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Thursday, October 29, 2020

Winners of the 2020 APRA Silver Scroll Awards Announced


Stella Bennett (Benee), Joshua Fountain, and Djeisan Suskov have won the 2020 APRA Silver Scroll Award for their hit song Glitter (published by Sony/ATV Publishing and Universal Music Publishing).

Following on from Soaked in 2019, this is the second consecutive nomination for the trio of songwriters and Stella Bennett was thrilled to win the Silver Scroll for the first time.

“This is nuts. Thank you very much. This is crazy. I just want to say to all the other finalists, you guys are insane.

 “Thank you so much to everyone who has listened to my music and supported the music that I’m making and the kind of music that I want to be making…the support that I’ve received over the past couple of years now has been insane, and I feel like everyone in New Zealand is so welcoming and supportive of new artists, which I think is very important, and it’s been a very great time for me, so thank you very much.”

Bennett and Fountain have worked together since Benee’s 2017 debut single Lonely Guy, through to the chart dominating Supalonely and have now teamed up with Suskov on the double platinum hit Soaked, as well as Glitter and a number of other hits that have seen Benee become a worldwide phenomenon. Suskov and Fountain have also found success with their laid-back pop group Leisure, and Fountain winning the Tui for Best Producer in 2019.

 

The Silver Scroll Award, which is voted for by APRA members, is a delightful acknowledgment from Bennett, Fountain, and Suskov’s fellow songwriters on the impact their songwriting has. It recognises their memorable work on Glitter, and will see their names engraved alongside other Aotearoa musical luminaries like Aldous Harding, Marlon Williams, Bic Runga, Ruban and Kody Nielson, Scribe and P Money, Chris Knox, Dave Dobbyn, and Shona Laing.

 

Fur Patrol pop punk star turned folk songstress Julia Deans was the music director of tonight’s 55th APRA Silver Scroll ceremony, which saw a host of other Aotearoa songwriters collect awards.

Rob Ruha was presented with the APRA Maioha Award. The APRA Maioha Award recognises exceptional waiata featuring te reo Māori, and the Ruha was celebrated for his song Ka Mānu.

 

Rob Ruha (Te Whānau a Apanui, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Rongowhakaata, Tainui, Te Arawa, Ngā Ariki-kaipūtahi, Ngā Puhi) has been a finalist multiple times, and also won the Maioha Award first in 2014, and again in 2016. The winning song Ka Mānu is a waiata written in response to the dispute around Ihumātao, speaking of unity and peaceful resistance, and highlighting the issues of oppression for indigenous people around the world. In continuing the theme of unity, the song brings together musicians from across Aotearoa for a stirring performance full of aroha and hope.

 

Wellington composer Michael Norris won the SOUNZ Contemporary Award – Te Tohu Auaha for the fourth time for his latest composition, Mātauranga (Rerenga). He previously won in 2014 for Inner Phases, 2018 for Sygyt, and 2019 for Sama Violin Concerto.

 

Commissioned by the NZSO, Michael Norris’ Mātauranga (Rerenga) is a work for orchestra, taonga puoro and live electronics which reflects on Captain Cook’s first voyage to the South Pacific and his arrival in Aotearoa. Norris (who has been a finalist six times and won the award three times) recognised the many issues surrounding Cook's arrival in New Zealand, and the piece is not so much a celebration as an evocation of a moment in time.

 

Karl Steven won Best Original Music in a Feature Film for his score on the cult-horror film Come To Daddy. This was his third Screen Award win at the Silver Scrolls and seventh nomination and his work on Come To Daddy has been applauded for its characterful chamber orchestra score which balances intrigue, knife-edge tension, and mayhem, enhancing the unpredictable storyline that unfolds as a son reunites with his estranged father in a remote location.

 

And David Long (also a former finalist and winner), took home Best Original Music in a Series for his work on the sumptuous international co-production The Luminaries (published by Native Tongue Music Publishing). Based on Eleanor Catton’s acclaimed historical novel, the series unravels an incredible tale of star-crossed love bound up in a gold-rush mystery, and Long’s score carefully intertwines the spiritual with the gritty, building drama while also delineating the many characters who cross paths.

