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Newsletter Issue #505: 06 May 2018

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Welcome to Music Month 2018, everyone!

It’s that time again, and just when we thought Summer was going to drag into its fifth month (well, maybe it felt that way here in Auckland!) Autumn finally starting peeking in, which can only mean one of the biggest month’s in our year was nearly upon us - NZ Music Month!

Now I’m sure it goes without saying that Music Month is firmly entrenched in our cultural landscape from its humble beginnings back in the year 2000, when it all kicked off.

Since then, NZ Music Month has gone from its time of encouraging radio stations to play more homegrown tunes to a full month of celebrations across the nation that helps promotes more of our local talent.

Obviously, NZ Music Month would be not possible with support and funding from NZ's music labels, media, the public, and of course, the multitude of other organisations that include NZ Music on Air, Recorded Music New Zealand and APRA, just to name a few.

It’s funny to think that before the Year 2000, we never had anything quite like Music Month before, and why didn’t we think of it sooner? Sure, before social media took over our lives, we just had the good ‘word of mouth’ a method that worked then and is still an integral part of spreading the word today. After all, when you go check out that new band that blew your mind, of course you’re going to tell your friends, and hope that they in turn, also tell their friends and so on.

I tell you, each year it gets better and better. It’s about re igniting what we love about music while supporting our growing local talent, getting out there and being a part of something important!

So, I hope that you will join me during this month and go check out what will be happening throughout the Month of May. Muzic.net.nz will of course be keeping you in the loop with upcoming events, gigs and the latest recent music news. Get discovering and enjoy!

To kick things off in style with Music Month, we have a host of cool interviews in our newsletter, starting with Dave Rhodes (Studio Manager at Depot Sound in Devonport, Auckland) Zorran Mendonsa of Zorran Mendonsa Productions in Henderson, Auckland. Wellington Singer/Song-writer, Nicole Andrews and Auckland Folk musician, Tom Cunliffe to name a few! Get comfy, it's gonna be a good one!

- Kerry Monaghan and the Muzic.net.nz Team


Our Inside the Muzic video interview team have had a very busy past month. Check out their latest (and truly incredible) interviews here:









Wellington based singer and electronic musician, Nicole Andrews, released her second and highly anticipated album, A Stranger, on May 4th, and has a national album tour taking place from 10-25 May. 

Her music is described as “Simple, stripped back, yet incredibly solid” by NZ Musician Magazine; and The Listener Magazine have said “for those who like their femininity fierce and fearless.” Now with the release of, A Stranger, on the horizon, Andrews delves into the realm of electronic music, pairing with Rhombus producer, Thomas Voyce, for production.

Shelley spoke to Nicole for muzic.net.nz, here's what she had to say:

There seems to be a lot of writing to describe your music, but how would you briefly describe it to someone who hasn’t heard it?

The music is electronic and dark. I write very emotive music and am really inspired by people like Goldfrapp and Bjork, but also have loved Nine Inch Nails my whole life.

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

I write my lyrics very improvisationally, which is something that I’ve always done, way back to when I was like 14 years old and writing poetry in my bedroom. I do stream of consciousness and just let it all out, and that’s often done at the same time as I’m composing the music for the song as well. I’m often inspired by things in my life, and process my own emotions in songs. That doesn’t mean that all the songs are from my perspective and about me, but it does mean that they are all real. 

You seem to be influenced by quite a few artists such as PJ Harvey for example. Are there any new influences that have come about while working on your new album?

Yes, there was a lot of electronic artists that I started listening to a lot more while working on the album. I tend to listen to things that are influencing me in the moment for that particular project, and this time it was a lot of Arca, Andy Stott, Goldfrapp, Grimes and so on. Not all was electronic though, there was a lot of Sparklehorse and Nick Cave in there.

What music do you enjoy listening too?

I listen to everything really, but tend to gravitate towards more alternative music or stuff that is very melancholy. I have a record player at home and there tends to be a lot of The Cure playing in the house, but if it’s good and it speaks to me then I’ll listen.

Your new album A Stranger came out on the 4th May. You wrote it in 3 months when you went through a period of condensed focus and inspiration. How much music did you write? Was there material that didn’t make the album?

Yes there was material that didn’t make it in the album. I wrote about 20 complete songs in that 3 months, and that was condensed down to 11 songs through both process of elimination and just realising that not all 20 songs were going to make it (so I just had to cull some) and then after they were recorded I realised that some songs weren’t working as well as others and just kept the strongest ones.

Where did the album title come from? And why May 4th (May the 4th be with you)?

Sometimes people come into your life and in that beginning meeting, you cannot foresee the effect they will have on your lives. The album title is about being a stranger to yourself and everyone you know being a stranger. Even the people you are closest with in life can act in ways that make you think you do not know them as you thought you did, and the same goes for yourself. You can not fully know yourself or another person as you think you might. There can be sadness and disappointments within yourself and within the others you have considered closest. I guess the point is that you just don’t have the answers, and this album is about discovering where those lines are drawn.

The date of May the fourth just worked with the timeline, but honestly it’s also sorta because May the 4th be with you.

How does it feel to finally have some new music out?

It feels good. I’m so ready for this album to be out. I feel like I’ve spent so much time telling people that the album is different and people not really getting that it’s not gonna be piano music, that now I finally get to show what I mean.

Your new single Lovely Thing is really intriguing. Without knowing your music it seems very haunting yet I’m also very drawn to it. The sound makes me think of old horror movies or something, it’s particularly eerie. How did it feel to release that track as the first single off your new album? Why that track in particular?

