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Newsletter Issue #56: 10 Jul 2005

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What's Happening!

Well I dont have much to say this time round, have been extra busy this week but it's nothing to speel about, would bore you silly so I'll cut to the chase!

Cathedra has just announced a tour called The Fall from Autumn Tour. Which starts on the 15th July at the K'Rd Ball room and goes til the 30th July at the Basement Bar in New Plymoth. For more info on line ups and venues go to http://www.cathedra-music.cjb.net/ and have a lookey for yourself. Also Autumn Stone are also spreading the love of music with their tour which is kicking off on the 12th July at Alpine Village Inn, Hanmer Springs. Go to http://www.autumnstone.co.nz/ for more info there. Kitsch is doing a south island tour in a couple of weeks. They join Ritalin and play at Refuel on the 20th July, pounding the sound to all those Dunnners rockers.

The Shihad - "Love is the New Hate" tour kicked off on thursday at The Power Station!! Yes the Power Station!! So many years that place has been rotting away and now re-opened for the cause! They played alongside Kora from Whakatane and Die Die Die! Pity I missed the show! Otherwise I'd blab on more about it! The Bleeders played a benefit gig on friday night with support from Cinix and City Newton Bombers. The show was really fun despite some injuries caused by stage divers but it wasn't as packed as a usual Bleeders Kings Arm gig. Which was a good thing as I could actualy make it through the crowds with ease! Was a good night out for sure! Love the new song "Out of Time" from the bleeders. Savvy Promotions held an All Ages show at the Grey Lynn Library Hall last night with Cold By Winter, Second Theory, New Ending and False Start. Didn't make it there in time to see False Start but Second Theorys set was so good! Best time ive seen these guys play. The crowd got into it alot and I think everyone was happy to see Cold By Winter playing an all ages gig for once! hopefull more will come in the future!

And last but not least, Losing Face are having their EP release show on the 3rd September at the Grey Lynn ibrary hall!! With support from greats like 5th Threat and Kitsch this show is going to be wicked!! It is all ages so make sure you all get along to this one!

Thats all from me, I know I said I didn't have much to say, but I lied.

Have a good one!

-- Lanae


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

The Insurgents, Chris Young is an amazing songwriter and a hit machine. We know the band quite well and we made a pact: Whoever makes it big first has to take the other band along for the ride.

Who would you most like to tour with?

The Insurgents, embarking on a world tour with U2 opening for us.

What is your most embarrassing concert moment?

About 20 seconds into the first song, I was overdoing the enthusiasm and I kinda lost my balance into the drums.

What are you planning on doing during 2005?

This year we are planning on playing as many shows as possible and hopefully journey around the country for a small tour in Summer. Maybe release an EP or Album at the end of the year when we sign a deal.

How did you come up with the name Hype?

We were originally called the Drakes, but some pop-rock band in America already had the name, so we thought the Cinnamon Girls, but it sounded too much like the Mint Chicks, so we stole Hype from a grunge era subpop video tape with the same name.

What is in your CD collection at home?

Yes, I was hoping this one would come up. My Cd collection consists of Smashing Pumpkins, Marcy Playground, REM, Stone Temple Pilots, The White Stripes, The Vines, Queens Of The Stone Age, David Bowie, Crowded House to name a few...

What advice would you give other budding musicians/bands?

I've learned a few things since i've been rocking, the most important is stay true to yourself and don't let anyone change you. Don't do any drugs goes without saying. Oh and try and be as professional as possible.

Check out Hype on muzic.net.nz for more information.

Mahinarangi Tocker

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

Op Shop

Who would you most like to tour with?

James Wilkinson

What is your most embarrassing concert moment?

Don't have a 'most embarrassing concert moment'.  Too many to choose from.

What are you planning on doing during 2005?

Have written a Libretto for a mini-opera.  Music by Ross Harris, Wellington Composer, and i'll be performing the piece, called Roimata, with the Auckland Philharmonia in September of this year. 

Have also completed a song for the Tuwhare album of his poems, set to music by other nz composers and performers.  The cd, 'Tuwhare', is out now on Universal and is a Charlotte Yates production.

I'll be recording 'The Mongrel In Me' to cd with the 7 other musicians involved in this show.  This is as a result of being commissioned to write the show for the International Festival of the Arts in Wellington, in which the music speaks for my musical Maori, Hebrew and Celtic self. Others involved in the performances of the songs from this commissioned works are: Anahera Higgins, Ashley Brown, Shona Laing, James Wilkinson, David Downes, Denny Stanway and Jimmy Young.   The Mongrel In Me will be out on Jayrem Records.

I am also involved this year in the Golden Guitar Awards in Gore.

I continue to gve workshops around the country of Music and Creativity for Learning and Self Esteem and am also a contributor to the Music Industry Commissions mentoring workshops.

My manager/agent and friend, Lindsay Shelton is organising further tours, internationally and nationally of The Mongrel In Me presentations.

What is in your CD collection at home?

A large mix of sounds from electronica, rock, acoustic, jazz, hip hop, funk, classical, country and NZ folk, traditional and contemporary Maori, Arabic and Hebrew, and some pop.

What advice would you give other budding musicians/bands?

Life is the best educator of music.  Music is one of the finest educators of life.

Making music ought to be as comfortable as wearing clothes.  A person chooses to wear what is most appropriate, comfortable and sometimes is appealing to others on any given day.  Songwriting, music making, is like that.  I hear people telling others to just be themselves, but I think that young people don't quite know who they are yet.  However, if everyone were as comfortable with their honesty as to what they 'need' to make themselves feel comfortable in their given clothing, then it's the same given, for musical expectations.

Check out Mahinarangi Tocker on muzic.net.nz for more information.

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