IMNZ Newsletter & Charts to March 15: Farewell to Kiwi FM

Welcome to our new, slightly streamlined newsletter. We’re making it a bit easier for you to read through – any stories you’d like to explore further will be available on this website. The full Charts will be here on our site for viewing too.

We are very saddened to hear of the impending closure of Kiwi FM – they have been a great supporter of IMNZ and independent music, and we will miss them. We wish their staff and presenters all the best for their future ventures.

Week To Thursday, 12 March 2015
This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 1 2 Six60 (2) Six60 Massive gold x1
2 3 35 We Rise Devilskin Rhythm/DRM plat x1
3 2 179 Six60 Six60 Massive plat x4
4 4 29 Evergreen Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
5 - 1 Successor Anthonie Tonnon Southbound

For the full Top 20 Albums, visit www.indies.co.nz



The legendary Stebbing Recording Centre has unveiled a brand new website, and a new blog.

Stebbing Recording Centre (SRC) is New Zealand’s only full-service recording, mastering and music manufacture facility.

The Stebbing name, along with the Zodiac label and the brand’s founder Eldred Stebbing, have been an iconic part of the NZ recording industry for more than 60 years.

From its beginnings, Stebbing Recording Centre Ltd (SRC) has offered a wide range of services, and today encompasses: four purpose-built studios, a CD and DVD manufacturing plant, music labels, a range of post-production services, media preservation technologies and more. The centre works with both audio and video and outputs for traditional as well as digital formats. It is also one of only two ‘Mastered for iTunes’ Providers in the country.

Follow the Stebbing blog, and provide feedback, here. Or visit them on Facebook.

Week To Thursday, 12 March 2015
This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 1 12 So High Six60 Massive
2 2 19 Special Six60 Massive plat x1
3 3 2 Don’t Go Changing Six60 Massive

For the full Top 10 Singles, visit www.indies.co.nz

Organisations, and Being Organised
On 28th March at a workshop will be held to help musicians and music teachers, at the Waipuna convention centre in Auckland. Guest speakers include Christy Whelan – chairman for Independent Music New Zealand (IMNZ), Matt Ealand – Auckland director of Smokefreerockquest and Tim Carson – head of music at Dilworth School and Website administrator for Music Education New Zealand Aotearoa (MENZA). This great day of learning will provide an opportunity to find what organisations are there to help you, and also give leaders of music organisations the chance to meet each other. There is also a bonus session on time management and how to be productive without feeling overwhelmed. Limited seats available so email Ryan directly at ryansbuzz@hotmail.com to reserve your seats.

Top 10 IMNZ Airplay – Week To Sunday, 15 March 2015
This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 1 9 So High Six60 Massive
2 2 19 Special Six60 Massive plat x1
3 3 24 L.A.F. Broods DrydenStreet

For the full Top 10 Airplay tracks, visit www.indies.co.nz

International and Industry Action

Kiwi FM to close on March 31.
From Mediaworks: Kiwi FM has been broadcasting since Waitangi Day 2005. It launched as a station playing 100% NZ music station, and in recent years has broadcast a mix of 70% NZ artists and 30% international artists. The station has 28,000 listeners tuning in each week* and is responsible for approximately 1% of the home grown music played on New Zealand radio stations...Kiwi FM has been broadcasting on reserved Crown frequencies in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. After March 31, these return to the Crown.
* TNS New Zealand Commercial National Survey 2-2014, Cummulative audience (000s), All 10+, Mon-Sun 12mn-12mn
Read more…

New Zealand @ SXSW 2015
The South By Southwest Music & Media Festival 2015 is running from March 13th through March 22nd. This year features the following New Zealand acts making the trek to Austin: Mika Haka, Delaney Davidson, Yumi Zouma, Cairo Knife Fight who preformed at the New Zealand @ SXSW 2015 Official Party yesterday (NZ time), with live streams being sent by Gemma Gracewood from hot new app Meerkat, via Twitter. Read more

Delaney Davidson just been announced by WOMAD Charlton Park Festival and will be playing at WOMAD UK 2015. 23-26 July 2015.  http://womad.co.uk/
Read more

IN HOUSE: Songs & Conversations – tickets on sale now
A Fundraising concert for the New Zealand Music Foundation featuring Don McGlashan, Rodney Fisher, Anna Coddington & Jol Mulholland. IN HOUSE – songs and conversation, Q Theatre, 305 Queen Street Auckland, Tuesday 14th April, Doors at 7.30pm; Tickets from Q theatre  – HERE
Become a member of The New Zealand Music Foundation to be in to win the onlydouble pass to be given away to In House 2015!

On the live front

APO: Remix the Orchestra at Auckland Arts Festival’s Family Day
This performance will be a world exclusive, presenting the new original works of: • Anthony Te Tava • Ellaphon Tauariki • Hannah Searle • Jay Seve • Marina Alefosio – LIVE with Players from the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Anonymouz, DJ CXL, K.One and Lavina Williams. It’s part of Auckland Arts Festival’s Family Day this Sunday at Aotea Square 11am-12pm.

Eclecta’Fest
The inaugural Eclecta’Fest is this Saturday night at Auckland’s Whammy / Wine Cellar and it’ll be a veritable feast from a musical smorgasbord of acts curated by Jake from Thee Rum Coves. Playing with Thee Rum Coves will be Heavy, Rackets, Little Bark, Avoid! Avoid!, Greenfog,and BespinRead more

Couples on tour: Great North and The Bads
After taking out the Best Folk Album Tui for their 2014 record Up In Smoke in January, and winning the same award for Halves in 2013, Great North have announced a 12-date tour on NZ with The Bads – a vehicle for the musical collisions and escapades of Brett Adams and Dianne SwannRead more

New release fanfare

Don McGlashan – Lucky Stars
Don McGlashan
 has unveiled the title-track from his forthcoming solo album. Lucky Starsstarted as a raw idea in 2013, while McGlashan was undertaking a writer’s residence at the Michael King Writing Centre on Mt Victoria in Devonport. Read more…

