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    NZMM: Favourite Wellington Music Moment – Flo Wilson

    23.05.18 | Permalink | Comment? | By

    For NZ Music Month the last couple of years, we asked bands/artists for a favourite memory of making music in Wellington.

    It could involve a favourite gig, a funny story from the recording studio, a moment that led to the inspiration for a song, the fond recollection of a defunct venue, or the piece of music or lyric that they were most proud of creating.

    We really enjoyed the stories people told us, so we are doing it again this year.

    Next up is Flo Wilson.

    One of my favourite memories of Wellington music was now destroyed Munki Studios; it was a concrete building off Taranaki St run by Mike Gibson that was formerly run by the NZ Secret Service. My favourite part of that space was walking into the drum room which was once the vault! You felt like you were performing in history. Mike was also one of the only male studio engineers I’d come across in my early years as a musician who also pointed out blatant sexism/ gendering of studio equipment. Awesome guy!


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    NZMM: Favourite Wellington Music Moment – Ghost Who Walks

    21.05.18 | Permalink | Comment? | By

    For NZ Music Month the last couple of years, we asked bands/artists for a favourite memory of making music in Wellington.

    It could involve a favourite gig, a funny story from the recording studio, a moment that led to the inspiration for a song, the fond recollection of a defunct venue, or the piece of music or lyric that they were most proud of creating.

    We really enjoyed the stories people told us, so we are doing it again this year.

    Next up is Ghost Who Walks.

    I remember headlining a gig at Bad Grannies with Free the Cats and the Dead Zephyrs in January of last year with Josh Brown on drums, Kirill Podzorov on keys, and Joeseph Bulbilia on bass. The place was pumping, had a great atmosphere you know, when I happened to notice none other than Neil Billington had popped in to join us for a tune or two. So we invited him up on stage and preceeded to have to this day one of the best jam sessions I’ve been involved in. The place went nuts. It was a great honour to share the stage with a top player like Neil. A great memory.


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    NZMM: Favourite Wellington Music Moment – Charlotte Yates

    17.05.18 | Permalink | Comment? | By

    For NZ Music Month the last couple of years, we asked bands/artists for a favourite memory of making music in Wellington.

    It could involve a favourite gig, a funny story from the recording studio, a moment that led to the inspiration for a song, the fond recollection of a defunct venue, or the piece of music or lyric that they were most proud of creating.

    We really enjoyed the stories people told us, so we are doing it again this year.

    Next up is Charlotte Yates.

    I’m playing a show at the Third Eye in Arthur St on the 19th. Now a brewery ( downstairs) /venue ( upstairs) but way back, it was the studio and rehearsal space for Wellington alt-jazzsters the Six Volts, three of whom who ultimately morphed into the film composing phenomenon Plan 9. Downstairs was a picture framing business, Exhibit A owned by the tolerant and music loving Dave Strauss. There was one green telephone in the building ( downstairs). The Volts’ rehearsal space was used by many local musos and dustily full of eclectic instruments and band gear. The wooden stairs was grooved by eons of feet clambering up. When the phone rang for anyone but the picture framer, he would gamely trudge up the stairs, open the rehearsal room door and wordlessly thrust a large cardboard sign with the relevant musician’s name on it to take the call. How it all worked relatively painlessly for so long its hard to fathom, but pre cell phones and digital workstations, downloads and instagram, it was a convivial place to learn the trade of ‘band’.


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    New Album: Raw Collective

    15.05.18 | Permalink | Comment? | By

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘New Album’ is where a band or artist answers some questions about their latest release. Up next is Rory from Raw Collective, who have just released their full-length debut album ‘For The Ancients’.

    When/where was the new album recorded?
    In Wellington, in our home studio. With a trusted vocal booth, and our combined equipment, we recorded the album, one track at a time, over months.

    Who produced/engineered the album? How did the tracks come together in the studio, or at home?
    The album was mixed by Jason Erskine, and Mastered by Mike Gibson. We got the best we could find in town to the engineering, it paid off.

    How did the songwriting happen? Are there any overall themes within the songs/album?
    Myself (Raw Deezy) produce the tracks, co written with Pauly Lowe, then the band record/write their parts. The theme of the album is ancient megaliths, the cosmos and psychology, our three favourite topics!

    Were you going for a different sound/approach on this album?
    This album is just the cream of the crop, from all the demos and different songs we’ve performed over the years. We wanted to bring all the different genres from all the members into the mix, so that was the approach, but keeping the hip-hop skeleton.

    Was there any specific gear you used to capture that?
    Nothing specific, however, mixing the live drum kit with sampled hip-hop kicks and snares, gave us a mix of live band with beats we wanted.

    Is there a particular single/track that you feel captures the essence of the album?
    ‘Pictures’. This is our next single, I love it because it’s a sound we’ve created by mashing up all our favourite bits from different genres, we’ve invented our own style of hip-hop with this one.

    Is there a physical copy available? If not which digital platforms is it available on?
    Records are arriving in a few weeks, otherwise its a digital release. It will be available on every digital platform on May 14th!

