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SORCERESS and BROCKAFLOWER, in association with Base FM and Radioactive, are coming together this August and September for two exclusive performances in Auckland and Wellington

The creative duo at the core of SORCERESS (formally FUNKOMMUNITY) is vocalist Rachel Fraser and producer / band leader, Isaac Aesili. Their debut album ‘Chequered Thoughts’ was widely acclaimed around the world and saw them tour Europe and Japan. On the current album ‘Dose’, SORCERESS are exploring more directions in Soul Electronica. ‘Fans can expect that future-retro sound that we know so well from the likes of Georgia Anne Muldrow, Sonnymoon and Muhsinah – Dilla inspired’ – Okayplayer
Add jazz textures, bouncing bass lines and Rachel’s soulfully infectious voice – magic.

BROCKAFLOWER’s reputation for energetic and infectious live shows should not be missed. The (at times) monster 9-piece Neo-Soul, Experimental, Hip Hop collective will be laying down tunes from their recently released 11-track album ‘Build It’. NZ Musicians’ Magazine, Abraham Kunin states ‘Build It’ as “an accomplished and worthy link in the chain of Wellington’s soul-music geneology”. After a successful summer touring the album across New Zealand that included major festivals Rippon and Splore, Brockaflower find themselves in the studio working on an EP to salute the upcoming Summer 14/15. Tracks from ‘Build It’ and new dazzling material can be expected at these shows.

Tickets from Under The Radar 

Friday 22nd August

Kings Arms Tavern, 59 France St
DJ support from Pea Stew and Uncle Silverback

Friday 12th September

Bodega, 101 Ghuznee St
DJ support from Pea Stew and Uncle Silverback 

$15 (pre-sales) | Doors 9pm //


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Auckland hip-hop collective TEAM DYNAMITE shot their NZ On Air funded video for "Coconut Lime feat. Che Fu" over the weekend with film director Eddy Fifield.

"'The boys wanted a Kung Fu themed music video, and so I decided we might as well go all out and make a legit Kung Fu film with fights, costumes, sets, bad dubbing, and a narrative ripped straight from the classic Kung Fu films of the late 70's and early 80's. This turned out to be a pretty ambitious project, but with a great crew of hard working and talented people, and great energy and commitment from the band, we ended up with something pretty spectacular." - Eddy

>>> WATCH: Team Dynamite ft. Che Fu 'Coconut Lime' <<<

The video has been released 1 day before heading out on a nationwide tour with Ladi6 throughout August.




New Zealand hip hop and creative communities are uniting for Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop a major fundraiser across three cities on Sunday 10th August in support of a Wellington crew who lost their historic collection and personal belongings in a recent fire.

The simultaneous event at San Fran - Wellington, Black Note - Auckland and Studio 46 - Hamilton is for Sara "Spex" Tamati, Andrew "Kerb" Wright, Tim "Ceap" Bremner, Peter "Truce Lee" Whitinui and Khan "Khanage" Wright . They lost 95% of their belongings after a fire on Monday 23rd June in a French Door Factory in Mansfield St, Wellington ripped through their upstairs flat.

Long time DJ’s, artists, b-boys, collaborators and archivists in the hip hop community, their collections of original artwork, video footage, photos, vinyl and books were priceless records of over thirty years of local and international hip hop.

In response to this loss, and as a testament to what these people represent, an overwhelming number of top class performers and artists are stepping up for Can't Stop, Won't Stop to help raise money to get the four back on their feet.

>> Can't Stop, Won't Stop Facebook Event Page <<

San Fran - 171 Cuba Street
2pm - 10pm : $20 on the door 

Performances from Scribe, Newtown Rocksteady,  King Kapisi, Teremoana Rapley, Upper Hutt Posse, Alphabethead, Tipene, Make Music Aotearoa, Flowz, Chocolate Box Deluxe (Lisa Tomlins, Vanessa Stacey and DJ Ayesha), Juse1 & Kurst1, Stanley Pedigree, B-Ware, Lartral, Tony Buxton, Blakout, Jordan Turner and DJ's Gooda, Raw, Mel James, Lemon, Jayrasik, Omega B, Don Luchito, Apa, Huta, Aki, Jnr Ranks, Jaz, Mikki D and special guests.

