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Newsletter Issue #287: 06 Jun 2010

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The Outsiders

What inspired you to become a start The Outsiders?

When we started The Outsiders we wanted to write quality songs, really focus on singing and work to our strengths. We'd all been playing in bands for years and knew that songwriting was going to be our strong point. We recorded an EP before our first show in July 2008, and started touring NZ within a couple of months of forming. Even though it doesnt always make sense, we tend to push things rather than sit back and wait for things to come to us.

How do you describe The Outsiders' music?

Post-pop-punk-rock is a description I like throwing around. We grew up on a steady diet of punk rock and hardcore, but as far as songwriting for this band goes theres definitely a lot of pop sensibilities involved. We all love little hooks in songs, and I'm a huge sucker for melody.
And when I say pop punk I don't mean south Californian bands with huge recording budgets. I'm talking Ramones, The Replacements, stuff like that, that's what pop punk is in my mind, not some jerk in his mid 30's complaining about cleaning his bedroom.

What is the best part of being a musician?

The release. People play music for enjoyment, or at least they should. When your playing in bands there's a lot of things that are far too easy to get caught up in, and it's easy to forget that your doing this for fun. The release you can get playing music is incredibly relaxing, I recommend learning how to play an instrument to anyone. Plus travelling to crazy places, hanging in bars, meeting lots of new people, making new friends, and cutting loose on stage all the time is pretty good as well.

What is your most embarrassing on tour/gig moment?

It's not so much embarrassing as awkward. We were playing an all ages show at a squat in Wolfsburg, Central Germany and I flung my bass up, the head went through the ceiling of the venue and plaster, dust and crap came raining down on me. All the kids at the show thought it was really funny so I laughed along, hoping that the place wasn't built of asbestos.

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

Well we're currently in the middle of the release tour for our first album 'The Words Will Write Themselves'. In late June we're touring NZ with an American group called Strung Out, then in July we're touring again before we head to Australia in August. We're looking at focusing on Australia more over the next 12 months, we toured there last year and were really well received. We're hoping to have another EP recorded by the end of the year and get back to Europe as soon as possible!

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

I've played a lot of shows in a lot of places, but a couple that stick out for The Outsiders are playing at Bitterzoet in Amsterdam to a sold out crowd of about 500 people, we played really well and got swapped by the crowd afterwards. Our second show in London was easily one of our best performances, we ripped Kentish town apart. Plus, our CD release show in Wellington the other week was amazing, seeing a mass of complete strangers singing your songs word for word is a good feeling.

What rumour would you like to start about The Outsiders?

Well I've heard that we sold out...

The Outsiders are Dan (guitar, vocals), Niam (guitar, vocals), Stu (bass, vocals) and Dave (drums).

Website Links

Muzic.net.nz Page
MySpace Page
Facebook Page

The Outsiders' debut album 'The Words Will Write Themselves' is out now, and you can read the muzic.net.nz review here.


Broken Season

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

We've got our new single and video 'Running Far' coming out shortly, and we're also releasing a 6 track EP in around 2 months. To support that we'll be playing live around NZ as often as possible!

Who would you most like to support live?

For me personally it would be KoRn... and strangely it's something that we've kind of half-achieved when we did our small support slot at their 2008 show at Vector. We did it with our old line-up in the Arena Bistro Bar; we played a 20 minute set to the queues of KoRn fans standing outside in long queues waiting to get in the arena! It was hardly the dream main-stage support slot but its still pretty cool that we were there backstage on the merit of our music.

How do you believe Broken Season fits into the NZ music industry?

We're here to represent heavy music. There seems to be an abundance of pop or pop/rock bands in NZ, which is great for those genres, but we think it's well and truly time for another heavy band to step up.

How do you describe Broken Season's music?

Groove-Metal maybe? Or Rap-Metal I guess. Heavy music with lots of groove.

What is in your CD collection at home?

KoRn, Tool, Rage Against The Machine, System Of A Down, Blindspott, Mudvayne, Slipknot, Disturbed, (HED)p.e, Iron Maiden, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica...

Broken Season is (in order of above photo) Tony Charles (guitar), James Sachin (vocals, drums) and Manz Logo (bass).

