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Newsletter Issue #512: 02 Dec 2018

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Another year has passed us by and wow, it was a stunner! 2018 surpassed all our expectations and outdid every previous year. I am absolutely amazed at all we achieved, and it's only going to get bigger and better from here!

We now have more than 4300 artist pages (254 new pages created during the year), over 3060 NZ Music Charts in our chart archives, over 2760 likes on our Facebook page and the muzic.net.nz team of volunteers is the largest it has ever been, with 57 members (including myself).

As a result of this, we have added significantly more reviews, interviews and photo galleries to muzic.net.nz during 2018 than in any previous year; 417 reviews, 68 interviews and 640 photo galleries!

We have also featured 50 bands and musicians and other NZ music related people in these newsletters and featured 34 tours and festivals in our front-page tour features.

I am absolutely amazed, and I am so very, very proud of our team and everything we have achieved together.

2019 will be an amazing milestone year, because muzic.net.nz will be celebrating...

That's right, we're turning 20! And to celebrate, we'll be having a gig in Auckland during NZ Music Month with some of New Zealand's most incredible rock acts. More details will be announced closer to the time.

We hope you can all join us for the ride, we're looking forward to sharing everything with you.

We'd also like to wish you all a very musical Christmas and New Years!

- Lisa and the muzic.net.nz team.


Inside the Muzic has been a little pet project for Chris Morgan and myself and it all started when Like A Storm announced their Auckland Powerstation show in March 2017. Chris being the absolute rock-obsessed man that he is, requested to shoot the show and immediately after getting approval asked if the band would be interested in an interview too. Being offered the option of a phone interview, or a face-to-face, Chris put a plan in place, and asked me to give him a hand with a face-to-face meeting with Matt Brooks, the guitarist of Like A Storm.

Rather than just asking questions and writing down the answers, Chris decided to bring his camera and GoPro, and set everything up to record the entire interview on video. Asking me to sit in the chair so he could check his settings, he passed me his interview questions, put his iPhone on the table in front of me, hit record and said, “ready when you are.” Just like that I had been drafted as the interviewer.

As sobering and daunting as it was being shoved in front of the camera, Matt Brooks was an incredibly charming person to interview. Every question led to a fun anecdote, which brought up more questions, and the process became very organic (even though it sounds a little stilted thanks to nerves). I never would have thought that that day would have led us to where it has.

By the end of 2018 we would have conducted 40 interviews ranging in length from 15 minutes up to an hour, often with acoustic performances thrown in too. That isn’t including getting in behind the scenes to interview the winners of the Pacific Music Awards and interviewing the three finalists for the Emerging Manager category of the Music Manager Forum Awards.

With 12 interviews done in 2017, we doubled it in 2018, at many points during the year shooting an interview every single week, sometimes, multiple interviews shot in a day. A very time-consuming activity, on the interview side of things I spend hours researching the artist, reading through their social network feeds, and previous interviews to try find interesting talking points, as well as working on the fly during the interview to search for new questions within their answers.

On the videography and audio side of things, we’ve had an absolutely amazing evolution in the technology that we use, graduating from a GoPro and an iPhone, replacing it with over $6000 worth of camera equipment and audio recording equipment (all of which Chris has acquired himself).

Researching the artists is always an eye-opener. Finding the meanings and influences that led to the creation of certain songs and albums. Learning that in the 90’s, children’s show “What Now” was one of the few media outlets that would shoot and premiere live performances. Seeing the difference in media coverage between signed and unsigned artists. Looking at how each artist uses their social media presence; sometimes to share their own political and social views, sometimes to share their day-to-day life, some choose the more sterile “music and show posts only” approach.

Consider the price that people pay for a meet-and-greet package at a show. You get a few minutes with the artist if you are lucky, and a signed item or two. On the other hand, Chris and I get the artists for a whole hour and get to chat about whatever we want (some of the conversations we have once the cameras are turned off are even better than the interview themselves). But the thing that really makes it worthwhile is the satisfaction that the artists get out of it.

Out of the 40 official interviews, I haven’t had a single person that didn’t want to be there. There weren’t just there because their manager said so, but because they wanted the opportunity to talk freely about their life, accomplishments, and goals.

And despite some of these bands being around for years, having many followers, opening for major international bands, and selling out venues, the major media outlets rarely give enough props to the local bands. Once you become a Shihad, Six60, or Lorde, they won’t stop singing your praises, but they aren’t always there to support the local scene from the grassroots, and our focus on that aspect is something that I’m particularly proud of.

It was after I interviewed Roland Rorschach of Hallelujah Picassos and mentioned that he had researched Chris and myself before coming to the interview and was very thankful for our work referring to us as “Archivers of New Zealand Music”. We’ve only been doing this for the last two years, so to have an artist that has been making music since before I was born say something like that, it was touching.

Dreamy Synth-Pop, Te Reo Hip-Hop, Afrofunk, Garage Rock, Death Metal, Dark Ambient, Folk Noir, Indie, Electro-Pop, Avant Garde, Noise, Rap… New Zealand music certainly encompasses a spectrum of sounds that are rarely able to be defined by a single category. Our nation’s isolation while sometimes a hindrance when it comes to touring, is what creates such a vast array of differences in style. There is much less gentrification and conforming to popular “in” styles, instead more passion and commitment to trying to create new and unique sounds.  

Capturing the formation and evolution in these styles has been a fulfilling process, and over the last two years the popularity and demand for our work has seen an incredible increase. Hopefully, we will be able to successfully expand next year into multiple teams to grow our region of coverage and ensure that we can provide more support for New Zealand music, and expand upon our archive.

