News of New Zealanders via Global Media

Lorde’s NYC A&R Man’s Lucky Day

Lorde’s NYC A&R Man’s Lucky Day

How does a teenager from Devonport, Auckland get plucked from relative obscurity to become a worldwide chart-topping phenomenon? Once-in-a-generation talent helps, but those gifts need to be paired with music execs who have the…

Estère – the New Face of Soul Music

Estère – the New Face of Soul Music

An example of soul music’s possible future is 22-year-old New Zealander Estère, who recently played at the annual Australian World Music Expo (AWME) in Melbourne. The Wellington-based bedroom artist – she literally writes and records…

Noosa Gets Its Rhythm on with Drummer Nathaniel Combs

Noosa Gets Its Rhythm on with Drummer Nathaniel Combs

Waikiri-born percussionist Nathaniel Combs, 31, has played with world-famous ensembles such as Les Percussion de Guinea, Les Visage de Guinee, and the prestigious Kaloum Lole during time spent in Guinea, West Africa in 2004. Now,…

Indie Stars Dean Wareham and Luna Announce Reunion

Indie Stars Dean Wareham and Luna Announce Reunion

After a decade apart, indie rockers Luna, fronted by New Zealand-born Dean Wareham, have “insouciantly” announced their reunion with a string of dates in Spain and vague hints at US dates, planned for next…

Hayden Tee One of Melbourne’s Hottest Musical Stars

Hayden Tee One of Melbourne’s Hottest Musical Stars

New Zealander Hayden Tee is one of Melbourne’s East End Theatre district’s hottest stars, playing Javert in Les Misérables, which then tours Australia over the next 20 months. Tee, who is based in New York,…

Chelsea Jade Making New Music Offshore in NY and Tokyo

Chelsea Jade Making New Music Offshore in NY and Tokyo

Singer Chelsea Jade Metcalf has created considerable buzz in her home of New Zealand, and she’s finally ready to take her art elsewhere; she’s been in New York recently for the CMJ Music Marathon,…

Lorde Expressing Existential Emotions Beyond Her Years

Lorde Expressing Existential Emotions Beyond Her Years

Lorde “comes from a land of pioneering women with sometimes perverse perspectives, from the writers Katherine Mansfield and Keri Hulme to the filmmaker Jane Campion,” Los Angeles Magazine contributor Evelyn McDonnell writes in a…

Zane Lowe, Lorde Help Launch Star-Studded BBC Music Initiative

Zane Lowe, Lorde Help Launch Star-Studded BBC Music Initiative

Some of the biggest names in music, including New Zealanders DJ Zane Lowe and singer Lorde, have united to record a cover of the Beach Boys track God Only Knows for the…

Dragon’s Leading Light Todd Hunter Keeping It Current

Dragon’s Leading Light Todd Hunter Keeping It Current

One of the founding members of iconic Australian band, New Zealander Todd Hunter (pictured second from right), talks to Digital Journal about the band’s new album and their very modern way of working. Forty one…

Mumbai Composer Mikey McCleary Reinterpreting Bollywood

Mumbai Composer Mikey McCleary Reinterpreting Bollywood

Mumbai-based New Zealander, songwriter and composer Mikey McCleary, 45, is a musical jack-of-all-trades making it in the Indian advertising world reinterpreting Bollywood songs and writing music requiring an “international-esque” sound. One of McCleary’s most famous…

Electric Wire Hustle Release Second Album Love Can Prevail

Electric Wire Hustle Release Second Album Love Can Prevail

The second album of New Zealand duo Electric Wire Hustle Love Can Prevail was released worldwide last month, and features on Jon Pareles’ Playlist in The New York Times. Pareles describes the R&B, soul and…

Billboard Names Lorde Hottest Star under 21

Billboard Names Lorde Hottest Star under 21

Billboard has put New Zealander Lorde, 17, at the top of its 2014 edition of 21 Under 21, the magazine’s annual ranking of music’s most powerful minors, “and perhaps the most impressive crop of…

Gemma New to Conduct for LA Philharmonic

Gemma New to Conduct for LA Philharmonic

University of Canterbury graduate Gemma New has been selected by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association as one of two conductors to participate in the 2014/15 Dudamel Fellowship Program. New will be conducting ‘Peter and the…

