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Newsletter Issue #60: 07 Aug 2005

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What's Going On!

First, sorry I missed the last newsletters editorial! Everything piled up at once, as things do and I totally lost track of time.

Anyway, a lot of bands and shows and things have been getting confirmed lately, which is very exciting, especially Shai Hulud coming to NZ. They are playing 18th August at Papa Jacks, with Cold By Winter and The Jodah Heist and then on 19th August at Wardlane in Hamilton with Damaged and Antagonist and then they shoot back up to Auckland again to play an all ages gig at Ellen Melville hall with One Must Fall and Guest Stabs Host. All shows are $15.

Also the annual Stop Drop and Rock Festival is happening again, the dates and location haven’t been announced yet, but this year it is to be over 3 days and about 5 shows! So for anyone that went last year, be sure to go along again! Aiming for that whole ‘summer music festival’ is what it’s all about! They are also looking for any helpers at the moment, for on the day. Give them an email at [email protected]

I was thinking the other day, about how expensive petrol is, and it keeps going up! For every dollar gas goes up, our job pay should go up two! That way we may actually be able to keep up with affording gas! It’s incredible. Pretty soon, gas will cost $10 per litre and we will only drive out the gate if absolutely necessary or if we can turn off the engine and drift downhill to the destination! But maybe it is a cunning marketing plan. The higher gas costs go up, the more people will be forced to walk places, then they will need to purchase umbrellas for when it rains, new shoes when their sneakers wear out, more food to keep up with the energy change or even it might be a property scheme, where people will start moving next door to their work, therefore avoiding gas costs all together. Who knows….but I do know that I have put too much thought into this and it’s time to stop.

Keep your eyes and ears open for some awesome up coming gigs. Because there are plenty! Friday 12th at Kings Arm, AK, with Cobra Khan, Kitsch, City Newton Bombers and New Way Home. Saturday 13th at Wardlane in Hamilton with The Bludgers, Black Heart Endeavour, More Than Midnight, Badd Antixx, This Found Favour. Saturday 20th at Edens Bar, AK, with Epitome, Forever Now, Tomorrow Comes In Silence and St. Hildegard and Thursday 11th at Papa Jacks, AK, with State Of It, Second Theory and Inside Arkham. Just to name a few. There are plenty to choose from!! Check out the gig guide at muzic.net.nz

Thanks for reading!

Keep the vote real, NZ music!!!

-- Lanae

Jordan Reyne

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

I have no idea. I don’t really listen to music with the idea of marketability in mind. In fact, I probably shy away from anything that is especially commercial. In a lot of ways I think the Industry here in NZ prides itself on being able to make something that could be mistaken for any pop tune that came out of the states. To me that’s not anything to be pleased about – so I steer clear of a lot of the stuff that comes up through the mainstream industry channels. I prefer the indie stuff and releases that appear from nowhere or just by word of mouth/ internet forum.

Who would you most like to tour with?

Anyone who was going to mainland Europe! I really enjoy playing with groups that are some blend of electronic and live music. I like groups with a mix of musicality and passion/ agression – so groups like Avotor and the Mercy Cage (both from NZ) would be great to tour with for that reason. Playing with Das Ich (from Germany) would be pretty great though too! They certainly have agression and passion in their music. But in the end its about who you can manage to spend the days with! Personailities are all important when you have to share space with people for an extended period of time.

What is your most embarrassing concert moment?

To be honest, every time I embarrass myself publically (and it happens often) my brain does a wonderful yet mysterious job of editing it from my memory. I am greatful for it. But it doesn’t make my answers to questions like this especialy interesting!

What are you planning on doing during 2005?

Im hoping to release a remix album of tracks from Passenger later this year. Some wonderful people have come through with remixes – Rob Salmon, Timmy Schumacher, Johnny Chrome and Audioslut. It should be an interesting project.

Right now I am in the midst of recording a 5th album called “Remembering the Dead” – thanks to Creative New Zealand who have come through again with funding for me to record it. It was actually commissioned by the Arts Council and the Department of Conservation last year as part of the Wild Creations initiative. I spent 6 weeks in Karamea researching the history and local folklore. The album is essentially a narrative piece about 2 characters. One is a woman called Susannah Hawes who arrived in Karamea in 1874 – she came over from Gravesend in the UK on the Michealangelo. She has this ongoing argument with History – who I embodied as this rather bloodthirsty woman who is only interested in Grand Narratives and the deeds of men. History gets increasingly pissed off at Susannah for having such a small story and eventually throws her name in the sea and forgets her. She goes off to the Boer war where there is more blood and gore. It’s a comment on the way we make history. The sounds are a lot of contextal machinery – old chains running through pulleys and simple agricultural implements for rhythms. Lots of stark vocals and celtic harmonies. Ive mixed old traditional sea-shanties in behind the really dark brooding main vox I generally do.

What is in your CD collection at home?

I don’t have one. I cant afford to buy music. Mostly I just have a bunch of MP3s my friends give me. The “real” copies of things I have are stuff I bartered with local and german musicians for copies of my own CDs. With the stuff friends give me, I don’t even know track names half the time. But my favorite group right now to listen to is 16 Horsepower. They are this god-fearing midwest sounding band with the kind of religious influence that makes you realise the god they believe in is a dark and terrifying thing indeed. The music has this deep undercurrent of fear and revenge. Small town lives lived out under a vengeful gaze. I love it for its blackness.

What advice would you give other budding musicians/bands?

Ignore the Industry, sell your CDs yourselves whenever you can, support the MP3 format and file sharing, and if you are doing music for money, do something else instead!

For more information on Jordan and her music, check out her profile on muzic.net.nz!


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

I think there alot of New Zealand artists that could do well, i think its just a matter of good marketing & knowing the right people because we definitely have alot of talent over here.

Who would you most like to tour with?

I'm more than happy just doing a tour with my crew but i think being apart of the hook up tour entourage would be a good experience,

What is your most embarrassing concert moment?

Losing my voice half way a during the song but luckily it was on the last song of my set.

What are you planning on doing during 2005?

Finishing up my album titled "Before now" which i plan to release in the 1st quarter of 2006 and promoting myself and superior 4tress (www.superior4tress.com) anyway possible.

How did you come up with the name Kapabal?

Kapabal is my way of spelling capable, I believe I'm capable of anything i put my mind to. Cape crusader mixed with a cannibal put that together and you get kapabal, cape crusader meaning I'm here to help other people like hip hop saved me and cannibal i eat anyone that gets in my way (not literally its a metaphor).

What is in your CD collection at home?

I dont know where to start i have alot of CD's, at the moment I'm listening to alot of immortal technique and i also like Game's album "The documentary". The last NZ CD I bought was Footsouljahs "Puttin in Work".

What advice would you give other budding musicians/bands?

Use your mind, you can do anything in life if you put your mind to it. Be proud of what you've achieved and don't let what you haven't achieved bring you down, only you can truly measure your success.

Kapabal is a 22 year old Emcee/Producer from Upper Hutt. For more information, check him out on muzic.net.nz!

What's New!

New Artists This Week

We'd like to welcome the following musicians and bands who listed on muzic.net.nz this week:

Pacific Realm Verso
Vicious Mandy The Aesthetics
Small Victories Vitus Dance

New Features For Artists

Those artists that have already signed up to be able to make changes to their information have a few new additions. You can now make additions and alterations to the lyrics and releases/discography sections of your profile.

We're also in the process of testing our new features for venues. This will allow any live music venue to maintain their own gigs in our gig guide. It's all really easy to do, so if you're interested in anything here, then please get in touch!

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