Surf City at Southbound this Saturday
Surf City will be celebrating the release of their new album Jekyll Island by playing in-store at Southbound Records this Saturday March 21st at 4pm. Read more

Jan Hellriegel’s new single ‘For The Love Of Glory’ sees the light of day
This cinematic, cowboy, Middle Eastern inspired pop song explores themes of ‘good’ and ‘bad’.  ‘For The Love Of Glory’ is now available for purchase and for listening pleasure on iTunesand BandcampRead more

Jackie Bristow releases new single ‘Fallen Youth’ in remembrance of the Gallipoli 100 year reunion.
The lyrics for ‘Fallen Youth’ are from a poem written by an unnamed ANZAC WW1 soldier found in the public lIbrary of Jackie’s hometown of Gore. 
 Watch the lyric video with exclusive artist intro:  https://vimeo.com/121098994    Read more

The Jury And The Saints release album on German label
Local act The Jury and the Saints have released a self-titled new album on German label SPV.  Read more

The Road Home :  Paper Cranes Release Debut Album
Local folk/pop band Paper Cranes are set to release their debut album The Road Home on March 20th 2015. Intertwine Fraser Browne’s love of lyrical poetry and Naomi Browne’s Japanese heritage with some great backing musicians… Read more

Around the World

SXSW: The 7 Hottest Topics In Music Tech Right Now

The music portion of South By Southwestconference in Austin, Texas officially kicked off Tuesday. Infiltrating the movie buffs and techie nerds who are in town for the film and interactive portions of the festival, are the skinny jean wearing, bead sporting, aviator donning, shaggy, smelly musicians of the world.  And of course, the leaders of the actual business side of the music industry.  Last night, 6th Street was still relatively tame as the Interactive to Music transition happened.  But, no doubt, tonight will get weird.

The first panel I attended was with the Director of Product Management at Facebook, Michael Cerda, VP of Business Development at BandPage, Chris Wiltsee, Managing Director of Walden Venture CapitalLarry Marcus and the moderator was SF MusicTech veteran, Todd Tate.

The panel seemed to meander somewhat aimlessly for the first half hour around general tech topics until someone from the audience nearly interrupted with “So what ARE the 7 hottest topics in music tech right now” (the name of this panel session) to which the room erupted in applause.  People like lists.  And they like structure.  It would have been nice if the list was displayed on the projector so the room could follow along.  But nonetheless, the 2nd half hour provided a bit more form and direction for the overflowing conference room at the Hilton hotel in downtown Austin.

Here’s What The Panel Had To Say About What’s Happening in Music Tech Right Now

Read article here

IMNZ Singles Chart to March 12

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Week To Thursday, 12 March 2015
This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 1 12 So High Six60 Massive
2 2 19 Special Six60 Massive plat x1
3 3 2 Don’t Go Changing Six60 Massive
4 6 2 Purple Six60 Massive
5 4 2 Stay Together Six60 Massive
6 7 2 Exhale Six60 Massive
7 5 2 Mother’s Eyes Six60 Massive
8 8 2 White Lines Six60 Massive
9 9 9 Four Walls Broods DrydenStreet
10 10 4 Last Ones Left Six60 Massive

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IMNZ Albums Charts to March 12

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Week To Thursday, 12 March 2015
This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 1 2 Six60 (2) Six60 Massive gold x1
2 3 35 We Rise Devilskin Rhythm/DRM plat x1
3 2 179 Six60 Six60 Massive plat x4
4 4 29 Evergreen Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
5 - 1 Successor Anthonie Tonnon Southbound
6 6 16 Live At The Powerstation Devilskin Rhythm/DRM
7 11 282 Based On A True Story Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM plat x9
8 10 90 Blackbird: Deluxe Edition Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM plat x1
9 13 223 Kora Kora Border/DRM plat x2
10 8 78 Best So Far Katchafire Katchafire
11 14 34 Science & Survival I Am Giant I Am Giant
12 5 66 Songs For Bubbas Anika Moa Rhythm/DRM
13 - 15 Ssxub EP Shapeshifter And The Upbeats Truetone
14 - 4 The Green House Robert Scott FlyingNun
15 12 58 Broods EP Broods DrydenStreet
16 - 80 Covers Album 1814 Ode/DRM
17 17 74 Delta Shapeshifter Truetone gold x1
18 - 51 Blacklistt Blacklistt Rhythm/DRM gold x1
19 9 39 Dynamite! Tami Neilson Southbound
20 - 1 Estere Estere DRM

IMNZ Airplay Chart to March 15

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Week To Sunday, 15 March 2015
This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 1 9 So High Six60 Massive
2 2 19 Special Six60 Massive plat x1
3 3 24 L.A.F. Broods DrydenStreet
4 4 7 Four Walls Broods DrydenStreet
5 - 1 Blood In Blood Out Deceptikonz feat. David Dallas DRM
6 6 6 Running Anika Moa Rhythm/DRM
7 10 2 Little Pieces SJD RoundTripMars
8 9 37 Mother & Father Broods DrydenStreet plat x1
9 - 1 El Kaptain TrinityRoots Rhythm/DRM
10 5 5 Multi-Love Unknown Mortal Orchestra Rhythm

IMNZ Newsletter to March 19

Welcome!

We’re trialling a new look letter this week, to help you catch up with all the indie news and charts more quickly. Feel free to send us your feedback: email renee@indies.co.nz

We are very saddened to hear of the impending closure of Kiwi FM – they have been a great supporter of IMNZ and independent music, and we will miss them. We wish their staff and presenters all the best for their future ventures.

