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Newsletter Issue #190: 06 Jul 2008

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Diesel Phoenix

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.

Diesel Phoenix is Sam Polwart (vocals), Richard Hurliman (guitar), Logan Wedgwood (drums), Al Grainger (bass), Peter Rowlands (guitar) and Carlos Voight (keyboards).

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Prolepsis are a melodic radio rock band based in Auckland, and are the brainchild of guitarist Riley Al-Johary.Featuring a cocktail of well known musicians, Prolepsis consists of Riley on vocals & guitar, Nathan Garton on guitar, Carl Hayman on drums, and Nathan Field on drums (affectionately dubbed Paul because it's really damn confusing having two Nathan's in the band).

We aren't going to tell you that we sound like a "flaming tuna jumping off a cliff" or anything like that because its all just plain crap. Our sound is really just straight up decent rock music that you would hear on most good radio stations.

Prolepsis have been around for a little while already as a band, but only became glued together into the current line-up in mid 2007, hitting the stage for there first gig together in early 2008 at Auckland Uni's Shadows bar with a very respectable crowd.

Over the next year we have plans on recording a new EP for our fans, which will include some new tunes written by Riley Al-Johary that no so much "set your ears on fire" than just be damn good to listen to. Our plans are to have the EP recorded and ready for release early 2009, but until then we will be playing plenty of good gigs around New Zealand with some other great named Kiwi Acts.

Keep your eyes open for Prolepsis - good honest Kiwi rock with international style.

Prolepsis is Riley Al-Johary (vocals, guitar), Nathan Garton (guitar), Nathan (Paul) Field (bass, vocals) and Carl Hayman (drums).

Website Links:

Muzic.net.nz Profile
Official Website
MySpace Profile
Amplifier Profile



NZ Music News

NZ On Air June News

NZ On Air has provided funding for the New Zealand music work of the student radio network (currently known as the b.net) since 1991. The funding is mandated by the second of the New Zealand music objectives in the Statement of Intent – ‘To ensure that there are opportunities on radio to promote difference and diversity in New Zealand music.’

In the June funding round we were pleased to announce a significant increase in NZ On Air funding for the five current b.net stations – 95bFM in Auckland; Radio Control in Palmerston North; Radio Active in Wellington; RDU 98.5FM in Christchurch; and Radio One in Dunedin for the 2008/2009 year. This was the first increase in several years, and well deserved as the stations of the b.net continue to proudly play and nurture NZ music at a grassroots level, and fulfil the “difference and diversity” objective.

For this and more NZ On Air news, including the latest funding decisions, click here.

Hip-hop dance dream on edge after fundraiser

The dream is still alive for Legacy Dance Crew to be the world's best Hip Hop dancers after last night's successful fundraiser at the Wellington Opera House, but the money raised has fallen short of what is needed to send the nine-strong crew all the way to Vegas.

Needing up to $40,000 to send the crew to Las Vegas for the World Hip Hop Dance championships, to be held July 29 to August 3, Legacy's Hip Hop Xposure event raised about $8000.

Legacy Dance manager Liston Peilua said the Opera House event, showcasing hip hop dance crews and MCs from Auckland and Wellington, drew more than 700 people.

"To get 700 people along to the Opera House was magic. The Legacy boys were blown away by the size of the crowd so there's obviously a lot of love in the community for Legacy," said Liston.

"We've got a long way to go. Sending nine guys to Vegas isn't cheap and we'd swim if we had to but the crew are much better dancers than swimmers. For us it's crucial we get enough funds together to cover flights; the rest we can work out.

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Conchords included in Emmy Shortlist

Kiwi comedy show Flight of the Conchords has been included in a shortlist of the top 10 comedy shows vying for television's highest honours at the Emmy Awards.

Flight of the Conchords - created by Kiwi folk-comedy duo Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement - is included in the shortlist for best comedy show, also featuring other HBO heavyweights Entourage, Weeds and Curb Your Enthusiasm.

For the first time ever, Emmy organisers unveiled a list of the top 10 comedies and dramas competing to be nominated for Emmy awards. Traditionally, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences does not reveal its shortlist of the 20 shows under consideration for best drama and best comedy series nominations, which this year will be announced on July 17.

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Miscreant’s new single on this months Kiwi Hit Disc!

“Miscreant are scaling the local rock ranks as they launch their second crusade at radio, 'Fight For Me'. This single follows the self-released 'Hey Mister' which attained deserved airplay on both The Edge and The Rock. 'Fight For Me' is a shoot-from-the-hip rock track featuring commanding vocals from Singer Chris Davies. The group have been filling up ProTools hard-drives at Studio 203 and York St Studios with Producer Andrew Buckton, creating their debut album 'Complicated Characters'. With a busy time ahead of them, Miscreant plan a mid-month video release followed by swag of Auckland based shows”. New Zealand on Air, www.kiwihits.co.nz, July 2008.

The Black Seeds announce new album 'Solid Ground'

The Black Seeds are pleased to announce that their fourth studio album 'Solid Ground' will be released in New Zealand on 11 August 2008.

After spending the summer months writing and work-shopping in locations around Wellington, the new 13-track album has once again been recorded with Dr Lee Prebble at The Surgery studio in Wellington.

'Solid Ground' is the follow-up to The Black Seeds third album 'Into The Dojo', which spent 5 weeks at #1, reached well over double-platinum sales in New Zealand, and garnered critical acclaim and strong airplay both at home and in Europe.

More Info


Muzic.net.nz News

New Artists

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

Iva Lamkum

Brand New Math


The Pyramid Scheme

Gate 13


Blood & Laughter

DJ Regress


Congratulations to A. Withers from Napier and T. Khaine from Auckland for winning their copy of the new Elemeno P album!

Enter these competitions today for your chance to win more prizes:

The Symphony of Screams - 'Heed To The Voices'
album competition

We are giving away 3 Hit Your Head Prize Packs:
19 July - albums from Servo and Gertie
26 July - Tempo 38 Prize Pack including their split CD with Australian's Provoke
2 August - Angel Hammer Prize Pack

We are also giving away a double pass to the Devil's Elbow gig in Napier on 9 August

EarBuddies is all about providing people who listen to loud music with affordable, good quality earplugs that don't muffle or affect the quality of sound they're hearing, but that will still protect their hearing from damage.

Enter to win some EarBuddies today!

New Reviews

El Schlong - 'The Baddies Are Coming' - album review.
dDub - 'Medicine Man' - album review.

We have space available in our newsletters for July (20th) and August (3rd, 17th and 31st), so if you are a NZ musician or in a band and would like to warm up winter for our readers by featuring in this newsletter, 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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