The Famous Elsewhere Questionnaire

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THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Ladi6

12 Nov 2014  |  4 min read

The annual Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards are more than just a night for winners in the various categories, it has become an opportunity to celebrate the growth and diversity of the local music industry . . . and these days its global reach. It wasn't always like that as I noted in this article recently. The event is once again at Vector Arena in Auckland, on November 20, tickets... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Sam Browne of Black River Drive

10 Nov 2014  |  4 min read

When it comes to hard rock from New Zealand, you are spoiled for choice . . . but making a serious entry into the international stakes are Black River Drive whose second album Quicksand is a real milestone. Recorded over two months and produced in Nashville by Toby Wright (who has twiddled the knobs for Slayer, Alice in Chains and Metallica among others), the album has a genuine sonic punch... > Read more

Grenade

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Adam Usmani of Madam Tsunami

3 Nov 2014  |  4 min read

Adam Usmani – mainman for the band Madam Tsumani – works a day job and has two kids, but perhaps because of that his songwriting touches some very real places beyond the cliches of pop-rock. Influenced by the emotional directness of grunge (without the noise-power) and with nods towards the likes of Ben Harper and reggae, Madam Tsunami's debut album Man in the Middle also... > Read more

Temptation

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: French for Rabbits

31 Oct 2014  |  4 min read

This is what we love to hear. We sent the Famous Elsewhere Questionnaire to Brooke, John and Ben of French for Rabbits and when it came back Brooke had written in the e-mail: "It made made the long trip from Warsaw to Berlin more entertaining!" Yes, New Zealand musicians out there conquering the world one gig at a time . . . although on long boring journeys between. FFR (... > Read more

Woke Up to a Storm

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE REGGAE QUESTIONNAIRE: Astro of UB40

30 Oct 2014  |  3 min read

New Zealand audiences are extremely loyal to those acts we take to heart. The Violent Femmes could turn up tomorrow and -- despite not having been here for years and not even existing anymore -- we'd rock up to see them. Same with UB40. Decades ago we adopted UB40 as one of our own and they reciprocated. They've been regular visitors (with or without singer Ali Campbell) and their... > Read more

Anytime At All

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE FILM QUESTIONNAIRE: Alastair and Vanessa Riddell

21 Oct 2014  |  3 min read

Alastair Riddell is perhaps best know as the man who fronted the excellent glam-rock band Space Waltz back in the early Seventies whose single Out in the Street is a genuine Kiwi classic (as is the camp and clever clip which accompanied it). And recently a British rock magazine pointed Ziggy-era Bowie fans in the direction of Space Waltz's sole... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Kevin Mark Trail

20 Oct 2014  |  2 min read

Singer Kevin Mark Trail -- who guests on the new Sola Rosa album Magnetics and is on the tour (see dates below) -- has got other reasons to be cheerful. His new album The Knight has also just been released, so his profile could hardly be higher. And as well as joining Sola Rosa on stage he will also open for them to showcase his own soulful material. He describes The Knight as "an... > Read more

To the Ocean

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Jeff Boyle of Jakob

17 Oct 2014  |  2 min read

New Zealand three-piece Jakob have patiently carved out an impressively wide niche for themselves since their debut album Subsets of Sets back in 2002. Their broad sonic palette across their albums and EPs since have placed them in the vanguard of instrumental music which has its touchstones in widescreen psychedelica, dynamic prog, eerie ambience and dense metal. Critics have made... > Read more

Magna Carta

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: C.W. Stoneking

14 Oct 2014  |  3 min read

Australian CW Stoneking first came to Elsewhere's attention with his King Hokum debut album of original songs back in 2006, at which time I admitted, “this one's got me stumped”. The reason was because there was a thirtysomething white guy on the cover but the performer was clearly some old black guy “maybe even recorded in the... > Read more

The Zombie

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE REGGAE QUESTIONNAIRE: Maxi Priest

13 Oct 2014  |  3 min read

British reggae star Maxi Priest came through the old soul music channel of the church, that's where he first started singing . . . so it's no surprise that there has always been a lot of soul in his style, which accounts for him singing with the likes of Roberta Flack and having greater succes in the US than just about any other British reggae act. “First and foremost, I’m... > Read more

None of Jah Jah Children

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE WRITERS QUESTIONNAIRE: Willy Vlautin

