The Famous Elsewhere Questionnaire

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THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Oscar Mein of Soaked Oats

28 Jun 2019  |  4 min read

With their Sludge Pop mini-album, Dunedin-based quartet Soaked Oats rather neatly push the parameters of pop-rock into interesting corners which gently have reference points in alt.country, post-New Wave atmospherics and moody dream-pop. They are crafted, sometimes unpredictable songs which betray a band of considerable maturity – average about mid Twenties – with a lot of... > Read more

Shuggah Doom (Extended Mix)

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE INNOVATORS' QUESTIONNAIRE: Julianna Barwick

7 Jun 2019  |  2 min read

Those with keen eyes will note the heading on this particular questionnaire, it is a series of questions we have had to devise for artists like American singer- composer Julianna Barwick (who plays Auckland's Tuning Fork on June 19 with harpist Mary Lattimore). LA-based Barwick has collaborated with Philip Glass, the Flaming Lips, Yoko Ono and others, written for dance, recorded in Iceland... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE MARKETING QUESTIONNAIRE . . . Anna Loveys of Saint Lachine

20 May 2019  |  2 min read

Anna Loveys is music graduate of Auckland university, worked for three years for the music PR company The Label handling A-list clients and then set up her own marketing and PR outfit Saint Lachine which has enjoyed immediate and high profile successes with local artists. This coming weekend she joins self-managed musician Mel Parsons, online wizard Harry Pettit and Matt Harvey (of Concord... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE MANAGERS' QUESTIONNAIRE . . . Matt Harvey

19 May 2019  |  2 min read

Manager Matt Harvey knows the music industry from two key perspectives, as one half of Concord Dawn and as a manager of Shapeshifter and Nick Dow. He has toured globally and so when he speaks in the Music Managers Forum panel discussion this Saturday at the Herald Theatre in Auckland's Aotea Square he brings a wealth of experience. He is on the panel which will address marketing and... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Andre Manella (aka Sonic Delusion)

9 May 2019  |  2 min read

Sonic Delusion is the impressive one-man band/promoter/facilitator and all-round ball of energy Andre Manella who has just released his fifth album, Anything Goes. He lives works and plays around Taranaki (with sojourns to Europe) and delivers serious songs and upbeat danceable funk-pop guaranteed to make you smile as he bottles summer sunshine . . . but also has something to say.... > Read more

All Good Things

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Kendall Elise

2 May 2019  |  3 min read

With two well-received singles – the broodingly aching and atmospheric The Clock Tower and country-rock of Valentine Street, both about growing up in South Auckland's Papakura – singer-songwriter Kendall Elise has announced herself as someone who reflects on memory, childhood and growing up. Her debut album Red Earth confirms this with songs entitled Kirk's Bush (“a section... > Read more

Valentine Street

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE RADIO QUESTIONNAIRE: Rachel Ashby

30 Apr 2019  |  3 min read

And in a special occasion at Elsewhere we introduce a new questionnaire – one for radio people who are, despite streaming services, still tastemakers and shapers . . . and are more passionate about music than most a-log programmer could ever be. This is Elsewhere's chance to bring to attention those who are not idiot children styling themselves as “influencers”, but... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Sophie Mashlan

26 Apr 2019  |  3 min read

With an impressive debut album Perfect Disaster just released and a tour about to begin (see dates below), Auckland singer-songwriter Sophie Mashlan is well out of the starting gates on a very promising career. Her album was recorded with Ben Edwards In Lyttelton (Marlon, Aldous, Nadia, Delaney, Tami etc) and you can guess he could be very choosy. The evidence of the album – which... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Caroline Easther

2 Apr 2019  |  3 min read

Singer/songwriter and drummer Caroline Easther can hardly be called a late bloomer given she was there in the early Verlaines and Chills back in the Eighties and has been in a number of bands since. But it has taken her until now to release an album under her own name, Lucky. With nine originals and a cover of I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry (with Barry Saunders), the album has a lovey,... > Read more

I Believe You Tonight

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Claire Cowan

25 Mar 2019  |  3 min read

Claire Cowan might not be a familiar name to many – as a musical director she is not front'n'centre – but she is an award winning composer and multi-instrumentalist. She has created scores for theatre with Red Leap Theatre, Auckland Theatre Company, Touch Compass, Thread Theatre, and for TVNZ series ‘Hillary’ as well as various film music for NZ International Film... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Graeme James

