Kia ora, we wold like to thank all those who attended Going Global 2016, we had a great time hosting you all and hope you enjoyed your time with us. This week we are saddened to hear of the loss of our good mates, happy to share the latest EP from one of our newest members Henika and looking forward to The APRA Silver Scroll Awards at the end of the month, with the announcement of the award show being broadcasted live on television for the first time. Read on, friends..
R.I.P – STEPHEN O’HOY
IMNZ was very saddened to hear of the loss of one of the champions of the NZ music industry recently. At one time a band manager, Australian-born Stephen O’Hoy had been instrumental in the development of digital music in New Zealand, working for Amplifier.co.nz and music aggregator Digital Rights Management (DRM). Stephen was a much-loved board member of Independent Music NZ and w
as integral in the development of our key projects.
Farewell Stephen – you were a diamond geezer and the world is an emptier place without you in it. Haere atu rā, ki te paepae o Matariki, o Rehua, Haere atu rā e hoa.
Stephen’s Obituary & Guestbook
Parabola West: Help record her EP!
Inspired by her time in a professional recording studio for her single ‘Fire’, Parabola West is now on a mission to record a brand new EP in the same way, with the help of global crowdfunding platform Indiegogo, and her growing crowd of fans.
Since releasing Fire in 2015, the Raglan based singer-songwriter has been touring New Zealand performing sellout public shows and intimate home concerts. During the same period she finished writing the full set of original songs for this new EP and is eager to get recording.
“The songs are written and I know exactly how I want them to sound when fully produced. I just need a little help to make it happen,” said West. The new EP will be a progression from West’s previous releases, moving into a piano-driven mix of folk and electronica, with an infusion of Celtic and other worldly sounds.
“I’m hopeful the awesome fans who campaigned to help me record Fire will support my Indiegogo campaign,” said West. “I can promise them great rewards and an EP they will love.”
The crowdfunding campaign will run for 40 days from 1 September 2016, and must reach its goal of $8000 to be successful. The campaign is being managed by the music services agency for independent artists, Quirky Music, with campaign manager Katie Thompson at the helm. Thompson has a string of successful campaigns for various independent artists under her belt, and has a passion for helping such artists progress their music careers.
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AROUND THE WORLD
The DMCA has been criticized as a cynical loophole to exploit artists. But what if that isn’t true?
Google, SoundCloud, YouTube, and others are routinely accused of exploiting a 1990s law to profit off of copyrights without paying for them, but now, the technology industry is challenging those accusations. The following guest post comes from Gary Shapiro, head of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), who argues that instead of stealing from artists, the technology industry and the DMCA have created a free platform that has allowed a new class of creators to thrive.
Imagine if 13-year-old Justin Bieber had never uploaded his Chris Brown cover “With You” on YouTube. Would he be the pop icon he is today?
Rising stars like Bieber, the Weeknd, Shawn Mendes and so many others have seen their careers skyrocket thanks to outlets like YouTube and Vine, underscoring how profoundly the music industry has been positively disrupted by technology.
Digital music services are growing the bottom line for the recording industry and artists alike. Global music revenues for digital services in 2015 surpassed revenues for physical music for the first time — up 10 percent in just one year. So why are big labels trying to undermine the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), which ensures artists get paid for their work?
Backed by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), more than 180 big-name musicians sent a letter to Congress saying the DMCA is broken, technologically out of date, and exploited by internet companies. They also suggested artists aren’t getting paid for their music.
The reality is, via the internet, Silicon Valley has built the recording industry a vast and powerful new global platform for content distribution and monetization — all for free. Independent music has thrived as direct result of the DMCA.
In 1998, the Senate passed the DMCA with unanimous consent, and was carefully written to strike a between protecting copyrights and providing consumers access to digital content across a variety of platforms. This balance is enshrined by an idea known as a “safe harbor,” which says that if an online platform is responsible and removes user-generated content, after being notified by a rights holder that it infringes copyright, the platform is protected.
Safe harbor has allowed thousands of musicians to post their music on streaming sites and be paid for their work while reaching new audiences. This principle has helped make the internet a booming economic success. Continue reading via Digital Music News.
New Zealand Music Industry Gets The Boost Of Global Power As Believe Digital Sign A Strategic Partnership with Digital Rights Management New Zealand
Global fully independent digital distributor, Believe Digital, has signed a strategic partnership with New Zealand’s leading music distribution company and video MCN (Multi-Channel Network), Digital Rights Management New Zealand (DRM).
Through the partnership, DRM and their clients will benefit from Believe’s distribution technology, analytics and extensive global network of 36 offices and 350 international digital music industry experts to develop the reach and visibility of New Zealand artists and labels internationally.
