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Newsletter Issue #554: 04 Sep 2022

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August was one of the busiest months Muzic.net.nz has ever faced, with 61 photo galleries, 41 reviews and 11 interviews added by our incredible team of volunteers. September is already off to a great start.

And as if that wasn't enough, we also added some 150+ press releases to our news page.

This month we bring you one of the most exciting and largest newsletters that we've had so far this year, with outstanding band and musician features from 4 acts; The Snake Behaviour, Sage Collective, Imperfect Offering and Quine. Plus we catch up on all the latest interviews from Muzic.net.nz's The Distorted Transmission and It's A Wrap with Roger. We then finish up this issue with the latest episodes from the Don't Give Up Your Day Job podcast.

Some of our team members are heading out on tour during September - be sure to check out Danica Bryant, Coridian and Shepherds Reign. Having seen all 3 of these perform live, I can guarantee that you won't be disappointed. If you can't make it along, we'll have coverage up on the website.

We've got some exciting plans in the works for MNZ, and we're looking forward to sharing all the details with you within the next few months.


- Lisa and the Muzic.net.nz team

Showing no signs of slowing down, Christchurch Rockers The Snake Behaviour are heading into their 20th year of creating hard-hitting music and delivering incredible live performances. They recently shared all their future plans and a whole lot more with Muzic.net.nz, and here's what was said:

What NZ bands and musicians would you like to tour with, and why?

A few people have commented that a tour with ourselves and Animalhead would go well from a sonic perspective, we have been seeing and hearing their stuff too and love it, but all comers really, we just love meeting new bands and playing with our friends. We would love to get on the road again with the Omeka boys, or any of our mates from here in CHCH. Also on the wish list, Stray Dogs, and Intergracia.

How would you describe your music to someone who hasn't heard it before?

Basically we just say our genre in however it comes our TBH! Just a jumble of notes in an order, with rhythmic hitting and some shouting to be honest

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

We have spent most of this year working on our Sophomore album Youthanise so there will be the release of that and a subsequent flurry of shows in various parts of the country...we actually head to where it all began again in November and start a pre-release tour of Tasman. Rumour has it, a show with an international band heading to our shores is also on the cards in the first few months of 2023. But it'll also be a year of celebration, 20 years of this little band next year!

What NZ bands and musicians would you like to see more of, and why?

Basically like an earlier answer all comers man, literally anyone and everyone. There's so many that deserve recognition that we won't ever really hear about. Also it'd be great to see even more of the harder genre bands with females in them, some notable mentions would be Volts, Emma Dilemma is already all over the place, but more please, Bin Day, Etheran, Curlys Jewels, Daytrip just to name a few, the more Wahine in heavy music, the better!

Who are your favourite NZ bands and musicians?

In terms of the real big guys, You can't go past Shihad (It's actually a crime to not like them), and some of the older legends, Chris Knox, Don McGlashan, The Mutton Birds, Split Enz, Margaret Urlich (RIP), and on and on we go, we have such a rich musical history in this country

From a local point of view our friends Omeka who are about to achieve big things, the guys in Hecates Cult, Empire, Intergracia, Stray Dogs, and the big dogs of the CHCH scene, Pieces of Molly, Stonehurst, and honestly all our friends, we couldn't separate them really

What local albums have you been listening to recently?

Emma Dilemma's album Spit, and a few from mates of ours, the self-titled EP by Hecates Cult and also an old one from old friends Radius Kink called Orange Room gets a regular spin in Chris's car stereo

What is your favourite NZ venue, and why?

Hard question, too hard, there's been some great venues in CHCH over the years, the now defunct New City Hotel was a second home for us. Here in CHCH The Embankment, 12 Bar, Darkroom and Rolling Stone stand out! In terms of round the country I've always loved Western Springs, and Forsyth Barr stadium, but on a local level you can't go passed the Dong Dong Lounge and Valhalla too.

Have you got any tips for dealing with nerves before a gig?

Despite contrary belief don't get drunk, for me, it's preparation, be prepared, so you know it'll go well, other than that, just treat it like a glorified practice, You're doing it cause You love it, so just roll with it, if it starts going wrong remember the greatest bands in history have also had train wrecks! Also you've been invited to play by someone who believes in You, so channel that!

What is the one thing you want NZ to know about The Snake Behaviour?

That this is more than music to us, it's about creating meaningful differences in our community, hence the bi-annual Rock 4 Love and our yearly Christmas hamper Nominations etc.....and besides that, that we don't think we are better than anyone, we will play in a back shed, or western springs, we don't really give a fuck, we just want to play

What has been your most memorable show to date?

