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NZMM: Artists on Wellington Music – Matt Hyde/Beastwars

We’ve been checking in with some local artists, writers & critics to get their thoughts on what makes the Wellington Music scene unique, and to get their take on some of their favourite Wellington sounds. You can check out some older posts from critics Nick Bollinger, & Grant Smithies, Blue Smoke writer Chris Bourke, and musicians Samuel Flynn Scott & Alistair Fraser, but since it is New Zealand Music Month we thought we would check in with some more people over the course of May.

Whether offering an opinion on the uniqueness or elusive qualities that make up Wellington music, or just some of their favourite albums, the most important thing is the music itself, and we hope these posts lead you back to some favourite albums, or help you to discover something new.

Up today is Matt Hyde, lead singer of acclaimed local metal band Beastwars

I’m not so sure wellington’s music is unique…but its geographic position is, and that’s why I love to make music here especially in the winter. I love the southerly wind and rain. The Rimutaka and Orongorongo Ranges also really speak to me, we have a great view of them from our house, I think people kind of forget how amazing our landscape is in Wellington.
Here are some links to Wellington bands I dig:

Full Moon Fiasco

Flesh D-vice [Check out the compilation ‘Flaming Soul’ here]

The All Seeing Hand

Shocking and Stunning

Von Thundervolts

You can buy some Beastwars music on Bandcamp HERE.


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