- Alex and Chris

Inside the Muzic on Facebook


The Muzic.net.nz Team

Every year it gets harder to thank to these incredible individuals, because my gratitude for them far exceeds the description of any words. The fact that these people review, interview and photograph in their spare time with very little reward speaks volumes about their dedication to NZ music, and I know that the support they have provided NZ bands and musicians has not gone unnoticed. The only thing that exceeds my appreciation is the appreciation of all the bands and musicians they have helped to promote. Thanks to all the brilliant people that make up the muzic.net.nz team:

Steve Bone, Alex Moulton, Chris Morgan, Reef Reid, Adam Binns, Chris Zwaagdyk, Gareth West, Paul Goddard,
Nikita Weir, Kerry Monaghan, Matt McGrath, Sarah Sampson,
James Castady-Kristament, Andrew Smit, Kris Raven, Steve Shyu, Lora Thompson, Rupa Kelly, Lou Clement,
Brendan McCarthy, Carl Hayman, Jessie James Hanright,
Trevor Faville, Kerry Kingi, Jessie Armstrong, Corinne Rutherford, River Tucker, Emily Riordan, Bridie Thomson, Ria Loveder,
Terry McIntosh, Peter-James Dries, Rory McDonald,
Tony McDonald, Jacquie Walters, Sam Grueber,
Darryl Baser, Janise Kumar, Jeremy Graham,
James Donaldson, Tori Reed, Ryan Kershaw, David Watson, Taylor Conboy, Lara Marie Pabedinskas, Dave Rhodes,
Ginelle Cocks, Matt Henry Mendonca, Grant Stantiall,
Ngamihi Pawa, Michael Newton, Matthew ONeill,
Amanda Ratcliffe, Nichole Davis, Bruce Mackay, Bevan Triebels,  Sarah Bowden and Dani Bolton.

I would also like to thank our incredible IT guru; Adam Jones for everything he has done during 2018 -  especially for all the late nights and weekends spent working on our new website.

Thank you to all these exceptional people for all their support:

Mahoney Harris, Cushla Aston, Nancy Blackler, Teresa Patterson, Vasely Sapunov, Lani Purkis, Leanda Borrett, Rob Mayes, Josie Campbell, Maria Robinson, Charlie Smith, Lorraine Barry, Lauren Clough, Nicole Thomas, Janine Russell, Leesa Tilley, Matt Ealand, Harry Lilley, Anna Loveys (especially for all your support with Elemeno P!), Paul Brommer, Lisa Paris, Lucy Macrae, Holly Afoa, Kylie Leggoe, Riccardo Ball, Zorran Mendonsa, Carwyn Henigan, Brian Byas, Dale Wallath, Samuel Gordon, Drew Choat, Lindsay Eadon, Laurie Stanbridge, Mouxsie Moux, Alessandra Keighley, Chris Foreman, Finn McLennan-Elliott, Liselle Finlay, Heidi Ettema, Hayley Fisher, Rodney Fisher, Shirley Howe, Mikhal Norriss, Joel Thompson, Xan Hamilton, Jackie Sanders, Bridget de Launay and Bev Adair-Beets.

We also want to thank all the bands, musicians and everyone else that we have worked with during the year - you know who you are.

And we would like to give an extra special thanks to the following people and bands:

Coridian especially Kris Raven & Dity Maharaj, JP Carroll, Francis Wheeler, Andrew Treeby, Devilskin and James Southgate, Marcus Powell, Sam Holdom & Alex Ferrier (Skinny Hobos), Ian Moir, Jason Peters, Dead FavoursWritten by Wolves especially Michael Murphy, Rebel Sound Radio, Jamie Denton,  Curlys Jewels especially Aaron Ludlow & Janelle Pollock, Dick Tracy especially Keir Scott, Sean Fitzpatrick and everyone else we have worked closely with during the year.


Over summer from 30th December 2018 through 9th March 2019, The Frank Burkitt Band embarks on their Lost But Alive tour and given the amount of dates and the places they will perform, it seems an apt title. Not only are they playing a huge amount of dates with nine in the South Island and 23 in the North Island, they will visit some unique places (Waiheke, Golden Bay, Paihia) participate in a number of festivals, not all of which are music festivals (Whare Flat Folk Festival, Festival of Lights, Gladstonebury) perform at a number of music clubs (Whanganui Musician's Club, Taihape Musician's Club, Levin Folk Club, Katikati Folk Club) and even a museum!

Reef from muzic.net.nz caught up with Frank Burkitt in Wellington for a chat before the tour...

That's a lot of dates in a relatively short period of time isn't it? 

This will be our fourth national tour of New Zealand and I think in the first one, we did a similar number of dates, then next we did a bit less and now this is the most we've ever done. The reason behind it is that we have so many great venues that we found in quite a lot of rural areas, because we don't just stick to the cities. So many great old halls in New Zealand which lend itself so well to our music. So many communities that we've been really taken in by over the last four or five years since we started and so we will visit them again.

Whanganui Musicians Club is a great example actually. They are such a fantastically run place. John does a really good job as well as the other guys when we played there about 2 or 3 years ago. It was just a crazy night that was really packed and there were all sorts of other local bands performing before us as well. Taihape Musicians Club, we are doing something very similar.

We found the more rural the place the greater the gig, as touring bands often don’t go to those parts of New Zealand and they really do support anybody that comes through. So, there are a lot of gigs like that.

We're looking ahead and releasing a live EP and the more gigs we do to support that the better. It is going to be full on though! It will be the first time we head to Waiheke Island for example, at the Artworks Theatre. Waiheke has the jazz festival that happens in April and they've got a good history of putting on some good shows, so I’ve always wanted to go there and that'll be great!

Whare Flat Folk Festival is where it all starts as well and that's going to be a fantastic line-up, with a lot of our good pals and it's just a lovely festival to kick things off

You've been on national tours before, what in particular are you looking forward to on the upcoming tour?

Some of the gigs that we've done before have given us very fond memories. Probably one of the main things we look forward to is going back to those places and catching up with all of our friends across the country that we only really see when we're on tour which is really great. Whare Flat, we're really looking forward to that festival.

New Zealand is quite a unique country to tour around because it's really pretty and the rural areas are so different. Touring here has an easy feel. Some of the house concerts we've got in the smaller towns are going to be the highlights, because we are best experienced live in intimate settings

With the release of "Raconteur" earlier this year, is that what audiences can expect to hear on the tour, or will you be mixing it up from your other NZ released albums and/or some new material?

We released “Raconteur” about 6 months ago and we weren't ever expected to release something else so quickly. Then we just recorded a live EP about two to three weeks ago and that is going to be released at Whare Flat Festival (probably) at the beginning of the tour. It's also our first live release with a six-piece band so that's going to be good.

Oscar Laven will be joining us for about 9 or 10 gigs on tour. Not in the South Island but in the North Island. He will be joining us for about half of the North Island gigs which is great. It’s always a pleasure to have a man of such talent with us. He plays in just about every jazz band there is in Wellington. He's a great guy and it's an amazing privilege to have him play with us. He played all the horns on ‘Raconteur’ and he was with us on the live recording of our EP.