International and Industry Action

Kiwi FM to close on March 31.
From Mediaworks: Kiwi FM has been broadcasting since Waitangi Day 2005. It launched as a station playing 100% NZ music station, and in recent years has broadcast a mix of 70% NZ artists and 30% international artists. The station has 28,000 listeners tuning in each week* and is responsible for approximately 1% of the home grown music played on New Zealand radio stations. Leon Wratt, Group Content Director for MediaWorks Music Radio says: “Kiwi FM has had a great nine years, and we’re proud of what we’ve achieved. “There are now more options than ever to discover and listen to home grown music, and it is time for us to focus on other priorities, including extending George FM and Mai FM’s nationwide reach.
“I want to thank the Kiwi FM staff, past and present, the musicians and record labels that have supported the station, and most importantly, the listeners.” Kiwi FM has been broadcasting on reserved Crown frequencies in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. After March 31, these return to the Crown.
* TNS New Zealand Commercial National Survey 2-2014, Cummulative audience (000s), All 10+, Mon-Sun 12mn-12mn
Read more on Scoop.co.nz

New Zealand @ SXSW 2015
The South By Southwest Music & Media Festival 2015 is running from March 13th through March 22nd and sees the music and entertainment world descend upon Austin, Texas. This year, over 2,200 bands play during the 6 festival days devoted to music in a multitude of venues in and around the world famous 6th street in downtown Austin, Texas. The conference attracts over 27,000 music professionals and fans from all over the world with a passion for music, music business and new technologies. This year features the following New Zealand acts making the trek to Austin: Mika Haka, Delaney Davidson, Yumi Zouma, Cairo Knife Fight who preformed at the New Zealand @ SXSW 2015 Official Party yesterday (NZ time), with live streams being sent by Gemma Gracewood from hot new app Meerkat, via Twitter. Read more from the NZ Music Commission

Delaney Davidson just been announced by WOMAD Charlton Park Festival and will be playing at WOMAD UK 2015. 23-26 July 2015.  http://womad.co.uk/
Delaney Is currently in Austin, Texas at the SXSW Festival , where he is playing 5 official showcases including one with the US Folk Alliance.  On returning to New Zealand, and before heading off to international shores, he will play just a few shows including support for Jimmie Dale Gilmore at The Tuning Fork April 20th.   You will also find him on Record Store Day – April 18th, at Southbound Records in Auckland (pm) and Pennylane in Christchurch (am), signing copies of his special limited edition release on vinyl, Diamond Dozen. He is a busy man – catch him while you can! http://www.delaneydavidson.com

IN HOUSE: Songs & Conversations – tickets on sale now
A Fundraising concert for the New Zealand Music Foundation featuring Don McGlashan, Rodney Fisher, Anna Coddington & Jol Mulholland. Much like a house concert, each artist will perform solo or with the acoustic backing of the others, responding to a series of ’starting points’: one of their own songs that the audience would expect, one they wouldn’t, a new song, and a cover that made them think about our city in a different way. This might be a song by an Aucklander, about Auckland, or just a song that made them see Auckland in a different light.
IN HOUSE – songs and conversation, Q Theatre, 305 Queen Street Auckland, Tuesday 14th April, Doors at 7.30pm; Tickets from Q theatre  – HERE
Become a member of The New Zealand Music Foundation to be in to win the only double pass to be given away to In House 2015!

 

New Release Fanfare

Don McGlashan – Lucky Stars
Don McGlashan
has unveiled the title-track from his forthcoming solo album. Lucky Stars started as a raw idea in 2013, while McGlashan was undertaking a writer’s residence at the Michael King Writing Centre on Mt Victoria in Devonport. The musical style is stripped back and simple, as is evident with the eponymous ‘Lucky Stars’, but McGlashan explains that behind the simplicity is a lot of thought. “Like a lot of thought has gone into a really good kitchen knife or something made to be used,” he says. “That’s what songs should be really. You want people to sing them in the shower and to occur to people when they are walking along a beach. And if you’re lucky some of them do”. The record is due out 17th April, in the meantime listen to ‘Lucky Stars’ on Under the Radar

Surf City at Southbound this Saturday
Surf City will be celebrating the release of their new album Jekyll Island by playing in-store at Southbound Records this Saturday March 21st at 4pm. Southbound Records recently moved to new premises on Symonds Street (132, next to T Whites Bikes).
Centered around singer/guitarist Davin Stoddard’s wry observations and sing song delivery, the record sees Jamie Kennedy increasingly pick up a guitar as well and add a welcome dimension of sunken melodies and lock step fuzz at all of the right moments. Mike Ellis and Andy Frost hold things together with a constant driving beat and rhythm that proves undeniable. See details on the Facebook event page.

Jan Hellriegel’s new single ‘For The Love Of Glory’ sees the light of day
This cinematic, cowboy, Middle Eastern inspired pop song explores themes of ‘good’ and ‘bad’. Says Jan, “You can’t please everyone all the time and sometimes your actions can hurt others even if you think you are doing the right thing. The question is, what is doing the right thing?” 2015 is the ‘year of the co-writes’ for Hellriegel. She provided the melody and chorus for the track and handed over lyric imagery to Martin Brown. Long-time collaborator Wayne Bell produced the track, layering sweet melodic choral vocals over the chorus, helping to relieve the listener of the damning symbolism of the preceding verses. Daniel Denholm helped mix the song, embracing Jan’s sonic vision of ‘1000 slaves pulling on the oars of a boat and moaning or grunting sounds’. Chris Chetland (Kog Studios) mastered the track to full clarity and sparkle. ‘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.

