Musicians have two minutes to describe themselves and their song. Time… starts… now.
Introducing: Strange Stains
Name of project: Strange Stains
Real names: Cooki M.
Age (of project): 2 years
Hometown: Rotorua but now Wellington
Sounds like: 'Leaning on a bench' wave
Musical guilty pleasure: Lana Del Ray, which is quite guilty because she is not a very nice person
Formative musical experience: Seeing amazing friends play music like Ducklingmonster, Coconut Clouds and Toxic Lipstick. Great & playing (drunk) music with friends like Holly and Danny, Tash and Zena all night about Britany and Papamoa.
Artist: Strange Stains
Songs: Subterranean Insides
Composer: C. M
Album: Antiaging Formula
Label: Strange Stains
Composer: I. Tollestrup
Album: Summer Tape
Name of project: BAYNK
Real names: Jock Nowell-Usticke
Age (of project): 7 months
Hometown: Havelock North, Hawkes Bay
Sounds like: Riding dolphins bareback into the sunset
Musical guilty pleasure: Justin Bieber - Sorry (But I’m not sorry)
Formative musical experience: My mother forcing me to play piano every morning before school & not letting me quit despite me hating it. Thanks mum
Song: Could You
Composer: J. Nowell Usticke
Album: Could You single
Introducing: The Naenae Express
Name of project: The Naenae Express
Real names: Scott Kendall + Jonathan Pearce, Katie Everingham, Robert Bruce, Ben Locke, Ben de Klerk, Tom Leggett, Kenji Iwamitsu-Holdaway, Thomas Shoebridge, Ivan Luketina-Johnson, Rachael Elf, Elliot Lawless, Hugh Piesse, Lawrence Fergus Goodwin, Reuben Winter, Alexander Grant, Paul Brown, Mason Fairey, Richard Keith, JY Lee, Asher Truppman Lattie.
Age (of project): 1 year ish
Hometown: I’d like to say Naenae but Auckland
Associated acts: Righteous Filth Lizard & The Coprolites, Sea Views, Rewind Fields, Her Desher, Greenfog, Terracotta Cat
Sounds like: Decaying Jansen and melodic stories
Musical guilty pleasure: The Vengabus
Formative musical experience: A new one happens most weeks thanks to the honesty of many New Zealand acts, DJs and friends
Artist: The Naenae Express
Song: Sea Anemone
Composer: S. Kendall
Album: Sean Anemone single
Label: The Naenae Express
Introducing: Master Blaster
Artist: Master Blaster
Song: Breaking Asimov's Laws
Composer: Master Blaster
Label: Master Blaster
Name of project: Unmap
Real name: Unmap
Age (of project): Three years
Associated acts: None
Sounds like: Experimental Vocal led Electronic Music
Musical guilty pleasure: Soulja Boy
Formative musical experience: Attending Trash nightclub at The End in London at age 17
Song: Luv Songs
Album: Frizetta EP
Introducing Yoko Zuna
Artist: Yoko Zuna Song: One's Cycle ft. Bailey Wiley Composer: Yoko Zuna Album: This Place Here Label: Yoko Zuna
Name of project: Wormstar
Real name: Alex Angrignon
Age (of project): 5 months
Hometown: Montreal, Canada
Associated acts: Meese, Nevernudes
Sounds like: Jangle, dream pop, indie rock
Musical guilty pleasure: Sarah McLachlan, Savage Garden, Sheryl Crow
Formative musical experience: Watching the last waltz, no direction home and discovering about 20 incredible nz bands in one sitting watching that flying nun collection of music videos.
Song: Better Reasons
Composer: A. Angrignon
Album Turning Red
Introducing: Elan Vital
Name of project: Élan vital
Real name: Renee Barrance, Danny Brady, Nikolai Sim
Age (of project): 5 months
Associated acts: Danny: Death and The Maiden, Thought Creature,
Renee: The Hairdos, Canyon Spree
Nikolai: Terrified, Koyla,Scattered brains of the lovely union
Sounds like: Cold wave, post punk, dark disco
Musical guilty pleasure: Danny: Cheesy house music, U2 Joshua Tree. (The production though). The Chipmunks pitched down.
Renee: Paula Abdul
Formative musical experience: Danny: Watching Nirvana tear s***t up at the MTV music awards.
Renee: Being an 80s' baby growing up with 80s music videos and dancing along
Name of project: BEATCOMBER
Real name: Jono, Sam, Sophie, Thomas, Trent
Age (of project): 1 yr
Sounds like: Party times
Musical guilty pleasure:Trent: None, I like what I like and am proud of it. I don’t feel guilty about any music that I like.
Jono: None really. Me and my buddy Timmy do remixes of our favourite RnB tracks which is sometimes seen as not an ok thing to do.