The set will consist of probably “half and half”. Some of the old ones from our first album and ones from the last 3 or 4 years and also some of the best ones off our Raconteur album. Then 6 or 7 brand new tracks that will be fresh that we will not have gigged before and so that's exciting!

So, you came to New Zealand in 2009 and settled here in 2014. What was the attraction to Wellington as opposed to other towns or cities, such as Auckland?

I toured New Zealand about 10 years ago with a different band. Kara is my lady in life and also in music and she by day, is a research scientist. She was given the opportunity to work in Wellington and that's what brought us here.

But we both love New Zealand. We wanted to leave Edinburgh and we felt this was a really good option and with her job as well. Since then, the formation of this band has been the driving force in my life. I have had previous goes at a music career but not anywhere near as successfully as I have since I've been in New Zealand. But in quality of life terms, we like the lack of people in New Zealand compared to back home.

Aside from Kara, how did you come to meet and now perform with your current band?

We had been in New Zealand about 3 weeks and Kara and I did a duo gig on a double bill with Kim (Bonnington) and Dusty (Cameron Dusty Burnell). Dusty played Mandolin and sang with Kim Bonnington, they were on the same bill as us and I met Dusty and we jammed a bit. I have always really liked working with a double bass player, but I didn't know where to find one.

I snuck into the jazz school and pretended to be a student. I put an advert up on the notice board for a double bass player and James (Geluk) answered the call. He was the first guy that did, and it was fantastic as we just hit it off. So, James, Dusty and myself rehearsed as a trio and started playing a lot more bluegrass and country which was Dusty's background and I was going through a bluegrass phase. But I've never really been a bluegrass player.

We formed the band just the four of us and various people would tag on through the years, but the core of the band is the four of us and we're very lucky because we work very well together as musicians. James brings his jazz background and Dusty brings country and bluegrass. I write songs influenced by whatever I'm surrounded by at the time which very much at the moment in Wellington, is jazz. I'm a big fan of the Rogue & Vagabond up the road so probably the most music I watch is jazz and that's really influenced my song writing in the last 3 to 4 years and you can hear that on the albums. I love that whole mixture of country, jazz, folk and blues and all that mixed together is what comes out of the music we play

What other projects are you involved in currently or that maybe on the horizon?

I perform as a solo artist and Kara and I do a duo set that is a little different. We do a lot more Scottish folk which we got to perform recently down in Dunedin at an event celebrating St Andrew’s Day and the Scottish ties that Dunedin obviously has with our beloved Edinburgh.

I also put on the Wellington Independent Music Showcase which last year had four bands perform on consecutive nights at Bats Theatre. It was a great, sell out event. We had Miles Calder & The Rumours, ourselves, Lost Bird and Graeme James. I tried desperately to do it again this year but didn't quite have the time.

Occasionally I book tours for other artists as well but pretty much this band is the main focus. I’ve got a real desire and ambition to further the progress of The Frank Burkitt Band, hence the mammoth touring schedule. But certainly, after June next year (2019), the band will take a well-earned break and I'll tour as a solo artist. I’m in the process of booking a solo Canadian tour July 2019.

What are your "current" musical influences and why?

Right back at the very beginning it was Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Nina Simone, with perhaps a little Billy Joel and The Beatles thrown in. That's where I think I've come full circle. Jazz/swing to Celtic folk, to Americana and then back to jazz/swing. I used to croon along to Sinatra as a teen. Weird, I know. Then when I left home and went to college, I discovered acts like Van Morrison, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, all the folk crowd along with Scottish folk legends such as Dick Gaughan and Bert Jansch.

Tim O’Brien is a personal hero of mine too. He does a lot of the bluegrass and at times infuses it with Celtic folk. When I was learning and singing the traditional Celtic folk songs in Edinburgh, I discovered Tim O’Brien and that led me to Americana. His incredible song writing has always been a huge influence.

And then there’s the contemporary artists such as Pokey LaFarge, The Wood Brothers are Phenomenal, The Punch Brothers. I really look up to those guys. Certainly, with our upcoming live EP you’ll hear a lot of their influence.

When you are not thinking about creating or performing music, what does Frank do for enjoyment?

Fishing is the main hobby of mine. I'm a big fly fisherman whenever I can get to the river which is nowhere near as much as I'd like too. I go out to the Wainui river or the Hutt River. The Wainui river is really good for fly fishing. Sometimes I go up to the Tongariro or the Ruamahanga. I do a lot of tramping as well. Kara and I have done a lot of the great walks and big long tramps and stayed in the huts and camps whenever we can.

When and where did you last go fly fishing?

About a week ago in the good weather at Wainuiomata.

Musically, where do you see yourself in 5 years' time?

I always say that for the last 4 years we've worked really hard building a following in New Zealand and we’re so grateful for that. I would love in 5 years' time to have a similar following in Australia, the UK and possibly one other country in Europe or Canada possibly. That would be fantastic.

It's an insane amount of hard work ahead and the band may not survive it, but if we are still together in 5 years' time, I can envisage something bigger for us. Most importantly though, I hope I keep loving the creative process of writing, arranging and performing my songs. It has to always be about the music.

But who knows what will happen in 5 years' time?

Quick Fire:

To close the session informally, I put a few (arguably horrid) quick fire questions to Frank, as follows…

Red or Blue?

Beer or Wine?

Celtic or Rangers?
"Neither! I'm a Liverpool fan, but ok...Celtic."

Neil Young or Tommy Emmanuel?
"Ohh... Neil Young"

Theresa May or Donald Trump?
"Oh, come on!! No Comment!"

Big Country or Simple Minds?
"Big Country"

With 32 dates nationwide over summer, there are plenty of chances to see The Frank Burkitt band perform live. Head over to his website for ticketing detail.

Interview was conducted by Reef Reid, for Muzic.net.nz at Crumpet café in Wellington on Monday November 19th 2018.

The Frank Burkitt Band is Frank Burkitt (guitar, vocals), Kara Filbey (vocals, flute, percussion),
Cameron Burnell (mandolin, tenor banjo) and James Geluk (double bass).

