NZ On Air final Making Tracks funding recipients for the year have just been announced. 24 successful applicants received music grants including Christchurch rock band Decades. NZ On Air offices will be closed from the 24th of December until the 11th of January. You are still able to submit Making Tracks applications during this time and they will be included in the next funding round which closes Monday 1st February 2016 at 5pm.


Phil Parkes is an indie pop-rock singer songwriter based in Christchurch.  Phil has recently released the second single from his forthcoming EP “There Is Nothing In My Head.”

2015 has been a year focused on writing and recording, and with the help of his band, Phil has further developed his sound and created a brand new six track EP. Mixed and mastered by Ben Delany, there has been a high emphasis on great arrangements and production for these tracks

Broods have dominated this year’s NZ Music Awards, taking home four Tuis, including Album of the Year.

Christchurch success story Marlon Williams has continued his climb to fame winning awards for Best Male Solo Artist and Breakthrough Artist of the Year. Marlon led the way this year with five nominations for his recently released self-titled solo debut.

Unsigned Only is a unique music competition designed for solo artists, bands, and singers all over the world who are not signed to a major label record company or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, or imprints. The goal of Unsigned Only is to find an outstanding, talented performer: a band, singer, or solo artist...a newcomer or veteran...raw or polished - the “gem” that needs to be discovered. Unsigned Only is looking for the total package.

NZ On Air has appointed David Ridler as the funding agency’s new Head of Music and Radio, leading the funding and promotion of local music.

Mr Ridler is the current Content Director of NZME’s Radio Hauraki. He has worked in commercial radio for a decade, having held content and programme director positions for Classic Hits, More FM and the former Channel Z. He has also previously worked for NZ On Air’s music team.

Announcing the launch of BoxFresh Live! at BeatBox studios on 27 November. Featuring exclusive performances from Matty Smith, Katie Thompson and No Broadcast. BoxFresh Live! provides a completely unique and outstanding opportunity for emerging artists to capture a high quality filmed, live recording in a professional studio setting. Three artists will be showcased during BoxFresh Live! performing an intimate unplugged set in front of a live audience. Tracks from each session are selected to produce a high quality BoxFresh Live!

This November Gustav’s has the rare and much anticipated pleasure of hosting the ever escalating-in-excellence Steve Abel. On the very eve of the release of his third album he will be returning south to Christchurch after a prolonged absence. 

He is a true wizard among songwriters and has been described as…

“A mixture of the sparseness and cut throat honesty of Will Oldham and the dark, haunting lyrics of Nick Cave. The songwriting and musicianship is outstanding, talent.”

There are few figures in electronic music who manage to combine commercial success with underground respectability. The Bristol-based producer and DJ known as TC is one such individual, utilising his talents to comfortably flit between remixing Number One artists and unleashing rave-razing bass-driven monsters pitched straight at the underground. Rising through the ranks to receive 'Best Producer' and 'Breakthrough Producer’ at the 2007 Xtra Bass Awards is just one example of the unprecedented support he has garnered over the years.

Making Tracks funding decisions for October have just been announced. Big congratulations go to Christchurch acts Maya Payne for recieving video funding and Black Fox Trio on being recipients of both recording and video funding.

SWARM Presents: Urban pop artist ELLY and the premier of her latest music video 'ELVIS' tomorrow night at Cargo Bar. The event will also feature a DJ, live acoustic performances and dancers. Entry is free.

Legendary Christchurch band, The Newz, are getting back together for two nights of great 80's music. 

Legendary minimalist rock trio Shellac have announced a five-date tour of New Zealand kicking off in November. Made up of prolific record producers Steve Albini and Bob Weston alongside drummer Todd Trainer, the three-piece have only ever toured and released albums on a sporadic basis since forming in 1992.This will be the band’s first time in NZ since 2001.

Matty Smith (ex Von Voin Strum) has had a busy past few months since embarking on his solo career. Matty has recently recorded, and released his debut solo E.P Before You Lay Down. The E.P is available to stream and purchase now at The official release party for the record is being held on November 22nd at the Verandah Bar above JDV. Support act for the show will be Jed Parsons and tickets are on sale now.

Third3ye represents a collective of like-minded artists, coming together to produce a spiritually-conscious form of Hip Hop all the way from sunny Aotearoa, New Zealand.

As a collective the crew is all about experimenting with new sounds and theories, while pushing messages of philosophy, enlightenment, and higher consciousness - whether it be from a picturesque backdrop in Queenstown, or the backstreets of Avondale. 

