The Famous Elsewhere Questionnaire

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THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Rhian Sheehan

28 Oct 2013  |  3 min read

New Zealand electronica artists Rhian Sheehan has steered an astute path between experimental and ambient, orchestrated and elemental music, and as a result has been picking up acclaim from the main thread of electronica artists and also for his soundtrack work. One of his works, We Are Astronomers, is used by Britain's National Space Centre and is played in digital planeteriums around the... > Read more

Rhian Sheehan: Places Between

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Eddie Rayner

21 Oct 2013  |  3 min read

For the briefest moment Elsewhere considered adding "of Split Enz" after Eddie Rayner's name at the top. But that goes without saying and, in many ways, is far too limiting. Since the heyday of Split Enz, the keyboardist without portfolio has built up an impressive CV which includes work with artists as diverse as Paul McCartney and The Orb, Crowded House and the Exponents. He... > Read more

Stuff N' Nonsense

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Nick Raven

13 Oct 2013  |  3 min read

Young New Zealand singer-songwriter Nick Raven says something about his debut album Love and Lomography which piques Elsewhere's interest immediately: it's not only available on download but also on vinyl . . . and cassette. That's a kind of when-worlds-collide scenario -- done in what he calls "a fit of nostalgic and tactile madness" --  but the 19-year old is serious. He's... > Read more

Talk

THE ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Apra Silver Silver Scroll 2013 nominee Pete Wadams

5 Oct 2013  |  2 min read

The annual APRA Silver Scroll award acknowledges excellence in songwriting, so at Elsewhere we modified our Famous Elsewhere Questionnaire and tailored it to be specifically about the craft of songwriting for this year's five finalists. These five  were decided by the 10,000 strong APRA membership – all songwriters or composers themselves – who voted for their champion for... > Read more

THE ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: APRA Silver Scroll nominee 2013 Aaradhna

4 Oct 2013  |  2 min read

The annual APRA Silver Scroll award acknowledges excellence in songwriting, so at Elsewhere we modified our Famous Elsewhere Questionnaire and tailored it to be specifically about the craft of songwriting for this year's five finalists. These five  were decided by the 10,000 strong APRA membership – all songwriters or composers themselves – who voted for their champion for... > Read more

THE ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: APRA Silver Scroll nominee 2013 Joel Little

3 Oct 2013  |  3 min read

The annual APRA Silver Scroll award acknowledges excellence in songwriting, so at Elsewhere we modified our Famous Elsewhere Questionnaire and tailored it to be specifically about the craft of songwriting for this year's five finalists. These five  were decided by the 10,000 strong APRA membership – all songwriters or composers themselves – who voted for their champion for... > Read more

THE ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: APRA Silver Scroll nominee 2013 Cy Winstanley of Tattletale Saints

2 Oct 2013  |  2 min read

The annual APRA Silver Scroll award acknowledges excellence in songwriting, so at Elsewhere we modified our Famous Elsewhere Questionnaire and tailored it to be specifically about the craft of songwriting for this year's five finalists. These five  were decided by the 10,000 strong APRA membership – all songwriters or composers themselves – who voted for their champion for... > Read more

THE ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: APRA Silver Scroll nominee 2013 Luke Buda of Phoenix Foundation

1 Oct 2013  |  3 min read

The annual APRA Silver Scroll award acknowledges excellence in songwriting, so at Elsewhere we modified our Famous Elsewhere Questionnaire and tailored it to be specifically about the craft of songwriting for this year's five finalists. These five  were decided by the 10,000 strong APRA membership – all songwriters or composers themselves – who voted for their champion for... > Read more

THE ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: APRA Silver Scroll nominee 2013 Anna Coddington

30 Sep 2013  |  3 min read

The annual APRA Silver Scroll award acknowledges excellence in songwriting, so at Elsewhere we modified our Famous Elsewhere Questionnaire and tailored it to be specifically about the craft of songwriting for this year's five finalists. These five  were decided by the 10,000 strong APRA membership – all songwriters or composers themselves – who voted for their champion for... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE JAZZ QUESTIONNAIRE: Norman Meehan

28 Sep 2013  |  3 min read

Norman Meehan is more than a jazz composer and gifted pianist, he also teaches jazz composition and history at the New Zeaand School of Music in Wellington. And he wrote the very fine biography of Mike Nock, Serious Fun (reviewed here) and Ten Conversations with Paul Bley. On his own albums he has set the poetry of Americn e.e. cummings and New Zealand's Bill Manhire to music, and... > Read more

THE ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: University of Auckland songwriter finalist Jamie Moana

27 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

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