Website Links

Muzic.net.nz Page
Official Website
Facebook Page
YouTube Page
Bandcamp Page
ReverbNation Page
SoundCloud Page


The Great Folk Revival @ The Tuning Fork - 26/07/2018

Album Review: Raconteur

The Frank Burkitt Band – Lost But Alive NZ Tour


Fire For Glory is one of the most revered names in the Auckland punk-rock scene and has been kicking around Auckland for over half a decade now. The band went on a brief split earlier in the year and quickly reformed, recorded new material and hopped right back into playing live. Paul T Gheist caught frontman Josh Pinho for a few sneaky questions about the past, the present, and dogs!

Quick-fire introduction! Summarise your band in ten words or less.

Weird, sweaty, sing-a-long party.

First rounds on me – What are you drinking?

Your cheapest beer from your finest shoe.

Fire For Glory regrouped after splitting in May this year, and we're glad! What brought you guys out of 'retirement'?

The night after our "last show", we had a wave come over us of "oh man, that was dumb, why would we do that?", then in traditional FFG fashion, we did nothing about it for a few months, and then BANG, we are back.

Line-up changes aside, in what ways has Fire For Glory from six or seven years ago changed to become the 'FFG2018' we know now?

We stopped taking ourselves so seriously. When we started this band, all we wanted was fame and for everyone to love us. Life is constantly frustrating when you are looking at it through that particular lens, so these days our approach is 100% about us and our friends having fun at all times, and we are loving it way more.

Your band wasted no time in putting the new crew to work; how was the new song Stray Dogs written and put together?

Stray Dogs came together super quickly, Brian and I were recording some of the other new material we have. We were mucking around on a break, and Brian pretty much wrote the music on the spot, and I had lyrics and a melody fairly quickly after that.

What's the chance we'll see a music video unleashed for Stray Dogs? And how likely will it feature actual dogs?

There aren't any immediate plans for a Stray Dogs video (unless of course people want one?), but we do have plans for other videos for new songs we have coming. If we were to do a Stray Dogs video though, yes, there will be doggos.

Many songs seem based on some personal topics; what draws you to writing lyrics on these themes?

For me, as much as this band is about letting loose and having fun, it's also about sharing important messages and looking after our friends and whanau. I have a microphone, and people who want to listen to me - there's not better platform to share my messages. Sometimes people think I'm full of shit, and that’s okay, and sometimes people are really impacted by what I have to say, and that’s great!

What about your hit song Frog Prince? Surely there was a personal story behind that one?

Frog Prince is all about learning to be comfortable in your own skin, something that I have always struggled with. It's my way of saying to the listener that no matter what the monsters in the mirror tell you, I think you are pretty fucking neat.

Despite being in a pop-punk-metalcore group, what non-rock bands or artists are you guys also inspired by? The more odd and unexpected the better!

Speaking for myself, I LOVE theatre music. There is such a magic to the singing in theatre music that just gives me chills. Brian and I have a joint passion for any music written for Disney as well. Between us the taste is pretty eclectic, Brian's big into hip-hop, Cam's an old school punk guy, Bex comes from a metal background, Grant comes from a pop and metal background, and that’s not even scratching the surface really. Maybe we can make a Spotify playlist of the odd tunes we vibe!

Favourite song(s) to perform live?

Phantoms, Ghosts and Monsters is always such a special song to share with our audiences, and Little is always a treat to share with people. Buuuut, I think Frog Prince is the winner. People always let loose for that one – It’s a blast.

Do you guys have any pre-gig rituals? Anything to psych up before jumping on stage?

Haha, yes. All I will say is it involves a Family Guy quote that makes no sense to anyone around us out of context.

Which three bands would you guys most love to open for and party with backstage?

A Day To Remember, Neck Deep, All Time Low.

Wildest and most memorable show Fire For Glory has played so far?

Hmmm... We supported Motion City Soundtrack in 2016, which was pretty bonkers. Getting to play on a bill with a band that held the lease to your iPod in the late 2000's is very surreal, and we were so kindly received by the audience that night.

How has New Zealand's rock scene changed since your band started?

The first thing that comes to mind is losing The Kings Arms. That hit Auckland HARD. It still has a sting. Places like Ding Dong Lounge and Galatos are doing a wonderful job filling that void for us, and giving Auckland bands a new home, which is great. I also think the way people consume music has changed. When we started it was all about getting out a new EP or LP into the stands of a record store, now it's more about getting singles out frequently and getting the stream counts up (which, to be honest, I prefer, as it means we get to release more material more frequently, and it's easier to access).

What's the toughest thing about being in a punk-rock band? And how have you guys worked around it?

At least speaking for a pop-punk band, it's fitting the bill of a show. For us at least we find we are always waayyyy softer or waaayyy heavier than everyone else on our bill. It's tricky to find a middle ground, especially when there aren't that many other pop-punk bands on the NZ circuit right now. That said, we don't really care, we just like making friends and having fun. We will do shows with anyone.

Now that you guys are back, what can Aotearoa expect from Fire For Glory in the next 12 months? Any exclusive news of tours or new releases we can get our ears on?

We haven't got any tours booked YET. But there will be some coming in early 2019. We have two new tunes coming in December, which we are mega excited about, and we have a massive amount of singles in the production line for the first half of 2019. It's shaping to be a pretty busy one for us. We will be travelling Aotearoa again, and are hoping to make it across to Australia for the third time as well, which will be awesome.

Fire For Glory’s latest hit single Stray Dogs is available for purchasing and streaming across all platforms. Keep an eye peeled on Muzic.net.nz for news of their next show near you!

Fire For Glory is Josh Pinho (vocals), Cameron Brookes (guitar), Brian O'Callaghan (guitar),
Bex Tasker (bass) and 
Grant Kirkpatrick (drums).

Website Links

Muzic.net.nz Page
Facebook Page
YouTube Page


Ding Dong Lounge, Auckand - 12/05/2018

Kings Arms, Auckland - 05/09/2017

Single Review: Stray Dogs
Single Review: Daughters

Hawthorne Heights with Fire For Glory @ Kings Arms Tavern, Auckland - 05/09/2017

Photos courtesy of Ginny C Photography


After many years of exploration in meditation and Dharma, Dharma Dan shares his journey and his thoughts through the art of rap. Darryl from muzic.net.nz spoke to Dan about Hip-Hop, meditation and the future.

How long have you been a Hip-Hop artist?

When I was 15, myself along with a group of friends made a rap album. That was my first time writing rhymes. We were just playing fictional characters and emulating what we heard in mainstream rap though. I didn't come into the art of writing personal lyrics to explore and express my experience until I was 20, when I was going through the process of dropping out of uni to pursue meditation.