Jackie Bristow releases new single ‘Fallen Youth’ in remembrance of the Gallipoli 100 year reunion.
The lyrics for ‘Fallen Youth’ are from a poem written by an unnamed ANZAC WW1 soldier found in the public lIbrary of Jackie’s hometown of Gore. 
 Jackie Bristow‘s childhood friend and Kiwi soldier Aaron Horrell found the poem and carried it with him for 20 years.  Recently Aaron asked Jackie to turn the poem into a song. Jackie wrote the song at the top of the Hokonui Hills and now performs it as part of her live set.  Jackie says, “The poem speaks from the heart of a soldier and it feels good to sing my song ‘Fallen Youth’ and to tell a story for all the soldier’s in the world”. Aaron says, “The poem is very special to me. Many times the words have rung true from times when I have lost comrades.  The words will continue to ring true in the years to come”.  (Aaron served two tours in East Timor and two tours in Afghanistan and worked as private security in Kandahar and Helmand province).  Watch the lyric video with exclusive artist intro:  https://vimeo.com/121098994 

The Jury And The Saints release album on German label
Local act The Jury and the Saints have released a self-titled new album on German label SPV. The first single ‘Focus’ was released Internationally on 31st October 2014, and has received play on Kerrang radio, Team Rock radio as well as many other stations in the UK. The video for ‘Focus’ was featured on MTV in Germany and Switerland as well as being play listed on many Germany radio stations, and with the album already entering the Germany Rock/Metal club charts at number 30 , the band is set for more big things when the album hits shelves all over the world this month.
- “Playing live is a huge part of who we are, so its was crucial that the songs and the recordings captured the raw energy and life that we want people to feel when they watch us at a show. We always want our audience to feel like they are part of what we do, and this record reflects that intent.” – The Jury and the Saints.  Read more on Amplifier.

The Road Home :  Paper Cranes Release Debut Album
Local folk/pop band Paper Cranes are set to release their debut album The Road Home on March 20th 2015. Intertwine Fraser Browne’s love of lyrical poetry and Naomi Browne’s Japanese heritage with some great backing musicians and you have a band that weaves beautifully crafted stories into captivating, dynamic performances using diverse instrumentation (shakuhachi, ukelele, mandolin, ocarina, harmonica, accordion). After releasing their 2012 debut e.p. Oh Love and winning The Audience Wildcard NZ on Air grant for their catchy single ‘Little Darling’ the band were spurred on to relaase a full-length album. “I had a health scare while recording the first e.p. – I found out I had cancer,” says Fraser. “This album was written well after that, so while there are some melancholy songs, many are more upbeat and hopeful.” The Road Home is available via Amplifier, iTunes and all good digital outlets. CDs are available at Paper Cranes’ live shows. To celebrate the release Paper Cranes are touring the country throughout April. papercranes.co.nz


The legendary Stebbing Recording Centre has unveiled a brand new website, and a new blog.

Stebbing Recording Centre (SRC) is New Zealand’s only full-service recording, mastering and music manufacture facility.

The Stebbing name, along with the Zodiac label and the brand’s founder Eldred Stebbing, have been an iconic part of the NZ recording industry for more than 60 years.

From its beginnings, Stebbing Recording Centre Ltd (SRC) has offered a wide range of services, and today encompasses: four purpose-built studios, a CD and DVD manufacturing plant, music labels, a range of post-production services, media preservation technologies and more. The centre works with both audio and video and outputs for traditional as well as digital formats. It is also one of only two ‘Mastered for iTunes’ Providers in the country.

Follow the Stebbing blog, and provide feedback, here. Or visit them on Facebook.

On the Live Front

APO: Remix the Orchestra at Auckland Arts Festival’s Family Day
This performance will be a world exclusive, presenting the new original works of: • Anthony Te Tava • Ellaphon Tauariki • Hannah Searle • Jay Seve • Marina Alefosio – LIVE with Players from the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Anonymouz, DJ CXL, K.One and Lavina Williams. It’s part of Auckland Arts Festival’s Family Day this Sunday at Aotea Square 11am-12pm.

Couples on tour: Great North and The Bads
After taking out the Best Folk Album Tui for their 2014 record Up In Smoke in January, and winning the same award for Halves in 2013, Great North have announced a 12-date tour on NZ with The Bads – a vehicle for the musical collisions and escapades of Brett Adams and Dianne Swann. Brendan & Alison Turner will open the shows with a set of foot stomps and harmony singing, honed over years on the road with Bond Street Bridge, The Bitter Years and many other acts. Every group on tour is fronted by a couple. “We didn’t mean for this to happen. It just did,” Great North frontman Hayden Donnell says. “And when it’s right, it’s right.” The romantic pairings will be mingling on stage: Brendan Turner shows up on double bass for The Bads and Great North, while Brett Adams’ incomparable guitar and mandolin playing will feature in Great North’s sets. Only pedal steel player Matthew Hutching is not currently dating a member of the tour party.  Visit Cheese on Toast for tour dates

Around the World

SXSW: The 7 Hottest Topics In Music Tech Right Now

The music portion of South By Southwest conference in Austin, Texas officially kicked off Tuesday. Infiltrating the movie buffs and techie nerds who are in town for the film and interactive portions of the festival, are the skinny jean wearing, bead sporting, aviator donning, shaggy, smelly musicians of the world.  And of course, the leaders of the actual business side of the music industry.  Last night, 6th Street was still relatively tame as the Interactive to Music transition happened.  But, no doubt, tonight will get weird.

The first panel I attended was with the Director of Product Management at Facebook, Michael Cerda, VP of Business Development at BandPage, Chris Wiltsee, Managing Director of Walden Venture Capital, Larry Marcus and the moderator was SF MusicTech veteran, Todd Tate.

The panel seemed to meander somewhat aimlessly for the first half hour around general tech topics until someone from the audience nearly interrupted with “So what ARE the 7 hottest topics in music tech right now” (the name of this panel session) to which the room erupted in applause.  People like lists.  And they like structure.  It would have been nice if the list was displayed on the projector so the room could follow along.  But nonetheless, the 2nd half hour provided a bit more form and direction for the overflowing conference room at the Hilton hotel in downtown Austin.

Here’s What The Panel Had To Say About What’s Happening in Music Tech Right Now

1) Video

Tate started it off by referencing YouTube’s new terms of service for independent artists which Zoe Keating revealed in her blog, about how they are requiring artists to put their music on YouTube at the same time they release it anywhere else.  This prevents windowing releases – putting them on download stores like iTunes and BandCamp prior to releasing it for streaming. To which Michael Cerda of Facebook replied, “There are more places on the Internet to put video.”

