New Zealand #2

36 weeks in the US Billboard’s Hot 100, Top 10 in Portugal and Israel, #1 in Canada, Australia Ireland, South Africa,Austria and of course in New Zealand. The band  OMC  released in December 1995 single “How Bizarre” with the song with the same name and made a big “boom” in the music industry of their Country.

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That’s a small history with the big impact that this country had in the music, of course there are much more but this ones interested me the most. An other thing is that they also have their own Music Award since 1965, this award show is presented by Record New Zealand is a non-profit trade association of record producers, distributors and artists recording who sell music in New Zealand. (http://www.nzmusicawards.co.nz/).

There is also a big campaign that started in 2001  called About New Zealand music Month this showcased on radio and television and in live performances, this happens each may. This has helped music on commercial radio stations to increased dramatically from around 10% in 2000 to nearly 23% in 2005. The amount of New Zealand music sold had also grown, from 5.45% of the total market in 2000 to over 10% by 2004. Us you can read NZ has a big industry and they make it happen. Here is a link so you can find 31 one different stories about NZ music.

http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/culture/love-new-zealand-music

http://www.nzmusicmonth.co.nz/what-is-nz-music-month/

“The Vision of the Music Commission is a successful music industry in New Zealand.”

Music Commission

New Zealand #1

Traditional/folk Maori music is micro-tonal and when there participate more singers, it is unison, then appeared the  Kapa Haka this is the fusion of Maori music with the new european harmony and instruments like the guitar, this was one of the big steps to make pop. Yessss, First pop song written in the 1940s by Ruru Karatiana and recorded 9 years later by Pixie Williams, this is how pop music started in this amazing country.

Television in the 60’s was a very important resource for the increase of music knowledge and popularity, this helped Pixie seal more than 50,000 copies. In the 70’s we can hear Phil Judd and the Finn brothers, Neil Finn is the primary songwriter and creative director of Crowded House, he made this band with the drummer when he moved to Australia.

too be contined…

Better Late Than Never…KIMBRA

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One day last month, I was listening to music on one of my favorite streaming platforms, and I decided to check out some of the artist recommendations. To my surprise, I stumbled across a gem…an artist named Kimbra.

The RunDown:
Origin: New Zealand & Australia
Genre: Electropop
Label: Warner Bros.
Age: 23
Instruments: Vocals, tambourine, guitar
Website: kimbramusic.com

Kimbra Vows

I listened to her debut album, “Vows”.  It was released in 2011, so please forgive me for tardiness…but now that I’m hip to who she is, I’m anxiously awaiting the release of new material. In the past I had heard mentions here and there of Kimbra, but that was mainly from Gotye’s top-charting single “Somebody That I Use to Know,” but other than that, she was an artist that I didn’t know.  Recently in 2013, she was featured on John Legend’s track “Made To Love” which I absolutely think is amazing! Once again, I didn’t know it was her until after the fact.

The following singles were released from “Vows”:

  • Settle Down
  • Cameo Lover
  • Good Intent
  • Warrior
  • Two Way Street
  • Come Into My Head

This album garnered Kimbra numerous awards during 2011 and 2012 from the APRA Awards and ARIA Awards. She also won a Grammy during 2013 for her collaboration with Gotye.

Here’s her official vid for the album’s 1st single “Settle Down”

Check out one of my faves from the album, “Something In The Way You Are”…

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

**Artists to Watch in 2014**

Here’s my prediction for 2014…take a look at 5 different artists/bands that I believe will be successful in the next year.  Feel free to take a peep to see if you agree and to discover some new music to add to your ever-growing collection..Enjoy!

1.  Snarky Puppy
Snarky Puppy

  • The band features a collective of nearly 40 musicians, referred to as “The Fam” on their recordings and tours.
  •  Snarky Puppy was nominated for a Grammy Award in the “Best R&B Performance” category, with their cover of Lalah Hathaway’s song “Somethin”

Watch the video for “Somethin” below..

