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humans of mac+mae: Craig David

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What’s special to me is spending quality time with my friends and family.  

Enjoying those moments and those experiences because life is too short to be running around trying to get to the next thing all the time when you’ve got some of the most amazing things in front of you; your health, your friends, your family and the basics – clothes on your back, roof over your head, food on your plate, and you’re good to go.

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Craig with manager, Colin Lester

Craig’s new single, Change My Love, is out now. 

Inspired by the ‘Humans of New York’ series, we’re talking to our network find out what’s special to them, whether it’s a place, a thing, or a memory – Meet the “humans of mac+mae” –    http://bit.ly/HoMaM

humans of mac+mae: Jupiter Project

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This photo is one of the first photos of us jamming in our early days as Jupiter Project – as you can see, it’s no frills, bedroom musician stuff. Just having fun and making music for the love of it.

We didn’t have the most expensive gear or equipment but the music we made in that basic bedroom studio turned out to touch so many different people around the world. This photo allows us to look back at the time and gives us great perspective. We always worked hard and tried our best but at the core of it all was just a pure and simple love for music. To this day, we still make sure that is the reason why we do what we do.

To be able to share our art with with the world is something that we are truly grateful for. We’ve met so many beautiful people from all walks of life and had some crazy adventures along the way. It’s literally changed our lives. But we’ll never forget where we came from!

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Gavin Correia and Marty Rich, otherwise known as Jupiter Project, are a Kiwi electronic R&B duo make waves around the world. They had international success with their single With You (featuring Jetski Safari & Helen Corry) achieving Gold Status in New Zealand, France and Belgium, and over 8 million streams globally.

Along with a Saturday night mix show on iHeart Radio and ZM, they’re regulars on the festival circuit, playing on the main stages of Rhythm and Vines and Our House.  They’ve also shared the stage with the likes of Flume, Will.i.am and Jason Derulo.  Following on from their latest hit single, ‘Sweet Disguise’ which peaked at #1 on the NZ Music Charts, they’ve just released ‘My Girl’, a collaboration with Daniel Richard.  Listen to it here.

Inspired by the ‘Humans of New York’ series, we’re talking to our network find out what’s special to them, whether it’s a place, a thing, or a memory – Meet the “humans of mac+mae” –    http://bit.ly/HoMaM

humans of mac+mae: Thomas Oliver

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This is a photo of my ex-girlfriend and me, taken at the APRA Silver Scroll Awards in Auckland recently. Her name is Hayley. This photo is very special to me. Obviously part of why it is special to me is that I’m holding the Silver Scroll, a songwriting award I won that night. But it is particularly special to me because Hayley and I have been apart for almost a year now. It’s been a really hard year and we’ve had periods where we didn’t talk at all, sometimes because we knew it was best, and sometimes because we simply couldn’t manage it. I won the songwriting award for ‘If I Move To Mars’. It’s a really prestigious prize, which is awarded at a big ceremony at Vector Arena.

When Hayley and I were together, we were driving from Wellington to Hawke’s Bay and we decided to try to think of cool ideas for songs. Mars had been in the media a lot at the time, so Hayley suggested, “what about a song about Mars?” We were both fascinated by the concept of populating Mars, so I loved the idea. Being the songwriter, I suggested that the song be, “if I move to Mars, will you come with me?” So the song simply wouldn’t have existed if it weren’t for Hayley. Not only that, but she went on to organise a team of people from her work, Weta Workshop, to create the music video for the song, and she essentially ended up being the producer on it, so she was very involved with the whole process behind the song. So when I was informed that I was a finalist for the APRA Silver Scroll, I asked Hayley, “will you come with me?” 

When I won the award, I had to make an acceptance speech, and I was so glad to have an opportunity to publicly acknowledge Hayley’s contribution to the song, and to have her there that night was so fitting, and something I cherish. 

This photo is special to me because it represents sharing this achievement together, and, despite all the heartache and hardship we have been through since breaking up, being truly happy in each other’s company, and being at peace in our hearts for just one night. 

Hailing from Wellington, Thomas Oliver is a singer-songwriter who is internationally recognised as one of the leading players of the Weissenborn lap-steel guitar. With millions of views on YouTube, he has developed an international audience from his home base in New Zealand which has seen him play hundreds of shows across New Zealand, Australia, Europe and Asia.  Oliver’s ability to write stirring lyrics and move between sweet melodic and grunty vocals has also earned him a reputation as a vocalist in Drum & Bass, having collaborated with some of the most respected producers, including Black Sun Empire, Rido and Concord Dawn, and boasting releases on prestigious labels, including Goldie’s own Metalheadz.   He is also the winner of the Silver Scrolls 2016.

His latest single, ‘If I Move To Mars’, is the first release from his album due for release in 2017.

Inspired by the ‘Humans of New York’ series, we’re talking to our network find out what’s special to them, whether it’s a place, a thing, or a memory – Meet the “humans of mac+mae” –    http://bit.ly/HoMaM

humans of mac+mae: Ashton Brown

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This is a (somewhat crudely) drawn X on my right hand, in black ink.

I suffer from an anxiety disorder. On days where my anxiety is really bad and I feel like it is going to attempt to stop me from doing things out of fear of anxiety attacks then I draw a cross on my hand. This is so whenever I feel an anxiety attack coming on (which for me is usually of complete isolation, disorientation, unreality and fear) then I look at the cross on my hand and it brings me back to the present moment, reinforces that I’m just having an anxiety attack and I’m not losing my mind and that I can get through this moment as I have gotten through it many times before.