Blacknote - 223 Symonds St
2pm - midnight : $20 on the door

Art auction (viewing from 5th August at Black Note) with pieces donated by Otis Frizzel, Jos Wheelan, Askew, Phat 1, Lady Diva, Yikes, Freak, Dcypher, Eric Orr, Owen Dippie, IKARUS, Lonnie Hutchinson, Michel Tuffery, Component, Elliot Francis Stewart, Ellis Aranga, Daniel Tippet.
Performances from Midnight Trips, Human Resource, Pakkzwun, Che Fu, DJ's Richie Mills (b-boy/b-girl set), Lo Key, DJ Furious, P-Money and more to be confirmed.

4pm - 7pm : $10 on the door

Performances from U-Knights, Kortaz, Hamilton Slamdown Poets, Cipher Divine Zulu's, Spell, Lo Quay, Imperious Dance Company, Spit Right (beatbox) plus local singers, dancers and rappers.

All funds raised by Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop will be donated to the Mansfield Street Appeal, Westpac Trust charity account: 03-0578-0572590-000

A big thank you to San Fran, Black Note, Studio 46, BaseFM, Radio Active, Whitireia NZ, Rough Peel Music, Atiawa, Radio Tainui, all the artists, businesses and the people that have volunteered their time and services.


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EasyBeat Recording Studios is a comfortable space based in the heart of Auckland, where Grey Lynn meets Ponsonby. We’re here to make your audio or music project a creative, fun and professional experience.

We record, mix and master audio.

Set up in 2010 by professional sound engineer and music producer Jason Diallo, our sound studio is comfortable, contains top quality equipment and top quality audio personnel. Our clients range from advertising agencies, to some of New Zealand’s top musicians and singers. We’re located opposite one of Auckland’s best cafe’s and we’re happy to keep you filled with the best coffee in town.

Our head sound engineer has remixed and produced records for major record labels including Motown, EMI, Sony & Ministry Of Sound, as well as artists including Whitney Houston, Nesian Mystic, Sola Rosa and many more.

Our sound recording studio in Ponsonby is perfect for singers, bands, ad agencies, radio stations or anyone wanting to raise the quality of how they sound.

Your recording/music project should be easy, relaxed and creative. That’s why we’re here. EasyBeat Studios is set up to provide a professional music & audio service in central Auckland, without charging central Auckland prices.

We also compose music.

Our easily accessible production music library is for those who need  engaging music in their film or video project. Need help getting a professional sound for your songs? Need bespoke music written for visuals? Get in touch.

Our main sound & music studio services are :


The new weekly Wednesday night throughout winter is COSMIC COMPOSITIONS - hosted by Base FM DJs Addison & Milo B.

Bringing heat to your Wednesday nights 10pm-late at Ponsonby Social Club. | FACEBOOK

Matariki on the Waterfront returns for 2014 with a full weekend of activity for Matariki, including art, music, the Mighty Matariki Markets, food and entertainment. Featuring performance by The Modern Maori Quartet, Whenua Patuwai and Dudley Benson, DJ sets from King Kapisi and Che Fu, street food, artisan producers and more.

Friday July 25th 5:00pm: Art and Sound at Silo Park
Artists will take over the outdoor Silo Park space with light-based artworks, projection mapping and moving images. Works from Tracey Tawhiao, Jon Baxter, Angus Muir Design, Jade du Preez, Onesian and more - with a street food market and the Silo Park bar. 
DJ sets all night from King Kapisi and Che Fu. >> MORE INFO

Saturday July 26th & Sunday July 27th 12:00pm-5:00pm: The Mighty Matariki Market 
More than 50 stalls come together in Silo Park to present the largest market to hit the space. Spanning food, beverage, art, craft, fashion, accessories, experiences and gifts these vendors represent the very best makers and collectors in Auckland. >> MORE INFO

Sunday July 27th 12:00-5:00pm: Silo Sessions for Matariki
Silo Park will be filled with the sounds of Aotearoa's finest Māori musicians, including Modern Māori QuartetWhenua PatuwaiDudley Benson and DJs Dylan C and Lo Key (Māori Hifi). Soak up the tunes all afternoon with food and drinks from the Mighty Matariki Market. >> MORE INFO

Music samples available here:
Dudley Benson:
Whenua Patuwai:
Modern Māori Quartet:
Maori Hifi:


Matariki Art Market feature artwork Todd Douglas - Ngapuhi

Title: Star:Light | Material: Timber, clay | Description:  Star:Light is inspired by solar activity and the Sun.  Here inspiration is also derived from the many stars that shine in our night sky.