And as Facebook video inches closer to YouTube’s traffic, with 3 billion views A DAY, he’s right. However, they don’t have the monetization features that YouTube offers such as Content ID or even in video annotations where artists can link to merch, tickets and downloads. And Cerda would not discuss a timeline for these updates, however he did say “we’re really just getting started.”

“YouTube is more like a library. Facebook is more about discovery. We’re building a feature set around that.” – Michael Cerda, Facebook

Larry Marcus, whose VC firm works with Pandora, SoundHound, BandPage, Jukely and others said that “you may have 2 million followers on YouTube, but you can’t actually reach those followers. It’s really important to own your fans.”

It’s true, building followers on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Spotify or any other third party service is of course important, however overnight the service could change how it operates and artists could lose access to those fans – like Facebook did with Page reach a couple years ago.

YouTube just announced yesterday, YouTube For Artists, which provides artists with tips on how to chart on Billboard, get airplay on Sirius/XM and NRJ in France.  YouTube plans to debut an analytical tool that will provide geographical viewer information to help artists route tours, a la Pandora’s Amp.

+Pandora Unveils AMP Allowing Artists To See Their Data – And It’s Awesome

Wiltsee discussed BandPage’s partnership with YouTube which now allows artists to place graphic annotations over their videos which link to merch offerings.

+Why BandPage Is Going To Be The Most Powerful Company In Music.

“One of the biggest headaches in the business right now is there’s a ton of engagement happening on Pandora, YouTube, and Spotify are the big 3.  Artists are rightly very frustrated and pushing back.  For the amount of plays we should be seeing a lot more revenue.” -Chris Wiltsee, BandPage

2) Crowd-Funding

Much of the panel’s time was spent discussing Amanda Palmer and Patreon.  And no, I didn’t guide the conversation this way.  So I’m not the only one that thinks this is revolutionizing the industry!  But all agreed that artists need to build the fan base first. Crowdfunding is not about discovering.

+Why The Patreon Acquisition of Subbable Is Important

Wiltsee advised that the traditional album campaign is outdated and doesn’t work anymore.  He said that artists need to be releasing content all the time along with bundling in exclusives and special merch so “you can continually come out with new things to engage with that fanbase.  An artist’s career is always in cycle.  It’s a perpetual cycle.

“Amanda Palmer is a multi-media star, but how many Amanda Palmers are there?  She’s figured out how to break through.” – Larry Marcus, Walden VC

“Above fan funding, artists need to have more regular conversation with their audience.  Artists shouldn’t come out and just say ‘come buy my merch or a ticket.  It’s about a conversation.  It’s about the perpetual cycle.  You’re not just merchandising, you’re engaging.”  Michael Cerda, Facebook.

3) Radio

“Artists should be demanding of Spotify and other services to promote their wares.  That’s the spot where you’re going to want to reach your fans to consume your products,” Marcus said.  Wiltsee agreed “there are fans listening to bands 800 times a month.”  But currently, artists have no way to actually connect with these fans.  Not on Pandora.  Not on YouTube.  Definitely not on Sirius/XM and not really on Spotify.

Pandora released its artist analytic tool AMP a few months back.  It was a great step forward, however, it needs to go further.  Fans should be notified (ON THE PLATFORM) when their favorite artists announce new shows.  When they release a new song.  When they launch a crowd-funding campaign.  And fine, these services SHOULD take a commission so they have skin in the game and can work WITH artists on increasing this revenue.  If 100 people in Baltimore created an Ari Herstand radio station, these 100 people should get a special notification when I announce a show in Baltimore.  There are over 600,000 people in the city, there’s no way I could find these 100 through general advertising or grass roots promo to get them out to my show.

Internet radio NEEDS to do more for artists to help connect them with their fans.  It’s a FEATURE that fans would appreciate.  A simple notification when a concert is announced in their city is not invasive.  Hurry up Pandora! Hurry up Spotify! Hurry up Rdio! Hurry up Deezer! Hurry up Apple!

+Songwriters, producers and artists use this tool to see how their royalties are performing… (sponsored)

The conversation was steered towards curated playlists versus algorithm-created playlists and Cerda said that in a blind listening test he bets he could tell you which playlist was hand-picked and which was created by an algorithm.  I’d like to see this test.

“Algorithms do a lot of things, but they don’t feel.” – Michael Cerda, Facebook.

The panel also has high hopes for what Spotify is going to do with The Echo Nest, “One of the deepest tech companies in music ever,” said Marcus.

They touched on Wonder.FM, which used to be WeAreHunted, which lists the top tracks on SoundCloud.  SoundCloud has been enjoying success under the radar and has been the favorite streaming app to integrate into new music apps, startups and existing behemoths (like Twitter), however, now that they are striking deals with the majors and starting to officially monetize, forcing them to update their course, this could all change very soon.

4) Business Models For MusicTech Companies With Copyright Reforms

“The big problem in music tech right now is that the ecosystem has been broken for many years.  If you ever tried to get funding when you’re trying to license music and sell it.  It’s nearly impossible to do.” – Larry Marcus

Marcus is very excited about the live concert subscription service Jukely (which he is an investor of), where for $25 a month you can go and see “all the concerts you want” – of those that are actually signed up to the program of course. He claims it will have a great selection and discovery element to it.  Currently it has launched in NYC, LA, San Francisco and Chicago.  Of course this program will not include the huge arena shows.  But might be a nice way to get more people out to see local and mid-level artists.

Marcus thinks that once the statutory rates for radio are updated there is going to be “the opportunity for people to invest in the space. I think you’re going to see a very exciting spreading and merging of radio and on-demand services.”