Sophie: Nothing really that I'm particularly guilty about. Good shirt? Self indulgently because of the Sophie song.
Thomas: Late-night sing-a-long classics, a la Killer Queen and Benny and the Jets. Maybe even Sugababes’s Overload.
Sam: Adriano Celetano - Prisencolinensinainciusol. Nothing else.
Formative musical experience: Trent: Winning Dead Flowers cassette tape off of the edge radio station when I was 7 and wanting to start a rock ’n roll band with my cousin. That progressed into looking up to my sister for musical inspiration, as she is 5 years older than me. She started High School just as I began to play guitar seriously, her musical discourse with an older demographic was the guiding hand in what I thought was ‘cool’.
Jono: passing the around guitar while jamming Marvel vs Capcom 2 with mates
Sophie: a low hum
Thomas: Learning the three chords used in every White Stripes song.
Sam: Tap dancing to Yellow Submarine as a six-year-old
Name of project: Motte
Real name: Anita Clark
Age (of project): Early this year
Hometown: Lyttelton, ChCh
Associated acts: Devilish Mary and the Holy Rollers
Sounds like: Neo Classical tape delay violin. sounds like what you would imagine it would feel like to be stuck inside a hothouse in the dead of night... full of tropical plants, flying insects, and a suffocatingly humid atmosphere.
Musical guilty pleasure: 60’s Lounge and Exotica…Herb Albert, Martin Denny, Les Baxter and his Orchestra…Hawaiian Music..those 10 hour long youtube ambient tracks of running bath water, or a hairdryer. White noise.
Formative musical experience: A few Irish pub bands, The Ragamuffin Children, 6 months of Jazz School, The Eastern, Devilish Mary and the Holy Rollers, lots of studio and session work and collaborations..
Songs: Night Flyer
Composer: A. Clark
Album: Songs For Movies
Madeira presents her song 'Let Me Down'
Name of project: Madeira
Real name: Kim Pflaum
Age (of project): 6 mths
Associated acts: Yumi Zouma, Kim K, Sleepy Age
Sounds like: Kate Bush and Kim Gordon hooking up
Musical guilty pleasure: Janet Jackson and Jamiroquai
Formative musical experience: Zed - Come On Down tour - in 2000?
Song: Let Me Down
Composer: K. Pflaum
Label: Secret Songs
Introducing: Amber Maya
Amber Maya presents her single 'Shame on Me'.
Name: Amber Maya
Real Name/s: Amber Maya
Age (of project): 6 months
Hometown: Christchurch, Barbados (and Auckland)
Associated Acts: Producer/Composer extraordinaire - James Risby
Sounds like: Warm synths and smooth vocals with hints of trip hop and 90s house.
Musical guilty pleasure: This week, definitely Queen Latifah “Fly Girl”
Formative musical experience: When I was 3 or 4, I played the triangle and the tambourine for a few performances (probably 1) with the Children's Band at Vauxhall Methodist Church. Took a long hiatus from that, and started singing and playing guitar at 18.
Artist: Amber Maya
Song: Shame On Me
Composer: A. Maya, J. Risby
Album: Shade EP
Label: Amber Maya
Avoid! Avoid with their song 'Achieved, Not Achieved'.
Name: Avoid! Avoid
Age: 2 years
Associated Acts: The Subliminals, The Hasselhoff Experiment, White Swan Black Swan.
Sounds like: droning, textural, sculptural, experimental,psychedelic, krauty music for science fiction films.
Formative Musical Experience:
Sonya: When I was 5 my parents sent me for piano lessons with my father's old piano teacher, Mrs Johnston. She had a snow white short pony tail tied on the TOP of her head, it stuck straight up like a little spouting fountain and I was fascinated by it. She had a big garden with hundreds of flowering plants. It was a difficult journey from her front gate to the front door due to the large numbers of bees, who all got their buzz on together and bombed my head when I tried to pass. I was often late and she would tell me off. Sometimes I wouldn't go inside the gate at all, instead I'd just stand at the front gate for 30 minutes until my Father arrived to pick me up again. Today I still have an unreasonable fear of bees.
Brendan: I sang in a band once, when I was drunk. They were a surf instrumental band from Christchurch. No-one asked me to sing, it just happened. No-one asked me to stop so I kept going. I stood behind the drummer at the back of the "stage". I think, from memory, the audience seemed a bit intimidated by what was coming out of my mouth but it was one of those explicitly violent moments where you just can't bear to look away even though you're scared. I saw them at a party a couple of years later in Arch Hill. One of them said to me "oh you're the guy that ruined our gig". I laughed uncomfortably because inside I thought it was funny.
Songs: Achieved, Not Achieved
Album: Achieved, Not Achieved Single
Introducing: Scuba Diva
Scuba Diva presents the song,'What's the Point'.