24 Mar 2019  |  3 min read

Expat Kiwi singer-songwriter Graeme James answers these questions from somewhere in the USA, because that's the kind of itinerant guy he is. But this man who has had more than 20 million streams for his traditional-meets-modern folk-rock – and has a new album The Long Way Home just released – is making his way back home. Probably the long way. He has an extensive tour... > Read more

To Be Found By Love

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Wallis Bird

11 Mar 2019  |  3 min read

Berlin-based award-winning Irish-born singer-songwriter Wallis Bird comes with a lot of hyphens, right? At 37 she has five studio albums behind her as well as a couple of EPs and live one, but has been quiet on the recording front since her 2016 album Home which was nominated for Ireland's Choice Music Award and has overcome considerable early adversity. As a left-hander she lost four... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: A.U.R.A

11 Mar 2019  |  2 min read

AURA is a man (Albert Mikolaj) and AURA is a band touring soon (dates below) to back up the excellent new Secret Intelligent Light album. It is a finely crafted album of songs given interesting and appropriate settings of quasi-ambience or lightly-delic sounds from multi-instrumentalist Mikolaj and produce Ben Lemi. Mikolaj manages to locate his songs between the chill-out room and... > Read more

Nature/Nurture

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Amanda Cheng of Wax Chattels

4 Mar 2019  |  4 min read

Auckland's Wax Chattels -- the “guitarless guitar music” trio of bassist Amanda Cheng, vocals/organ Peter Ruddell and drummer Tom Leggett -- not only have an impressive and powerful stage presence but their self-titled debut album of May 2018 picked up critical acclaim internationally, especially in the US where it was released on Brooklyn's Captured Tracks. The band members met... > Read more

It (from the EP Live At Part Time Punks)

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Quaint of Polar Extremes

4 Mar 2019  |  2 min read

Where to begin with Quaint of the New Zealand band Polar Extremes? Well, we haven't a clue because we know so little about him (other than his real name which he doesn't use for this project) that all we can do is point to the weirdly engrossing, funny and serious debut album Strange Visions 1. It has received praise from many (although some suspiciously look to be friends) but we... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Li'l Chuck

28 Feb 2019  |  3 min read

Christchurch-based Li'l Chuck – aka David Thorpe – is the self-styled “One Man Skiffle Machine” whose latest album was appropriately recorded in mono in Sugar Ray's Vintage Recording Studio in Essex in single takes on original Fifties equipment. The album is 14 songs, all done in an eight-hour day and entitled . . . MONO. But you kinda guessed that, right?... > Read more

Sweet Sue

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Randa

26 Feb 2019  |  3 min read

In a crowded music market – even in this small country – it takes a lot to stand out, but Auckland-based Randa (born Mainard Larkin) achieves that by quirky music, an engaging persona and as a non-binary trans person. A self-described “rapper and oddball”, Randa began writing and performing bedroom projects about favourite foods and the non-gender life, and delivered... > Read more

Fashion

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Rob Joass

25 Feb 2019  |  3 min read

Based on the Kapiti Coast, singer-songwriter is an Elsewhere favourite for the power of songwriting and a voice we described as “lived in”. Other people agree: he has been three times nominated at the New Zealand Music Awards and he releases his third album, Pencarrow, on March 8 to coincide with a New Zealand tour and a couple of appearances in Sydney (see dates below).... > Read more

The Sweet Unknown

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Dave Baxter/Avalanche City

20 Feb 2019  |  3 min read

It has been some while – in pop culture terms – since Dave Baxter's 2011's hit Love Love Love was everywhere in the air. Performing and recording as Avalanche City, Baxter picked up a Silver Scroll for Love Love Love and considerable acclaim for his two subsequent albums Our New Life Above Ground and We Are For the Wild Places (2015). In some ways Baxter is a rarity, a man... > Read more

My Babylon

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Nino Birch of Beat Rhythm Fashion

18 Feb 2019  |  4 min read

Beat Rhythm Fashion out of Wellington in the late Seventies/early Eighties was the project of brothers Nino and Dan Birch who had grown up in Hong Kong for a while. In the capital they caught the post-punk excitement and formed BRF (joined by Glen Stewart then later Caroline Easther on drums). They toured – found a very welcome audience in Christchurch – and recorded... > Read more

Nothing Damaged