Ashton Brown is a professional actor, comedian, MC and an award winning playwright.  In the past 2 years, he’s risen through the ranks of NZ Comedy with his self-depreciation, social commentary, and stupid voices.

Loved by critics, Ashton is a gifted storyteller who’s definitely one to watch out for.

Inspired by the ‘Humans of New York’ series, we’re talking to our network find out what’s special to them, whether it’s a place, a thing, or a memory – Meet the “humans of mac+mae” –    http://bit.ly/HoMaM

humans of mac+mae: K’Lee McNabb

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My mother’s beloved treasure box!

The stories it could tell of all the hidden treasures its held, including my teeth.

I vividly remember the day I realised my free money ride was over.

I thought I’d help clean the house, and surprise my hard working mother with a clean room. Dusting her vanity, I was curious as to what was inside her wakahuia? (treasure box)

Like Indiana Jones discovered the Lost ruby, my eyes lit up with excitement, I lifted the lid ever so carefully, peered inside to see ‘Teeth!’

Human, baby, white and a little stained ‘Teeth?’ What the hell was going on here?

My mother came in, startled and to my even bigger surprise she calmly – like telling me to ‘take the trash out’, told me ‘I thought you knew the tooth fairy wasn’t real? Huh well atleast I don’t have to give you money anymore’! Hahaha

I learnt a few things from that day –

Somethings are best left alone, that the tooth fairy wasn’t real & my mother was terrible at hiding stuff! Found Christmas presents in her closet. Hahahaha

Love you mum, thanks for at least trying xx

Kaleena Renae McNabb, better known by her stage name K’Lee burst onto the New Zealand Music scene 15 years ago with a cover of Mr. Mister’s Broken Wings.  As a teen sensation, she toured with the likes of Missy Elliot, Cypress Hill, Busta Rhymes, Pink, Shaggy, and Nelly Furtado.

Following her success in New Zealand, which included 4 Top Ten Singles, she moved to LA. Since returning home, she’s forayed into television and radio.  She can currently be heard on New Zealand’s #1 for Hip Hop and R&B station, Mai FM.

Inspired by the ‘Humans of New York’ series, we’re talking to our network find out what’s special to them, whether it’s a place, a thing, or a memory – Meet the “humans of mac+mae” –    http://bit.ly/HoMaM

humans of mac+mae: John Elliott

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These TOMS shoes were painted by Bertie Blackman at a special charity event held at a Westfield Shopping Centre in Sydney in July this year. They are called “Fallen from the Stars” and she gave them to me as a memento. These shoes are special as they remind me how talented Bertie is and how business can have great positive outcomes.

The really cool thing about this store was that Westfield’s helped TOMS by providing a store and their staff volunteered to help us raise money for a local community group, Holdsworth. Not only were we able to give 657 new shoes to children in need, restore 44 people’s sight and help 29 women with birthing kits and education to provide safer birthing conditions, but we raised $16,500 for Holdsworth. Westfield’s have been working with Holdsworth since 2008 to provide positive outcomes for the local community. It’s so inspiring to work with people that are committed to elevating purpose in business. Bertie is not only a great musician and artist but also a delightful person.

John Elliott is the Managing Director for TOMS, Australia and New Zealand.  This year on World Sight Day, TOMS encouraged their community to take a day to ‘Unite to Give Sight’.  Through the work that they do, TOMS hopes to bring attention to blindness and other visual impairment issues, educate about the aspects of life that are most greatly impacted by loss of vision and offer a way to make a difference with TOMS Eyewear.  Through proceeds of their eyewear range, TOMS has helped restore sight to 400,000 people in need with prescription glasses, medical treatment and sight-saving surgery.   Find out more.

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Inspired by the ‘Humans of New York’ series, we’re talking to our network find out what’s special to them, whether it’s a place, a thing, or a memory – Meet the “humans of mac+mae” –    http://bit.ly/HoMaM

 

humans of mac+mae: Theia

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This is one of my favourite and most precious people, the queen and matriarch of my family, my Kui (grandmother).

My granddad took this photo last year, when she took me back to my paternal ancestral home – to where she grew up and where our rich history and culture was born.

I didn’t want to ruin the beauty of the moment by taking a picture, but I’m so glad he did, as there will not be another. These precious memories we shared are something I’ll cherish forever. 

She passed away suddenly a week after her 77th birthday and I have never been so heartbroken. Though it’s been, and still is, a process of learning to carry on in her absence, I can go head high into the future knowing her love and how proud and excited she was of life’s journeys that lay ahead.

She lived the most beautiful life, leaving her legacy of love with everyone whom she met. She loved boundlessly, generously, and passionately and had a laugh and warmth that would linger on long after she’d left.

The last text she sent before her departure is still on my phone and etched in my heart. Reading it makes me both smile and cry. She always wrote the important parts of her messages in capitals, as if to really show their potency and meaning.

LOVE U WTH ALL MY MANAWA TAKU ĀTAAHUA MOKO, YR KUI

Christchurch songstress, Em-Haley Walker has been turning heads since 2015.  Her single, Silver Second, originally released under the moniker Plum created quite a buzz, making her a firm ‘blogosphere’ favourite and an artist to watch.  

Now, with a new stage name, Theia is posed to release her debut EP.  Her EP’s lead single ‘Roam’ is already making waves, clocking over 1 million streams (and counting) on Spotify in only 6 weeks.  Catch Theia at Electric Coastline this summer.

Inspired by the ‘Humans of New York’ series, we’re talking to our network find out what’s special to them, whether it’s a place, a thing, or a memory – Meet the “humans of mac+mae” –    http://bit.ly/HoMaM