Singer Jackie Bristow Itching to Finish Fourth Album

Singer Jackie Bristow Itching to Finish Fourth Album

New Zealand folk singer Jackie Bristow hasn’t released a new album in four years. But she has a really good excuse: Bristow has been touring non-stop, and consistently appearing on some lofty play bills,…

Lorde Trumps the Big Guns to Take MTV Best Rock Video

Lorde Trumps the Big Guns to Take MTV Best Rock Video

Lorde has become the first female artist to win in the category Best Rock Video at the MTV Video Music Awards, beating Arctic Monkeys, Linkin Park, The Black Keys and Imagine Dragons. The 17-year-old scooped…

Laurence Larson Blends Language Wooing Millions of Chinese Fans

Laurence Larson Blends Language Wooing Millions of Chinese Fans

Auckland University student Laurence Larson, 20, is generating a big following on social media where his music videos sung in the unusual blend of Mandarin and English have been viewed millions of times. With dreams…

Guardian Declares Kimbra’s Latest a Masterclass in Sheer Pop Joy

Guardian Declares Kimbra’s Latest a Masterclass in Sheer Pop Joy

“The Golden Echo is less of a sophomoric follow-up and more of a bona fide pop classic from singer Kimbra …”, in fact declares the Guardian, it’s “a straight-up masterclass in sheer…

Bluegrass Singer Marlon Williams Touring Australia

Bluegrass Singer Marlon Williams Touring Australia

Christchurch-born bluegrass singer-songwriter Marlon Williams, 24, made a good impression when he played Mullum Music Festival in New South Wales last year, claiming the title as one of the most talked about acts on…

Kimbra’s Princely Potential Lands Her Major Label Resources

Kimbra’s Princely Potential Lands Her Major Label Resources

Kimbra only intended to stay in Los Angeles for a month, but after she saw an online listing for an urban farm in Silverlake – “20 chickens, eight sheep, three sheepdogs, an outdoor kitchen…

Growing up in NZ Public, Broods Now Hitting the Big Time

Growing up in NZ Public, Broods Now Hitting the Big Time

Broods only started writing music together last year, but the Nelson brother-sister duo, Caleb and Georgia Nott, aged 21 and 19, are being tipped as New Zealand’s next big musical exports. They speak to…

Lorde Adds to Already High-Profile Catalogue with Hunger Games Deal

Lorde Adds to Already High-Profile Catalogue with Hunger Games Deal

Lorde will pen a new lead single for the latest installment of the popular film franchise, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, also overseeing the selections for the soundtrack album, where her single…

Broods Setting Hearts Alight – Make Hype Machine’s One to Watch List

Broods Setting Hearts Alight – Make Hype Machine’s One to Watch List

Broods make Hype Machine’s Ones To Watch feature for the second half of 2014, selected under the qualifiers, that it’s their first time on the most-blogged list, and they’ve yet to release a full-length…

Kiwi Directs New Katy Perry Video

Kiwi Directs New Katy Perry Video

Joel Kefali has directed music videos for Lorde, The Naked and Famous and David Dallas – but he’s just released his biggest one yet. The Kiwi director is the man behind Katy Perry’s latest video, This…

Weird Al Yankovic Rethinks Lorde’s Royals

Weird Al Yankovic Rethinks Lorde’s Royals

Lorde should feel honoured, according to Billboard magazine, because on Weird Al Yankovic’s new album Mandatory Fun, Royals is the only song the professional parodist reimagines as a song about food, called Foil. “Fortunately, he…

Kimbra Challenging Musical Genres

Kimbra Challenging Musical Genres

Over the course of The Vine’s 20 minute telephone interview with Grammy winner New Zealand singer Kimbra, 24, her “voice changes shape, tone, and accent, like an opalescent sheen shifting in the light.” “Like her…

Pilot’s Exploits Inspire Music for US Dance Company

Pilot’s Exploits Inspire Music for US Dance Company

Auckland-raised award-winning composer Rosie Langabeer, 34, has been working on the music for Philadelphia dance company BalletX’s production, Sunset, o639 Hours, which was inspired by the true story of Pan Am’s Captain Edwin Musick,…

Effortless New Zealand Electro Making Waves

Effortless New Zealand Electro Making Waves

Electro-pop duo Broods, comprised of brother and sister Georgia and Caleb Nott, have helped draw the eyes of the music industry to a country that had only rarely troubled the international charts, Laura Barnett…