DRM has long established itself as a distributor and MCN that provides a range of digital management services, enabling content holders to easily and quickly maximise audience reach, financial return and security rights for their content via all major digital platforms. Although Believe will distribute their catalogue to all stores, DRM will continue to work directly with the key representatives at the local offices of Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music and Google Play. These relationships have set them apart in the local digital aggregation market, securing premiere placement for their artists alongside the world’s biggest names.
DRM client, Nicole Duckworth, manager of multi platinum and award winning New Zealand band Fat Freddy’s Drop, responded to the news: “DRM & Believe have both been long-term partners in Fat Freddy’s Drop’s international digital aggregation. It’s especially exciting for New Zealand acts to be able to work with an artist-focused company such as DRM with the weight, science and reach of Believe behind them.”
Under the partnership, DRM will be the physical distributor in New Zealand for Believe’s very own label and label services projects.
Sylvain Delange, Head of Sales Asia Pacific at Believe Digital commented: “We’re very thrilled to be partnering up with such a well-established and respected company in New Zealand. DRM has been rooted in the independent music scene in New Zealand for more than a decade and we’re thrilled to benefit from their expertise. We are convinced that this partnership will significantly contribute to raise the awareness on New Zealand music internationally.”
General Manager for DRM, Peter Baker, added: “This new partnership will enable us to offer our New Zealand artists amazing new opportunities on a global scale. We’ve long admired Believe’s commitment to the cutting edge of the music industry and teaming with them means we can give our artists a world class, up-to-the minute service with unprecedented international reach.”
INTERNATIONAL & INDUSTRY NEWS
2016 APRA Silver Scroll Awards Team up with Radio New Zealand for the First-Ever Live Television Broadcast
The 2016 Silver Scroll Awards will this year be televised live, thanks to a partnership between APRA AMCOS and RNZ. It is the first time in the 51-year history of the awards that the event will be broadcast free-to-air by RNZ on Freeview Channel 50. There will also be a live video stream of the ceremony on RNZ’s newly updated website http://www.radionz.co.nz/music. With RNZ Checkpoint host John Campbell as MC, the rare live broadcast from Auckland’s Vector Arena on Thursday, September 29 will allow members of the public a window into one of the most exciting nights in the New Zealand music calendar.
Finalists Announced For Maioha, Sound, Film And Series – To Be Presented At The 2016 APRA Silver Scroll Awards
Some of the finest talent New Zealand has to offer has been shortlisted for four prestigious awards to be presented at the 2016 APRA Silver Scroll Awards.
The APRA Maioha Award, the SOUNZ Contemporary Award, the APRA Best Original Music in a Feature Film Award and APRA Best Original Music in a Series Award will all be presented at an awards ceremony at Vector Arena in Auckland on Thursday, September 29.
APRA MAIOHA AWARD
The APRA Maioha Award recognises exceptional waiata featuring te reo Māori. Rob Ruha is a finalist for the award with his song ‘Kariri’, a powerful and stirring waiata that retells historical accounts of the battle of Pukehinahina (Gate Pa) and Te Ranga.
IHI has also been short-listed for ‘Mana Whenua’ co-written by Thomas Rawiri and Mokoia Huata. The song echoes the proverb ‘Toi Tu te Whenua, whatungarongaro te Tangata’ or ‘For without land there would be no people’. It serves as a poignant reminder of the need to protect our natural environment.
Kirsten Te Rito is the third finalist with her waiata ‘Tamaiti Ngaro’, co-written with James Illingworth and Joseph Te Rito. ‘Tamaiti Ngaro’ is an atmospheric, slow-building anthem tinged with touches of electronica.
SOUNZ CONTEMPORARY AWARD
The SOUNZ Contemporary Award celebrates excellence in contemporary composition. The finalists for the award this year includes Kenneth Young, whose illustrious career in New Zealand music spans four decades, for his composition ‘Piano Trio’. Prodigious Wellington composer and violinist Salina Fisher is also nominated for ‘Rainphase’ and Chris Cree Brown, an Associate Professor at the School of Music at the University of Canterbury, makes the short-list for ‘Viola Concerto’.
APRA BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC IN A FEATURE FILM AWARD
A host of well-known names in Kiwi music are up for the APRA Best Original Music in a Feature Film Award.
Three members of the Wellington-based indie-pop band The Phoenix Foundation (Samuel Scott, Lukasz Buda and Conrad Wedde) are nominated for their work on Taika Waititi’s box office smash, Hunt For The Wilderpeople.
Mahuia Bridgman-Cooper and Tama Waipara also make the shortlist for Mahana (The Patriarch), directed by Lee Tamahori and starring Temuera Morrison.
Tom McLeod rounds off the finalists with The Art of Recovery, which tracks the devastation of Christchurch in the 2011 earthquake to the city’s regeneration.