9 Oct 2014  |  2 min read

Willy Vlautin perhaps first came on to people's radar with his Oregon band Richmond Fontaine. Albums like The Fitzgerald, Thirteen Cities and We Used to Think the Freeway Sounded like a River impressed for his literate lyrics, storytelling and character studies. No surprise then when Vlautin delivered a novel, the compelling Motel Life in 2006 which was full of dark deeds, bad deals... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Ben Morley of Mice on Stilts

6 Oct 2014  |  3 min read

Few could watch the heartbreaking images from Gaza recently without feeling some pang of pain and discomfort. Regardless of the knotty politics of the situation there, seeing people's homes destroyed, families killed and schools bombed while children were there made you wonder just how civilised Mankind is in the 21st century. The horrors of that conflict moved many musicians and this... > Read more

A Moss Ocean

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Brayden Jeffrey

26 Sep 2014  |  3 min read

Each year the University of Auckland's School of Music holds a songwriter competition with contestants drawn from their Popular Music courses, this year there are five contestants and Elsewhere is pleased to be able to offer them the chance to answer our Famous Elsewhere Songwriter Questionnaire.Every year the show sells out so bookings are advisable (throughwww.maidment.auckland.ac.nz). All... > Read more

Atomic

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Henry Beasley

25 Sep 2014  |  4 min read

Each year the University of Auckland's School of Music holds a songwriter competition with contestants drawn from their Popular Music courses, this year there are five contestants and Elsewhere is pleased to be able to offer them the chance to answer our Famous Elsewhere Songwriter Questionnaire.Every year the show sells out so bookings are advisable (throughwww.maidment.auckland.ac.nz). All... > Read more

Weekend

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Sio Andrews

24 Sep 2014  |  3 min read

Each year the University of Auckland's School of Music holds a songwriter competition with contestants drawn from their Popular Music courses, this year ther are five contestants and Elsewhere is pleased to be able to offer them the chance to answer our Famous Elsewhere Songwriter Questionnaire. Every year the show sells out so bookings are advisable (through... > Read more

London Oh London

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Possum Plows

23 Sep 2014  |  3 min read

Each year the University of Auckland's School of Music holds a songwriter competition with contestants drawn from their Popular Music courses, this year there are five contestants and Elsewhere is pleased to be able to offer them the chance to answer our Famous Elsewhere Songwriter Questionnaire.Every year the show sells out so bookings are advisable (throughwww.maidment.auckland.ac.nz). All... > Read more

Mine (demo)

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Michael Murray

22 Sep 2014  |  3 min read

Each year the University of Auckland's School of Music holds a songwriter competition with contestants drawn from their Popular Music courses, this year there are five contestants and Elsewhere is pleased to be able to offer them the chance to answer our Famous Elsewhere Songwriter Questionnaire. Every year the show sells out so bookings are advisable (throughwww.maidment.auckland.ac.nz).... > Read more

Oh Darlin'

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Courtney Barnett

12 Sep 2014  |  2 min read

She may only have a small but perfectly-shaped body of recorded work behind (two EPs) but Melbourne's Courtney Barnett has been acclaimed far and wide . . . as far as Pitchfork which considered her song Avant Gardner its best new track when it was released, and more recently her song History Eraser was nominated for an APRA award in Australia. She has combined her two EPs into one release... > Read more

History Eraser

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Mahoney Harris

8 Sep 2014  |  3 min read

Waiheke-based singer-songwriter Mahoney Harris is well known to many in the New Zealand music industry (as someone who takes care of licensing, promotion and such through her Aeroplane Music company), so perhaps its no surprise to see the list of local musical luminaries who appear on her debut album We Didn't Feel Alone. But frankly, you don't get the likes of Wayne Bell, Tom Healy,... > Read more

We Didn't Feel Alone

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Dave Khan

1 Sep 2014  |  3 min read  |  1

It would be fair to say of guitarist multi-instrumentalist Dave Khan that he sometimes seems to be everywhere. He has appeared with Tim Finn, the Bads, Tami Neilson, Delaney Davidson, Gin Wigmore, Don McGlashan . . . Ridiculously talented, he is also a modest presence on stage who can set the air alight with seemingly effortless playing, he also turns down the moods for hush-now... > Read more