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Newsletter Issue #380: 20 May 2012

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Left or Right

Thanks to Steve for answering these questions:

What can we expect to see from Left or Right over the next year?

A short tour of Australia later this year, an extensive summer NZ tour in early 2013 + a bunch of writing and jamming new material for our 3rd record.

What will Left or Right’s next release be?

I'd imagine it'll be our third album, released on 12" Vinyl, CD & Cassette as well as onlline. Don't ask me when that will be though!

How do you come up with your lyrics?

I personally enjoy sometimes using Buzzy Dreams as a starting point for lyric writing. There seem to be no boundaries when writing from dreams. Also if the lyrics turn out rubbish, the other guys will soon let me know!

Who would you most like to support live?

ZZ Top would be phat. Those cats have got to be one of the longest running bands ever - same three dudes all the way!

What is your favourite NZ venue?

It’s hard to narrow it down, but I’ll give you several personal favs of mine…

Red Cliff Café, Te Anau: The hospitality is second to none. The staff are exceptional and are always great company. It is also probably the smallest venue in NZ (Metz has to build his drum kit upwards instead of outward). They look after you so well there that you generally play between 3 and 5 sets.

Mussel Inn, Onekaka: Again the hospitality is amazing. The food is outstanding and Mussel Inn brewed beers and ciders are incredible. Ask any band that has had the privilege of playing there and they’ll have nothing but good stuff to say.

Sammys, Dunedin: On a big night at Sammys there is nothing quite like it. We held our Dunedin album release show for ‘Nuggety’ there back in 2009 and it was a magical night with an epic line up of bands & DJs. It’s always nice to play up on a big high stage too. We are doing our ‘Buzzy’ album release show there too.

Yot Club, Raglan: Choice venue. There is a beer on the table upon arrival, a bag of beers to chill with before the show and more beers to drink when you play your set. Always a late show too, it’s not uncommon for it to hit 10:30pm and you’ll still be wondering if anyone is going to show up and then BANG 11pm rolls round and all the locals come out of the woodwork. Pete Coddington is the man too.

Playhouse Café, Mapua: A special mention to the Playhouse as I’m sure it is the only venue in NZ to have it’s own custom built backyard cricket oval which is able to host night test matches! Everything we could have ever wanted.

What is the best part of being a musician?

Being 100% dedicated to the mission and having a full schedule of band work and correspondence to keep up with and do each and every day. Yes we are on the bones of our arse in terms of money but we are doing something we are very passionate about and are super determined to achieve all our goals. And if I'm truly honest I love that we can enjoy the odd beer (or 6) on the job ;)

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

The Phoenix Foundation and The Checks. Two bands I took a while to get into but now really enjoy their entire back catalogs. Both bands write awesome songs. I'm also really digging anything Aaron Takona is doing at the moment, but who isn't?! That guys oozes class. Oh and any bands involved with our own labels annual music festival held in Dunedin - 'Feastock'.

What is in your CD collection at home?

I don't have a CD collection but I have a pretty extensive Vinyl collection which I absolutely treasure!

What is your most embarrassing on tour/gig moment?

Once after a show in Ohakune back in 2008 we got horrendously taken advantage of by the two other bands we were supporting - who got us very drunk whilst playing a drinking game. I proceeded to urinate in the upstairs backstage area in front of everyone and eventually decided I was going to walk about 10km back to the accom. I woke up in a booth in a train carriage themed cafe surrounded by tourists either side of me.

What is your favourite place in NZ to be?

The West Coast of the South Island. Always a blast to tour the coast, the people are outstanding and the shows are usually buzzy as, in a good way!

What rumour would you like to start about Left or Right?

We've just been headhunted by an international act to support them on a tour of Asia & the Europe in late 2012.

Left Or Right is Callum Hampton (guitar, trumpet, vocals), Metua Marama (drums, percussion, vocals) and Steve Marshall (bass, vocals).

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Force Fields

Thanks to Paul for answering these questions:

What will Force Fields’ next release be?

Our next release will be an EP tentatively called INVERSIONS. We've recorded the beds and now just need to bang out the guitar overdubs and vocals and it'll be done. We've also written a bunch of new songs since we recorded those beds so perhaps we'll have to release two EPs in the coming months. Or perhaps we'll just combine them into one full-length.

How do you come up with your lyrics?