Name: Jimmy Mac (Scuba Diva)
Associated Acts: The DHDFD’s, Popstrangers, Lorde
Sounds Like: Underwater
Musical Guilty Pleasure: Miley Cyrus (no guilt, though)
Formative Musical Experience: Buddy Rich VHS drum videos
Artist: Scuba Diva
Song: What’s The Point?
Label: Universal Music
Introducing: Yukon Era
Yukon Era present their single, 'Vietnam Man'.
Name: Yukon Era
Age (of the project) : 2-3 months as a band but we as people range from 14-17
Associated Acts: Host Club, MessMess, Courtney Hate
Sounds like: Kids hating school on the daily
Musical Guilty Pleasure: Pizza Kids
Formative Musical Experience: Learning guitar and wanting to be Kirk Hammett and Angus Young combined
Artist: Yukon Era
Song: Vietnam Man
Composer: Yukon Era
'Windfall', by SoccerPractise.
Album: Windfall single
Introducing: Jim Nothing
Jim Nothing with 'Way That It Goes' from Wurld Series - Split EP
Name: Jim Nothing (James Sullivan)
Associated Acts: Salad Boys
Sounds like: weirdo/zoneout/garage
Musical Guilty Pleasure: It's kind of embarrassing how often I listen to The Velvet Underground and The Jesus and Mary Chain but I don't really feel guilty about it.
Formative Musical Experience: I was into real weird stuff as a kid, lots of cassettes... Les Misérables, 5ive's debut and Michael Jackson's Blood on the Dancefloor were all on high rotation... then I found Nirvana.
Artist: Jim Nothing
Song: Way That It Goes
Album: Wurld Series
Label: Melted Ice Cream
Introducing: Skyscraper Stan
Skyscraper Stan with 'I Fell Over' from the album Last Year's Tune.
Name: Stan Woodhouse aka Skyscraper Stan
Associated Acts: Skyscraper Stan (and the Commission Flats)
Sounds like: Nick Cave, Johnny Cash, Townes Van Zandt and such.
Musical guilty pleasure: Robbie Williams. And to be honest I don't even feel that guilty. He's amazing.
Formative musical experience: There have been many. Being forced into playing live as an 18-year-old glassy in Auckland's Wine Cellar comes to mind.
Dunedin's Kairi presents his song, 'Placid'.
Age: (of the project) 2 weeks
Sounds like: chillin
Musical Guilty Pleasure: I don't really feel there is a point in feeling guilty about what you listen to, but when I started listening to a capella versions of Akon's 'Lonely' with people in the room, I realized there were some things you shouldn't do.
Formative Musical Experience: Ripping Chili Peppers solos back in the day
Composer: R. Tolovaa
Introducing: Westley Holdsworth
Westley Holdsworth presents 'Temples'.
Name: Westley Holdsworth.
Age: Two years.
Hometown: Auckland, NZ / Ipswich UK.
Sounds Like: I'm not trying to sound like anything in particular, more trying to see if I can find my own sound and my own way of making music. It's an amalgamation of everything I've experienced and learnt about myself and the world and it's definitely a work in progress.
Musical Guilty Pleasure: There is no guilt in pleasure.
Formative Musical Experience: My mum is a big Motown fan and I feel like that music was always played in my house when I was young and no doubt had some sort of effect on me wanting to pursue music. Although the first time I picked up an instrument was to play in a metal band with some friends in Ipswich. I had no idea what I was doing. That was a long time ago.
Artist: Westley Holdworth
Composer: W. Holdworth
Album: Temples single
Label: Westley Holdworth
'Beekeeper', from Dunedin duo Triumphs
Name: TRIUMPHS (Mat Anderson and John Bollen)
Age: Two years.
Sounds like: Treacle climbing a mountain.
Musical Guilty Pleasure:
Mat: Listening to Bolt Thrower back to back with DJ Shadow, variation is king.
John: Dodgy German rap from the mid 00's - poisonous stuff.
Formative Musical Experience:
Mat: I had to learn 'Seven Nation Army' when I was 12 for music class. Got me hooked on hitting the things, so my parents got me a drum kit and I would get home from school and play for hours, with a careful gap from 6-7pm for the news. My parents and neighbours were the real MVPs. Met John at high school, we both liked to play loud. Shared knowing glances and an uneasy silent communion followed.
John: Hearing Godsmack on the Scorpion King soundtrack, been hooked on 'the good stuff' ever since.
Composer: M. Anderson, J. Bollen
Album: Beekeeper/Bastard Knocker
Label: Monkey Killer Records
ENOXDIRTY show their love for Grey Lynn and share their track "Omar (We Like)"
Name: ENO X DIRTY
Age: Nearly a month
Hometown: Grey Lynn, Central Auckland, Aotearoa
Sounds like: Dino text Early?
