Taite Music Prize

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The Phoenix Foundation – Fandango (The Phoenix Foundation/Universal)

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – II (Rhythmethod)

Beastwars ‘Blood Becomes Fire’ (Destroy Records)

Sheep, Dog & Wolf – Egospect (Lil’Chief Records)

David Dallas – Falling Into Place (Frequency Media Group)

Jonathan Bree – The Primrose Path (Lil’ Chief Records)

 

Press Release:  Wednesday February 19th 2014

The Taite Music Prize: Announcing The Finalists

The finalists for the Taite Music Prize 2014 have now been confirmed.

Named after the late Dylan Taite, one of the country’s most highly respected music journalists, this will be the fifth year for the award.  The Taite Music Prize’s purpose is to recognise outstanding creativity for an entire collection of music contained on one album.

The winner will receive a cash prize of $10,000, to be spent as they wish.  The cash prize is kindly supplied by Recorded Music NZ.
The winner will also receive free recording time at Red Bull Studios and a year’s supply of Red Bull Product.

This year’s finalists, from a lengthy list of nominations submitted by record labels both independent and major from across the country, are:

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – ‘II’ (Rhythmethod)
Beastwars – ‘Blood Becomes Fire’ (Destroy Records)
Sheep Dog & Wolf – ‘Egospect’ (Lil’ Chief Records)
The Phoenix Foundation – ‘Fandango’ (The Phoenix Foundation/Universal)
David Dallas – ‘Falling Into Place’ (Frequency Media Group/Universal)
@peace – ‘Girl Songs’ (Frequency Media Group/Universal)
Lorde – ‘Pure Heroine’ (Universal Music New Zealand)
Jonathan Bree – ‘The Primrose Path’ (Lil’ Chief Records)

The voting panel to determine the finalists was made up of a broad section of music media/industry specialists alongside all current members of Independent Music New Zealand (IMNZ).  There will be a second round of judging by a selected music panel to decide the overall winner.
The judges will make their decision based entirely on the artistic merit of the album(s).
Sales, genres, artist recognition or popularity are not contributing factors in their decision-making process.

The selected finalist music panel for 2014 is made up of the following persons:

Finalist Judging Panel for Taite Music Prize 2014
- Gary Steel (Metro writer, free-range journalist)
- T’Nealle Joie (The Darkroom / The Last Word)
- Grant Smithies (Sunday Star Times)
- Pennie Blair (Operations Manager, 95bFM)
- Sandra Hopping (IMNZ member / Ode Records)
- Vicky Blood (Chairperson, NZ Music Commission)
- Jon Bywater (Senior Lecturer, Critical Studies, Elam School of Fine Arts / Auckland University)
- Duncan Greive (freelance journalist)
- Aroha Harawira (DJ, George FM)
- Andre Upston (Producer, Radio New Zealand)
- 11th Man – John Taite (BBC America)

Christy Whelan, Chairperson of IMNZ says, “Creating, producing and promoting the Taite Music Prize, a music award that recognises and rewards the artistic
value of a great New Zealand album, is at the heart of IMNZ’s core values and we are very proud to celebrate all of the album finalists this year.
However, only one artist will grasp the trophy with both hands this year and I look forward now to hearing the judges decision.”

Damian Vaughan, CEO of Recorded Music NZ – Official Partner of the Taite Music Prize said this afternoon, “I’m excited by the phenomenal talent in the shortlist.
Once again the Taite Music Prize showcases the depth of quality albums released here in NZ.”

The overall award winner will be announced on Wednesday the 16th of April at an invitation-only event at Galatos Live in Auckland’s central city.

The ceremony will include live performances from last year’s Taite Music Prize winner SJD and another artist who is yet-to-be-announced.

Also to be presented at the event is the Independent Music NZ Classic Record award, acknowledging a defining NZ record from our yesteryear.  Last year’s recipient was the GORDONS – ‘GORDONS’. The ‘Independent Music NZ Classic Record’ aims to acknowledge New Zealand’s rich history of making fine albums that continue to inspire us and define who we are.

