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Newsletter Issue #503: 04 Mar 2018

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Welcome to March!

Hi everyone, welcome to March Madness!

This issue is a special one as we kick things off by paying tribute to the Kings Arms.

As everyone will surely know by now, the iconic venue has now closed its doors for the final time, making way for a new chapter. We pay tribute to its memory from a host of bands and artists that have had the privilege of playing the stage. Auckland's music scene will not be the same as we mourn the loss of such a great venue, but we are looking forward to what new things will come for our music scene, but until then, goodbye, farewell Kings Arms, and thanks for the memories and great music.

Elsewhere in our issue, we have a chat to Sam Fowles about his band and music, Ghost Who Walks, a funk rock blues infusion hailing from Wellington.

We find out about young talent, Jed Parsons, a talented drummer and singer/songwriter from Christchurch, and we get Inside the Muzic with Callum Gentleman, a story telling gothic-folk musician that takes inspiration from The Muppets!

Don't miss out, and be sure to let us know your own stories of The Kings Arms - what was your favourite memory?

- Kerry and The Muzic.net.nz team


It truly is the end of an era, the sun is setting on legendary New Zealand musical institution, The Kings Arms. The time has come for us to hold up our glasses and say cheers for a tonne of good memories - it's not a time that any of us ever wanted to see, but it is with a quiet resolute that we must say our goodbyes and allow the Kings Arms to breathe its last.

It is from here where a new chapter must begin, and where new stories will be created. We're looking forward to what the future will hold for live music in Auckland, but we will never forget the prestigious Kings Arms.

Some NZ musicians have shared their thoughts with us regarding the Kings Arms - thanks to everyone who contributed towards this.

"My most memorable memory of a Kings Arms gig was seeing The Bronx back in the 2004. I remember the singer spending 90% of his time in the crowd singing or crowd surfing and then the two guitarists got up on the speakers which are pretty much near roof height and they played their guitars while crouching down on these speakers for most of the song. It was so Rock n Roll and the KA was perfect venue for them. Also, it was pretty awesome when Ben from the Dillinger Escape Plan put his guitar through the ceiling at their last show. My thoughts on its closure: it's sad, and it makes me mad, it should have been made a historic building, it's a part of our culture, it's iconic, it's the perfect size venue for so many bands, I don't like anyone moving into the new apartments..."
Kris Raven - Coridian 

"For me, playing at the Kings Arms was always a treat and never a chore. Great sound, great staff and most importantly, a great vibe.
Then of course there was the other side, as an audience member. Good golly I've been to some crackers at the KA. All of the above aspects from a performers perspective seemed to be magnified 100x, when at some point being in the audience transformed to being part of the audience, which then morphed into a collective surging (slightly drunken) entity with a singular purpose - to rock the fuck out!
The magic of those times will not be forgotten. RIP Kings Arms. You will live forever in our memories."
Sam French - Silence the City 

"Back a few years ago, for a bunch of metalheads from the Waikato it was damn near impossible to get a gig in Auckland's legendary Kings Arms. We had seen so many of our favourite artists slay there. It was one of the holy grails of venues. It really helped motivate us to try harder and aim higher. Which we did. We busted our ass got a few opening slots then finally our own gig there. We were stoked and promised ourselves to use it as a foothold. It felt even better to outgrow the room and start playing big venues. Hats off to the Kings Arms!"
Paul Martin - Devilskin/World War Four 

"I can’t think of many other establishments or institutions that are held with as much reverence in this country as the Kings Arms. It was beat down and dirty and the toilets smelt like vomit, but it was magical. It made no apologies for this and was as far from pretentious as you could get, which allowed anyone who walked through its doors to be whoever they wanted to be. It allowed us as music fans the opportunity to see bands we may have never got the chance to see and was home for almost every local band this country has produced.
Written by Wolves definitely wouldn’t be the band it is today without it and a big part of our following and live show can be attributed to it. Music in this country has definitely been hit with a huge loss but I know I can speak for the rest of Written by Wolves when I say that we have memories from that place - however foggy, that will stick with us forever."
Michael Murphy - Written by Wolves 

"The Kings Arms was a home away from home for me, from going to some of my first gigs, to playing there and opening for some of my favourite bands like Between the Buried and Me, to putting on a show for another favourite band of mine The Dillinger Escape Plan, the KA is a place that I’ll treasure forever due to the many memories I have created there."
Bailey Roiall - Helgorithms 

"Our DJ in Blindspott used to rap with Damian. Before the first album. He went into the crowd at KA and some guy punched him. (That one guy causing shit in the pit...) I remember seeing Damian’s feet jumping over me and a brawl broke out. We were banned. I thought it was great."
Marcus Powell - Blindspott/Blacklistt/City of Souls

"Kings Arms will be etched in my memory as one of the coolest rock venues in New Zealand, it was our Rainbow Room or CBGBs. Mark never discriminated between upcoming or established acts and pulled some huge mixes for local and touring bands of all sizes. KA had a good vibe, a great community and was an excellent local venue that will leave a huge hole in the scene. Thanks to Maureen and her whanau for leaving behind a rich local and international music legacy that will be talked about for many years to come."
Jason Peters - Hunt the Witch/Kong Fooey/Three Islands

"Coming back to NZ in 2005 the lively scene, people and enthusiasm I experienced at KA made it impossible not to dive in and make some noise as well. The wonderful sound wizard Mark Petersen not only made everyone sound great but was also the most accommodating and easy-going guy you could ever hope to work with.
Thanks, and rest easy Kings Arms, with love from The Quick and The Dead, Bearhat, The Lowest Fidelity and me. x"
Will Saunders - The Quick and The Dead/Bearhat/The Lowest Fidelity 