Sunday 27th July | 10am - 5pm


Auckland Museum acknowledges the rising of Matariki (Pleiades constellation) as the beginning of a season of maumahara (remembrance), wānanga (learning) and whakangahau (celebration).

The Auckland wide festival runs from June 28-July 28, and will culminate here with the Matariki Art Market on Sunday July 27th 10am-5pm.

For the third year in a row the Matariki Art Market will celebrate the skill and innovation of Māori artists, musicians, and poets.  This is your chance to purchase unique works from some of Tāmaki Makaurau’s leading creatives and enjoy performances, art and dynamic Māori culture in the atmospheric surroundings of Tāmaki Paenga Hira. Nau mai, piki mai.





1100 – 1120

Te Whanau Rumaki o Te Uru Karaka – Newton Central School  -Kapahaka


1130 – 1200

Bodene TeWhare – Solo guitarist


1305 – 1335

Marcus Winter  - Live art


1400 – 1415

Te Kahu Rolleston – spoken word


1420 – 1450

Tequilla Moses – finalist for Smokefree Pacifica Beats

1500– 1530

Third Gordon Trio – jazz


1530 - 1600

Horomona Horo – taonga pūoro



Artist name



Andrew Hughes


Andrew Hughes, of Ngai Tahu descent has been carving for many years and recently moved from bone carving to pounamu.
Andrew regularly travels to Te Wai Pounamu to obtain greenstone and to develop his carving skills under the instruction of master carver Ric Moor of Rapahoe, on the West Coast of the South Island

Karuna Douglas



Todd Douglas

clay, wood

Primarily self-taught, Todd's work is recognised for utilising a broad range of ceramic techniques and surface treatments as well as combining materials such as clay, wood, lashing and LED lighting.
Todd's contemporary Maori sculptures combine carved burnished clay with contrasting technical glazes and lashing. His work is particularly well known for its beautiful crystalline glazes, referencing pounamu. The theme that runs through this work is the reference to tools, and includes paddles, canoe bailers (tiheru), and adzes (toki).

Natasha Keating

paint on wood

Natasha Te Arahori Keating (Ngati Tuwahretoa, Ngai Tuhoe , Te Ati Hau Nui A Paparangi) has been exhibiting nationally and internationally for 20 years. Natasha creates contemporary ‘Pou’, totemic portraits which reflect the lives, loves and heartache of Maori women today. Traditionally, Pou are the figurative carvings of the ancestors which line the walls of wharenui. “They represent our different illustrious ancestors, and the stories and lessons which surround them. I take my cue from the artistic practise of my ancestors and bring it forward to today in my own style which I have developed over the years. My ‘Pou’ are emotional reminders of the very real struggles we as Native women face in a world that generally chooses to ignore us. The portraits I create proudly confront the audience, subtly stating, yes we do exist and yes we have survived, and yes we actually thrive.” 

Tony Brown


Tony Reihana Brown (Te Aupouri) offers us all a vision of perseverance and triumph over turmoil. An enthusiasm to forge a better life is what fuels Tony’s passion to create works that inspire powerful and emotive responses: “I want to reach out to people who are stuck”. He began painting in 2000 when, after years of drawing and sketching, he attended a night class in painting at Rutherford College. A bachelor of visual arts at the Manukau Institute of Technology followed. “I find that painting is an awesome way of expressing and letting out what’s going on within. It's like a way of being heard,” he says. “Some time during my short painting journey, a spark was ignited and I found an urge to bring the Maori out - to acknowledge my Maori side and to create works that are influenced by this.”

