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Valere - Knowing Me, Knowing You
Shana Llorando, it seems, has a winning way. 2015 has seen her complete a BMus (Popular Music) degree, just a few months after winning the year’s University of Auckland Songwriter of the Year award. No small achievement but that wasn’t her first such title. Back in 2009 she won the university’s Songwriting Competition for Secondary Students and followed that in 2010 with an AMP People’s Choice Scholarship. Becoming better known as Valere, under which name she plies her own increasingly confident brand of electronic RnB, she talked with Anna Loveys about her upcoming second EP release.


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Dec/Jan 2016
Dec/Jan 2016
In this issue:
Ekko Park, Ill Semantics, The Broken Heartbreakers, Lisa Crawley, Valere, Fragile Colours, No Broadcast, Hikurangi Schavarien-Kaa, Skinny Hobos, Heroes For Sale, The Lucid Effect, Chris Priestley, Delaney Davidson in Europe


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Metalworkers Unite
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Rather true analysis of different current genres in cartoon form
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A Canadian musician is using crowdfunding to help buy back the rights to her music.
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