Lorde Reminds Us of the Intensity of Being a Teen

Lorde Reminds Us of the Intensity of Being a Teen

Grammy winner 17-year-old Lorde, who has urged people to believe that teenagers are wiser than adults think, has made the Telegraph’s Radhika Sanghani pine for the passion of her younger self. “Defender of teens

Melbourne Singer Organises Her Artistic Impulses

Melbourne Singer Organises Her Artistic Impulses

“If you believe in the nurturing influence of parents upon their children, then Jess Cornelius is a worthy example,” says the Sydney Morning Herald’s Craig Mathieson. “The Melbourne-based singer-songwriter, who performs with Teeth…

Hell Is Love Now Sleeve Catches Grouper’s Eye

Hell Is Love Now Sleeve Catches Grouper’s Eye

New Zealand rockers Dead C are rated highly by Portland musician Grouper in his Inner Sleeve column for Wire magazine. “I bought this 7” because it was by Dead C, whose music I love; also, honestly,…

Lorde Mesmerises Sold-Out London Crowd

Lorde Mesmerises Sold-Out London Crowd

Teenage pop star Lorde reminded the Telegraph’s entertainment writer Alice Vincent of a young Kate Bush at her Shepherd’s Bush Empire show last week – a five star review. “Despite being described by youth blogger…

Making Music with Sustenance and Soul

Making Music with Sustenance and Soul

Blair Jollands, who is signed to Boy George’s label More Protein, “is a real songwriter’s songwriter with sustenance and soul”, according to Contactmusic, who talked recently with the London-based New Zealander about writing for…

Kilgour Adds to His Unimpeachable Catalogue

Kilgour Adds to His Unimpeachable Catalogue

David Kilgour’s 1990 solo debut album, Here Come the Cars is about as good as guitar-based pop music gets, according to Peter Krbavac at the Age, and “in a just world,” he says, “the…

Kimbra on Why Women in Music Are Seen as Sex Symbols

Kimbra on Why Women in Music Are Seen as Sex Symbols

From Grammy winner to production whizz, Kimbra is breaking new ground. Kimbra Lee Johnson turned 24 in March this year, and while she didn’t have a party she still had a good time, spending the…

NZ’s Finest Underground Acts Partner with US Labels

NZ’s Finest Underground Acts Partner with US Labels

PopMatters has selected a sampling of essential tracks by 15 of New Zealand’s finest underground pop acts in anticipation of a forthcoming Bats reissue and a Clean anthology – and with hopes for additional…

Sound Artist Releases Ground of Being

Sound Artist Releases Ground of Being

Christchurch-born composer and sound artist Annea Lockwood, who is perhaps best known for her Glass Concerts, in which she made use of the sonic and physical characteristics of glass, as well as her Piano…

Sorceress Releases Another Dose of Soul

Sorceress Releases Another Dose of Soul

Among New Zealand’s fervent soul underground, which has produced such musicians as Ladi6, Electric Wire Hustle and Benny Tone, is another contemporary soul outfit, Sorceress. “ Dose, which updates their take on…

Lorde Compares Notes with Conor Oberst

Lorde Compares Notes with Conor Oberst

Teenage pop star Lorde, who has just won two Billboard music awards at a ceremony in Las Vegas and is in the midst of a sold-out world tour, talks to solo artist and Bright…

Special Night for Dubai’s Neil Finn Fans

Special Night for Dubai’s Neil Finn Fans

Neil Finn thrilled fans in the United Arab Emirates on stage at the Dubai Tennis Stadium last week “demonstrating why he is regarded as the songwriters’ songwriter”, according to Gulf News senior writer Leslie…

Lorde Visits Helen in New York

Lorde Visits Helen in New York

Lorde has visited former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark in New York – all in between winning Billboard awards and launching her own make-up line with M.A.C Cosmetics. Ms Clark posted a…

Four Prestigious US Music Schools Excited about Sylvia

Four Prestigious US Music Schools Excited about Sylvia

Eighteen-year-old Auckland pianist Sylvia Jiang has been offered full scholarships to four prestigious American music school: Juilliard School, Yale School of Music, Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University and New England Conservatory. Jiang started learning…

