Access All Areas
A backstage pass to current musical issues.
Seasoned industry insider Trevor Reekie dodges past security to get to the heart of industry trends and happenings, pinning down the people with the good oil on the current state of the music biz, and where it might be going, as well as occasional glances over the shoulder to see how we got here.
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Downloaded - Napster ( 15′ 11″ )
Napster is arguably the company that started the digital music revolution. A new documentary Downloaded charts the rise and fall of this peer-to-peer music service, from its first strokes of code in 1998 to the much-publicised lawsuit brought against it by Metallica, Dr Dre and the RIAA. Trevor Reekie talks to the director of the film Alex Winter.
From Access All Areas on 23 Nov 2013
Hallelujah Picassos 2013 ( 11′ 36″ )
Peter McLennan and Harold (aka Roland), of the newly revived inner-city Auckland group Hallelujah Picassos talk with Trevor Reekie about all things Picasso.
From Radio NZ National Music on 26 Oct 2013
Musical Chairs featuring Waves ( 24′ 20″ )
Formed in the mid-seventies, Waves produced original articulate acoustic music that has endured. In fact their self titled debut album recorded in 1975 was a best selling album before going out of print and commanding good money as a collectors item. Waves called it a day in 1977. In early 2013 Waves re-released the long deleted debut, as well as a previously lost, incomplete second album, on vinyl and CD. For this episode the New Zealand profile series Musical Chairs Trevor Reekie is joined by Waves members Graeme Gash, David Marshall and Kevin Wildman who talk about the creative travels and travails of following their musical path.
From Musical Chairs on 12 Oct 2013
The National Wake ( 24′ 48″ )
Forming a multi-cultural punk-reggae band in apartheid-era South Africa was a brave move. Based in Johannesburg, National Wake were accepted in the underground and the township nightclub circuit. It was getting there and home that could be the problem. Trevor Reekie talks with The National Wake's founding member Ivan Kadey.
From Radio NZ National Music on 28 Sep 2013
Trevor Reekie catches up with Michael Chapman in his Northumberland home to talk about a musicial career as a fully qualified survivor.
From Access All Areas on 31 Aug 2013
Gogol Bordello - Pura Vida Conspiracy ( 14′ 26″ )
Over the course of 6 albums and constant touring, Gogol Bordello have established a global reputation for high octane performances and charismatic melodies. Trevor Reekie talks to Eugene Hutz, the group's vocalist and songwriter, about their new album Pura Vida Conspiracy, and what makes him tick, as a writer, man and musician.
From Radio NZ National Music on 24 Aug 2013
Marc Bolan - Ride A White Swan ( 24′ 59″ )
T Rex frontman Marc Bolan was the ultimate chameleon, who's hugely influential career was incredibly prolific considering his short life. Bolan arguably can claim to have introduced glam rock with a plethora of hit singles that still have currency today. Trevor Reekie talks to Lesley-Ann Jones, about her new book Ride A White Swan - The lives and death of Marc Bolan.
From Radio NZ National Music on 17 Aug 2013
Aotearoa National Maori Choir and The Yoots ( 24′ 56″ )
The journey of "getting the band back together" as artistic director, composer and leader Rim D Paul and friends re-form the Aotearoa National Maori Choir (Te Roopu Waiata Maori o Aotearoa). After a ten-year break, the choir draws together around 80 singers from across the whenua to collaborate with instrumental band The Yoots on a special commission - to perform on the main stage at WOMAD Taranaki 2013.
From Adventures in Musicland on 27 Jul 2013
Musical Chairs featuring Bruce Aitken ( 24′ 01″ )
Bruce Aitken is an award winning ex-pat drummer and educator who currently lives in West Australia. He has performed all over the world including Afghanistan, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, the USA and Canada. For a decade between 2001 and 2010 Aitken owned and operated the Cape Breton International Drum Festival, performing with an enviable line up of drumming heavyweights. It's all a long way from Invercargill. For Musical Chairs Trevor Reekie talks to Bruce Aitken about drums, drummers and an up-tempo lifestyle.
From Musical Chairs on 13 Jul 2013
Debashish Battacharya ( 15′ 54″ )
Calcutta-based musician Debashish Bhattacharya gave his first guitar recital at the age of four. A virtuoso slide-guitarist who has customised his own instruments, Debashish has also developed a unique style of playing that fuses classical Indian tradition with all manner of global influences, over a career spanning 30 years. Debashish talks with Trevor Reekie, from his home in Calcutta, about how musical harmony compliments the harmony of life.
From Access All Areas on 22 Jun 2013
Rick Bryant & The Jive Bombers ( 15′ 12″ )
Rick Bryant has enjoyed a lifetime in music. He could have had a career in academia, but the blues, folks, rock and soul called him. Over the years Rick has contributed to a broad spectrum of local 'roots' music, including spells with Original Sin; Mammal; Blerta; The Jubilation Gospel Choir; the Windy City Strugglers; and of course Rick Bryant and the Jive Bombers, who have just released a new album The Blacksoap from Monkeyburg. Trevor Reekie catches up with Rick Bryant, collaborator Gordon Spittle and producer Ed Cake.
From Radio NZ National Music on 15 Jun 2013
Access All Areas: Stand Up, People ( 15′ 44″ )
Stand Up, People - Gypsy pop songs from Tito's Yugoslavia 1964-1980 is a new album that has been two years in the making. Brits Philip Knox and Nathaniel Morris travelled the length and breadth of Serbia, Kosovo, Bosnia and Macedonia in search of old 7" singles. It was no joy-ride. Along the way they met Esma Redzepova, self-proclaimed 'Queen of the Gypsies', learned to speak bad Romani, crashed a gypsy wedding, and battled bureaucracy and blizzards to get to a stash of virgin vinyl in the basement of the National Library of Serbia. Trevor Reekie speaks with album curator Nathaniel Morris, about the story behind 'Stand Up People 'and his passion for this forgotten music.
From Radio NZ National Music on 08 Jun 2013
Public Service Broadcasting ( 14′ 41″ )
Public Service Broadcasting are two bow-tied corduroy-clad English musicians who search out old British and American wartime propaganda reels, crackly radio broadcasts and public safety films - extract the dialogue - and set it to music. Trevor Reekie talks to founding member J Willgoose esq about their debut album Inform Educate Entertain.
From Access All Areas on 25 May 2013
Bob Brozman WOMAD 2011 ( 16′ 24″ )
The late Bob Brozman, a virtuoso guitarist and music ethnomusicologist forged a caeer collaboratiing with musicians around the globe. On a return visit to WOMAD Taranakiin 2011, Trevor Reekie took the opportunity to speak with Brozman about dissecting the frontiers of music colonialism, his vast collection of guitars, the international influence of the Blues.
From Access All Areas on 04 May 2013
Access All Areas: Self-published Musical Authors ( 15′ 52″ )
Trevor Reekie talks to Peter McLennan (Ex Hallelujah Picasso, DJ, Dub Asylum, video maker and journalist) who has curated his book I Believe You Are A Star and Gareth Shute (Musician, award winning author and one of the main men in the L'il Chief label about his book Concept albums.
From Access All Areas on 04 May 2013