The Taite Music Prize 2022 Finalists Announcement

March 11th 2022
Today, Independent Music NZ (IMNZ) is very pleased to announce the finalists for the Taite Music Prize 2022 and the Auckland Live Best Independent Debut Award. These two prestigious awards will be awarded on Tuesday, April 20th, 2022 alongside the NZ On Air Outstanding Music Journalism Award, IMNZ Classic Record and the Independent Spirit Award recipients.

Named after the late Dylan Taite, one of New Zealand’s most respected music journalists, the coveted Taite Music Prize recognises outstanding creativity for an entire collection of music contained in one recording. The award highlights outstanding New Zealand albums released in the past year. The award is open to all genres of music and judged on artistic merit regardless of genre, sales, or record label. The prize winner will receive a cash prize of $12,500, thanks to founding partner Recorded Music NZ and supporting partner NZ Music Commission

A voting academy of all current members of IMNZ, musicians, and music industry personnel voted to produce the shortlisted finalist albums. An independent panel debates and scrutinises the shortlisted albums to decide the winner. That panel comprises musicians, journalists, and music industry professionals with a wide variety of different professional backgrounds and personal tastes. 

The ten albums in contention for the 2022 Taite Music Prize span genres from hip hop to alt-country to indie electro pop and include some of Aotearoa's finest and pigeon hole defying musicians. The 2022 Taite Music Prize finalists are:

Anthonie Tonnon - Leave Love Out Of This (Slow Time Records)

Dianne Swann - The War On Peace of Mind (Bads Music)

French For Rabbits - The Overflow (AAA Records)

Lips - I Don't Know Why I Do Anything (Independent)

Luke Buda - BUDA (Buda Records)

Reb Fountain - IRIS (Flying Nun Records)

Sheep, Dog & Wolf - Two-Minds (Aphrodite)

Team Dynamite - Respect The Process (Independent)

Troy Kingi - Black Sea Golden Ladder (AAA Records)

Vera Ellen - It's Your Birthday (Flying Nun Records)

The Auckland Live Best Independent Debut Award celebrates the freshest talent of Aotearoa. The winner receives a $2000 cash prize plus a performance or technical upskilling opportunity thanks to Auckland Live

The three albums nominated for the 2022 Auckland Live Best Independent Debut Award are: 

Adelaide Cara - How Does This Sound?

Jazmine Mary - The Licking of a Tangerine

Proteins of Magic - Proteins of Magic

The 2022 ceremony also includes the presentation of the inaugural NZ On Air Outstanding Music Journalism Award. IMNZ and NZ On Air look to celebrate a special individual who made a creative contribution and significant impact with coverage of Aotearoa music in 2021. A shortlist of finalists for this award will be announced in the coming weeks.

The Independent Music NZ Classic Record award acknowledges one New Zealand record released over 20 years ago on an independent label. These records, whether a 12”, a compilation, EP, or full-length album have become quintessential gold nuggets of our musical history.

Now in its fourth year, the Independent Spirit Award recognises and celebrates a New Zealander: someone who is passionate about NZ music; who's ahead of the game in creativity, diversity, and imagination; and has dedicated themself to helping artists and the wider music community to grow and find their own unique pathways. The annual recipient is determined by the IMNZ Board.

IMNZ General Manager, Dylan Pellett says, “As we move through these crazy times, it’s still so heartening to hear fresh new music being made and released in Aotearoa. Congratulations to all this year’s finalists!"


Editors Notes:

The eponym for the awards is the late Dylan Taite, one of  New Zealand’s most respected TV music journalists. He became known for his Liverpudlian wry wit and his unabashed chutzpah-love of music. Dylan’s unique style captured some rare interviews over the decades. Interviews with The Sex Pistols, Deep Purple, and the career-defining Bob Marley are still referenced today.

The Taite Music Prize
Presented by: Independent Music New Zealand (IMNZ)
Founding Partner: Recorded Music NZ
Official Partner: NZ On Air
Event Partner: Q Theatre
Award Partner: Auckland Live
Media Partners: 95bFM / Radio NZ
Charity Partner: MusicHelps
Supporting Partners: APRA AMCOS / Media Arts Lawyers / NZ Music Commission / McCarthy Design / Commotion Ltd / Loop / College Hill Productions / Tone Deaf Productions / Oceania / Merlin / Panhead Breweries / Auckland City Of Music
Previous winners of The Taite Music Prize:

2010 - Lawrence Arabia - Chant Darling (Honorary Bedouin Records)
2011 - Ladi6 - The Liberation Of (What? Music)
2012 - Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Unknown Mortal Orchestra (Seeing Records)
2013 – SJD - Elastic Wasteland (Round Trip Mars)
2014 – Lorde - Pure Heroine (Universal Music NZ)
2015 – Jakob – Sines (Shoot The Freak)
2016 – Silicon - Personal Computer (Weird World/Domino Recordings)
2017 - Street Chant - Hauora (Arch Hill Recordings)
2018 - Aldous Harding - Party (Flying Nun Records / 4AD)
2019 - Avantdale Bowling Club  - Avantdale Bowling Club (Years Gone By)
2020 – Troy Kingi – Holy Colony Burning Acres (Triple A Records)
2021 - Reb Fountain - Reb Fountain (Flying Nun Records)

Previous Winners of the  Independent Music NZ Classic Record:

2013 – Gordons – Gordons (Flying Nun)
2014 – Various Artists – AK79 (Ripper Records)
2015 – Herbs – What’s Be Happen? (Warrior Records)
2016 – Upper Hutt Posse – E Tū (Jayrem Records)
2017 - The Clean - Boodle Boodle Boodle (Flying Nun)
2018 - Headless Chickens - Stunt Clown (Flying Nun)
2019 - Moana and the Moahunters - Tahi (Southside)
2020 – Shona Laing – South (Pagan Records)
2021 - Patea Māori Club - 'Poi E' (Maui Records)
Previous Winners of the Auckland Live Best Independent Debut:

2017 - Merk - Swordfish  (self released)
2018 - The Miltones - The Miltones (Self-released)
2019 - Alien Weaponry - Tū (Self-released)
2020 – Repulsive Woman – Relief (Independent) 
2021 - Na Noise - Waiting For You (1:12 Records)

Previous Recipients of the Independent Spirit Award 

2019 -  Bernie Griffin
2020 - Murray Cammick
2021 - Pete Rainey and Glenn Common of Smokefree Rockquest

NZ On Air Outstanding Music Journalism Award 

2022 - 

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