    Are you working on a video/videos for any of the songs? Are you doing any gigs or promotion for its release?
    Yes, we just released a video single “Waterproof Coat’ and plan on releasing two more. We want to take this album all over NZ, starting with live shows Wellington May 25th and Auckland June 29th, more dates to be released.


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    NZMM: Favourite Wellington Music Moment – Transistor

    14.05.18 | Permalink | Comment? | By

    For NZ Music Month the last couple of years, we asked bands/artists for a favourite memory of making music in Wellington.

    It could involve a favourite gig, a funny story from the recording studio, a moment that led to the inspiration for a song, the fond recollection of a defunct venue, or the piece of music or lyric that they were most proud of creating.

    We really enjoyed the stories people told us, so we are doing it again this year.

    Next up is Lochie from Transistor.

    One great memory that always sticks with me is when we had the massive honour of supporting Black Mountain (Canadian psych band), alongside Dave Weir, at the amazing Bodega Bar back in 2016. It was one of our first gigs funnily enough, and we were completely terrified by it all at that point. To us, Black Mountain are this legendary band that you watch on KEXP and listen to on record, and to see them setting up for soundcheck and all that was completely surreal. That night taught us a bunch of great lessons, one being that you don’t have to be stuck up and act overly important to be a successful artist (if that makes any sense). They were all insanely welcoming and kind to us, when they didn’t have to be at all, and they played the best set ever to a packed out amazing venue. It was a massive eye opener to see how relaxed and professional everyone was that night.


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    The Eighth Note/New Album: Bloodshot

    11.05.18 | Permalink | Comment? | By

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘The Eighth Note’ is 8 quick Questions with Wellington Musicians, and ‘New Album’ is where a band or artist answers some questions about their latest release.

    It’s a chance for us to catch up with people & see what they’re up to, or introduce you to a new musician/band and their music.

    Today’s guest’s are Bloodshot, who have just released their debut full-length album ‘Pull the Plug’.

    Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
    We are Bloodshot. A Metal-core band from Wellington, New Zealand.
    With inspirations from the likes of: Bring Me The Horizon, Crown The Empire, Northlane, Issues, Periphery, TesseracT, and many more.

    What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
    We’ve just released an 11 song album but have also written an EP’s worth of new songs in the mean time.

    When/where was the new album recorded?
    Our Debut Album ” Pull the Plug” was recorded a few locations, first we tried recording in a studio which we weren’t really vibing with. So we decided to go back to our rhehersal space which just so happened to have a high arched ceiling which gave the room very nice acoustics to work with. So that was all mainly recording for the drums. Everything else was done at the kitchen table apart from vocals which happened in Jesse’s bedroom with a couple of mattresses for sound dampening. We probably started the process January/February 2017 mucking around with ideas. Officially starting in mid April 2017 then finishing after a number of hurdles late April 2018.

    Who produced/engineered the album? How did the tracks come together in the studio, or at home?
    Bloodshot and Doug Thimbleby ( Jesse’s dad ) Produced and engineered the album. Doug doing about 90% of the work with us just feeding our input to him. The tracks on the album came together over a long time. Some dating back to 2013 with the most recent being written early 2017.

    How did the songwriting happen? Are there any overall themes within the songs/album?
    For the most part idea’s struck us when-ever inspiration hit and we wrote from there. There were times however where one of us would be listening and think ” I want to have a song like that”, then we’d go away with that for inspiration and write something. As for the lyrical sides of things, Tyler wrote the majority with Jesse writing lyrics to 3 of the 11 songs. We write lyrics to what ever is going through our mind at the time or if something significant has a big enough impact on us that we feel we need to write about it.

    Were you going for a different sound/approach on this album?
    Most definitely. We wanted this album to sound a lot more like the music we listen to. Both in writing and production. Taking this approach definitely is what caused us to take longer than expected with the production. Something BIG that was a hurdle for us was going from Digital to Analog. We tried bouncing our finished songs on to a 2 track Otari Mx5050 Reel to Reel to capture, the “analog goodness” we heard so much about. But that “goodness” ended up being a detrimental high frequency harshness once back from mastering and had also “slammed” the audio before it even got the chance to have compression put on it.

    Was there any specific gear you used to capture that?
    Not any specific gear to say. But I guess the closest would be Fractal Audio’s Axe Fx Ultra Guitar Processor / Effects unit. With a lot modern bands using it, it was definitely helpful to create a more modern tone with ease.

    Is there a particular single/track that you feel captures the essence of the album?
    I wouldn’t say there is but I guess our most dynamic song is our last track
    ‘Peripheral’.

    Is there a physical copy available? If not which digital platforms is it available on?
    There are a limited edition of 200 physical copies available. As for digital platforms it will be on everything: Spotify, YouTube, SoundCloud, Bandcamp, iTunes, Googleplay, Amazon, etc.

    Are you working on a video/videos for any of the songs? Are you doing any gigs or promotion for its release?
    We’re definitely working on videos for this album. Which I can’t say too much about but they’re going to be sick! We are doing a show on the 11th of May as our official album release and a lot of promotion within the next coming months!

    Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music?
    Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter and Snapchat are the main forms of contact for us.

