Dawn Raid Entertainment in photos

These photographs capture some notable moments in the history of the Dawn Raid label over the decade following their first release in 2000. They ar...

Rockin’ the Tron: Hamilton in the 1980s

Music photography not only crystalises a moment in the history of a band's development, it captures a sense of time and place in relation to their ...

Radio With Pictures: history 5

Independent music video productions   The previous part of this series on the history of Radio With Pictures covered music videos produced by TV...

Radio With Pictures: history 6

The ‘Moneyless Economy’ for Video Production   Video clips shot at Avalon might have suffered from budget and time restrictions, and there was v...

‘Stranded in Paradise’ – Australia, 1980

In May 1980, researching for Stranded in Paradise, I made the first of three extended trips across the Tasman, and there were another half dozen sh...

Knightshade – a photo album

Knightshade was arguably Hamilton's biggest band during the 1980s. Local photographer Karen Ford first met Knightshade's frontman Wayne Elliott thr...

Mitchell Froom and the Brothers Finn

Los Angeles, April 1989 – Even on a Monday night, Hollywood's hip come out to play. Dressed in black leather and teased hair, impenetrable shades a...

Graeme Downes

‘Stranded in Paradise’ – Auckland, 1980

1980 was a pivotal year for New Zealand music with the demise of a number of trailblazing bands, the successful forays into the international marke...

The Spelling Mistakes

The Gang of Three – The Verlaines interview, 1985

The last time the Verlaines played in Auckland, it was, as I recall, a rip-roaring affair. The dancefloor was a sweaty jumble, on the stage the thr...

Christchurch underground, 1964-69

  Rumble & Bang, a documentary on 1960s Christchurch band Chants R&B, produced and directed by Simon Ogston and Jeff Smith in 2011. It wa...

Dawn Raid Entertainment

Terence O’Neill-Joyce and Ode Records, 1987

In New Zealand there is only a handful of independent record companies, and even fewer who release more than one or two titles per year. Ode Record...

Ten moments in modern NZ country music

New Zealand country music has certainly come of age in the 2010s, with women leading the charge. South Islanders Mel Parsons, Kaylee Bell, Jack...

The Hamilton County Bluegrass Band

Ten standout acoustic songs

It's the sign of a great song that it can be played with just an acoustic guitar and still express a depth of feeling and meaning. Of course, it al...

Margaret Urlich Talks to Donna Yuzwalk, 1992

I'm sitting in a white leather armchair in the sky-lit, eighth floor eyrie that is Sony Music NZ, waiting for Margaret Urlich to come back from lun...

The Māori Showbands: a daughter’s story

Everyone can tell a story about themselves or their family members learning music, performing, listening to the radio, buying that 45, or going to ...

Tali takes it to the world

In the second half of the 2010s, Tali continued her work as a DJ, producer and recording artist. But she increasingly took on the role of advocate ...

P-Money with Gratitude

The years since Peter Wadams – P-Money – released Gratitude in 2013 have seen him continue to collaborate internationally, while mentoring other ar...

EMI NZ in the Seventies

In 1971, the pocket calculator was invented, the first ever email was sent, and Apollo 14 landed on the Moon. Jim Morrison died in Paris at the...

Ten silken hits of NZ yacht rock

I moved to New Zealand nearly 20 years ago, an emissary of the US free improv/noise/drone/psych scene, barely aware of local music outside of my no...

Ten moments in New Zealand metal

The range of metal tracks to emerge from New Zealand over the last four decades makes it hard to capture the breadth of styles in a short list. So ...

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