IMNZ Newsletter to August 3rd – speakers announced for Going Global 2015!

International and Industry News

‘Independent music now is a growing force in the global market': Alison Wenham’s MBW Blog

Recently AIM and WIN CEO Alison Wenham released a blog on Music Business Worldwide highlighting the power shift with the music industry and the independents increasing share of the market. The article also calls attention to the growing power of the collective global independent sector. ‘The independents, and artists who choose not to work with the majors, can now achieve worldwide reach and engagement with music fans’ says Wenham. ‘Independents and artists are natural allies – indeed, they are often the same people.’
Read the full blog post via AIM, here.

Making Tracks funding decisions for July 2015 – via NZ On Air


MakingTracks Funded Projects – July 2015

Artist Song Funding Type
Average Rap Band Nowhere Recording & video
Brendon Thomas & The Vibes Golden City Recording & video
Charity Children Whispering Still Recording & video
Dave Dobbyn Angelina Recording & video
Decades Terrified Recording & video
Devilskin Mountains Video only
Dion Lunadon Com/Broke Recording & video
Eastern Bloc Pop Like Video only
Esther Stephens & The Means French Kiss Video only
Glass Vaults Life Is The Show Recording & video
Janine and the Mixtape When I’m Broken Video only
Kinetik Never Will Forget You Recording & video
Laura Lee Dreamers Video only
Lontalius Glow Recording & video
Louis Baker Rainbow Recording & video
Mac Mylo & Jupiter Project OMG ft. Mez & Team On Point Video only
Marino Mariner Here We Are Recording & video
NameUL Nice Guys Finish Thirst Recording & video
Riley Richards My Freedom Recording & video
Sachi No More featuring Zoe & Sysyi Recording & video
Spycc Other Lover ft. High Hoops Video only
The Eversons Hippie Girl Recording & video
Tom Lark Never Be Your Man Video only
Tsörf Hold On To Me Recording & video

The July 2015 Panel

  • Sarah Gandy [ZM; Auckland]
  • Willy Macalister [George FM; Auckland]
  • David Stevens [Radio Control, Palmerston North]
  • Sam Wicks [Radio New Zealand National; Auckland]
  • Paul Kennedy [RadioScope; Matamata]
  • Sam De Jong [Producer; Auckland]
  • Tania Dean [NZ On Air, Auckland]

August Funding Round

The next funding round closes on Saturday the 1st of August 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 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!

New Release Fanfare

You Barbarians release ‘Limits Of Control’ single

YouBarbarians‘Limits of Control’ is a frenetic rock track with an explosive drumbeat, driving bass and heaving layered guitars pulled together by the distinctive voice of Wellington native Dave Currie. “Musically, this is a love letter to Monster -era REM. I tried a rocking yet blasé delivery à la Michael Stipe, which fits well with the lyrical content,” says Currie. The You Barbarians E.P. Helioshiva is due out on August 21st with pre orders now available from iTunes and Bandcamp. (supplied via IMNZ member Aeroplane Music Services)

Jean Paul Sartre Experience experience the reissue treatment

JPSEFlying Nun Records are now offering pre-orders for a 3xLP box set compiling the entire Jean Paul Sartre Experience catalogue!

Put together by Fire Records in conjunction with Flying Nun – I Like Rain – The Story of The Jean Paul Sartre Experience contains the band’s collected studio recordings, plus an extensive and entertaining oral history culled from hours of interviews with the members. Fully re-mastered and re-packaged in a box set with aching care, it’s set for release in August, and they have pre-orders available now for both the vinyl set and triple CD release. (supplied via IMNZ member Flying Nun Records)

Ha The Unclear release 3rd single video & NZ tour dates

Ha The UnclearInitially released as the third single from debut album Bacterium, Look at Your Motor GoGrowing Mould‘ has enjoyed success on bNets and alt radio and was voted a ‘jizzer’ in an ANZAC face off on Hauraki Breakfast. Now the song has been given richly textured video treatment through the work of director Mardo El-Noor and funding from NZ On Air. (supplied via IMNZ member Crescendo Management)

Kirsten Te Rito – ‘Āiotanga’

Kirsten Te RitoĀiotanga” is the sophomore te reo Māori album release from award winning singer-songwriter, Kirsten Te Rito. The 11 track album features a flood of catchy tunes and ear worms – from the bubbly title track “He Āiotanga” to the provocative “Te Rāwhiti” and the downbeat ‘Aotearoa”. Kirsten is based in Wellington and is from Rongomaiwahine and Ngāti Kahungunu iwi. (supplied via IMNZ member, Ode Records)