    What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
    Bring Me The Horizon – Sempiternal
    Crown The Empire – The Fallout
    Periphery – Select Difficulty

    Which other Wellington musician (s) would you most like to work with?
    Of Blackest Oceans, Order of Diptera, Claemus, Black Water, Curlys Jewels, Mishap, Pale Lady, Kairillion Theory, Horizon A.D. There’s so many to list but definite Of Blackest Oceans.

    What’s your favourite Wellington venue to play in?
    Valhalla !!! It’s like a second home for us haha.

    In your songwriting or composing (or the band’s songwriting) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
    Tyler or Jesse normally come to practice with an idea show the band and we just collectively build on it from there until we’re happy with it

    Where/when is your next gig?
    May 11th – Lower Hutt – The Angus Inn – Free Entry – 8pm.


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    The Eighth Note: Namesake

    11.05.18 | Permalink | Comment? | By

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘The Eighth Note’ is 8 quick Questions with Wellington Musicians.

    A chance for us to catch up with people & see what they’re up to, or introduce you to a new musician/band and their music.

    Today’s guest are female emo-pop trio Namesake.

    Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music.
    Kia ora! We are namesake, low-fi indie emo-pop, bit sad but having fun.

    What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
    We have released a chill little demo recently from an old version of the band. We are doing some recording this Sunday and hopefully will have some more music out in the middle of the year.

    What is the best place people can follow you or find your music?
    We have a Bandcamp, Instagram and Facebook 🙂

    What were the three most influential albums to you growing up?
    Avril Lavigne – Let Go
    Bic Runga – Drive
    Destiny’s Child – Survivor

    Which other Wellington musician(s) would you most like to work with?
    Womb / Bad Friend / Alexa Casino

    What is your favourite Wellington Venue to play in?
    We love playing chill shows at our friends nice houses, also Caroline is always fun.

    In your songwriting or composing (or the band’s songwriting) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
    Usually someone will bring something they have been working on to practice and we go from there, also a big fan of just exploring a feeling and letting that direct the way the song takes shape.

    When/ where is your next gig?
    We are playing with Carb on Carb in May! We love them, very excited.


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    Digital Pick: Nicole Andrews

    10.05.18 | Permalink | Comment? | By

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘Digital Pick’ is a new feature where we highlight a new (or old) album that is only available on one of the digital platforms like Bandcamp, iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music or Soundcloud. Up first is Nicole Andrews, who has just released sophomore album, ‘A Stranger’.

    Nicole Andrews is a self-taught pianist from Portland Oregon, now based in New Wellington. Her first album In The Shallows was released in 2015 and was a piano based female-centric album of strong compositions that garnered positive reviews (“Simple, stripped back, yet incredibly solid”, NZ Musician Magazine and “for those who like their femininity fierce and fearless”, The Listener Magazine).
    New album ‘A Stranger’, was Produced and engineered by Thomas Voyce (Rhombus), who engineered the piano on her first album along with some programming. This time the two of them play everything, with the exception of a small string section on some tracks, with the compositions on the new album all created on a Prophet 6 synthesizer, in a deliberate shift to broaden her musical palette and shift in a more electronic direction.
    None of this would matter much if the songs themselves didn’t hold up, but it is an even stronger set of compositions than her debut. The rawer edge of the electronic backing provides a backdrop for a set of songs with a much darker feel, letting her fully explore the rough edges of regret, loss and anger that play out through the tracks. An album that definitely works as a whole suite (008 and 004 being purely instrumental tracks) but ‘Beg for More’ ‘Echo’ & ‘Bass Player’ are definite high points.


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    NZMM: Favourite Wellington Music Moment – April Fish

    09.05.18 | Permalink | Comment? | By

    For NZ Music Month the last couple of years, we asked bands/artists for a favourite memory of making music in Wellington.

    It could involve a favourite gig, a funny story from the recording studio, a moment that led to the inspiration for a song, the fond recollection of a defunct venue, or the piece of music or lyric that they were most proud of creating.

    We really enjoyed the stories people told us, so we are doing it again this year.

    Up next is Katie from April Fish.

    Our first “gig” was at Wellington’s 2010 Musicircus, where over 100 performers gathered to play at the same time. It was a total wall of sound but we pretended to play actual songs while people walked past pretending they could hear us. They asked for our band name – I vetoed John’s suggestions which all sounded like Transformers and suggested April Fish instead. It stuck.


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    NZMM: Favourite Wellington Music Moment – Yayné

    08.05.18 | Permalink | Comment? | By

    For NZ Music Month the last couple of years, we asked bands/artists for a favourite memory of making music in Wellington.

    It could involve a favourite gig, a funny story from the recording studio, a moment that led to the inspiration for a song, the fond recollection of a defunct venue, or the piece of music or lyric that they were most proud of creating.

    We really enjoyed the stories people told us, so we are doing it again this year.

    Up next is Neo-Soul singer Yayné.

    “One of my favourite memories would be playing at The Performance Arcade with my keys player Leo Coghini, right along the waterfront on a beautiful sunny Sunday afternoon. The vibe was just right and everyone there was really tuned in, there was a really cool energy exchange between me and the audience.”


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