"Standing in the garden bar of the King's Arms on its final night with a beer in hand, I realised how many of my formative moments as a musician occurred within its walls. Venues will forever come and go, but the King's Arms will always remain the ultimate venue in my eyes. Intimate but not small, big but not cavernous, a logistical and aural dream but a neighbour's nightmare, the KA is and always will be everything a venue strives to be. A special shout out to Mark Peterson, for everything he did for the bands and for us in Skinny Hobos, including still repping our shirt, and Danny Champion, whom I may never have met had she not been behind the bar one fateful Wednesday evening. May the King's Arms forever live in the memories of those lucky enough to walk through its doors."
Sam Holdom - Skinny Hobos 

“I don’t remember the first time I went to the Kings Arms, or the last time I went, but god I know that those nights were good”
Ant Deane - Violet Highway 

"The Kings Arms was always going to hold a special place in the history of Black Frog Management because it is the place that the first ever Black Frog event occurred. The name Black Frog only came into existence a few weeks before the show as I decided I needed some kind of name to run the shows under. That first show was the 10th February 2010 and it's now the official 'Black Frog Birthday.' It was also the first place I ran my first international event with the almighty Anvil in 2014. On a personal level I met musicians and people that became family. I've laughed and cried there, I've consoled people and celebrated lives, lost. I've celebrated birthdays, engagements and weddings. The Kings Arms to me was always more than 'a venue' it was a home. Being in London seeing everyone's posts about the end has been heart breaking. I was also here when Maureen passed away last year. While I'm here on the other side of the world, that magical place has always had a part of my heart. RIP majestic, rough majesty. You will live on in legends for decades more to come. To Lisa and the KA family, thank you for letting me part of the history, even if it was for a short time."
Sarah Sampson - Black Frog Management 

"I've played so many gigs there in all the bands I’ve been in... including our first proper Stylus gig... I have such great memories of the place and it’s gonna be sorely missed."
Paul Matthews - I Am Giant/Stylus 

"The Kings Arms holds a place close to my heart as it was where I basically lived in my mid/late 20's performing with Heathen Eyes and Primacy... also, where I met my wife.
It really is a sad loss to the NZ music scene, but all good things eventually end."
Jason McIver - Primacy/Heathen Eyes/The Jason McIver Collective 

"I hear it's done and that's absolutely heart-breaking. Such a beautiful experience and memory for all of us, myself personally being a frontman who is a very shy guy offstage to be able to elicit a response from a crowd that size in a completely different country is something I've never taken for granted. It's moments like that which have me fighting back tears. They mean so much to me personally.
The hospitality we received being majorly unknown was unreal, I remember Broken Season said our name and the room was silent.
Then I remember us setting up, the room was so packed the side door had people hanging out of it... I looked at Kyle (drummer) as I got the signal to start.
“Auckland, make some fucking noise!” The god damn eruption was unexpected!
From those words, the entire crowd became family. I've played shows for like 15 years. That is one of my all-time favourites."
Kayyne Reid - Tensions Arise (AUS) (performed with 8 Foot Sativa on 1 July 2016) 

"The Kings Arms holds a very, very special place in my heart. As a fan of music and a punter, it offered live music with great sound, not a very common combo. It was good enough to host many an international act... and my fondest memory there was being absolutely mesmerised by Karnivool, one of my favourite bands. As a muso, it offered a relatively easy path to putting on a really good show. you could be assured of quality in all departments, and your fans knew exactly how to get there and what to expect. To me it was a solid base for live music in Auckland and I am typing this with a very heavy heart."
Zorran Mendonsa 

"What the Kings Arms meant to me was at first aspirational, and then became about shared experiences and contribution.
I remember once I figured out that the Kings Arms was a cornerstone establishment for all the local bands that were going somewhere, as well as some really cool international bands, that I had to play there. It featured strongly in my personal goals and Armed in Advance (then Stitches) even played their first show there, as well as some of my favourite shows with the band.
A few years down the road, going to see friends play on the stage, sharing good times with others and seeing some amazing international bands had turned this place into a real special spot for me personally.
And with respect to the faithful owners and operators of the establishment, who have done an incredible job maintaining a standard that has consistently attracted the best the music world has to offer; What this experience highlights for me, is the reason that the Kings Arms was what it was, had little to do with the building itself. It was about people getting together, listening to great music, sharing experiences, developing their own musical journeys and sharing in other’s journeys - and the awesome team at the Kings Arms facilitating that experience consistently.
Yes, it will absolutely be missed. Yet I’m hopeful that we can all find a new place to call home for the music in our hearts, and for musos to aspire to contributing to the scene that we all are a part of now. I'm looking forward to discovering where that energy will find a new home, because even though the building and the history along with it is going, there are plenty of us in the local music community who are far from done with sharing their music with this city and the world. So, here’s to the future.
...Hopefully we’re all good for Apartment buildings after this though."
JP - Armed in Advance 

"For a band in Auckland the Kings Arms was how you could measure success. Everyone started playing with 4 other bands on a Wednesday night, and slowly you moved to Thursdays, then Fridays supporting someone bigger. When we managed to sell out a Saturday night we knew we were finally on to something special. That place was amazing and Auckland wont be the same without it."
James Dylan, Neill Fraser, Dave Johnston and Thomas Watts - Villainy 

"I played my first show at the Kings Arms about 15 years ago as a bright eyed young musician. Even way back then it was an established NZ music institution and a mecca for us out of town artists who saw playing the Kings Arms as a significant step in our music careers. I have been to some great shows there over the years and I don't know many other kiwi musicians who haven't played this iconic venue at some stage. It's a real shame to see it go, a lot of history in this place!"
James Donaldson - Agent/Temples on Mars 

The Kings Arms RNZ Archive 
The Kings Arms stuff.co.nz Article 
Muzic.net.nz - The Kings Arms Photo Gallery 

Rest in peace, our dear friend, for the music within your walls may have ended yet it echoes on in sweet refrains.

