Nestled in central Auckland, down a long leafy driveway is a haunt known to many local musicians. Bannerman rehearse here. Holly Fullbrook calls the place home when she’s in town. Bass player Cass Mitchell and trumpeter Finn Scholes are often lurking about. It’s also the lair of Artisan Guns’ guitarist Jonathan Pearce, who needed a hand moving a Hammond organ into his basement. Once the weightly relic was in place Jonathan and lead singer Matthew Hope gave us a sneak peak of the Artisan Guns debut album Coral.
Artisan Guns clockwise from top-left: Matthew, Jonathan, Reuben and Alex
Born in London’s Muswell Hill to Ugandan parents, 25 year old Michael Kiwanuka is already receiving high praise. Blessed with a uniquely soulful voice coupled to an authentic song writing talent, his timeless debut album Home Again is attracting a global audience. The BBC named him winner of their Sound of 2012 poll. Michael Kiwanuka pops into the Radio New Zealand’s studios for a live session hosted by Trevor Reekie.
Bassist Pete Randall, Trevor Reekie, Michael Kiwanuka and engineer Jeremy Ansell. Photo: Linda Whittaker
Much like Marvin Gaye’s Here, My Dear, an emotionally raw record that drew on the late soul musician’s failed marriage to Anna Gordy, New York hip hop stalwart Nas has found creative inspiration from his much-publicised divorce of R’n’B singer Kelis on his new album Life is Good. Sam Wicks talked to the notoriously private artist about opening up his private life on album number ten.