The Famous Elsewhere Questionnaire

Fifteen revealing questions submitted to well-known musicians or newcomers to the game which they can answer seriously or as silly as they please.

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THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Tommy Emmanuel

18 Aug 2015

Guitarist Tommy Emmanuel is no stranger to New Zealand's shores and nor should be because he was for a long time a near neighbor. Born in New South Wales 60 years ago, Emmanuel rose quickly through the ranks and by his teenage years he had acquired considerable road miles touring with the family band and also a stack of awards. In the early Seventies he joined the re-formed... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Darryn Paterson-Harkness

10 Aug 2015

Auckland multi-instrumentalist Darryn Paterson-Harkness has always gone his own way, sometimes working within an innovative rock context (his bands New Telepathics and Serafin, the latter recording a John Peel session in London and playing in over 20 countries), and at others exploring the realms of pop and/or jazz improvisation. He has also been part of the expanded From Scratch... > Read more

Cutting the Mustard Goose

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Frank Eliesa of Yoko-Zuna

27 Jul 2015

The Auckland four-piece Yoko-Zuna (for your amusement check the source of the name) describe themselves on their Facebook page as "progressive, electronic, hip-hop" . . . And all of those descriptors seem fair . . . especially the progressive bit. That's because, if you check the sample track here, you can feel the breadth of their jazz fusion-cum-hip-hop with a nu-soul... > Read more

This Place

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE WRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Rochelle Bright

20 Jul 2015

Rochelle Bright has enjoyed one of the better views in New Zealand while writing plays such as her acclaimed Daffodils . . . and the impending The Deliberate Disappearance of My Friend, Jack Hartnett (which opens in Auckland soon, dates below) She earned the enviable multi-milldollar vista across Auckland's Hauraki Gulf from Devonport's heights because she won the 2015 Michael King... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Abraham Kunin

6 Jul 2015

Abraham Kunin is a musician with many hats: He is a member of the Auckland three-piece the Means who parlay a kind of soulful electro-jazz and released their debut EP The Ends 18 months ago, and with singer Esther Stephens (as Esther Stephens and the Means) they've just released their debut self-titled album. But he's also been in House of Broken Strings, Coach and Junelle, and was the... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Timberwolf

26 Jun 2015

Australian singer-songwriter Timberwolf -- aka Chris Panousakis -- got some very good news recently. He was invited by Gin Wigmore to open for her in Melbourne and Sydney  . . . and on her forthcoming New Zealand dates (see below). That will mean some big crowds, but the Adelaide-based musician is familiar enough with that: He has played Womadelaide, the Big Pineapple Groovin the Moo... > Read more

Stranded

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Bill Morris

15 Jun 2015

Not many New Zealand musicians could pull a quote about themselves from the influential American magaine No Depression, and certainly not one as glowing as that about Bill Morris. “He’s thousands of miles from Nashville, " wrote John Apice, "but even those songwriters would not want to get into the ring with a heavyweight like Bill Morris. If they did,... > Read more

Gold Light (In the Palm of My Hands)

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Aly Cook

12 Jun 2015

Aly Cook should need no introduction given how many nominations she's had for best female country artist (five) or because of how she turns her skills as a publicist to her own advantage. She is all over social media, sends out interesting newsletters (she's so much on the move they read like travelogues) and just keeps writing and playing. If she isn't as well known in her homeland... > Read more

Western Line

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Sally Stockwell

15 May 2015

While it's easy  to be dismissive of actors moving into the world of music (does anyone yearn for the return of Keanu Reeves in Dogstar?), there have been some creditable and credible results from thespians and screen stars writing and recording their own music. And into that crossover now steps actress Sally Stockwell who is best known for appearances on New Zealand television shows... > Read more

Lair

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE JAZZ QUESTIONNAIRE: David Long

13 May 2015

Those who have followed the by-ways of David Long's busy life might wonder why this award-winning producer, composer and guitarist-without-portfolio – who was a founder member of the Muttonbirds, has composed scores for Peter Jackson films, is a member of Plan 9, his music appearing in the current NZ doco The Ground We Won and he has written for dance and theatre – should here... > Read more

