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Newsletter Issue #304: 26 Sep 2010

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

Some more collaboration with Marque Duckmanton and Dan Ashcroft is almost a certainty. Perhaps some other newcomers to spice things up a little. Also expect a few more album drops around Wellington and Palmerston North and a dozen or so more random songs on the muzic.net.nz website.

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

Stop aspiring and be a musician. My washing machine repair man gave me some real good advice. Look to a role model that you aspire to be and aim to be better than them – set that initial goal of where you want to go then work and work. They’re only a human with the same tools you have. Also get your stuff out there for the world to hear. Don’t be shame. If you can’t show your friends your art how can you show thousands of people?

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

I’m down for anything in the $lave Collective scene; Impish (one of the fallen $lave bands) really started my love of local rock. Hmm… there really is too much to list. I have a lot of conflicting NZ favourites, from Minuit to 8ft Sativa.

What will AmosAnon’s next release be?

An EP of slow songs, with a simultaneous release of an EP of heavy songs. Maybe a DVD.

How do you believe AmosAnon fits into the NZ music industry?

Does it fit? I’m sure it has a niche… somewhere. Certainly not the mainstream. Not even the underground Indie scene – that’s too much like the mainstream nowadays.

How do you describe AmosAnon’s music?

It varies with each musician AmosAnon assimilates. The Dan Ashcroft (Crackpot Theory) stuff is heading more into Black/Doom Metal, the Marque Duckmanton (Pimpin Tintin) stuff alternates between rock, grunge, punk and the blues depending on what he’s wearing and what his haircut and beard are like on the day…

What is in your CD collection at home?

A lot of local Palmy stuff like Hellborne, Impish, Crackpot Theory, Haluciagea, Wall of Silents… Most of Tool’s records, early Rammstein and early Marilyn Manson. Few random titles by Scarling, t.A.T.u., Atreyu, Thrice, Iggy Pop, Smashing Pumpkins, Puscifer, Failure, Nirvana, System of a Down. Once again, too much to list.

What inspired you to become a start AmosAnon?

I’m not sure what the initial inspiration was. I used to sit for hours and make silly little songs in MIDI and Fruity Loops. I guess the collaborative aspect came into it when I responded to Marque Duckmanton’s advert to start a punk band. We were short a drummer, or we had a drummer but he lived in Marton, so we never really got past the first meeting, but my silly little songs started developing into music I could listen to without cringing. I quickly realised I can’t sing so I called upon Marque, who could, and the first AmosAnon song, 'Pity', was born.

How did you come up with the name AmosAnon?

Bradley Anderson (FallenAE) used to write stories with this character, Amos Jube. One late night I made a phonetic connection between Amos and Anonymous – which inspired me, because I wanted to perform anonymously, behind a mask and such. Instead of using the word Anonymous as a name I styled it like it would appear on a teacher’s roll, because an audience is kinda like an artist’s teacher in a way.

What rumour would you like to start about AmosAnon?

There is no AmosAnon.

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2010 Smokefree Rockquest Winners - The Good Fun

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

You can definitely expect to see a whole lot of hard work, and hopefully heaps of new material, heaps of gigs, and heaps of fun times!

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

Be polite and don't smoke.

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

Oh man, Theres too many, the ones on the top of the list would have to be So So Modern, Artisan Guns, Lori Watt, The Mint Chicks, The Sneaks, Malcolm Jack, Split Enz. But if we had to pick one it would probably have to be Connan Mockasin, because Conan's intricate lyrics, and that filthy old school guitar sound. Can't get enough of him.

What will The Good Fun’s next release be?

Still haven't decided on the tune, but we will release a single in a short while, which will hopefully develop into and EP.

How do you come up with your lyrics?

In a lot of case's we create a fictional tale and get an obscure metaphor then turn it into song. Other times we take real life stories then exaggerate the shit out of them, to make them sound cool.

Who would you most like to support live?

Out of New Zealand The Sneaks look like a wicked fun band, that would be amazing to open for. But out of all the bands in the world, Vampire Weekend would just be such a treat to open for.

How do you believe The Good Fun fits into the NZ music industry?

That's super hard for me to answer. But we take influence from so many New Zealand bands, from so many different genres, that I guess we fit in the middle somewhere?

What can you never leave home without?

A good attitude and a smiley face!

How do you describe The Good Fun’s music?

We use to say it was kind of Melodramatic, Indie, Pop. But after being described as 'Quirky' in the Waikato Times we feel this word describes Good Fun really quite well.

What is your favourite NZ venue?

Pirongia Rugby Club, a lot of good nights have been had there!

What is the best part of being a musician?


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

All the Musicians from the national finals of Rockquest! That thing was lashed with amazing talent. Probably Artisan Guns, because we haven't had a chance to see them live yet, because by the time we fell in love with them they had jumped the ditch to Aussie. 

What is in your CD collection at home?