It felt super amazing yet super exhausting to finally release that track. There’s a lot of emotional build up to releasing something, and since that one was the first track, it just felt full on in a way that was also a very big relief. The reason I picked this track was because it just felt right for the single. I just knew it was a good choice, and it was actually harder to pick the second single. Also, I love that it reminds you of horror movies, because I’m a massive horror movie lover.

Your video looks like it was shot on old film. It’s beautifully done. Why that particular effect? Also why did you choose such close up and particular imagery?

All of that imagery was thanks to the talented Adam von Penfold, who made it. He’s an artist who works with all sorts of different styles of filming and a lot of experimental stuff. We shot it over two days in Wellington and I basically just gave him the guidance to make some of it have a sexual tone, and then voila. However, he totally ran with it and I tried to give him full creative license.

You’re going on tour in support of your new album, first in NZ then overseas. What made you decide right now to take it further than just NZ? Are you excited about the tour?

Well, it just makes the most sense to do a tour alongside the album release, and honestly I’m going overseas because my grandma bought me a ticket to get back home because she misses me, and so it’s just a perfect timing for me. I am excited about the tour, it’s just time to get the music out there to share with others. My grandma is excited to hear it too.

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

I’m not sure… That I’m one of you. I’ve lived here like 30% of my life and am officially Kiwi. So don’t be fooled by the background story and accent.

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

A Stranger New Zealand Album Release Tour 2018 - with special guests

10th May: Wellington: Meow
18th May: Lyttelton, Wunderbar
19th May: Queenstown, Sherwood
25th May: Auckland, The Wine Cellar

Tour supported by Creative New Zealand

Tickets for all tour dates available on Eventfinder and Under the Radar.

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Artist Website
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iTunes Page

 Lovely Thing Video

Nicole Andrews announces Album Release and New Zealand Tour (press release)


Part way through the album release tour for his sophomore album Template for Love, Tom Cunliffe took the time to answer a few questions:

You were born in London before coming to New Zealand around the age of 7. At what age did you start picking up musical influences? Has your time in England as a child given you a wider appreciation of music?

I’m sure I’ve been picking up musical influences since before I can remember – who knows what has been seeping into my brain and now making its way out in song form. But the first album that really grabbed me and took me to a different place, a world away from my world, was Is This It by The Strokes. My high school art teacher brought a copy back from New York, declaring that they were the next big thing. He wasn’t wrong. I’m not sure if my time in England had any influence on my music, all I remember from back then was feeding Maltesers to squirrels.

You’ve dabbled in piano and violin, but you have a preference for the guitar when you write and perform. Is there any reason that you favour the guitar? Is it simpler when you also have vocal duties?

Piano and violin were my childhood instruments and to be honest they were another form of homework really. I do remember enjoying the slower, more mournful piano songs, but the structure of grades and examinations didn’t endear it to me. I picked up guitar at university and taught myself, very slowly and very casually. This suited me more. Now I love playing piano, but I don’t have a keyboard, so it hasn’t become part of my set. Soon though.

You’ve mentioned in prior interviews that your first musical obsession was hip-hop (the likes of Tupac and Eminem). What brought you around to the folk genre?

My dad saw the similarity between the storytelling of Nas and Tupac and Bob Dylan. He played Blood on the Tracks for me on a car journey up to Golden Bay and I loved it. Then I spent a whole summer trying to learn the picking pattern in Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright.

Your songwriting style has always started with lyrics first, followed by a melody. Has this changed at all with your sophomore album Template for Love?

Now it tends to be a little more fragmented. I start with thoughts and write them down, they can be snippets of lyrics or a little phrase, but I only keep them if I think that’s an idea worth sharing or exploring. Then I start writing and stop every now and then to play guitar or piano and see if anything musical can influence the metre.

You brought along a number of artists to write and record with (such as {Reb Fountain}, Ben Woolley, and Dave Khan). How did you pick who you would collaborate with?

I asked Dave to produce this one with Ben Edwards and his idea was to get the best band we could and give everyone the throw ideas round down in Lyttelton. So, he chatted with Ben Woolley and Gus Agars and they were keen. Gus’ friend Dan Luscombe from Melbourne was also keen on a musical adventure in a freezing hillside village, so he joined us, and Reb was down for her ‘Hopeful and Hopeless’ tour. It was actually really fortuitous; the guys only had the spare time because they couldn’t get visas to play a run of festivals with {Marlon Williams} in Russia!

The opening track on the album, This Table is a River, was born lyrically from an awkward dinner at a restaurant. Do the rest of the tracks have similar origins? Is I've Been Bitten by an Old White Man something that happened to you?  

I’m happy to say that I have not been bitten by an old white man! No, that song has its origins in many moments, seeing the way religion treats women and the LGBTQ community, the ridiculous condescension directed towards millennials and a photo of a room full of old white men legislating on women’s health care in the US. 

Does each contributor to the album have their own favourite track on the album? What is yours, and why?

Dan said his favourites were Hollie’s Songs and Loser’s Saloon, but I’m not sure about the others. My favourite changes all the time. At the moment it’s I've Been Bitten by an Old White Man just because people always laugh when I tell them the name.

I must ask, what has happened to your beard? Are you still trying to perfect the “Wolverine” style?

My beard left me for another man.

You are embarking on a six-date tour in venues from Auckland to Dunedin. Any shows you are particularly looking forward to?

I can’t wait to play in Wellington, I went to uni there and that’s where I started out, playing open mics. It’s always great to play at Lyttelton Records. For the Dunedin show we’re staying out in Broad Bay along the peninsula where I used to work at the Portobello Store, so that’ll be a trip down memory lane! But maybe Hastings, I’ve wanted to play the Common Room for a while so that will be a cool show.

