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Newsletter Issue #99: 21 May 2006

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NZMM - Just 10 Days Left!

Well it has been another great month for NZ music, going from strength to strength.

There has been a lot of controversy lately over the letter published in the New Zealand Herald written by Tim Finn. Tim Finn had asked the question as to why the New Zealand Government was continuing to fund a station that he considered a flop, retaining less than 1% of the Auckland population of listeners, and why they continued to broadcast Kiwi on a mainstream frequency instead of bumping them to a lesser frequency.

It appears as a result that Kiwi will probably now be bumped back to a lesser frequency, with the possibility of a youth run Government funded station taking its place.

Also there has been a huge upward spiral for rock music in recent weeks with a lot of new releases, international acts, and tours around the country.

Bands like Tool, the Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Pearl Jam just to name a few have popped back out of the woodwork with new albums that have taken International music up another notch.

Pluto and The Bleeders have been touring extensively, covering much of New Zealand with there albums going very very well (Bleeders fans have been pouring into venues all over the country for their shows).

For you Blindspott and Stylus fans, there is something new in the pipelines for you guys, with Blindspott's new album due out very very soon (if not already by the time this newsletter is released), and the Stylus album ‘Gain Control’ not too far off. I've had a sneak peak at some of the Stylus tunes, and unfortunately for you hip hop lovers, the album tends to lean more towards a rock theme this time compared with ‘Painkillers’ which was their first album.

Some of you may have been lucky enough to head along to either the Korn or Disturbed concerts. Both of these were awesome - displaying some of the best Kiwi hard rock/metal bands that are out there. 8 Foot Sativa, Blindspott, and Dawn of Azazel opened for Korn, and a band who a lot of you may not have heard of, Redline, had the support slot for Disturbed. I unfortunately didn't get along to the gig, but inside sources tell me that Redline may have been better than Disturbed themselves. I'll leave it up for you to decide. Check out their music at www.myspace.com/redlinemusic.

Cheers guys,


Carl is the drummer of Auckland alternative grunge rock band Epitome. He also writes cool stuff for us in his spare time!

This edition of the muzic.net.nz Newsletter is a bit of a NZMM (New Zealand Music Month) special. Usually we profile two great New Zealand bands or musicians, instead we're including six this week! There's a little bit of something here for everyone, so sit back, relax and have a read!

Black Chrome

Who are your favourite NZ bands and artists?

Wall of Silents, Horror Story, Flesh D-vice...

What is your favourite NZ venue?

The Joseph St flat in Palmy, best times we've had in a while, failing that the Valve.

What is the best thing about being in Black Chrome?

You're one step above your league the whole time.

What is the best live gig you have ever been to?

Wolfgang - Ministry, Powerstation '96
Snuff - Either Hatebreed @ The Valve or Guitar Wolf in PN
Matt - Iggy in '92

Where do you see yourselves in 5 years?

If it hasnt expanded in 5 years we'd be pretty disapointed.

How do you keep in contact with your fans?

Wolfgang bludges beer off them.

What advice would you like to give to other aspiring musicians?

Just run with it until your drummer starts freaking out.

> Black Chrome have just annouced that they are heading off to Europe in July to play 14 shows. Proving their dedication to the band, all three band members are putting up the money for the trip. These guys truely have the kiwi DIY attitude, and you can find out more about them on muzic.net.nz.

8 Foot Sativa

New Zealand's premier metal band 8-Foot Sativa have risen from the Wild West of Auckland becoming a household name and creating metal history in New Zealand. The huge success of their three albums, national tours, break- through chart positions and exposure in the main stream media has never before been seen in this country by a Heavy Metal band.

They have had an amazing amount of Television exposure with multiple screenings of their videos and an array of interviews and features on NZ Television shows. The band has received more TV exposure than most of NZ's mainstream pop acts.

8 FOOT SATIVA have played with many profile bands including Metallica, Pantera, Soulfly, Korn, Slipknot, System of a Down, Children of Bodem, Disturbed, Motorhead and Corrosion of Conformity.

Band Update

8 Foot Sativa have been quietly working away to get the band back on track after the recent lineup change, the band is preparing to launch itself back into the public eye both locally and internationally with their fourth album which was also recorded at Studio Underground.

