Outward Sound Recipients Round 2 2014

June 16th 2014
Outward Sound provides assistance for market development initiatives, encouraging and supporting the entry of New Zealand music and musicians into global markets.

New Zealand music industry practitioners (artists, managers etc.) and firms (record companies and associated businesses) can apply for assistance through the programme for a range of international market development activities including:

· Market visits

· In-market representation
· Publicity and promotion
· Marketing materials
· Showcases, trade fairs and other events

The Outward Sound programme is implemented and managed by the New Zealand Music Commission. It is inclusive of music from all genres, styles and niches and applicants may target the international markets that are appropriate to them. Bands, composers, songwriters, producers, and solo artists - at different stages of international market development - are able to access the programme. The foundations of the programme are research, collaboration, network development and information sharing.

For further information visit: http://nzmusic.org.nz/international/

Outward Sound is pleased to announce the 2nd round of grant recipients for 2014.

Twelve International Music Market Development grants were awarded.

The Chills

Originally formed in 1980, The Chills had a revolving cast of band
members with Martin Phillipps remaining the only constant. His knack for writing fantastic pop songs led to chart hits in New Zealand and a cult following around the world. Such albums as Submarine Bells, Kaleidoscope World and Brave Words are landmark albums of the alternative 80s and 90s. Now in 2014 Martin Phillipps and co are once again launching the Chills internationally having signed to Fire Records (Guided By Voices/Spaceman 3/Bailterspace) and releasing a critically acclaimed live album in 2013 a brand new single in May and a forthcoming album in 2014.

"...he harnessed the fragility of a Nick Drake to the bold beating heart of jangly Kiwi pop." - Sydney Morning Herald

"...utterly classic and timeless ...grow in iconic status as each year passes, sounding ever fresher than fresh and more relevant. Do I think the Chills have another Heavenly Pop Hit in them? Without a doubt." - Alan McGee (founder of Creation records)


In early 2013 Ladi6 and Parks travelled to the U.S to work with renowned music producer Waajeed (Bling47/ DIRT TECH RECK), recording the album at Studio A recording studios in Detroit, with Grammy winning engineer Todd Fairall.

Featuring critically acclaimed singles Ikarus and Shine On, the album has been described as "a beautiful amalgamation of soul and futuristic hip-hop complimented by Ladi6's distinctive vocals."

Over the past few years Ladi6 has made significant inroads into Europe creating a strong fan base and reputation. With her new album Automatic Ladi6 has garnered the most interest she has had so far in the USA. She has received radio airplay and was nominated in the USA's URB Magazine top 100 Artists of the Year. This year Ladi6 and band will be revisiting Europe and touring the USA for the first time building on the last four years of focused international touring and promotion.

Streets Of Laredo

It's always hard to put your finger on the exact moment a band began, but it's safe to say that Streets of Laredo probably started in a beach-house on the wild Coromandel coast of New Zealand back in the summer of 2012.

Inspired by the evangelical fervor of the 70′s folk circuit that spawned modern day re-incarnations like Alex Ebert, Joshua Tilman and Arcade Fire, Streets of Laredo quickly gelled around the idea of a traveling family band playing unruly sing-along tunes with whatever instruments were at hand.

Since then the band relocated to New York City and after a year of extensive touring playing over 140 shows the band signed a management deal with The Strokes manager Ryan Gentles.

The band have now been confirmed for a North American Tour that includes supporting The Kaiser Chiefs, Bonnaroo Music Festival, supporting Cults in Canada and their own month long headline tour. They have also signed a deal with Canadian label Dine Alone. To celebrate the signing and to commemorate the tour, the band will release a digital EP Lonsdale Line.

David Dallas

Following the release of his sophomore album Falling Into Place in October last year, featuring the platinum selling single Runnin' and gold single The Wire feat Ruby Frost, David Dallas continues to solidify himself as one of New Zealand's most prodigious talents.

The success follows his revolutionary previous album, The Rose Tint, which was downloaded for free over 60 thousand times in 2011. Despite not releasing a retail version until it had already been freely available for 6 months, it would still go on to become the highest selling Hip Hop album in New Zealand that same year.

Not one to rest on his laurels, David Dallas is already working on his fourth solo album, set for release in late 2014 and has just returned from an international showcase tour which saw him perform across three key international markets - Europe, the USA and Australia.

Yumi Zouma

Formed over the internet Yumi Zouma consist of three friends Josh, Charlie and Kim all originally from Christchurch but now living in different parts of the world. Charlie and Josh played together in Bang! Bang! Eche! and Sleepy Age and Kim played in neo-noise no wave bands Maderia and Aviatour. A chance and somewhat cheeky email saw the band signed overnight with their favourite label Cascine.

After features in the publications such as the NME, The Guardian, Pitchfork, Spin, and Stereogum, the project found commercial and critical success -with the EP's vinyl selling out twice within the first week, and the project has since received over 350,000 plays on SoundCloud and tens of thousands of views on YouTube. This has resulted in Yumi Zouma twice ranking #1 on blog aggregator ‘The Hype Machine', for tracks The Brae and It Feels Good To Be Around You. Fielding phone calls from various zealous management, publishing and booking agencies the band are now preparing for a global tour taking in Australia (supporting Chet Faker) USA and Europe.