And in the (2016) words of Maureen Gordon - "I felt quite flattered - it's nice to see there are so many people out there supporting the venue."

Tribute compiled by Lisa Jones.


Ghost Who Walks have their own style of homegrown funk, rock and blues, complete with a tight rhythm section and a groove that will make you move. Since their inception, they have wowed audiences with their electrifying live sets.

Sam spoke to Shelley about Ghost Who Walks and their future plans:

Hi Sam, how are you?
Very well, thank you.

Where did the name come from?

I was a big Phantom comic book fan as a child and “Ghost Who Walks” was the nickname the jungle people gave him. I really dug it as a project name and it stuck.

Why the half-skull face paint?

I guess it’s a play on the name, I feel it’s a very powerful image. It was for a one off promotional shoot which we also used as a vector image creating our logo and our brand. It’s not something worn for the live show.

What are your influences?

Jimi Hendrix was probably my first big influence and still is today. As well as Gary Clark Jr, I really dig his style. Also, Chris Moses a now friend of mine who seen me play at an open mic night in Wellington in 2015, He helped me form the first incarnation of Ghost Who Walks, while also teaching me a lot of what I know about music today.

How do you come up with your lyrics and what inspires you the most when writing your lyrics?

I guess I wait for moments of inspiration, then I put pen to pad and it all comes out for the most part. I mostly write to inspire the listener, but I’m also very much inspired by moments I perceive to be beautiful, whether that be a moment of sadness, a moment of joy. meeting someone who inspires me. Or losing someone who inspires me. To feel in itself is a beautiful thing.

How would you describe your music?

Funky Electric Voodoo Blues

You’ve just released your new single Vertigo. It’s a great track. Can you tell us more about it? Also, do you think putting your music on Spotify has helped you share your music?

Thank you. It’s a psychedelic funk journey that explores the concept of dark versus light, high and low and the idea that inside we have a true compass that guides us to overcome our fears and transcend into our ultimate purpose. I think anywhere you can put your music, so it can be heard is a good thing.

What were you doing before you became a musician and what do you think you would be doing if you weren't performing music now?

I’ve always been a musician at heart, I worked the roads for some time then saved enough money to record the way I wanted to record. I couldn’t do anything else, music is everything for me.

What music do you enjoy listening to?

Tama Impala, Arctic Monkeys, Fat Freddy's Drop, Pink Floyd, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bob Marley to name a few.

You play quite intimate gigs. Would you like to do larger shows, or do you prefer the intimate setting?

Intimate is cool it really gives the listener a chance to be up close and personal with the show which creates a nice vibe, you can really feel the energy. Larger shows are cool too the more people the more energy there is to vibe with. I am happy to play for any amount of people if they’ll lend me their hearts and ears.

You’re doing quite a few shows in Wellington. Can we expect you to travel further soon?

We’re looking to do a full tour next summer taking us through the smaller towns and some of the main centres. And a quick trip to some of the cooler climates in winter. Wait and see.

What has got you to where you are today?

The people that believed in me very early on without them I would have never started this journey. I’m forever grateful for their support, followed closely by hard work and perseverance.

What is the one thing you want NZ to know about yourself?

I never took music in school and I still can’t read music.

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

Looking forward to the EP release and the summer tour. Also, very keen to hit the studio again to create some more tunes for ya’lls listening pleasure.

Anything else to add?

Marmite on crumpets is a total win.

Thank you for doing this interview with us Sam. I wish you all the best and can’t wait to hear more!

Ghost Who Walks is Sam Fowles (vocals, guitar), Josh Brown (drums) and Joseph Shepheard (bass, vocals).

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Ghost Who Walks Gigs (press release)


Jed Parsons is a fresh young talent hailing from Christchurch. At 20 years old, Parsons is the youngest member of the ‘Fledge’ creative collective, and he is already gaining a powerful reputation in the music scene as a talented drummer and a singer/songwriter. Jed spoke to Shelley about his music:

Auckland City Limits. Congrats!

Thank you! We’re very stoked with that and looking forward to it.

How does it feel being on a line-up with people such as Grace Jones?

Yeah absolutely ridiculous. I can’t wait. Even on our stage is Thundercat, George Ezra and all these people that I’m very excited about.

Who are your favourite NZ musicians?

My favourite NZ musicians would have to be, I have a few of them. I’m really digging a lot of the stuff NZ's put out.Unknown Mortal Orchestra, well Reuben, he would have to be one of my favourites. Then Lawrence Arabia, Gareth Thomas, Liam Finn and all those characters of the world. Yeah just anything. I really love the indie pop rock scene in NZ and of course all the classic songwriters too.

What music do you enjoy listening to?

Just a bit of everything I suppose. I’ve got a wide range of influences from indie rock and indie pop, right through to 90's hip-hop. But at the moment I would have to say Unknown Mortal Orchestra and people like that are some real faves.

Yeah I always find that question really interesting because you get people who like play blues music for example but then they say they listen to Metallica and heavier music.

Yeah totally. I like to keep my listening quite broad because I’m aware that probably subconsciously it reflects it in my writing. I like to think that my writing has some originality to it. I like to draw influence from all over the place.

What were you doing before you launched into music?

Well music has sort of been my thing since about halfway through high school when I realised I didn’t really enjoy much else to the same level of music. If I was going to follow my passion it would be music. I’ve always done music. I’ve played in lots of different bands. I’ve always played drums in a few different bands and worked in a few different projects so yeah. The Jed Parsons solo project I guess is just a culmination of all that stuff I’ve done before.

