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 SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Candice Milner

2 Dec 2016  |  3 min read

No musician just appears out of nowhere . . . although Candice Milner, now 18, comes pretty close. Her single Run For It won the audience.co.nz monthly chart in June and that set her on the path to her debut album Evergreen. Recorded in her hometown of Lyttelton with Ben Edwards and a band of sympathetic players, Evergreen is an impressively diverse collection of songs which ease... > Read more

Gallery

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Rachael Price of Lake Street Dive

28 Nov 2016  |  2 min read

You only needed to see Lake Street Dive's You Tube of them singing The Jackson' Five's I Want You Back on street in Boston four years ago to realise they were pretty special. The quartet had met at the New England Conservatory of Music and had bonded over a love of Motown and classic Sixties pop with touches of country. They'd taken their time: in late 2014 when we spoke with... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Troy Kingi

21 Nov 2016  |  2 min read

With his debut album Guitar Party at Uncle's Bach, Troy Kingi arrived with a crash. It is a beautifully packaged double disc attributed to Troy Kingi and the Electric Haka Boogie. It seems like the 32-year old Northland singer-guitarist came from nowhere but he co-wrote the hit Aotearoa with Stan Walker and he's played with Mara TK (Electric Wire Hustle) and as an actor he has... > Read more

Cold Steel

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Anna Coddington

21 Oct 2016  |  3 min read

Some things you may not know about New Zealand singer-songwriter Anna Coddington, whose third album Luck/Time is released today: That she is -- and we quote the press release here -- the face of Trilogy Skincare, has an MA in Linguistics and is a second Dan Black Belt in karate. Oh, and runs marathons, wrote all but one of the 12 tracks on Luck/Time (the other a co-write) and produced all... > Read more

Without a Fight

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Ben Morley of Mice On Stilts

26 Sep 2016  |  2 min read

It's fair to say that we probably haven't seen or a heard a band like Auckland six-piece Mice on Stilts for decades, perhaps even ever before. Their expansive music owes debts to atmospheric prog-rock and romantic classic music with touches of introverted folk and . . . You get the picture? Elsewhere was very enthusiastic about their debut EP An Ocean Held Me and first album... > Read more

The Hours

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Ross Mullins

26 Sep 2016  |  3 min read

It has been more than a wee while – he says 17 years in the liner notes to his current album – since we have heard new music from Ross Mullins, once the unofficial Musician-in-Residence in his home suburb of Devonport. From the mid Eighties with his acclaimed debut album State House Kid, songwriter-singer and keyboard player Mullins – who fronted the band Last Man... > Read more

Koromiko Road

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE JAZZ QUESTIONNAIRE: Florian Ross

26 Sep 2016  |  3 min read

German pianist and composer Florian Ross has done it all, from solo piano recordings through to big bands with a little organ-fronted trio along the way. He studied in Cologne, London and New York, has taught in a number of German academies and universities,  and has released a dozen albums. He's played alongside Kenny Wheeler,  Vince Mendoza and John Scofield . .... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE JAZZ QUESTIONNAIRE: DeWayne Pate

26 Sep 2016  |  2 min read

Jazz bassist DeWayne Pate from San Francisco has played with some of the most famous musicians of the past 30 years, and across an impressive musical spectrum: bluesmen like Duke Robilliard and Charlie Musselwhite, pop and rockers like Pat Benetar and Huey Lewis, country legend Sneaky Pete Kleinow, Boz Scaggs . . . Jazz of course remains his first love and as a technically gifted player... > Read more

Goin' Home

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITERS QUESTIONNAIRE: Skyscraper Stan

23 Sep 2016  |  5 min read

And they call him Skyscraper Stan because . . . At a height which means ducking through doors, Stan Woodhouse stands a little bit taller than most New Zealand musicians . . . and through his rough-hewn, folk/blue and country-influenced music stands apart too. When he was 20 he went off to Melbourne to ostensibly study zoology but also honed his songwriting and started playing... > Read more

Elvis

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE WORLD MUSIC QUESTIONNAIRE: Moana Maniapoto

20 Sep 2016  |  3 min read

Few New Zealand artists have the stature, musical longevity and long-term political commitment of Moana Maniapoto (Ngāti Tūwharetoa/Tūhourangi-Ngāti Wahiao). So it is hardly surprising that she should be this year's inductee into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame. She will be so honoured at this year's APRA Silver Scroll awards in Auckland on Thursday, September 29.... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE JAZZ QUESTIONNAIRE: Nick Williams of After 'Ours