Tom Cunliffe will be supporting The Weather Station (CAN) on 19 May at the Wine Cellar, Auckland


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Dead Celeb are a Wellington based Alternative Rock 4 piece with a powerhouse sound. Described as "...a vocal character that is somehow “David Bowie meets Mick Jagger” deep and quirky (Dancing in the Streets anyone?), but undeniably Kiwi in its twangs, Dead Celeb is definitely the 2018 release that will be difficult to beat.".

Shelley had some questions for the band, and here's what they had to say.

Where did the name 'Dead Celeb' come from?

We found our original name 'Urge Empire' no longer resonated with us and once we started the process of recording our album, it seemed an appropriate time to change.  

'Dead Celeb' seemed to fit the lyrical themes that were binding the new songs together - that being the dark side of our society and the potential direction it may go. Dead Celeb is also a homage to those we’ve recently lost and points a finger at the vapidness and religious type worship we give to celebrity (the pinnacle of human success, yeah … sure).

It was quite hard to find information on you guys. Is there a reason there is hardly any information? I know some bands do that for privacy reasons or just as part of their persona.

Now the album is done we’re starting to get stuff out there. We already have four music videos people can check out on YouTube, a brand new website and people can now hear our debut on Spotify and Bandcamp. We’ve just approved a poster campaign to advertise Dead Celeb, and we’re beginning to play gigs again from May. Firstly around Wellington, then some around North Island, then the South later in year.

How would you describe your music? As I can’t really pick what genre it is. It’s very different and doesn’t have the typical song structures.

We can’t pick what genre it is either. Good luck. It’s in the alternative rock realm for sure, but what does rock mean? How do you define “pop” or “hip-hop” or electronic”? Music is amazingly diverse with so many sub-genres inside sub-genres that it’s harder to paint with a solid colour. We all listen to a huge variety of music, we don’t have any prerequisites for what Dead Celeb is or should be. Julian comes up with the main ideas, then we all get together and jam it out while attempting to assert our individual ideas upon the direction of the song. Some songs have evolved over a year, others in just a month. A song is never done, it just becomes time to record and commit it to pressing.

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

Most of the lyrical content is a commentary on the day to day. The music acts as a stage to present those lyrics. Julian puts a lot of time into the lyrics and was playing around and trying out new ideas and words around right up until the last minute. He has a voice memo list packing out his phone full of melodies and lyrics ideas.

What are your influences, if you have any?

Other music, coffee, pedigree cats ...

Your musical seems rather political. Is that the plan? Or are you just writing about things around you?

There's one or two noticeable politically themed tracks yet there's also a few about evolving our ideologies and our isolation in an ever increasing public world. We've become more digital as a society (that's nothing new) - what effect does that have on us? So here we are in 2018 still threatening each other with bigger sticks. If we stripped all the lights and pixels back we’re still just ancestors of great African apes … guess we shouldn't expect too much from ourselves.

A lot of your work seems to very digital, collage-like work. What drew you to use that type of imagery?

We live in a collage-like world with many facets and dimensions, pasts and futures. Our music videos and artwork are a manifestation of that. We’re interested in seeing what happens if we mix A with B and then perhaps we add a little C or D. We love the visual medium, and our we’re passionate about making our own music videos. Julian is a digital designer and an artist and Hans our drummer, is a videographer/filmmaker.

You just recently released your new self-titled album. How did it feel releasing the singles and then the finished album?

It was a massive labour of love that extended well beyond what we had initially intended, which was 4 track E.P. It felt bloody fantastic to finally let it all go. We can now concentrate on our live playing again. Outside of creating and recording the music, we all contribute to the band in our own unique way, Julian took care of the artwork and video animation, Hans is filming videos, and James took up the huge task of recording and engineering the whole thing.

You don’t seem to tour with your music other than the occasional local gig. Why is that? Will you tour further anytime soon/at all?

When we got halfway through the recording we realised we needed a second guitarist, because we were adding so many new guitar parts. Gigs went off our minds while the recording got very intensive. Now that there were four of us, we were forced to wait until recording was completed before rehearsing and breaking in our new guitarist Neil.

At the time of writing, we are playing Valhalla, Wellington on May 10th and 30th and Caroline, Wellington on June 23rd. Now that our focus is off the album we’re set to be a live band again and we’re gagging for that stage. We’ll be getting around the country as the year progresses.

What music do you all enjoy listening too?

Currently on the headphones:

Blood Orange, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Opeth, Radiohead, AC/DC, Pantera, 9th Cloud, Jutes, Michael Jackson, Faith No More.

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

That we’re not Dead and we’re not Celebrities, also that our album is out right now!

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

We can’t wait to play these songs live and begin writing our next album already. Beware though, we might disappear again and change our name...we’ll start a fad!

Dead Celeb are James Cartwright, Julian van der Krogt, Hans Weston and Neil Anderson.


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Kia-ora! I'm Bing Turkby. Heavy Blarney is a project that I instigated, where traditional Celtic tunes and songs meet heavy guitars. I also wrote original compositions in a similar style. It allows me to indulge my love of Irish tenor banjo, on which I am an enthusiastic amateur. Luckily for me, some great musicians have joined in the fun!

Paul Turner (Ceol Manawatū, Wild Geese) plays whistles, fiddle, and electronic bagpipes (redpipes), which add a haunting, authentic Celtic vibe. And Adam Crawford (Arcane Saints, Winsome Lost) contributes powerful drums that propel the proceedings into the swampy aether.