What do you think you would be doing if you weren't performing music?

Not really. I guess that was the thing that through me into it you know. You sit down and analyse what you like in life and music was always the main passion. If it was anything else, it would have to be creatively inclined like all my brothers. I’ve got 3 older brothers and they're all creative in 1 way or another. I think it runs in the family and I’d definitely have to be doing something arty or whatever.

How would you describe your music?

I’d put it under the broad umbrella of indie pop. I would say that I’m influenced by classic song writing. I really love Neil Young and those kinds of guys. But with a modern twist of production. I think with the way I approach song writing I enjoy pop formulas, accessible formulas but with an interesting twist. Yeah, I guess that’s how I’d describe it.

Where do you get your ideas for your music videos? I just watched your video for Get Lost and it’s got so many different elements to it.

Yeah, it’s pretty wacky. I came up with the concept a wee while ago and it was always quite aesthetically driven. I knew how I wanted the shots to look and how the shots would be cut together in quick succession. And then a vague concept of the juxtaposition between a person living a boring life or whatever, well the real-world life, juxtaposed with him in an alternate reality or a dream of what he wanted to be doing. Then the production company Ruffell productions, they took it to the next level.

Yeah when I first watched the video I didn’t look into too much what it was about, but I totally got that from the video.

Cool, that’s good. Yeah, the song is from probably quite a personal point of view of analysing as a young musician, analysing your place in the world. You know you always hear as a musician “are you going to get a real job?” and all that kind of stuff. So yeah, the song is about I guess just leading a life that is a little bit unconventional. Specifically, Get Lost is obviously about getting out and travelling and seeing the world a bit as opposed to settling down and working a 9-5 and doing a standard life. So yeah that’s reflected in the music video too.

What is the strangest thing that has happened to you while playing on tour? Though you’re about to go on tour so this answer could change.

Oh yeah, okay awesome haha. I played drums in a couple of bands and 1 band I was playing in, we did a massive gig just after the earthquakes. So, there was nothing much to do but get on the road. We played with this very bizarre band, who shall remain nameless, but one of the guys in the band thought he was a bit of a Rockstar. A guy in our band accidentally broke a glass in the hotel room we were staying in and that guy said, “oh fuck it that’s alright” and he preceded to empty the kitchen drawers and break everything in sight including the big 50-inch TV. It was absolutely horrendous. But yeah, we were rolling out the next day and there were cop cars outside taking notes and stuff. Yeah it was a very bizarre tour.

But yeah playing places like Stewart Island and pubs in the middle of nowhere, often to very small crowds, was kind of where we honed our craft. So, it was good for that.

What can you never leave home without when you’re going on tour?

Probably my headphones. I always make sure I have my headphones. *voice in the background* “Girlfriend!” Haha my girlfriend is listening. Girlfriend. But yeah headphones are very important. That’s probably where I do most of my listening, on tour. But yeah, I actually tour very lightly. Most of my touring so far has been playing drums so of course you’ve got your cymbal case as your carry on and you sort of squeeze in some undies and your toothbrush wherever you can find room. But yeah, always headphones.

It’s sort of like what you have on a daily basis like when you’re commuting otherwise it’s that awkward silence on the train or bus.

Yeah exactly. I don’t really mind silence though. I quite like to think a lot. I do a lot of my writing that way just thinking and taking note of what strange thoughts pass through my brain. So, I don’t mind the silence but yeah on aeroplanes it gets a bit too much.

What rumour would you like to start about yourselves?

Oh, that’s a good one! I always thought about, not sure if it’s a rumour or not, I’m quite critical of social media these days. I thought it would be quite funny to do an entire world tour while not leaving the bedroom. So, start a rumour and just post pictures of cities from google images and say I’ve played in Antarctica or just did a sweet gig in some obscure city around the world. I think that would be a rumour to start and just see how far you can push social media. Make it out that I did a sold-out tour of Antarctica, that’d be a good one.

What is the one thing you want people to know about you?

I guess just how dedicated I am to music. It’s funny talking to non-musicians about what you do and obviously they just see the 3 minute video on YouTube and listen to your song on Spotify or whatever and they sometimes don’t realise the years, literally years, of work that goes into one of these projects. Yeah to the non-musicians to know that as musicians we work quite hard I guess.

What has got you to where you are today?

Probably just, I think the fact that I’ve played in so many different projects. Like I’ve played drums in multiple bands and done lots of collaborative writing. I think all that has got me to where I am today because I have been able to spend years observing the front man from behind the kits and observing band dynamics and things that have worked and things that haven’t worked. I’ve seen and heard stories from friends. Yeah just collaborating a lot.

So how does it feel having Get Lost out everywhere now?

It’s really really cool. I’m so stoked with it. There’s been times just having launched my solo career, I’ve been playing live with my band for a good couple of years now and there’s been so many opportunities where we could have rushed it and we could have recorded something early on and released it straight away. It’s always been so tempting. I’m glad people are picking it up and listening to it. I think that’s every musician's dream to have as many people enjoy what you’re doing as possible. So yeah, I’m stoked with the feedback so far. I’m really happy.

What are your plans for the rest of this year?

Yeah cool. So, I’ve got a bit of a tour at the moment, so about 10 dates across the country. But that’s over 2 months so nothing too strenuous. But behind the scenes there’s a couple more singles to go and I’ll be looking to release the album around July.

Well that’s about all I have. Thank you so much for taking the time to talk with me.