2.  Hiatus Kaiyote
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  • From Melbourne, Australia
  • Nice blend of soul music with Jazz vocals
  • Currently nominated for a grammy for their song “Nakamarra”–listen to it below

3.  Lianne La Havas

Lianne La Havas

I absolutely love this artist! Her first album was amazing and I can’t wait to see what she has in store for 2014.

  • Her debut album Is Your Love Big Enough? was awarded the title of iTunes Album of The Year 2012.
  • She was nominated for the BBC’s Sound of 2012 poll
  • Listen to “Elusive” below (one of my favorite records from her debut album)–the video was released this year

4.  Gary Clark Jr.
Gary Clark Jr.

  • Influences:  Blues, jazz, soul, country, hip hop
  •  Clark’s musical trademarks are his extremely fuzzy guitar sound and smooth vocal style.
  • Currently nominated for a Grammy for “Please Come Home”

Listen to his live performance of “Please Come Home”

5.  Lorde

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Lorde is only 17 years old and her debut album, Pure Heroine has received worldwide critical acclaim…

  • Lorde is nominated for a total of four Grammys, which include ‘Record of the Year’ and ‘Song of the Year’ for “Royals” and ‘Best Pop Vocal Album’ for Pure Heroine.
  • Her musical debut was an EP entitled, whicThe Love Clubh was released in November 2012
  • Her first single, “Royals”, debuted at number one on the New Zealand Top 40, and also reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2013, making her the first New Zealand solo artist to have a number one song in the United States.

Lorde’s video “Royals”

One Hit Wonders – How Bizarre

How Bizarre was probably the only major hit coming from New Zealand, a country with a small music scene compared to Australia, for example. Here’s the story:

OMC is short for Otara Millionaires Club and is a play on s a suburb of Auckland, in which not millionaires, but mainly poor workers live. Before founding the band the lead singer Pauly Fuemana was a gang member in Auckland, New Zealand. He received his musical training in a New Zealand juvenile prison. The band originally was formed by his brother Philip in 1993. In 1995 Philip leaves the band and Pauly Fuemana replaces him with keyboardist Alan Jansson. Pretty soon afterwards they released their debut single “We Are The OMC”,  which only had moderate success in their homeland. Still they managed to get signed with Huh ! Records with which they finally released their debut album, How Bizarre (1996 ), from which came their hit-single.

"The richest man in America said before you become successful you must always learn to fail first."

“They say before you become successful you must always learn to fail first,” Pauly Fuemana

How Bizarre written by Pauly Fuemana and Alan Jansson was their first single, produced by the latter and was released on CD and Maxi Single CD format.This song is about being the lead singer Pauly Fuemana being a gang member and juvenile in New Zealand. It reached # 1 of the New Zealand Charts in early 1996 and later became one of the few songs of this island to rank # 1 in Australia too. Eventually it became an international hit, reaching  #1 in 8 different countries including Australia, Canada, and the US. Touring alongside U2, Cheap Trick, The Cardigans, Cher, Smashing Pumpkins and the Wu-Tang clan, OMC even performed on an aircraft carrier as Bon Jovi’s support act. How Bizarre the single and album sold more than four million copies and netted $11 million in royalties. Pauly said in 2007 he received $5 million of that. He lived like a rock star driving a Hummer and gave vehicles and cash to his friends and family. But Pauly was also confronted with huge bills from overseas tours and was involved in a feud over his percentage of the royalties.In 2006, he was declared bankrupt. Liquidators said Pauly and his girlfriend’s luxurious lifestyle had not contracted when the royalties began to diminish.

Pauly died of pneumonia in 2010, aged 40, at Auckland’s North Shore Hospital. His older brother Phil and former band member died of a heart attack in 2005 at the age of 41.

Fading West in Review

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Fading West,  a music documentary following Grammy-winning alternative-rock band Switchfoot, hit the internet in preparation for their full length album release in the new year. The film features the group in a travel-musiclogue-like fashion as they search for inspiration and waves during their 2012 World Tour.

