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Newsletter Issue #198: 31 Aug 2008

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Streetwise Scarlet

Thanks to Sam for answering the following questions:

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

Hmmmm,well, opening for My Chemical Romance at Vector was pretty amazing, just seeing that many faces staring at you is pretty crazy aye. I think this Friday at Kings Arms might just top if for enjoyment though, we're really looking forward to the sexy juicy milky oily shiny album release spectacular....

What is your favourite NZ venue?

For us its definately the Kings Arms, we have had so many fun shows there over the years. The price of beer keeps going up though which is a shame, but there is still jovial times to be had.

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

Perhaps a couple more singles, and a bunch more shows, and then work will commence on the next record. Then we might disapear overseas.

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

Over the next little while I'd like to see Like You Crazy put some stuff out, also Alex The Kid from Wellington, it would be nice to see more of them in general...

If you could, what rumour would you start about Streetwise Scarlet?

There is enough already aye......maybe we'd spread gossip about not actually being from the future, then people might find it easier to connect with our music? I guess its tuff to relate to our band sometimes, us being from the future and all can be hard for some people, we've just seen so much of what is to come that maybe we ruin the surprise for everyone?

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

Write the best song ever in the world, stick at it, and make sure you enjoy yourself at all times.

Streetwise Scarlet's new album 'This Is Pop And Roll' is out now!

Streetwise Scarlet is Sam Smith (guitar, vocals), Jesse Smith (guitar, vocals), George Hampton (bass) and Scott Lamb (drums).

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Electric Wire Hustle

Thanks to Taay for answering these questions:

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

We've been really fortunate - there have been a few - but the best would prob still be an event we were part of earlier this year called Milk & Cookies. It was held in Wellington as part of a workshop series for the Red Bull Music Academy. It featured ourselves alongside legendary UK artists Benji B and Steve Spacek as well as our good friends; Riki Gooch, Parks, Future and Rio Hemopo. We all tune into Benji's show on the BBC each week and Steve's music has always been a massive inspiration. To see Mara and Steve singing together at the end was ridiculous, only topped when we cut a track with Steve a few nights later in Auckland. A close second would be playing alongside DJ Krush in Melbourne to a sold out crowd - that was crazy. 

What is your favourite NZ venue?

Tough - there are only few that sound wise are easy to perform at - something severely lacking in NZ. Vibe wise though probably Khuja in Auckland. The people Khuja attracts are always up for a party and are down with all streams of music. The crew up at Khuja are also amazing - and its always on when we get up there.

What can we expect to see from Electric Wire Hustle over the next year?

We're mad busy getting a few releases together that will preempt the album next year. We are working on a 2 x 12" release through Japanese label Wonderful Noise. This will feature some alternate versions of the some of the tracks from the album. Other than that - we're just working on getting our live show to level we want it at and producing as much music as possible.

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

So so many - We have such an amazing scene here - also when you're working hard trying to get your own music out its hard sometimes to have time to check everyone else out. Always looking to see more of: Ladi6, Parks, Riki, Julien Dyne, Isaac Aesili, Ivez, Opensouls, Solaa, FFD: they are big inspirations locally and producing amazing soul music. Lately I've been lucky to meet new artists such as Jedi Henzel, Skylab and Sheba who are doing great things to come.

If you could, what rumour would you start about Electric Wire Hustle?

Vince is actually My Uncle's uncle, uncle.

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

It ain't gonna happen unless you make it happen.

Electric Wire Hustle is David 'Taay Ninh' Wright (keyboards, synths), MPC Mara TK (vocals, bass, guitar), Myele Manzanza (drums) and Benny Tones (sound).

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NZ Music News

Smokefree Rockquest Finalists Announced

The twentieth anniversary Smokefreerockquest finals promise a varied celebration of young Kiwi music talent, with the six national finalists announced today covering the field from hardcore to harmonies.

Over 700 bands played off in 40 heats and finals around the country over winter, with the final selection from DVDs of the bands’ original music, judged by independent music producer Clint Murphy and Tania Dean from NZ on Air.

Six bands will play off at the Christchurch Town Hall on Friday September 5, followed on Saturday night by a retro concert featuring some of the country’s top bands who started their careers in Smokefreerockquest.

In north to south order the finalists are:

Jicky Chan, a six piece band with a funky reggae dub sound from Kawarau College, made up of five Year 13 musicians and ‘their baby’, Year 11 vocalist Jordan Whakaruru.

They have been playing together for three years, and won the national final of Pacifica Beats in 2006 under the name The Jick.