Musical Guilty Pleasure: Katy perry FIRE flies (acoustic version)
Formative Musical Experience: When I was 14 I beat my 16 year old brother in a freestyle battle. Shit was loooose cuz, so ever since then I knew I could do "anything I put my mind to"
Song: Omar (We Like)
Composer: E. Jouavel, M. Walters
Album: Easter Eggs & Good Sportsmanship
Label: Young Gifted & Broke
E N T presents his track 'T.H.L.' from the album Post Traumatic Television.
Name: Nathan Taare (E N T).
Hometown: Upper Hutt.
Sounds like: Beautiful terror.
Musical guilty pleasure: Genesis, Michael Jackson.
Formative musical experience: Screaming/busking 'Jesus I was Evil' on the streets of Berlin during -20 degree winters.
Artist: E N T
Composer: N. Taare
Album: Post Traumatic Television
Introducing: Mimsy Cable
Mimsy Cable, with the title track from her LP The Coral Reef
Name: Mimsy Cable.
Age: For all intents I am a fledgling artist, though my first show was in 2009 so I'm six, officially.
Hometown: Northcote Central, Auckland.
Sounds like: Indie Pop viewed through a prism of Jazz and Classical.
Musical guilty pleasure: Hall & Oates. Though there is no guilt associated with this.
Formative musical experience: Listening to a Beach Boys tape in the car during long road trips / my Mum improvising beautiful songs on the piano / pretending to be the Little Mermaid as a small child.
Artist: Mimsy Cable
Song: The Coral Reef
Composer: Mimsy Cable
Album: The Coral Reef EP
Label: Gold Estate Records
MOSES introduces "Because You Never Know" from their self-titled EP
Age: 21, 23, 23, 23, 28, 32.
Sounds like: Droning trippers chilling out.
Musical Guilty Pleasure: Midi, Maxi and EFTI (Check it out, it's actually awesome!)
Formative Musical Experience: Tropical-Acid-House-Sitar-Dance band Love You To.
Song: Because You Never Know
Dunedin EDM wunderkid Gasp presents the track, 'You Know'.
Age: Three years.
Sounds like: Techno/house.
Musical Guilty Pleasure: David Bowie and The Human League.
Introducing Jessie Cassin
'Slow', from the forthcoming Kin EP by Jessie Cassin
Name: Jessie Cassin.
Hometown: Auckland (but born in Christchurch).
Sounds like: The nice kind of music you listen to when you get a massage.
Musical guilty pleasure: Amore songs.
Formative musical experience: Playing ‘Malibu’ with my best friend Mimsy at assembly in intermediate, then being teased for liking Courtney Love because everyone at the time thought she had murdered Kurt Cobain. I’m still annoyed about it.
Introducing Commune 84
Commune 84 share their single 'Bolan'.
Name: Commune 84.
Age: Eight days (plus months of saying 'we should do that').
Sounds like: The Black Angels trying to get on Factory Records.
Associated Acts: Thudd, Husk.?
Musical Guilty Pleasure: Carl: 'Angel of the Morning'. Righteous.
Ukiah: Chris Isaac, surely.
Formative Musical Experience: Ukiah: Discovering the joy of fuzz pedals and feedback.
Carl: Using Ableton instead of socalising in high school.
Artist: Commune 84
Composer: U. Brown, C Redwood
Album: Bolan/M I N D single
Label: Commune 84
Introducing: Mr Amish
'What You've Said You've Seen', from existentially-minded Mr Amish.
Name: Mr Amish
Age: 1 year
Hometown: Te Awamutu / Hamilton
Sounds like: Bowie being slapped into the ear of a blind Armadillo
Associated Acts: Soulty Sultans, Cheats (playing bass), Aporia (Playing drums),
Musical Guilty Pleasure: Hinder (lips of an angel)
Formative Musical Experience: Listening to Duster for the first time and also being a part of Soulty Sultans, this helped provide a completely unlimited amount of freedom of expression for Mr Amish, converting the ability I had formed musically from a young age into a passionate representation of my soul and my existence. Music has completely overtaken any other priority that once was… Kale smoothies ain’t nothing compared to the overwhelming joy presented towards ones self once listening back to something that has been formed from the depths of Mr Amish’s truth towards himself.
"What you've said you've seen" from existentially-minded Mr Amish
Artist: Mr Amish
Song: what you've said you've seen
Composer: H. Kyle
Album: Do you know where to suss? (happiness)
Label: Mr Amish
Introducing: Jono Das
From his Illustration EP, Jono Das introduces 'Ten Things'
Name: Jono Das.
Age: 24 years old.
Hometown: Whangaparaoa, Auckland.