There are very few distinctly unique voices in the world today but V Grant has one of them, with a richness and depth that you would expect from a lovechild of Tracy Chapman and Alanis Morissette. Vocally trained by Australian Songstress, Venetta Fields, and mentored by Toni Childs, V Grant has wooed audiences up and down the East Coast of Australia, including the festival stage of Byron Bay Bluesfest (2012). With an energy that’s contagious, she performs with a stompbox, djembe & acoustic guitar… A definite must see! 

Hook laden, brutally loud, fever-pitched yet chaotically beautiful, No Broadcast’s latest single Moment continues on their tradition of ambient, atmospheric sonic/post-rock. Bringing to mind the likes or Jakob, Boris and My Bloody Valentine, the first single from their new album ‘The Blueprint’, Moment hints at No Broadcast’s continued evolution of sonic experimentation as well as their ceaseless growth as songwriters.

The celebrations have started with Recorded Music NZ revealing the artists in the line-up for Tuis at the 50th annual Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards.

A finalist in five categories, Canterbury’s Marlon Williams leads the list with his debut solo album Marlon Williams and single Dark Child. Williams is a finalist for Mentos Album of the Year, Vodafone Single of the Year, Best Male Solo Artist, Breakthrough Artist of the Year and Best Alternative album.

On their last NZ tour in 2012, after the groups rental car broke down in the South Island, The String Contingent hitchhiked with a double bass, guitar, fiddle, boxes of CDs, backpacks… 224 kilometres to make it to their gig!

 The acoustic chamber-folk trio return to NZ in October, bringing their own fabulous blend of Celtic folk, Classical and Americana flavoured compositions to six centres in both the North and South Islands.

US bass virtuoso David Friesen ( is a true jazz legend and has been heralded as one of the most prolific and influential jazz bassists of the past four decades.

Stonehurst have had a busy past few months with a South Island tour supporting Devilskin, and recording new material at Neil Finns studio with international music producer Steve James. Expect big things to come from this hard working hard rock outfit. Here is their first single “Can’t Get Away” from the bands new forthcoming record.

Coming up this month at CPIT, an informative seminar on funding opportunities for jazz musicians presented by Creative NZ.  

Christchurch-based musician Katie Thompson from Quirky Music has recently been in Vienna collaborating with five other artists from around the world to create a Global Rockstar United single. Katie represented Oceania and working with top musicians from Asia, America, Europe and Africa she co-wrote the track “To The Moon”. Check the link to hear the single and find out more about the Global Rockstar programme.

Another big round of music funding this month from NZ On Air for the Making Tracks programme. Over 135 artists applied with 24 successful projects funded. Among the recipients were: Annah Mac, Beastwars, Chambres, Dave Dobbyn, Don McGlashan, Ekko Park, Electric Wire Hustle, Glass Vaults, J Jonathon Bree, Joseph & Maia, Lisa Crawley, Mana Lion, Marley Sola, MEDZ, P.H.F, Sammy J, Sam Verlinden, Sons Of Zion, Tamagotchii, The Beths, Two Cartoons, Will Slugger, Yoko-Zuna & Delaney Davidson.

The nominees for the first three New Zealand Music Awards were announced today, recognising the best work of those who engineer, produce, and design the covers for local albums.

The finalists in the best producer category are Sean Donnelly for his own album Saint John Divine, Joel Little for his work on Evergreen by Broods, and Clint Murphy for his work on We Rise by Devilskin.

Award winning musician, multi instrumentalist, host of Planet Of Sound on Radio Hauraki, mentor and theatre performer. JON TOOGOOD needs no introduction.

As frontman of SHIHAD for over 25 years and the man behind the collaborative affair THE ADULTS, Jon has more NZ radio hits than any other artist in NZ music history.

Brothers Ruban Nielson and Kody Nielson have won the 2015 Apra Silver Scroll Award for the Unknown Mortal Orchestra song Multi-Love. The psychedelic pop song is the title track from UMO's latest album.

Coming up soon at Dux Live - Decknology the South Islands premiere DJ competition. This fierce battle at the decks was designed to provide all DJs and Producers experience and exposure in the live mix environment and to find the best damn DJ in the Garden City. Decknology 2015 rolls out with 4 heats followed by 2 genre bending semi-finals and then a grand final on Thursday 12th November.

Electric Avenue music festival returns to Christchurch next February and the first round of line up announcements have just been released. Thievery Corporation, The Correspondents, Boy & Bear, The Opiuo Band, The Cuban Brothers, Katchafire, and The Upbeats are all confirmed for the Waitangi Day Festival and tickets will be on sale soon!