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Newsletter Issue #341: 17 Jul 2011

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Kieran Cooper

What can we expect to see from you over the next year?
More gigs. A little later on in the year the release of my second album 'Yes, No, Sincerely' and a music video, then I'll get some touring in to promote the album.

What will your next release be?
'Yes, No, Sincerely' is my second solo album and is more organic sounding than the first. My first album was kinda schizophrenic. I'm looking forward to releasing this one, probably around October at this stage.

Who would you most like to support live?
There are lots of awesome NZ artists I'd like to support, especially with my band Kasium, but for solo gigs I couldnt imagine anything better than gigging with Kristin Hersh. She's truely amazing.

How do you describe your music?
A mix of some of the music I love to listen to at the moment. Plus, I'm not really a 'good' singer, I have a strange voice and I think that adds something. I really like hearing that 'something different' when I listen to music, so I try to let that out in my songwriting. Billy Corgan is an example of that, he's been a huge inspiration to me.

What is the best part of being a musician?
Making something outa nothing. Creativity for creativity's sake. Then when you write some songs that sound good and mean a lot to you it really gets good. The bonus is when other people enjoy it in their own way too. It's a great feeling. You've shared something powerful because music is very powerful to a lot of people.

What is in your CD collection at home?
Loads of Smashing Pumpkins and Kristin Hersh. Loads of Soundgarden and Alice in Chains. Theres lots in between from Slayer to The Demiwhores to Dave Brubeck Quartet! Im collecting NZ music now, theres so much good stuff out there.

What inspired you to become a musician?
It's always been there. I been singing since I can remember. Nothing has ever moved me as much as music. I remember seeing an electric guitar for the first time when I was 3-4. That was a life changing moment even then, I knew what I wanted to do!

How do you keep in contact with your fans?
It's really easy with social networking. Just check out my list of links haha.

Website Links

Muzic.net.nz Page
Official Website
Amplifier Page
MySpace Page
Facebook Page
Twitter Page
Youtube Page
Bandcamp Page
LastFM Page
Soundcloud Page

Kieran's first album 'In Search Of Reason' can be downloaded for free here or here!



Who are your favourite NZ musicians/bands, and why?
Crowded House – they are legends in the music industry in NZ and overseas – they have an ability to write exceptionally crafted songs that we really admire.

What is your favourite place in NZ to be?
NZ holds the key to having the perfect FreeDay… sun, beach, BBQ, friends…

What inspired you to start FreeDay?
We have been writing and playing music together for approx. 18 years so the time was right when we were approached by M4U Records to do our first ‘FreeDay’ album.

How did you come up with the name FreeDay?
It all started with a long list of names (hundreds!), but it was a very close friend who saw the name we had written. He pointed at it and said ‘that’s a good one’, then we just realized, yeah, that’s it. FreeDay has so much meaning to it and means something different to everyone we talk to – its great!

How do you keep in contact with your fans?
We keep in touch with our fans in every way possible, really, because our fans are very important to the future of FreeDay… so we are on Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, have our own website plus we contact fans via txt and email.

FreeDay is
Glen Donaghy (songwiter, vocals, acoustic guitar), Alexandra Donaghy (songwriter, vocals, creative), Daniell Lee (bass), John Te Kiri (drums, guitar), Kevin Latimer (guitar) and Daniel Noble (keys, guitar).

Website Links

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


Known Associates

What inspired you to start Known Associates?
The sheer excitement of recording an album with a kick-arse live band.

How do you describe Known Associates' music?
Using some of our fans reference points:

It's like ‘Bob Dylan’ joined ‘Them Crooked Vultures’ … the missing link between ‘the Stones’ and ‘Dr Feelgood’!

What advice would you like to give to other aspiring musicians?
Don’t ever let the truth get in the way of a good story.

How did you come up with the name Known Associates?
Well , the cops turned up at my work one day asking for our lead guitarist Grant Wills.

I said: “ No idea where he is , why are you asking me ?

Guy pulls out his notepad and says:  "We have you as one of his known associates"

I said: “Great band name “…… and it stuck!

How do you keep in contact with your fans?
We’re anti-rockstar, an elusive lot really – fans can find us, but they have to look hard!

What can we expect to see from Known Associates over the next year?
We’ve just released our debut album 'Penny Love' and also have 3 new boy cubs born into the band, so we’ll be catching up on a bit of sleep and doing some album promotions.

How do you come up with your lyrics?
Lyrics just seem to sneak through the ether whenever I stumble on a cool guitar melody.

For me, they always follow the music, which seems to open a lyric tap somewhere.

What is in your CD collection at home?
An A to Z of guitar music from acoustic singer-songwriters through to metal, and then of course there’s Miles Davis.

What is your favourite NZ venue? |
The St James in Auckland – fingers crossed we get it back one day.

What can you never leave home without?
A song in my head.

What rumour would you like to start about Known Associates?
We were all raised in the forest by a she-wolf.

Known Associates is
Warren Cate (guitar, vocals), Grant Wills (lead guitar), Andrew Buckton (bass) and Mike Franklin-Browne (drums).

Website Links

Muzic.net.nz Page
Official Website
Amplifier Page

You can download the latest single from Known Associates 'Mercy' for free here!