Sounds like: Herbie Hancock meets Pete Rock meets David Tua.
Musical guilty pleasure: The X Factor.
Formative musical experience: My dad plays percussion and my first ever tape was DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince. Years later a DJ friend would give me a beat machine. Done.
October introduces her song 'Voids'.
Sounds like: My music sounds like the taste of a really hot lasagne cooked by Pink Floyd and Britney Spears
Musical guilty pleasure: Rachmaninov’s piano concerto no. 2. Oh and No Scrubs – TLC
Formative musical experience: After preschool Ma would make me listen to Vivaldi whilst I completed a puzzle. Only after the completion of the puzzle, and the summation of “The Four Seasons” was I allowed to watch TV and have a snack.
Composer: E. Logan
Album: Voids single
'Please Remove Your Card', introduced by Markdown.
Names: Buzzy, Ciarz, Crispy, Mookie
Age: About a year and a half
Sounds like: A mix of pure synergy and a pie graph where all the figures are incorrect
Musical guilty pleasure: Eating hot chips from two different chip shops before practice, with three types of hot sauce
Formative musical experience: Working retail in a music store. We've seen some things... including a man wearing the bones of a rabbit as a necklace and drunk on meths requesting sale DVDs about worms! Check out https://markdown.bandcamp.com/ for that song (Boneman)...
Pesk / Photo by Troy Naumoff
Pesk introducing their new song 'Tyranny'
Names: Amee and Raff.
Age: Pesk is about a year old now.
Hometown: Amee - Auckland, Raff - mainly Dunedin.
Associated acts: The Brunettes, The Ruby Suns, The Gideons.
Sounds like: Electro-doom, shoe-gaze, shitty (but awesome) weather.
Musical guilty pleasure: No guilty feelings here regarding music listening and subsequent enjoying. Guilt is a horrible emotion and best saved for things worthy of it.
Formative musical experience: Amee was in The Brunettes back in 2005, then The Ruby Suns from then until 2010. Raff was in a number of Dunedin bands including The Gideons.
Pesk introduce their song 'Tyranny'.
Charlotte Forrester presents 'Airplane #1', from Womb's debut EP.
Name: Womb aka Charlotte Forrester.
Hometown: Wellington. I grew up in a forest in Australia called Narnia, and an American town called Champaign.
Sounds like: Hanging out in my mum's womb.
Musical guilty pleasure: Rihanna's 'Stay'. What a ballad!
Formative musical experience: My big sister driving me around Champaign in her car when I was 12, playing mixtapes with stuff like Neutral Milk Hotel, Built to Spill, and Kate Bush.
Womb introduces her song 'Airplane #1'.
Song: Airplane #1
Composer: C. Forrester
Album: Airplane Single
Label: Sonorous Circle
Introducing: New Gum Sarn
New Gum Sarn (L-to-R: Oscar Dowling, Sophia Lawler-Dormer, Durham Fenwick and Dave Weir). / Photo by George Rump
New Gum Sarn introduce their song, 'Money Talks'.
Names: Oscar Sophia Dave Durham
Ages: Between 20-23 Hometown: Puhoi, Pt Chev, Herne Bay, Orewa
Sounds like: Metallica sitting around a campfire with twelve string guitars jamming Creedence trying to summon Lou Reed.
Musical Guilty pleasure: Reverb.
Formative musical experience: Recording our album together live in the countryside.
Name: Imugi (Carl + Yery)
Age: 18 x2
Sounds like: When you get butt-dialled from a club and you hear that bass pumping.
Musical Guilty Pleasure:
Yery: 2007 K-pop hits because I love being 12 and alive.
Carl: Yung Lean and Sad Boys because I'm white as hell lmao.
Formative Musical Experience:
Carl: I had been making "beats" on my computer ever since I was 14, but it wasn't until last year that I finally showed some friends what I had been making. The positive feedback I got from that was really encouraging and made me realise music was something I wanted to pursue further. After that I stopped viewing my music as "beats" and really got into trying to make each track an experience.
Yery: I used to hide behind real mediocre guitar-playing as a vessel or an excuse to make music because I thought in hiding behind it, no one knows who wrote the lyrics or made the song. It's real scary to have people hear my voice and my personal words, but I guess that process of making music where you just put so much emotion and soul into something is a continuous formative musical experience for me. It's chill.
Imugi introduce their song 'Dizzy'.
Introducing: Sun Blood
Sun Blood introduce the song 'Nothing New'.
Name: Sun Blood
Age: 6 months
Sounds like: Panda Bear meets FKA twigs
Musical Guilty Pleasure: The Mamas & the Papas, not guilty at all though
Formative Musical Experience: My dad's friend gave me a loop pedal when I was 17 and here we are.
