Multi-Talented Artists Dominate Technical Awards Finalists List

October 10th 2013
The Technical Award finalists for the 48th annual Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards have been announced by Recorded Music NZ shining the spotlight on Kiwi music's backstage-professionals.

The Technical Award finalists for the 48th annual Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards have been announced by Recorded Music NZ shining the spotlight on Kiwi music's backstage-professionals.

The 2013 finalist line-up includes a mix of previous winners and finalists as well as several multi-talented artists who have worked behind the scenes on the technical side of their albums.

Renowned indie rock band The Phoenix Foundation dominates the call-up with nominations in the Best Engineer and Best Producer categories.

The Wellington-formed band shares its nomination with Brett Stanton and Lee Prebble who worked with them on their fifth album, Fandango. The album debuted at number four on the Official NZ Music Charts.

Lee Prebble demonstrates his noted engineering skills with a second solo nomination for his work on Iva Lamkum's album Black Eagle.

Neil Baldock also joins the Best Engineer line up and he's no stranger to the limelight. In his 23 years of engineering Neil has clocked up some stellar achievements, including working with iconic Kiwi music stars Fred Dagg, Che Fu, Nathan Haines and Flight of the Conchords. Neil also took out the award for Best Engineer last year.

Shapeshifter and Fat Freddy's Drop continue the theme of bands recognised for their technical work on their own albums.

Shapeshifter and the Upbeats are finalists in the Best Producer category for Shapeshifter's album Delta. Fat Freddy's Drop joins them in the Best Producer line-up for the Blackbird album.

Blackbird also features in the Best Album Cover category with designers Gina Kiel & Harry A'Court nabbing a spot.

Recorded Music NZ chief executive Damian Vaughan says: "It's important to recognise the very special talents of the skilled technicians who bring the music to life and we have a fantastic line up this year. Congratulations to all the finalists."

The full list of finalists for the Technical Awards at the 48th annual Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards is:


Best Producer


Fat Freddy's Drop for Fat Freddy's Drop - ‘Blackbird'

Sam McCarthy, Jaden Parkes, Jordan Arts for Kidsof88 - ‘Modern Love'

Shapeshifter and the Upbeats for Shapeshifter - Delta

The Phoenix Foundation/Lee Prebble/Brett Stanton for The Phoenix Foundation - Fandango

 

Best Engineer


Brett Stanton/Lee Prebble/The Phoenix Foundation for The Phoenix Foundation - Fandango

Lee Prebble for Iva Lamkum - Black Eagle

Neil Baldock for Eden Mullholand - Feed the Beast

 

Best Album Cover


Gina Kiel and Harry A'Court for Fat Freddy's Drop - Blackbird

Heather Liddell for Strahan - Posters

Nick Keller for Beastwars - Blood Becomes Fire

 

The winners of the Technical Awards are revealed at VNZMA Finalists Announcement at The Pullman Auckland on 22 October.

The line-up for this year's Hallensteins Brothers Critics' Choice Showcase and the 2013 New Zealand Herald Legacy Award recipient is also being unveiled at the event.

 

The Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards awards categories are:

Mentos Album Of The Year

Vodafone Single Of The Year

Steinlager Pure Best Group

Spotify Best Male Solo Artist

Spotify Best Female Solo Artist

Westpac Hotpoints Breakthrough Artist Of The Year

NZ On Air Best Music Video

The Edge Best Pop Album

Best Rock Album

Best Urban / Hip Hop Album

Best Electronica Album

Best Roots Album

Numa Trust Best Maori Album

Best Alternative Album

Best Gospel / Christian Album

Best Classical Album

Vodafone Peoples' Choice Award

New Zealand Herald Legacy Award

No finalists are announced for the Vodafone Highest Selling NZ Single, the FOUR Highest Selling NZ Album, NZ On Air Radio Airplay Award and the Xbox International Achievement awards. They are awarded at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards ceremony at Auckland's Vector Arena on November 21.

 

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