No worries. Thanks for taking the time to talk to me

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After the first show on his Farewell Tour before heading to the US, Callum stopped by to have a chat with the Inside the Muzic crew: 

Alex (interviewer): Today we have 
{Callum Gentleman}

Callum (musician): Thank you for having me

Alex: Tell us about yourself. You have an interesting style of music.

Callum: It’s dark folk, or maybe gothic folk. {Aldous Harding} has been using the term gothic folk which works well with what we are doing. It’s storytelling songs; I play mostly acoustic, but Joel Vincent (who does electric guitar) doesn’t really do harmonies, he mostly does textures, same as Sam who plays the violin. We come up with these eerie and sometimes dark and creepy storytelling songs about these people who have lives that go awry.

Alex: Dark and creepy?

Callum: I’m no Taylor Swift, and I don’t know if I will go #1 in the US with that description, but dark and creepy, sometimes fun. Atmospheric is a good term as well.

Alex: That’s just interesting because I read somewhere that you were inspired musically by the Muppets. Who are not exactly dark and creepy.

Callum: I was, and some would say still am. While not dark and creepy, the songs that I remember seeing and hearing on the Muppets as I was growing up, was like when Kermit’s cousin Robin (the littlest frog) was singing this song Halfway Down the Stairs, where he was sitting halfway down the stairs, singing this sad song about not going anywhere. It’s the sad songs that I really remember, the sad melodies that hit a chord with me.

Alex: How long did it take you to get into music after these inspiring songs?

Callum: Ages. As a child, I always believed you either have the talent or you don’t. You’d be in school picking up a guitar and trying to figure out some chords, and then you’d see someone else and they had already figured it out, and I thought that meant I wasn’t talented. I didn’t realise that one of those guys, his dad was a musician, so he had been around music and guitars since he was born. So, it wasn’t that he was more talented (he is a very talented musician), but he’d just been around it more. I never figured out, that if I actually just practised, I’d be okay. I decided I wasn’t a good guitarist or singer, so I went and did something else. In the end, my desire to play was so strong that I just tried.

Alex: Was the guitar your first choice?

Callum: As a child, my dad got me onto the piano, but I had a brutal piano teacher, and that was me done. I’d like to go back and do a bit of piano, but playing guitar and singing are my first choices. Lyrics were a big part of it all. When I got started with song writing, I knew I was okay at guitar, but I was really good at working with words, and I love the poetry of it. Words were the first focus when I started writing music.

Alex: How do you come up with your lyrics? Are they personal anecdotes?

Callum: Weirdly it’s from walking around. Conversations pop into my head as I walk around. If I’m having trouble writing, I’ll just go out for a walk. Sometimes works sometimes doesn’t, but it tends to work when I’m on the move. Touring is great; it may not be walking, but I’m driving and still moving, so things pop up in my head. Other than that, I sometimes snoop on people conversations.

Alex: You mentioned touring. You’ve gone to a lot of small venues in small towns. What drove that decision?

Callum: A few reasons. I’m a big fan of a band called {The Eastern}, who are based out at Lyttelton. They were touring monsters; every night of the week, almost every week of the year, and they would play anything. I realised that I want to play. I don’t want to save myself, like some artists do; strategizing, and only playing key events and venues, with the goal of playing Spark Arena one day. I’d rather just get out there, play and see places. Playing small venues in Auckland is a quick road to having people not turn up anymore because all your friends have already seen you. Touring, getting out on the road, seeing places, meeting people. People in smaller towns do often come out because there is a gig on.

Alex: Any favourite spots?

Callum: Barrytown, near Greymouth in the South Island. It was a dream. One of those weird iconic places; why it’s on the map, nobody knows. But it’s amazing, Fugazi (American punk rock band) and Townes van Zant (American singer-songwriter) had played there, and nearly every New Zealand artist I listened to had been there. It was a huge thrill when we got to play there last year. In Auckland, I love The Wine Cellar; I love the sound and the people, and what Rohan Evans does with the sound there.

Alex: You did a show there a couple of weeks ago? Did it go well?

Callum: Yeah. It was great. Played with {Being.}. If you get a chance, catch her shows, she is a great musician. The crowd was great. A lot of people came in who were new and just saw a gig was happening and decided to give it a go. One American guy saw that I was going to America this year and wanted to check me out, and he loved it.

Alex: You’re heading over to the States.

Callum: Uncle Donald still has to stamp the visa properly. One of the forms I had to sign did state that “if the administration changes its immigration policy at any time before or after arrival…”, which fair enough, it’s interesting times in America. Apart from getting that one little bit of protocol done at the consulate, it’s all set up and ready to go.

Alex: What made you pick the States?

Callum: Partly because I could. The visa came up, and I get a one-year working green card, which is ace. I don’t have to sneak in, I can go legitimately and work, tour around for a full year. Apart from that, childhood dreams? I’ve always wanted to visit and be an artist in New York. To see the places; go to Nashville, Memphis, New Orleans, Seattle. Even going to places with no music scene, but to see friends.

Alex: You have a farewell tour?

Callum: Just a small tour. The Wine Cellar show was the first We have an afternoon show at Leigh Sawmill on March 11th with {Mice on Stilts}, the day before on the 10th we are at Eggsentric in Whitianga because the guys wanted to go to the Coromandel. The weekend after on the 16th we are at The Refinery in the Paeroa area. That will be the last gigs I’ll be playing with the current band for a while unless I can get 10,000,000 listens on Spotify in the next couple of months and I can afford to fly them over to the States.

Alex: Tell me about your writing process.