Website Links

Muzic.net.nz Page
Official Website
Facebook Page


A Cut and Paste Project

Thanks to Cliff_Huxtable for answering these questions.

What can we expect to see from A Cut & Paste Project over the next year?

Plenty shows. If there's motivation left later in the year we might spend a month in Wellington one night... any acts from those ways that reckon they'd wanna play with us give us an email because we got no mates. We're also, at this very point in time, working on our 3rd EP, but first release with the band.

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

Being a musician is great - Theres no money, you frequently get disrespected, hated on by other bands or just flat out ignored, kept out of the cool little scenes if you're not wearing the great clothes and then you go deaf and I'm guessing die broke and unappreciated. The great part is none of that matters when youre super dave drunk, HAVE FUN!

Who are your favourite NZ musicians/bands, and why?

Homebrew - One of the first acts I've seen in NZ that's making genuinely good, honest, Kiwi hip hop. Feels like a concept band but delivers the goods so naturally, like its all instinctual. They make me jealous. 
Rackets - Essential live act. They got fierce energy and technical skill spread evenly through the band and they still appear to be approachable - no pretension, they got that PMA.
Electric Wire Hustle - Nothing I can say here could epitomize the brilliance.

What will A Cut & Paste Project's next release be?

Our next release will be as the four piece, so will sound alot more like our live shows. Since adding Justin and Yves, on Drums and bass respectively, our sound has developed further on to where we could never get it to go as a two-piece with just production and vocals. So the next EP (we don't have enough money to record full albums) will sound more "live" than anything we've recorded so far.

Who would you most like to support live?

Mike Patton - Whether it be Tomahawk, Peeping Tom or Fantomas Melvins Big Band. That guy is a genius.
MF Doom - Although knowing my shit luck it would probably be one of his imposters. Another genius.

How do you describe A Cut & Paste Project's music?

The live show can be wildly different to anything recorded so far. Our shows sound like Jazz-Rap with the occasional Hardcore Punk or Funk embellishment, we do a couple covers of some well known 90s east coast hip hop acts. So we do chilled out and funky but also frenzied and noisy. We play jazz samples over live drums and bass, and then I rap over the top, whereas our recorded tracks are alot more simple and structured and are a bit more aligned with traditional hip hop production. That won't be the case with our next release, however.

What is your favourite NZ venue?

Khuja Lounge, played the lions share of our gigs there over the last 3 years.

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

Mason Clinic, Double Barrelled, Scared Crow, Shock Doctrine, Gundry Blues and Deserters Will Be Shot.
They're all our label mates on 500REC-00 - All good people, even better musicians.

What is in your CD collection at home?

MF, Tom Waits, Bad Brains, Alice In Chains, Cro-Mags, The Roots, Black Flag, David Bowie, Happy Mondays, Minutemen, Gang Starr, Minor Threat, Catherine Wheel, Charlie Mingus, Dinosaur Jr, The Clash, Massive Attack, Bobby Hutcherson, People Under The Stairs, Miles Davis, Beck, Girls Against Boys, Horace Silver, Public Enemy, Madlib, The Smiths, A Tribe Called Quest... BUUUT NAME DROP ARE PROBABLY MY FAV BAND.

What inspired you to start A Cut & Paste Project?

Lack of local hip hop that I liked. Boredom. A burning sensation.

A Cut and Paste Project is Alex (production, keys), [email protected] (vocals), Yves (bass) and Justin (drums).

Website Links

Muzic.net.nz Page
Record Company Website
Amplifier Page
MySpace Page
Facebook Page

A Cut and Paste Project are performing at Khuja Lounge on 19 June and you can download their tracks 'We Don't Quit' and 'Who' from their muzic.net.nz page.


NZ Music News

G-TARanaki 2010 Announces Full Line Up

After many months of working to secure an assembly of some of the most respected artists in the world, the New Plymouth District Council in conjunction with American event & concert promoter GMS Group, Inc. is proud to announce the full line up of events and concerts that make up the G-TARanaki 2010 International Music Week, 11–15 August.  The five-day festival will be held in multiple venues in New Plymouth with concerts, clinics, forums and an exhibition, many of which have never been presented anywhere else in the world. 