Get Out Alive – Mel Parsons 
Mel ParsonsSilver Scroll Top 20 finalist Mel Parsons has released a new video for ‘Get Out Alive‘, which is in the running for APRA’s coveted award this year. The live, solo version was recorded in Toronto on Parsons’ Canadian tour in February. Inspired by a close brush with death in a vehicle accident last year, Parsons walked away from the wreckage and ended up penning the eerie track, which features on her new album ‘Drylands‘. (supplied via IMNZ member, Cape Road Recordings)
Anna van Riel – Cooking Up A Song

Anna Van RielQuirky Music is proud to announce award winning Australian/New Zealand grassroots singer songwriter and leading good-­living mum, Anna van Riel is back with a wholesome serving of delicious melodies in her new interactive children’s album Cooking Up A Song out now. Babies, primary aged children and adults alike are being delighted by this ukulele playing Mama’s cheeky humour and catchy tunes ­ all the while highlighting sustainable and healthy living benefits to children and grown ups everywhere. (supplied via IMNZ member, Anna van Riel)

Holly Arrowsmith – For The Weary Traveller

Holly ArrowsmithReminiscent of Americana folk greats Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan, Arrowsmith’s captivating, earthy voice, will reach into the heart of humanity, and take you on a journey through life’s joys and struggles. Her debut album For The Weary Traveller is out now and is a collection of unique beautifully crafted songs with tastefully restrained instrumentation…timeless. For The Weary Traveller is available for free for one week only at Noise Trade and for purchase on iTunes now and later in the year as a limited vinyl edition. (supplied via IMNZ member Aeroplane Music Services)

On the Live Front

The Others Way Festival – tickets on sale now

TheOthersWay-005Last week we announced our new festival in partnership with 95bFM – The Others Way. This week we can announce that tickets are on sale now!
What is it? One night – Sept 4 – 6 venues across Karanaghape Road in Auckland, 27 acts – including the likes of GaragelandThe BatsAldous HardingTiny RuinsGlass VaultsPrincess Chelsea, plus so much more –  in there words, a whole lot of fun.
Tickets are $44.50 or $34.50 with your bCard and are available here, in our store (80 Pitt Street, Auckland) and UndertheRadar. Full lineup info here: Flying Out shop (supplied via IMNZ member Flying Out)

Ha The Unclear – NZ tour dates

The Perc Cafe (acoustic show), Dunedin – Fri 18th Sept
Chick’s HotelDunedin – Sat 19th Sept
San FranWellington – Fri 25th Sept
Great JobPalmerston North – Sat 26th Sept
Whammy Bar, Auckland – Sat 31st Oct

The Warratahs – live in Auckland this week!

Friday, August 7th – Tuning Fork, Auckland – tickets available now here

Around the World

Lorde, Tom Waits, Kesha, Boyz II Men, Moby, Pat Metheny, Sara Evans, Bastille, Avicii, Daddy Yankee, Casting Crowns and Many More To Judge ISC. Called “the songwriting competition to take note of” by the prestigious New York Times,” the International Songwriting Competition (ISC) today announced its esteemed panel of judges for the 2015 competition. The panel includes many iconic, high-profile recording artists, as well as Presidents and CEOs from Atlantic, Epic, Elektra, Sony Music Latin, Warner Bros., Tommy Boy, Wind-Up, Alligator, Concord Music Group, and more.

Designed to nurture the musical talent of songwriters on all levels and promote excellence in the art of songwriting, ISC offers the opportunity for songwriters to have their music heard by some of the most influential decision-makers in the industry.

ISC gives away more than $150,000 in cash and prizes (shared among 68 winners) including an overall Grand Prize consisting of $25,000 (US) cash and $30,000 in merchandise and services. In addition to prizes, winners gain recognition, press, kudos, and more career opportunities. Open to both amateur and professional songwriters, ISC offers 22 categories to enter, representing all genres of popular music. More information on entering ISC can be found at