The album From Bog to Swamp is themed around the journey of my ancestors from the peat bogs of Ireland to the swamp of Te Papaioea (Palmerston North). The first track opens with an evocative passage played on a low D whistle, before launching into a duo of traditional Irish tunes. As the album progresses, the focus moves from Ireland to Aotearoa, via songs such as Sinister Path, which examines the shared experience of colonial oppression in Ireland (the Doolough Famine Walk) and Aotearoa (Parihaka), and finishing with Pepeha, which is a generic introduction that anybody who lives in Palmerston North can use. This pepeha was gifted to us by Tahi Gotty, a really great teacher of te reo Maori. He would be so excited if people would learn the pepeha and use it!

Irish tenor banjo is a specific type of banjo that's quite different from the commonly-known 5-string bluegrass one. A tenor banjo only has four strings, and they are tuned in fifths, like a cello. Originally the tuning was CGDA, but popular opinion has it that Barney McKenna of the Dubliners decided to copy the tuning of the fiddle and mandolin, so he tuned his banjo to GDAE. The tenor banjo's neck is shorter than a 5-string and comes in 19-fret and 17-fret varieties. The shorter neck means reduced tension, lending the notes a nice thuddy plunk that's not too piercing. It contrasts deliciously with other instruments such as accordion, guitar and fiddle, bringing a percussive energy and a raucous attitude to any session.

Heavy Blarney is Bing Turkby (Irish tenor banjo, vocals, accordion, guitar, cutlery drawer),
Paul Turner (whistles, pipes, violin, vocals), Adam Crawford (drums), Adrian Fou (guitar, vocals)
and Nigel Mauchline (bass)


Website Links

Muzic.net.nz Page


Taite Music Prize - And the Winner is....

The winner of the ninth annual Taite Music Prize is the inimitable Aldous Harding for her bewitching sophomore album Party.
The Auckland Live Best Independent Debut 2018 is awarded to West Auckland’s bayou-blues folk quintet, The Miltones for their self-titled album.


The iconic Headless Chickens were presented the Independent Music New Zealand Classic Record award for their landmark 1988 album, Stunt Clown.

In a message from her current base in London, Aldous (Hannah) Harding reacted to the win with her trademark thoughtful delivery thanking “everyone involved in the making of Party, not just the music itself but the air around it, things around it and the people supporting the future of Party.” Hannah also revealed future plans in her message with a wry smile, “We start recording in the next couple of days, the new album, so I’ll put the money towards making the same mistake.

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2018 Music Managers Awards Finalists Announced

The NZ Music Managers Forum, with support from the NZ Music Commission, Recorded Music New Zealand, APRA AMCOS, JLT and Shure/NSL, is proud to announce the finalists for the 2018 Music Managers Awards.

Now in its 14th year the NZ Music Managers Awards continues to celebrate the importance of the people who are shaping the careers of New Zealand’s artists, working hard to strategise and build an artist’s career in the ever changing and evolving landscape of the modern music industry, whether they are behind the scenes or self managing. 

Judged by a panel of over 50 NZ music industry personal, the awards honour not only our experienced managers and self managed artists but also the up and coming managers who are the future of our industry. Categories include NZ Manager of the Year, Emerging Manager of the Year, Breakthrough Manager of the Year, International Achievement, Self-Managed Artist of the Year, Best Independent Tour. 

Also awarded on the night is the Industry Champion Award, Best Small Venue and Best Large Venue as voted for by MMF members, as well as the Mentoring Achievement Award as voted for by the MMF Mentors. 

The NZ Music Managers Awards will be held at The Tuning Fork in Auckland on Wednesday 9 May. 

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Introducing the Music Teacher of the Year Tui

Recorded Music NZ is proud to announce the opening of nominations for the inaugural Music Teacher of the Year Award. In conjunction with the NZ Music Commission, this award will be presented as part of the 2018 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards this November.

The award will celebrate the exceptional influence music teachers have on our children, not only in establishing the foundations of careers in music but by providing a positive and long-lasting impact on their lives.

Recorded Music CEO Damian Vaughan said many artists who make it to the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards stage credit a music teacher or mentor as instrumental in their development.

“Creative kids are brighter kids and international research proves that children involved in music have improved cognitive development, attend school more often and have increased self-esteem and confidence,” says Vaughan.

“We need to celebrate the people who make this possible. Learning to play music is such an important part of childhood and should be nurtured into something beautiful.”

Schools and communities across the country can nominate any music teacher or music mentor during NZ Music Month this May on the Official NZ Music Awards website.

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2018 Official Music Month Summit - Confronting Issues in the Music Industry

The Official Music Month Summit returns for 2018, and this year it is tackling some of the issues the Music Industry has been facing up to over the last year.

Held at the Herald Theatre in the Aotea Centre in Auckland, the Summit features a stellar line up of music industry professionals and speakers, who will challenge and create thought provoking  conversation around some of the industry issues that have been highlighted in the past twelve months. 

The day comprises of four sessions, with four speakers for each topic and an open Q&A after each session.

For more information and full bio details on the Summit http://www.mmf.co.nz/2018-summit

This year there is a $10 (plus booking fees) charge to attend the Summit with 100% of the ticket income donated to the NZ Music Foundation - a charity dedicated to changing lives through music.

Tickets are from Ticketmaster

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Recorded music revenues grow to just shy of $100 million in 2017

For the third year in a row the New Zealand music industry has experienced double digit percentage growth with wholesale revenue growing by 14.6 per cent in 2017 to $98.8m, driven largely by New Zealand’s ever-increasing adoption and use of music streaming services.

