Saturday 4 October 2014, with Melody Thomas
For teenage rock and pop musicians, Smokefreerockquest is one of the most important events of the year, and its alumni include musicians in groups as disparate as Broods and Die! Die! Die!. One time competitor Anthonie Tonnon goes backstage at this year’s final in Auckland to see how much has changed.
Smokefreerockquest 2015 winners HeadChef
An event that grew out of, and is sometimes overshadowed by, the Smokefreerockquest, Smokefree Pacifica Beats is a chance for young musicians to reflect Aotearoa's unique culture and position in the South Pacific. Music 101 heads along to see what kind of musicians this unique competition is producing today.
Seattle-based solo artist Mike Hadreas has come a long way since the aching piano ballads of 2010's Learning, his first release as Perfume Genius. He speaks with Emma Smith about turning anger into power and shedding the “victim outlook” for his bold and defiant third album Too Bright.
Bernie Griffen and his new band The Thin Men have just released his sophomore LP Salvation, recorded in Auckland’s The Lab recording studio, and it’s an album that further confirms Griffen’s ability as a storyteller. Trevor Reekie meets up with Griffen, his partner and musical collaborator Kirsten Warner, and long-time guitarist Steve Roach at The Lab to discuss Griffen’s salvation.
[L to R] Steve Roach, Kirsten Warner and Bernie Griffen talking to Trevor Reekie at The Lab / Photo by Jol Mulholland
Hailing from Wellington, Jay Knight is an upcoming beatmaker affiliated with the Young, Gifted and Broke collective who has just released his debut album, 19/94. Aleyna Martinez catches up with the young producer and his 19/94 collaborators to talk about Aotearoa's new wave of rap.
The Sampler Summit: Prince
His Royal Badness, Prince Rogers Nelson, has made the bold move of dropping two new albums: Plectrumelectrum with his new rock outfit 3rdeyegirl; and Art Official Age, a solo R&B set. To assess this mother lode of purple material, Nick Bollinger assembles Prince-philes Wallace Chapman, Coco Solid and Victoria Kelly for a roundtable discussion.