This is a response to the NZ Herald declaring the fall of the New Zealand music industry. Recently the NZ Herald published a well-researched and thorough article on the state of the New Zealand music industry. The article, titled “The Rise and Fall of New Zealand’s Music Industry” harked back to the boom of the … Continue reading Why look back when we can embrace what we have?
The New Zealand Music Awards are being held this Thursday. The annual industry schmooze that masquerades as an awards ceremony, or so it has been in past years. This year, thankfully though there are actually some worthy artists up for awards, and for once it looks like the Tui’s will be worth tuning in for … Continue reading 2017 New Zealand Music Awards Picks
Bic Runga is a national treasure. Her songs are part of the great New Zealand songbook and are so ingrained in people’s memories that from hearing the first note of tracks like Sway you know instantly what it is, even if you hadn’t heard the song in years. Those who were lucky enough to be at the … Continue reading Gig Review: Bic Runga at the Civic
The modern retro-soul scene is a crowded place. Artists such as Leon Bridges, Benjamin Booker, Alabama Shakes, and Michael Kiwanuka have all put out albums in recent times making it hard for similar artists to get their album to stand out. Atlanta’s Curtis Harding is one of those artists and he has just released his … Continue reading Album Review: Curtis Harding “Face Your Fear”
Californian sax player Kamasi Washington is one of the hottest musicians around right now, helping to bring jazz to audiences who might not have traditionally been interested in this style of music previously. Coming on the back of his critically acclaimed triple album from 2015, The Epic, Washington’s latest release is the eight-track EP Harmony of Difference. Released … Continue reading Kamasi Washington: Harmony of Difference Review