Gabrielle Belz              


The land, people, and our links to each other are a constant in Gabrielle's work. The visual vocabulary she uses is often narrative and is derived from references via history, language, experience, and observation.
Her painting and printmaking is as diverse in its subject matter as her interests. However an abiding theme is her relationship to the natural world. Her series constantly return to the birds that have become an enduring symbol of the watchful, keepers and guardians of the realm. These birds compliment Gabrielle's nature and enable her to explore a wide diversity of commentary on people through the bird forms.

Charlotte Graham

clay, paint, print

Charlotte Graham is of Scottish, Taranaki and Waikato descent - Ngati Mahuta, Ngai Tai, Ngati Tamaoho. Graham is one of a generation of Maori artists who draw on their tribal heritage in order to explore critical issues that affect New Zealand society such as racism, indignity and land rights. Recently her work explores notions of politics and healing.

Ruth Woodbury


He mama, he kaitiaki mana whenua, he pouako mahi toi raranga hoki.  My techniques remain traditional with aesthetics mingled from the world I see
around me.

I follow a journey of learning switching my stance between tuakana//teacher and teina//student at every turn. My work is practical application of ancient art techniques and by this reveals matauranga//knowledge to add to my kete//basket from which I can share.

Kiri Nathan


Kiri Nathan is a fashion designer of Tainui and Ngapuhi descendant. Her namesake line reflects Maori and European cultures with gowns that combine contemporary fabrics and glamour with traditional techniques like raranga (weaving) and korowai (Maori cloaks). Nathan is largely inspired by fabrics when designing

Noelle Jackman



Whiu Waata

Stone carving

Whiu Waata originates from the Hokianga and has been under the apprenticeship of Ross McCabe for the last five years as he has continued to develop his own style of stone carving. Whiu also works in other media such as wood and has participated in a number of exhibitions locally and internationally.

Jimi Kouratoras


Emerging from 18 years as a commercial artist for television and film, Jimmy James Kouratoras’ pieces relish the freedom and boldness of an artist unleashed.  After launching his first solo exhibition at Saatchi & Saatchi Gallery in 2012 Jimmy’s work has gained momentum and confidence in its exploration of Greek and Maori iconography and mythology.  Born to a Cretian father and a Maori mother of Ngati Tiipa and Tainui Tribe, Jimmy has a rich and multi-faceted heritage to draw from.

Te Reo Maori is a very influential factor in Jimmy’s work. Through his pieces he delves into the tactile and visual nature of the language, drawing from the rich imagery that the spoken language evokes.  Spurred on by his desire to understand Te Reo Maori more fluently Jimmy’s works are conversation pieces with past, present and future Maoritanga.

Numa MacKenzie



Hera Johns


Hera is of Maori, Welsh and Latvian descent.  As a self-taught artist, Hera believes that she is free from creative constraints and enjoys working with a variety of mediums. Working with Uku has been a gradual evolution for Hera as she started working with bone, shell and sandstone carvings. For the last six years she has concentrated on Uku and has been working and exhibiting alongside other Maori Artists.

Marcus Winter


Marcus Winter (AKA The Sandman) blurs the lines between conventional painting, street art and theatrical performance… his creations are powerful, mesmerising and if you turn away for a second…. You might just miss something!

Telling stories through making images with sand, Marcus has been wowing audiences by illustrating conference themes or messages through his art.


Just seven months from another magical installment of your favourite summer festival, Splore 2015 is taking shape and they're super stoked to be able to start telling you all about it.

The Splore tea are working on a heady brew of eclectic artists for 2015. Their policy is to try and secure the acts that they know will deliver great live performances - not hype and attitude. All will be revealed over the coming months but in the meantime here’s a little taster:

>> THE CORRESPONDENTS promise to bring it <<

Prepare to be amazed Splorers. This act is set to become everyone’s “festival highlight”.

The Correspondents are currently one of the UK’s best live acts earning their place on the Daily Telegraph’s “Top 10 acts at Glastonbury” two years in a row... and now it’s Splore’s turn… with not one but two performances over the weekend of 20-22 February 2015!

The Correspondents are Mr. Bruce and Chucks. They take the multi-genre approach, with producer Chucks throwing down a solid history of dance music. From Jazz to Electro, 60’s beat to Hip Hop to Blues to Drum n Bass. Seasoned with Mr. Bruce’s vocals depicting the trials and tribulations of Love, Lust and Loss, they create a unique sound that avoids easy categorisation.

