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Newsletter Issue #248: 30 Aug 2009

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David Dallas

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

My showcase at SXSW 09 in Austin Texas. Because it was my first time performing to a hip hop audience in the U.S, and it was really validating to see people were into this music that i made in my room half a world away.

What is your favourite NZ venue?

I used to like the old Fu Bar when it was on Queen St. Had some memorable gigs there starting out.

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

Wouldn't mind seein more of Red Eye Society. The Electric Confectionaires are good, I'd like to see more of them too.

What is your most embarrassing on tour/gig moment?

I don't really have anything too bad. One thing that does bum me out that's happened to me a numerous times is gigs where I've gone on stage for a guest verse.. rapped the whole verse, thinkin I'm killin' it. Then come off stage and someone's told me "hey man, I don't think they turned your mic on ay" - wicked.

How do you describe your music?

Smooth, soulful, sincere

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

My debut solo album 'Something Awesome' comes out on August 31st (tomorrow) and the video for my new single 'Big Time' has just come out.  I'll be touring and releasing more singles to support that here, and I've got another secret project which I've started work on. That'll be choice. Check www.daviddallas.co.nz if you ever wanna know what I'm up to cause I like to talk.

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

Remember that no-one owes you anything - not even their time, no matter how good you may think you are. Work at your craft so that when the moment comes that someone does take the time to hear you, your music is undeniable. It'll save you a lot of effort down the track.

Website Links

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

David's debut album 'Something Awesome' will be available from all good record stores tomorrow!


No Love Lost

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

Best gigs are always at small, intimate venues where you're up close and personal with the crowd. We get this everytime we play at venues like Hole In The Wall in Wellington and O’Malleys in Levin. The energy is righteous!

What is your favourite NZ venue?

Hole In The Wall (Wellington), great family feeling with the crowd and the boys who run the place. Always a comfortable and energetic place to play!

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

In Dread Response, They shred the hell out of everyone and are modest and good guys!

What is your most embarrassing on tour/gig moment?

When Paul's keyboard blew up in front of Christian hardcore kids that then preceded to tell me it was because God had forsaken me! And when our ex-guitarist slammed his penis in a window. He went to hospital and had stiches. He almost lost it.

How did you come up with the band name No Love Lost? 

It was inspired by a song on the first album which expressed the grief over the death of a family member.

How do you describe your music?

LOUD! People say they think of Refused when they see/hear us.

What can we expect to see from No Love Lost over the next year?

Single release for our warm up to the album, a song called 'Whiskey and Dry', New album in April, NZ tour, Australian and European tour alot of drinking and alot of debauchery.

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

Just be true to yourself, play what you wanna play and make sure you have tonnes of fun doing it!

No Love Lost is Nick Foster (vocals), Blair Pedersen (lead guitar), Paul Lawrence (rhythm guitar), Kier Fitzpatrick (keyboards), Matty Pratley (bass) and Dave McDonald (drums).

Website Links

Muzic.net.nz Page
MySpace Page
Amplifier Page

The new album from No Love Lost, 'Haemoglobin Rush' is out now!


Tahuna Breaks

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

Highlife New Years Matakana 08/09.  The crowd was big, the P.A. was big, and everyone (ourselves included) were there to party.

What is your favourite NZ venue?

It would be a toss up between the Coroglen Tavern and the Piha R.S.A and Piha Surf Club. Coroglen is just a great venue, really nice to play at and people always turn out and have a great evening. Piha is like playing a ‘home game’, the band played a few shows there in the early days and we try and get back there every year to play.

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

Liquid Colours – they are an awesome 4 piece funk/soul/r’n’b group from Auckland who are amazingly talented and have big things ahead of them. They have opened for us a couple of times and always blow us away. The Phil Edwards Band are a great up and coming band (featuring our guitarist Tom Charlson) who promise to be another great band.

What is your most embarrassing on tour/gig moment?

