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Newsletter Issue #340: 03 Jul 2011

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Thanks to Andy for answering these questions:

What can we expect to see from Ammp over the next year?
Lots of single releasing, hopefully some radio play and heads down finishing the second album.

What advice would you like to give to other aspiring musicians?
Don't give up, believe in yourself and your product, be persistant and consistant. Delete the negative. 

Who are your favourite NZ musicians/bands, and why?
Crowded House, The Exponents and Dave Dobbyn. They were some of my inspiration for a long time.

What will Ammp’s next release be?
The New Single from the debut album - 'Day One'.

How do you come up with your lyrics?
They make themselves and I get out of the way.

How do you believe Ammp fits into the NZ music industry?
I think we are a small fly caught in a web.

What can you never leave home without?
My Ipod.

How do you describe Ammp’s music?
Songs that will knock you over the head and make you listen.

What is the best part of being a musician?

What inspired you to start Ammp?
A love for writing songs.

How did you come up with the name Ammp?
Intitials from a few of our names and we couldnt come up with anything better so it stuck.

What rumour would you like to start about Ammp?
The Debut Album 'From The Back of The Sun' is a keeper and if you don't buy it you will die in seven days.

Ammp is Andrew Masseurs (vocals, keyboards), Mathew Powell (guitars), Andrew Richardson (drums) and Jason Murphy (bass).

Website Links

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

Buy the album here
Download the single here


El Schlong

El Schlong have just released our second album. 'Time/Place' was written during our two years in London and was recorded in New Zealand late last year. We are currently living in Berlin, Germany and are in the middle of a rather extensive album release tour which includes 15 cities in the UK, and numerous dates around Europe. So far we have enjoyed Poland the most, mainly due to the extremely friendly people and the ellusive Highway Forest Hookers… We will be continuing the tour up until November this year, after which we will have a little break. 

The next step in El Schlong’s "Slowest World Tour Ever" will see us moving to Melbourne, Australia in late 2012. 

We have had an insanely great time since we left New Zealand in 2008.  We have met wicked people and played with some wicked bands. If you have always wanted to travel and are a musician, I strongly suggest that you put together a band of like minded people and get out into the world. It is easier than you think, and when you say you are a band from New Zealand you will find doors will open and people will want to help. Travelling the world is fantastic, but travelling the world with a band is something quite special…

El Schlong is Nick Baldwin (bass, vocals), Leah Hinton (guitar, vocals) and Jordan Tredray (drums, vocals).



Website Links

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Artist Website
Amplifier Page
MySpace Page
Facebook Page
Twitter Page
Bandcamp Page
Big Cartel Page


Nadine Loren

Thanks to Nadine for answering these questions:

What can we expect to see from you over the next year?
Lots of live shows, some collaborations and some remixes by Paul Oakenfold.

What advice would you like to give to other aspiring musicians?
Take every opportunity to play live, it’ll make you a better artist. Also, you can’t ignore the business side of the music industry - no one is going to care about your career as much as you do, so you will always have to do at least 95% of the work!

Who are your favourite NZ musicians/bands, and why?
Probably Dave Dobbyn, Greg Johnson, Bic Runga and Anika Moa because they all immediately transport me back to great times I had in NZ when I lived there!

What will your next release be?
Definitely my own songs - not sure of the final flavor yet, I’m writing a ton at the moment but I’ll have to wait and see what reaction I get when I try them out on unsuspecting audiences!

How do you come up with your lyrics?
The trials and tribulations of living in a huge city always provides a deep inspiration pool for songs!  And the wild and wacky personalities of LA and NYC certainly add some flavor too!

How do you believe you fit into the NZ music industry?
I hope to bring a different perspective, since I have a pretty international background, but as a proud Kiwi, I do try and keep that organic approach to songwriting that I think is always present in NZ music - it provides a certain honesty that I love.

What can you never leave home without?
Sunscreen - my Mom’s a Melanographer.

How do you describe your music?
Eclectic - with hints of Pop, Opera, Rock and even a touch of Country.

What is your favourite NZ venue?
I’d love to play at Aotea Centre one day as I used to sing Opera there with Opera NZ .

What is the best part of being a musician?
The high you get when you nail a show, and working with such an array of interesting, creative people.

What is in your CD collection at home?
I have a huge CD and Vinyl collection at home - everything from Classical, Jazz, Def Leppard, Evanesence, Michael Buble, Dixie Chicks, Rihanna, Black Eyed Peas, even Eminem. I love to mix it up because I get bored of one style of music if that’s all I have.

What is your most embarrassing on tour/gig moment?
I sang the US National Anthem at a Bull Riding event. Afterward I was mingling with some people who were bull owners, including some pretty famous sports stars. I should tell you now, I am pretty clueless about most sports.  Anyway, I was speaking to a really nice guy for about 20 minutes before finally asking him what he did. The group around us gasped - “he’s the Great One”, to which I replied with a laugh“ Yeah yeah great at what?”. Well it turned out to be the super famous hockey player - Wayne Gretzky. Yup, that was embarrassing. Though he couldn’t have been nicer about it. 

What is your favourite place in NZ to be?
At home in Auckland, around a BBQ with my family and friends.

What is the best gig you have ever performed at, and why?
Definitely my set at the Indy500 - it was so surreal to see 400,000 people in one place, especially when they started serving Jack and Coke at 7.30am!