Its a modest collection, James Brown, The Ramones, Manfred Mann, The Clash, T-Rex, Queen, Kool and The Gang, Ray Charles, Donovan, Nirvana, Jimi Hendrix, Sublime, Run DMC, Oh No Ono, Herbie Hancock, The Mint Chicks, Jurassic 5, Artisan Guns, Chuck berry, Yes, John Coltrane, David Bowie..

What is your most embarrassing on tour/gig moment?

I played the first set of a four hour covers gig flying low. Thanks you to the very nice lady who came and told me. I just told her I had done it on purpose, it was a publicity stunt.

What is your favourite place in NZ to be?

We've had some sweet days skating the half pipe in Otorohanga.

What inspired you to become start The Good Fun?

In all complete honesty I'd have to say 2009 Rockquest was a big part of the inspiration.

How did you come up with the name The Good Fun?

It was kind of the saying in our circle of pals around the time of Rockquest, so Jimi suggested it and we just rolled with it since.

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

The National Finals were the shit, such a sweet vibe,great crowed, fantastic bands! But I'd have to say the gig we played at the Waitomo Hotel, we played to the New Zealand triumph motorcycle club. It was such a bad gig, but we just made heaps of fun out of the situation! The highlight of that night was Fraser's Dad (Doodle) getting hit on by this big tank biker boy. Good times.

How do you keep in contact with your fans?

Majority of them are just school pals and our parents so its not a tough one.. Yet.

What rumour would you like to start about The Good Fun?

The Good Fun has givin' up on writing original music to become a Bee Gees tribute band.

The Good Fun is Leroy (vocals, guitar), Jimi (vocals, drums), Fraser (bass) and Kam (vocals, guitar).

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NZ Music News

Maisey Rika wins at the 2010 Waiata Maori Awards!

Maisey Rika has won four awards at this year’s Waiata Maori Awards which were held at the Hawke’s Bay Opera House in Hastings on Friday night.

She was announced as the winner of ‘Best Maori Female Solo Artist’, an award she took home from the 2009 Maori Music Awards. This year she added the ‘Best Maori Pop Album’, for her work on “Tohu”; Best Maori Song, for her waiata, ‘Nia’, and ‘Best Maori Songwriter’, to her impressive music career resume. 

There were 10 finalists and Rika was among the eight winners announced at the awards ceremony held inside the historic opera house theatre.

The 2010 Category Award Winners:

Best Maori Female Solo Artist: Maisey Rika
Best Maori Pop Album: Maisey Rika, for her album, 'Tohu'.
Best Maori Song: Maisey Rika, for her waiata, 'Nia'.
Best Maori Songwriter: Maisey Rika.
Best Maori Traditional Album: Kohine Ponika.
Best Maori Urban Rap Hip-Hop RnB Album: Young Sid.
Best Maori Male Solo Artist: Young Sid.
Radio Airplay Record Of The Year by a Maori Artist: Stan Walker.
Radio Airplay Record Of The Year by a Maori Artist in Te Reo Maori: 1814.

Full Article

Street Chant takes out inaugural Critics' Choice Prize

Auckland band Street Chant has been named as the first winner of the Critics’ Choice Prize, presented by Gravity Coffee..

Street Chant faced off with Home Brew and The Naked and Famous at the King’s Arm last night as the three acts vied for the prize..

A panel of 13 top music industry critics were charged with choosing a winner they believe is on track to become a Kiwi music success story and a potential future Tui winner..

Emily Littler of Street Chant says: “We’re completely surprised and pretty stoked with the win, especially considering the tough competition we were up against.”.

As well as the acknowledgement of top critics, the Critics’ Choice prize also provides tangible support. The winning artists will receive recording time at York Street Studios, $5,000 worth of equipment from NZ Rockshop and mentoring from Dave McLaughlin from McLaughlin Law, Lynda Parsons from Entertainment Accounting, touring guru Brent Eccles and various members of the Music Managers Forum.

Full Article

Outward Sound round three recipients

The third round of Outward Sound grant recipients for 2010 have been announced.

Stage Two grants, providing the opportunity for in-market performances and related business development, were awarded to: Fat Freddys Drop for a promotional tour of the USA in conjunction with radio and PR campaigns; Dirty Management to support the release of P Money's album, 'Everything' in the USA; Die! Die! Die! to support the worldwide release of their album 'Form'.

Stage One in-market touring and scoping grants were awarded to: Artisan Guns for a showcase tour of Australia to promote the release of the 'Hearts EP', including Big Sound in Brisbane; Antagonist A.D for an album support tour with 50 Lions through Europe; Surf City to showcase at CMJ in support of the release of their debut album 'Kudos' in the USA through Fire Records; Ruby Frost for a promotional tour in Australia including showcasing at Big Sound in support of debut release; Dane Rumble for a promotional tour of Australia to support the release of 'The Experiment'; Zowie to initiate the promotional campaign of her debut release including showcasing at CMJ.

Outward Sound Business grants were awarded to: Isaac Promotions Limited and Loop Media Limited.

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