Recorded Music NZ CEO Damian Vaughan says: “We’re thrilled to report New Zealand’s recorded music industry continued its upwards trajectory in 2017. As the local music industry has innovated, adapted and evolved in recent years we are without question a predominantly digital industry here in Aotearoa.”

Wholesale revenue from streaming in 2017 was $61.3m, a huge 42 per cent increase on the 2016 figures. In fact, last year’s streaming revenue is almost as large as the industry’s total wholesale revenue three years ago ($66.2m in 2014).

This strong growth highlights the unprecedented growth and uptake of services such as Spotify and Apple Music in New Zealand.

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- New Releases -

The Recently Deceived - Misty and Halo
Itty Bitty Beats - Ten Little Kiwi Birds
Jamie McDell - Extraordinary Girl
Bernie Griffen and The Thin Men - My Brain Exploded
PT - Goliath
Emily Fairlight - Mother of Gloom
Louis Baker - Black Crow
Chris William - Out of Sight
The Slacks - Yeah Nah
Ha The Unclear - Invisible Lines
Aaron Carpenter and The Revelators - Gun Smoke Girl
Alizarin Lizard - Back To Front
Janine - Too Late
Holly Arrowsmith - Farewell
Estere - My Design, On Others' Lives
Dead Little Penny - Honeycomb
*JOY* - Survival
Dick Tracy - Dick Tracy
Jubilee - Fire
Hybrid Rose - Just Press Play
Komaine - Mirage
Katchafire - Legacy
Alae - Stone Cold
Farandicus - Blue Funk and What To Give
Kimbra - Primal Heart
Rei - Rangatira
October - Ultra Red
Jon Lemmon - Something True
Openside - No Going Back
Sola Rosa - Leave A Light On
Sal Valentine - Cherry Blossom
Arma Del Amor - The Usurper
The Disappointments - The Disappointments
Sandy Mill - Giftbox
Mermaidens - Fade
Lawrence Arabia - One Unique Creature
Estere - Nomads
Helen Corry - La Femme
Ladi6 - Outta Time
Andrew Fagan - It Was Always Going To Be Like This
PT - Moving On
Julia Deans - The Panic
Tom Cunliffe - Template for Love
Looking For Alaska - Calling Out
Shayna - Miles Away
NRG Rising - Take Us High
Wax Chattels - Career
Tommy Nee - Body
Jaggers x Lines - Problem Drinking
Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Sex & Food
Tom Cunliffe - Burning Blood
Boycrush - Demi pointes
Tiki Taane and Flowidus - Horizons
Carb on Carb - Nicole's Express
Gin Wigmore - Ivory
Jed Parsons - Everybody's Stupid
Skinny Hobos - Jacked Like the Ripper
Nicole Andrews - A Stranger
False Heights - No...? Who?
Tempist Fujit - Daynes Song


- NZ Music Month - Local Gigs & Tours -

(in no particular order)

19 May @ Hunter Lounge, Wellington - SOLD OUT
20 May @ Hunter Lounge, Wellington
21 May @ Foundry, Christchurch
22 May @ Town Hall, Dunedin
23 May @ Foundry, Christchurch
25 May @ Town Hall, Auckland - SOLD OUT
26 May @ Town Hall, Auckland
5 May @ Southern Cross Garden Bar, Wellington
11 May @ Leroy's Bar, Wellington
11 May @ Kiwi Hall, Featherston
12 May @ Dome Theatre, Gisborne
4 May @ Tuning Fork, Auckland
5 May @ Butter Factory, Whangarei
11 May @ Lyttelton Records, Lyttelton
3 May @ Caroline, Wellington
5 May @ Cassette Nine, Auckland
3 May @ Meow, Wellington
4 May @ Lucky, Whanganui
5 May @ Butlers Reef, Oakura
10 May @ Globe Theatre, Palmerston North
10 May @ Nivara Lounge, Hamilton
12 May @ Wine Cellar, Auckland
18 May @ Kiwi Hall, Featherston
19 May @ Cabana, Napier
24 May @ Playhouse Theatre, Mapua
25 May @ Jazz & Blues Festival, Christchurch
26 May @ 50 Dundas, Dunedin
3 May @ Isaac Theatre Royal, Christchurch
4 May @ Trust Event Centre, Ashburton
5 May @ The Gaiety Theatre, Akaroa
7 May @ The Laboratory, Lincoln
8 May @ The Crown Hotel, Geraldine
9 May @ The Old Library Cafe, Fairlie
10 May @ Inkbox Theatre, Oamaru
11 May @ Pioneer Community Hall, Port Chalmers
13 May @ The Manhattan, Roxburgh
15 May @ The Sherwood, Queenstown
16 May @ Tarras Hall, Tarras
18 May @ Small Bite Brewery, Franz Josef
19 May @ Old Lodge Theatre, Hokitika
22 May @ Barrytown Hall, Barrytown
23 May @ Reefton Club, Reefton
25 May @ Playhouse Theatre, Mapua
26 May @ Little Theatre, Picton
27 May @ St Peter's Hall, Paekakariki
30 May @ Globe Theatre, Palmerston North
31 May @ Expressions Arts Centre, Upper Hutt
  with Dick Whyte and Tom Maxwell
11 May @ Wine Cellar, Auckland
12 May @ Leigh Sawmill, Leigh
25 May @ Lyttelton Records, Lyttelton
26 May @ Captain Cook, Dunedin
11 May @ Meow, Wellington
4 May @ Space Academy, Christchurch
5 May @ Club Paradox, Nelson
11 May @ Snails, Palmerston North
12 May @ Caroline, Wellington
13 May @ Upoko Alpine Resort, Wellington
18 May @ Portland Public House, Auckland
10 May @ Meow, Wellington
18 May @ Wunderbar, Lyttelton
19 May @ The Sherwood, Queenstown
25 May @ Wine Cellar, Auckland
12 May @ Roots Bar, Golden Bay 
25 May @ Winnie Bagoes City, Christchurch
12 May @ The Sherwood, Queenstown
with Alpha Coda and Subscond
19 May @ Nivara Lounge, Hamilton
Pantera, Slipknot and Korn Tribute
with Blacktooth, Eyeless and Kron
  Bedford School of Music, Oamaru
Richard Gilewitz - 18 May
Showcase Concert - 26 May
4 May @ The Bay Bar and Brasserie, Taupo
5 May @ Brew Craft Beer Pub, Rotorua
6 May @ Rising Tide, Mt Maunganui
19 May @ Kings Sound Centre, Levin
19 May @ Speakeasy Bar, Palmerston North
20 May @ Decanta Tapas Bar, New Plymouth
24 May @ Nivara Lounge, Hamilton
25 May @ Old School Arts Centre, Raglan
26 May @ Thirsty Dog, Auckland
31 May @ Cabana, Napier
19 May @ The Hawera South Taranaki Club, Hawera
26 May @ Butlers Reef, Oakura
with Ekko Park
18 May @ Mussel Inn, Golden Bay
19 May @ Club Paradox, Nelson
9 May @ Tuning Fork, Auckland 
with Wounded Pig
24 May @ Whammy Bar, Auckland
25 May @ Altitude, Hamilton
26 May @ Valhalla, Wellington
5 May @ Pumphouse Theatre, Takapuna
11 May @ Portland Public House, Auckland
4 May @ Backbeat, Auckland
with Dual, Smokestack Slim, Paige Julia
and DJ Kamotion
5 May @ Neck of the Woods, Auckland
with The All Seeing Hand, Alphabethead,
Amamella, Ave Teth, Bib Kids, Glove,
Jaggers x Lines, k2k, Kieran Tahir,
Mutation, Ounce, The Pleasure Majenta,
Poverty & Spit, Queen Neptune, Randa,
Satin Sheets, Slumbug and
Undiscovered Moons of Saturn
11-12 May @ Whammy Bar, Auckland
19 May @ The Good Home, Stanmore Bay
19 May @ Uxbridge Arts & Culture, Howick