16 Sep 2016  |  3 min read

As one half of After 'Ours – with pianist/composer Michal Martyniuk – the multi-instrumentalist/producer Nick Williams has made a big impression with their debut album Odyssey, released today. Their music sits along the edge of cool LA fusion of the Seventies coupled to soulful and contemporary r'n'b. It also comes with a number of stellar guests like saxophonist Nathan... > Read more

Day After Day

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE PRODUCER QUESTIONNAIRE: Paddy Free of Pitch Black

5 Sep 2016  |  5 min read

Pitch Black – Paddy Free and Mike Hodgson – have been in the vanguard of New Zealand electronica, dub and dance for more decades than even they care to recall. They brought hi-tech light and sound to their performances and over a series of albums stretched the boundaries and possibilities of the sonic range of electronica. Outside of Pitch Back which has been an... > Read more

Without the Trees

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE JAZZ QUESTIONNAIRE: Tom Ludvigson of Trip to the Moon

29 Aug 2016  |  3 min read

As one half of the production of the new Trip to the Moon album A Traveller's Tale – with Trevor Reekie – Tom Ludvigson brings a wealth of playing, writing and production experience. The keyboard player and programer in TTTMoon, Ludvigson is also a jazz player of immeasurable skills so the improvised, ambient nature of Trip's music is a zone in which he is entirely... > Read more

Sana Monica Stroll

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Wayne Hussey of the Mission

26 Aug 2016  |  2 min read

You have to tip your hat to the Mission fronted by Wayne Hussey (formerly of Dead or Alive with Pete Burns and then the Sisters of Mercy). They emerged out of Britain's Goth cult and – despite line-up changes and a few periods of inactivity – they are still with us, 30 years on. And their forthcoming album Another Fall From Grace (with guest Gary Numan, released September... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE PRODUCER QUESTIONNAIRE: Trevor Reekie of Trip To The Moon

25 Aug 2016  |  5 min read

When trying to explain to radio listeners recently just who Trevor Rekkie is and why he's so important, it quickly became clear that he was too big a subject to encapsulate with any economy. He has record labels (Pagan and Antennae) which were launching pads for Bic Runga, Greg Johnson, the Warratahs and many others; he is a musican (Car Crash Set's elelctronica to playing guitar on albums... > Read more

Indra's Pearl from A Traveller's Tale

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Steve Abel

1 Aug 2016  |  3 min read

Singer-songwriter Steve Abel is extremely well-known and highly regarded by fellow New Zealand musicians and a loyal following, but perhaps completely unrecognised beyond that world. That he doesn't release albums often is in no doubt part of his low profile, but after an absence he returns with his laconic, melancholy alt.folk on a new album Luck/Hope (released August 5 on his own... > Read more

Sidewalk Doves of NYCity

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE JAZZ QUESTIONNAIRE: Jay Power

1 Aug 2016  |  4 min read

Although Australian singer Jay Power isn't perhaps strictly a "jazz" singer as some might define it, she is appearing at the Bay of Islands Jazz and Bues festival later this month at the end of a short New Zealand tour (dates below). Her soul-coloured r'n'b style has infuences from jazz and its a genre she knows her stuff about, as her answers below show. Back home she has... > Read more

Heaven Mixed with Hell

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Andrew Keoghan

29 Jul 2016  |  2 min read

Expat New Zealand singer-songwriter Andrew Keoghan -- formerly based in NYC, now in LA -- won massive plaudits for his previous album, the Elsewhere favourite Arctic Tales Divide of 2011. That album had him in the running for a Taite Award and his new one Every Orchid Offering -- more subtle in places, sonically more eclectic -- might just see him in the same company. The 10 songs... > Read more

They Don't Want a Boyfriend

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE WRITERS QUESTIONNAIRE: Henry Rollins

25 Jul 2016  |  5 min read

When Henry Rollins first came to New Zealand in 1990 he was a menacing figure. The bellicose and punishing frontman for Black Flag with a reputation for confrontation (his major back-tatt was the Stooges' slogan "Search and Destroy"). And in some ways he didn't disappoint. He was on a spoken-word tour and when the opening act for his Auckland show dropped out the courageous and... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Lawrence Arabia

7 Jul 2016  |  3 min read

Because Elsewhere did an in-depth interview with Lawrence Arabia (known at school as James Milne) a couple of years ago, this time out we have flicked the APRA-award winning gentleman our Famous Elsewhere Songwriter Questionnaire. The reason being is that he's just released a new album Absolute Truth – songs written after the birth of his first child so “It wasn't a... > Read more

What Became of That Angry Young Man