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New Kiwi Music Returns To Grass Roots

14 March 2019 - 0 Comments

New Zealand songwriter Rob Vazey is releasing his debut album on March 15.

Starting out as simple tunes in his head, Vazey has now produced a fully-fledged studio album that leans towards classic rock with a country twist.

The process has taken approximately three years from the initial conception to the final output.

Vazey approached Davy Mac from the Red Light Runners asking him to listen and provide feedback to his basic structures. With strong approval from the rhythm guitarist, he then visited Jesse Wilde of Studio 38 in Auckland’s CBD, and the dream was soon to become a reality.

In a bizarre situation, Vazey had no idea who he would use as the singer or singers, nor did he have any particular session musicians in mind. But over the time that the album was developed, different musicians were soon added, and their skills became entwined with Rob’s creation.

“It’s kind of a strange way to do it” Vazey states with a smile, “My first plan was to find various singers to adapt to the different song styles, but then we were introduced to Antony Pickard from Christchurch and everything changed.”

The vocals have been enhanced with back-up singing from Karena West and Caroline Chevin. With Carl Win on Bass, Sofi Alexander-Pua on drums and the legendary Midge Marsden on harmonica, The album has become something truly special.

The album also has an international flavour with American pianist Andrew Ishee supplying the keyboard renders, along with the addition of lead guitarist and ex-pat Kiwi John Kempt – something Vazey describes as a ‘super-find’.

“Oh Kempt. I mean wow. He’s actually one of NZ’s unsung music heroes and I’ve got him on my album!”

With a mix to adhere to many different musical tastes, there is a risk with being so eclectic. With ballads, country, rock and pop, the mix is definitive, however Vazey is confident that there will be songs to suit most.

“They all have stories behind them, and we’ve got a documentary coming out shortly that will explain the songs and artists in depth. But in simple terms, I’m sure at least one of the songs will mean something to someone and that’s what we want as songwriters.”

Unsure at what to call the group of artists, Vazey settled for a genuine description ‘The Vazey Collective’, which simply describes the truth.

With influence from The Eagles, Dire Straits, Fleetwood Mac and even Pink Floyd, The Vazey Collective album is now available on all digital outlets.


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