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humans of mac+mae: Merv Pinny

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Bath Time.  I like this photo because it reminds me why I wrote the song “OB can you hear the children cry”. It is a protest song against war and terrorism. All the suffering the children and the people from these countries have been through, it is hard to imagine. Yet, this dad finds a way to bring some normality into his children’s lives by way of giving them a bath against a backdrop of total destruction.

Some people have found the video “OB can you hear the children cry” upsetting I remember the first time I ever played it to anyone was a group including mothers that were visiting my Studio. Some ended up in tears and I thought I had gone too far, however the song had a message and I was trying to raise emotion to get that message across. I wear a gas mask in these videos, it is a symbol of war and the terror that comes with it whether it is tear gas, or worse chemical warfare. It is designed to make people take notice of “the messenger” and evoke emotions that highlight the message about war that I am trying to convey.

“Wipe Out” my new single is part two of that story and the after effects of someone that grows up in that environment with the anger and frustration that they must have to deal and live with. So the vocal and the lyrics are pretty full on as I try to capture the anger and frustration that they might be feeling.  The video is based on a true story told to me by a once refugee and now new immigrant who reached out to me. He told me the song “OB can you hear the children cry” reminded him of his own life and told me about a dream he had after listening to the song. He had lost his whole family and was feeling isolated and struggling to fit in, he was terrified of the rioting which brought back memories of war and his childhood. He dreamed two dark angels rose up out of the water to help find his lost sister and returned her to him surrounded in fire. I haven’t heard from him for some months but I hope he finds peace and his sister.

I heard many stories after releasing that song however some are too graphic to share. Unfortunately this is the reality we live in today and it is my hope that by bringing more awareness to the effects of war we will be reminded to choose our leaders wisely, in hope to bring peace to our world.

Kiwi rocker, MERVY PINNY has been in the game for a very long time.  Picking up a guitar as early as 10, Merv has evolved his sound over the years.  In the 90s, his single ‘Destiny’ was nominated for a NZ Music Award and won a Waikato Rock Award.

Merv’s latest project takes his musical talent and uses it to address timely world issues of the effects of war, terrorism and refugee immigration on children.  His single, OB Can you hear the children cry was recently named Best Rock Song and Best Rock Video at the Academia Music Awards in Los Angeles.

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”.

humans of mac+mae: MC Bliss

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Something that is very special to me is the craft of hip-hop music.  For me, it’s a creative outlet and a form of expression that I have found, nothing else is like.  I can get ideas and concepts out in a creative way.  In a lot of ways, it’s like self-therapy.

When I have something that’s on my mind that I really want to express it; to be able to do that and tell a story but also combine it with a sonic landscape that evokes emotions of what I’m trying to tell is amazing.

The best feeling on earth is when you first create a song and you hear it back for the first time and it gives you those shivers, those goosebumps or tears, or whatever it is and you know you’ve plucked a chord, you’ve plucked a heartstring.  So hip-hop music, Love ya.

Bliss n Eso, Off The Grid - available from 28 April (blisneso.com)

Bliss n Eso, Off The Grid – available from 28 April (blisneso.com)

MC Bliss is one third of Australian hip hop trio, Bliss n Eso.  Since meeting in high school, MCs Bliss and Eso plus DJ Izm have broken records, won ARIA and APRA awards, staged spectacular live shows, and toured internationally.  

This Friday, they release their hugely anticipated sixth album, Off The Grid about overcoming personal struggles and establishing new beginnings – Pre order the album.  They’ve also just announced 4-city NZ Tour – buy tickets.

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”.

humans of mac+mae: Michael Johnson

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This is my library.  

My library is special to me as I grew up being placed in special classes at school after being told that I had learning difficulties and ADD and that I would struggle to learn for the rest of my life.

My library is a reminder of the belief I had to have in myself to follow my dreams and never let anyone tell me who I could and should be. I find it extraordinary that the thing I was told I would never be good at is the thing that inspires me the most in life, as I love to learn from extraordinary people and teach others how to be extraordinary.

It’s a daily reminder to me to keep inspiring people to live an amazing life and never let anyone else tell you who you can be and what you should do with your life.

The Mojo Master and his library

The Mojo Master and his library

Michael Johnson believes that everyone is truly gifted, but most people just never have the tools, confidence, motivation and self-belief to find what makes them come alive and live it daily.  Also known as The Mojo Master, he’s mentored and coached thousands of people including world champion athletes, national sporting teams, executives and business leaders.  His mission is to help millions of people globally to tap into their individual talents and become the masters of their own destiny, leading to more fulfilling, happier and more successful lives.

The Mojo Master is bringing his event The Next Level to Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch next month.  Learn the exact steps to create a strong, powerful mindset and gain mental and emotional clarity so you can take control of your success, happiness and future goal.  Click here to buy a ticket.

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”

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