New Release Incredibly Impressive Mix of Genres

New Release Incredibly Impressive Mix of Genres

Grammy award-winning Kimbra, 24, is “no flash in the pan”, says Slate blogger Sharan Shetty. The Hamilton-born singer is currently working on the follow-up to her 2011 album, Vows, and the first single “90s…

Broods Embark on a Dream Adventure

Broods Embark on a Dream Adventure

From New York on the eve of Broods’ first full tour of the United States, the Nelson-born brother sister act, Georgia and Caleb Nott, talk with Vancouver’s Straight about trading in university for the…

Right at Home in Manchester

Right at Home in Manchester

Now on a UK and European tour promoting his third solo album Dizzy Heights, Neil Finn, 55, talks with the Manchester Evening News about why the British city has always been a very homely…

Young Conductor Earns Place at Royal Academy of Music

Young Conductor Earns Place at Royal Academy of Music

Aucklander Ray Chan, 23, has become one of only two students in the world to be accepted into a prestigious conducting programme at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Chan beat about 30 international…

Singer Is Just a Well-Adjusted Non-Jaded Teen

Singer Is Just a Well-Adjusted Non-Jaded Teen

Yet another magazine cover for Lorde; this time the 17-year-old singer graces the front of Teen Vogue, sporting a giant Marc Jacobs bowtie. The Aucklander admits that her life is pretty wild right now. While…

Lorde Gives Foo-Fighter Dave Grohl Hope for Music

Lorde Gives Foo-Fighter Dave Grohl Hope for Music

Music legend Dave Grohl, founder of the Foo Fighters and member of Nirvana, has told Rolling Stone magazine that Lorde gives him hope for the future of music. Dismissing most music on the radio…

Burn up the Road Premieres on Billboard

Burn up the Road Premieres on Billboard

Liam Finn’s new album The Nihilist navigates “through deliciously chilly soundscapes that oscillate tantalizingly into the warmth of big semi-processed drumbeats and his fuzzy guitars,” Jessica Letkemann writes for Billboard.com. “But while the New Zealander…

Conductor Gives It All for Canadian Music Director Role

Conductor Gives It All for Canadian Music Director Role

New York-based conductor New Zealander Gemma New, 27, makes her debut conducting Canada’s Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra on 26 April, her “one and only shot” for the position of HPO music director, according to Leonard…

Nirvana Collaboration Masterful Stroke of Musicianship

Nirvana Collaboration Masterful Stroke of Musicianship

Lorde, who performed Nirvana’s All Apologies at the band’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, may not have seemed like an immediate choice for the evening, but then Ella Yelich-O’Connor is not your…

Indie Star Moves Cross Country to LA

Indie Star Moves Cross Country to LA

Musician (and occasional actor) New Zealand-born Dean Wareham moved to Los Angeles last year after nearly a quarter-century in New York. Wareham, a permanent fixture in the indie rock scene, “informed a generation of…

Kiwi Royalty Thrills Chicago

Kiwi Royalty Thrills Chicago

The long and the short of it is if you’re a Kiwi in America you support one another. New Zealand’s two most famous US exports – basketball prodigy Steven Adams and musical wunderkind Lorde…

Yumi Zouma Instantly Poignant and Placeless

Yumi Zouma Instantly Poignant and Placeless

“Assembled via email, at night, from far-flung corners of the globe is the debut EP from these ex-pat New Zealanders,” Guardian reviewer Paul Lester writes, including Yumi Zouma in the publication’s “Band of the…

Echo Park Band Gets It Right in Los Angeles

Echo Park Band Gets It Right in Los Angeles

New Zealand singer-songwriter, Bradley Hanan Carter (pictured second from left), 33, is founder of Los Angeles sextet, NO which is celebrating the launch of its debut album El Prado with a tour at legendary…

Brooklyn DIY Drummer on her Influences

Brooklyn DIY Drummer on her Influences

New Zealand-born Fiona Campbell, a long-time participant in the Brooklyn DIY music scene, discusses her admiration for late-00s noise-pop New York band Vivian Girls, for whom Campbell drummed in 2010. Formerly of Auckland, Campbell left…

Springsteen Covers Royals at Mt Smart Stadium

Springsteen Covers Royals at Mt Smart Stadium

According to Rolling Stone, Bruce Springsteen made the most surprising cover choice of his career when he played an acoustic rendition of teenage Grammy award-winner Lorde’s song Royals during his Auckland show at Mt…