Wow, embarrassing is something Tahuna do with ease. The top of the list is still probably when we were departing for our first national tour a couple of years ago. The guys got up early on a Tuesday morning to start the drive from Auckland to Christchurch. After being on the road for a few hours they had a driver behind them flashing them and honking his horn. They decided to pull over and see what the problem was. “Mate, you guys have been leaving a trail of destruction since Otorohanga”! Someone had forgotten to lock the trailer. Four guitars, a floor tom and a box of new CDs had been lost out the back. The van then spent the next couple of hours driving back along the road looking for lost items.  Someone managed to spot two guitar cases in a ditch on the side of the road and we reclaimed one electric and a bass – the cds, drum and other guitars were both lost.  Definitely our best screw up to date!

How did you come up with the band name Tahuna Breaks?

Although we’d love to tell tales of the great Tahuna’s around the country, it comes from the street of the first ‘jam’ room of the band, (Tahuna Street in Herne Bay). Breaks, refers to surfing, beaches and all other things summer.

How do you describe your music?

“RAAARRRRR”. James Brown getting in a knife-fight with Rick James while Bob Marley and Marvin Gaye discuss Politics over tea and crumpets.

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

A new album and a lot of shows, sweating up venues all over the country.

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

“Hair is the first thing, and teeth the second. Hair and teeth, a man got those two things he's got it all”. - James Brown

Tahuna Breaks is Marty Greentree (vocals, guitar), Tim Gemmell (drums, vocals), James Winkle (bass), Tom Charleson (guitar), Tim Baker (trumpet, Synth), Kelsey Serjeant (sax), Adam 'Young Blood' Fuhr (keys) and Jonny Maclean (sax).

Website Links

Muzic.net.nz Page
Official Website
MySpace Page
Amplifier Page
Facebook Page (you must be logged in to Facebook to view this page)
Tour Dates

The second album from Tahuna Breaks, 'Black, Brown and White' will be released on August 31, and you can win your own copy with muzic.net.nz!


Handle The Jandal

Its all go at Handle the Jandal Headquarters, with initial interest in the Radio Active 89FM-initiated DIY music video competition already proving a handful for the busy organising team.

Interest has been coming in from the most curious corners of New Zealand, from Temuka to Tolaga Bay and even Tawa, reports event director Hadden Morrison.

"This year we've allowed for a lot more lead in time so it looks like there's a few more people who are willing to create their own fun music videos for Handle the Jandal," he said. "Of course, New Zealand's indie labels are also gearing up to submit their bands' handiwork with the handicams so we're expecting a bumper crop of do-it-yourself videos this year."

The nationwide DIY music video competiton, Handle the Jandal will be held at Wellington's Embassy Theatre, Thursday October 29, and is now calling for entries from far and wide. Anyone can enter and potentially shower themselves in golden-sprayed glory.

Handle the Jandal is the annual competition that matches rising music stars with up’n’coming filmmakers, so all videos must be completely self-funded and may only use New Zealand music.

As such, the entries feature already-filmed videos for musicians alongside the creations of emerging filmmakers. But many of the most memorable videos come from groups of buddies who get on the booze, create a concept, wake up with a hangover and shoot what happens.

The deadline for entries is 5pm, Monday September 21, 2009. All entry requirements, specifications and further information is available from Radio Active 89FM’s website radioactive.fm, ph 04 801 9899 or email Hadden Morrison on [email protected]

Radio Active 89FM has been the principal supporter of Handle the Jandal for 11 years now and has roped in a kick-ass line-up of fellow supporters. Kraft:Haus return to transform the Embassy into a giant Music TV show, making it a truly unique event in New Zealand.

Panavision are gearing up for the prize pool, to be announced soon, alongside Portsmouth, who is donating a truck-load of filmmaking goodness for a Golden Jandal winner. Park Road Post is donating studio time for Golden Jandal winners as well – so the cream of this year's competition will be well set up for future filmmaking endeavours.

