Things 'We All Want To Be Just Like You' EP:

T. Drabble, Wellington
K. Buckley, Kaiapoi
A. Hedges, Auckland
L. Chandler, Dunedin
S. Nicholson, Morrinsville
M. Keelty, Timaru
G. Crisp, Christchurch
L. Vaughan, Rangiora
E. Matiu, Hamilton

dDub 'Medicine Man' Album:

N. Smith, Maupuia

HDU 'Metamathics' Album:

R. Dowler, Auckland

NZ Music Month Prize Packs:

L. Davidson, Auckland
S. Cairns, Dunedin
D. Wrenn, Plimmerton

For your chance to win the following prizes, check out our competitions page:

- Redline - 'Trapped Inside' album
- Shihad - 'Beautiful Machine' album
- Goodnight Nurse tickets to the gig of your choice
- Cripple Mr Onion - 'Antigravity' album
- El Schlong - 'The Baddies Are Coming' album
- Elemeno P tickets to the gig of your choice
- Bulletproof - 'Dark Times Desperate Measures' album
- The Shrugs - 'How To Knit A Pony' album
- Monkey Magic 2 compilation
- The Benka Boradovsky Bordello Band - 'Danse Macabre' EP
- The Hot Grits - 'It's Too Drunk To Be This Early' album

More will be added in the coming weeks!

New Reviews

Check out these new reviews:

Goodnight Nurse - 'Keep Me On Your Side' album review

- Crash Test For Favourite Things - 'We All Want To Be Just Like You' EP review 1

- Crash Test For Favourite Things - 'We All Want To Be Just Like You' EP review 2

- Shihad - 'Beautiful Machine' album review

The WBC call it quits

With an all-original repertoire and a reputation for infectious, energetic live shows, The WBC have featured at many of the country's top festivals, including every Rhythm and Vines, Queenstown Winter Fest (2001–'03), Beach Day Out ('03–'04) and the Grey Lynn Festival (2004). They have also performed alongside a range of high profile acts - think Bad Manners, Reel Big Fish and Coolie Ranx for starters.

Now after 10 years together, the band will play their final show at Auckland's Kings Arms Tavern on Friday June 6 with support from Skankamelia and 4 Mexicanos.

City Newton Bombers also call it a day

The City Newton Bombers have created quite a stir on the Auckland live scene, with intense shows that could be simply described as a sharp kick to the head. They have played with a host of local and international acts such as the Bouncing Souls (USA), The Hard Ons (AUS) and The Bleeders (NZ) gaining their respect and plaudits along the way.

City Newton Bombers havew decided to call it a day, they will perform one last show before they split up.

City Newton Bombers Last Show

May 28 at Galatos, with special guests The DHDFD's, The Rebelles and guest DJ's
Limited entry, 10 bucks on the door.

Pacific music honoured in night for all

Pacific music’s biggest night hits the stage on May 31 at the S3 (pron.: ess-cubed) Pacific Music Awards.

The big night features performances by Nesian Mystik and a host of local heroes including finalists Three Houses Down and Cydel who are up for three awards apiece.

Other performers on the night include Julie Ta’ale and award finalists, Kas Futialo, Vaniah Toloa and Lole Usoalii

The S3 Pacific Music Awards 2008 are at the Telstar Clear Pacific venue in Manukau City on May 31 and are hosted by MCs Henry Tuipe’a (NiuFM) and Yolande Ah-Chong (Radio 531pi).

Tickets are on sale now through Ticket Direct at a meagre $20 adults and $15 for students. There’s also a family pass for four at $60. A booking fee may apply.

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PPNZ appoints new Managing Director

Phonographic Performances New Zealand (PPNZ) announced today the appointment of Kristin Bowman as the organisation’s new Managing Director.

Bowman succeeds Campbell Smith who retains his position as the CEO of The Recording Industry Association of New Zealand (RIANZ).

Bowman is a qualified lawyer and joins PPNZ from PureDepth, Inc. (www.puredepth.com) where she held the positions of Managing Director of the NZ based technical, legal and intellectual property teams, SVP – Corporate & Strategic Development and currently, SVP – Customer & Business Development.

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Next Issue

The next issue of this newsletter is going out on 8 June and will feature Shayne Malone, Grace Lawry and Elemeno P!

We now have spaces available in the last June newsletter (22nd) and July (6th and 20th), so if you are a NZ musician or in a band and would like to contribute towards our newsletter by writing a guest editorial or by featuring in it, please email Lisa. We can also feature NZ music websites, venues and record companies.

If you would like to advertise in our newsletter and/or gig mail out email Adam.


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