What attracted you to the genre?

I never felt like I was particularly musical, but I always loved writing and words. Music could only move me so much as a teenager, but hearing ideas and concepts being emoted over music seemed to strike a deeper chord for me than music was able to.

Who in that field do you look up to?

Growing up my biggest influence was Tupac. Without many male role models in my life, he was probably the most conscious and aware male voice I had in my life, and I was inspired by how much of his life he gave to wanting to inspire social change at such a young age. I also feel that I learnt a lot from his mistakes as well.

These days I am inspired by Kendrick Lamar for similar reasons. His music provides the opportunity to empathize and to see the world through the eyes of a person whose life is vastly different to mine. I hope that my music is able to do the same for people.

Have you ever made music in other genres?

Nothing worth sharing. I enjoy jamming and trying new things with friends, but outside of my lyrical ability I don't feel I have much to share musically.

How long has the LP taken to come together?

The song Know Thyself was written back in 2012 before my first proper meditation retreat, so in that sense you could say 6 years.

But from the moment that I decided I was going to share my music as an album to the moment of release, it was probably more like 6 months. A lot of the material was already written, I just had to write a few songs to fill in the narrative, save enough money to buy a microphone (the meditation life is a poor one), and then learn all about how to mix vocals on a computer (An area where I still have a lot to learn).

...and you're touring to support it?

Not yet. I set a deadline to release the music because I'm a perfectionist and knew that there was the possibility of never releasing it because it would never be perfect. But I have other commitments this year facilitating retreats and working on a video project, which mean that I haven't had much of a chance to share and perform the music. This will be a priority for me in 2019. However, sharing the art of meditation feels more important to me, so the music is only a method of sharing to support with that.

How about work on a follow up...

Again, sharing the art of meditation feels more important to me. I have had people listen to the music and feel moved by it, then ask questions about how they could begin meditation. If that trend continues, I will feel motivated to continue to share music. If not, then perhaps there are other offerings that I am capable of that might be of more direct support to others.

What advice would you have young Hip-Hop artists?

Keep it real. If you write from your direct experience, then the process of making the music becomes a cathartic experience and gives the listener an opportunity to see new worlds. If you're emulating what you hear on the radio, then what are you really contributing with your music? The unique offering that you contribute to the world is your own life, so share that.

Why the interest in meditation/eastern philosophy?

I think meditation and stilling the mind is a great remedy for the challenges that our culture currently faces. If my aspiration is to live with compassion as a fully integrated human being, then I need to explore the aspects of the human experience that my culture doesn't readily create space for. We live in an environment where people are driven to madness by the crazy pace and intensity of our lives, so it makes sense to me to cultivate and develop the skills to allow the mind to settle.

While the West spent years learning about the external world and discovering great technological advancements, the East put more energy into exploring the internal world, and the depths of the mind and the human psyche. We are only just starting to get our heads around the great wisdom that the East has to offer us.

What's next for you?

I am facilitating a retreat for young adults in December and next year we begin the first of three international 3-month retreats bringing together young talented people with aspirations to make the world a better place from all over the globe. In the 8 months leading up to that, I hope to find a job where I can contribute positively to the Christchurch community, and share my music with as many people as possible.

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Album Review: Doha

Debut Album for Rap Artist Dharma Dan


Alex Moulton-resident MNZ reviewer extraordinaire said in one of his many reviews of our band over the years that 2017 had been a big year for Coridian and something about keeping up the momentum in 2018. Well he knows that we always take what he says on board and as a challenge! 2018 has been Coridian's biggest year yet and 2019 will be even bigger. How could it not be?

Starting the year out with our final Kings Arm Show (RIP), our summer tour with some of our favourite bands, Curlys Jewels, Animalhead and Checaine and supporting local heroes City of Souls, it was off to a busy start. We have been lucky enough to score some awesome international support slots this year, POD, Fozzy and recently Skillet (at the mother freaking Powerstation!!). Supporting Devilskin and Written by Wolves was epic (amazing venues, amazing people), supporting Skinny Hobos album tour with so many mates was so much fun and our current tour with His Masters Voice has been a great way to finish an amazing year.

Music wise, we have been doing bits of pre-production for new songs and writing where we can. We were fortunate enough to release our first ever NZ on Air music video for Reflections and even more fortunate to work with Mardo El Noor who created, edited and directed it. What a class act he is and hella nice guy! We released our 2018 single Better Off which is currently doing nicely on Spotify and released another self-funded video with Mardo, can only highly recommend his work to anyone needing a world class video.

2019 goals are simple, keep playing shows, keep writing and then the big one, Debut album. We are pumping to record a full-length album and at this stage if timing goes our way it will be recorded mid-2019, with release date TBC. We have enough songs for an album but want to double the amount so we only choose the ultimate Coridian jams and so that we don’t keep wanting more too soon. So keep an eye out in the next 6-8 months at our live shows because we like to road test all our new material.

2018 have been an amazing year that we have had an opportunity to share with many amazing bands, artists, friends, photographers and all involved in the scene. So many people to thank for helping us on our journey so far. We look forward to seeing you all next year! Peace

Coridian are  Dity Maharaj (vocals), Mike Raven (guitar), Kris Raven (drums) and Nick Raven (bass).

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Lora from muzic.net.nz sat down with Nomadic local duo Aro to talk about their band dynamics and living in a van together as well as their upcoming single release Miromiro (Dec 13th) and their 2019 Nationwide tour plans.

Aro describe their music as distinctly Aotearoa/NZ pop, with a range other influences including RnB, Jazz and Kapahaka. Their upcoming release is Bilingual (Maori/English) – a mixture of the husband and wife’s cultural influences with Charles having Te Reo as his first language and Emily being of Pakeha descent.

Tell me a bit about your respective musical journeys – what made you decide to collaborate as a couple?

Emily: we met studying music, I really loved Charles' voice and style – then a couple of years later I moved to Berlin and we somehow got together as a couple just before I moved and that’s when we started writing together –

Charles: It was Emily's dream to have someone write her love letters

Emily: Well yes, but also songwriting,

Charles: Oh, that kind of writing

Emily: I’ve got a solo music career, I’ve been doing that for around 5 or 6 years too.

