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Newsletter Issue #64: 04 Sep 2005

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muzic.net.nz Rocks On!

If you havent already heard/read about the muzic.net.nz fundraiser gig which is coming up on the 6TH OCTOBER @ the Studio in Auckland, then you should definately mark that date on your diary! Some awesome bands playing for only FIVE DOLLARS! Definately get out to support this fine NZ music website that is dedicated to devoting their time and money to support the music of this great country!

Also on Wednesday 31st August, I wandered down to dogs bollix to check out the Rolling stones tribute gig...turning up at 9pm which I thought was rather early, I thought sweet I will be there in plenty of time...but I thought wrong. Upon arrival I was greeted with a large gathering formed outside the door of the venue all with like-minded ideas about coming "early". Even though I was on the doorlist, this was scrapped as too many people were already inside. So my attempt to review this show would have to be judged on the outside listening. Sounded good...

This did however cause me to go and check out the wicked rock bands playing over the road at the PR Bar! First time seeing The Twitch and it was wonder and amazement and a great sound! Quite a quirky lot between songs, the crowd wasnt very big, but everyone in the room were enjoying the 3 piece play their dirty rock n roll. There arent enough of these types of bands around anymore! so definately should go and check The Twitch out this Wednesday the 7th September at The Kings Arms, they're playing as part of the Battle of the Band finals!! should be a great night out.

Another show on the 1st September at The Dogs Bollix was also very enjoyable... and not just because of the amount of free beer I ended up with. But it was a first time seeing all 3 bands that played and was definately some good stuff. Agent 8 opened the night, was their first ever show and they have been together properly for around 10 months. They play a mix of ska/punk and reggae all mixed together nicely. Definately look out for more shows from them in the future. Not Ok who hail from Nelson but are now based in Auckland, were up next and were really tight!! I think they wowed a few of the crowd as the 'unknown punk band that had something special'. They have a couple shows coming up in Auckland soon, check out their website www.notok.tk for more info. And last but not least was All Night Chemist. Providing the emo-core punk for the night and rounding things off well with a song that featured a guest singer from Streetwise scarlet. Sounded good and enjoyable to watch.

Well thats about all from me, and I remind you all to come along to The Studio down K'Rd on the 6th October to attend the muzic.net.nz fundraiser show for only FIVE DOLLARS!! Check out www.muzic.net.nz for more details on line ups and times.

Thanks for reading,

-- Lanae


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

[Simon] I think a number of current NZ bands will leave some big footprints to fill internationally but honestly I don’t see anyone being U2 or The Beatles big. I don’t think the current climate is allowing anyone to get that big and stay there anymore, anywhere in the world. I’d like to see Opshop and The Bleeders go a lot further than they are.
[Dave] Hard to say. Pluto could be a sleeper hit. Betchadupa are on their way.
[Andrew] Ishtar.

Who would you most like to tour with?

[Simon] 5 years ago I would have said Van Halen. Now I think the foo fighters or Velvet Revolver would be top of my wish list.
[Andrew] Meat Bix
[Mel] Cliff Hedley. Our mothers would be so proud. (Cliff is an old friend of Mel’s)
[Dave] Velvet Revolver, Pluto, Shihad.

What is your most embarrassing concert moment?

[Dave] Losing a stick on stage (at papa jacks) that flew over the crowd and landed on the bar. Didn’t think much of it at the time as I thought it had just fallen off stage.
[Andrew] None yet.
[Mel] That gig at the poedium (April 08, 2004)
[Simon] Yeah the third poedium gig, and a kings arms gig, Nov 23 2000. Everything that could go wrong…..

What are you planning on doing during 2005?

[Andrew] Earning coin, Drinking Jagermeister, playing music.
[Dave] Apart from upgrading the kit, pushing the single and putting some money aside for the EP.
[Simon] More gigs, really push the recording, buy two more Peavey Wolfgangs

How did you come up with the name Ishtar?