Top 20 IMNZ Albums – Week To Thursday, 23 July 2015


This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Dist Cert
1 1 21 Six60 (2) Six60 Massive/Universal plat x1
2 2 5 Runaway Days The Warratahs NativeTongue/Southbound
3 4 54 We Rise Devilskin Devilskin/Rhythm/DRM plat x1
4 9 85 Songs For Bubbas Anika Moa Bubbs/Rhythm/DRM
5 6 299 Based On A True Story Fat Freddy’s Drop TheDrop/Rhythm/DRM plat x9
6 11 48 Evergreen Broods DrydenStreet/Universal gold x1
7 8 198 Six60 Six60 Massive/Universal plat x4
8 5 14 Lucky Stars Don McGlashan DonMcGlashan/Border/DRM
9 7 9 Multi-Love Unknown Mortal Orchestra Jagjaguwar/Rhythm
10 3 2 This Place Here Yoko-Zuna Yoko-Zuna/Rhythm/DRM
11 12 19 Citizen TrinityRoots TrinityRoots/Rhythm/DRM
12 10 Live At The Matterhorn Fat Freddy’s Drop TheDrop/Rhythm/DRM
13 15 15 Saint John Divine SJD RoundTripMars/Universal
14 18 28 Live At The Powerstation Devilskin Devilskin/Rhythm/DRM
15 8 Narcocorrido Head Like A Hole HLAH/Rhythm/DRM
16 47 Dynamite! Tami Neilson TamiNeilson/Southbound
17 13 88 Best So Far Katchafire Katchafire/Universal
18 51 Brightly Painted One Tiny Ruins ArchHill/Spunk/Universal
19 43 Science & Survival I Am Giant GiantSound/SonyMusic
20 16 7 25 Year Collection The Warratahs TheWarratahs

Top 10 IMNZ Singles – Week To Thursday, 23 July 2015


This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Dist Cert
1 1 19 White Lines Six60 Massive/Universal plat x1
2 3 38 Special Six60 Massive/Universal plat x2
3 5 21 Purple Six60 Massive/Universal
4 4 31 So High Six60 Massive/Universal plat x1
5 6 171 Don’t Forget Your Roots Six60 Massive/Universal plat x3
6 7 100 Only To Be Six60 Massive/Universal plat x2
7 9 66 Bridges Broods DrydenStreet/Universal plat x1
8 10 21 Exhale Six60 Massive/Universal
9 2 2 Mountains Devilskin Devilskin/Rhythm/DRM
10 16 Don’t Go Changing Six60 Massive/Universal

Top 10 IMNZ Airplay – Week To Sunday, 26 July 2015


This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Dist Cert
1 1 15 White Lines Six60 Massive/Universal plat x1
2 2 3 Purple Six60 Massive/Universal
3 3 28 So High Six60 Massive/Universal plat x1
4 5 51 Mother & Father Broods DrydenStreet/Universal plat x1
5 6 38 Special Six60 Massive/Universal plat x2
6 4 2 Just Too Cool Lightning On Me DeadFoundFollowers/Rhythm/DRM
7 1 All The Way Ty feat. Pieter T And Donell Lewis Empire/Warner
8 7 10 Love To Love You Deach Empire/Warner
9 9 3 Together Jody Direen JodyDireen/DRM
10 1 Ur Life One Night Unknown Mortal Orchestra Jagjaguwar/Rhythm

IMNZ Newsletter for July 23rd – Marshall turns your phone UP TO ELEVEN

International and Industry News

Marshall unwrap the ‘loudest mobile phone on Earth’

Leading guitar amplifier manufacturer, Marshall, continues to diversify its offerings with its own recently revealed Android smartphone, the Marshall London, to join its existing lines of Bluetooth speakers and headphones. Among the phone’s features are included a faux-leather finish and a 4.7-inch, 720p display as well as a pair of front-facing speakers and dual headphone jacks. The phone is also equipped with a HIFI-grade sound card and is capable of playing lossless FLAC files. Keeping in mind their musician clientele, the phone includes two microphones and custom apps for easy recording among other features. The Marshall London is scheduled for release on August 21st.

Ninja Tune Trio to Receive This Years’ Innovator Award
Our compatriots at AIM are excited to announce that this years UK recipients of the esteemed Innovator Award are Ninja Tune founders Matt Black and Jonathan More (aka Coldcut) and label manager Peter Quicke. The Innovator Award celebrates the achievements of an artist, label or business person pushing the boundaries of independent music and Ninja Tune have been doing just that for over 25 years.A visionary label, consistently heralded as “reliably excellent”, Ninja Tune keeps a widespread focus on signing a diverse range of uncompromising artists encouraging interactive technology, embracing the audio-visual world, creating their own publishing company Just Isn’t Music and finding innovative uses of software. Other record labels under the umbrella include Big Dada, Counter Records and Werkdiscs (Actress’ label) whilst also helping Brainfeeder (Flying Lotus’ label).Co-founder Jon More said “It’s a real honour to get this award, AIM is so crucial in fighting the indie labels corner – making that collective voice heard where it counts. We started Ninja Tune with a firm belief of being 100% independent. That belief has not changed after all these years.”