There's actually been a fair few, the Fire Aid show in CHCH where we met our amazing friends Fall of Them (now Omeka). The single release show for out song Lights Out, the Rock 4 Love shows, especially the first where a month after the terror attack we organized a bunch of bands to rock out in the name of love, not hate, our album release show, playing the Ding Dong and Valhalla, and 100 percent the 3 international shows we have been lucky enough to open. The number 1 though would 100 percent be opening for The Dead Kennedys 

Check out The Snake Behaviour on Muzic.net.nz

Photo Credit: Phantomfotograf

The Sage Collective is a Hip-Hop collective based on the Kapiti Coast of Aotearoa. Muzic.net.nz recently caught up with Matt about all things Sage Collective, and then some. Have a read of what went down:

How did you become involved in music?

I think we all grew up listening to music and being inspired by all kinds of artists from NZ artists and seeing dawn raid pave the way.... Our parents music, top 40, radio everything... We've all taken our own different paths that led us all to be where we are today. But, I'm sure we all started similarly with a pen and a pad in a garage listening to instrumentals and just spitting some freestyles with the boys. But we decided to take it a bit further and try a bit harder to put ourselves out there and create something we're proud of.

What NZ bands and musicians would you like to tour with, and why?

It's hard to say because we're all so different but I'm sure we would jump at any opportunity that came our way. If you asked us all individually all our answers would be different but Melowdownz, he's killing it. Homebrew / Tom Scott, he's relatable and love their music. Savage.... I mean, say no more right? Drax Project... their lead vocals Shaan is from Kapiti so, that could be a vibe. There's just so many talented NZ artists it would be hard to choose.

Which one of your songs are you most proud of, and why?

It's Our Life is probably our KCS anthem.

How would you describe your music to someone who hasn't heard it before?

At K.C.S we are quite unique in the way that everyone has their own style and no-one is the same. It's cool because we always keep our fans on there's toes like what's coming next.

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

On December the 3rd we will be dropping Chopps album Chopping Block which we will be doing an invite only album release at an undisclosed location. We also have a show on the 23rd of September in Timaru supporting Southern future. There is a lot of mahi in the pipeline and some wicked stuff planned for the future.

Who are your favourite NZ bands and musicians?

Dirty & Eno, Melowdownz, Scribe, David Dallas, JessB, Homebrew, Six60, L.A.B it depends what the vibes are, but we can jam to pretty much anything 

What local albums have you been listening to recently?

Currently between the team we have been jamming Big Bhozy new album, Seaside Sloths, mostly new Zealand underground and released tracks 

What is your favourite NZ venue, and why?

There's a pretty cool scene in welly with heaps of lowkey venues that can pop off but Brewtown in Upper Hutt would be mean to perform at. 

Have you got any tips for dealing with nerves before a gig?

Still working on that one. But I would say be confident in your songs and make sure you've put in the hours at practice so you can go out there knowing you're going to put on an a1 performance. Even looking back at videos of the performance afterwards and seeing it for yourself so you can reflect and think about what needs work.

How do you balance your music with other obligations; family, job etc?

It can be pretty hard, we're all dad's with full time jobs so we have to just carve out times for our music. Were lucky enough to have some solid wifeys in our corner who hold it down for us while we're out here staying true to our vision and putting in the mahi. 

What is the one thing you want NZ to know about the Kapiti Coast Sage Collective?

That we are serious about what we do. We ready to take on bigger shows. And make sure you catch Chopps album on the 3rd of December.

What can you never leave home without?

Just your typical, phone, wallet, keys, lighter haha

How did you come up with the name Kapiti Coast Sage Collective?

When we created K.C.S the kaupapa behind it was we all shared knowledge and sat on equal ground while pushing each other forward. The word sage in many cultures is described as humble, distinguished wisdom, true with emotions, holy/wise man. Overall a space where knowledge/music can flow in an awesome environment.

Do you have any advice for aspiring musicians?

Be true to yourself, stay authentic, don't follow trends just because that's what everyone else is doing. Just be you and your people will find you. Hold your vision, put in the work, keep hustling, keep grinding, have fun with it. Respect the journey and the process. It's all part of it.

Spotify Playlist

Kapiti Coast Sage Collective on HiViz Jams



Collective Members

Miss Autz
Dev The Real
DJ Jamerocki

Aotearoa’s own Imperfect Offering has been touring NZ and presenting the beauty and diversity of the music of Leonard Cohen. Their 2022 tour beginning in October is titled Of Love and Loss - Songs of Leonard Cohen, the focus is Cohen’s life journey with the women he loved and the losses he experienced. The band takes you on a journey from Cohen’s first album Songs of Leonard Cohen in 1967 to the album You Want it Darker released just weeks before his death in 2016. With a story that spans his Greek Island life with his muse Marianne to New York’s artist hang-out Chelsea Hotel and a meeting with Janis Joplin, Imperfect Offering will weave the stories of Cohen's life amongst his most beloved songs including the astonishing Hallelujah, Suzanne, Chelsea Hotel, I Tried to Leave You, Bird on the Wire and songs from Cohen's extraordinary album You Want it Darker.