 

This year amidst the uncertainties of COVID-19, APRA made the decision to move the awards ceremony to an online streaming platform for the first time in what was an incredible opportunity to capture the much-treasured performances of each Scroll nominee in a studio environment.

 

This year’s cover performances included:

- Benee, Glitter – performed by Delaney Davidson and The All Girl Big Band

- Troy Kingi, Mighty Invader – performed by Alien Weaponry

- Nadia Reid, Get The Devil Out – performed by Neil MacLeod

- Reb Fountain, Don’t You Know Who I Am – performed by Disciple Pati

- L.A.B., In The Air – performed by Mousey

- Michael Norris, Mātauranga (Rerenga) – performed by Sam Trevethick, Darren Matthiassen, and Nick Robinson (members of Shapeshifter) with Tiki Taane

- Rob Ruha, Ka Mānu – performed by Tomorrow People

 

The ceremony also included a very special performance of the Weta song Calling On performed by Julia Deans, Anika Moa, Anna Coddington, Hollie Smith, Lauren Barus and Natalia Sheppard in tribute to Aaron Tokona and in memoriam to members of the music community who were lost this year.

 

The night was rounded off with a tribute to Max Merritt, with an ensemble performance of his soulful classic Slipping Away, by all 2020 Silver Scroll performers around Aotearoa, and led by Marlon Williams.

The winners of all awards were:

- APRA Silver Scroll Award: Stella Bennett, Joshua Fountain and Djeisan Suskov – Glitter – performed by Benee (published by Sony/ATV Publishing and Universal Music Publishing)

- APRA Maioha Award: Rob Ruha – Ka Mānu

- SOUNZ Contemporary Award – Te Tohu Auaha: Michael Norris – Mātauranga (Rerenga)

- APRA Best Original Music in a Feature Film Award: Karl Steven – Come To Daddy

- APRA Best Original Music in a Series Award: David Long – The Luminaries (published by Native Tongue Music Publishing)

The awards are proudly supported by NZ On Air and Te Māngai Pāho

For more info: APRA Website


 

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Six pioneering Rock'n'Roll legends are to be inducted into the NZ Music Hall of Fame

Johnny Cooper, Max Merritt, Peter Posa, Dinah Lee, The Chicks and Larry’s Rebels will be inducted into the NZ Music Hall of Fame at the Aotearoa Music Awards on 15 November.

Johnny Cooper recorded the first home grown Kiwi Rock'n'Roll record 65 years ago with his self-penned track ‘Pie Cart Rock ‘n’ Roll’.

The hardest working man in rock, Max Merritt who became a local legend and a spokesperson for the new music generation. Max and The Meteors toured and played on singles by their fellow Cantabrian, and our most successful female artist of the 60’s (both here and in Australia), the ‘Queen of the Mods’ Dinah Lee.  She is the most successful New Zealand female pop artist of the 1960s and one of the shiniest stars to emerge from the pool of talent in this small nation. A child of the south, Christchurch raised and launched her, and the ties remain strong, but work was the imperative and it took her away (see her bio at https://www.audioculture.co.nz/people/dinah-lee).

With C'Mon and other great TV shows and on local stages Dinah joined guitar impresario Peter Posa, whose albums of instrumental guitar inspired a whole generation of players and sold by the truckload all over the world. There is a really good interview with the late Peter Posa at: https://www.audioculture.co.nz/stories/peter-posa-hostage-to-the-beat

It turns out that Peter Posa discovered sisters, Suzanne and Judy Donaldson, and their up-tempo harmonies, and grabbed them to go on tour, making them household names - as The Chicks.  Check out their two part interview at https://www.audioculture.co.nz/stories/the-chicks-part-1-down-on-the-farm

Finally, we had our own answer to the Beatles and The Rolling Stones, just in time for moptop fever -  Larry’s Rebels were perfect for the time with the swagger of Jagger and the growl of the Animals to set teen hearts a'flutter with their wild live shows.  See the 2 part interview at: https://www.audioculture.co.nz/stories/larry-s-rebels-part-1-long-ago-far-away


Sadly, this year’s inductions are bittersweet, with Johnny Cooper, Max Merritt and Peter Posa no longer with us.  Presented by NZ Music Hall of Fame Trust, the inductions are undertaken in a private ceremony whereupon inductees are gifted a tapu taonga, in accordance with tikanga Māori.