24 May @ The Piano, Christchurch
5 May @ Isaac Theatre Royal, Christchurch
18 May @ Civic Theatre, Auckland
5 May @ Portland Public House, Auckland
12 May @ Nivara Lounge, Hamilton
5 May @ Beachlands Chartered Club, Beachlands
3 May @ Waiheke High School, Waiheke Island
4 May @ The Vic, Devonport
5 May @ Kumeu Arts Centre, Kumeu
6 May @ The Coghill Centre, Whitianga
10 May @ 4th Wall Theatre, New Plymouth
11 May @ Prince's Gate, Rotorua
12 May @ Aratoi Museum, Masterton
18 May @ Bedford School of Music, Oamaru
20 May @ Blue Smoke, Christchurch
with The Can Man
19 May @ Mt Eden Village Centre, Auckland
Nelson - 5 May
North Shore - 11 May
Auckland Central - 12 May
Manukau - 12 May
East Coast - 12 May
Otago - 12 May
Hawkes Bay - 13 May
Manawatu - 18 May
Wellington - 19 May
Bay of Plenty - 19 May
Rotorua - 20 May
Northland - 26 May
Waikato - 27 May
Regional Finals
Nelson - 18 May
East Coast - 25 May
Hawkes Bay - 26 May
4-5 May @ The Meteor, Hamilton
with Wounded Pig, Scorn of Creation,
Depraved, Horrendous Disfigurement,
Silent Torture, Order of Diptera, Vile,
Scizerac and Ghoul
26 May @ Valhalla, Wellington
with Merrin, Darkness Within & Pale Lady
4 May @ Valhalla, Wellington
  with Battle for Endor
10 May @ Valhalla, Wellington
19 May @ Meow, Wellington
Punk vs Metal
with Deathcall, BusPuncher, Mental Fatal,
Neutralizer, The Deep Six, Nofix,
Decimated King, Carradine Choke,
Gomukillodukus, Bad Surfers, Sawdust,
Voice of the Black Pharaoh, Christless
and The Snake Behaviour
25-26 May @ Embankment Tavern, Christchurch
 The Cabana 60th Anniversary Celebrations
Dave Dobbyn, Jordan Luck, Swamp Thing,
Darren Watson, Bad Manners, The Nudge,
Kawekas, Homegrown, Badger,
Retrobates, Push Push, Devils Elbow,
Snake Creek, Crying Shame and more
1-31 May @ Cabana, Napier
  24 May @ Vodafone Events Centre, Auckland 
3 May @ Lucky, Whanganui
5 May @ Lyttelton Records, Lyttelton
12 May @ Lyttelton Records, Lyttelton
3 May @ Le Cafe, Picton
4 May @ Riverside
5 May @ Mussel Inn, Onekaka
9 May @ Reefton Club, Reefton
11 May @ Dog with Two Tails, Dunedin
12 May @ Orange Studios, Christchurch
12 May @ Totara Street, Mt Maunganui
Jackie Bristow
with Mark Punch
13 May @ Cafe One2One, Ponsonby
16 May @ Lucky Bar, Whanganui
17 May @ The Third Eye, Wellington
  Sid Diamond with J. Williams and PHD
12 May @ Anomaly, Whangarei
Thomas Oliver
20 May @ Opera House, Wellington
25 May @ Powerstation, Auckland
with {Skinny Hobos} and Silence the City
18 May @ The Great Lake Centre, Taupo
Dick Tracy Album Release
with Super Narco Man EP Release

with Opium Eater
12 May @ Lucky Bar, Whanganui
  NZ Music Month Show
with Coral & The Reef, Simon Hirst, Verity
Morellow Blue and TRayC