How do you keep in contact with your fans?
I always make a point to stay after a show and meet people who want to meet me. I also always email people back if they contact me though my website, or Facebook or even Twitter. 

What rumour would you like to start about yourself?
That playing my music to garden vegetables will increase their vitamin IQ.

Website Links

Muzic.net.nz Page
Artist Website
MySpace Page
Facebook Page
Twitter Page


NZ Music News

Head Like A Hole Announce National Tour With Special Guests Cairo Knife Fight

New Zealand’s most outrageous rock band HEAD LIKE A HOLE is back!

11 years after the carnage of a messy rock n roll cliché-filled break-up, the cleared grudges are now forgotten or forgiven and the band have emerged again; older and more hirsute but still able to rock harder than any of the young ones out there.

Booga Beazley, Nigel Regan, Andrew Durno, Mike Franklin-Browne and the addition of Andrew Ashton on guitar, have proved they are back with a vengeance.

They have produced their finest work to date.....BLOOD WILL OUT, featuring 11 tracks of classic stonking rock ‘n’ roll, an album they proclaim to be their best yet.

Ripping guitars, pounding drums, brutal bass and Booga’s heart poured out in the way that only he can.

So on the back of this album release, Head Like A Hole are pleased to announce their BLOOD WILL OUT national tour where lucky fans will get to hear all the new songs plus some hanging from the rafters favourites.  The unmistakeable hlah groove and classic sound are still clearly evident in the new tracks, while a new maturity sees Booga’s lyrics painting vivid pictures from violent horsemen to broken hearts to pillaging Vikings.

Full Article and Tour Dates

Batucada Sound Machine European Tour And NZ Show

Batucada Sound Machine, New Zealand's greatest exponents of Afro Beats, Brazilian rhythms and Pacific Soul, are Europe-bound for the third time - a gruelling six-week tour with over two dozen performances in eight countries. Batucada Sound Machine's last New Zealand performance before their latest overseas adventure is at Auckland's 420 on Karangahape Road on Friday 8 July.

Formed in 2003, the ten-piece band describes itself as a "cultural melting pot" and, indeed, other influences include funk, hip-hop and reggae. Put it all through the Batucada blender and you're left with an infectious mixture which beckons the dance floor.

Festival favourites, Batucada Sound Machine has played at WOMAD Festivals in both New Zealand and overseas, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, several smaller European festivals, and most of the major NZ festivals - Big Day Out, Parihaka International Peace Festival, Raggamuffin, Rhythm & Vines and Splore.

Full Article

Gatherer 'Thrive' New Single Available Now!

Once from Wellington but now firmly based in Melbourne GATHERER are proud to release Thrive the 1st single of the upcoming album So Be It.

Thrive, which reads like a self help book from the unsure anecdotes of twenty-something's discovering that mum's place isn't just around the corner anymore.

Thrive is streaming now at GATHERER’S music player or via soundcloud and available now at iTunes and other digital music retailers.

Full Article


Cut Off Your Hands To Release Second Album ‘Hollow’ On July 18

Indie punk-pop band Cut Off Your Hands have announced the release of their eagerly awaited second full-length album Hollow on July 18th. The album features the alternative radio hit “You Should Do Better” and the new single “Fooling No One”.

The band takes a plunge into retro power pop territory on Hollow, having been influenced by breakout ‘60s artists like The Byrds and Bob Dylan. Not to mention the Kiwi pop and paisley underground acts that ran with those very same influences in the ‘80s and ‘90s, including such acts as The Bats and Bird Nest Roys.

Hollow was self-produced at the Auckland abode of drummer Brent Harris’ parents, where the New Zealand natives previously recorded their debut EP in 2006. Everything from the moonlit melodies of Echo & the Bunnymen (“Nausea,” “Hollowed Out”) to the shimmering 12-string guitars of The Go-Betweens (“You Should Do Better”) can be heard in the light and dark shades of Hollow.

Full Article

Mt Eden Announce NZ Tour With Bulletproof

is pleased to announce that Mt Eden are set to hit the road on a national tour, starting in Hamilton on 4th August with their special guest -DJ/Producer Bulletproof.

As dubstep production duo MT EDEN (formerly Mt Eden Dubstep), Jesse Hooper and Harley Rayner are truly putting New Zealand - and dubstep as a genre - on the map.  To date the duo can claim over 70 million collective plays of their tracks on YouTube.

Having recently released their EP ‘MEDS’, MT EDEN are already at work on their debut album.  Currently touring the USA, MT EDEN are blowing away American audiences playing with some of the worlds most renowned DJs such as Skrillex, Doctor P, Datsik, Flux Pavlion and Andy C.  Recently playing in Las Vegas at the Electric Daisy Carnival (also known as EDC) MT EDEN won over an audience of 20,000 plus punters, putting them on the map in the US.

Full Article

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These reviews were added to the site in the last two weeks, check them out at the links below:

- F In Math - Couch EP Review

- Jakob @ San Francisco Bathhouse - 11 June 2011

- Ammp - From The Back of the Sun album review

- Kidz In Space - Ghost Album Release Gig - Palmerston North 17 June 2011

- Welcome to the FreeDay Album Review

You can check out every single interview and review in our Articles Page.

Tour Features

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


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