All six artists inducted this year will be acknowledged with video tributes and live performances at the 2020 Aotearoa Music Awards, which take place in Auckland on November 15.

The event will be broadcast live on The Edge TV from 7pm and continue on Three from 8.30pm. The entire broadcast will be streamed on ThreeNow.

You can check it all out at: https://www.musichall.co.nz/

You can check out full bios at: https://www.audioculture.co.nz/


Saturday, October 17, 2020

NZ General Election

 Preliminary Results - 98.8% of votes counted:

Labour: 49.0%

National: 26.8%

Act: 8.0%

Green: 7.6%

NZ First: 2.7%

NCP: 1.5%

Congratulations to Jacinda and the Labour team for winning the Election with the biggest majority for Labour since 1938!

Friday, October 16, 2020

Fat Freddie's Drop get Locked-In (New Album)

Fat Freddy's Drop present the Lock-In album, a sonic moment in time as the band jam conscious songs of freedom and hope for a generation.
The studio session was captured at the iconic Michael Fowler Centre in the band’s hometown of Wellington during the pandemic lockdown. Devoid of audience, it’s a reflection of the surreal times that have halted tour life in 2020. 
The Lock-In release is Freddy’s way of giving back to fans worldwide. The band re-located their BAYS studio to the MFC and set up in a circle on the MFC stage for the recording, providing a unique space to jam slow burn classics such as ‘Soldier’, ‘Hope’ and ‘This Room’ as well as test drive ‘Avengers’ a brand new track in the making. The other tracks recorded are 'Special Edition', ‘Six-Eight' ‘OneFourteen’ and 'Trickle Down’ from ‘Special Edition Part 1’ the band’s most recent album.
The crisp multi-track production was recorded by Western Audio, remixed by DJ Fitchie, Freddy’s beat master and producer back at Freddy’s BAYS studio and shipped for final mastering at Calyx studio in Berlin. 
The LOCK-IN session melds Freddy’s fastidious studio chops and love of freewheeling jams with a tautness that comes from 21 years in the business and a reputation as one of the finest live draws in the world. Fat Freddy’s Drop ‘LOCK-IN’ will be accompanied by an online video of the jam session, adding another dynamic dimension to the special documentation. ‘Lock-In’ sit back, relax and enjoy the show.
The album is currently on most digital platforms. Vinyl will be available soon. 

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Julie Lamb Launches New Album


At exactly 20:20 10/10/2020 the Julie Lamb Outfit released their new album 'How Humans Think' at the Eva Beva in Wellington. 

A packed crowd jammed in to enjoy some funk and good vibes and celebrate along with this very dynamic 8 piece band.
Photos below taken by Tim Gruar


 

 

 


 

 

 



 


 

 


And here's the single, 'Hair Power'

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

The Wellington Jazz Festival is ON! 18-22 November 2020


You may have noticed our cool little Capital coming back to life over the last two weeks.  As we come out of Lockdown our music festivals are also waking up. 

 The annual Wellington Jazz Festival is the highlight of Aotearoa’s mid-winter music calendar, featuring some of the finest musicians from across New Zealand and around the globe. For 2020, the Festival has reshaped its planned programme, shifted to spring and is putting all its resources into the sounds and talents of Aotearoa NZ. Jazz aficionados and intrepid newcomers can explore more than 100 gigs across the city, with five days to #lovelocal, spreading the magic of jazz throughout the capital’s streets, cafes, bars and live music venues. 