G-Taranaki Performers include Slash, Uli Jon Roth, Jennifer Batten, Vinnie Moore, Hail!, Leslie West, California Guitar Trio, Tony Levin, Guy Pratt, Oli Brown Band, Desiree Bassett, The Checks, In Dread Response, Shotgun Alley, The Thomas Oliver Band, Kara Gordon Trio and Blue Monkey Racket.

Full Article
G-TARanaki tickets now on sale

S3 Pacific Music Award Winners Announced

Three Houses Down takes top two at the S3 Pacific Music Awards.

Pacific music celebrates another bumper year with South Auckland’s Three Houses Down taking home two top awards at the S3 (pron: ess-cubed) Pacific Music Awards 2010 announced tonight (May 29) in Manukau City.

Three Houses Down picks up the coveted Tui for the S3 Best Pacific Music Album ‘Break Out’ which sees them honoured at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards in October.

The band also wins the APRA Best Pacific Song Award for the single ‘Kanikapila’.

Hailed as the new princess of R&B, soul diva Erakah receives the award for Pacific Blue Best Pacific Female Artist for her single ‘Wonderful’ while J Williams picks up the award for NZ Music Commission Best Pacific Male Artist for his debut album ‘Young Love’.

Te Vaka take out two categories including the Radio 531PI Best Pacific Group and Recognition & Promotion of Pacific Language Awards.

Other winners at the S3 Pacific Music Awards 2010 are:

Savage picks up the award for Niu Fm Best Pacific Urban Artist for ‘Savage Island’
- Best Pacific Gospel Album is awarded to Ivoga Green & NiuTa’ala for ‘Quiet Intensity’
- The Manukau Institute of Technology Lifetime Achievement Award goes to Ardijah
- The Phillip Fuemana Award goes to Luap
- The NZ on Air Radio Airplay Award goes to Smashproof for ‘Brother’

Full Article

The Bathtub Sophist New EP Release

The Bathtub Sophist (AKA Arron Stewart) has just released the first volume in his ongoing 'Main Crop' project. Released on the 31st May 2010, 'Main Crop: One' is the first in a  series of four concept EPs -each being seasonally themed.

This first volume, inspired by Summer and the cycle of day/night, represents profound and inspiring musical-storytelling of the highest order.

The E.P is currently available on www.Amplifier.co.nz, will rolling out worldwide on iTunes and other providers in the near future.

The Bathtub Sophist is a Hamilton based instrumentalist and music producer. His works present an eclectic mix of organic and synthetic elements woven together  in a musical package that draws upon many and varied influences.


Other Music News

Wellington School of Rock: July School Holiday Music Programme

Stars align with Matariki

Free Music Dunload from Radio One 91FM

Blondie and The Pretenders

Leonard Cohen concert in Wellington sells out! Second show added!

David Banner

Tahuna Breaks forced to put video on porn site

New Bulletproof Album 'Soundtrack To Forever' out today!

Fat Freddy's Drop New Album Live at Roundhouse

Oxboy – Ecstasy’s Not Life EP



Muzic.net.nz News

New Artists


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

Broken Season Medictune
Mile High Black Forest
I Am Giant Kirsten Morrell
Fornax Chemica God Bows To Math
Three Houses Down

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Congratulations to our latest winners:

- J. Neill (Whangarei) and E. Tappin (Hamilton) have each won themselves a copy of ChartDisc Vol 3 - The Downbeat Chill Edition, and

- T. Campbell (Christchurch) and K. Scott (Palmerston North) have won a copy of Eqwanox's debut album 'All Roads Lead From Here'.


To date, Muzic.net.nz has given away over 530 prizes to over 362 winners and as much as we have loved giving away these prizes, we regret to announce that due to rising costs, we are unable to continue to give away prizes.

The muzic.net.nz team would like to thank everyone who has sent us prizes to give away, and everyone who has entered our competitions. Thank you for your support, it is truly appreciated, and congratulations to all of our winners.

We would like you to continue enjoying all that muzic.net.nz has on offer, and with any luck, competitions will return to the site one day.

Reviews and Interviews

Check out our latest reviews and interview:

- Managers - 'The Grove St Tapes' EP review

- JR - 'Another Beginning, Another End' album review

- The Usmani Collective - 'Searching' EP review

- Medictune Interview

Check out every single interview and review in our new Articles Page.

Tour Features

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


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