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 TEACHERS' QUESTIONNAIRE: Jane Egan of Gisborne Girls High School

21 Sep 2019  |  4 min read

When the organisers of last year's annual Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards were considering the landscape of local music they wanted the awards to acknowledge the past, the present and the future. The past is taken care of with the winner of the Legacy Award, the present is acknowledged on the night and the future is . . . Well, that is largely in the hands of the... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Timothy Blackman

13 Sep 2019  |  2 min read

Singer-songwriter Timothy Blackman has appeared at Elsewhere previously with an EP and then the album I've Never Lived. We missed another album but he's back again with a new album Brightest Days, his first in eight years and written on the East Cape and then back in Wellington. It was recorded and mixed in a DIY manner by Brooke Singer (French for Rabbits) in her Brooklyn, Wellington... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE JAZZ QUESTIONNAIRE: Tamara Murphy of Spirograph Studies

30 Aug 2019  |  4 min read

Melbourne bassist Tamara Murphy is the writer/leader of the jazz group Spirograph Studies. In 2011 she won the inaugural PBS Young Elder of Jazz Commission for the creation and presentation of the work Big Creatures and Little Creatures with her ensemble, Murphy’s Law. On release in 2012 it was nominated for The Age's Genre Music Awards and Murphy’s Law also... > Read more

Kindness Not Courtesy

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE INNOVATORS' QUESTIONNAIRE: Gianmarco Liguori

23 Aug 2019  |  4 min read

Guitarist/composer Gianmarco Liguori is also the prime mover behind Auckland's Sarang Bang record label which has released a startling array of everything from left-field pop-rock to out-there improvised music by the late Murray McNabb. The Sarang Bang catalogue (see here, much of it available on vinyl) embraces music which challenges and rewards in equal measure, and the most recent... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE INNOVATORS' QUESTIONNAIRE: Al Fraser

5 Aug 2019  |  3 min read

Al Fraser has been described as the foremost taonga puoro player of his generation, that is someone who plays and explores the sounds of traditional Maori instruments. In recent years he has also been making them. Over a series of albums and in collaborations, he has taken the evocative and sometimes primeval sounds of these instruments into sonic landscapes, and on his most recent... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Steph Casey

29 Jul 2019  |  2 min read

It has been six years since indie-folk artist Steph Casie released her debut album Whisper and Holler, and album which went top five on the New Zealand Independent Music chart and earned her some strong international notices. Her new album The Seats in My Car fond her most dialing things down into intimacy at Lee Prebble's studio in Wellington. With some fine musicians on call, the album... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Wade Wu of Wukong the Monkey KIng

26 Jul 2019  |  3 min read

Very few New Zealand bands can claim to be banned in China, but Auckland's Wukong the Monkey King – who recorded a previous album in Beijing and have songs in Mandarin and English – wear that badge. The band's bassist Kyle Ranudo tells Elsewhere they initially wanted to publish their songs in China but “they didn’t pass the reviewing process, many songs were removed... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE JAZZ QUESTIONNAIRE: Jan Preston

16 Jul 2019  |  4 min read

Earlier this year when pianist Jan Preston released her Play It Again Jan album and toured, we reviewed the album and peppered in some of her background: Red Mole Cabaret, Midge Marsden's Country Flyers, Coup D'Etat, soundtracks, awards . . . Born in Greymouth but a longtime resident of Australia, she returns to New Zealand for further dates to pick up where that earlier 88 Pianos I Have... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Andrew Masseurs

15 Jul 2019  |  2 min read

Wellington singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Masseurs is one of those rare talents, but very few people seem to know of him. Back in 2005 he and Mathew Powell were featured in the Play It Strange documentary Songstar and he seemed to take that as a sign. Good. Because he then went on to front the rock band Ammp which picked up some NZonAir grants for... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Oscar Mein of Soaked Oats

28 Jun 2019  |  4 min read

With their Sludge Pop mini-album, Dunedin-based quartet Soaked Oats rather neatly push the parameters of pop-rock into interesting corners which gently have reference points in alt.country, post-New Wave atmospherics and moody dream-pop. They are crafted, sometimes unpredictable songs which betray a band of considerable maturity – average about mid Twenties – with a lot of... > Read more

Shuggah Doom (Extended Mix)