“I hope there is a shifted mindset for people who own the copyrights, the labels, to construct win-win deals.  And that’s NOT about upfront cash payments.  It’s where if the company succeeds then everyone succeeds.”  -Larry Marcus, Walden VC

However with Lucian Grainge of UMG  exclaiming that freemium, ad-supported subscription services “weren’t working for anyone except streaming services and music fans,” and Doug Morris of Sony Music saying that free music is causing the death of the music industry, don’t hold your breath that the labels will join in with Marcus’ dream anytime soon.
Read the rest of the article on Digital Music News…

 

Taite Music Prize 2015 Finalist playlist

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The Taite Music Prize 2015

Presented by: Independent Music New Zealand

Founding Partner: Recorded Music NZ

Official Partners: NZ On Air / the Taite Family

Supporting Partners: NZ Music Commission / The Australasian Performing Right Association / Native Tongue Music Publishing / NZMusic4U -Pure Capital Thinking / Media Arts Lawyers / Red Bull Studio Auckland / MOA Beer / Spy Valley Wines / McCarthy Design

Media Partners: iHeartRadio / Juice TV / Kiwi FM

IMNZ Newsletter & Charts to March 8: Could the ‘Blurred Lines’ case be overturned?

We have quite a mixed bag of news for you this week. The new music is coming thick and fast, with new songs and albums for people of all ages out now. And speaking of Thicke – a US lawyer gives his opinion on the Blurred Lines case. Recorded Music New Zealand provides some interesting insights into New Zealanders’ music buying patterns; one of the bastions of the New Zealand music industry has launched a new website; and why are the Phoenix Foundation apologising to Australia?

Week To Thursday, 5 March 2015
This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 - 1 Six60 (2) Six60 Massive gold x1
2 3 178 Six60 Six60 Massive plat x4
3 1 34 We Rise Devilskin Rhythm/DRM gold x1
4 2 28 Evergreen Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
5 7 65 Songs For Bubbas Anika Moa Rhythm/DRM
6 4 15 Live At The Powerstation Devilskin Rhythm/DRM
7 - 12 Stone And Wood Phil Doublet Quirky/DRM
8 9 77 Best So Far Katchafire Katchafire
9 14 38 Dynamite! Tami Neilson Southbound
10 6 89 Blackbird: Deluxe Edition Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM plat x1
11 8 281 Based On A True Story Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM plat x9
12 15 57 Broods EP Broods DrydenStreet
13 - 222 Kora Kora Border/DRM plat x2
14 10 33 Science & Survival I Am Giant I Am Giant
15 - 5 Back In The Day ManaLion Rhythm/DRM
16 20 40 Brightly Painted One Tiny Ruins ArchHill
17 11 73 Delta Shapeshifter Truetone gold x1
18 12 201 Dr Boondigga And The Big BW Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM plat x2
19 - 67 Whitiora Maisey Rika Border/DRM
20 - 15 Be Mine Tonight The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra Rhythm/DRM



The legendary Stebbing Recording Centre has unveiled a brand new website, and a new blog.

Stebbing Recording Centre (SRC) is New Zealand’s only full-service recording, mastering and music manufacture facility.

The Stebbing name, along with the Zodiac label and the brand’s founder Eldred Stebbing, have been an iconic part of the NZ recording industry for more than 60 years.

From its beginnings, Stebbing Recording Centre Ltd (SRC) has offered a wide range of services, and today encompasses: four purpose-built studios, a CD and DVD manufacturing plant, music labels, a range of post-production services, media preservation technologies and more. The centre works with both audio and video and outputs for traditional as well as digital formats. It is also one of only two ‘Mastered for iTunes’ Providers in the country.

Follow the Stebbing blog, and provide feedback, here. Or visit them on Facebook.

Week To Thursday, 5 March 2015
This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 2 11 So High Six60 Massive
2 1 18 Special Six60 Massive plat x1
3 - 1 Don’t Go Changing Six60 Massive
4 - 1 Stay Together Six60 Massive
5 - 1 Mother’s Eyes Six60 Massive
6 - 1 Purple Six60 Massive
7 - 1 Exhale Six60 Massive
8 - 1 White Lines Six60 Massive
9 3 8 Four Walls Broods DrydenStreet
10 9 3 Last Ones Left Six60 Massive


MUSIC REVENUE SOURCES MORE DIVERSIFIED THAN EVER
Recorded Music NZ releases wholesale figures for 2014
• Income sources are now more diversified with four income sources: physical product downloads, streaming, public performance and broadcast.
• Streaming continues to experience rapid growth and now represents 24 per cent of all recorded music wholesale revenues by format.
• Digital music now makes up 60 per cent of revenues by format.
• Vinyl album sales up more than 200 per cent on 2013 making up slightly more than $1million of revenue by format.
• Public performance and broadcast experiencing steady gradual growth year on year.
• Physical products and digital downloads remain very important revenue streams contributing $21.4million and $19.1million respectively in 2014.
Recorded Music NZ today (12 March) released its wholesale revenue figures for the New Zealand recorded music industry in 2014 and it proved another massive growth year for streaming services.
Public awareness and uptake of streaming services within NZ has grown significantly with streaming as a format claiming 15 per cent more of the overall revenue pie this year.
On the whole, digital music services still remain the number one source of revenue for rights owners accounting for 60 per cent of all music sales by format, leaving physical music products accounting for the remaining 40 per cent of the market.
Despite the increase in streaming revenue, overall income sources for record companies and recording artists are now far more diversified with four distinct income streams.
In 2014 the split was:
• Physical product, generating $21.4million
• Digital downloads, generating $19.1million
• Streaming, generating $12.7million
• Public performance and Broadcast, generating $13million
Recorded Music NZ CEO Damian Vaughan says the diversification of revenue sources reflects the diversification of audiences and the way they consume music.
“This year more than ever we have seen revenue spread near equally across multiple and very diverse sources,” Vaughan says.
“This is a direct result of fans’ ability to purchase and listen to their favourite songs in so many new varied ways – from streaming and downloads to the local record store. That makes it more important than ever for record companies and recording artists to understand who their audience is, where they are and how they are consuming music.
“We really are spoilt for choice when it comes to our options in NZ and our artists have the ability now to reach their fans in a more meaningful and targeted way.”
Further information regarding the legal music and download services available to New Zealanders can be found at www.promusic.co.nz
Overall, in 2014 the NZ Recorded Music industry saw a slight decrease of just 0.8% per cent in annual recorded music revenues.
Recorded Music NZ has previously released its end-of-year NZ Top 40 Charts results for 2014 which are summarised further if you click on the Scoop link.
Read more on Scoop.co.nz

