The Famous Elsewhere Questionnaire

Subscribe to my newsletter for weekly updates.

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Francesca Mountfort (aka Nervous Doll Dancing)

17 Sep 2012  |  2 min read

As Nervous Doll Dancing, Francesca Mountfort is cutting a unique path for herself. Formerly of Wellington but now Melbourne-based, the cellist and composer graduated from Victoria University a decade ago and has explored electronics, ambient music, classical of course, and . . . puppetry? Yep, in 2003 she won a NZ Fringe Festival award for her multi-media show which included dance, film and... > Read more

Sneaky

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Kasey Chambers

14 Sep 2012  |  2 min read

Award-winning Australian singer-songwriter and alt.country star Kasey Chambers has long been an Elsewhere favourite for her astute lyrics and passionate delivery, and her earthy sense of humour in person. With her husband Shane Nicholson -- and often with her singer-songwriter dad Bill on hand (interviewed here) -- she has presented some of the most enduring country music of the past... > Read more

Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson

THE ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: APRA Silver Scroll winner 2012 Stephanie Brown

14 Sep 2012  |  7 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. Here is the winner, Brooklyn-based Stephanie Brown for her song Everything to Me which she performs as Lips. The first song which really affected you... > Read more

Everything to Me

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Ray Woolf

10 Sep 2012  |  3 min read

Ray Woolf has had a long and diverse career in New Zealand show business, half a century of it in fact from the time he was a young rock'n'roller, a regular on Sixties television shows such as Happen Inn as a sharply dressed pop singer, then filling out the Seventies in cabaret, hosting his own television series, later exercising a few jazz chops with the Rodger Fox Big Band . . . and most... > Read more

Little Things That Happen (1967 previously unreleased)

THE ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: University of Auckland songwriter finalist Sam Allen

4 Sep 2012  |  2 min read

Every year many of the students in Auckland University's popular music course enter a Songwriter of the Year competition in which they perform their original songs backed by a professional band (and often with some fellow students pitching in). This year's final was at the Raye Freedman Arts Centre on Thursday Sept 20 and Elsewhere thought we should throw the same questionnaire at the... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Matthew Hope of Artisan Guns

3 Sep 2012  |  4 min read

The Auckland four-piece Artisan Guns certainly distinguished themselves early: their first EP Bird and Bone in 2009 got some glowing notices and their single Autumn in 2010 was a finalist in the Apra Silver Scroll songwriting award. Since then they have toured, written, knocked off university degrees, had side projects and now have delivered their long awaited debut album Coral which, as... > Read more

Swim

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Nick Weaver of Deep Sea Arcade

1 Sep 2012  |  3 min read

The young Australian band Deep Sea Arcade barely make a wrong move on their debut album Outlands when it comes to channeling classic pop from a couple of generations before them. (see review here) Just indie enough to be off the mainframe but also full of hooks and choruses to pull in the casual passerby, Outlands is a polished, mature debut which is, best of, fun, interesting and diverse.... > Read more

Together

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Greg Fleming

31 Aug 2012  |  4 min read

Those who know the saying "a long time between drinks" will see it could be applied to the recording career of Auckland singer-songwriter Greg Fleming. He came to serious critical attention as far back as the early Nineties then disappeared off the radar until his excellent Taken in 2010, the album he'd recorded in '95 as a follow-up to Ghosts Are White ('94) but which was never... > Read more

Edge of the City

THE ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: University of Auckland songwriter finalist Doug Robertson

30 Aug 2012  |  3 min read

Every year many of the students in Auckland University's popular music course enter a Songwriter of the Year competition in which they perform their original songs backed by a professional band (and often with some fellow students pitching in). This year's final was at the Raye Freedman Arts Centre on Thursday Sept 20 and Elsewhere thought we should throw the same questionnaire at the... > Read more

