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Newsletter Issue #235: 24 May 2009

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

The first Auckland show back after the Australian tour, it was great to be back home and the turn out was awesome.

What is your favourite NZ venue?

That changes alot - it use to be 6 Ft Under, then that shut down so it became Hysteria, Then that shut down, next would be Oblivion and well thats shut now,
so maybe... Transmission Room.

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

Upraw - They have a huge live show that is just good to see.

What is your most embarrassing on tour/gig moment?

I jumped off stage at a show in Tauranga onto some chairs stacked up down the side of the venue only to have the whole stack fall over.

How did you come up with the band name Fuelset?

Jase (Drums) came up with it i think he stole it from band's song name?

How do you describe your music?

That's always hard - Umm.. Metal.

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

Heaps more touring and live shows as well as some more recordings and videos

What advice would you like to give to other aspiring musicians?
Push on and stay true to what you want, you'll get there.

Fuelset is Darrin Floyd (vocals), Joe Murdie (guitar), Jason Anderson (drums) and Tony Pohatu (bass).

Website Links

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Fuelset's debut album 'Tear It Down' is available now.
Win 'Tear It Down' with muzic.net.nz!


Mel Parsons

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

I think my favourite recently was our show in Westport at the Buller Workingmens Club on the release tour. Hard to pinpoint why as it is not the ideal venue but we just had a ball there. I think it's all about the crowd and the vibe onstage - we had a super lovely crowd there and just had heaps of fun.

What is your favourite NZ venue?

There are a few places that I always love playing.. The Wine Cellar in Auckland is great, always a nice crowd, great atmostphere, great sound and lots of wine! Being a country kid I also love playing at special venues out in the provinces like The Mussel Inn, Eggsentric Cafe, The Crooked Mile Theatre and Leigh Sawmill.

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

I would actually love to see more of Neil Finn, maybe a special acoustic show at Vector?! I love Neil's songwriting and often I will come away from gigs inspired to write. I'm a bit of a fan of the classics, so artists like Dave Dobbyn as well. Also I am looking forward to hearing the Opensouls again when they tour their new album.

What is your most embarrassing on tour/gig moment?

I had a pretty bad one many years ago at The Temple on Queen St in Auckland... I had just been gifted a very fancy effects pedal and after thinking I had it sounding pretty sweet at home turned up to my gig with this new blazing technology. Long story short I was rather red faced after a terrible gig in a washy sea of feedback and way over the top effects. Classy.

What inspires you when writing your lyrics?

Usually my lyrics come from feeling either really high or really low... The inspiration behind them is whatever is making me feel like that!

How do you describe your music?

I would love it if I could give a single word answer to this question!! I draw pretty heavily on folk and pop influences, and the simplicity of country has definitely had a big impact on my writing in recent years... so, a combination of these would be pretty close.

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

A couple of music vids that are in the pipeline, festivals and another NZ tour later in the year.

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

Go to MAINZ. I spent a year there in 2002 and absolutely loved it.

Website Links

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Mel Parson's debut album 'Over My Shoulder' is out now!


NZ Music News

2009 Pacific Music Awards Winners Announced

Nesian Mystik has cleaned up at the S3 Pacific Music awards for 2009.

Pacific music celebrates another bumper year with the boys from Nesian Mystik taking home four awards at the S3 (pron: ess-cubed) Pacific Music Awards 2009 announced tonight (May 23) in Manukau City.

At the star-studded event in celebration of Pacific music, Nesian Mystik is honoured with the Nui FM Best Pacific Urban Artist Award, the Radio 531pi Best Pacific Group Award and the coveted Tui for the S3 Best Pacific Music Album for ‘Elevator Musiq’.

The band also takes home the APRA Best Song Award for the single ‘Nesian 101’.

Full Article

CHARTFEST 2009 Band Search Finalists Found

The hunt is on in NZ Music Month in the leadup to CHARTFEST - Christchurch's NZ Music Month Festival on Friday 29 May to find Christchurch's best high school band. After 21 bands across 6 heats around Christchurch high schools the six finalists have been found.

CHART Manager Jeff Fulton says the standard this year has been excellent: "We've had some really exciting talent come through the CHARTFEST Band Search this year, from the high octane energy of hair metallers Awakened Inferno and skanking reggae dub of The Young Souls to the entertaining speed funksters Funks Fault. Trumpets, violins, lap guitars... the bands have really impressed and our judging panel this Friday night will have a tough job."

The CHARTFEST Band Search competition gives talented young musicians from around the citys high schools the chance to gain exposure and help kick start their careers. There's loads of great prizes including equipment, recording sessions, promo assistance and the opening slot on the Edge CPIT Main Stage at CHARTFEST 2009. Open to anyone at high school, the finalists have been selected from initial audition rounds through school lunchtimes from May 11th to 20th and go to perform their original material live in front of a judging panel and audience on 8pm, Friday 22 May at Zebedees, with the winner performing at CHARTFEST a week later on Friday 29 May.

Full Article

Smokefree Rockquest 09 Latest Heat Results

Smokefree Rockquest director Pete Rainey says the intensity of the competition at the heats is an indicator of the important role Smokefree Rockquest plays in the lives of some entrants.