Artist: Sun Blood
Song: Nothing New
Composer: B. Leonard
Album: Careless EP
Label: Self Released
Introducing: Wurld Series
Name: Wurld Series (Luke, Jared and James).
Age: 24, 25, 30.
Sounds like: A limited skill set.
Musical guilty pleasure: No guilt but I own way too many Leo Kottke records, Jared listens to speed metal sometimes and for James I'm just gonna say Enya.
Formative musical experience: GBV! GBV! GBV!
Wurld Series introduce the song 'Oh Well'.
Aporia / Self-portrait.
Name- Mitchell James O'Sullivan
Hometown- Grey Lynn/ Waihi Beach
Sounds like- Aphex Twin selected ambient works period via Flying Nun via Bristol sound
Musical Guilty Pleasure- unfortunately gonna have to say Oasis/ Blur. love my Brit pop
Formative Musical Experience- discovering Aphex twin one long hot summer, totally blew me away. Before that I hadn't really heard any electronic music I liked. After that all I wanted to do was get a synth and a drum machine. Also listening to CAN. CAN were huge in making me want to make music. In my opinion the best band ever, so much consideration for each others playing and just so organic. no one can really touch CAN in my mind.
Aporia, talking about his song Pop Plague, for Introducing.
Song: Pop Plague
Composer: Mitchell O’ Sullivan
Album: Heaven Force Early Fall
Label: Self Released
Introducing: Instant Fantasy
Name: Instant Fantasy aka Gemma Syme
Sounds like: ･+☆Synth-drone ego-miner*･ﾟ
Musical Guilty Pleasure: I don't really think anything I listen to is a guilty pleasure... Maybe Panteros666 - Planetary Wifi (Monsieur Monsieur Remix) or Crystal Waters - 100% Pure Love. And PC Music stuff…
Formative Musical Experience: I was going to buy my very first album and had a CD in each hand. In one was Smashing Pumpkins Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness and in the other was 101 Party Hits compilation. I'm gonna let you guess which one I bought.
Gemma Syme introduces her solo project Instant Fantasy.
Artist: Instant Fantasy
Song: I Don't See An Honest Man
Composer: Gemma Syme
Album: The Wet EP
Introducing Lipgloss Slumberparty
Name: Liam Pram
Sounds like: Music made on a keyboard.
Musical Guilty Pleasure: Albert Ayler
Formative Musical Experience: The first album I ever paid for was A Little Bit of Mambo by Lou Bega, and I feel like some part of that will always be with me.
Lipgloss Slumberparty introduces his song Spacevox.
Artist: Lipgloss Slumberparty
Composer: Liam Pram
Album: Roland E-28 EP
L*V*J* - photo by Chris Ford
Name: LVJ aka Zeus Dupree
Age: "9 + 10" (21)
Hometown: Bellambi/W'gong, NSW, Straya (but AKL, NZ too)
Sounds like: Forrest Gump reading poetry over Sriracha type beats recorded on an old laptop that's overheating (that fan noise)
Musical Guilty Pleasure: Demarco and Mockasin making out (but not even guilty)
Formative Musical Experience: Jules & Vince, Cheats (former bassist), Skrillex (live band), Yeezus Walks - The Musical (ensemble)
L*V*J* with HMU for Introducing.
Composer: L*V*J, Slopey
Label: Self Released
Muirs / Photo by Fraser Chatham.
Masked rapper Muirs, with his song Life Love Octopus for Introducing.
Song: Life Love Octopus
Label: Kerosene Comic Book
Introducing - Strange Babes
Auckland's Strange Babes, with their song 'Holiday'.
Introducing - Mimi Gilbert
Introducing Mimi Gilbert with her song I've Got Love
Introducing: Taste Nasa
Taste Nasa / Photo by Maddie North
Name: Taste Nasa
Sounds like: Soft Dance Music
Musical guilty pleasure: Darude, but I don’t feel that guilty
Formative musical experience: Touring the United States as the Bass player for Strange Babes.
Taste Nasa, a.k.a. Leroy Clampitt introduces his song 'I'd Like To Be Your Girl'.
Artist: Taste Nasa
Song: I'd Like To Be Your Girl
Label: Self Released
Mzwètwo, photo by SZA Hands
Hometown: North Shore, Auckland
Sounds like: Jay Z, The Smiths, Ray Charles, Kanye West, The Ramones, Lil Wayne
Musical guilty pleasure: None
Formative musical experience: Lil Wayne’s ‘We Talking Over (Remix)’
Song: Don't Think Twice
Introducing: Hey Frankie
Name: Jess Palmer – Hey Frankie
Hometown: Wellington, based in Melbourne
Sounds like: Neo-Soul/Jazz/Electronica fusion
Musical guilty pleasure: Beyonce…not really that guilty
Formative musical experience: At one point, the band hit a wall with one of the tunes. We weren’t satisfied with its arrangement, or sound. We took a break, and had jam. Without being conscious of it at the time, this is when the seeds of Hey Frankie were planted.