Callum: There are two ways I go about it. One is that I’m just screwing around, and find a couple of chords that sound good, so I work something around it. The other way is when I’m learning someone else’s song, learning a cover, and I screw it up, and again it sounds good, so I work something around it. I was trying to learn a fingerpicking style, and it wasn’t the exact way that he plays it, but it was a variation on Bob Dylan’s Don’t Think Twice, it was interesting and different, so a song came out of that. It’s fun. I love to trip over songs.

Alex: How long does the song writing process take?

Callum: Two parts to that question, how many songs do I write, and how many do I finish. It depends on a lot of factors but over a month I may write 5-10 different song ideas, whether it’s a lyric or melody. How many do I finish to the point that it’s completed and I’m happy with it? Maybe one a month. It takes a while because I like the process. I like to look at the structure and make changes and work on them. Only once have a sat down written a song and recorded it and it was done. It was okay, and I still play it live, but it was the only time that has happened that fast.

Alex: A bit of a perfectionist?

Callum: I’m not saying it’s a good thing. I remember Neil Young talking about writing After the Gold Rush, and how it took almost half an hour to come up with, and that was a long time. I don’t know how he does it. I guess he is just playing over and over, all the time, every day.

Alex: You’ve mentioned a few artists that have obviously inspired you. When you pick your band members, do their tastes in music come into consideration?

Callum: I generally just go with whoever wants to play with me. I’ve got lots of buddies who play music professionally, and I’ve got them to sit in and lay down some tracks. On one hand, they are really busy, and on the other, I approach things really differently; it’s not a conventional structure. Some musicians find it a bit weird, so I went with Sam and Joel because they didn’t look at me weird. I don’t dictate things, I just give them the vibe, and I let them contribute how they want. You don’t tell them what to do, you find out what they have to offer, to give to the song. Same goes with anything else, I’m working with a lady called Hayley on some videos, and I give her a couple of ideas, but I want to know what she hears when she listens to the song. Generally, what she comes up with is way more interesting than what I came up with because she knows what she’s doing with videos. Those guys know what they are doing with their instruments, so let them put their input in.

Alex: What are they like to tour with?

Callum: Good, actually. Last year we did a big tour, from September until November, and then did a solo tour in Australia. We were stuck in the car with all the gear for quite a while. We nailed the South Island and did a jaunt around the North, and I figured it would be great, as we could share the driving, and picking the music, doing the phone calls. In the end, I realised I liked the driving; from Dunedin to Greymouth in one trip, and I drove the whole way. I’m far happier and relaxed doing an eight-and-a-half-hour drive, than if I’m in the back seat. It was good for the other guys who preferred to chill and relax. We did all take turns picking the music to play and discovered some amazing new artists along the way. Sometimes not. If you ever get the chance to check out Puce Mary (Danish experimental artist), some really interesting and inspiring stuff, but I will listen to something else now because it’s full on.

Alex: How was the Australian tour?

Callum: I did my first Australian tour in May of last year and was over for a whole month. A New Zealand solo touring artist, I figured nobody was going to turn up, but it turned out really well; people turned up, some gigs paid really well, everyone was respectful. It went so well that I immediately booked the next tour. Only ended up being there for five shows for that November tour. I was knackered. I literally played a solo set the night before getting on the plane, I was drunk and thought I was screwed and going to die in Australia. It was weird, I got to Australia and went straight to the venue, and they greeted me, offered me a beer and a feed; it was great that all these people were happy to see me because I’d come all the way from New Zealand to play. I played a great show at Castlemaine, and another at Saints and Sailors in Portarlington; I’ve played there a couple times now doing three-hour sets. Fully recommend it. If you want a beer and feed they are great, but if you are a musician you should get hold of them.

Alex: Three-hour set?

Callum: Yeah when I first played there with another artist there were three of us each doing an hour each. I went back another time, and I really needed the cash, so I did the whole thing myself. I worked hard, with three hours of originals with some covers thrown in here and there. I was hoarse by the end of it. I know people who have done 4-hour covers gigs, and I can imagine what that final hour would have been like.

Alex: Your album was only available as a physical copy?

Callum: Yeah it was either through Bandcamp or as a physical EP at the shows. Partly I was overwhelmed. I had done the album, booking a tour. I knew I could get the digital rights, but I just wanted to get out on the road, and I’m happy with that. I figured it was time to get everything on Spotify. I had a single up there and it was pretty lonely, so I figured I would put it up on all the platforms to clear the library before I start putting up the things I have been working on in 2018.

Alex: Was the success of Australia what pushed you to look further abroad?

Callum: Partly yeah. The idea has been in my head for years but going to Australia was me venturing out. I was in Paris when I first started playing music, and went to London, but was too nervous to really play. I’d played around New Zealand a few times, and I was ready to do this. Having it done, the visa was available, and if I didn’t do it, the opportunity wouldn’t come about again. So, I took the jump.

Alex: That’s all the questions I have for you today. Are you going to play a song or two for us today?

Callum: Since you asked about the EP, I’m going to play the lead song off the EP. And for the second one, I’ll toss a coin.

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The NZ MMF & IMNZ announce International Festival Market and Management Seminar

The NZ MMF & Independent Music NZ are proud to announce UK Manager/Tour Manager/Venue Manager Andy Inglis will be doing two seminars in New Zealand in March covering Artist Management and the International Festival Market.

Andy’s 28 year long career started in Scotland in 1990, DJ'ing and running raves around the country. He began managing bands and small electronic labels, moving to London in 1997 to continue the work. In 2005 he co-founded The Luminaire, winning London Venue of The Year and UK Venue of The Year in the first two years. He booked Quart - Norway’s biggest and oldest music festival – and now manages artists including Mercury Prize-nominated artist William Doyle (formerly East India Youth) and used to be the Tour Manager for bands including  SOHNand Savages.