APRA Silver Scroll Awards – 2015 Top 20 + 1981 Top 5

The Top 20 songs in line for the 2015 APRA Silver Scroll Award have been announced, featuring some of the biggest names in music alongside the new blood of New Zealand’s songwriting community.

The 2015 APRA Silver Scroll Award Top 20 are:

Back In To Your Life Dave Rowlands/Stephen Heard/
Andrew Moller
Clap Clap Riot + Buzz Moller
Call The Days Nadia Reid Nadia Reid
Can’t Keep Checking My Phone Ruban Nielson/Jacob Portrait Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Collarbones Thomas Stoneman/Josh Fountain Thomston
Cool It Anji Sami She’s So Rad
Dark Child Marlon Williams/Tim Moore Marlon Williams
Do You Remember Joel Little/ Jarryd James Jarryd James
Get Out Alive Mel Parsons Mel Parsons
Just In Case Allelujah Toni Randle Keegan Eyreton Hall
L.A.F. Joel Little/Georgia Nott/Caleb Nott Broods
Little Pieces Sean Donnelly SJD
Multi-Love Ruban Nielson/ Kody Nielson Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Naomi Martin Andrews Martin Andrews
Perfect Health Jolyon Mulholland Mulholland
Special Marlon Gerbes/Matiu Walters/
Priese Board
Touch Evan Sinton/Jaden Parkes/Josh Fountain MAALA
Unplugged Sean Donnelly SJD
Water Underground Anthonie Tonnon Anthonie Tonnon
Welcome Back Bill Urale/James Britt King Kapisi
Yellow Flicker Beat Ella Yelich-O’Connor/ Joel Little Lorde

2015 marks the 50th presentation of the APRA Silver Scroll Award, and as a part of the celebrations the ‘Lost Scroll’ of 1981 – the APRA Silver Scroll Award that was never awarded – will also be presented. All singles released in the 1981 eligibility period have been narrowed down to the Top 5 songs, and now, alongside the award for 2015, APRA members will also decide the winner of the 1981 APRA Silver Scroll Award.

The 1981 APRA Silver Scroll Award Top 5 are:

Counting The Beat Phil Judd/Wayne Stevens/Mark Hough The Swingers
No Depression In New Zealand Don McGlashan/Richard von Sturmer Blam Blam Blam
One Step Ahead Neil Finn Split Enz
See Me Go Michael O’Neill/Peter van der Fluit/Lawrence Landwer-Johan/Tony Drumm The Screaming Meemees
Tally Ho Robert Scott/David Kilgour/Hamish Kilgour The Clean

New Release Fanfare


New from the IMNZ members Empire Records stable comes the brand new single from TY called All The Way featuring Pieter T and Donell Lewis. The single is available for sale this Friday 24th July. (supplied via IMNZ member, Empire Records Ltd)

Aston Rd Sessions releases a live acoustic cover of
Trinity Roots ‘Home, Land and Sea’ featuring
Warren Maxwell, Thomas Oliver & Louis Baker.

Three of Wellington’s loved male singer-songwriters formed a guitar wielding trio for ‘Pass The Gat’, a show commissioned by the Auckland Arts Festival earlier this year.  Here they perform a unique acoustic cover of the Trinity Roots song ‘Home, Land and Sea’ for Aston Rd Sessions. Watch ‘Home, Land and Sea’ here :

Filmed live at The Pines Chapel on Wellington’s south coast, ‘Home, Land and Sea’ is stripped back to an acoustic guitar, an electric guitar and a slide guitar, along with their three voices, showcasing the distinctive sounds each player brings to a heart-felt, harmony rich, rendition of the song. (supplied via IMNZ member, Aston Road)

Ashley Hughes releases ‘Smile’ featuring Possum Plows, and Yorel.