Jess Palmer introduces her band Hey Frankie, and their song 'Out Of My Hands' from the EP Guess Who.
Artist: Hey Frankie
Song: Out Of My Hands
Composer: Palmer/Hey Frankie
Album: Guess Who EP
Label: Self Released
Introducing - Angelo King and Jono Das
Jono Das and Angelo King / Photo courtesy of Motion Sickness Studios
Angelo King and Jono Das, introducing their collaboration The Lion And The Lotus.
Artist: Angelo King and Jono Das
Song: The Lion & The Lotus
Composer: A.King, J.Das
Album: The Lion & The Lotus
Introducing - Barnaby Greebles
Barnaby Greebles introduces his song A Death, from his self-titled EP.
Artist: Barnaby Greebles
Song: A Death
Album: Barnaby Greebles EP
Introducing - The Kaleidescopes
The Kaleidoscopes introduce their new song Cross Street. http://thekaleidoscopesmusic.bandcamp.com/
Artist: The Kaleidoscopes
Song: Cross Street
Composer: The Kaleidoscopes
Introducing - Alexander Wildwood
Name: Alexander Wildwood
Hometown: Mount Maunganui
Sounds like: Ryan Adams, Foals, Delta Spirit
Musical guilty pleasure: Taylor Swift
Formative musical experience: Studied Commercial Music Production & Songwriting at WINTEC in Hamilton.
Mt Maunganui's Alexander Wildwood introduces his single Bad Blood.
Artist: Alexander Wildwood
Song: Bad Blood
Album: South Of No North EP
Introducing - Dad Jokes
Dad Jokes, with their song Bad Friend, from the EP Bad Friends.
Artist: Dad Jokes
Song: Bad Friend
Composer: Dad Jokes
Album: Bad Friends
Label: Muzai Records
Introducing - Racing
Racing introducing their debut song Carnivilize.
Introducing - Arcee
Arcee, with her song The Cool Zone, from the EP of the same name.
Song: The Cool Zone
Album: The Cool Zone EP
Label: Self Released
Introducing: Holly Arrowsmith
Holly Arrowsmith. Photo: Grey Area Productions
Name: Holly Arrowsmith
Sounds like: Laura Marling
Musical guilty pleasure: I went through an ’80’s rock’ phase a few years ago, a lot of Bon Jovi and Guns ’n Roses. I have since recovered, but sometimes catch myself singing along if it comes on!
Formative musical experience: Sitting in front of Dads stereo and CD cabinet, playing through everything inside.. over and over after school, and wishing I could do what these artists did- make some kind of change in people’s lives through music.
Artist: Holly Arrowsmith
Album: River EP
Label: Self Released
Introducing - Bad Blocks
Bad Blocks: Daniel Neeve and Hamish Lang
Bad Blocks, introducing their song Turning, from the EP Circulate.
Artist: Bad Blocks
Composer: Daniel Neeve and Hamish Lang
Album: Circulate EP
Label: Stars and Letters
Introducing - Noah Slee
Artist: Noah Slee
Sounds like: Ambience + Soul + Beats + Vibe
Musical guilty pleasure: Bonnie Raitt... Intensity in songs get me every time
Formative musical experience: A bit of Auckland Uni #failed..Mostly from people and travels.
Brisbane/Berlin based beatmaker and songwriter Noah Slee introduces his collaborative song Ruins Beauty, produced by Kitschkrieg.
Artist: Noah Slee
Song: Ruins Beauty
Introducing - The Violet Ohs
Zac Nicholls - Guitar, Connor Blackie - Bass, Josh Nicholls - Drums, Nick Tipa - Vocals
Dunedin's The Violet Ohs introduce their song Vent, from their Demos EP.
Artist: The Violet Ohs
Composer: Nicholls/ Blackie / Nicholls/ Tipa
Album: Demos EP
Label: Self Released
Groeni, with their song Rearing, from their self-titled EP. groeni.bandcamp.com/
Introducing Civilian Sol
Civilian Sol, aka Daniel Fairly - photo by Micky Ross
Wanaka based producer Civilian Sol, with his song Blinded These Days, featuring Fiona McMartin, from his album When Tomorrow Comes out on Gravitas Recordings.
Artist: Civilian Sol
Song: Blinded These Days, featuring Fiona McMartin
Album: When Tomorrow Comes
Label: Gravitas Recordings
Introducing - Marika Hodgson
Marika Hodgson / Photo By Clint Cardozo
Marika Hodgson, introducing her song with Noah Slee - Parallel Love.