[Dave] The band was already called Ishtar when Mel, Andrew and I joined.
[Simon] About a week before our first gig we didn’t have a name. someone suggested naming ourselves after one of our songs. The only one that made sense was Temple of Ishtar. Ishtar is the babylonian goddess of love and war so it also kinda points out were a band with a lot of light and shade in our sound too.

What is in your CD collection at home?

[Simon] anything and everything, hundreds of cds and around 1000 cassettes, all kinds of stuff from Mozart to Django Reinhardt, zeppelin, Korn…. All kinds of things. Lately I’ve been playing Dream Theater’s ‘Octavarium’ and Queen’s "Sheer Heart Attack" a lot.
[Dave] Crowded house, Split Enz, Queen, Stone Temple Pilots, Faith No More, Foo Fighters, Gomez, Genesis, Fleetwood Mac, Dire Straits, Alice in Chains, Metallica and much more
[Mel] I’ve got a huge amount of stuff saved onto Itunes, from Korn to Van Halen through to Delta Goodrem and Cat Stevens…. Pretty much everything but Classical.
[Andrew] Naked City, Medinghi Martin and Wood, Funkadelic, Blue, New Kingdom.

What advice would you give other budding musicians/bands?

[Andrew] Buy decent equipment. Listen to more than one type of music.
[Dave] Make sure you know how to play and make sure you’ve played with your band for a while before your first gig.
[Simon] Music business is two words, two concepts that sit a little uneasy at times. Make sure you know a little bout the latter. Know how to draft a simple agreement, particularly licensing agreements. Market gigs and releases, both to friends and to the outside world. Bar owners want people to see people at your gigs so make it your responsibility. Keep a mailing list. Join APRA.

For more information on Ishtar, check them out on muzic.net.nz!


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

Starkers I hope! I'm a fan of so many Kiwi bands right now, they could all go massive.
Who would you most like to tour with?

Realistically I would just like to be on tour, so I don't care too much about who with, they'd have to enjoy having a few beers and a laugh though .80's era Motley Crue would be fun !>>

What is your most embarrassing concert moment?

Haven't really had any really bad ones (touch wood). Maybe being a tad drunk and being way out of tune and time!!

What are you planning on doing during 2005?

Playing live as much as possible, releasing our EP, getting NZonair funding, touring the North Island.

How did you come up with the name Starkers?

Process of elimination, we couldn't agree on anything else and we needed it to enter a competition, so we just went with it! We are just "Starkers" 'cos we didn't want to be another "The" band. Once you've been around for a bit a name is just a name and doesn't really have any other meaning.

What is in your CD collection at home?

Everything! The band all have differing tastes in music but mainly guitar bands - Guns 'n Roses, Nirvana, Metallica,Mars Volta, Joy Division, Primus, Strung Out, At the Drive In, Frank Zappa, Rolling Stones, The Strokes, Queens of the Stone Age,The Cult, Foo Fighters The Pixies, Stone Temple Pilots, Sparta, U2, The D4, Sex Pistols, The Libertines.............

What advice would you give other budding musicians/bands?

Work hard, don't get discouraged by rejection or what other people think. If you believe in it other people will too.

For more information on Starkers, check them out on muzic.net.nz!

What's New!

New Artists

The following are new artists we've added to the site during the past week - check them out and give them all some support!


Itchycoo Park


Defective Souls


The Dfenders

Phony Bone

Percy Feral

The Twitch



The 2005 General Election is just around the corner and this is your only chance to have your say as to who you want in government for the next three years!

As a matter of interest, muzic.net.nz decided to take a look at what each party was offering in the way of support for New Zealand music. We tracked down party websites, scoured them for information, and now we can present to you: Which party offers the best policy for NZ music?

Obviously we're not making this decision for you, we're just presenting you with the information. Again this information was gathered directly from party websites, and we remain completely un-bias towards any specific party, if the information wasn't there then we didn't include it, yadda yadda.

Remeber! You can't vote if you're not registered to vote, so if you've 18 or over on election day (17th September), make sure you're enrolled to vote. Full details can be found on the official Elections website.

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