We’re counting down to the announcement of the winner of the Taite Music Prize, bating our breath until April 15. Learn more about the finalists here and listen them on the Spotify playlist here!
From NZ On Air: Funding Decisions for March 2015
What a hectic month! March flew by and was full of challenges, changes and celebrations. We received 110 applications this funding round and thanks to the work of our panelists, we are pleased to bring you the 22 projects we will be funding.
This month we marked our 25th year, and produced a Special Edition Kiwi Hit Disc called 25 x 25. You can listen to these iconic tracks (handpicked by Brendan) via our YouTube channel. This also marked the farewell of the Kiwi Hit Disc, the last of 180 releases. As of April we are rebranding as NewTracks
NewTracks will still be a 28 track monthly compilation of the best new radio-ready releases by NZ Artists. But it will be in digital form rather than a CD in the post. (We will still do limited numbers available on request as we phase it out.)
For a while now we have also been working on changing how we promote music and soon we will be launching a new music exploration platform. We are really excited about this new project and hope you will become a part of it upon its full launch in May.
A reminder for artists who have received a MakingTracks grant – our Bring It Home top-up funding scheme is underway and Porirua City Council are currently taking applications for their top-up grants. You can find out more about the criteria for the grant here and If you’d like to apply for or have any questions please get in touch with the Senior Development Adviser at email@example.com
Congratulations to the following artists, time to get creative and make some more great music and videos!
The March 2015 Panel
- Brad King [The Rock; Auckland ]
- Emma Smith [Music 101; Auckland]
- Phil Bell [Mai FM; Auckland]
- Simon Wallace [Radio One; Dunedin]
- Janine Russell [Noise PR; Auckland]
- Rikki Morris [Morrisound; Auckland]
- Tania Dean [NZ On Air; Auckland]April Funding Round
The next funding round closes Wednesday 1st April at 5pm. You can apply here. Any one song can be submitted twice before you need to submit another song. Please note, if you are successful, you have 2 months only to execute your contract, which includes signing the letter of offer and paying your $2,000 contribution. Please make sure you are prepared to start your project when you apply.
We look forward to receiving many more amazing NZ songs!
International and Industry Action
Shapeshifter enter the world of Virtual Reality
Australasia’s first production studio dedicated to the creation of Virtual Reality experiences, Sensorium, for their debut technical demonstration have collaborated with Shapeshifter, to deliver Australasia’s first immersive 3D VR concert experience. You can get a VIP backstage pass in their immersive 3D video of the band performing at this year’s Homegrown concert, and experience an interactive virtual reality player to the sounds of Shapeshifter’s “Gravity”. http://sensorium.xyz/
Moana and the Tribe reach finals of the International Songwriting Competition
One of the songs from Moana & the Tribe’s latest album “Rima” (Rhythmethod/DRM) is in the finals of the International Songwriting Competition, which had 18,000 entries this year. ‘Whole World’s Watching’ is one of only 10 finalists in a new section of the ISC called Pick a Cause for songs about a social cause. This is a contest that Moana won back in 2003 with the song Moko; and ISC has since been also won by fellow New Zealanders Gin Wigmore and Kimbra. The winners will be announced in early May. Here’s a blast of the video….
Mice On Stilts Call For Submissions
Auckland Band Mice On Stilts are about to release their debut album. They’re now asking anyone keen to contribute for submissions to add to a book they’re planning to release alongside the album. “As you might now by now (since its really all I’ve been going on about) we are compiling a book to release with our new album. In essence its going to be creative responses to the themes of the music and lyrics. Which for the most part are things that (I’d like to think) a lot of people could relate to. The lyrics themselves are only my experience of being human. But whats the point in releasing an album about ‘being human’ without a massive collaboration? We are putting out a call for submissions to this book. Essentially, if you think you could contribute to this book then we are interested in hearing from you. If that is the case. Please send a basic introduction of who you are and what you do to ‘ firstname.lastname@example.org ‘ . From there we will send you a brief with the lyrics.” The deadline is April 16. Read more from NZ Musician…
New Release Fanfare
Unknown Mortal Orchestra Release ‘Multi-Love’ Video + Video Game
Unknown Mortal Orchestra have released a video game to accompany the release of their brand new video, ‘Multi-Love’! Watch the video here. It is meant to represent the vacuum of space by impressing upon inter-dimensional unfolding, immaterial objects, and time-driven reverberation of events. The virtual space allows for most 3D objects to trail in time – based on the directions one moves. You can construct & paint the objects in space to stretch them in any direction, to create infinitely vast compositional spaces.”- Lional Williams, director. Read more and download the game from Cheese on Toast.
Li’l Chuck The One Man Skiffle Machine
There’s a nice feature on the Chart website about the latest member of the IMNZ family, Backyard Music – and Lil’ Chuck in particular. Here’s a snippet:
Li’l Chuck The One Man Skiffle Machine is an authentic one man band performing “good time music with old time style”. Blessed with the ability to handle multiple instruments at a time, Li’l Chuck is the master of coordination: blowin’, suckin’ and pluckin’ simultaneously. Having spent a lifetime rummaging through the drawers of 1930s, 40s and 50s music, his songs are inspired by the sounds of Blues, Early Jazz, Western Swing and Ragtime. Drawing on the innocence, simplicity and quirkiness of these old time music styles, Li’l Chuck doffs his hat to those that have gone before with his new album Blues In Full Swing. www.skifflemachine.com
Read more on Christchurchmusic.org
One Love: The very best of Aotearoa Reggae
Whilst not itself released on an IMNZ label, “One Love: The very best of Aotearoa Reggae” does contain a very decent number of IMNZ artists, such as: The Black Seeds, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Katchafire, Sons Of Zion, Cornerstone Roots, Soljah, Tomorrow People, 1814, Six60, Kora, Hallelujah Picassos, and Tahuna Breaks. Read more on Amplifier.