APRA BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC IN A SERIES AWARD
The APRA Best Original Music in a Series Award will also be presented on the night. In the running for the prestigious award are Karl Stevens for 800 Words, Age Pryor for Jiwi’s Machines and Tami & Jay Neilson for The Brokenwood Mysteries.
FULL LIST OF FINALISTS – 2016
2016 APRA SILVER SCROLL AWARD
Lydia Cole – ‘Dream’ – Lydia Cole
The Phoenix Foundation – ‘Give Up Your Dreams’ – Samuel Scott, Lukasz Buda, Conrad Wedde, William Ricketts, Thomas Callwood, Christopher O’Connor (Native Tongue Music Publishing)
Thomas Oliver – ‘If I Move To Mars’ – Thomas Oliver (Mushroom Music Pty Ltd)
Street Chant – ‘Pedestrian Support League’ – Emily Littler, Billie Rogers, Alex Brown, Christopher Varnham (Arch Hill Music Publishing / Native Tongue Music Publishing)
Tami Neilson – ‘The First Man’ – Tami Neilson, Jay Neilson
APRA MAIOHA AWARD
Rob Ruha feat. Tiki Taane – ‘Kariri’ – Rob Ruha
IHI – ‘Mana Whenua’ – Thomas Rawiri, Mokoia Huata (Woodcut Productions / Waatea Music)
Kirsten Te Rito – ‘Tamaiti Ngaro’ – Kirsten Te Rito, James Illingworth, Joseph Te Rito
SOUNZ CONTEMPORARY AWARD
‘Piano Trip’ – Kenneth Young
‘Rainphase’ – Salina Fisher
‘Viola Concerto’ – Chris Cree Brown
APRA BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC IN A FEATURE FILM AWARD
Hunt For The Wilderpeople – Samuel Scott, Lukasz Buda, Conrad Wedde (Native Tongue Music Publishing)
Mahana (The Patriarch) – Mahuia Bridgeman-Cooper, Tama Waipara
The Art Of Recovery – Tom McLeod
APRA BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC IN A SERIES AWARD
800 Words – Karl Steven (Native Tongue Music Publishing)
Jiwi’s Machines – Age Pryor
The Brokenwood Mysteries – Tami Neilson, Jay Neilson
All awards will be presented at the 51st annual APRA Silver Scroll Awards at Vector Arena on Thursday 29th September. This year the awards will be MC’d by RNZ Checkpoint host John Campbell and televised live thanks to a partnership between APRA AMCOS and RNZ.
Inside YouTube’s War With the Music Industry
Last year, Deadmau5 sent his lawyer, Dina LaPolt, a Skype message: “Please shut this down.” He’d found a YouTube channel with 400 unauthorized videos containing his songs: album tracks, remixes and full live shows. “We had to have a paralegal sit in my office for six hours and send 400 takedowns,” says LaPolt. “After that, the channel shut down – and it popped up again two days later. It’s a big issue for him.”
YouTube, with more than 1 billion users, is the most popular source for music streaming on the Internet. But it’s become a source of frustration for artists including Taylor Swift, Paul McCartney, Beck, Kings of Leon and others, who recently signed an open letter to Congress calling for reform on the law that allows YouTube to host millions of unauthorized videos. “The artist has no choice – their music is on YouTube even if they don’t want it there,” says Irving Azoff, manager of acts such as the Eagles and Van Halen. Azoff has published a separate letter to YouTube, calling for action on two issues: its relatively small royalty payments to artists, and its inability to efficiently remove content from the site.
The music business has less bargaining power than ever: As album sales have fallen about 60 percent in the past decade, YouTube has become increasingly important – 98 percent of American Internet users ages 18 to 24 visit the site – and the company says its ad sales have delivered $3 billion to artists and content creators. “YouTube has become radio for kids,” says Ken Levitan, who manages Kings of Leon, Cheap Trick and others.
But unlike radio, Azoff says, YouTube is a bad business partner. It allows leaked material and poor-quality live music to stay online. And it pays far less on average than streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music. “YouTube revenue for a superstar artist is a joke,” says Azoff. “Their accountings are too complicated and opaque to give an accurate per-stream number. They’re acting like an old record company by making the accountings so difficult, the artist remains in the dark.”
Like any site, YouTube can stream material without artists’ permission thanks to 1998’s Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The law allows companies to post copyrighted content online if they agree to take it down upon request. But in the YouTube age, this means artists’ representatives need to monitor hundreds of millions of new videos every day. YouTube says it has addressed the issue, spending $60 million to build a “Content ID” program, which uses digital “fingerprints” to identify pirated material.
This system catches 99.5 percent of copyrighted material, says Robert Kyncl, YouTube’s chief business officer. “I challenge somebody to find a better system of copyright management anywhere,” says Kyncl. “It’s been nearly a decade of us investing in the system when no one else does anything.” Continue reading via Rolling Stone.