The panel to determine the recipient of this award was made up of a broad section of music media/industry specialists, who have given the nod in 2014 to the ‘AK.79’ compilation album (Ripper Records, RPR1, December 1979) as one of NZ’s classic records. The award is scheduled to be presented by Kerry Buchanan (The Terrorways) and will be accepted by Ripper Records head Bryan Staff.

When told of the news this week, Bryan Staff said: “That’s fantastic! Dylan Taite was a friend whom I respected so this is a great honour.”

Duncan Grieve, freelance journalist and judging panel member said: “’I met her outside the IGA/ True Love works in funny ways’ is well-known to be the finest in New Zealand songwriting history, and one of the many splendours AK.79 contains. It’s a collection of scrappy DIY pop, which feels like the first unified and exuberant shot from a rising young generation determined to make themselves heard. That sense of empowerment shines through every one of these sometimes derivative, often shambolic, always deeply felt recordings.”

“AK.79 – a riff-happy thrill-athon that is far and away the best local punk compilation this country has produced…Underneath the obvious aggression of these songs you can hear pure joy – the sound of working class New Zealand youth, who were bored to death with the flabby indulgences of prog rock, bursting forth with a rude, rowdy and exciting pop music of their own. As it says in the liner notes ‘…each song nails down a moment during what was a hot time for New Zealand rock’n’roll’.” – Grant Smithies, Soundtracks: 118 Great New Zealand Albums (2007)

“Musically quite brilliant in (many) places and truly iconic, AK.79 is a tribute – not only to the bands who played in the scene – but also to the vision of Bryan Staff, without whom, much of this music and history would have been lost.” – Simon Grigg

For a full history of the making of the AK.79 album, head over to Audio Culture. http://www.audioculture.co.nz/scenes/ak79-short-haired-rock-n-roll-in-the-queen-city

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(L-R) AK.79 album cover, designed by Terence Hogan / Bryan Staff, head of Ripper Records / poster advertising for AK.79

The Taite Music Prize 2014:
Named after the late Dylan Taite, one of the country’s most highly respected music journalists, this will be the fifth year for the award.  In a similar vein to several international awards, The Taite Music Prize’s purpose is to recognise outstanding creativity for an entire collection of music contained on one album.  
The winner will receive a cash prize of $10,000, to be spent as they wish.
  The cash prize is kindly supplied by Recorded Music NZ.
The winner will also receive free recording time at Red Bull Studios and a year’s supply of Red Bull product.

Acknowledging originality, creativity and musicianship regardless of sales figures or genre, The Taite Music Prize was established to champion the finest release by a New Zealand artist or group – the previous winners have all been excellent albums that demonstrate these criteria well.

The finalist albums will be selected by votes from all IMNZ members and a selected judging group – comprising musicians, record label representatives, music journalists and radio staff.  There will be a secondary group of ten music judges that will decide the overall winner.

The judges will make their decision based entirely on the music on the finalist albums.  Sales, genres, artist recognition or popularity are not contributing factors in their decision making process.  The winner will then be announced at a presentation in Auckland on 16th April 2014.
The event will be live-streamed to the public via NZ Herald Online.

More information can be found on the wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taite_Music_Prize

The Taite Music Prize
Presented by:
Independent Music New Zealand (IMNZ)
Official Partners:
Recorded Music NZ / NZ On Air (NZOA) / the Taite Family
Supporting Partners:
NZ Music Commission / The Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) / Native Tongue Music Publishing / Jagermeister / Red Bull / MOA Beer / Spy Valley Wines
Media Partners:
NZ Herald Online / Juice TV / Kiwi FM

Previous winners are:
2010 – Lawrence Arabia ‘Chant Darling’ (Honorary Bedouin Records)
2011 – Ladi6 – ‘The Liberation Of’ (Question? Music)
2012 – Unknown Mortal Orchestra – ‘Unknown Mortal Orchestra’ (Seeing Records)
2013 – SJD – ‘Elastic Wasteland’ (Round Trip Mars)

Press Release – Tuesday 3rd December 2013

The Taite Music Prize: in search of this year’s finest New Zealand album

Independent Music NZ are very excited to announce that nominations are now open for the Taite Music Prize 2014.