I try to shape my lyrics into little narratives. I love getting into the seam of the song and having a little universe contained within it. Of course, that's not always possible, that's just the goal really. Generally my lyrics will start out as a description of something that happened to me, but then I'll add and elaborate until it's somewhat fictionalized. I guess I might call my lyrics truthful fictions. Of course, sometimes I'll look at the words I've just written and realize that I have no idea where they came from.

How do you describe Force Fields’ music?

I would describe Force Fields' music as sonic pop-rock. I love quick, punchy songs using pop structures and melodies -- and I also love those rock epics that extend out and fold back upon themselves, like Built to Spill's 20-minute live cover of Neil Young's Cortez the Killer. That track is  incredible! In our new batch of songs, we have a couple quick and punchy tracks, as well as a 10-minute epic.

What is your favourite NZ venue?

I love the Mighty Mighty in Wellington. They always treat us so well there. Lovely people. And I've played some of my favorite gigs there too. Saturday night shows there are always crazy and fun.

What is the best part of being a musician?

The best part of being a musician is being able to play music on a regular basis. When I first moved to NZ, I was without a band for about 4 years and I really missed it. Now I have weekly rehearsals, and I find them very cathartic. It's great to be able to make a racket and sing at the top of my lungs and just get everything out of my system. Playing gigs is also a highlight of being a musician. There really is nothing finer than having a room full of people dancing along to my music. I also like it when I see people raise their arms and punch the air. I like a good air-punch.

What is in your CD collection at home?

My record collection is a bit all over the place! Listening to these with some frequency these days: Laura Marling, A Creature I Don't Know -- Miles Davis, In a Silent Way -- Air, Talkie Walkie -- Rifles, Sketches EP -- Mastodon, The Hunter -- Elzhi, Elmatic -- Arcade Fire, Suburbs -- Tribe Called Quest, Beats Rhymes Life -- Of Montreal, Hissing Fauna Are You the Destroyer? -- and I recently did a couple web-videos for Lawrence Arabia The Sparrow, so I've heard a couple tracks from that, and they are excellent!

What is your favourite place in NZ to be?

Being Canadian, pretty much all of NZ is my favorite place! I love this country -- next year I'll be a citizen, so I'll be a Canadian and a Kiwi. Very exciting. But I love Welly -- I've lived here for seven years now -- there really is a good spirit in this city. For holiday, I really do love Onetangi Beach on Waiheke Island. Swimming there makes me very happy.

Force Fields are Paul, Jeremy, Tere, Daryl, Matt P and Matt J.

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NZ Music News

2012 Music Managers Awards - and the winners are...

In an invitation only awards ceremony held at the Backbeat bar on Auckland’s K’Rd tonight (Wed 16th May), around a hundred industry guests including some of New Zealand’s best music managers got together to celebrate some standout successes from last year.

Teresa Patterson of CRS Management scored the prestigious ‘Manager of the Year” award for her management skills reflecting in her artists Six60, I Am Giant and Iva Lamkum’s rapid success in 2011. She also took out the top prize for ‘Best Independent Tour’ recognising the extra work required to put together several of Six60’s tours throughout the year which have culminated in her and the band currently being on a two month world tour.

Haddon Smith guided indie artist Annah Mac’s sweet single “Girl in the Stillettos” all the way to platinum - earning him this years award for “Breakthrough Manager” & Ingrid Bennie’s lateral thinking, saw her pick up the newly established “Outside the Box” category for the idea to create a David Dallas pop up store in Ponsonby to coincide with his album release.

Nominated for the first year ever, Cushla Aston took home the ‘Upcoming Manager” award for her work with The Thomas Oliver Band, Rio Hemopo & Cornerstone Roots while Patu Colbert got the thumbs up as “Self Managed Artist” for his amazing effort for managing roots reggae favorites 1814 as well as being the bands guitarist.

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Home Brew Album Has #1 Debut

Home Brew Crew's highly anticipated self-titled album has made its debut at #1 in the NZ Top 40 album chart this week. Home Brew is the first local #1 hip-hop debut album since Scribe's The Crusader in November 2003.

With little commercial radio and TV support due to the explicit nature of the majority of their songs, Home Brew's recent win has come off the back of strong digital album pre-orders and the now infamous 48-Hour Speakeasy album release party in Auckland over the weekend (where party-goers received a copy of the album with their ticket purchase), proving there can be commercial success by doing things a littledifferently.

