The Famous Elsewhere Questionnaire

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THE ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: University of Auckland songwriter finalist Callum Lee

26 Sep 2013  |  3 min read

Every year Auckland University hosts a showcase for their talented music students. This year in addition to the five finalists for songwriter of the year there are also categories for best vocalist, best lyricist, best instrumentalist, best arranger and best song. It's a big night with judges from the top of the music industry and once again Elsewhere is pleased to introduce the... > Read more

THE ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: University of Auckland songwriter finalist Shana Llorando

25 Sep 2013  |  3 min read

Every year Auckland University hosts a showcase for their talented music students. This year in addition to the five finalists for songwriter of the year there are also categories for best vocalist, best lyricist, best instrumentalist, best arranger and best song. It's a big night with judges from the top of the music industry and once again Elsewhere is pleased to introduce the... > Read more

Dodging Bullets

THE ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: University of Auckland songwriter finalist Emily Rice

24 Sep 2013  |  2 min read

Every year Auckland University hosts a showcase for their talented music students. This year in addition to the five finalists for songwriter of the year there are also categories for best vocalist, best lyricist, best instrumentalist, best arranger and best song. It's a big night with judges from the top of the music industry and once again Elsewhere is pleased to introduce the... > Read more

On the Road to Moab

THE ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: University of Auckland songwriter finalist Brayden Jeffrey

23 Sep 2013  |  3 min read

Every year Auckland University hosts a showcase for their talented music students. This year in addition to the five finalists for songwriter of the year there are also categories for best vocalist, best lyricist, best instrumentalist, best arranger and best song. It's a big night with judges from the top of the music industry and once again Elsewhere is pleased to introduce the... > Read more

Fingertips

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Corb Lund

16 Sep 2013  |  3 min read

Curiously enough it wasn't the name "Corb Lund" (memorable enough perhaps) which caught my attention when I was in Vancouver, it was the name of his band: the Hurtin' Albertans. Great band name and if I hadn't been leaving town I would have made the effort to see them on the basis of that moniker alone. Now I don't have to travel so far because Lund and the Hurtin' Albertans... > Read more

September

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE JAZZ QUESTIONNAIRE: Paul Dyne

9 Sep 2013  |  2 min read

Bassist Paul Dyne has long been the anchorman in the Wellington jazz scene, both as a performer and educator. These days he is Associate Professor at the New Zealand School of Music, but his CV is stacked with big names whom he played alongside: Sonny Stitt and Pepper Adams (when he lived in Montreal in the Seventies),  Lee Konitz, Emily Remler, Bobby Shew, Mike Nock, Andrew Hill . . .... > Read more

Eronel

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Little Ross of Bird Nest Roys

2 Sep 2013  |  2 min read

Bird Nest Roys apparently never actually signed to Flying Nun even though their music appeared on the label, and they didn't quite fit the stereotypes anyway. They weren't from Dunedin or Christchurch (they were from Auckland and specifically West Auckland before it became fashionable to be a Westie) and they didn't wear black jeans and polo-neck sweaters.  They actually dressed up in... > Read more

Who is the Silliest Rossi?

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Rennie Sparks of the Handsome Family

26 Aug 2013  |  2 min read

As the Handsome Family, the husband and wife duo of Rennie and Brett Sparks have made some of the most beguiling, curious, romantic, strange and delightful  albums to come out of the corner we sometimes call Americana. They have written albums about science, Brett's bi-polar affliction and the wonder of Nature (the excellent Last Days of Wonder, see here) and their songs have been... > Read more

Caterpillars

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE JAZZ QUESTIONNAIRE: Rodger Fox

23 Aug 2013  |  4 min read

Rodger Fox has managed to do the unthinkable and what some might have said was impossible. For 40 years he has kept a big band viable in a small country. And along the way he has taken various versions of the band on overseas tours and brought in big names from the States to perform with his players in New Zealand. His bands have also recorded -- and he has a catalogue of releases under his... > Read more

Brazilian Fantasy

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE JAZZ QUESTIONNAIRE: Nick Granville

20 Aug 2013  |  3 min read

Wellington guitarist and composer Nick Granville first appeared at Elsewhere as far back as 2008 with his Wishful Thinking album with his group. An in-demand session player and guest performer (on everything from Dancing with the Stars to the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra) he is also a tutor at the New Zealand School of Music teaching classical and jazz guitar. He has played alongside such... > Read more

Blues for Les

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Phil Somervell of the Datsuns