Holy Grottoe

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE JAZZ QUESTIONNAIRE: Alan Brown

11 May 2015

Auckland-based keyboard player and composer Alan Brown has been around the New Zealand jazz scene for decades in groups like Blue Train and the Grand Central Band, has toured and played with the likes of Nathan Haines and Caitlin Smith and of course helmed his own trio . . . as well as passing on the message through his teaching. But his new album Silent Observer takes a quieter turn and is... > Read more

Abandoned Fences

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Robin Nathan

4 May 2015

Over here at Elsewhere we don't have little ones but that doesn't stop us enjoying children's books and sometimes even music aimed at the wee folk. Our favourite local artist making music for kids – which adults don't have to endure but can actually enjoy – is Wellingtonian Robin Nathan, producer of Fatcat and Fishface albums as well as fleabiteBITE. The lyrics are... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Jody Direen

20 Apr 2015

Wanaka-based Jody Direen is the new face and new voice of New Zealand's mainstream (but post-Taylor Swift) country music scene. Elsewhere spoke to her last year (here)  and mentioned at that time her single Loud had gone to number four on the Australian country music charts, and that she had been spotted by Bear Grylls team when singing in Wanaka. She spent six months in the States... > Read more

Adreenaline

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Fraser and Naomi Browne of Paper Cranes

6 Apr 2015

The Japanese writing on the cover of the debut album album by Auckland's Paper Cranes (and the band name, of course) alert you to the fact that there is something a little different about them. Singer Naomi was born and brought up in Japan and in performance they deftly (and discreetly deploy Japanese flute). That debut album The Road Home caught Elsewhere's heart recently (see here)... > Read more

Tillsammans, Futaride

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Joel Fafard

1 Apr 2015

Let's be honest here: Not many people in New Zealand would have heard of long-running Canadian singer-songwriter Joel Fafard who writes his own material but is also rooted in Southern blues and folk. He's not only very good, he's been doing this for more than a decade, has a brace of albums behind him, tells a good story between songs and back home has picked up awards. So Elsewhere is... > Read more

Jitterbug Swing

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Sharon Corr

30 Mar 2015

The first thing that is surprising about Irish singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Sharon Corr is that she is 45. For someone who has been touring and recording for 25 years she is astonisingly well preserved. The other thing however is that she is a very classy songwriter and her two solo albums since the family band the Corrs called it a day a decade ago (a hiatus, not a break-up... > Read more

Smalltown Boy

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Jamie McDell

23 Mar 2015

Although 22-year old singer-songwriter Jamie McDell from Auckland (or Raglan if there's good weather) is often characterised as a poster girl for healthy living, the outdoor life and eco-consciousness, it's also worth remembering she is an accomplished songwriter whose debut album Six Strings and a Sailboat won her the Tui for the best pop album of 2013 (and she was nominated for breakthrough... > Read more

Fly Honeys

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Emma Davey

13 Mar 2015

A couple of weeks back Wellington singer-songwriter Emma Davey could happily buy a slightly better quality bottle of supermarket wine because her debut album The Court of Love was sitting on the New Zealand music chart in the top 10. While the jazz-influenced title track might have reflected back on her work with vocalist Dave Feehan and her appearances at the Tauranga Jazz Festival,... > Read more

Damaged Man

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Quail State aka Jono Aidney

3 Mar 2015

Jono Aidney who performs as Quail State has been through illness and itinerancy, but now back in his hometown of Auckland he has posted his debut album, Volcano Hazards of Auckland, at bandcamp (here) and launches it this Friday, see poster below. Aidney is an articulate guy and that comes through in his focused, gritty and pretty terrific dark take on power pop. And also in what he has to... > Read more

Idle Hands

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Nick Mc Grath of Sparrow Thieves

23 Feb 2015

Last week Elsewhere was pleased to introduce, Lethargic Caffeine, the debut album by Southland's Sparrow Thieves noting gthat it betrayed a maturity of songwriting and an economy of pop-rock into power-pop style. It seemed natural therefore to flick Nick McGrath the band's main songwriter our specially framed songwriter's questionnaire. And needless to say his comments as as interesting... > Read more

Golden Age of the Gas Station