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Introducing - Open
Open - Jack Hurst, Lazslo Reynolds, Lucan Flynn, and Thian Benson-Fieulane
Open, with War Criminal, from their album Chasing Returns.
Songs: War Criminal
Album: Chasing Returns
Introducing - Times x Two
Zaidoon Nasir and Arshad Cader of Times x Two
Times x Two with their song Get Me Some Mon'. http://timesxtwo.bandcamp.com/
Introducing - Parents
Auckland band Parents, with their song Bored/Boring, from their album Low Life. http://parentsnz.bandcamp.com/
Album: Low Life
Fazerdaze's Amelia Murray / Photo by Gareth Thomas
Fazerdaze, with her song Tired Of Waiting.
Song: Tired Of Waiting
Composer: A Murray
Introducing - Fu King
The Fu King
The Fu King, with their song 'Whatungarongaro Te Tangata Toitū Te Whenua'. Hear more at thefuking.bandcamp.com
Artist: Fu King
Song: Whatungarongaro Te Tangata Toitū Te Whenua
Album: Whatungarongaro Te Tangata Toitū Te Whenua
Label: Self Released
Introducing - Midnight Gallery
Auckland Hip Hop outfit Midnight Gallery with their track Memory.
Introducing - Hopetoun Brown
Hopetoun Brown, with their debut recording Demanding Blues.
Artist: Hopetoun Brown
Song: Demanding Blues
Introducing - Cool Runnings
Auckland band Cool Runnings, with their song Blister.
Introducing - Tawahinga
Tawahinga, with the song Loosely from his EP Bedcat. http://tawahinga.bandcamp.com/album/bedcat-ep
Auckland duo Heavy, with their song Superbad. http://thatsheavybro.bandcamp.com/
Introducing: Space Bats Attack
'The Attic' in Dunedin. Photo courtesy of Space Bats, Attack!
Dunedin band Space Bats, Attack!, with their song DTY. http://spacebatsattack.bandcamp.com/
Naram, with his collaboration with Jah Screechy, 'MC Magic', from the album March of the Gremlins on Jatari.org
Pals, with the song 'Pipes'.www.palsruleok.bandcamp.com
Introducing: No Why
No Why, photo supplied.
No Why, with their song 'Anxious', from the album Weathered. nowhy.bandcamp.com
Introducing - Bailey Wiley
Bailey Riley, with I XL, from her EP IXL EP. http://baileynz.bandcamp.com
Shunkan, with Wash You Away, from her EP Honey, Milk, and Blood. https://artishardrecords.bandcamp.com/album/honey-milk-and-blood
Introducing: Hans Pucket
Hans Pucket, with their song Fight For Fun. hanspucket.bandcamp.com
Wellington band Bleakwater with their song Standard Mean Time, from their self-titled album. bleakwater.bandcamp.com
Spycc, with his song Slow Down, featuring Mahalia Simpson.
Introducing Trip Pony
Trip Pony, with her song Daze, featuring JayKin.
Introducing - Will Wood
Will Wood with the song Four Floors.
Introducing Marla Jean
Marla Jean with the song 'Blackberry' from her forthcoming album Nocturne http://marlajean.bandcamp.com/
Introducing: Eli Driftwood
Eli Driftwood with the song 'Salvadore' http://elidriftwood.bandcamp.com March 22 2014
Introducing: The Doubtful Sounds
The Doubtful Sounds with the song 'Number 1 Line' from the album The Pop Album www.thedoubtfulsounds.com March 15 2014
Introducing: So Laid Back Country China
So Laid Back Country China, with their song Stilldown, from their EP Winter.
Introducing Miss June
Miss June, with their song Pixelated (Curious).
Pxlx, in collaboration with Kamandi, with Witchelk.
Mermaidens with their song Stoner Battles from their EP Bones. http://mermaidens.bandcamp.com/
Introducing: Death and the Maiden
Death And The Maiden with 'Bioluminescence' http://deathandthemaiden1.bandcamp.com/ 8 February 2014
Introducing: Yumi Zouma
Yumi Zouma, with their song 'The Brae' from their self titled debut EP.
Introducing: Kane Strang
Karl Strang, with his song 'Winded', from the album A Pebble And A Paper Crane.
Introducing: Miles Calder and The Rumours
Miles Calder and The Rumours with The Crossing Over, from their EP The Crossing Over.
Introducing : Yolanda
Yolanda, with their song Bats. yolanda/bandcamp.com
Introducing: Mavis Gary
Mavis Gary, with the song Candy Darling, from the album Pin Me Up. mavisgary.bandcamp.com
Introducing: Team Ugly
Team Ugly, with their song Duck My Sick.
Introducing: Kitten Tank
Kittentank, with their song The Great Escape, from The Spooky House EP. kittentank.bandcamp.com