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Friday, May 13, 2016

NZ Music Month - Princess Chelsea Releases "Is It All OK?" video

Princess Chelsea Releases "Is It All OK?" video

Today Princess Chelsea shares a "weirdass" music video for the track "Is It All OK?" - taken from the album The Great Cybernetic Depression, released earlier in 2015 on Flying Nun Records and Lil' Chief Records.

Long time video collaborator Simon Ward - who produced and directed the video - says "Is It All OK?" is a synthetic story of the love and loss of the human race.


Princess Chelsea has a track record of impressive videos and a large youtube following, including her single Cigarette Duet, which currently has over 28 million views.

Previous singles from The Great Cybernetic Depression include No Church On Sunday, Too Many People, We Were Meant 2 B and We Are Strangers           

NZ Music Month Video - Ryan Enzed - Crawling ft Sahara Skye
Ryan Enzed - Crawling ft Sahara Skye

Phil Broadhurst – A Tui For His Dedication

Auckland based jazz pianist Phil Broadhurst won this year’s NZ Music Awards’ Jazz Tui for the third album in his loosely termed Dedication trilogy ‘Panacea’. NZM’s Aleisha Ward met with Broadhurst to discuss his win and what he’s up to next.
The first two albums in Phil Broadhurst’s Dedication trilogy – ‘Delayed Reaction’ (2011) and ‘Flaubert’s Dance’ (2013) – were both nominated for Jazz Tuis, winning the Tui this year Broadhurst likens his win with ‘Panacea’ to Peter Jackson winning the Oscar for Lord of the Rings Part 3.
“’Delayed Reaction’ lost out to Rodger Fox and ‘Flaubert’s Dance’ to Nathan Haines, so whether it was a vote bearing in mind that it was a trilogy and they [the judges] saved it until now, I don’t know,” he jokes.
The trilogy of albums dedicated to his influences, friends, and peers grew subconsciously at first.

“When we did ‘Delayed Reaction’ that was one of the things that resulted from my Masters’ research into [French jazz pianist] Michel Petrucciani. It wasn’t until afterwards that I realised that it was a sort of dedication to him, and when it came to the next album, I thought, why not do a dedication to a number of musicians, so the trilogy kind of grew from there.
“As well as being dedicated to some famous musicians, such as Horace Silver ‘Panacea’ is also dedicated to some of the players that I’ve been closely involved with, like [guitarist] Martin Winch, so that title track is dedicated to him. I used to have a band with Martin and Kim Paterson in the 1970s and we called the band Panacea, but there was never a song called Panacea until now.”

Phil Broadhurst Quintet - Panacea gig

In addition to being an active performer Broadhurst is also a lecturer at the Massey Albany jazz programme and host of the long running (23 years) radio show The Art of Jazz, on Radio NZ Concert. As such he has a unique overview of jazz here.
“The state of jazz in NZ is that it comes and goes, and it’s invariably hard to pin down exactly what’s going to happen in the future. I think as far as Auckland is concerned, one of the improvements over the last few years has been the development of the CJC [Creative Jazz Club]. It enabled more interaction between Wellington and Auckland, and even Christchurch and Auckland, especially with the emerging artists series. This is something you don’t really get very much in any city. I’ve been back and forth between Wellington and Auckland a lot and I can tell you that no one in either city has much of a clue about what’s going on in the other, so having a place that encourages musicians from other cities to come and play, is really important.”
However, while creative aspects of the jazz scene are improving, the financial aspects are not.
“We’re working for less now that we did 20 years ago, which is crazy… the trouble is that we end up agreeing to it anyway just for a chance to play. That’s the other problem, we all enjoy it too much so we don’t worry as much as we should about the money. We’re by no means unique in this in NZ though – it happens everywhere”
Keeping venues going is another issue he identifies as challenging the local jazz scene.
“It’s no good having a whole bunch of student musicians playing on the street, you need the venues. And if the venues are only concerned about making money on the bar, then in the end you’re going to have a problem. Jazz audiences now are there to listen to the music, rather than drink, and that’s a huge change. We didn’t used to have that, even 10 years ago, but we’ve got it now… because you’re often paying money to get in, so why wouldn’t you listen?
“Maybe the answer is to go even further. The CJC experimented recently with having two distinct sets, so maybe we need to move to the New York style with multiple sets per night, and have a drinks minimum, and then you satisfy the bar staff more.”
Because his Dedication trilogy spanned several years Broadhurst says he’s looking at different possible directions to take.
“I’m going to try and do something with Julie [Mason]. I’ll write some music, she’ll write some lyrics and we’ll do some vocal stuff. We’re going to Europe next year, possibly for a year since my job at Massey is winding up at the end of this year. We might line up some gigs while we’re there. If the radio show continues, I might also do that from there as well.”

Launched for NZ Music Month - The Orchestra of Spheres

The kid popped along to Rough Peel Records last Sunday to check out this unique group performing in-house at Rough Peel to get on down and to take a few pics.

Their new album is called Brothers and Sisters of the Black Lagoon  


What is NZ Music Month?

Firmly entrenched as part of our cultural landscape, the month of May has gone from a period of encouraging radio to play more local tunes, to a 31 day celebration of homegrown talent across the length and breadth of the country.
NZ Music Month is a promotion run by the NZ Music Commission that takes place each May, in association with other organisations including NZ On Air, Recorded Music New Zealand, APRA, The Music Managers Forum, and the Radio Broadcasters Association. And obviously NZ Music Month could not succeed without the support of the country's labels, media, the general public, and, most importantly, the artists themselves.
Here at NZ Music Month HQ we can still remember back to the year 2000 when it all kicked off. There was plenty of great music being made but not enough people got to hear it, see it, or have it on their shelves. It's bloody marvellous to see how far things have come.
With local music of so many different kinds blasting through our airwaves, soaring off stages, webpagesand apps, and rumbling out of ludicrously lowered cars at the lights these days it is hard to fathom why things weren't like this earlier. Well, along with the vast amount of talented musicians responsible for all the great songs, and the hardworking folks who support them professionally and personally, we'd like to think that NZ Music Month has played a part.

We want to help you get to great gigs, make new musical discoveries, and get excited about your faves from the past. With a bunch of new releases looming over the horizon, hundreds of gigs around the country, and media of all kinds gearing up to get behind NZ Music Month you won't be able to miss it.

NZ Music Month will also be spreading the word about everything else that's going on around Aotearoa, so stay tuned for our personal picks throughout May and dig deep into our comprehensive gig guide to find gems that tickle your fancy.
Catch you out there...

Link to the NZ Music Month Website 

Tuesday, May 10, 2016