The Famous Elsewhere Questionnaire

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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

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Mark Lockett

18 Jun 2012  |  2 min read

Although drummer/composer Mark Lockett has lived in Melbourne for the past decade, he still feels the draw of his homeland and – with the release of his debut album Sneaking Out After Midnight on the Rattle Jazz imprint – he is coming back to New Zealand with his hot band for a few shows. Recorded in New York with saxophonist Joel Frahm and bassist Orlando Le Fleming, the... > Read more

Good Day for a Dog

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Lenny Henry

5 Jun 2012  |  4 min read

Yes, let's be clear: British comedian Lenny Henry is not a musician, but the first time he ever got on stage he sang Elvis' Jailhouse Rock and in his shows he has parodied numerous musicians. Henry's long career has taken him through stand-up, numerous television show (his own, comedies such as Chef!) and more recently serious critical acclaim for his role in Othello.  But music... > Read more

Boiled Beef and Carrots

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Ed Castelow of Dictaphone Blues

30 Apr 2012  |  2 min read

Ed Castelow is the mastermind behing the pop-rock implosion that is Dictaphone Blues' new album Beneath the Crystal Palace. Formerly in the Ruby Suns and the Brunettes. he has taken a prolonged and rewarding trip into psychedelic pop without whimsy, rock with stadium-shaped songs and plundered the Manual of Power Pop Riffs And References to create something exciting, familiar yet new, loud... > Read more

Burning Ball in Outer Space

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Tono

23 Apr 2012  |  2 min read

Anthonie Tonnon -- aka Tono -- is behind and out from of the highly regarded, wryly observational band Tono and the Finance Company. Originally from Dunedin and a )possibly temporary) Auckland resident, Tono looks at life with a jaundiced eye and yer his songs offer comfort and hope at the same time. Their debut EP Fragile Things alerted people to a major writing talent (and crafty song... > Read more

Tim

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Matt Joe Gow of the Dead Leaves

16 Apr 2012  |  2 min read

Singer-songwriter Matt Joe Gow grew up in Dunedin listening to the sound of Flying Nun bands, but as a longtime Australian resient he has taken another direction with his band the Dead Leaves. Their first album -- credited to Matt Joe Gow and the Dead Leaves, The Messenger -- received good notices for its smart alt.country feel, but for the new album Cities on the Sea, Gow has pulled his... > Read more

If Anyone Asks

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Graeme Downes of the Verlaines

10 Apr 2012  |  2 min read

Graeme Downes is a singular character in the New Zealand music scene. He has been behind the Verlaines since the early days of Flying Nun at the dawn of the Eighties but along the way also completed his music degree and PhD (in Gustav Mahler, one of the big guns). Latterly, as Dr Graeme Downes, he has overseen the popular music songwriting and performance course at the University of Otago in... > Read more

Born Again Idiot

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Mikee Tucker of Loop Recordings

2 Apr 2012  |  2 min read

The word generalist -- which Bowie applied to himself in the late Seventies -- is perhaps the best term to describe Mikee Tucker of New Zealand's Loop Recordings. Check the credits on the new Fly My Pretties album (reviewed here) and he's there as the group's producer and tour manager, as well as co-conceptualist with Barnaby Weir. And one of the creative directors with Weir, art... > Read more

Apple Heart

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Scalper

26 Mar 2012  |  3 min read

The name might sound menacing and the music can most definitely be, but Scalper -- aka Nadeem Shafi -- is, in Elsewhere's experience, scrupulously poilte and signs off his communications with "Peace". Born in East London to a Pakistani family, he was a member of London's crossover hip-hop/Asian fusion outfit Fund-da-mental and in that capacity came to New Zealand for a Womad in... > Read more

Nothing

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Nathan Haines

19 Mar 2012  |  3 min read

It seems extraordinary to report that even though Nathan Haines is still a young man, he has been playing jazz for 25 years. First with his bassist father Kevin and brother Joel as Second Generation when he was still at school, and then through the clubs of Auckland, New York and London, and graduating onto concert stages. And along the way he has recorded one fine album after another. Even... > Read more

Realisation

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Gianmarco Liguori of Salon Kingsadore

15 Mar 2012  |  2 min read

Guitarist/composer Gianmarco Liguori has cut a sleek but subtle path between tripped-out jazz and spaceflight rock with the band Salon Kingsadore and also on a number of fascinating solo releases (see here). Given the nature of his music, it was no suprise that recently he played at the Auckland planetarium with Salon Kingsadore. Just sit back, watch the stars and constellations above and... > Read more

Translucent Formlessness

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Adam McGrath of the Eastern

12 Mar 2012  |  5 min read

Over two previous albums – their self-titled debut in 2009 and Arrows the next year – the hard-working Eastern out of Lyttelton firmly established themselves as poets of the public bar, a band which had heart-aching melodies to burn, moving lyrics which could give you a catch in the throat and some tough-minded alt.country rock which stood the comparison with Bruce... > Read more

The Waterside

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Chris de Bazin of the Sky TV Arts Channel

1 Mar 2012  |  2 min read

Chris de Bazin has the job that many Elsewhere readers might want, he is manager of the Arts Channel on Sky TV in New Zealand. Some people are well read, Chris we must guess is well viewed. Amidst the intellectual drought that is New Zealand television -- yep, we all like a bit of trash, and there's so much to choose from, right? -- the Arts channel (see programme details here) offers... > Read more

I Was Young When I Left Home

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Ryan Prebble of Spartacus R

15 Feb 2012  |  2 min read

Interesting photo of Ryan Prebble, isn't it? He seems to be staring off into space with some amusement . . . and on the evidence of the new album The View by Spartacus R -- in which he plays and sings -- deep space (and deeply spaced-out) seems to be his natural home. Prebble is something of a musical shapeshifter too and also plays with Fly My Pretties as well as the Nudge out of his... > Read more

Golden Sands

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Mark Lanegan

13 Feb 2012  |  2 min read

Mark Lanegan has, as they say, been putting himself about a bit. Formerly of Screaming Trees who rode the grunge wave out of Seattle, he joined Queens of the Stone Age in 2000 when the Trees broke up, but has more recently appeared at Elsewhere as part of the Gutter Twins (with Greg Dulli of the Twilight Singers) and has appeared as a guest on albums by the Twilight Singers and Soulsavers.... > Read more

Ode to Sad Disco