"I've always tried so hard to make the industry hate us and now we're number one - I guess I even failed at that," says Home Brew's Tom Scott. "It's def an honour, but I don't really care too much about the number considering last month One Direction were top of the charts. I just hope we've made something that resonates with people. Nothing's changed. Wake up. Make music. Back to life."

Full Article

International reggae star Spawnbreezie joins forces with NZ group

South Auckland reggae band Three Houses Down has joined forces with one of the Pacific's hottest international acts, reggae singer Spawnbreezie.

The 10-piece band has been working hard in the studio recording its latest hit, She's My Woman, featuring none other than the American star, who is of Samoan descent.

Spawnbreezie, whose hits include Don't Let Go, Nobody and If It's You, is currently in New Zealand, where he has fast become popular with both young and old.

Fans can look forward to hearing some of Spawn's own flavour in the jam, when he sings the chorus: "She's my BFF, my everything. My teddy bear, my sweetest dream - she's that morning coffee that I need.''

Three Houses Down, made up of Tongan and Samoan members, has become a popular force on the New Zealand reggae scene; making regular appearances at top reggae festivals Raggamuffin in Rotorua and at Parihaka.

Full Article

Dawn Raid Signs Up And Coming Reggae Sensation Swiss

After a huge online / viral buzz from his self-released single and video ‘Slow Wind’, Dawn Raid Entertainment is pleased to announce the signing of RnB/Reggae artist SWISS to a worldwide deal for the release of his new EP Mr Slow Wind through Dawn Raid / FMG / Universal Records.

Currently residing in Brisbane, the 19 year-old Wellington-born singer of Tongan descent has gone from strength to strength, recently performing shows in Australia, New Zealand, and a four city tour of the United States plus supporting acts such as Nesian Mystik, J-Boog, Fiji, and 3 Houses Down. Swiss is also building a healthy fan base in the US and Hawaii as well as closer to home.

“The Reggae scene in New Zealand and the Pacific has been steadily growing over the last five years,” says Dawn Raid co-director, Brotha D. “I’ve been looking for a special young artist that can cross all boundaries and continue to push pacific-based reggae music on a world stage. Swiss has the talent.”

The first single from the EP ‘Slow Wind’ hits radio this week and is set to be an urban smash with the video already having well over 197,000 views on youtube.

Full Article

Paddington Live - A New Music Venue For Auckland

May 26th
marks the closing weekend celebrations of NZ Music Month and the opening weekend of Auckland’s newest, much awaited live music establishment, Paddington Live.

To celebrate the launch, Paddington Live has enlisted kiwi songstress Anika Moa to christen the stage with her full band, plus, special guests Wellington indie band,Family Cactus will be kicking off proceedings.

Full Article

dDub Tour a Smash Hit!

dDub sent it on back during their first NZ tour in over two years. The ‘Send it on Back’ tour which hit four of New Zealand Major cities including the sell-out Christchurch show was planned to celebrate the release of their new single ‘Send it on Back’ and was a major success.

The sell-out Christchurch show at Dux Live, left hundreds lined up outside waiting to see the band due to the venue having reached maximum capacity. The atmosphere was buzzing and the band delivered a stellar live performance. Dux Live manager Ross Herrick was impressed by the turnout and said, " It was the best show since the venue opened after the previous venue was condemned due to earthquake damage."

With a new addition to the horn section the band has its best ever line up. Fans across New Zealand who flocked to see the band were blown away by the live experience, Student Josh Ivey’s who attended to Auckland show said, "I have seen dDub many times and have both albums. Tonight they blew me away. This is the best concert I have ever been to!"

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New Releases

Great North Announces The Release And Tour Of New Album ‘Halves’

Hell is Now Love Presents the DHDFDs' Music Video for 'Pessimist'

The Adults To Release A Digital-Only Deluxe Edition Of Self-Titled Debut Album

Tour and Gig Announcements

Iva Lamkum & Bella Kalolo - one night only!

Left Or Right 'Buzzy' Album release tour

Francois K Tour Announcement

Coldplay Announce One NZ Show

The Jury and The Saints announce new single release and nationwide tour

Minuit announce new shows, and head home to help

Cosmic celebrates NZ Music Month & 15th Birthday

Other NZ Music News
Gig and Tour News
Artist News


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