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE INNOVATORS' QUESTIONNAIRE: Julianna Barwick

7 Jun 2019  |  2 min read

Those with keen eyes will note the heading on this particular questionnaire, it is a series of questions we have had to devise for artists like American singer- composer Julianna Barwick (who plays Auckland's Tuning Fork on June 19 with harpist Mary Lattimore). LA-based Barwick has collaborated with Philip Glass, the Flaming Lips, Yoko Ono and others, written for dance, recorded in Iceland... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE MARKETING QUESTIONNAIRE . . . Anna Loveys of Saint Lachine

20 May 2019  |  2 min read

Anna Loveys is music graduate of Auckland university, worked for three years for the music PR company The Label handling A-list clients and then set up her own marketing and PR outfit Saint Lachine which has enjoyed immediate and high profile successes with local artists. This coming weekend she joins self-managed musician Mel Parsons, online wizard Harry Pettit and Matt Harvey (of Concord... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE MANAGERS' QUESTIONNAIRE . . . Matt Harvey

19 May 2019  |  2 min read

Manager Matt Harvey knows the music industry from two key perspectives, as one half of Concord Dawn and as a manager of Shapeshifter and Nick Dow. He has toured globally and so when he speaks in the Music Managers Forum panel discussion this Saturday at the Herald Theatre in Auckland's Aotea Square he brings a wealth of experience. He is on the panel which will address marketing and... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Andre Manella (aka Sonic Delusion)

9 May 2019  |  2 min read

Sonic Delusion is the impressive one-man band/promoter/facilitator and all-round ball of energy Andre Manella who has just released his fifth album, Anything Goes. He lives works and plays around Taranaki (with sojourns to Europe) and delivers serious songs and upbeat danceable funk-pop guaranteed to make you smile as he bottles summer sunshine . . . but also has something to say.... > Read more

All Good Things

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Kendall Elise

2 May 2019  |  3 min read

With two well-received singles – the broodingly aching and atmospheric The Clock Tower and country-rock of Valentine Street, both about growing up in South Auckland's Papakura – singer-songwriter Kendall Elise has announced herself as someone who reflects on memory, childhood and growing up. Her debut album Red Earth confirms this with songs entitled Kirk's Bush (“a section... > Read more

Valentine Street

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE RADIO QUESTIONNAIRE: Rachel Ashby

30 Apr 2019  |  3 min read

And in a special occasion at Elsewhere we introduce a new questionnaire – one for radio people who are, despite streaming services, still tastemakers and shapers . . . and are more passionate about music than most a-log programmer could ever be. This is Elsewhere's chance to bring to attention those who are not idiot children styling themselves as “influencers”, but... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Sophie Mashlan

26 Apr 2019  |  3 min read

With an impressive debut album Perfect Disaster just released and a tour about to begin (see dates below), Auckland singer-songwriter Sophie Mashlan is well out of the starting gates on a very promising career. Her album was recorded with Ben Edwards In Lyttelton (Marlon, Aldous, Nadia, Delaney, Tami etc) and you can guess he could be very choosy. The evidence of the album – which... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Caroline Easther

2 Apr 2019  |  3 min read

Singer/songwriter and drummer Caroline Easther can hardly be called a late bloomer given she was there in the early Verlaines and Chills back in the Eighties and has been in a number of bands since. But it has taken her until now to release an album under her own name, Lucky. With nine originals and a cover of I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry (with Barry Saunders), the album has a lovey,... > Read more

I Believe You Tonight

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Claire Cowan

25 Mar 2019  |  3 min read

Claire Cowan might not be a familiar name to many – as a musical director she is not front'n'centre – but she is an award winning composer and multi-instrumentalist. She has created scores for theatre with Red Leap Theatre, Auckland Theatre Company, Touch Compass, Thread Theatre, and for TVNZ series ‘Hillary’ as well as various film music for NZ International Film... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Graeme James

24 Mar 2019  |  3 min read

Expat Kiwi singer-songwriter Graeme James answers these questions from somewhere in the USA, because that's the kind of itinerant guy he is. But this man who has had more than 20 million streams for his traditional-meets-modern folk-rock – and has a new album The Long Way Home just released – is making his way back home. Probably the long way. He has an extensive tour... > Read more

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