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Newsletter Issue #54: 26 Jun 2005

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Sooo Many Good Times

Well this month is flying by if I do say so myself. Just a few days ago it feels like I was doing a splendid write up for NZ music month! Now zipping into July and I wonder where has June gone?

The answer to my question (that I answered myself after asking myself), was that there have just been so many gigs and CD release shows and new band merch and video shoots this month, that I have lost track of time and lost all my energy in a frantic, crazy frenzy of all the above events. Its been amazing!

Now sitting down to think about it, we've had the Bnet Music Awards on the 27th May, that drilled out a bingo game and some top live acts. Then the 28th May metal gig at the Galatos Basement with Cold By Winter, NewWayHome, Second Theory and EMFH, even though this was the end of May, by the time I had got over the buzz we were well into June. Also around the 13th June, Dave Dobbyn released his brand spanking new album, "Available Light" and Second Theory embarked on their North Island Tour, promoting their debut ep.

Come the middle of the month and we had the Steriogram tour ending on the 18th June, where the Studio packed out for two shows, seeing Goodnight Nurse, 48May and Steriogram do their thang for one more night on their massive one month tour playing so many shows I lost count!

Also Redline, Second Theory, St Hildegard and Forever Now bashed it out at the Kings Arm on the 23rd, for a Thursday night there was quite a lot of people which was cool and this brings me to today! And I still can't stop there, with so much to look forward to this month, like numerous pub gigs, and come next month we have Sommersets last ever show on the 2nd July! I say go buy your tickets now, because this shall be an awesome, awesome show and you'd be a fool to miss one of NZ's hardest working punk bands at work! They're being supported by Kitch and NewWayHome. Can't wait. Also for a change, Cold By Winter are playing their first All Ages gig at Grey Lynn Community Hall on the 9th July. Supported by Second Theory, New Ending and False Start, this also should be something to scribble on your calender/diary in bright red ink.

Now moving on to more 'industry' stuff. Nominations for the NZ Music Awards are now open and with the judges being chosen at the moment, its all go. Entries are now also open for the 2005 Silver Scroll Awards. Elected APRA members are invited to submit their works for the Silver Scroll Award, the APRA Maioha Award and the SOUNZ Contemporary Award. The awards recognise creative excellence in the fields of popular music, Maori music, and contemporary classical music, respectively. Last but definitely not least, the level of talent being pumped out through all the SmokeFreeRockQuest Regional Finals is outstanding. Hundreds of student hopefuls around the country at the moment are crossing their fingers that they will make it through the regional finals to be able to have a shot at the semi-finals which will then take them or their band to the National Finals which are being held in Wellington this year.

Apart from all that, I have nothing more to say. So hope you dust of your dancing shoes, and dull down your work load and get ready for all the NZ goodness - July has to offer.

Keep the feet tapping and the fingers clicking,

-- Lanae

Losing Face

Which NZ artist/band do you think will be a huge international success one day?
It's hard to say. There's been heaps of NZ bands working hard to obtain international recognition, and I think, like any band, anywhere in the world, it's all about being in the right place at the right time, and perhaps increasing your chances by creating opportunities for yourselves. Take Shihad, for example. How long have they been working their a..es off making all this happen for themselves? Touring overseas, LIVING overseas? And by all accounts, they have gained and earned international success. But HUGE international success? Could be anyone... take your pick.

Who would you most like to tour with?
Anyone who can provide us with free beer/drugs and equipment? What? NO! Anyone who we get along or could get along with? Anyone. Touring's touring. It's all about getting as many people exposed to your live show/music as possible, and I dunno. We'd tour with anyone. For bands/artists,  non genre specific tours can have just as many, if not more advantages than the genre specific.

What is your most embarrassing concert moment?
2002. Or maybe 2003. I forget. I figure it's not something any of us would like to remember too much. Anyway. Brewers Bar in Tauranga. We show up at around 5pm with nowhere else to go, so as any touring band would do... you do the math. So it gets to about 11pm and we get on stage and it's just f..ked from the start. I managed to smash the headstock of my guitar against the ceiling right before the count in for the first song, throwing it waaaaay out of tune. Bows, our drummer had passed out about 30 mins before the show and so thanks to Mark's 'bag of tricks' he could keep his eyes open long enough to HIT the drums... Mark, was having the BEST time, and Sam... I think Sam did ok. Sorry Sam! Oh and Mel, thanks for the Ronrico!

What are you planning on doing during 2005?
We have a 7-track EP off for manufacture as of now, appearing courtesy of Deadboy records, due for release before June. So We'll be off doing some release shows around the North Island and hopefully, if we can scam our way onto a tour, the South Island too as we haven't played there yet! We're writing and demo-ing new material already and are excited about incorporating it into our live shows and We'll definitely be looking at having another release out by the end of the year if not early 2006. Big Ups to Angelo for all the help and support with our upcoming release.

How did you come up with the name Losing Face?
Ahhhhhh. Pass? I think it came about from a friend of ours, Tony, who suggested for something else the name 'saving face'. But like Tony, that just sounds stupid. I think it was Sam that intervened and changed it. Plus, what better motive to be subtly obnoxious for a band in the ever judgemental (as f..ked as it sounds) Auckland punk scene.

What is in your CD collection at home?
F..k. Ahhhh heaps? Combined, as a band, just about everything ranging from Converge to Herbie Hancock. Ken Booth to LTJ Bukem.

What advice would you give other budding musicians/bands?
Just keep on doing what makes you happy and what turns you on, so to speak. If you're feeling it, just keep going and don't let anyone tell you anything different. Essentially, creating music is for you and you only, be it solo, or as a collective, and for those people who hear, enjoy and understand your music as much as you do, it's just a bonus. Music is such a powerful way to express yourself and I wish musicians and bands the same exciting feelings and experiences Arlin, Mark, Sam and myself have had.

Thanks to Todd from Losing Face for getting these answers to us! To find out more about Losing Face, check them out on muzic.net.nz.

Fats White

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

Who would you most like to tour with?
Nine Inch Nails or Dresden Dolls

What is your most embarrassing concert moment?
The other week we played a very late night show, someone in the audience started having an epileptic seizure as soon as we strummed up the first song. I felt strange for the person, coz we couldnt stop!!!

What are you planning on doing during 2005?
Playing live, playing, filming stuff, writing, we gotta live CD coming out real soon!

How did you come up with the name Fats White?
I drank too much absinthe with some philosophy students one night out west, and I could not speak properly everything came out all wonky...

What is in your CD collection at home?
Ivor Utler, Wildman Fisher, Giorno Poetry Systems, Pumice, Zappa, Beefheart, Martin Emond Tribute Soundtrack, The Fall, Tubeway Army, Henry Cow, Kevin Ayers, Kevin Coyne...

What advice would you give other budding musicians/bands?
Keep growin', keep writing, keep practicing, keep your head down, never cancel a show, if you ever play with Fats White - do your bit and stick up posters too!!!!

To find out more about Fats White, check them out on muzic.net.nz.

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