Charles: my background is mainly kapahaka and gospel. On top of that, going to all the family parties growing up where they played Bob Marley and stuff – I didn’t think about taking it seriously at all until a couple of years after school however, I just didn’t think it could be both a passion and a job.

I went to uni to get a bachelors because I wasn’t really aware of anyone in my family that had one, so I wanted to prove that we could.

Now here we are, and here I am.

Would you say music is both of your main jobs at the moment?

Emily: Definitely for me

Charles: It’s my main expression, so I don’t think I will ever be away from it. I’m somehow very much involved in education, and I’m a qualified teacher as well. But somehow that’s opened us up to a world of having our music as a song/story book for educational use too.

You guys are currently touring around playing at campgrounds and stuff over summer?

Yeah so we are releasing our album next year on the 15th February which will be followed by a nationwide tour – Miromiro is just the first single off that, and to warm into our big tour (which will be all the way from Whangarei to Stewart Island) we’re just touring a little bit over summer.

Tell us a bit about the line-up you are touring with – is it just the two of you?

On the album we’ve got quite a lot of people playing with us, but for the live gigs, we really wanted to make the stories the important part for the live show, which basically means stripping it back to just the two of us.

How have you found the reception on this campground tour?

We have felt that the Maori songs have been particularly well received, there’s quite a lot of a buzz around using Te Reo in music at the moment – it wasn’t intentional , we weren’t riding some kind of wave – but we have just happened to coincide with a bit more Maori visibility in mainstream media and music, the success of Alien Weaponry etc at the moment, a lot more people are wanting to learn the language and it’s becoming more and more popular.

What the Album called?

The Album is called Manu, which is the Maori term for ‘birds’– traditionally Maori would compose songs from melodies they had heard in their natural environment, so we thought what if we adopt a bit of that approach, and as well the significance of the bird in Maori culture. The album has 10 tracks and each one is the name of the respective bird (e.g. Miromiro is the Tomtit)– this is why the storytelling aspect to the songs is so important.

Miromiro is out on the 13th December – tell us a little bit a about who played on it and who played on it?

It was recorded with Vivek at Gabriel Audio in Mt Roskill, he co-produced it with us and mixed the whole album, we really enjoy working with him. Nathan Tiddy mastered it a few weeks ago so it’s finished now which is so exciting!

We had Jocee Tuck playing vibes, we have Eamon Edmundson-Wells playing upright bass, and Shane Mclean playing Taonga Puoro (traditional Maori instruments) – it was really cool the way Shane recorded, as the way we worked with him he basically improvised along to the tracks – he hadn’t heard anything prior to being in the studio apart from rough demos. So, he would just start listening to a track and get a vibe, then he would go through his box of goodies and pick out one of the traditional instruments and Vivek would just mic him up while he was playing. We really captured the moments and that was cool.

And of course, we both sung, Charles played guitar and Emily plays the piano.

Tell us about the big tour next year?

We are going right the way from Whangarei to Stewart Island – more intimate venues, like Jam Factory in Tauranga, Eggsentric in Cooks Beach, Raumati Social Club, Fairfield house in Nelson, Barrytown Hall, Sherwood in Queenstown, Stewart Islands’ South Seas Hotel, Geraldine Music Academy, Bellamy’s Gallery in Dunedin, Lyttelton Records in Christchurch, and a bunch more all over! We are also taking our friend Callum Lee who is an amazing songwriter and sound engineer.

Callum also produced Emily’s solo EP which is to be released soon as well under the name {Emily Rice} – so she will be opening a few of the shows as a solo act as well.

Where can people get tickets for the tour?

Under the Radar. Links will also be up on our website at aromusic.co.nz – Tickets are on sale from Thursday 29th November.

Keep an eye out on all our social media spaces too!

Who is your dream act that you would like to support or play with?

Charles: I love Warren Maxwell (trinity roots) you might even hear some of those influences on our album.

Emily: For me it would be Sting. I went to see him at a Mission Estate Winery joined with a 50-piece symphony orchestra which was amaaazing – he’s been such a massive inspiration to my songwriting over the years.

Aro are publishing a book to go along with the album, for educational purposes, as well as doing some Maori language and songwriting workshops called ‘Stories of Aotearoa in Song’ along with the album release tour, and they are really excited to present this labour of love to the country.

Charles: Making this album has been like making a waka that you really don’t know what it could do until you put it out in the sea.

Aro are Charles and Emily Looker.

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Aro’s Debut Album Release & Nationwide Tour for Manu


Announcing the winners of the 2018 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards

Six60 has cemented their place as a powerhouse in Aotearoa’s music scene, claiming five Tui at the 53rd Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards at Spark Arena in Auckland.

After selling out Western Springs for their only gig this summer, the group received THREE Best Group, Highest Selling Album, Vodafone Highest Selling Single and NZ On Air Radio Airplay Record of the Year Award, presented by the man behind the 2018 Tui redesign Dick Frizzell.

They also claimed the coveted Vodafone People’s Choice. For the first time, this award was open to all finalists, further highlighting the band’s popularity with the public.

After winning a Tui for Best Music Video for his track Vampire Again at the 2018 Artisan Awards at Massey University, Wellington last week, Marlon Williams was celebrated once again on the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards stage – taking out Best Solo Artist and the Hallensteins Album of the Year for his 2018 albumMake Way for Love.

Newcomers Drax Project were also big winners. They’ve been recognised with the Jaguar Breakthrough Artist of the Year and Vodafone Single of the Year for Woke Up Late, which resonated with kiwi music fans throughout 2018.

Full Article

Five Tui awarded at 2018 Artisan Awards

The backbone of Aotearoa’s music industry was recognised at the third annual Artisan Awards at Massey University’s School of Music and Creative Media Production in Wellington.

Simon Gooding and Jordan Stone received the Tui for Best Engineer for their work on Neil Finn’s fourth solo album Out of Silence.

It’s been a phenomenal year for Simon Gooding, who also received a Tui for Massey University Best Producer alongside Tom Larkin and Hammerhead for their work on Te Reo metallers Alien Weaponry’s debut album Tu.

The Tui for NZ On Air Best Music Video was presented to Marlon Williams for the video he created for his 2017 single Vampire Again.

Jaime Robertson and Matthias Heiderich both received the Tui for Best Album Cover, recognising their work on Sola Rosa’s 2018 In Spaces EP.