Ezra Vine

Ezra Vine is a multi-instrumentalist obsessed with escapism, indulging his melodic fantasies among handclaps, and the waltz of bass drums.

Recorded in a small bedroom in late 2012, armed only with one microphone, a macbook pro, and any instrument he could lay his hands on, Vine meticulously recorded each and every instrument, breathing life into a handful of tunes that would soon become unofficially dubbed the Les Enfants EP. The resulting work was a collision of immediate lyricism, haunting falsetto, and counter-melodies, woven through folk sensibilities.

After hitting the New Zealand charts in late 2013 with his hit single Celeste Ezra Vine gained worldwide attention from various record labels, publishing companies and brands eventually signing a worldwide deal with Parlophone Records. Now a full band Ezra Vine recently toured the UK including playing standing room only shows at the Great Escape Festival in Brighton.

Aston Road

Aston Road has been operating since September 2010 as a boutique artist management company, with three emerging New Zealand artists on its roster: Louis Baker, Thomas Oliver and Estére.

Since attending AWME and WOMEX music conferences in 2013 Louis Baker and Thomas Oliver were invited to perform at the Sziget Festival, Hungary and Edinburgh Festival with Louis additionally performing at Sonar and the Commonwealth Games in Scotland.


The Doprah sound is not so much international as intergalactic - noise that stretches outwards and inward as if concocted in a particularly colourful area of your mind. Drawing comparison to a couple of heads (Radio and Portis) as well as praise from Lorde herself, this is one live show that cannot be missed.

The songs are created in partnership by Steven Marr and Indira Force, with Marr handling production duties and Force the vocal majority. Bringing the songs to a live setting required more hands on deck (and an extra foot for the kick drum). In full six-piece form Doprah's live show is an immersive experience. Off the back of two New Zealand Alternative Chart number one singles, Whatever You Want and Stranger People, the band played to packed venues around the country late last year.

2014 is set to provide more excitement for the band as they seek adventure further abroad with assistance with from their US management company. Their debut EP has just been released globally with a full album following later this year.

Janine & The Mixtape

Auckland's Janine and the Mixtape has taken the US iTunes charts by storm this year, with her Dark Mind EP propelled to #2 in the R&B charts and featured in the top 50 albums overall.

The exciting spike came following her single Hold Me appearing on the hit VH1 show Love and Hip Hop Atlanta.

"WMNZ are very excited for Janine. A Number #2 Chart position on the U.S Itunes Top 100 R&B/HIP HOP charts is an incredible result. We are very much looking forward to more new music from Janine this year," said Warner Music New Zealand's Phil Howling.

The chart placements are indicative of the huge waves the refreshing artist is making overseas. Climbing the ranks as favourite newcomer by respected outlets including Billboard, Complex and VIBE as well as blowing up the blogosphere, 2014 sees Janine and the Mixtape taking her music to new international heights.

Glass Owls

The music of Glass Owls is steeped in the classics, with an uncompromisingly modern edge.

New Zealanders, Tomas Nelson and Anthony Metcalf, appeared at The Great Escape on their first overseas foray ahead of the release of their debut album Out From The Darkness. This was followed by an invitation to play at the NME Club night supporting Solomon Grey.

Out From The Darkness combines the brutal honesty of vintage gear with modern production
techniques, heart-on-the-sleeve lyrics with tempestuous vocals. Singer Tomas Nelson's rich timbre is often compared to the likes of Julian Casablancas, Jim Morrison and Roy Orbison.

Prior to 2013 Glass Owls have released a 6 track EP Dead Love, toured New Zealand extensively, performed at IMNZ's Going Global showcase, and shared stages with local exports Cut Off Your Hands, Popstrangers, Tiny Ruins and Collapsing Cities.


A streetwise urban Maori musician, AWA's honey-sweet vocals first hit the New Zealand airwaves with the multi platinum selling Polynesian super group Nesian Mystik that stormed the NZ charts with a record twelve Top 10 singles (Most in NZ history). This success brought the group numerous awards including Best Urban Group Award (NZ Music Awards), Peoples Choice Award (NZ Music Awards), APRA Silver Scroll Award and MTV's Best Kiwi Act Award at the Vodafone MTV Australia Awards to name a few.

As a solo artist AWA has had a successful multinational career recently earning a top ten NZ album with Heartbeat, significant radio play both in New Zealand and Hawaii and has written songs with artists from Australia, Japan, Hawaii and New Zealand. July sees AWA head to Hawaii to perform at the 2014 Mayjah Rayjah Festival.

Delaney Davidson

These last few years have been busy as well as good for Delaney Davidson.

Twice winner of the Country Music Song of the Year Award, winner of the Country Music Album Of The Year, Nominated for the coveted Apra Silver Scroll Award, Winner of One Man Band Competitions in Zurich, and attracting acclaim for his recorded work, not just for his solo albums but also for his work with Marlon Williams and their Sad But True series. The live show "Totally Wiell" and his visionary production on Tami Neilson's latest album Dynamite have also earnt great praise from the media.

So far this year he has barnstormed up and down the country, playing small towns as well as the major cities, also performing at two of the biggest festivals: The Big Day Out and Womad.
Now he sets his sights on Europe and USA for the release of his 5th solo album Swim Down Low, the next installment of his perpetual world tour.


Applications for the next round of Outward Sound grants close on
July 21st 2014 at 5pm.

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