Week To Sunday, 8 March 2015
This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 1 8 So High Six60 Massive
2 2 18 Special Six60 Massive plat x1
3 4 23 L.A.F. Broods DrydenStreet
4 3 6 Four Walls Broods DrydenStreet
5 6 4 Multi-Love Unknown Mortal Orchestra Rhythm
6 5 5 Running Anika Moa Rhythm/DRM
7 10 5 Water Underground Anthonie Tonnon Southbound
8 9 27 Transmission I Am Giant I Am Giant
9 7 36 Mother & Father Broods DrydenStreet plat x1
10 - 1 Little Pieces SJD RoundTripMars

International and Industry Action

Previous & current Taite Music Prize finalists @PEACE have announced via Facbook that the show they played on Friday night at Auckland’s Neck Of The Woods will be their last ever as they “euthanise the group”. Read more…

Devilskin go Platinum
Devilskin
 are continuing their exponential success in 2015. Devilskin’s debut album We Rise is now certified Platinum; and they’re the first ‘new artist’ in 2015 to reach this significant milestone, with sales exceeding 15,000 albums. This is an incredible feat in this new age of music, with he last NZ rock band to achieve a Platinum album being Shihad in 2013 with their album Killjoy, which took 18 years from release to hit the milestone. We Rise was released on July 11, 2014 and went straight to the top of the charts remaining as the #1 Album and #1 Kiwi Artist Album for 3 weeks and achieving gold sales after only 2 weeks. After 34 weeks, We Rise remains in the top 30. For further information visit: www.facebook.com/DevilskinNZ or www.Devilskin.co.nz

The Phoenix Foundation apologise to Australia
Dear Australia,
We owe you an apology: it’s been ages, and we’re really, really sorry. When we were last with you, we promised we’d return, never thinking it would take us this long to haul our aging bearded selves across the Tasman. Note that we say ‘this long’ – cos it won’t be any longer. We have finally made some small steps to rectify the error in our ways by hosting two show in Sydney and Melbourne in mid April. We assure this will be the first visit of many as we will be back with a new album later in the year.
Since we last visited we have released some wonderful albums such as Happy Ending, Buffalo, Fandango and last years Tom’s Lunch EP.
We do hope you will join us to listen to many of the songs from these albums and some brand new ones too. If there’s a track you really want to hear, please tweet us (@phoenixfound) and we’ll do our best to add it to our set list. It’s the least we can do, under the circumstances.
Nga mihi nui ki a koutou – see you soon,
Luke, Sam, Con, Will, Chris and Tom (The Phoenix Foundation).
THE PHOENIX FOUNDATION (we’re sorry Australia) SHOWS:
FRI 17 APRIL 2015 NEWTOWN SOCIAL CLUB, SYDNEY
https://newtownsc.ticketscout.com.au/gigs/3441
SAT 18 APRIL 2015 NORTHCOTE SOCIAL CLUB, MELBOURNE
https://corner.ticketscout.com.au/gigs/3443

On the live front

Big Nui: School has never been this cool!
Big Nui Music Fiesta returns again to Waimui School (just north of Auckland), with amazing bands, kids entertainment, food, bar and more. Bands include: The Jordan Luck Band, Modern Maori Quartet, Ekko Park, The Black Rock Descendants, Bonnie and The Oosh, Ionosphere, Nat Rose, The Miltones, the Hollowmen, Conscious Music Collective, New Gum Sarn. This is what people said about last year’s Big Nui: “The atmosphere, and the music. Beers, kids area, weather, MC, The whole day was worth every $”. “The music variety was great. The set up was very impressive. The food selection was good and the bar area was fantastic! We would definitely go again.” “Fantastic bands, good food. The school looked awesome with all the plants. It had the feel of a really well planned and professional event.” “The bands were fantastic. Bar was out of this world, and so well organised and run, and situated in an excellent position.”
Big Nui runs from 11am to 10pm this Saturday March 21st.
Get tickets here: http://www.bignui.net/

Andrew Keoghan returns to preview his second album at Auckland’s Q Theatre Loft on Friday March 27, the final show of his New Zealand tour.
Every Orchid Offering is due for release later in the year and is the product of two years of writing and recording between Auckland and New York, where Keoghan relocated in 2013. Keoghan’s 2011 debut Arctic Tales Divide was a finalist for the Taite Prize and named The New Zealand Herald’s Top Local Album that year. His follow-up is a collection of 10 songs that seek to make sense of a peripatetic existence between the US and New Zealand – in many ways it is a series of vignettes and short stories, some autobiographical, others imagined, but always very personal. The album features duets with Hollie Fullbrook (Tiny Ruins), Chelsea Nikkel (Princess Chelsea) and Claire Duncan (Dear Time’s Waste), along with contributions from some of Keoghan’s cohorts from The Ruby Suns, Phoenix Foundation and Lawrence Arabia. Andrew Keoghan album preview tour dates:http://www.andrewkeoghan.com And here’s the video preview for Better Company.