Directed by Matt Katsolis, the film offers an intimate and authentic look at the journey of the San Diego based musicians, as they cope with maintaining the right balance between family and music life.

The two major takeaways from this piece are that John and Time Foreman can really surf and the cinematography is second to none.  The scenes captured in New Zeland, Australia, Bali and South Africa are visually captivating and make up for the lack of overall depth in the film.  Although it follows a rough storyline of the tour, the tensive breaks in the film seem to mimic the climax of a Much Music Disband episode.

That’s not to say the events were insignificant, they were just poorly portrayed. They didn’t go deep enough and for that, they missed out on the opportunity to create something really special.

In terms of music documentaries,  Fading West comes in around a 3/5. However, some of the images captured would make for a really good Hurley ad.

*Also note: Switchfoot’s guitarist Drew Shirley,  looks a lot like Joe Hursley’s character from Accepted:

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You can purchase the film here:

http://www.fadingwest.com/#/thefilm

I would also recommend reading more about their  “Bro-Am”. You can find that here:

http://www.switchfoot.com/c/bro-am

Artist Match Up of the Week: Broods vs. Say Lou Lou

This weeks artist both have something in common, and that is that both are made of up sibling duos.

First Up…

Name: BROODS

Sounds Like:  The XX , Ellie Goulding,CHVRCHES

Label: Unsigned

Website: https://www.facebook.com/broodsmusic

Broods

BROODS is a brand-new brother-sister duo from Auckland, New Zealand. Georgia and Caleb Nott have recently released their debut track,  “Bridges”. Georgia has a sweet vocal tone similar to that of Ellie Goulding and Caleb’s progressive production is definitely note worthy.

MTV’s Noteworthy Blog states:

“On “Bridges,” Georgia plays simple repetition to the band’s strength, breathlessly chanting variations of “Now I’m burning all the bridges/ Watching it go up in flames” throughout. The result is like some brilliant cross between CHVRCHES and Ellie Goulding — a mellowed-out take on Physical Therapy‘s “Drone On” featuring Jamie Krasner. Needless to say, we’ve already added “Bridges” to our “FALL JAMZ” playlist, and we recommend that you do the same.”

Check it Bridges Below:

Their sounds is definitely a kind of alternative pop with heavy synth based production.   Being from New Zealand they worked with producer Joel Little who recently produced Lorde’s debut Album  Pure Heroine.  They are pretty new and have limited information about them online but if this song is any indication of their talent I can see some good things in their future.

Like what you hear?  Check out their SoudCloud for a free download of Bridges

Next Up…

Name: Say Lou Lou

Label: Columbia

Sounds Like: HAIM, Lykke Li, Lorde

Website: http://www.sayloulou.com/

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This twin sistter act hail from a Swedish-Australian background and have been creating some  buzz in the blogosphere over the last year with their  singles “Maybe You” and “Julian,” as well as their recent take on Tame Impala‘s “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards.”   With their recent singing to Columbia Record the dua is prepping  their first major label EP called Better In The Dark on November 25.  Check out their music below.

They definitely have a dark melancholy vibe that matches well with their image. The songs are impeccably produced and showcase the duos effortless vocals.   The sound reminds me of a more pop sounding Lorde but with harmonies.

Conclusion

Both these sibling pairs definitely have a lot to offer and adapt current music trends and develop a unique sound.  I like the fact that Broods consists of a male and a female member opening up their audience a lot more.  On the other hand the twins in Say Lou Lou are both beautiful girls with good voices that sound well together.  With groups like HAIM rising in popularity there is definitely a market for Say Lou Lou but unfortunately I think they will be in direct competition with other prominent female acts like Katy Perry, Lorde, Lana Del Rey, etc. For that reason I think if I had to sign either it would be Broods.

What do you all think?  Who would you sign?