Music 101

Saturday 23 May 2015, with Emma Smith


Headquarters: Inside SJD’s West Auckland HQ

SJD takes us inside his West Auckland studio for a session with Sandy Mill.​ Sound by Andre Upston, video by Tony Nyberg.

Sean Donnelly and Matilda the Cat

Sean Donnelly and Matilda the Cat

Photo: photo by Emma Smith

Emma Smith travels west to visit Auckland musicians Sean James Donnelly and Sandy Mill at Donnelly’s Glen Eden home for a SJD session. This is the first in a series called Headquarters, where the RNZ Music team goes inside the homes and creative spaces of New Zealand musicians to capture them making music in situ. Featuring songs from Saint John Divine and Southern Lights.

Gareth Murphy: Cowboys and Indies
Author Gareth Murphy’s new book, Cowboys and Indies: The Epic History of the Record Industry, follows the entire history of the record industry on both sides of the Atlantic. Murphy talks to Trevor Reekie about charting more than 160 years of the record labels and record label heads who shaped the history of making and selling music.

A lot can happen in the space of a year. In the case of Auckland two-piece Heavy, they've gone from bedroom demos and D.I.Y. festivals to releasing their debut album Lock In and performing at St. Jerome's Laneway Festival. Zac Arnold picks the brains of Heavy's Reem Nabhani and Liam Dargaville to find out about their steady rise.

Heavy (L-to-R: Liam Dargaville and Reem Nabhani)

Heavy (L-to-R: Liam Dargaville and Reem Nabhani)

Photo: Harriet Ellis


Faith No More
With 18 years between drinks, San Fran bizarro metal outfit Faith No More have returned with Sol Invictus, their seventh studio album, which sees the five-piece in suitably frenzied form. Sol Invictus producer and founding FNM member Billy Gould talks to Sam Wicks about the band’s unlikely return.

Faith No More by Dustin Rabin
Faith No More (L-to-R: Jon Hudson, Billy Gould, Mike Patton, Mike Patton, Mike Bordin, friend and Roddy Bottum) / Photo by Dustin Rabin.

Why Remaster?
We talk remastering, shaping sound to formats and more issues in contemporary sound finessing with mastering engineer Angus McNaughton.

Introducing: October

October (Emma Logan)

October (Emma Logan)

Photo: Connor Hickey

Gig Guide


Tally Ho! Dunedin Sound Songs & Singers
On Saturday 28 February 2015, 20 iconic Dunedin songs from local musicians like The Chills, The Clean, Straitjacket Fits and The Verlaines were reworked by the Southern Sinfonia with favourite sons Shayne Carter, Martin Phillipps, David Kilgour and soprano, Anna Leese at the Dunedin Town Hall. Radio New Zealand’s Andre Upston was on hand to capture their orchestral collaboration, which was arranged by Dr Graeme Downes.

David Kilgour performing with the Southern Sinfonia / Photo by Tim Dodd.

Carb on Carb
Fresh from touring Singapore, Malaysia and Australia, we meet Auckland punk pop duo Carb on Carb, who take us through their debut self-titled long player.