Gig of the Week

A lucrative night busking in Queenstown sparked Graeme James’ professional music career. “I was busking in Queenstown, in 2012, and I made $1000 in a night,’’ the 32-year-old indie musician tells Mountain Scene. "I thought 'maybe I should do this properly'....

Her name is Moana

Last time Moana Maniapoto was in Queenstown, she played at a friend’s 50th and ended up forming an electronica duo that’s gone on to perform around the world. “It’s one of the best parties I’ve ever been to, we were...
Sophie Mashlan’s on a mission to make singing about the music, not the image. The bubbly 19-year-old Aucklander sings about Greek and Roman sculptures, juggles touring with uni, and cites pop superstar Sia as her biggest influence. It’s fair to say...

Welcoming back a legend

You wouldn’t think a music legend like Dave Dobbyn would have any gig mishaps, but one show in Queenstown started with a bit of a hiccup. “We once had no bassist and pianist until 30 seconds before show time on...

Making art from tragedy

It's pretty much the ultimate rock star love story. Back in 2013, Alison Turner was in the crowd at Auckland venue Wine Cellar, listening to a band. She thought one of the band members was ''captivating’’, and decided to approach him...

Finn’s flying solo

Finn Andrews is something of an enigma. Splitting his time between London and New Zealand, with an accent that he admits doesn’t quite belong to either, he’s the softly-spoken long-time frontman of an indie band who still doesn’t feel like...

Fight like a girl

It's not often you hear a feminist activist say she “bloody loves Donald Trump’’. But as Sajeela Kershi points out, he’s given people “something to fight against’’. “It used to be when you banned a song on the radio, it became...

Born for the stage

Sitting at a piano, belting out raucous tunes, Jan Preston is worlds away from her Greymouth upbringing. Despite her family not being “artistic”, Preston has forged a successful music career, while her sister, Gaylene Preston, is a world-renowned director. “My parents...

Homecoming tour

He used to live it up while on tour, but now, with a six-year-old daughter, Greg Johnson jokes it’s a chance to have a sleep-in. The veteran Kiwi singer/songwriter’s coming home for a nationwide tour, which includes a stop at...

Festival focus

She's got four albums and multiple awards to her name, but Mel Parsons still has “pinch yourself’’ moments. The Kiwi songstress had a massive 2018, touring the United States and releasing her fourth album, Glass Heart, to critical acclaim in...

Blues brother

The minute C.W. Stoneking opens his mouth, it’s clear he was born to sing the blues. The gravel-voiced Aussie has built a reputation as a modern blues and rock ‘n’ roll maestro, with multiple ARIA Music Award nominations and six...

Comedy couple

Putting on 27 comedy shows around the country might sound like a gruelling task, but as Jeremy Elwood points out, at least you don’t have to worry about whether there’s milk at home. Elwood is hitting the road with his...
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