“This event really gives some kids hope – it might be someone who’s doing badly in all his classes and doesn’t like sport; perhaps all that kid has ever wanted to do is play drums,” Rainey said. “We come along and say ‘that’s fantastic, here’s an audience, let’s go’ - that can be life-changing.”

Full Article

Juice TV NZ Music Month Guitar Record Challenge

This Sunday Juice TV and SKYCITY are inviting Aucklanders to jump on the band wagon and strum along to an old Kiwi favourite, ‘Why Does Love Do This To Me’, in an attempt to form New Zealand’s (NZ) biggest band of guitars and make history.

Aucklanders are invited to gather at SKYCITY in central Auckland at 11am to participate in the New Zealand Music Month Guitar Record Challenge. All they need to do is bring their guitars and their best singing voices and join in with Jordan Luck to set a new record and begin an annual tradition for NZ Music Month.

Daniel Wrightson, Managing Director of Juice TV, concocted the event in commemoration of NZ artist Jordan Luck, lead singer of The Exponents. “Celebrating the genius of Jordan Luck with NZ musicians and fans is a great honour. ‘Why Does Love’ is an iconic slice of our musical heritage, and being brilliantly written, with just three chords, even I can play it. Nice one Jordan!”

Full Article

New Releases

Antiform Release Debut Album

Antiform release debut album ‘City In Exile’ Monday 25 May

Featuring collaborations with Tiki Taane, MC Twincam, Angelo Munro (Bleeders) & Julia Deans (Fur Patrol).

The name Antiform has been on the lips and turntables of Breakbeat and Drum and Bass pioneers for a lengthy amount of time already. ‘City In Exile’ – in stores May 25 - is their hotly anticipated debut album featuring collaborations with some of NZ’s finest artists, including Tiki Taane, MC Twincam, Angelo Munro (Bleeders), Julia Deans and Agent Alvin. New single ‘Bury Me’ featuring Awaking State is currently at Alt radio across the country.

Full Article

Single Release for Miriam Clancy

Miriam Clancy has been abducted by aliens. They've used her in experiments, probing her with a curious selection of moody instruments and mixing her with the blood of some of the great singer/songwriters of our time. Lucky for us mere mortals, they've teleported her back to earth implanted with an endless wealth of new experiences and even deeper, more heartfelt stories to share.

'When I Do' is the first single from Miriam's forthcoming album and features Aaron Tokona (Weta) on electric guitar, Chip Matthews (Opensouls) on bass, Chris O'Connor (Don McGlashan, SJD) on drums and Miriam playing a 150 year old Spinete, a toy synth she found in an opshop and pretty much everything else.

Full Article

All Left Out home for NZ Music Month

Hamilton band All Left Out was the winner of Best Gospel/Christian Album at the NZ Music Awards 2008. Not that they’ve had much time to be in New Zealand over the last few years. They toured for 11 months last year, will tour for six months this year and probably another 11 in 2010. In amongst all of this however two members of the band, Ken Pratten and Dave Murray are able to finally spend NZ Music Month in NZ.

NZ Music Month means more gigs for New Zealand musicians, something All Left Out vocalist and guitarist Ken Pratten says can only be a good thing.

Full Article

The Checks Update

It’s been an exciting journey for The Checks since emerging from the harbour district of New Zealand's largest city a few years ago. Their creative energies fuelled equally by vintage (rhythm and) blues sounds, pop classicism, and similarly-minded acts of the 21st century like the Black Keys and Kings Of Leon, have seen The Checks achieve the unthinkable for a gang of NZ schoolboys: they have transformed their enthusiasm for songwriting and wild performance into something resembling a career. They’ve been attacking their new material with the fervour usually reserved for first-timers, and this crazed energy certainly leaps out in their second album, ‘Alice By The Moon’.

Full Article

Music Month Seminars Auckland Venue Change

Due to demand, the NZ Music Managers Forum and New Zealand Music Commission are shifting the Auckland venue for the Music Month Seminars to:

Bacco, 53 Nelson Street, City (underneath Toto Restaurant)

RSVP is essential as space is now extremely limited. RSVP to [email protected] to ensure your seat.

Full Seminar Details

Applications for WOMEX and AWME are now being accepted

The World Music Expo 09 (WOMEX)and the 2009 Australasian World Music Expo (AWME) are the two major world music expos currently targeted by Creative New Zealand under our International Strategy.

WOMEX will be held in Copenhagen from 28 October - 1 November 2009. Creative New Zealand, in partnership with the New Zealand Music Commission, will be supporting a co-ordinated New Zealand presence.

AWME will be held in Melbourne from 19-22 November 2009. Creative New Zealand, in partnership with AWME, will be supporting a co-ordinated New Zealand presence.

Full Article

Site of the Moment: Conch Records

Conch Records is a music store located on Ponsonby Road in Auckland which has a great selection of Vinyl, CDs and other merchandise.

Conch Records also sells tickets, in association with ITicket.