Check out Imperfect Offering on Muzic.net.nz

Dunedin's Bradley Quine is working on his first ever bass-house EP called Futurum Latin, which will showcase his music journey. Muzic.net.nz spoke to him about his music, future plans and dealing with nerves.

How did you become involved in music?
I become involved with EDM/Dance music after seeing Martin Garrix preform at Ultra 2014. His energy and stage presence just kinda struck me.

What NZ bands and musicians would you like to tour with and why?
Anything involving my favourite label STMPD. A tour with ShapeshifterSix60 or Montell2099.

Which one of your songs are you most proud of, and why?
I’m really proud of an unreleased track coming out in September. This one is a collab with a guy dealing with anxiety who gave up on producing but I knew deep down somebody needed to stay by his side, so I never gave up on him, and we laid out a track after our first phone call. And now we have big plans for the next year! 

How would you describe your music to someone who hasn't heard it before?
My music is deep sounding, aggressive and groovy.

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

With each gig I can get I give 120% and make sure everybody is ok. Expect lots of new music as I work my way towards some bigger collabs.

What albums have you been listening to recently?
Sentio Martin Garrix, Julian Jordan and Curbi, A lot of different styles to remain in a creative headspace.

Have you got any tips for dealing with nerves before a gig?
Dealing with nerves is tough. But it means you don’t want to make mistakes but these things happen, it’s how you carry yourself on stage and just address any mistakes you make. If it’s obvious laugh it off and carry on. But one thing I like to do is put headphones on before a set and listen to an artist I love and pretend I’m them and get into the set like I’m playing so it carries through to stage time.

How do you balance your music with other obligations; family, job etc?
Balancing music and my life is hard really hard as I can spend hours doing music and forget to eat and drink extra as I get far too carried away. But really just write things down or note ideas straight away make them clear so if you leave it for a few days or hours you can read or listen and understand and feel the idea and become inspired again.

What can you never leave home without?
Headphones and a charger 

Do you have any advice for aspiring musicians? 
Just keep working. Things won’t go right and things will go right just learn from both and keep ticking away and you will find what works and doesn’t. Just enjoy what you do and it shouldn’t matter what others think.

Delving into the depths of NZ heavier music, The Distorted Transmission series is hosted by Will Stairmand (Primacy, Remote). There's been a great range of interviews uploaded during August, check them out at the below links:






There's interviews with ElidiAll I Seek, Zorran Mendonsa and Dave Rhodes on the way - keep up to date with all things Distorted Transmission over on the Facebook Page here.

Muzic.net.nz's resident music connoisseur Roger Bowie has had a busy month with his 'It's A Wrap...' video interview series. You can catch up on his later interviews at the below links:




Episode #132 Lee Prebble

Wellington producer Lee Prebble owns and runs Surgery Studios and has worked with a long list of great artists including Trinity Roots, The Phoenix Foundation, The Black Seeds, Cornerstone Roots, Fly My Pretties and L.A.B. We talk life, music and production and have many a laugh on the way.

Episode #133 Tom Scrase

Tom Scrase is a drummer, percussionist and lecturer from Wellington.  He’s maintained a performance career as a drummer for several groups including dDub, Corrella and NZ's premier percussion ensemble Strike! More recently Tom has released his own music under the moniker Aot?roa.


We're opening the podcast up to artists and inviting people to email us their music. We're looking for music that's a little more interesting and inspiring than the usual 1, 4, 5, 6 over a 'beat' deal. We know there are some innovative and creative artists out there who haven't found a way to get heard and we would love to hear from you and play selected songs on our show. Email us at [email protected]

Listen to our episodes on our website, iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, iHeart Radio, Player.FM, TuneIn
and all other good podcast apps!





The following new artist pages were recently created on Muzic.net.nz:

Mammuthus Munro
Killergrams Seaside Sloths
Luca George Scapegoat
Donald Reid and The Hand Judah Kelley
Bad Schematics Flower of Hades
Lando The Tommy Gunners
Ema I'u Devon Welch
CACO Goodwill
L. Hotel Saint Lane
Citris iNK Young Moon
Anthea de Milo Frau Knotz
ZExII Landlords
Stunt Clown The Dirty Tones
Six Two's Soulskin
Electric Tapestry Imperfect Offering
Chasing Titans Madeline
Betsy and The Reckless Leejun


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