On stage they take form as a DJ/MC duo with Chucks hurling tracks at the audience and a flamboyantly costumed Mr. Bruce whipping up a frenzy with high speed scatting and incredulous dance moves.


And oh yes! It's the one and only Mr Riddim Killa himself.
Rodney P, will make his Splore debut this coming February. The godfather of UK hip hop will bring his distinctly London sound to have the Splore massive skanking by the seaside.

>> Swing to the beat of DR CAT <<

Electro swing and vintage remixes are taking clubland by storm and what better practicioner of this art than Dr Cat.

Italian born, London loving (now Syndey-based), DJ, composer, producer and Green Queen Music record label boss, , Dr Cat will bring two scintillating dance sets to Splore.

Collaborating with the best in the business, Luca Gatti aka Dr Cat has worked in the underground electronic music scene with a particular affinity for all things Swing, Balkan, dub, Electro and vintage sounds. This includes the likes of Gaudi, Z Star, General Levy, Spacepolice, JStar, DJ Pony, 99 Posse, Bob Andy, Feel Good Productions and alongside Asian Dub Foundation and English National Opera.



You can get your own golden ticket to Splore 2015, just by heading on over to the Splore Festival iTicket landing page where you will find links to every thing from Festival tickets for the whole family, Reserved Camping options and Glamping  packages.


After many late nights and countless discussions, the Red Bull Music Academy jury has selected 60 music makers to represent 34 countries, who will gather in Tokyo in autumn for this year’s prestigious Red Bull Music Academy edition. Watercolours, otherwise known as Auckland’s Chelsea Metcalf, will represent New Zealand and attend workshops in October 12 - November 14.


The Red Bull Music Academy is a world-travelling series of music workshops and festivals, hosted by the best in the industry. #RBMA is a platform for those who make a difference in today’s musical landscape. This year, Watercolours will participate in lectures and workshops, collaborate in the Academy’s custom-built studios, and perform in a festival of events in Tokyo’s most iconic venues. 

“I feel grazed by good fortune, it feels like I’m gonna be a member of a new clubhouse” comments Metcalf. “I’m looking forward to rolling with a new pack plucked from everywhere.”

This year, the task of narrowing down the huge number of candidates was harder than ever. The Academy received over 6000 applications; around 60% more than the 2013 edition. The final group of 60 has been selected to represent a diverse array of styles, skill levels, methodologies and cultural backgrounds. They will each participate in one of two fortnight-long ‘terms,’ with 30 artists attending each term. 

Watercolours has made regular appearances in the Red Bull Studio Auckland over the years, including being a part of Red Bull Prodigy in 2012 with Jeremy Toy (She's So Rad, Opensouls.) She has been known to travel far from home in search of new, dislocated sources of musical inspiration. But when that’s not possible, she simply embarks on flights of fancy. For one track on her 2013 debut EP Portals, she lugged a slab of wood into the studio and tap danced to the point of exhaustion, in search of the perfect loop. Field recordings are also something of a trademark, as heard on tracks featuring the anonymous voices of female train station announcers recorded in Kyoto, or hundreds of wooden chimes knocking around a tree in the middle of the night. 

After winning the New Zealand Music Awards Critic’s Choice Award in 2012, she’s worked with singular producers of dream pop and hazy dancefloor-driven excursions such as Boycrush, and has subsequently been touring with the latter’s live band, after featuring on his song “Secrets.” In February 2014, the two released a split 7-inch distributed by iconic NZ indie label Flying Nun. With recent opening slots for Cat Power, Lorde and Dirty Projectors, word on Watercolours’ indelible sound seems to be spreading.

Among other selected participants are Istanbul experimental/noise artist Ipek Gorgun; vanguardist N.Y.C. hip hop artist Zebra Katz; and Paris-based singer/producer Lafawndah, whose “island life music” is a synthesis of industrial, ’80s bands and tropical flourishes. Liverpool singer-songwriter Laura J. Martin will contribute her skills on MPC, flute, mandolin and piano; and Lahore artist Tollcrane will bring his margin-walking techno and psych-rock excursions.

The #RBMA interactive website provides insights and statistics about the applicants and participants, which you can check out at


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