The festival features a whole range of artists including award winning performers like Kevin Field, Avantdale Bowling Club, Anita Schwabe and Rikki Gooch.  More artists and events are being announced all the time so watch this space! 

For gigs and bookings go to https://www.jazzfestival.nz

Thursday, September 17, 2020

This just in: Laneway 2021 Canceled


From the Laneway Festival folks:

"After much deliberation, we are very disappointed to announce that Laneway Festival Auckland will not be taking place in Summer 2021. The current circumstances surrounding border closures and the unpredictability of future Covid-19 outbreaks have created an extremely tough environment for festivals.

We take pride in delivering an absolutely premium event year after year but in these conditions we do not believe we can operate to our full capabilities. We have decided that it would be best to take a year off so that we're in a strong position to come back bigger and better than ever.

Sending our love and support to all our loyal crew and suppliers who we hope to see again, along with all the punters, in summer 2022.

Keep an eye on our socials for an update on Laneway Festival's Australian events in the coming months."



Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Record Store Day 2020




Sure Covid has hit us all hard but when the opportunity arises music lovers grab the opportunity to celebrate. Under level 2/3 conditions NZ will be buying up large on the vinyl.

Whether bands will be playing in store is yet to be determined. We'll let you know what our friends at Slowboat and Rough Peel are up to. So stay tuned in.

In the meantime check out the world wide releases here

Saturday, August 22, 2020

Top Five Silver Scroll Nominees Announced today!

The top five nominations for the APRA 2020 Silver Scroll songwriting award have been decided. 
The Silver Scroll Award recognises excellence in songwriting.  

They are: Reb Fountain - ‘Don’t You Know Who I Am’, written by Reb Fountain Nadia Reid - ‘Get The Devil Out’, written by Nadia Reid BENEE - ‘Glitter’, written by Stella Bennett, Joshua Fountain and Djesian Suskov L.A.B. - ‘In The Air’, written by Ara Adams-Tamatea, Brad Kora, Stu Kora, Joel Shadbolt, and Miharo Gregory Troy Kingi - ‘Mighty Invader’, written by Troy Kingi. 

The top five Silver Scroll song nominations were voted on by members of APRA (the Australasian Performing Rights Association), which represents songwriters in New Zealand. They chose from a long list of 20 songs, which was compiled from more than 200 entries by a judging panel of 10 songwriters. 

The APRA Silver Scroll Award will (hopefully, Covid-willing) be presented at the Auckland Town Hall on Wednesday 14 October.  That award will be one of five awards, which includes the APRA Maioha Award (celebrating exceptional waiata featuring te reo);  SOUNZ Contemporary Award (which honours contemporary compositions); the APRA Best Original Music in a Feature Film Award and the APRA Best Original Music in a Series Award.   

Reb Fountain
Photo by Tim Gruar

Reb Fountain - ‘Don’t You Know Who I Am’ 

Reb’s been in the Aotearoa music scene for many years, but the release of her third, self-titled album earlier this year has seen her sultry voice and alt-folk sensibilities reach a whole new audience. ‘Don’t You Know Who I Am’ is an intimate, but bold ballad, that explores identity, and calls on the listener to “dig deep, wake up, open your eyes and beat your own drum.” - according to Reb Fountain. 





Photo by Tim Gruar

Nadia Reid - 'Get The Devil Out’ 

Nadia was in the Scrolls the top five in 2017 for her song ‘Richard’. This year it’s for ‘Get The Devil Out’ from her third album Out Of My Province. The song covers past and present selves, looking for reconciliation. 



Benee - ‘Glitter’ 

Last year that Stella Bennett (Benee) along with co-writers Djeisan Suskov and Josh Fountain, took out a top five spot with their track ‘Soaked’. This year they are back with ‘Glitter’ from Benee’s 2019 EP Fire on Marzz, which saw huge international success. ‘Glitter’ is an easy-going pop-ode to the people you still want to party with after everyone else has left. The song pairs Benee’s mischievous and husky voice with the sunny, confident sound of Josh and Djeisan’s production to create a mellow post-party vibe. 