Named after the late Dylan Taite, one of the country’s most highly respected music journalists, this will be the fifth year for the award. The Taite Music Prize’s purpose is to recognise outstanding creativity for an entire collection of music contained on one album. The winner will receive a cash prize of $10,000, to be spent as they wish. The cash prize is kindly supplied by Recorded Music NZ. Additionally through the support of Red Bull, the winner receives gratis recording time at Red Bull Studios and a year’s supply of Red Bull.

Acknowledging originality, creativity and musicianship regardless of sales figures or genre, The Taite Music Prize was established to champion the finest release by a New Zealand artist or group – the previous winners have all been excellent albums that demonstrate these criteria well.

The shortlisted finalist albums will be selected by votes from all current IMNZ members alongside an invited group comprising musicians, record label representatives, music journalists and radio staff. The shortlisted albums will then be subjected to a secondary round of judging by a group of ten music judges who will collectively decide the overall winner of the Taite Music Prize.

The judges will make their decision based entirely on the music on the finalist albums. Sales, genres, artist recognition or popularity are not contributing factors in their decision making process. The winner will then be announced at a presentation in Auckland on 16th April 2014. The ceremony will also include the award presentation of this year’s Independent Music NZ Classic Record, which acknowledges New Zealand’s rich history of making fine albums that continue to inspire us and define who we are. This award is also determined by this year’s judging panel, which is made up of a broad section of music media/industry specialists. Last year’s panel gave the nod to the GORDONS – ‘GORDONS’ album as one of NZ’s classic records.

The event will be live-streamed to the public via NZ Herald Online and filmed for later broadcast by Juice TV.

Any New Zealand album released during 2013 is eligible for nomination for the Taite Music Prize 2014. For more detail on specific eligibility and nomination forms please visit: http://www.indies.co.nz. Nominations close 5.00pm on 21st January 2014.

The Taite Music Prize

Presented by:

Independent Music New Zealand (IMNZ)

Official Partners:

Recorded Music NZ / NZ On Air (NZOA) / the Taite Family

Supporting Partners:

NZ Music Commission / The Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) / Native Tongue Music Publishing / Jagermeister / Red Bull / MOA Beer / Spy Valley Wines / McCarthy Design

Media Partners:

NZ Herald Online / Juice TV / Kiwi FM

Previous winners are:

2010 – Lawrence Arabia ‘Chant Darling’ (Honorary Bedouin Records)

2011 – Ladi6 – The Liberation Of (What? Music)

2012 – Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Unknown Mortal Orchestra (Seeing Records)

2013 – SJD ‘Elastic Wasteland’ (Round Trip Mars)

RBS_LOGO_BKONWHITE_AUCKLANDAbout the Red Bull Studio - Nestled in the heart of Auckland City is the Red Bull Studio. The recording and production facility is the perfect space to explore New Zealand’s musical potential and aims to be a platform for growth in the ever vibrant local music scene, providing access for a range of local and international musical talent. As well as documenting the creative process the studio hosts a series of development projects, features, news stories and video content from all studio artists.