Conch Records Website


Muzic.net.nz News

New Artists

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


Thorazine Shuffle

Colin Hunter



El Bajo

Artist of the Moment: Midnight Youth

With the release of their debut album 'The Brave Don't Run' and an up-coming nationwide tour, Midnight Youth are definitely one of New Zealand's top up and coming bands.

Midnight Youth have truly hit the ground running on the back of the phenomenal success of their first single ‘The Letter’. ‘The Letter’ was the #1 most played New Zealand song on radio and the music video simultaneously hit #1 on two major music television networks. The track also held a Top 10 position for more than 15 weeks in the Radioscope Top 100.

Midnight Youth have also supported INXS, Incubus, OK Go and OpShop.

Muzic.net.nz Profile


Congratulations to the following winners:

- C. Reremoana (Auckland), S. Murphy (Greymouth) and S. Cairns (Dunedin) have each won a copy of the latest album from Selon Recliner, 'The Orchid Door',
- C. Smith (Manukau) and A. Falloon (Wellington) are the lucky winners of the new album from The Veils, 'Sun Gangs',
- O. Duncan (Auckland) and R. Harrison (Hamilton) will be recieving their copy of the new remix album from Pitch Black this week; and
- Also receiving a CD this week will be L. Mostert (Ruakaka) who has won the new EP from 29 Blackbirds.

Past competition winners can be viewed here.

There's heaps of prizes up for grabs at the moment, so don't miss out on your chance to win the following prizes:
Please note - you must be logged in to enter competitions.

To mark the start of New Zealand Music Month, Cookie Time has officially adopted rock/roots band dDub!

To celebrate this initiative we have a NZ Music Month prize pack to give away courtesy of Cookie Time and the New Zealand Music Commission. The pack includes a NZ Music Month hoodie, poster, tote bag, badge, and a limited edition dDub Cookie Sandwich.

UPDATE A second prize pack has been added to this competition!

Enter Here

Memorable melodies, experimental washes, plinking pianos, screaming guitars, naughty bass lines, bells, whistles and 3 different drummers. All packed into 'On The Down And In', the debut album from Auckland band, Dictaphone Blues.

Enter Here

Ruby Fusion is a new project by Reuben McNabb (Equus) made of up Christchurch local musicans. 'First Broadcast' is their debut EP, catch them live in and around Christchurch.

Enter Here

Tear It Down! has been a project with a life of its own. Fuelset dragged Tonie kicking and screaming into the studio, it was time to see if he was paying attention

The debut release from Auckland metal band Fuelset.

Enter Here

Petone-based reggae-soul-roots band Hikoikoi are releasing their self-titled debut album on 29 May.

Enter Here


Here are our latest reviews:

- Pitch Black - 'Rhythm, Sound and Movement' album review
- Simon Spire - 'All Or Nothing' album review

Reviews for Antiform, The Checks and Midnight Youth will be added to the site soon.


A Green Weekend
by Andrew Miller (Radioscope)
The first new studio album in four and a half years for Green Day sweeps into the #1 spot on this week's Albums Chart after just three days of sales. 21st Century Breakdown, released last Friday, outsells former chart-topper Ronan Keating's Songs For My Mother to claim the top spot.

New Zealand was the first territory the set was issued in, though it also gains UK #1 honours out of the box as well. It gives the Californian trio of Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike 'Dirnt' Pritchard and Frank 'Tre Cool' Wright just their second #1 here from eight appearances.

Auckland band Midnight Youth has the most played song on New Zealand radio this week with their second Top 40 single All On Our Own. Now #1 on the RadioScope100, bettering the #2 peak of their debut hit The Letter, it brings an end to the eight-week run by Taylor Swift.

More information about the Official New Zealand Top 40 can be found on the RIANZ website and also on our charts page.

Muzic.net.nz - Did You Know?

Bands and musicians listed on muzic.net.nz can update their own information.

We have designed a range of easy to use online tools to allow bands and musicians to keep their muzic.net.nz pages up-to-date. Having access to update your information will also allow you to add MP3 and picture galleries.

This feature can be easily enabled on request - all you need to do is email Lisa your name, your muzic.net.nz member name and the name of the band/musician that you would like to have access to.

What else we can do for musicians and bands

Tour Features

Every feature we have ever had on the site can be viewed here.

Information about muzic.net.nz newsletters

The next muzic.net.nz newsletter is going out on
7 June 
and will feature Set On End and Devils Elbow.

We have space available in our newsletters from 21 June onwards. You can request a date in advance that suits you, or feature in the next available newsletter. There has been a lot of interest in newsletter features this year, so if you would to have a newsletter feature within the next 2 months you should contact Lisa as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. We can feature you/your band even if you have already been featured in a newsletter from a previous year.

With our newsletters being sent out to over 7150 members and this number growing every day, featuring in our newsletter provides awesome exposure for you or your band. And, as the people who receive our newsletters have subscribed to them, they are more likely to read what you have to say.

If you would like to advertise your next album release or tour in our newsletter and/or gig mail out email Lisa. It is 100% FREE to feature or advertise in our newsletter and gig mail outs! We also offer advertising on the muzic.net.nz website for very competitive rates.

We can also feature record labels, venues, music websites and anything else that has something to do with NZ music.

Our next gig mail out is going out on 1 June.

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