Auckland - Monday 19 March  6.30pm - 8.30pm

Wellington - Tuesday 20 March  6.30pm - 8.30pm

Do not miss this seminar!  Auckland is open to MMF and IMNZ Members. RSVP to [email protected]  to secure your seat and for venue details

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NZ Music Managers Forum present Make Money From Your Music Seminar

The NZ Music Managers Forum in conjunction with Creative Bay of Plenty, Recorded Music NZ, and APRA AMCOS have joined forces for an essential seminar for Bay of Plenty based musicians, managers, self managed artists and anyone interested in the NZ Music Industry. The seminar will be held in Mount Maunganui on Tuesday March 27th

Bringing together some of the Music Industries top agencies and executives, the seminar subject is  ‘Make Money from Your Music’ and will cover such topics as: how your music will make money via APRA AMCOS and Recorded Music NZ’s Direct to Artist Scheme; the different forms of Digital income and a focus on Spotify - their playlists and the essential data and analytics you can access.

Thanks to a music grant from Recorded Music NZ, Creative Bay of Plenty and APRA AMCOS entry is free but booking is essential.  RSVP to [email protected]  to secure your seat. 

NZ Music Managers Forum,  Creative Bay of Plenty, Recorded Music NZ and APRA AMCOS

Date: Tuesday March 27th 2018
Time: 6pm – 8pm

Venue: Totara Street, 11 Totara St, Mt Maunganui.

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Alien Weaponry Signs International Deal with Napalm Records

New Zealand’s ‘Te Reo Metal’ sensations, Alien Weaponry, have signed an international deal with Napalm Records in Europe, which will see their debut album marketed and sold worldwide.

The deal comes in the wake of the band signing with German based management agency das Maschine last September, and announcing a European Festival tour which includes coveted slots at MetalDays in Slovenia and Wacken Open Air in Germany.

Sebastian Muench, A&R for Napalm Records says the three Northland teenagers are “the youngest musicians we have ever added to the Napalm band roster, [and] also one of the most exciting and unique bands in recent years. Their combination of old school thrash metal and Māori culture elements and language creates intense and energetic songs that should be highly attractive to all true genre fans, especially those who stopped listening to Sepultura after the ‘Roots’ album.”

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- New Releases -

Chores - Surrender Remixes 
Temples on Mars - Temples on Mars 
Hopetoun Brown - Don't Let Them Lock You Up 
So Below - Close 
Carb on Carb - It's Been A Rough Year 
Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Not In Love We're Just High 
Astro Children - Turnpike 
How To Human - Devil In Your Pocket 
Sharnar - Breathe On Your Own 
I Am Giant - Don't Look Back 
Rei - Raparapa 
The Venus Project - Need A Man 
Helen Corry - La Femme 
Tom Lee-Richards - Out of the Oddness 
Paper Cranes - Midsummer 
Jamie McDell - Extraordinary Girl 
Emily Fairlight - The Escape 
Eb & Sparrow - Seeing Things 
Chores - Surrender 
Kody Nielson - Ruban's Birthday 
Andrew Papas - Troublemaker 
Pale Lady - Empty Space 
Julia Deans - Clandestine 
Boycrush - Desperate Late Night Energy 
Wax Chattels - Stay Disappointed 
The Mockers - Live at The Powerstation 
Frills - My Love 
Tom Francis - The Follow Up 
Grayson Gilmour - Artery 
Carnivorous Plant Society - The New King 
SWIDT - Stoneyhunga: The Bootleg EP 
Latinaotearoa Feat. Laughton Kora - Skyy, Can You Feel Me 
Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Sex And Food 
The Frank Burkitt Band - Simple 
Apollo SteamTrain - Brain Bell Jangler 
Yukon Era - Feel 
Pitch Black - Radioactive Man 
Marlon Williams - Make Way For Love 
Lawrence Arabia - Solitary Guys 
Estere - Rent 
Tomorrow People - BBQ Reggae 
Jed Parsons - Get Lost


- March Gigs & Tours -

(in no particular order)


9 March @ Tuning Fork, Auckland - 10 March @ San Fran, Wellington
March of the Fallen Tour
with Intergracia, Average Mars Experience, Fall of Them, The Snake Behaviour and Kairillion Theory
17 March @ Ding Dong Lounge, Auckland - 23 March @ Valhalla, Wellington
Six60 with Kings
9 March @ Horncastle Arena, Christchurch - 17 March @ Toll Stadium, Whangarei
Pitch Black
15 March @ Paradox, Nelson - 16 March @ San Fran, Wellington - 17 March @ Winnie Baggoes, Christchurch
Yukon Era
16 March @ The Stomach, Palmerston North - 17 March @ Moon 1, Wellington - 23 March @ Galatos, Auckland
Carb on Carb
9 March @ Senior Citizens Hall, New Plymouth - 10 March @ The Paisley Stage, Napier
The Auckland Royal Easter Show with Che Fu and Sons of Zion
29 March - 2 April, Auckland
Apollo SteamTrain
10 March @ Imbibe Bar, Tauranga - 24 March @ Ding Dong Lounge, Auckland - 25 March @ Waihi Beach Hotel, Waihi Beach
Canivorous Plant Society
23 March @ Music Festival, Titirangi - 30-31 March @ Jazz Festival, Waiheke
Music In Parks: Demon Energy Rock The Park 2018
with Head Like A Hole, The Datsuns, Villainy and Dead Favours
10 March @ Grey Lynn Park, Auckland
Callum Gentleman
10 March @ Eggsentric Cafe, Cooks Beach - 11 March @ Leigh Sawmill, Leigh - 16 March @ The Refinery, Paeroa
10 March @ Totara Street, Mt Maunganui - 15 March @ San Fran, Wellington
Ghost Who Walks
10 March @ Southern Cross Garden Bar, Wellington - 15 March @ El Horno, Wellington
Jonathan Crayford
16 March @ Uxbridge Arts Centre, Auckland - 18 March @ Lot 23, Auckland - 20 March @ Silo Park, Auckland Arts Festival, Auckland - 19-21 March @ Suite Gallery, Wellington - 31 March @ Sherwood Hotel, Queenstown
The Black Seeds and L.A.B.
25 March @ Mantells on the Water, Auckland
Eb & Sparrow
24 March @ St Peters Hall, Paekakariki - 29 March @ San Fran, Wellington
Tom Lee-Richards
25 March @ Rogue State, Rotorua