L.A.B

L.A.B. - ‘In the Air’ In March 

L.A.B became the first local independent act to have a song hit #1 in NZ since 2012, spending three weeks at the top. A laid-back reggae and blues groove, ‘In The Air’ showcases L.A.B’s talent for a catchy melody. Combining vocalist Joel Shadbolt’s crooner skills with guest vocalist, and our very good friend,  Lisa Tomlins.  The song is a real good vibe, slow-burned with heaps of nostalgic love song feels to it.  The real success of it is down to the super-tight instrumental interplay between Brad Kora (drums), Stu Kora (guitar, keys), Ara Adams-Tamatea (bass), and Miharo Gregory (keys). 


Troy Kingi
Photo by Tim Gruar

Troy Kingi - ‘Mighty Invader’ 

 In 2018, Troy Kingi was a finalist for his song ‘Aztechknowledgey’, and this year he’s back with ‘Mighty Invader’, from his 2019 reggae album Holy Colony Burning Acres. The song explores the painful legacy of colonisation, providing a visceral picture of Captain Cook’s arrival in the Pacific, and the oppression of indigenous people that followed. Marika Hodgson’s wonderfully melodic bass lines, and rousing horns from Guy Harrison are woven into Troy’s smooth vocals.


For the whole store check it out here: https://apraamcos.co.nz/awards/awards/silver-scroll-awards/

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Avantdale Bowling Club to headline the 2020 Wellington Jazz Festival

West Auckland rapper and hip hop artist Tom Scott will bring his “stunning” (NPR) genre-pushing jazz, hip-hop project Avantdale Bowling Club to Wellington for “an incredible journey of jazz, rap, soul, and spoken word” (Radio13) at the Opera House on Saturday 21 November. 

Joined by some of the country’s top musicians, Scott’s “turn-on-a-pin rhythmic cadence” (Metromag) and his “brutally honest, startlingly raw” lyrics (NZ Herald) promise one of the best nights of live music you’ll experience this year. 

In 2019, his first album under the moniker Avantdale Bowling Club saw Scott win the Taite Music PrizeAlbum of the Year and Hip-hop Artist awards at the New Zealand Music Awards, as well as being named a finalist at the Silver Scrolls for the song Years Gone By. 

Influenced by the likes of Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders and Alice Coltrane, Scott describes his latest album as “a self-help book addressed to myself” that was four years in the making.   

Avantdale Bowling Club’s genre isn’t easy to pin down. Typically irreverent, Scott’s Spotify profile for the project calls it “irrelevant jazz from an island nation off the coast of Antarctica.”   

“The album’s about home and its inhabitants, with all their inadequacies and complexities. It’s about finding peace in the little piece of land you stand on,” he says. 

Scott first emerged in 2007 with Home Brew, a band that still performs live. His other projects – Average Rap Band@Peace, a new Average Man collaboration and his new label ‘Years Gone By’, ensure that he continues to influence a generation of young rappers and push boundaries across genres. 

Scott has been hard at work on ABC 2, so the Wellington Jazz Festival audience is likely to hear new material from his stellar ensemble including Tonga Vaea (vocals/keys/trumpet), Guy Harrison (keys/trumpet), JY Lee (saxophone), Ben Turua (upright bass/bass guitar) and Julien Dyne (drums). 

Wellington Jazz Festival Creative Director Marnie Karmelita says she is looking forward to Wellington Jazz Festival audiences experiencing the incredible ensemble for themselves.  

“Surrounding himself with some of the best jazz musicians in the country, Tom Scott’s latest project has been recognised for its innovation and sheer brilliance. I’m thrilled we were still able to secure them for the rescheduled Wellington Jazz Festival in November this year in a completely New Zealand focused programme.” 

Tickets for Avantdale Bowling Club will be on public sale from 1 September on Ticketmaster. There will be a Culture Club supporters pre-sale from 25 August. Head here to join and find out more.

Keep an eye out for further programme updates over the coming weeks.