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Manzo is the musical alias of outsider artist, Alan Hodgetts. Alan has never been shy about experimenting, using any medium or channel to communicate his ideas. Music gives him a popular platform to share his observations and social commentary, whilst providing greater opportunity for collaboration.

Originally signed to the Southern Collective label. Manzo is now a self releasing artist under his own label Manzo Music a member of the Music managers Forum NZ & Independent Music NZ.

Manzo will shortly be announcing the release date of his third studio album Attachment. It’s been a relentless, year-long project, culminating in an 11 track album, with a 4 track companion EP Beatniks on Toast.

Manzo's second studio album Outsider was a real step up in terms of production techniques. Featuring a range of talented guest vocalists and musicians who have been drawn into the ‘Manzo web’, creating a community of talent and feeding the energy and expectations for the album.

Released on 2 September 2017, Outsider reached #2 in the NZ Indie charts, #2 in the NZ Heatseeker album charts, #8 in the main NZ album charts.

Outsider explored very topical themes of corporate greed, politics, masculinity and social pressure, are woven with tales of loss and love, but in an ultimately uplifting album full of humour and hope. Infusing pop, rock, electronic, classical, hip hop and dance, along with some blatant 80's and 90's vibes, the music reflects Manzo’s broad musical influences, and also his refusal to be pigeon holed and constrained by genre.

Classical arrangements flow into grungy electric guitar and synthesisers support cello and brass. Guest vocalists bring a range of styles, from soul to soprano, from rap to raunchy rock chick. It’s a celebration of how different styles can be brought together in harmony.

This is an album that talks about the frustrations and flaws of our modern world to anybody that understands how it feels to be perceived as different. It’s a salute to the outsider.

Debut Album Ultramairine
In 2015, as a creative concept, he produced a CGI animation Make Peace and Love along with an associated soundtrack. After this he continued composing and producing music, bringing his compositions together into his debut album Ultramarine. Ultramarine was released worldwide on 15 January 2016. The album entered the IMNZ Album Charts at No 8.

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Alan Hodgetts


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