3 May @ Biddy Mulligans, Hamilton
NZ Music Month Party
with Magic Factory, Ha The Unclear,
Gareth Thomas and Samuel Flynn Scott

3 May @ Deep Creek Brew & Eats, Browns Bay
  International Sauvignon Blanc Day
with Sandy Mill, DJ Tina Turntables and DJ Automatic
4 May @ The Lula Inn, Auckland
Tomorrow People
11 May @ Tiki Tavern, Whangarei
12 May @ Ruakaka Tavern, Ruakaka
18 May @ Boiler Room, Whakatane
19 May @ Totara Street, Mt Maunganui
25 May @ Altitude Bar, Hamilton
26 May @ Neck of the Woods, Auckland
  Sal Valentine
4 May @ Cassette 9, Auckland
12 May @ Meow, Wellington
 Skinny Hobos with His Masters Voice
18 May @ Great Lake Centre, Taupo
25 May @ Galatos, Auckland
26 May @ Butter Factory, Whangarei
  Bernie Griffen
12 May @ Waitakere Library, Auckland
17 May @ Point Chevalier Library, Auckland
25 May @ The Refinery, Paeroa
26 May @ The Incubator, Tauranga
Looking for Alaska with Albi & The Wolves
11 May @ Whanganui Musicians Club, Whanganui
12 May @ Rogue Stage, Rotorua
13 May @ The Incubator, Tauranga
  Stan Walker
26 May @ Mauao Performing Arts Centre, Mt Maunganui
High Explosion Reggae Festival II
with AceTones
26 May @ Moon 1, Wellington
  The Nukes
17 May @ ANZAC Theatre, Dargaville
18 May @ Twin Pines, Paihia
19 May @ Butter Factory, Whangarei
20 May @ Te Ahu, Kaitaia
Shady Brain Farm
12 May @ Butter Factory, Whangarei
26 May @ Muriwai Golf Club, Muriwai

More gigs can be found on the official NZ Music Month Facebook Page.

International Gigs

Jimmy Barnes
7-8 May @ Isaac Theatre Royal, Christchurch - 10 May @ Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington
11 May @ Spark Arena, Auckland - 12 May @ Claudelands Arena, Hamilton
Sepultura with Death Angel
11 May @ Studio, Auckland - 12 May @ San Fran, Wellington - 13 May @ The Foundry, Christchurch
Silverstein with Comback Kid
22 May @ Whammy, Auckland - 23 May @ Valhalla, Wellington
L.A. Guns
25 May @ Valhalla, Wellington - 26 May @ Galatos, Auckland
Sabat with Bulletbelt
22 May @ Valhalla, Wellington - 23 May @ Whammy, Auckland
Bad Manners with Jennie Belle
9 May @ The Foundry, Christchurch - 10 May @ San Fran, Wellington - 11 May @ Cabana, Napier
12 May @ Studio, Auckland - 13 May @ Totara Street, Mt Maunganui
Imagine Dragons with The Temper Trap
21 May @ Spark Arena, Auckland - 23 May @ TSB Bank Arena, Wellington
Joshua Radin
29 May @ San Fran, Wellington - 31 May @ Tuning Fork, Auckland
Jeremy Loops
30 May @ Neck of the Woods, Auckland - 31 May @ San Fran, Wellington
The Iron Maidens
25 May @ Studio, Auckland - 27 May @ San Fran, Wellington
Red Fang
18 May @ Valhalla, Wellington - 19 May @ Whammy, Auckland
Portugal. The Man
8 May @ Powerstation, Auckland
Flight Facilities
18 May @ Powerstation, Auckland
28 May @ Isaac Theatre Royal, Christchurch with Stonehurst - 30 May @ Shed 6, Wellington with Merrin
31 May @ Great Hall, Auckland with Skinny Hobos
Belphergor and Wiegedood
9 May @ Valhalla, Wellington with Hollywoodfun Downstairs and Scaphist, 10 May @ Whammy, Auckland with Hollywoodfun Downstairs and Sciolism
8 May @ Club Tavern, Christchurch with Hollywoodfun Downstairs and Oblivion
Steven Adler
24 May @ Powerstation, Auckland
The Weather Station
19 May @ Wine Cellar, Auckland with Tom Cunliffe



New Artists

The following new artist pages have been created on muzic.net.nz during the past month:

Sharon Miller Boom! Boom! Deluxe!
Heavy Blarney Dick Whyte
Tom Maxwell Those Lethals
Marley NZ All Stars Mitch James
Darren Lawson Enter Venus
Mild Orange Abbie
Watson Tuhua JessB
Rubi Du The Disappointments
George St. Normal Bonnie Bonito
Before The Snooze

It is 100% FREE to create a muzic.net.nz artist listing, 
and you'll get free access to update your page, as well as access to add mp3 and photo galleries: 

