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Newsletter Issue #50: 29 May 2005

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The bNet Music Awards 2005

Winners of the 2005 bNet New Zealand Music Awards were announced last night Friday May 27th at the Auckland Town Hall.

The bNet NZ Music Awards were established as an alternative to industry awards ceremonies, and to reinforce the ongoing commitment of bNet stations to breaking and developing new talent by recognising those artists not yet acknowledged in the mainstream.

The first bNet Awards were held by 95bFM in 1998 - the only industry Awards at the time to be decided by public vote; this year’s campaign generated a huge response from listeners, who voted on 60 nominees across 20 categories. 

This year The Mint Chicks followed on from last year’s success at the bNets, taking home awards for Best Rock Release and Best Cover Art for their Anti Tiger EP plus Best Video for Opium of the People. Trinity Roots were another favourite on the night winning Best Downbeat Release and Best Album for their LP Home, Land and Sea and also picking up the prize for Best Live Act.

The Checks were voted last year’s Most Promising New Act. This time round they proved why with their single ‘Mercedes Children’ receiving the award for most bNet radio play (and why they are on the prestigious NME tour this month!). The Sneaks received Most Promising New Act - let’s see what they are up to this time next year… maybe Glastonbury?

Flying Nun: Second Season took home Best DVD, and Loop Select 006: Kono CD won the vote for Best Compilation. And if we are going to get genre specific. Best Hip Hop Release went to P-Money for Magic City, Best Electronic Release went to Minuit for their Guns EP and Fly My Pretties – Live at Bats won Best Pop Release.

Radio is all about a good song and a great band name. So to celebrate this Best Song went to Pluto for Dance Stamina and Best Unreleased Song was awarded to Phoenix Foundation for Hitchcock (since the voting period it has been released on their LP Pegasus). Meanwhile Shihad were recognised as the Biggest Cock Up for changing their name to Pacifier, but don’t worry Most Memorable Moment was awarded to Pacifier for calling themselves Shihad.

The Brunettes picked up the prestigious International Achievement and Shayne Carter was awarded the equally coveted Lifetime Achievement. Whilst Mu (Fat Freddys Drop) could be described as one of the most talented musicians in the country, he took home Most Outstanding Musician and Best Producer. 

AND last but not least… Dallas Tamaira and Heather Mansfield were recognised as NZs top vocalists, whilst Shayne Carter and Kirsten Morelle were crowned New Zealand’s foxiest musicians.

Miss Conduct

Which NZ artist/band do you think will be a huge international success one day?
Definatly Hellserpoppin. They rock you to the bone. They're original and awesome guys.
Who would you most like to tour with?
Internationally, Mudvayne. Nationally, Hellserpoppin, Psionic & Shihad.

What is your most embarrassing concert moment?
Haven't had a "really" embarrassing moment yet. The most thats happened to us is having the two same strings on both guitars at the same time break, and tried to play our last song with both guitars way out of tune.
What are you planning on doing during 2005?
Record an album, enter in the battle of the bands, get some promo gear made up, and do a psuedo north island tour.
How did you come up with the name Miss Conduct?
Spirit of the moment really, it was going to be "Misconduct" but there are probably another 100 bands called that, few drinks later someone was smart enough to "Pun" it.

What is in your CD collection at home?
A lot. Mudvayne, Emperor, Tool, Primus, Pennywise, Cab Callaway, The Blues Brothers, Stiff Little Fingers, NIN, Rammstein, Sabbath, Bob Marley, James Brown, Sublime, Cradle of Filth, STP, APC, Shihad, MiSex, The Feelers, Stardrunk, Stylus, everything but Retro.

What advice would you give other budding musicians/bands?
Gig hard, no one wants to see a shit hot band that are statues live, try to impress everyone, not just the other musicians that may be watching. Keep writing new material constantly, and have fun doing it.

To find out more about Miss Conduct, check them out on muzic.net.nz. We'd like to thank Tony from Miss Conduct for taking the time out to answer our questions!

New Ending

Which NZ artist/band do you think will be a huge international success one day?

The Bleeders, they're great guys and they've been working hard - they deserve it.
Who would you most like to tour with?
New Zealand - The Bleeders. International - anyone whose cool but obviously someone along the same lines as our own sound, Thrice, Finch, Hot Water Music, the list could go on and on...
What is your most embarrassing concert moment?
Noise control shutting down a show we had set up, halfway through the line-up. Blowing up PA's, slipping and nearly arsing over on stage.
What are you planning on doing during 2005?
We are planning on getting out and about more, we admit we've been a little slack. We are also planning a trip across to Australia for a couple of shows. On top of that we would like to get some quality recording done, we're sick of demo-ing stuff. Mainly just continue rocking out though.

How did you come up with the name New Ending?
The names come from a play on the new beginning thing. A couple of us had just finished up with an old band - we thought "lets make this a new ending not a new beginning", we'd like to finish this thing off properly...hopefully years from now.
What is in your CD collection at home?
Mainly a collection of punk, screamo and hardcore bands. My favourite band would have to be Thrice at the moment, their new dvd really gives you some hope of getting out on the road and making it. 
What advice would you give other budding musicians/bands?
Practise, the more you feel comfortable playing your own music on stage the more fun you have, and just rock out, people get into it more if you're having fun on stage. Mainly though, just do it for yourself, there's far too many critical voices out there who are always willing to put you down.

You can find out more about New Ending on their website, www.newending.co.nz. Thanks TK for answering the questions!

What's New!

New Artists

The following new artists have been added since our last issue. Check them out:

Exit Pumice
Heavy Lounge Suite David Williams
Ward 19 Sentient
Bruce Paine Nothing Left To Prove
Shane Warner

The Monkey Machine

Substax Slowdance
Intrinsical Animosity


Congratulations to L. Davey from Dunedin for winning the Toy Love competition and to D. Carter from Christchurch for getting the final copy of the Sullen Moon album.

Current competitions include Tourettes, Bruce Paine and This Night Creeps. Check them out on the competitions page!

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