Full Article

Flying Nun Records Announce New General Manager

Flying Nun Records is proud to announce their new General Manager, Matthew Davis, who has stepped up to oversee the day to day operations of the independent label. Former GM, Ben Howe will take on the role of Company Director and Strategic Advisor for the label house’s wider team.

Ben Howe, who also manages Arch Hill Recordings and lectures in music industry studies at Massey University, has been Flying Nun’s General Manager since 2012 when the label relocated to Auckland. During this time, he oversaw the label’s international expansion, the re-issue programme with US label Captured Tracks, as well as successful new release campaigns from artists such as Aldous Harding and Fazerdaze.

Under the new setup, Howe will continue to provide strategic advice for Flying Nun Records, and sits on the label’s board of directors, alongside label founder Roger Shepherd.

“Each generation has their own unique connection to the Flying Nun catalogue - their favourite Flying Nun records and acts which represent the different decades we have been alive. This is exciting, and makes me look forward to experiencing what the next generation has in store,” says Howe of the changes.

Matthew Davis has been with Flying Nun since 2009 and moves from his current position as Label Manager, though he will also continue to oversee Flying Out - the music retail, distribution, event and marketing company co-founded by himself and Howe in 2013.

Full Article

New Zealand Music Foundation rebrands to MusicHelps

Over the last five years, the New Zealand Music Foundation has invested $300k in 66 projects, with 42 partners, from Whangarei to Invercargill, all using the power of music to change the lives of over 60,000 New Zealanders in need.

Now the charity is rebranding to MusicHelps, a name that is more direct, more impactful and speaks to the heart of the not-for-profit’s core purpose.

MusicHelps is also the official charity of the 2018 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards, the annual celebration ceremony of Aotearoa’s musicians and their achievements from the last year.

Coupled with the rebrand is the announcement by the charity that multi award-winning artist Lorde will become the organisation’s latest patron, joining founding patron Neil Finn. The Greenlight singer has experienced first-hand the power and impact of music in her life.

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New Releases

The RVMES - Vibrant Pictures
Rei Feat. Tyna - No Way
Kendall Elise - The Clock Tower
Matthew J. Ruys Feat. Speech - People X People
Kerretta - Chroma Queens
Mel Parsons - Glass Heart
This Pale Fire - Float Out
Mako Road - Local Safari
Alae - Home
Bartells - Extraordinary Girl
French For Rabbits - Highest Hill
Aro - Manu
Jason Hamon - Kia Mau Ra
Sandy Mill - Charade
Wendyhouse - Banana Wine
JCK - Headbutt A Spike
Nga Kete Aronui Feat. Icepro - Papa
Tunes of I - Dangerous
Melodownz - Melo & Blues
Tiny Ruins - School of Design
Sophie Mashlan - Let You Down
Avalanche City - Prayed For Love
Tiki Taane and Salmonella Dub - Ignite
Anna van Riel - Fishing for Stars
Lisa Crawley - Baby It's Fine
Lawrence Arabia - Contagious Dream Heals The World
Soda Boyz - Renamon
Kendall Elise - The Clock Tower
Yoko-Zuna and Noah Slee - Minority
Written By Wolves - Prologue
Luke Buda and Don McGlashan - Children Don't Belong In Jail
Broods - Don't Feed The Pop Monster
Ivy Red Feat. Lukas - Wonderland
Tui Mamaki - Fly
Kennedy - On The Run
Kaela - Set Me Free
Melodownz Feat. Villette - $moke
Yoko-Zuna - Voyager
Nouri - Where Do We Go From Here
The RVMES - Vibrant Pictures
Mimi and Rivers - Simple Lives
Kaaterama - He Iti
Theia - Candy
Baitercell Feat. Huia and Rei - Tokia
Sea Mouse - Skeletons
Joy Feat. Yung Steezy - Yung Days
Racing - Real Dancing
Anna van Riel - Echo
Lexxa - Get Out
Superette - Tiger (reissue)
VTMNK - Red Wine
Mel Parsons - Just 'Cause You Don't Want Me
Jamie McDell - 3AM
The Flaming Mudcats - Cut Loose


- December Gigs & Tours -

(in alphabetical order)

Local Gigs

8 December @ The Boathouse, Nelson
Anthonie Tonnon

13 December @ The Globe Theatre, Palmerston North
14 December @ St Peter's Hall, Paekakariki
15 December @ Aratoi Wairarapa Museum of Art and History, Masteron
21 December @ War Memorial Hall, Ellerslie
Blindspott with Skinny Hobos and Written by Wolves
14-15 December @ The Foundry, Christchurch
Blindspott with Devilskin and Written by Wolves

8 December @ Logan Campbell Centre, Auckland
26 December @ Coroglen Tavern, Coromandel
27 December @ Trafalgar Centre, Nelson
30 December @ Mount Park, Mt Maunganui
Drax Project with Kings
27 December @ Coroglen Tavern, Coromandel
Estere with Nikki Ngatai of Oyawa
8 December @ Ostend War Memorial Hall, Waiheke Island
Ghost Who Walks
5 December @ Yot Club, Raglan
6 December @ Blues Blue, Papamoa
7 December @ Paisley Stage, Napier
8 December @ Sanctuary Sounds, Hawkes Bay
Julian Temple Band
21 December @ Starfish, Dunedin
28 December @ Redcliff Cafe, Te Anau
29 December @ The Sherwood, Queenstown
30 December @ Bargarita, Cromwell
31 December @ Scott's Brewing Co, Oamaru
Kendall Elise
8 December @ Jam Factory, Tauranga

27 December @ Opononi Hotel, Opononi
28 December @ Mangawhai Tavern, Mangawhai
21 December @ Ponsonby Social Club, Auckland
22 December @ The Common Room, Hastings
28 December @ Mount Social Club, Mt Maunganui
29 December @ Yot Club, Raglan
Mel Parsons
5 December @ Meow, Wellington
6 December @ Anthology, Auckland
8 December @ LAF, Christchurch
King of the Sadboys, The Fuzzies, Superturtle and Running Stitch
7 December @ UFO, Auckland
7 December @ Yot Club, Raglan
8 December @ Paisley Stage, Napier
Sons of Zion with Tomorrow People and Victor J Sefo
28 December @ Bev Ridges on York, Napier
29 December @ Waihi Beach Hotel, Waihi
Tunes of I
7 December @ Totara Street, Mt Maunganui
8 December @ The Common Room, Hastings