Mel Parsons returns to NZ to showcase third album ‘Drylands’. 
After dashing through the snow on a six-week North American winter tour, Fly My Pretties star and well-loved kiwi singer/songwriter Mel Parsonsis back in NZ and heads out on the road to mark the release of her new album ‘Drylands’ this April & May. Parsons will take in 22 dates from the tip to the tail of NZ starting in Auckland at the Tuning Fork on April 15th, finishing up on the Kapiti Coast on May 16th. With appearances at Woodford Folk Festival (AU), Folk Alliance International (US), WOMAD (NZ) already this year, and an upcoming Byron Bay Bluesfest (AU) show with Fly My Pretties, Two-time Tui Award finalist Parsons and her band have a dynamite live show presenting the new album, and is not to be missed. The support act for all shows is ‘Christof’ –  Dutch folk musician and a rising star of the UK folk scene.
http://www.eventfinder.co.nz/tour/2015/mel-parsons-drylands-tour

New release fanfare

Pre-Order: A Movement - Book Series
The photo-book series, A Movement is now available for pre-order! Created and compiled by A Low Hum’s Blink, the series spans New Zealand’s alternative music history from the edge of the millennium to the edge of the present. The books can be purchased as a 10 Box Set (which includes limited premium copies) or individually. There’s also an extensive release tour with screenings of the A Movement film and numerous shows throughout the country, check here for happenings near you.

Bunnies on Ponies – Baked
Here we have the latest video from Bunnies on Ponies. Gloriously subtle and very evocative, it indeed makes one want to go for a wander….‘Baked’ comes from Heat Death Of The Universe which finally arrived last night in waxy LP form! All the pre-orders will be on their way in the coming days, and  we still have a few limited edition blue vinyl pressings hanging about. If you haven’t already, you can grab a copy here. 

Anika Moa’s new video: ‘Running’ up for viewing now
Watch the brand new video for ‘Running’ 

Hot on the heels of the Tui Award-winning album Songs For Bubbas (2014) featuring the APRA-winning Children’s Song Of The Year, Anika has turned her attention back to her never departing fan base with her fifth solo studio album Queen At The Table, due for release on April 10th‘Running’, the first single to be released from the album is a bangin’ pop song, underpinned by Moa’s songwriting strength and that undeniable voice. Moa states, “It’s a bit of a break up song, about one of my mates, Ureka Roa or something….” Directed by Sally Tran, ‘Running’ was shot in Auckland and directed simultaneously from New York – the camera monitor points directly to the camera of an iPad which delivers the images to the director in New York. There is another Skype link set up on another laptop so the director can talk directly to the Director of Photography and crew.  Clever, eh? Anika Moa will be touring the new album in 2015 with co-producer Jol Mullholland. Watch this space for dates.
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JCK is Next to You
JCK releases his second single ‘Next To You’ off of his forthcoming album ‘Land Of The Wrong White Crowd’. He says, “Sorry Hip-Hop heads, this one’s EDM/Rave Rap for the normal people. LOL, what am I talking about. I don’t do normal. Anyway Happy Friday the 13th peeps. Have a geez, Like Share comment. You know what to do.”
Buy here, and listen here.

Gold Medal Famous Strike a Match
Wellington trio Gold Medal Famous have revealed a new song titled “Strike A Match”which is inspired, they tell us, by manga. Listen here on Cheese on Toast…

Sid Diamond ‘Truth Hurts’
Move the Crowd present the new single from Sid Diamond (of Smashproof)-  ’Truth Hurts’,produced by P-Money.
Listen to the song here.

Trinity Roots – Citizen
Trinity Roots follow up 2004’s  Home, Land, and Sea with their highly anticipated third studio album Citizen. A progression from their previous two albums; musically & lyrically, they have expanded their palette of colours and painted an informed snap-shot of present day NZ. With the departure of Jean Pompey, Warren Maxwell(vocals, guitar) and Rio Hemopo (bass) are joined by new drummer Ben Wood (Newtown Rocksteady, Hikoikoi Reserve, Amiria Grenell, French For Rabbits). Citizen was recorded in the new Surgery Studio with legendary producer Lee Prebble (The Black Seeds, Pheonix Foundation, Flight of the Conchords). Citizen was released Friday March 13th, and the trio have been celebrating with performances at the WOMAD festival in Taranaki, 13-15 March. Read more on Amplifier…

Lord Echo & His Melodies – Things I Like To Do 
Producer and multi-instrumentalist Mike Fabulous aka Lord Echo presents a brand new single. On the A-Side, “Things I Like To Do” is a feel good stomper with fuzzed out organ stabs, a bubbling bass, a stuttering stripped down live break and a soaring horn section. On the flip, “Long Time No See” brings in more sunshine with it’s big Boogaloo vibes – heavy on the handclaps, Latin percussion, vocal chants and blurts, and horns and flutes galore…. with just a hint of 70s Blaxploitation lurking in the background. Listen here.

Toddler Time: ‘I Can Dance’ and ‘I Can Sing’
‘I Can Dance’ and ‘I Can Sing’ are two new selections of fun songs handpicked for for pre-schoolers. With a variety of instruments, singers and musical styles, these CDs are enjoyable listening for all the family. Proudly produced and made in New Zealand by respected label Universal Children’s Audio.
I Can Dance
I Can Sing

Around the World

Wallace Collins: Why The “Blurred Lines” Case Could Be Overturned…
From Digital Music News

Wallace Collins is an entertainment and intellectual property lawyer based in New York. He has been in the business for over 30 years. Prior to this he was an Epic Records recording artist.  In this post (originally posted on his blog) he explains why the “Blurred Lines” decision could be overturned.

As a copyright lawyer, it is my opinion that this decision will be overturned on appeal.

The genre or musical style of a song is not protectable under copyright law – the lyrics and the melody are, but that was not the allegation in this case.

The claim here was that defendants copied the style of the Marvin Gaye song, and I do not believe that the jury’s decision would be upheld on appeal as a matter of copyright law (although a jury might not understand that concept).

To date, this is the only copyright infringement lawsuit ever in which no melody, harmony, rhythm or lyrics were copied. The “that songs reminds me of another song” threshold would be a new legal standard.

If this is the new threshold for copyright infringement, a lot of modern artists (like Bruno Mars) and 60s British artists (from the Beatles to Led Zeppelin) could be in trouble!

See case info here: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/blurred-lines-jury-orders-robin-779445

Read more on Digital Music News…

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