Dan Walsh
5 March @ The Bunker, Auckland
James Blunt
6 March @ Spark Arena, Auckland - 8 March @ Horncastle Arena, Christchurch
Andrew Strong
6 March @ Studio, Auckland - 7 March @ San Fran, Wellington
Fall Out Boy with Openside
7 March @ Trusts Arena, Waitakere
Kamasi Washington
16 March @ Powerstation, Auckland
Storm the Gates Festival
17 March @ Trusts Arena, Auckland
WOMAD 2018
16-18 March @ Bowl of Brooklands, New Plymouth
Big Boi
16 March @ Studio, Auckland - 17 March @ Meow, Wellington
19 March @ Powerstation, Auckland
Prophets of Rage
20 March @ Spark Arena, Auckland
Mick Jenkins and The Underachievers
21 March @ Powerstation, Auckland - 22 March @ San Fran, Wellington
I Love The 90's
23 March @ Spark Arena, Auckland
Ed Sheeran with Drax Project and Lost Bird
24-26 March @ Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland - 29, 31 March & 1 April @ Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
John Butler Trio
30 March @ Church Road Winery, Napier
Playboi Carti
31 March @ Powerstation, Auckland
Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit
27 March @ Town Hall, Auckland
Vance Joy
28 March @ Tuning Fork, Auckland
The Spooky Men's Chorale
10 March @ St Matthews In The City, Auckland - 11 March @ Meteor Theatre, Hamilton - 20 March @ Globe Theatre, Palmerston North - 21 March @ Salvation Army Citadel, Wellington - 22 March @ Memorial Hall, Motueka - 24 March @ The Piano, Christchurch
Mastadon and Gojira with Just One Fix and Mothra
31 March @ Trusts Arena, Auckland
The Minimalists
17 March @ Ellerslie Events Centre, Auckland
Incubus with Villainy
7 March @ Horncastle Arena, Christchurch
Hockey Dad
30 March @ Blue Smoke, Christchurch - 31 March @ Captain Cook Tavern, Dunedin
Limp Bizket with (Hed) P.E.
19 March @ Horncastle Arena, Christchurch



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Check out our latest reviews at the below links:

Dilz Feat. J. Williams and TY - Single Review: Wait On You
Written by Shelley

Gig Review: Foo Fighters @ Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland - 03/02/2018
Written by Paul

Omega Levine Feat. Zonny - Single Review: Stay Connected
Written by Shelley

Marina Bloom and Moving Stuff - Single Review: This Feeling
Written by Shelley

David Sutton - Album Review: Binary
Written by Corinne

I Am Giant - Single Review: Don't Look Back
Written by Janise

Gig Review: Salmonella Dub Feat. Tiki Taane @ Owen Delaney Park, Taupo - 3/02/2018
Written by Kerry K

Gig Review: Paramore @ Spark Arena, Auckland 13/02/2018
Written by Alex

The Frank Burkitt Band - Album Review: Raconteur
Written by Janise

Gig Review: Robbie Williams with Tami Neilson @ Spark Arena, Auckland 14/02/2018
Written by Alex

EP Review: Rise of Destructatron
Written by Matt M

EDY Feat. Chris Bates - Single review: Here 4 U
Written by Corinne

Apollo SteamTrain - Single Review: Brain Bell Jangler
Written by Andrew

Gig Review: Queen and Adam Lambert @ Spark Arena, Auckland - 17/02/2018
Written by Terry

Gig Review: Rise Against w/ Dead Favours @ Logan Campbell Centre, Auckland - 19/02/2018
Written by Alex

Callum Gentleman - EP Review: Callum Gentleman
Written by Corinne

Berri Txarrack @ Whammy Bar, Auckland - 18/02/2018
Written by Shelley

Tom Lee-Richards - Single Review: Out Of The Oddness
Written by Ria

Gig Review: Cattle Decapitation @ Kings Arms, Auckland - 8/02/2018
Written by Matt M

Happy Hearse - Album Review: Love and Work
Written by Kerry M

Scorn of Creation - Album Review: Scorn of Creation
Written by Terry

Hollywoodfun Downstairs - Album Review: Tetris
Written by John

Summer Underground Tour @ Totara St, Mt Maunganui - 23/02/2018
Written by Corinne

April Fish - Album Review: An Alien Invaded The Circus
Written by Corinne

David Edwards - Album Review: Gleefully Unknown 1997 - 2005
Written by Peter

Julia Deans - Single Review: Clandestine
Written by Corinne

Ghost Who Walks - Single Review: Vertigo
Written by Kerry M

Boycrush - Single Review: Holy Water
Written by Alex

The Latest Fallout - Single Review: What Kind Of Person Do You Take Me For
Written by Shelley

All of our reviews can be read here.
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New Photos

We've added some incredible photos during the past month - check them out at the below links:

Dweezil Zappa
Photos by Grant

Berri Txarrack
Lookin Up
Photos by Shelley

Photos by Gareth

Email [email protected] if you would like us to photograph you.

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