Rebecca Nelson – Reflection
Stunning cross-over classical singer Rebecca Nelson has experienced success both at home in New Zealand and abroad. Her initial break came when she was spotted busking on the streets of Dublin and was asked to go on tour around Ireland with The Priests. What ensued was a host of opportunities for this talented young kiwi singer. In 2014 she was asked to join The Royal New Zealand Navy and represent New Zealand in Voice. This lead to Rebecca performing the New Zealand National Anthem at the ANZAC Day dawn service in Gallipoli. 2015 marks 100 years since the ANZAC troops landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula and it is with great honour that Rebecca will be returning this year to once again represent New Zealand and sing the New Zealand National Anthem. Her second album, “Reflection”, is now available to pre-order.
Mere Boynton & Jonathan Besser – Aroha Ahava
“Aroha – Ahava” is a beautiful musical conversation of art songs for voice and chamber group that weaves a journey through Jewish and Māori beliefs and expressions of aroha and ahava (love). Featuring accomplished composer Jonathan Besser and singer Mere Boynton, Aroha-Ahava creates an evocative song taniko/tapestry made up of dark texts and earthy rich melodies that celebrate love in all its guises, love of a man or woman, love of the land and also the sensuous and mystical quality of erotic desire as expressed in the Songs of Soloman. Find out more on Amplifier…
Remix the Orchestra: Remixes available now
The first of our 5 Remix tracks for 2015 are now available to hear, such as Ellaphon Tauariki “RED LIGHT” feat. Lavina Williams. The Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra wishes to thank GBPensions, NZ Music Commission and Auckland Arts Festival for their support of APO Remix the Orchestra 2015. Click here to listen online: https://soundcloud.com/apo-remix-the-orchestra/ellaphon-tauariki-red-light-feat-lavina-williams-live-recording
For The Love Of Glory: New video for Jan Hellriegel
Jan Hellriegel’s new video for her single ‘For The Love Of Glory’ is out now. The music video is a mélange of vintage super 8 footage of Auckland’s Western Springs Speedway and it’s social club members, filmed by Jan’s Dad in 1970. The film also features what is now known as Victoria Park Market when it used to be a panel shop. ‘For The Love Of Glory’ is now available for purchase and for listening pleasure on iTunes and Bandcamp. Read more about the song’s inspiration on Jan’s blog.
On the Live Front
Lawrence Arabia And Tiny Ruins to perform at Marbecks in Auckland for Record Store Day
Marbecks in Queens Arcade, Auckland have announced that they will host live performances in-store (as well as a couple of DJ sets) for Record Store Day this year. Record Store Day is on 18 April. Lawrence Arabia and Tiny Ruins will both perform live in store and Princess Chelsea and Jonathan Bree will both do DJ sets in-store. Read more from Cheese on Toast…
Classical piano meets Big Band jazz in a Big Band Festival Fundraiser
Piano maestro Michael Houstoun and jazz artist Rodger Fox join forces to blend the best of classical with the best of jazz on Monday 27 April, 4pm, at the Charles Luney Auditorium in Christchurch. The programme will be drawn from: Prokofiev, Bill Cunliffe, Mike Nock/Dr.David Lisik, John Psathas/Daniel Hayles; plus the big band will also present material from its forthcoming recording of New Zealand original compositions by such composers as John Rae, Norman Meehan, Rodger Fox, Chris Selley, John Psathas, Andrew Hall, Roger Manins, Anita Schwabe, Phil Broadhurst and Nick Granville. Click HERE for more information.
Shayne P Carter Announces Three Solo Shows
Shayne P Carter has announced three special seated shows across Wellington and Auckland in April. The North Island jaunt follows Carter’s sell-out South Island performances earlier this month, where he played a wealth of material from across his back-catalogue including selections from the Dimmer and Straitjacket Fits days alongside more recently crafted tunes from his forthcoming piano-based album Offsider. Under the Radar has the details of the upcoming shows…
Around the World
Adele’s 21 is the bestselling UK album of the millennium
Adele’s 21 (released via independent record label XL Recordings) has sold more copies in the UK than any other album this millennium.
According to a new survey by the Official Charts Company, the Someone Like You singer has shifted a staggering 4,740,000 copies of her second album to date.
It puts her effort comfortably ahead of Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black, which takes second place with sales of 3,560,000 since its 2006 release. James Blunt’s Back to Bedlam racked up 3,310,000 in third place, with Leona Lewis’s Spirit and Dido’s No Angel making up the rest of the top five. The Beatles, Michael Buble, David Gray, Lady Gaga and Coldplay all feature in the top 10.
Robbie Williams and Take That shared the honours for the most appearances in the top 50, with four entries each.
Adele’s 21 was released in 2011 and has spent 23 weeks weeks at the top of the UK album charts. Her success has not been restricted to the UK: 21 topped the charts in more than 30 countries and is estimated to have sold over 11m copies in the US alone.
You can see the Official Charts Company’s full list here.