19 Aug 2013  |  3 min read

We still get excited when New Zealand acts do well overseas – recently Gin and the current coverage of Lorde – but when the Datsuns out of Cambridge made the cover of the NME in late 2002 and were called the best live band on the planet we really started to pay attention to them. Mainly because they'd made more of an impression in the UK than they had on home-turf at that... > Read more

Bullseye

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE JAZZ QUESTIONNAIRE: Mark Robinson

5 Aug 2013  |  5 min read

Jazz advocate and radio host Mark Robinson started buying 7" singles as a 10 year old back in 1974. He was born in the Home Counties west of London and lived there until 27 then move up North. Seriously into soul, funk and jazz-funk until plunging heavily into jazz in late teens. He lived in Auckland for 18 years until relocating to Melbourne and has now been in Adelaide a few years... > Read more

Silo

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE JAZZ QUESTIONNAIRE: John Bell

1 Aug 2013  |  3 min read

Multi-instrumentalist John Bell (vibes, horns, noises) has been at the cutting edge of New Zealand improvised music for many years. His name is on releases by CL Bob, the Spirals album with his own trio, various albums which take a new look at the possibilities of brass bands (which he grew up in and he revisits with the Spoilers of Utopia album on the iiii label out of Wellington) and latterly... > Read more

O Boundless Salvation

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Grant Haua and Mike Barker of Swamp Thing

27 Jul 2013  |  3 min read

The duo is a well-established format in pop, rock and blues. A line runs from the Everly Brothers and Sonny Terry with Brownie McGhee to the White Stripes, Black Keys and local acts like the Hasselhoff Experiment to the Bemsha Swing . . . and Swamp Thing. Swamp Thing are Grant Haua and Mike Barker, the former a singer/songwriter from Tauranga, the later longtime drummer with the John Butler... > Read more

Bumping and Grinding

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Max Pellicano

24 Jul 2013  |  1 min read

Probably best to give Max Pellicano the title that he tours under, Elvis to the Max, because he is one of the best Elvis impersonators around (one of my sons bought me the t-shirt after we saw him years ago, I still have it) and he's coming back for another New Zealand tour. Dates below. This time Max is playing with a 15-piece orchestra so we can expect some pretty big ballads. Max has... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE JAZZ QUESTIONNAIRE: Roger Manins

18 Jul 2013  |  3 min read

New Zealand-born saxophonist Roger Manins has made his reputation in two tough places: New York and Sydney. Called "outstandingly gifted" by Mike Nock, he has brought passion and sensitivity to hard bop and recorded a series of critically acclaimed albums, among them the Trio album for Rattle Jazz with bassist Moysten Cole and drummer Reuben Bradley (reviewed here). Elsewhere... > Read more

Hip Flask

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Simon Thacker

15 Jul 2013  |  4 min read

Scotland's Simon Thacker is one of Elsewhere's kinda people. He plays classical guitar but has his ears wide open to the world and mostly works in cross-cultural contexts with musicians from India. His most recent album Rakshasa with his ensemble Svara-Kanti finds him exploring that area deeply, but the centrepiece is a commission from minimalist innovator Terry Riley. And look at his... > Read more

Dhumaketu

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE JAZZ QUESTIONNAIRE: Fergus Barrowman

15 Jul 2013  |  4 min read  |  1

Fergus Barrowman is the Publisher of Victoria University Press, New Zealand’s leading publisher of new fiction and poetry, as well as scholarly non-fiction, where he has been since 1985. This year VUP has its biggest ever literary list: eight books of fiction (including four first books and two second books) and nine of poetry (one first, two second). Barrowman also edits and... > Read more

Poem

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE JAZZ QUESTIONNAIRE: Paolo Chagas

10 Jul 2013  |  2 min read

Portuguese-born woodwind player and musical experimentalist Paolo Chagas features on the impressive duets album Forest Stories with pianist Tania Giannouli, who has recently answered our Questionnaire here. But Chagas -- who also works with electronics, studied at the Conservatory of Lisbon and has engaged with pop, classical and jazz artists -- is also a very interesting character who... > Read more

Spring's Chronic

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Simon Gooding of The Map Room

8 Jul 2013  |  3 min read

Simon Gooding is one half of The Map Room whose debut album All You'll Ever Find has impressed Elsewhere. He is a graduate of School of Audio Engineering and that was where he met fellow Map Room player Brendon Morrow. They studied in Auckland for a year then both went on to Byron Bay in Australia to complete their degrees. “The studios over there were incredible,” he says,... > Read more

Elastic Tongue