NEW RELEASE FANFARE
Henna EP – Henika
Announcing the self-titled debut EP by Henika, an NZ alternative solo artist who we are proud to have as a member of IMNZ. Recorded and produced by the legendary Andrew Buckton (Midnight Youth, Steriogram, D4) and featuring veteran drummer Mike Franklin-Browne (Pluto, Head Like A Hole), it is a polished yet fresh debut. The 6 track EP includes Henika’s previously released single ‘You bring me down’, a song that won Wildcard funding by popular vote from NZonAir in 2015.
Henika is Henrieta Tornyai, a newcomer multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter whose music blends genres as diverse as alternative rock, folk and jazz. Somewhere between Joni Mitchell and PJ Harvey, the EP swings from darkness to light, from stripped down, to a huge wall of sound. The vulnerable openness of a track like ‘The River’ is contrasted by the Jeff Buckley-esque dissonant layered guitars of ‘Torn in Two.’ A creamy and haunting lead vocal, introspective lyrics and 3 part harmonies combine to create a dark cinematic atmosphere, not unlike a David Lynch soundtrack.
Henika a was born in Slovakia but made her home in Auckland, New Zealand at the tender age of 8. Her musical background is varied, strengthened by a bachelor’s degree in jazz. She became proficient on the guitar, bass guitar and double bass while she cut her teeth in the U.S. studying with jazz legend Richard Davis (Bruce Springsteen, Sarah Vaughn). Upon returning to NZ, Henika adopted her childhood nickname and set on a path of personal artistic fulfilment through this solo project.
Henika is gearing up for her debut live performance to be broadcast worldwide on Facebook Live on September 7th. The EP will is available to download on Bandcamp, Itunes and will stream via Spotify and Soundcloud. A limited edition compact disc is also available on Bandcamp.
Electric Wire Hustle – The 11th Sky w/ Auckland and Wellington Release Shows
Electric Wire Hustle are set to release their third album, The 11th Sky, on Friday September 30. The band will also play intimate release shows in Auckland and Wellington, celebrating the release of this anticpated album.
Following on from the release of the award winning Love Can Prevail, Electric Wire Hustle are set to release their third album, The 11th Sky. Continuing on with the surreal storytelling first seen on the Aeons EP, The 11th Sky shows an act further pushing the boundaries of conventional genres, and their own sound. Electronic beats, smooth vocals, and driving synths are punctuated throughout a release which features Mara TK at his strongest as a songwriter.
Expanding on their psychedelic/soul-sound, the album is best described as “David Lynch meets Motown”. Across nine tracks, the album shows a new evolution to Electric Wire Hustle’s sound, while maintaining the hallmarks which have garnered them critical acclaim and fans across the globe – unique production, and the inimitable voice of Mara TK.
To celebrate the release of the album, Electric Wire Hustle will play two intimate shows in NZ. October will see Electric Wire Hustle bring their acclaimed live show to audiences and showcase tracks from the new album. Supported by The Turnaround (AK) and Troy Kingi (WEL), the shows will EWH’s only headline shows showcasing the album for 2016.
Saturday October 1 – Neck of the Woods, Auckland
w/ The Turnaround
Tickets from Non Stop Tix
Friday October 7 – San Fran, Wellington
w/ Troy Kingi
Tickets from Eventfinda
The 11th Sky
Released Friday September 30
First single coming Thursday September 1
A Girl Named Mo – Live at Bats Theatre
After blowing audiences away as a member of the Fly My Pretties cast for their run of August shows, October will see A Girl Named Mo take to the stage to perform Platonic\Romantic at Wellington’s Bats Theatre. The show will combine the musical ability of A Girl Named Mo, with the theatrical background of frontwoman Moana Ete. Each performance will be recorded live, with the recordings to be released as a live album in December.
Fast building a reputation as one of the capital’s most exciting live acts, A Girl Named Mo are set to explode with their debut live season. Across five shows at the beautiful Bats Theatre, A Girl Named Mowill explore relationships through musical storytelling, both Platonic and Romantic.
A Girl Named Mo is crafting a unique brand of R&B/electronica, led by the amazing vocal talents of Moana Ete, and accompanied by the rhythm section of Slade Butler and Marcus Gurtner. Together, the three-piece offer a distinctive soulful grind that proudly adopts elements of some of the bands favourite artists including Lauryn Hill, Anderson .Paak and The Internet.
This new live show signals the arrival of A Girl Named Mo onto the New Zealand music landscape.
In this live recording of their debut album entitled Platonic\Romantic, we follow A Girl Named Mo’sjourney from the excitement of new friendships to the dizzying heights of romance and back to earth again. This show will envelope you in smooth sounds, pretty lights and moving images.
A Girl Named Mo – Live at Bats Theatre
October 11 – 15, 2016
Tickets available from www.bats.co.nz
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