Maya Payne 7.00pm
Gareth Thomas 8.00pm
Tami Neilson 9.00pm
Anna Coddington 10.00pm
Yukon Era 8.20pm
Bakers Eddy 10.20pm
Bailey Wiley feat. Yoko-Zuna 8.40pm
Having topped the iTunes electronic charts and Spotify viral charts from New Zealand to Poland, with her track “If Only” in 2015, Kiwi teen Maya Payne was then invited to support Charlie XCX in her one off New Zealand show before heading into the studio to work on her Debut EP, “The Lucky Ones” which is available now.
Hailing from Christchurch, New Zealand, newly turned 19 year old, Maya Payne, has been singing since she was six and writing songs since she was 11. Her early tracks have had significant radio play in New Zealand, on both pop and alternative stations, with her track “If Only” also becoming a regular fixture on music TV in both New Zealand and Canada. Writing her own songs and working closely with a producer team, including a new talent from her home town, MCHNCL (Kabyn Walley), as well as Josh Fountain (Golden Age studios, Leisure, Kids in Space) and Kostas Kalimeris (Blackrock Studios, Santorini: Justin Bieber, Bring Me the Horizon, One Republic.) Mayas last three releases have made Spotify’s New Music Friday’s best new releases charts worldwide including Spotify USA, Germany, Scandinavia and Australia/NZ.
A throwback to when garage bands used to actually make music for fun, Shakes brand of beat-era bass lines, fuzzy guitars and classic rock’n’roll drums is effortlessly cool and carefree.
For the band’s first offering, the Tambourine Girls EP, featuring the debut single ‘Hole In Your Pocket’ which found its way into indie charts across the country, the songs were jammed out and recorded live in singer/guitarist Alex Wildwood’s home studio by the beach in Mount Maunganui.
The new single, Strange Tides – mixed by Steven Schram (San Cisco, Paul Kelly) and mastered by Brian Lucey (The Black Keys, Arctic Monkeys, and The Shins) – was created using a cheap toy piano at a bach overlooking Manu Bay in Raglan. The sound fluctuates between all-out rock, to hazy and eccentric indie-pop, drawing comparisons with The Black Keys, Weezer, The Strokes and Kurt Vile. Playing live across the North Island with bands like Racing, Shakes delivers infectious melodies and a toe- tapping groove. With Strange Tides hitting the airwaves in July and a new EP set for release in late 2016, Shakes is making a beeline for your playlist this year.
Shakes is: Alex Wildwood (vocals/guitar), Patch Patrick (drums), Adam McNeilly (guitar) and Chris Miller (bass).
“Shakes is another Kiwi band to lose your shit to.” – Hhhhappy.com
“Top 5 Bands You Need to Know This Month.” – Tone Deaf
Groeni are a three-piece electronica outfit from Wellington, NZ – consisting of members Alexander Green, Mike Isaacs, and James Paul. They have released two musical offerings in EP format, Hewn (Project Mooncircle, 2015) and Hinde (Wondercore Island, 2016), with a sound that has been described as “icily repressed and thoroughly stylish”.
Gareth Thomas has the special ability to write timeless music that is instantly unique and engaging.
His songs have already worked their way into the fabric of New Zealand culture; a number one NZ single, Platinum album sales with goodshirt and accolades from both indie and mainstream institutions.
Gareth has received an APRA AMCOS Silver Scroll top 20 nomination in 2016 for ‘All Eyes in the Room’.
“This is kiwi indie pop at it’s best” ✭✭✭✭✭ The Dominion Post on Gareth’s solo ‘Lady Alien’ album
“One of the best local albums of the year” Lydia Jenkin – NZ Herald on Gareth’s solo ‘Fizzy Milk’ album 2016
A rotate on Radio Hauraki (and various B net stations) for the singles “I’d Like” and “All Eyes in the Room” 2016
Over 150,000 Spotify plays so far for these two songs and completed a successful main centres tour performing to full houses for the ‘Fizzy Milk’ album release, July 2016.
Though still in their teens, Yukon Era are no stranger to the New Zealand touring circuit. Since formation in mid 2015, they have supported acts like Mac Demarco, Viet Cong, METZ and Mini Mansions. Yukon Era have finished a follow-up EP, due out later this year, and will be released through new label Morningstar Records. The first track ‘Consume + Scratch’ will be released digitally and on a limited edition USB.
BAILEY WILEY w/- YOKO-ZUNA
After the release of the ‘IXL’ EP in 2014, Bailey has seen her profile and reputation grow continually, racking up an impressive amount of live performances, and sharing the stage with some of NZ’s best musical talent. Bailey is one of the few artists in NZ whose mesmerising live shows wins over countless new fans with each outing.
April saw Bailey release her new ‘S.O.M.M.’ EP. Described by Indie Shuffle as a “golden voice filtering neo-soul classicism with modern, pulsating beats”, first single ‘Take It From Me’ continued to expose Bailey to a wider audience. Since release, ‘Take It From Me’ and ‘Dos Fuegos’ have both clocked up well over 130,000 streams on Spotify.
Bailey Wiley filters neo-soul classicism through modern, righteous and true live musicianship, the star of the show, her golden voice – both effortless and organic.
“Tami Neilson is one of the most exciting artists in country music today. She’s bringing to country music what acts like Amy Winehouse and Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings have brought to R&B. ” -Jonathan Keefe, Country Universe, USA
With a soulful voice straight from the golden age of country and rockabilly music, Tami Neilson has been described as “A red-hot honky-tonker, somewhere between Patsy Cline and Wanda Jackson with perhaps just a little bit of Peggy Lee sophistication.” (-Nick Bollinger, NZ National Radio)
Singing her heart out along endless roads and stages, from her days as a young girl in Canada touring with the Neilson Family band, opening for the likes of Johnny Cash, to her full blossoming in New Zealand as a formidable talent in her own right, Tami Neilson has won the Tui Award for each of her past four albums.