Jayme Fitzgerald, singer-songwriter from Tauhara College Taupo. Jayme has been playing guitar for some time and picked up piano last year. She is putting out her first CD of music - with a strong Jack Johnson influence.

The Stray Dogs, a three piece from Wellington with a rockabilly sound. Band members are drummer Benjamin Wattie and guitarist Jess Sheehan both from Wellington College, and bass player Patrick Stewart from Wellington High School.

Beneath the Silence, Canterbury hardcore fivepiece with four guys and one girl. The line up is Brook Williamson, vocals, Kaiapoi High School; Mark Woodcock, guitar, Rangiora High School; Hamish McIntosh, drums, Sophia Di, guitar and Nic Rollinson, bass, all from Cashmere High School.

New York Minutes, Timaru four piece indie-rock band with members James Gibb, guitar; Peter Scott, vocals/guitar; Kieran Ormandy, drums; Isaac McFarlane, bass; all from Timaru Boys’ High School.

The Slur Tones, an indie three piece from Wanaka, in Smokefreerockquest for the fourth time. Made up of guitarist Fabian Shaw and bass player Yannick Weastell, plus their new drummer, Alistair Mawhinney, a hosteller (boarder) from Auckland - all from Mount Aspiring College.

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Smokefree Pacifica Beats Top 6 Announced

The top 6 for the Smokefree Pacifica Beats are:

Soul Rustaz from Rotorua Lakes High School (Rotorua)

Uppa2 St from Wairoa College (Turanga)

Ropata from Wairoa College (Turanga)

Tone Def from Aotea College (Porirua)

The Essence from Papatoetoe High School (Tamaki Makau Rau)

iiTunez from Alfriston College (Tamaki Makau Rau)

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Greg Johnson: New Album Out Sep 8 2008

Greg Johnson’s 8th studio album 'Seven Day Cure' is out on 8 September with him embarking on a national album release tour throughout October.

'Seven Day Cure' is just what the doctor ordered! It is full of gems featuring Greg’s insightful song writing – It is a quintessential Greg Johnson record.

Greg says “this album has taken twice as long as any previous to make simply because of the additional attention to detail and tweaking that's been going on... it is sounding stunning, the production is not only world-class but probably better than most Alien Civilizations could manage as well, certainly better than anything done by the Martian Landers.”

His first single ‘Looking Out On Monday’ is currently out on radio with a video coming soon.

Throughout October Greg will be touring his new album with his intimate and very successful – ‘The Cocktail Club’. These evenings are a great opportunity for people to experience Greg and his band in a small intimate club vibe. Rotating guests and surprises have made the evenings legendary and fondly remembered.

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Site of the moment: Smokefree Rockquest

This year marks 20 years of Smokefree Rockquest, with past winners including Marystaple, Handsome Geoffrey, Evermore, The Have, Falter, Incursa, The Electric Confectionaires and last year's Solomon. The final for this year takes place on 5 September in Christchurch.

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Sonny's Choice

Kelvin Franklin aka Sonny on Dargaville's Big River 96.2/99.3FM would like to hear from any bands or solo musicians who would like to feature on his weekly show Sonny's Choice. Feel free to send any promos or samples of NZ Music to:

Big River 96.2/99.3 FM
P.O.Box 199


Muzic.net.nz News

New Artists

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

Moloko Vellocet

The Broadsides

J Williams

Ten Pound Baby


State Of Mind

Cairo Knife Fight

The L.E.D.S

Lindon Puffin

Ed Muzik

Anneka Thwaites


Blinding Jupiter

Marvels & Wonders


Congratulations goes out to R. Harrison from Hamilton for winning the debut EP from The Fea Street Hustle, and to E. Dutch from Wellington for winning the new album from Pacific Heights - 'In A Quiet Storm'.

Don't miss out on your chance to win the following prizes:

Greg Johnson’s 8th studio album Seven Day Cure is out on 8 September with him embarking on a national album release tour throughout October.

Win a copy of the brand new album!

Win a double pass to the following dDub gigs:

Tauranga on 12 September or Whakatane on 13 September
Christchurch on 26 September or Dunedin on 27 September
Napier on 3 October or Wellington on 4 October
Auckland on 10 October or Hamilton on 11 October

New Review

- The Fea Street Hustle - 'The Fea Street Hustle' EP Review

We have space available in our September newsletters (14th and 28th), so if you are a NZ musician or in a band and would like to promote your music this winter by featuring in these newsletters, please email Lisa. We can also feature NZ music websites, venues and record companies.

If you would like to advertise your next album release or tour in our newsletter and/or gig mail out email Adam. We also offer advertising on the muzic.net.nz website.

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