Juice TV are squeezing us with coverage kindness with Jandal video promotion and Manky Chops art gallery is slicing through our art and printing needs.

Info pack and entry form at www.radioactive.fm
Or Hadden Morrison, event director: 04 801 9899 or
[email protected]

Radio Active 89FM's
Handle the Jandal DIY Music Video Awards
October 29, 6.30pm
Embassy Theatre, 10 Kent Terrace, Wellington


NZ Music News

Smokefreerockquest 2009 National Finalists

Experience paid off for Smokefreerockquest entrants this year, with four of the six national finalists announced today having been in previous national finals.

Over 650 bands played off in heats and finals held in 26 towns and cities from Invercargill to Whangarei over winter, with the final selection made from DVDs of the bands’ original music, judged by Tania Dean from NZ on Air and Hamish Jackson from NZ Rock Shops.

In north to south order the finalists are:

- Hudson and the Rocketships, Botany Downs Secondary College, Auckland, a quirky three piece indie pop band, made it to the national finals as Malford in 2007.
- The Seed, Hamilton Christian School, Fairfield College and Hamilton's Fraser High School, a six piece pop rock group with a huge sound.
- A Few Words From Dave, Mt Maunganui College, a four piece rock band from Tauranga.
- Jayme Fitzgerald, Tauhara College, Taupo – singer songwriter and past national finalist. - These Dancing Wolves, Timaru Boys' High School, a three piece band playing ambient dance music, national finalists 2008.
- The Jesse Sheehan, Wellington College, a singer songwriter who made it to the national finals last year in The Stray Dogs.

Full Article

Eddie Low & The Topp Twins win at The 2009 National Country Music Awards of New Zealand

On Saturday 15th August 2009, at the beautiful Founders Theatre, Hamilton, New Zealand, a HUGE audience witnessed an awesome night of the very best of New Zealand's Country Music Professionals and new artists.

First time host Jason Reeves, from Classic Hits, had the packed crowd in the palm of his hand. "I didn't know what to expect, but when I saw the talent of the artists, I knew I had to step up as well, I had a blast"

One of the most touching moments of the night was when Eddie Low received the Country Music Legend Award. "I am so overwhelmed, I don't know what to say, thank you so much". Country Music Female Artist of the year Marian Burns was totally humbled by the Award and thanked the support of her husband, family and supporters. Dennis Marsh nabbed his second consecutive Country Music Male Artist of the year.

Full Article

Rhythm & Vines Confirm Dates for Second Line-Up Announcement

Rhythm & Vines have confirmed the second line-up instalment will be released on Tuesday 2 September at 5.30pm live on ZM. The line-up will be posted on the Rhythm & Vines’ website www.rhythmandvines.co.nz and official social networking sites. The website will keep visitors up to date with everything they need to know about Rhythm & Vines 2009, including how to get here, what to bring, ticket information/purchasing, artist line-up and the various accommodation alternatives available to festival goers.

Full Article

The Kiwi House with Karl Steven

Kiwi FM is proud to announce the arrival of a brand new show. “The Kiwi House” is an hour long programme presented by Karl Steven. Each week Karl talks to a different guest about their favourite New Zealand music – with the guest picking 8-10 songs which are personal favourites, had a big impact upon them, or are attached to a particular memory.

The guests will come from all walks of life - politicians, sports heroes, musicians young and old, as well as TV and film people and other entertainers.

Karl Steven says, “The idea is for the show to be entertaining whether or not one is familiar with the guest (or the music), and to convey a sense of excitement about the songs, as well as using the songs as a 'way in' to the person's life and world”.

Full Article

Minuit call on New Zealand to help with upcoming music video 'Aotearoa'

On the back of their critically acclaimed new album Find Me Before I Die A Lonely Death Dot Com, Minuit are working on a new video concept for their single ‘Aotearoa’ and they need New Zealand’s help.