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

29 Aug 2012  |  3 min read

Every year many of the students in Auckland University's popular music course enter a Songwriter of the Year competition in which they perform their original songs backed by a professional band (and often with some fellow students pitching in). This year's final was at the Raye Freedman Arts Centre on Thursday Sept 20 and Elsewhere thought we should throw the same questionnaire at the... > Read more

THE ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: University of Auckland songwriter finalist Stevii Hill

28 Aug 2012  |  2 min read

Every year many of the students in Auckland University's popular music course enter a Songwriter of the Year competition in which they perform their original songs backed by a professional band (and often with some fellow students pitching in). This year's final was at the Raye Freedman Arts Centre on Thursday Sept 20 and Elsewhere thought we should throw the same questionnaire at the... > Read more

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

27 Aug 2012  |  3 min read

Every year many of the students in Auckland University's popular music course enter a Songwriter of the Year competition in which they perform their original songs backed by a professional band (and often with some fellow students pitching in). This year's final was at the Raye Freedman Arts Centre on Thursday Sept 20 and Elsewhere thought we should throw the same questionnaire at the... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Iva Lamkum

20 Aug 2012  |  2 min read

Elsewhere first came across Wellington singer-songwriter Iva Lamkum as far back as 2008 and said then of her self-titled debut EP, "if there is a more assured, musically intelligent and sophisticated debut this year I'd be very surprised". So her soulful debut album Black Eagle out on Friday -- on which her vocal style has been inviting comparisons with Amy Winehouse -- has seemed... > Read more

Blue Moscow

THE ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: APRA Silver Scroll nominee 2012 Kody Nielson

18 Aug 2012  |  1 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. Here is Kody Nielson, nominated for his song Getaway Tonight performed by Opossom. The first song which really affected you was . . . The first... > Read more

Getaway Tonight

THE ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: APRA Silver Scroll nominee 2012 Anna MacDonald (Annah Mac)

16 Aug 2012  |  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. Here is Anna MacDonald who performs as Annah Mac and had made the shortlist for her song Girl in Stilettos from her album Little Stranger. The first... > Read more

Girl in Stilettos

THE ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: APRA Silver Scroll nominee 2012 Lydia Cole

15 Aug 2012  |  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. Here is Lydia Cole, nominated for her song Hibernate from her album Me and Moon. The first song which really affected you was . . . Probably... > Read more

Hibernate

THE ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: APRA Silver Scroll nominee 2012 Adam McGrath

14 Aug 2012  |  6 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. First out of the gate is Adam McGrath of the Eastern (their album Hope and Wire reviewed here) for his song State Houses by the River. He offers a quick... > Read more

State Houses by the River

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Sola Rosa

9 Aug 2012  |  3 min read

As Sola Rosa, Andrew Spraggon has previously brought reggae, Latin, soul and hip-hip into seamless electronica albums which have placed him on the world stage. And on his new album Low and Behold, High and Beyond he collaborates with the likes of Spikey Tee (Roots Manuva, Jah Wobble) and singer Olivier Daysoul, has the album mixed by Yaron Fuchs (Talib Kweli, KIngs of Leon) and mastered by... > Read more

In My Dreams

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Kurt Shanks

16 Jul 2012  |  3 min read

Kurt Shanks -- former bass player and sometime songwriter in the award-winning and big selling band Stellar* -- was born into the musical life, as you may see from one of the answers to a question below. But there is more to him than just the Stellar* connection: back in 2007 he produced a live DVD of Steve Kilbey (of the Church) in concert in Auckland (see here) and after Stellar* split he... > Read more

15 Years

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Savage

9 Jul 2012  |  1 min read

Savage -- known to his Samoan parents as Demetrius Savelio -- opens his new album Mayhem and Miracles with the assertion My Time. And if it is, it is his again because has already one major claim, the first New Zealand rapper to sell a million in the US (for his remix single Swing which appeared in the movie Knocked Up). From success with Deceptikonz to a solo career, Savage has walked the... > Read more

Get Paid