NZ Artists International News: September 2017

August 30th 2017
With Going Global Music Summit kicking-off September 2017, a delegation of over twenty New Zealanders heading to Brisbane for the BIGSOUND conference and all this great overseas news about NZ musicians, September's set to launch NZ music overseas in a big way into the rest of 2017!


Hamilton's DJ Spell recently took first place in the 2017 DMC Online Championship by a landslide. His winning set was voted in the top 3 sets by all 19 judges - a collective of previous winners of the most prestigious and longest running DJ competition in the world, the DMC World Championships. Through his win, DJ Spell has earned a place in the 2017 DMC World DJ Championship in London in October. US hip-hop magazine, The Source, said of the world-class DJ, "the super talented DJ Spell is more than a pure turntablist as demonstrated through his mix & beat tapes and ability to rock any crowd whether it be a large festival, nightclub, break cipher, hip hop show and everything inbetween."

Fellow New Zealand DJs, DJ K-Swizz and The Abbott, also made the top 10 in this year's Onilne Championship.
DJ K-Swizz will also be representing Aotearoa at the Goldie Awards DJ Battle with 7 other DJs from around the world in New York City, judged by world-famous producers including Diplo, Just Blaze and Mannie Fresh.


Waipu metal band, Alien Weaponry have received massive attention from overseas in the form of a huge feature and interview in Metal Hammer magazine (who have near 2 million Facebook followers!), saying of their track ‘RÅ« Ana Te Whenua' - "you'll get an idea of exactly how well it works, and how much ass it kicks. Starting with a
chilling warrior cry, it's an absolutely ferocious, five-and-a-half minute blast of thrash".

15-year-old bassist of the band, Ethan Trembath, has also been named an official artist for Spector, a legendary US-based bass guitar company. Other official Spector artists include Gary Tallent of E Street Band, Ian Hill of Judas Priest and Leigh Foxx of Blondie.


The second album from Wellington band Mermaidens, Perfect Body, was recently released via Flying Nun Records on August 4 to immediate praise online. BEAT Magazine (UK) premiered Perfect Body with a pre-release stream that said the album "flips between queezy and dreamy and all out noise and it's all captured with a live feeling raw edge". Bandcamp then went on to name it Album of the Day on August 9, calling the album one of "a run of excellent albums" from Flying Nun. Mermaidens will be embarking on their debut tour of Australia later this month.


New Zealand-born, Berlin-based soul singer and producer, Noah Slee, released his debut album, Otherland, on Australian label Wondercore Island on August 25th. In the lead-up, immensely popular US magazine, NYLON, premiered his single ‘Radar', calling it "impossible not to dance to". He was also recently interviewed by Jamz Supernova on BBC Radio1 Xtra. This wasn't the first time he had received attention from BBC Radio1 Xtra - a
previous single from the album, ‘Lips', featuring Avondale rapper Melodownz, also received regular airplay on the station.


micronism, aka Denver McCarthy's 1998 album inside a quiet mind was recently re-issued by Loop Recordings much to the delight of techno fans in New Zealand and around the world. Bandcamp named it Album of the Day on August 3, calling the album "a universe of energy and lightness-it's an album just as effective in solo listening as it is on the dancefloor." Popular UK-based online music magazine also reviewed the album, saying "the past two decades haven't robbed it of its quiet power".


Nadia Reid is off touring the world again, returning this time to the UK and Europe, followed by her first ever shows in the USA! Kitty Empire reviewed her show at Bush Hall in London for The Guardian, saying Nadia has "arresting impact and deserves wider exposure". While in London, she also recorded an episode for prominent UK-based record store, Rough Trade's radio show, ‘Shoplifting'.


Fazerdaze (aka Amelia Murray) had her new single ‘Misread' reviewed on the BBC Radio 6 Music Steve Lamacq's Roundtable - and the reviews were good! Gary Jarman from the Cribs "thought it was great ... 9/10". In the past few months, Fazerdaze tracks have also been played on Steve Lamacq's ‘6 Music Recommends', ‘Tom Ravenscroft 6 Music Recommends' and Iggy Pop's ‘Iggy Confidential' show. Fazerdaze will be touring Australia, Europe, Japan, South East Asia and North America all before the end of 2017!



  • NPR All Things Considered debuted the new single ‘December' by Yumi Zouma, from their forthcoming record Willowbank, out in October via New York based label Cascine, saying the track had "palm-muted guitars, quiet handclaps, melodies that swoop and soar, and horns that warm the soul".
  • Ladyhawke's ‘My Delirium' was featured on the CBS Good Morning Playlist.
  • Matthew Young was the #1 played artist on Triple J (Australia) on August 9 and the track ‘Collect' has been in the Triple J Top 40 for the all of August.
  • Scuzz TV (UK) hosted the worldwide premiere of Devilskin's epic new music video for ‘Believe In Me', directed by Shae Sterling.

  • Good Vibes, 1,788,175 followers
    - BAYNK, Nika ‘What You Need'
    - Theia ‘Roam'
  • Pop Chillout, 1,249,019 followers
    - BAYNK, Shallou ‘Come Home'
  • Indie Mixtape, 193,947 followers
    - Chelsea Jade ‘Ride or Cry'
    - Lorde ‘The Louvre'
    - SACHI, Nika ‘Shelter'
    - Thomston, SACHI ‘Ride'
    - Yumi Zouma ‘Depths (Pt. I)'
  • New Indie Mix, 772,463 followers
    - Yumi Zouma ‘Depths (Pt. I)'
  • Kaffeehausmusik, 373,317 followers
    - Mitch James ‘No Fixed Abode'
  • Afternoon Acoustic, 2,444,008 followers
    - Aldous Harding ‘Blend'
  • Roots Rising, 973,366 followers
    - Aldous Harding ‘Imagining My Man'

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