Minuit’s track ‘Aotearoa’ contains the lyric “You and me, we are a New Zealand”. For the upcoming music video, the band are giving New Zealander’s a chance to show who they are by submitting photos which represent this idea to feature in the video. Be it a photo of them in their town, with their family or friends, on their favourite beach, showing their tattoo, or just them – whatever they think shows a bit of who they are in one shot. The video will also include film footage of events and people that have made up New Zealand.

Photos can be emailed to [email protected]. More information regarding the project and photo requirements can be found at the following facebook group: http://www.facebook.com/minuittheband#/group.php?gid=247883380213&ref=ts. The band has limited submissions to just one photo per person, and the deadline is Friday 18 September.

Full Article

Liam Finn breaks his own record

Long Way To Go 7 weeks at #1

‘Long Way To Go’, the first single from their highly anticipated new EP ‘Champagne In Seashells’ has dominated the NZ Alternative Charts at #1 for a record 7 weeks in a row! Making further waves is Liam + EJ’s single collaboration with Connan Mockasin and Lawrence Arabia ‘Having A Baby’ which follows very closely at #2.

Full Article

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New Artists

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

Matt Bodman and The Valentine Grind

Streetlight Requiem

The Grim Sons

The Red Dawn

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Congratulations to R. Harrison (Hamilton) for winning the 'Great News For The Modern Man' album from Eru Dangerspiel.

Past competition winners can be viewed here.

Enter today for your chance to win the following competitions:
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This September will see Cobra Khan hitting the road in further support of their debut album 'Helgorithms' (Oct 08) which has spawned the singles 'Shutter', 'Graze The Earth' and 'Liquid Separation'.

Thanks to 1157 Records, you can win a double pass to each of the Cobra Khan gigs:

Auckland 12 Sept 09
New Plymouth 18 Sept 09
Wellington 19 Sept 09
Palmerston North 20 Sept 09
Whangarei 25 Sept 09

David Dallas was formally known as Con Psy and was one half of Frontline. Something Awesome is his debut solo album, released on Dirty Records.

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Isaac Aesili's debut solo album Eye See is a rich tapestry of sound with RnB at its heart, and lashings of soul, reggae and funk woven within. Features the single 'With You In My Bed' with vocals provided by Aaradhna.

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Win a copy of the brand new album from Tahuna Breaks! Recorded with the infamous Dr Lee Prebble at the Surgery in Wellington, Black, Brown & White features 13 tracks in true Tahuna Breaks style – a diverse mix of soul, funk, blues, roots and reggae.

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Eru Dangerspiel - 'Great News For The Modern Man' album review

With any experiment, there are always going to be some things that work out great, and others that don’t really go down so well. Therefore, with any experimental album, the same is bound to happen. 'Great News For The Modern Man', the debut offering from former TrinityRoots member Riki Gooch, is a perfect example of such an album. Some of the tracks are brilliant, but others seem, well, a little bit too strange for my liking.

The album mixes elements jazz, roots, blues, beats and soul, with varying elements of success. A few of the songs, 'Sun Again' and 'Coq Au Vin' for example, were fantastic. 'Coq Au Vin' in particular I really enjoyed, it reminded me of Sola Rosa’s latest album, and in my opinion is the best track on the album. Then there were a few songs, such as 'Sambaskool Dropout', which I felt could have been great, but fell short for some reason.

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Information about muzic.net.nz newsletters

The next muzic.net.nz newsletter is going out on
13 September
and will be an extra-special 1157 Records issue!

There is space available in our newsletters from 11 October onwards. The last issue for 2009 will be going out on 6 December. This means there are only 5 issues remaining for the year with space available for features. If you would like to have a newsletter feature before the end of the year, you should contact Lisa now to avoid disappointment.

You can request a date in advance that suits you, or feature in the next available newsletter. We can feature you even if you have already featured in a newsletter from a previous year. Newsletter dates can be viewed at the bottom of this forum.

With our newsletters being sent out to over 7600 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 6 September.

- The muzic.net.nz team


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