Ashley HughesVery smooth new track via MTC Music Services is the new Ashley Hughes track ‘Smile’ from the forthcoming EP – this track is available as free download on the MTC website. (via IMNZ member Move The Crowd)


REDACTION – new album by Richard Nunns and Mark Lockett

Richard Nunns Mark LockettAvailable now on digital download and limited edition made-to-order CDs and LPs (Rattle’s first ever vinyl!) – Audio clips, ordering details and much more info here: Rattle Records shop

(supplied via IMNZ member Rattle Records, a division of Victoria University Press)

On the Live Front


Anika Moa I AM WOMAN SEE ME TOURFriday 4th September, Butter Factory – Whangarei
Thursday 10th September, Sherwood – Queenstown
Friday 11th September, The Ponderosa @ Lonestar – Timaru
Saturday 12th September, Chicks Hotel – Dunedin
Sunday 13th September, Grainstore Gallery – Oamaru
Thursday 17th September, Mussel Inn – Takaka
Friday 18th September, Allan Scott Winery – Blenheim
Saturday 19th September, Wunderbar – Lyttelton
Thursday 24th September, King St Live – Masterton
Friday 25th September, Savage Club – Whanganui
Saturday 26th September, San Fran – Wellington
Thursday 1st October, OSPA – Onewhero
Friday 2nd October, Eggsentric Café – Coromandel
Saturday 3rd October, Gravity Bar – Hamilton
Sunday  4th October,  Butlers Reef – Oakura

Tickets on sale now from (supplied via IMNZ member Homespun Music)

Flying Out and 95bFM are proud to announce The Others Way Festival

TheOthersWay-005Karangahape Road in Auckland will come alive with The Others Way Festival on September 4, with a jam-packed day of New Zealand’s best alternative music acts, performing across multiple venues. Thanks to Flying Out and 95bFM, The Others Way features a mammoth 27 local artists across six K’Rd venues for total immersion into a New Zealand music mecca. Taking inspiration from international music festivals CMJ and SXSW, fans will hit the streets and map out their own personal schedule of awesome acts, with a roster literally overflowing with cutting edge local indie, electronica, hip hop, and alt-pop. Full lineup info here: Flying Out shop (supplied via IMNZ member Flying Out)

Around the World

Facebook prepares to rival YouTube with new video tools

Further evidence confirming reports that Facebook is indeed set to take on YouTube has surfaced.

In a blog post uploaded by Facebook Product Manager Anaid Gomez-Ortigoza – who was previously Senior Product Manager at Vevo – the social media giant announced new updates for video distribution.

Facebook has enhanced its video upload system and introduced a Video Library to “give publishers more control over how their videos are organized and shared.”

Read more via The Music Network

Top 20 IMNZ Albums – Week To Thursday, 16 July 2015


This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Dist Certification
1 1 20 Six60 (2) Six60 Massive plat x1
2 2 4 Runaway Days The Warratahs NativeTongue/Southbound
3 1 This Place Here Yoko-Zuna Yoko-Zuna/Rhythm/DRM
4 5 53 We Rise Devilskin Devilskin/Rhythm/DRM plat x1
5 6 13 Lucky Stars Don McGlashan DonMcGlashan/Border/DRM
6 10 298 Based On A True Story Fat Freddy’s Drop TheDrop/Rhythm/DRM plat x9
7 8 8 Multi-Love Unknown Mortal Orchestra Jagjaguwar/Rhythm
8 7 197 Six60 (1) Six60 Massive plat x4
9 9 84 Songs For Bubbas Anika Moa Bubbs/Rhythm/DRM
10 15 103 Blackbird: Deluxe Edition Fat Freddy’s Drop TheDrop/Rhythm/DRM plat x1
11 11 47 Evergreen Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
12 12 18 Citizen TrinityRoots TrinityRoots/Rhythm/DRM
13 87 Best So Far Katchafire Katchafire
14 8 The 9th Sam Hunt With David Kilgour And The Heavy Eights BanditKing/Rhythm/DRM
15 14 Saint John Divine SJD RoundTripMars
16 6 25 Year Collection The Warratahs TheWarratahs
17 10 Queen At The Table Anika Moa Diamond&Kowhai/Rhythm/DRM
18 16 27 Live At The Powerstation Devilskin Devilskin/Rhythm/DRM
19 7 XXEP Janine And The Mixtape LittleMixTape/Warner
20 11 Drylands Mel Parsons CapeRoad/Border/DRM

Top 10 IMNZ Singles – Week To Thursday, 16 July 2015


This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Dist Certification
1 1 18 White Lines Six60 Massive plat x1
2 1 Mountains Devilskin Devilskin/Rhythm/DRM
3 2 37 Special Six60 Massive plat x2
4 3 30 So High Six60 Massive plat x1
5 4 20 Purple Six60 Massive
6 5 170 Don’t Forget Your Roots Six60 Massive plat x3
7 7 99 Only To Be Six60 Massive plat x2
8 6 110 Forever Six60 Massive plat x2
9 65 Bridges Broods DrydenStreet plat x1
10 8 20 Exhale Six60 Massive

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