Evermore - From Dreams to Real Life -
It's less than two years since the Hume brothers, then Fielding-based, featured as the cover story of NZ Musician. The cover anticipated the release of the trio's debut album 'Dreams'. ...more
Lacking Business Savvy - New creative/music industry business course -
The Music and Audio Institute of NZ (MAINZ) is launching a new course aimed at improving the likelihood of success for young business makers in the creative sector.
NZ Music Month Shows Staying Power -
I had a niggling sense of déjà vu throughout May. Yep, MTV did announce it's coming back for round two and, surprise, the Crusaders won again… but neither of those was the thing bugging me. ...more
Te Ku Te Whe - Cross Genre Compositions -
'Te Ku Te Whe' by Hirini Melbourne and Richard Nunns was an album Rattle Records initially thought would fall under the radar. ...more
Cassette - Cutting Up Some Summer for Winter
"So that's that one."
Cassette drummer Craig Terris stops the track he's been playing me and loads up another. We are listening to some of his newer compositions for future release, and as I've come to expect after following the Hell Is Other People/Baconfoot/D Super member's career, they're sublime.
Mestar - Separating the Squizwots from the Mestars
Musicians often have a lot to say about their craft. Some will chew your ear off telling you of their methods, music and even their private lives. John White of Wellington-based band Me¨star is not such a musician. ...more
Mushroom Writers' Bloc at Bethells
Sun, surf, black sand and rugged West Coast terrain - what could be more inspiring for songwriters? This year's Mushroom Music Writers' Bloc took place at Bethells Beach Cottages, a 45 minute drive from Auckland's CBD, in late April. ...more
Nesian Mystic - A Slicker, Fresher Nesian Mystik
Four years after releasing the quadruple platinum selling debut album 'Polysaturated', Nesian Mystik have returned with a follow-up called 'Freshmen'. ...more
Phil Judd - Mr Phudd I Presume
Phil Judd has lived in Australia for most of his adult life now. On the one hand he's an unwilling expatriate, but on the other he's raising his six
year old son Pete, so that's where he's gotta be. ...more
Rattle Records - Rattling at Our Cutting Edge
Rattle Records was established in 1992 by three friends - lovers of European jazz, contemporary classical and world music. ...more
Recliner - Striking a Chord in the Rest Room
In their early days Recliner were more a wine appreciation society than a band. For the first six months they would get together for a practice but ending up drinking wine and getting to know one another.
Simon Comber - Medicinal Amour
The black jeans and backpack should have given him away as a struggling singer songwriter, but as I walk into the café it appears Simon Comber has disguised himself as computer technician.
The WBC - Ska Fees
"Why are my pockets so empty?" croons Matiu Sadd on Uncle Benny, an ode to life as a musician, surviving on the artists' benefit and whatever else can be scraped together to make ends meet - and The WBC's most successful song to date. ...more