NZ Music News

Kiwi FM Rolls Out A Sweet New Line-up

Joining the Kiwi FM team in July 2011 are some of New Zealand’s most well known music personalities, including writer and reviewer Sam Wicks, FOUR Television host Shannon Ryan and Loop Recordings founder Mikee Tucker.

Full Article

Liberation Music sign dynamic rock duo Cairo Knife Fight

The team at Liberation Music are all in a tizzy over their exciting new local signing Cairo Knife Fight!

Cairo Knife Fight is a supercharged power duo, consisting of drummer/main vocalist Nick Gaffaney and collaborator Aaron Tokona on guitar and effects.

Generating sonic noise that is captivating and unpredictable, Cairo Knife Fight has engaged audiences worldwide and opened for such monster acts as Foo Fighters, Them Crooked Vultures and Queens Of The Stoneage.

Now, Cairo Knife Fight brings forth their new EP release on Liberation Music simply titled II (a follow up to their self titled debut EP released in 2010).

Keep an ear out for the first single from the II EP ‘The Origin Of Slaves’.

Full Article and Tour Dates

New Flip Grater video - I Am Gone

Maiden Records is excited to share with you Flip Grater's latest music video - I Am Gone.

I Am Gone is the second single from Flip Grater's 2010 release While I'm Awake I'm At War. The video was shot in Paris over two weeks in April 2011 at the end of a busy European touring schedule that saw Flip traversing Germany and Portugal as well as playing shows in Paris, Switzerland and UK.

Full Article

Devils Elbow - These Days (Single Release) + FREE Download

'These Days' is the second single release from the Devils Elbow album Sand On Chrome and features two previously unreleased tracks, Butterfly Knife a charming first person narrative of a blade wielding psychopath and Valley Scene, a multi layered soundtrack instrumental piece inspired by the Coen Brothers 2007 film ‘No Country For Old Men’. The 3-tracks are available on iTunes & all other download stores.

Full Article

Concord Dawn To Release The Race To Zero EP On July 25th

New Zealand’s finest and Drum & Bass veteran Concord Dawn aka Matt Harvey is set to release a new hard-hitting EP, picking up where his recently released fifth studio album, The Enemy Within, left off. The four-track EP, titled The Race To Zero is set for digital-only release on July 25.

Harvey treats listeners with the uplifting opening track ‘Hindsight’, featuring the beautiful vocals of rising star Nina McSweeney. Track 2, ‘Samba Impossible’ takes things into the more familiar realms of dirty tech-infused Drum & Bass with funked up mid-range, clattering drums and cool samba percussion to spice things up.

Next up ‘Hush’ intros with soft pads drifting over a crispy break and a creepy vocal sample that sets the mood perfectly. It’s then left to the final song on the E.P ‘1925’ to finish us off with a heady mix of kettle drums, deep and deadly bass and an offbeat glitch riff that catches you off guard before burrowing its way inside your head.

As prolific as ever, with a discography full of untold classics, Concord Dawn yet again delivers a set of sound system smashers for audio slaves the world over. In support of the release Concord Dawn is setting off on a series of live dates. Kicking off in Queenstown, Harvey takes the show on the road via Christchurch, Wellington, Auckland, Hamilton, and Greymouth.

Full Article

Awa Brings You Native Intel

As a singer, songwriter and broadcaster, Te Awanui Reeder (Ngati Raukawa, Ngai Te Rangi, Nga Potiki, Ngati Whakaue) is a musical triple threat. His skills with a pad and pen, and on the microphone are evident on tracks from artists as diverse as Dane Rumble, PNC, Sydneyside hip hop duo Turnstyle Puppets, and the chart-topping catalogue of his brothers in arms, Nesian Mystik.

Now Awa is stepping out alone to deliver his solo taonga, Native Intel, an EP which journeys into his relationship with Te Reo Maori, delivering its message of culture and self-knowledge with a colourful, contemporary palette of pop, hip hop and R&B and guests that include Maisey Rika, Otautahi lyricist Maitreya, and fellow Nesian, David ‘Dmon’ Atai.

“Te Reo Maori is the language of love,” Awa says. “I love its visual and metaphoric attributes, its poetic qualities, and the actual sound of the words. It’s a ‘feel’ language – sometimes you don’t need to understand what someone is saying because you can feel what they are saying.”

Full Article

YouTube Links

New track 'Flammable' for Kapabal

'Griffin Boy' video from Glass Owls

New video for Dakota Scream

Would you like to see your music video or single/album download link included here?
Contact [email protected] today!

Other NZ Music News
Gig and Tour News
Artist News


Muzic.net.nz News

New Artists

The following musicians were added to the muzic.net.nz website during the last fortnight:

Hand Me Downs Alizarin Lizard Outrun the Buffalo
Paperscissors Terrorball Force Fields
Sherpa Junica The Sami Sisters
The Vietnam War Lizard Chess Countess


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Reviews and Photos

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


- Force Fields and Sherpa @ Mighty Mighty, Wellington, 1 July 2011

- Known Associates: Penny Love

- Paperscissors @ Bar Bodega, Wellington, 8 July 2011

- The Adults album review


Thanks to Alistar Wickens for adding photos for the following artists this week:

- King Kapisi, My Silver Medal, Agent, The Ramps, El Schlong, Shakhan, Force Fields, Olmecha Supreme, Electric Wire Hustle, Elston Gun, The Checks, Jakob, Faster Pussycat Kill Kill, God Bows To Math, Sherpa & Paperscissors

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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