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Music News - Outward Sound Recipients Round 2 2013

Outward Sound Recipients Round 2 2013

20 June 2013 - 0 Comments

Outward Sound is pleased to announce the 2nd round of grant recipients for 2013.

Four Stage Ones, two Stage Twos, one Stage Three and three Business Development grants were awarded.

Gin Wigmore – Stage Three

A star here in New Zealand, Gin Wigmore is fast becoming a household name in America. Songs from her album Gravel & Wine have already been heard in over 30 US campaigns (Heineken, Guinness, Lowe's) and she has also appeared on national TV shows such as Ellen DeGeneres, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Good Day New York, VH1 Big Morning Buzz and the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Wigmore's self-titled EP went multi-Platinum here, and was soon followed by her multi-Platinum album debut, Holy Smoke that, at one point, had four of its songs simultaneously in the NZ Top 40 chart. Gin was named Break­through Artist Of the Year at the 2010 NZ Music Awards, and Holy Smoke was the big winner, taking home Best Pop Album, Highest Selling Album, and Vodafone Album Of the Year honours.

Before beginning work on her follow-up album, and hungry to feed her Blues appetite, Wigmore took a two month solo trek along the Mississippi Blues Trail and the heartland of America “to wrestle my emotions and bring out the raw grit hiding in my tightly guarded sub-conscious.”

Already multi-Platinum with a #1 debut here in NZ, Gravel & Wine was released in the US in March, and is being supported by Wigmore's participation in the 40 city cross-country Warped Tour.

Six60 – Stage Two

To say it has been a busy few months on the road for Six60 is an understatement. Late last year they traveled to the USA for their first series of shows taking in dates at CMJ festival in New York followed by shows in LA and San Francisco. They returned stateside in 2013 with several electric performances at SXSW and onto Canadian Music Week. The band then headed to the UK in May where they unleashed their energetic live shows on audiences attending the Great Escape festival in Brighton where they won over many new fans.

Six60 will be based in Berlin for a few months to focus on the release of their multi-platinum selling debut album. They will be touring and performing in and around Europe during this time in support of the release. The band will also be playing at the legendary Glastonbury festival on Friday June 28th.

“These guys know what they’re doing. They wanted everyone to have a good time and enjoy the music and it didn’t take long for that to happen, playing some of the coolest tracks I’ve heard in a long time. These guys are good, exceptionally good. Six60 had done what they came to do and that was to rock the hell out of L.A. Mission accomplished, guys” - POPZINEONLINE

The Phoenix Foundation – Stage Two

Having Just released their 5th Studio album Fandango which saw the album enter the NZ Top 40 charts at #4, The Phoenix Foundation set off on a European Album release tour throughout May. The tour saw the band perform 8 shows in the UK and others in major Cities such as Berlin, Amsterdam and Paris.

Released again in Europe by Memphis Industries the album has already gained some great reviews in some of the UK's most prestigious press. The Albums first video single The Captain was premiered on leading UK news site thegardian.co.uk.

"A Compelling Sonic Journey" 7/10 - The Times April 2013

"The UK took over a decade to discover The Phoenix Foundation, but it's always worth waiting for the good gear." 7/10 - NME April 2013

"Cloaked in fuzzy melancholy, Fandango is one for dreamers" Mojo June 2013

Princess Chelsea – Stage One

Princess Chelsea has been very busy touring Europe since early May on the back of the release of her new single 'We're So Lost'.

The band began their tour as the main act support for Alt-J playing 11 dates at O2 academies throughout the UK and in Dublin including 2 nights at the Brixton Academy. Princess Chelsea is currently still touring Europe playing headline shows with Pikachunes until early July. Having just played their first show in Portugal the band is about to embark on an Eastern European tour including the United Islands Festival in Prague and headline shows in Hungary and Slovakia.

Villainy – Stage One

Since their formation in 2010 Villainy have wasted no time in becoming a dominant force in New Zealand rock. Their debut LP Mode. Set. Clear. was released late last year, debuted at #8 in the NZ Top 10 and spawned numerous top 10 radio hits including signature tracks Alligator Skin and Gather Yourselves both reaching # 1 in the rock radio charts. Villainy began 2013 by supporting The Offspring and Billy Talent at Vector Arena and also playing a coveted late afternoon slot at Homegrown and then embarking on an extensive nationwide tour.

They are now casting their eyes to Australia and in September will travel to Brisbane's Big Sound conference and perform shows in Sydney and Melbourne focused around the Australian release and promotion of their album there.

Clap Clap Riot – Stage One

Clap Clap Riot are a four-piece rock n’ roll band from Auckland, New Zealand, known for their raw and energetic songwriting and magnetic live shows.

In 2012 the band unveiled their debut album Counting Spins through Universal Music NZ. Upon release, the album debuted at #1 on the NZ Top 40 chart, received a nomination at the 2012 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards for Best Rock Album, was named the NZ Rock Album of 2012 by iTunes and saw the band shortlisted for NZ’s most prestigious songwriting award, the APRA Silver Scroll for the single Everyone’s Asleep. In tandem, their single So You Say hit #1 on the NZ iTunes Rock Charts, and reached #4 on the NZ Singles Radio Airplay Chart.

The band head to Australia in September to play a series of shows which will also include showcasing at the Big Sound conference in Brisbane.

Flip Grater – Stage One

New Zealand singer-songwriter Flip Grater has been busy recording her fourth studio album in Studio Pigalle, Paris. The album features a new French band and 12 brand new tracks.

Over the past 10 years Flip Grater has released three critically acclaimed albums (2006's Cage For A Song, 2008's Be All And End All, and 2010’s While I’m Awake, I’m At War) and published two books - The Cookbook Tour and The Cookbook Tour Europe.

Recently, Flip has been busy performing across NZ with Fly My Pretties, touring in France, Italy, Portugal, Brazil, UK and Austria, touring Germany as support act for popular French bands Cocoon and Aaron, playing in Switzerland with Mathieu Boogaerts and showcasing at festivals such as The Great Escape, Reeperbahn and MAMA. Her last European jaunt also saw her featured on a cover compilation for the German edition of Rolling Stone magazine. Flip's last album While I'm Awake I'm At War was nominated for Folk Album of the Year at the Vodafone NZ Music Awards and released across Europe too much critical acclaim.

Business Support Grants

The Outward Sound Business Development grant enables up to 2 representatives to undertake a market development visit.

This involves traveling to the desired market (or markets) and meeting with companies/individuals and to capitalise on opportunities created. It supports managers, artists, and companies undertaking business-to-business meetings as well as attending tradeshows and associated events.

Recipients for Business Development Grants this round were:

Matt Coleman for Let The People Speak
Ashley Page for Page One Management
Cushla Aston for Aston Road

Thanks to nzmusic.org.nz for this story.

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