In 2014, Tami was also awarded the APRA Silver Scroll, New Zealand’s most prestigious music award for excellence in songwriting, for her song “Walk (Back to Your Arms)”, as well as “Best Female Artist” at the National Country Music Awards and APRA’s “Best Country Song” at the NZ Country Music Awards. The release of her explosive album “Dynamite!” received rave reviews in MOJO, The Guardian (named “Top 10 Best Country Music Album”) and climbed to #1 on the NZ Music Charts. The 5 Star review in the NZ Herald claimed “This world-class album is a major statement from an artist at the top of her lyrical and vocal game.”
Now, just 18 months after “Dynamite!”, this prolific artist has released her follow-up album, “Don’t Be Afraid” to critical acclaim, debuting on the NZ Album Charts and the Independent Music Charts at #1, proving that the powerhouse that is Tami Neilson is a force to be reckoned with.
Decades are an exciting new rock band from Christchurch, New Zealand, launching in to 2016 with their debut single, ‘Terrified’. Led by the strong voice of their front woman, Emma Cameron – Decades also features the melodic riffs of Liam Muir (guitar), energetic beats of Dan Perry (drums) and rhythmic drive of Curtis Booth (bass).
Decades create rock music with pop sensibilities – aggressive and delicate. The four-piece is dedicated and driven and have a live stage presence that transforms them from friendly smiling faces always keen to engage with their fans; into passionate and aggressive performers.
Picking up co-signs from the likes of Diplo, Zane Lowe, Vince Stapes along with major international and local support from Complex, BBC Radio 1, Beats1, Triple-J, HillyDilly, Fashion Quarterly, SNIFFERS, George FM, ZM, and The Edge SACHI are fresh and already making a dent.
Nick Chrisp and Will Thomas make up the duo and at both just 18 years of age, this is just the beginning of their story. Both born in Auckland the pair met in primary school playing in bands before beginning to create electronic music from the age of 13 or 14. Since their early beginnings SACHI developed to craft their new EP ‘Lunch with Bianca’ which was released on July 1st 2016 and climbed to #1 on the iTunes Electronic chart. Containing the hit single ‘No More’ which was the #1 testing song on George FM (New Zealand’s #1 Dance/Alternative Radio) making it one of the first songs to achieve that status since the likes of Lorde and Broods. Also on the EP are singles ‘Hold On’ and ‘South Central’ feat Duckwrth which were premiered on Diplo’s BBC Radio 1 show and Zane Lowe’s Apple Music Beats 1 radio shows respectively.
Recorded between their bedrooms, Red Bull Studios Auckland, and OWSLA’s studio in LA, ‘Lunch with Bianca’ blends genres, delivering the signature SACHI sound whilst combining electronic and hip-hop. With features from L.A native Duckwrth who is currently amidst shows with Anderson Paak., and rising Onehunga artist INF after dominating the NZ hip hop charts with a #1 record feat. Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, and more. Prior to the release of ‘Lunch with Bianca’ SACHI released a remix of ‘Teenage Craze’ for UK’s KLOE which went to #1 on NZ’s Spotify Viral Chart, opened for Rudimental at Vector Arena, and performed at Gisborne’s famous Rhythm & Vines New Years Festival. Receiving rave reviews from George FM as they classed them “one of the best sets from a local act at the festival”, their live set is something you want to be full immersed in sonically and visually.
This is the start of what will be an exciting journey for SACHI as they continue to release music and play shows, keep your eyes and ears peeled.
One of NZ’s most acclaimed singer-songwriters, Anna Coddington is currently working on her third album which will be the culmination of five years of diligent songwriting & studio sessions with some of NZ’s finest musicians. Songs from the album will be trickled out in a series of singles before the album’s release on October 21st 2016.
Anna is known for her enchanting live performances and voice which “flows perfectly from soft to grunty”, and for her songwriting prowess which has seen her in the prestigious Silver Scroll songwriting award Top 20 list four times. She is a regular contributor with Fly My Pretties, has performed NZ’s top music and arts festivals, and has sung her way around the country on numerous tours.
Over the last three years, Wellington-based Bakers Eddy have built on their talent and dedication, establishing themselves as perhaps the most in-demand young rock band from the capital. They’ve toured throughout New Zealand and Europe, after winning the 2016 Battle of the Bands, scored radio support from The Rock FM and Radio Hauraki, for both their debut single – ‘Something Outside’ and their fully funded single ‘Wallbreaker’, while cultivating a loyal following. They supported “Highly Suspect” and “Gang of Youths” in Feb 2016. Bakers Eddy are working with an international A&R company and have had label interest in their upcoming EP.
Openside’s debut “Worth It” crashed onto the airwaves in May with a barrage of high energy hooks and subversive lyrical smarts. The track from Auckland pop punkers OPENSIDE was quickly making these youngsters talked about as the freshest local band debut of the year.
Produced and written at Golden Age with Josh Fountain (Thomston, Kidz In Space etc) and Jaden Parkes (Goodnight Nurse, Kids of 88) and mixed by Rich Bryan (Stan Walker, Babysitters Circus) at Big Pop, this one had smash written all over its devilishly smiling face.
Openside have since been picking up more attention for their smart cover releases of “Lean On” (Major Lazer) and “Style” (Taylor Swift) as well as a rapturously received set with 21 Pilots in Auckland.
The band has recently signed to Warner Music and their next track “Branches” hits the airwaves in March to be followed by an EP.
Possum Plows (vox)
PJ Shepherd (gtr)
Harry Carter (bass)
George Powell (drums)