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Taite Music Prize 2013

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The finalists for the Taite Music Prize 2013 have now been confirmed. Named after the late Dylan Taite, one of the country’s most highly respected music journalists, this will be the fourth year for the award. The Taite Music Prize’s purpose is to recognise outstanding creativity for an entire collection of music contained on one album. The winner will receive a cash prize of $10,000, to be spent as they wish. The cash prize is kindly supplied by PPNZ Music Licensing. Additionally through the support of Red Bull, the winner receives gratis recording time at Red Bull Studios and a year’s supply of Red Bull. This years finalists, from a lengthy list of nominations submitted by record labels both independent and major from across the country, are:

@Peace – @Peace (Frequency Media Group)
Aaradhna – Treble & Reverb (Frequency Media Group)
Collapsing Cities – Strangers Again (Pastel Pistol)

Home Brew – Home Brew (Young Gifted & Broke / Frequency Media Group)
Lawrence Arabia – The Sparrow (Honorary Bedouin)
OPOSSOM – Electric Hawaii (CRS Records)
SJD – Elastic Wasteland (Round Trip Mars)

Listen to the finalists on the Taite Music Prize 2013 playlist on Spotify.

The voting panel to determine the finalists was made up of a broad section of music media/industry specialists alongside all current members of Independent Music New Zealand (IMNZ). There will be a second round of judging by a selected music panel to decide the eventual winner. The judges will make their decision based entirely on the artistic merit of the album(s). Sales, genres, artist recognition or popularity are not contributing factors in their decision-making process. The selected music panel for 2013 is made up of the following persons:

Finalist Judging Panel for Taite Music Prize 2013
Gary Steel (Metro writer, freerange journalist)
Grant Smithies (Sunday Star Times)
Jan Hellriegel (IMNZ member / Native Tongue Music Publishing)
Lydia Jenkin (NZ Herald Entertainment)
Damian Vaughan (NZ Licensing Manager, APRA)
Leonie Hayden (Editor, RipItUp)
Murray Cammick (freelance DJ / music doyen)
Nick Atkinson (The Music Mix / Radio NZ)
Ren Kirk (Editor, theaudience.co.nz)
Sandra Hopping (IMNZ member/ Ode Records)
11th Man John Taite (BBC America)

Acknowledging originality, creativity and musicianship regardless of sales figures or genre, The Taite Music Prize was established to champion the finest release by a New Zealand artist or group – the previous winners have all been excellent albums that demonstrate these criteria well.

In addition to the cash prize for the winning album, both the winner and the nominated artists experience huge surges in sales and media exposure immediately preceding the announcements and for some time afterwards.

The Taite Music Prize aims to support the growth and increasing sustainability of the local NZ music industry in drawing attention to the creative output of NZ artists.

The nominated finalist albums will be selected by votes from all IMNZ members and a thirty person judging group – comprising musicians, record label representatives, music journalists and radio staff. There will then be a secondary group of ten music judges that will decide the overall winner.

The judges will make their decision based entirely on the music on the finalist albums. Sales, genres, artist recognition or popularity are not contributing factors in their decision making process. The winner will then be announced at a presentation in Auckland on 17th April 2013. The event will be live-streamed to the public via the NZ Herald Online.

Any New Zealand album released during 2012 is eligible for nomination for the Taite Music Prize 2013. For more detail on eligibility and nomination forms please click through.

Nominations closed on 21stJanuary 2013.

In 2013, IMNZ is proud to announce a new award to be presented at this year’s Taite Music Prize  event. The ceremony is to include the ‘Independent Music NZ Classic Record’, which is a new award that aims to acknowledge New Zealand’s rich history of making fine albums that continue to inspire us and that also define who we are.

The panel to determine the recipient of this new award was made up of a broad section of music media/industry specialists, who have given the nod in 2013 to the GORDONS – ‘GORDONS’ album as one of NZ’s classic records. The award is scheduled to be presented by Shayne Carter and will be accepted by band member John Halvorsen.

When told of the news, John Halvorsen said: “I’m shocked. I feel grateful to be acknowledged after all these years by the industry – it’s our first ever award. I’m humbled and grateful.”

