2003 NZ Music Awards -
She's a hard road finding the perfect awards night formula boy, so, as Dave Dobbyn would have it, "sing hallelujah... " - for after 37 years of trying RIANZ pretty much got it right this time. ...more
Avotor Make A Billion -
Avotor are a band - but I'll venture not like any you have experienced before. For a start they have no 'image' - they don't do press photos, they don't appear in videos or license their music to product shifters. They're rock 'n roll, but there are no guitars. They're electronic but there are no computers. They are a band but there's just two of them...
Blam Blam Blam: We're Putting the Band Back Together -
Well, tonight's the night. What once seemed far off is now upon us. We're putting the band back together you see, to borrow the immortal words of the all-too-mortal John Belushi.
Chris Cox -
Attending last year's Red Bull Music Academy in Brazil must have been like visiting Mecca for Chris Cox, recently seen rummaging through the record bins of San Paulo's record stores on TV2 Kiwi dance music documentary The Mix.
Dead End Beat: Don't Stop the Evolution -
In their new band Richard Small still plays guitar, Pet Johnson, bass, Steve Gallagher keyboards and Andrew Tilby handles vocals - but former pop/rock outfit Breathe are playing to the beat of a different drummer - and a different title.
DJ Shan -
Shannon Dirks, aka DJ Shan, may have come to national attention with his version of P-Money's Touch Somethin' starring Deceptikonz, one of the stand out remixes on the recently released 'Big Things Instrumentals' bonus disc. But the Dunedin-based hip hop DJ has been whipping up a storm on the mainland for over five years now.
Elemeno P: Elemeno Tea -
Hard to believe but true. The soon-to-be released debut album from Elemeno P - a band whose members claim to love "... dirty ass, trailer residing, bleached blond hair and fake tits rock music"- is all thanks to Shania Twain.
Every Good Band Has a Great Manager -
The International Music Managers Forum (IMMF) has set up a branch in New Zealand after a successful series of 'interest seminars' in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin.
King Kapisi: In The Clothing Of The King -
King Kapisi clearly doesn't like to be idle. Not only has the rapper, otherwise known as Bill Rangi Urale, recently launched his own streetwear clothing line, but amost simultaneously '2nd Round Testament', the much anticipated follow-up album to his 2000 debut 'Savage Thoughts'.
Maori Music Industy Coalition Established -
Overshadowed by the very public difficulties besetting Te Mangai Paho and Maori television in the same period, Maori music took a significant step forward recently with the launch of MMIC, the Maori Music Industry Coalition.
Powering Up Turbine Records -
Turbine Records' arrival as a new independent label worth plugging into will be announced with two album releases in June; Conray's 'Mefasolate' and 'Giant Spheres' from Sleepers Union.
The Definition of Pan Am -
Their debut release 'New Concepts In Sound Recording' illustrated both PanAm's eagerness to take the piss and their lo-fi preferences. ...more
The Ghosts of Sola Rosa -
Beginning his musical career as part of guitar band Cicada, Andrew Spraggon re-invented himself as Sola Rosa four years ago. His second album 'Haunted out-Takes' is due out in July.
The Nomad's Fourth Step -
Damon Schwalger aka The Nomad is shaping up as one of our most prolific electronic recording artists. ...more