8 Foot Sativa will be hitting the main centers of New Zealand in 2006 on a much anticipated national tour!

> 8 Foot Sativa will be releasing their fourth album 'Poison Of Ages' during 2006. Keep an eye out for details of their upcoming tour! For more information, check them out on muzic.net.nz.

Louie Knuxx

Who are your favourite NZ bands and artists?

breaknwreck of course, pluto, im checking for capone theyre gonna be dope, cats like mareko, frontline, pnc, money ect, RES are my fav local hiphop act.

What is your favourite NZ venue?

i really like the kings arms and of late rising sun

What is the best live gig you have ever been to?

a pick between a few, rza and dizzee rascal at st james were both nuts, and blackalicious at galatos really opened up my eyes to the level of showmanship some overseas artists maintain compared to what we get here

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

running my own buisness hopefully but my main goal is happiness, if i continue achieving that the other details dont matter as much

How do you keep in contact with your fans?

didnt know i had any, i got a myspace page though that people can hit me up on

What rumour would you like to start about yourself?

that i died to up my sales

What advice would you like to give to other aspiring musicians?

if your sitting there tryna write a song that somebody else would like or for mass consumption quit! theres enough carbon copy paint by numbers bullshit out there already

> The debut album from Louie Knuxx, 'Wasted Youth' is in stores now. An intense experience revealing the insightful Louie Knuxx, 'Wasted Youth' traces his childhood and youth, an autobiographic account of violence & drugs, rap dramas & superstars, love & family. You can find out more on muzic.net.nz.


Who are your favourite NZ bands and artists?

Smashproof, Ethical, Te Reo Takiwa, the Feelstyle, Submarina, SJD

What is your favourite NZ venue?

St James at the moment.

What is the best live gig you have ever been to?


Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Hopefully doing the same things but just better at it and getting paid more.

How do you keep in contact with your fans?

I dont know if i have got any fans.

What rumour would you like to start about yourself?

Very expensive but well worth the money.

What advice would you like to give to other aspiring musicians?

Work at it everyday, and you will get what you want.

> Juse is one of New Zealand's finest producers and beatmakers. Over the past eight years he has worked with the likes of Savage, Mareko and many other New Zealand artists. He debut album, 'Global Casino', is in stores now. For more information, take a look at his profile on muzic.net.nz.


The Awakening of dDub

It's been a mad but hugely successful couple of months for dDub. After the recent release their debut album 'Awake at Dawn' the band has continued to uplift and woo audiences all round the country. The summer months of January and February saw the band perform at many of the major music festivals including Rhythm & Vines, Soundsplash and Splore. This was then followed by an outstanding string of massive shows on the 'Awake at Dawn' tour culminating in a sell-out finale gig at Auckland's Galatos.

Reviews of the album have been outstanding: 5 stars from Otago Daily Times,  4 1/2 Christchurch Press, 4 stars Real Groove Magazine- "...pumping out a raw roots Pacifica aural experience with bold brass and unapologetic passion. Good old kiwi comfort food for the nation's soul.". It would be an understatement to say the boys are quietly stoked.



Who are your favourite NZ bands and artists?

mareko, r.e.s, frontline

What is your favourite NZ venue?

rising sun

What is the best live gig you have ever been to?

louie knuxx release party

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

same place, 5 years older, ten years more bitter

How do you keep in contact with your fans?

what fans?

What rumour would you like to start about yourself?

that i beat down kimbo slice one handed

What advice would you like to give to other aspiring musicians?

dont compromise your sound and originality to please higher powers. if you wanna make money get into property investment.

> Cyphanetik is another rising star in the NZ Hip Hop scene, and his debut album 'Commercial Suicide' is expected to be released in July/August. More information on Cyphanetick and a link to his website can be found on muzic.net.nz.

NZ Top 10 Singles

    Tommy Richman
    Sabrina Carpenter
    Billie Eilish
    Sabrina Carpenter
    Post Malone feat. Morgan Wallen
    Kendrick Lamar
    Billie Eilish
View the Full NZ Top 40...
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