Talking about the first ‘Independent Music NZ Classic Record’ recipient, finalist judge Grant Smithies said: “…this first Gordons record remains unsurpassed for its nasty beauty, its ice-cold pessimism and white-hot intensity.” – Grant Smithies, Soundtracks: 118 Great New Zealand Albums (2007)

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The Taite Music Prize

Presented by:

Independent Music New Zealand (IMNZ)

Official Partners:

PPNZ Music Licensing / NZ On Air (NZOA) / the Taite Family

Supporting Partners:

NZ Music Commission / The Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) / Native Tongue Music Publishing / Jagermeister / Red Bull / MOA Beer

Media Partners:

NZ Herald Online / Kiwi FM

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RBS_LOGO_BKONWHITE_AUCKLANDAbout the Red Bull Studio – Nestled in the heart of Auckland City is the Red Bull Studio. The recording and production facility is the perfect space to explore New Zealand’s musical potential and aims to be a platform for growth in the ever vibrant local music scene, providing access for a range of local and international musical talent. As well as documenting the creative process the studio hosts a series of development projects, features, news stories and video content from all studio artists.

 

Taite Music Prize 2013

@Peace – @Peace (Frequency Media Group)

Aaradhna – Treble & Reverb (Frequency Media Group)

Home Brew – Home Brew (Young Gifted & Broke / Frequency Media Group)

SJD – Elastic Wasteland (Round Trip Mars) WINNER 2013

Collapsing Cities – Strangers Again (Pastel Pistol)

Lawrence Arabia – The Sparrow (Honorary Bedouin)

OPOSSOM – Electric Hawaii (CRS Records)

Previous winners of the Taite Music Prize:

2010 – Lawrence Arabia ‘Chant Darling’ (Honorary Bedouin Records)

2011 – Ladi6 – The Liberation Of (What? Music)

2012 – Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Unknown Mortal Orchestra (Seeing Records)

Taite Music Prize (all previous finalists)

Taite Music Prize 2010

The Checks – Alice by the Moon (self-released)

David Dallas – Something Awesome (Dirty Records)

Kerretta – Vilayer (Midium Records)

Shapeshifter – The System Is A Vampire (Truetone)

Lawrence Arabia – Chant Darling (Honorary Bedouin Records) winner 2010

James Milne aka Lawrence Arabia: “I was totally chuffed to receive the Taite. It’s a rather perfect way of commemorating such a true character of the music community here in NZ, and I’m delighted to have any part of it whatsoever. I am pretty interested in seeing who’s going to be nominated this year, too.”

Taite Music Prize 2011

Dudley Benson – Forest: Songs by Hirini Melbourne (Golden Retriever Records)

Connan Mockasin – Please Turn Me Into the Snat (Self Released)

Julia Deans – Modern Fables (Tardus Music)

The Naked and Famous – Passive Me, Aggressive You (Somewhat Damaged)

The Phoenix Foundation – Buffalo (The Phoenix Foundation)

Street Chant – Means (Arch Hill Recordings)

Die! Die! Die! – Form (Flying Nun Records)

Ladi6 – The Liberation Of (What? Music) winner 2011

Karoline Tamati AKA Ladi6: “winning the Taite Music Prize is such an honour as it is judged on true creativity and innovation, and both of these things are attributes in our music that we hope to always strive for. We are proud and honoured recipients, and hope always to push the envelope and progress creatively and artistically in our music. We hope to always make music listeners in New Zealand proud of us, and to always stand a little left of centre the way Dylan himself would have liked.” She adds that she and her collaborators will use the prize money “wisely, beginning with the 6-7 month European/UK touring and album release that we are embarking on as of today!”

Taite Music Prize 2012

Andrew Keoghan – Arctic Tales Divide (Brave Beluga Records)

Beastwars – Beastwars (Destroy Records)

David Dallas – The Rose Tint (Dirty Records)

She’s So Rad – In Circles (Round Trip Mars)

The Bats – Free All The Monsters (Flying Nun Records)

Tiny Ruins – Some Were Meant For Sea (Spunk Records)

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Unknown Mortal Orchestra (Seeing Records) winner 2012

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