International Gigs

3 December @ The Civic, Auckland
Bhad Bhabie
15 December @ The Studio, Auckland
Dashboard Confessional
13 December @ Powerstation, Auckland
Living Colour with Curlys Jewels
12 December @ Powerstation, Auckland
13 December @ San Fran, Wellington
Mayday Parade
6 December @ Powerstation, Auckland
My Baby
30 December @ AUM, Auckland
31 December @ Rhythm and Alps, Wanaka
Oddisee and Good Company
6 December @ Yonder, Queenstown
7 December @ Powerstation, Auckland
8 December @ San Fran, Wellington
9 December @ Black Barn, Hawkes Bay
Shania Twain

18-19 December @ Spark Arena, Auckland
The Breeders with The Beths
11 December @ Powerstation, Auckland
The Church
4 December @ Spark Arena, Auckland
Twenty One Pilots
21 December @ Spark Arena, Auckland
Wu-Tang Clan
13 December @ Horncastle Arena, Christchurch
14 December @ Trusts Arena, Auckland
Ziggy Alberts
6-7 December @ Tuning Fork, Auckland
8 December @ Caroline, Wellington
9 December @ Blue Smoke, Christchurch


Festival News

Coastella 2019 Line-Up Announced!

Auckland Folk Festival 2019 - Second Line-Up Announcement

Exciting international line-up announced for CubaDupa - Wellington’s free street festival

Seven OZ & 1 NZ band announced to play SXSW

WOMAD New Zealand have revealed seven new acts to join the exciting and diverse festival line-up


Latest NZ Music News


New Artist Pages

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

Bones Inc. Swamp Vulture The Rubics
Stress Night Bus Alice Foulds
Ida Lune Bartells Starr
Uncle Silverback Aro Matthew J.Ruys
Diana Street Georges Dan Sharp
Mako Road Feildings Best Dancers

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Lexxa Inside the Muzic Interview

With their latest single get out just released on all digital platforms, twin sisters Lexxa popped in with manager Lani Purkis to have a chat about how the duo got to where they are. With their father being the one and only Ian Morris from Th’ Dudes, music has always been a part of their lives, and we talk about why and how they got their signature sound. Shooting videos, favourite songs, style and grammar choices, as well as a discussion about R18 vs. All Ages gigs, it’s all on the table.  Watch their interview here.

New Reviews

Check out our latest reviews at the below links:

Release Reviews:

Craig Payne - Album Review: Good News
Written by Peter

The Flaming Mudcats - Album Review: Cut Loose
Written by Jacquie

Tali - Album Review: Love & Migration
Written by Jeremy

Anxiety Club - EP Review: Black Heart
Written by Jessie

Sea Mouse - Double Single Review: Skeletons and Numbers
Written by Bridie

This Flight Tonight - Single Review: Bender & Lies
Written by Alex

Racing - Album Review: Real Dancing
Written by Bridie

Written by Wolves - EP Review: Prologue
Written by Kris

Empire To Ashes - Album Review: Beneath
Written by Carl

Alice Foulds - EP Review: Oxygen
Written by Alex

Age Pryor - Single Review: Burning Sun
Written by Janise

Eight Eyed Orchid - EP Review: One by One & Two by Two
Written by Sarah

Superette - Single Review: Pretty Picture
Written by Darryl

Grant Duncan - Album Review: Early Morning Rise
Written by Paul

Cheshire Grimm - Single Review: So Much For The Summer
Written by Corinne

Al Fraser - Album Review: Toitu Te Puoro
Written by Jacquie

Will Saunders - Album Review: Inside Walking
Written by Emily

Lexxa - Single Review: Get Out
Written by Rupa

VTMNK - Single Review: Red Wine
Written by Darryl

Kong Fooey - Double Single Review: Believe Me & Giving Up On Love
Written by Jeremy

Baitercell - EP Review: Toka
Written by Alex

Matthew J.Ruys - Single Review: People X People Feat. Speech
Written by Jeremy

Melodownz - EP Review: Melo & Blues
Written by Kerry

Tempist Fujit - Album Review: Time Flies
Written by Darryl

Night Bus - Single Review: Korean Restaurant
Written by Alex

Aro - Album Review: Manu
Written by Corinne

Lisa Crawley - Single/Video Review: Baby It's Fine
Written by Alex

The RVMES - Single Review: Vibrant Pictures
Written by Emily

Stress - EP Review - Misery Fatigue
Written by Matt M

Gig Reviews:

Shepherds Reign @ Ding Dong Lounge, Auckland - 3/11/2018
Written by Alex

Tom Cunliffe & Emily Fairlight @ The Cook, Dunedin - 10/11/2018
Written by Darryl

Racing with Dual @ Moon, Wellington - 15/11/2018
Written by Tony

Ghost Who Walks @ Butler's Reef, Oakura - 16/11/2018
Written by Emily

ZM's Friday Night Jams @ Western Springs, Auckland - 18/11/2018
Written by Alex

Racing @ Galatos, Auckland - 30/11/2018
Written by Paul

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


New Photos

Our photographers had an outstanding month for photos - check out all the photos at the below links:

Stan Walker
Jackson Owens
Maisey Rika
General Fiyah
Def Leppard
Photos by Reef

Elemeno P

Carb on Carb
Barnaby Weir
Hollie Smith
Laughton Kora
Rob Ruha and Ria Hall
Louis Baker
Elemeno P
Stan Walker
Jackson Owens
Anika Moa
Miller Yule
Photos by Steve

His Masters Voice
Bones Inc
Photos by Matthew

Robert Scott
Levi Sesega
Mema Wilda
Photos by Ginelle

Shepherds Reign
Traitor's Fate
Close To The Bone
2018 Vodafone NZ Music Awards
Ghost Who Walks
The Rubics
Photos by Chris M

Taylor Swift
Charli XCX
Photos by David

Ida Lune
Princess Chelsea
Tunes of I
Sky Canvas
Congress of Animals
Louis Baker
Photos by Nichole

Elemeno P
Jed Parsons
Photos by Bevan

The Black Seeds
Photos by Bruce

Ben Ottewell
Photos by Chris Z

Friday Jams
Congress of Animals
Photos by Nikita

His Masters Voice
She Loves You
Photos by Michael

Photos by Adam

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


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