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Courtesy of Ryan Kershaw

Ryan Kershaw is a professional recording artist, author and music educator. He has recently released 'Make Money Teaching Guitar' - a complete guide to having your own successful music tuition business and is the co-founder of Goldirocks in Ireland. Music Managers Forum award winner and contributor to Muzic.net.nz, Tune Me In magazine, Audioculture, and the Guitar Association of New Zealand.
Consultations available. Book yours by sending an email to [email protected]


New Reviews

Check out our latest reviews at the below links:

Carnivorous Plant Society - Album Review: The New King
Written by Jesse James

Simon Hirst - Album Review: Feet of God
Written by Trevor

I Am Giant - Album Review: Life in Captivity
Written by Shelley

Lunavela - EP Review: Lunavela
Written by Corinne

Illuminus - Album Review: Endless
Written by John

A.U.R.A - Single Review: G.I Wonder
Written by Paul

Gig Review: I Am Giant @ Totara Street, Mount Maunganui - 5/04/2018
Written by John

Stan Walker - EP Review: Stan
Written by Corinne

Theia - Single Review: Bye Bye
Written by Jenny

Festival Review: Homegrown 2018 
Written by Lora

Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Album Review: Sex & Food
Written by Paul

nomad - Album Review: Can You Feel It?
Written by Ria

Gig Review: I Am Giant @ Galatos, Auckland 14/04/2018
Written by Alex

Looking For Alaska - Single Review: Calling Out
Written by Alex

Gin Wigmore - Album Review: Ivory
Written by Shelley

Jaggers x Lines - Single Reviews: Come to Rest and Problem Drinking
Written by Alex

Chris the Maker Feat. Christopher Allen Haumaha - Single Review: Project001
Written by Kerry K

Gig Review: Simple Plan with Ekko Park @ The Powerstation, Auckland - 19/04/2018
Written by Alex

Gig Review: The Killers @ Spark Arena, Auckland 20/04/2018
Written by Alex

Gig Review: Primacy, Remote & Coridian @ Ding Dong Lounge, Auckland - 7/4/18
Written by Shelley

False Heights - EP Review: No? Who...?
Written by Alex

NRG Rising - Single Review: Take Us High
Written by Corinne

Tempist Fujit - Single Review: Daynes Song
Written by Peter

Enter Venus - Single Review: I'm Gonna Getcha
Written by Kerry M

The Roulettes - Album Review: Venus Burns
Written by Andrew

Sharon Miller - Album Review: Family Secrets
Written by Alex

Gig Review: Tom Cunliffe @ Pah Homestead, Auckland - 15/04/2018
Written by Alex

Kimbra - Album review: Primal Heart
Written by Jacquie

SHAYNA - Single & Video Review: Miles Away
Written by Jenny

Gig Review: The Dead C & Bad Sav @ Captain Cook Tavern, Dunedin - 28/04/2018
Written by Darryl

Gig Review: Sleeping With Sirens @ The Powerstation, Auckland - 29/4/18
Written by Shelley

Tom Cunliffe - Album Review: Template For Love
Written by Paul

Boom! Boom! Deluxe! - EP Review: Boom! Boom! Deluxe!
Written by Paul

Rei - EP Review: Rangatira
Written by Shelley

Sola Rosa - Single review: Leave a Light On
Written by Darryl

Mild Orange - Album Review: Foreplay
Written by Kerry M

ABRZY - Single Review: Top Down
Written by James C-K

Sola Rosa - Single review: Leave a Light On
Written by Darryl

Emily Fairlight - Album Review: Mother of Gloom
Written by Peter

Openside - Single Review: No Going Back
Written by Shelley

Gig Review: Royal Blood @ Logan Campbell Centre - 01/05/2018
Written by Andrew

Nicole Andrews - Album Review: A Stranger
Written by Ria

Rei - EP Review: Rangatira
Written by Shelley

Farandicus - Single Reviews: Blue Funk and What to Give
Written by Sarah

Gig Review: Jamie McDell @ The Tuning Fork, Auckland - 4/5/2018
Written by Shelley

All of our reviews can be read here.
All our interviews can be read here.

Email [email protected] if you would like us to review your music.


New Photos

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




Sheryl Crow
Photos by Reef

Photos by Calden

Photos by Ngamihi

Photos by Grant

Lionel Richie
Photos by Adam
Lionel Richie
Chic and Nile Rodgers
The Miltones
Those Lethals
Tom Cunliffe
The Disappointments
Photos by Chris Z

Carnivorous Plant Society
Eb & Sparrow
Minimal Silence
Machine Gun Kelly
Photos by Nikita

Godzilla Takes New York
Aura of Chaos
Leave The Dead
Photos by Matt H


I Am Giant
Skinny Hobos
I Am Giant
Skinny Hobos
Leave The Dead
I Am Giant
His Masters Voice
She Loves You
Photos by Chris M

August Alsina
Halsey with Kehlani
Photos by Gareth

Sleeping With Sirens
The Faim
Lower Than Atlantis
Photos by Shelley

Photos by Lara

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

Tour Features


All muzic.net.nz tour features can be viewed here
Email team@muzic.net.nz if you would like us to create a tour feature for you.


Our next newsletter is going out on Monday, 4 June 2018
and will include a feature of ABRZY!

If you are a NZ musician and you would like to promote your music,
we would love to feature you in our newsletter
and you can choose the date which suits you

We can also feature record labels, venues, music stores, music websites...
anything that has something to do with NZ music

Check out this forum and email [email protected] for more information about our newsletters

Muzic.net.nz newsletters are currently sent out to over 8680 members!
with this number growing every day, featuring in our newsletter is an excellent promotional tool

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