New Zealand Music Features

by Kate Powell
PANDEMICAVERA: THE OTHERS WAY MUSIC FESTIVAL THAT WASN'T

PANDEMICAVERA: THE OTHERS WAY MUSIC FESTIVAL THAT WASN'T

The 2020 edition of The Others Way was set to be the sixth such gathering of the musical faithful along Karangahape Road. Preparations were advanced and in motion, before another roadblock forced the event's indefinite postponement. Last year shortly after the second Auckland lockdown, Kate Powell spoke with organisers, artists and venue owners involved about their experiences and what they've learnt. 

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JAY CLARKSON: PRESENT, PAST AND ARCHIVAL PHOTOS

JAY CLARKSON: PRESENT, PAST AND ARCHIVAL PHOTOS

Jay Clarkson has been recording and performing music in New Zealand for many years, and she continues to do so. We asked Jay to give us the back story on a number of photos and letters we've unearthed from the archives, as well as what she has in the pipeline. 

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THE FLYING NUN 21ST ANNIVERSARY 'CIRCUS' - PEEL, MALKMUS & THE WHOLE NUN GANG

THE FLYING NUN 21ST ANNIVERSARY 'CIRCUS' - PEEL, MALKMUS & THE WHOLE NUN GANG

Under The Influence (FNCD021) came about through 12 months of loose talk, six months of intensive planning, three changes of date and two final weeks of very late nights. Indeed there were many times we questioned the sanity and feasibility of even attempting to record the Flying Nun 21st Anniversary album in one day... and without the faith of many around us we simply wouldn’t have been able to pull it off! As the Flying Nun label had recently been incorporated, alongside Festival Records and Mushroom Records, into the larger independent company called (deep breath) Festival Mushroom Records incorporating Flying Nun, we had created a strong...

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The Beths band performing live

MUSIC STREAMING ISN'T EVERYTHING

Cover photo: The Beths at Auckland City Limits 2018. Photo: Gareth Shute Over the past decade, streaming has come to dominate the revenues of the local music industry, making up 75% of the overall total in 2019 (as calculated by Recorded Music New Zealand). This has been a boon for music labels with a long back-catalogue, since they can now generate streaming income on old albums that would’ve been prohibitively expensive to re-press in the CD era. It has also allowed a small number of New Zealand acts to be picked up worldwide in a big way - for example, an act...

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