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SFS | nomad

Christchurch band nomad have been winning over unsuspecting audiences with their heady harmonies and pop hooks. They made their musical mark on the charts with their undeniably catchy single ‘Oh My My’.  nomad are Will McGillivray, Cullen Kiesanowski and Aasha Mallard.  We chat to Will ahead of their RnV billing for 2017.  You can also catch the band at Homegrown 2018.

Name the top three artists who would make up your ideal festival line-up…                                

Bon Iver, The 1975, Tame Impala

What are you looking forward to most about playing the summer festival circuit?              

Everything about it is fun, playing live mostly though!

In your opinion, what’s this year’s Summer Anthem?                                                                          

The new Tame Impala B-sides album will definitely be thrashed this summer!

Out of all your tunes, which one is the one that ‘never fails’?                                                                

Our single ‘Oh My My’ always gets the best reaction from the crowd, always great to play.

What’s are the top 3 tracks on your Spotify playlist?                                                              

  • Lisztomania by Phoenix
  • Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales by Car Seat Headrest
  • Me At The Museum, You In The Wintergardens by Tiny Ruins

What’s your personal ‘guilty pleasure’ track?                                                                                          

Into You by Ariana Grande

What’s your social media of choice?                                                                                             


Who do you follow and where?                                                                                                                    

I follow every musician on the planet and the kanyedoingthings instagram, highly recommend.

What’s your go-to festival outfit? 

Shorts and an oversized shirt + backpack for additional festival storage  

Word association:

Music –  writing

Festival  – Coachella

Camping – Insect repellent

Fashion – Shopping

Roadie – Singalongs

New Zealand’s award-winning NYE festival, Rhythm & Vines returns for its fifteenth year.  Boasting an impressive line-up of music and comedy, this year’s festival promises the perfect backdrop for welcoming in the first sunrise of the New Year. Find out more




NZICF 15: 5 minutes with Sanjay Patel

Why sweat the small stuff when you can cruise through life taking the easy way out…  Sanjay Patel explores this route in his new show in 2015.

We have 5 minutes with Sanjay before he takes the stage at Auckland’s newest venue, the Montecristo this Thursday.

Describe your NZICF 15 show in three words starting with a vowel.

Oil Of Olay

What’s the inspiration behind your show?

We live in a busy, stressful world full of responsibilities so I thought why should we adhere to that and instead I]ll guide people how to take shortcuts and in general how we can step back a bit and relax

What are your top 3 festival picks?

  • All the kiwi acts of course – counts as one
  • One Man Breaking Bad
  • Noel Fielding

Tell us about your most memorable time on stage…

Probably performing at Raw Comedy Quest final at the Powerstation, biggest crowd I’ve been in front of thus far and also knowing many concerts are performed there it gave me the feeling of being a rockstar.

What would you recommend as a pre-show drink?

It’ll be any alcoholic beverage that pays me the most to mention their name, I ain’t one to give out free advertising that easily

What about a post-show drink? Speaking of which, where can we find you after a show?

Same as above buy the second part I will probably hanging around the hot new venue this Comedy Festival, the Montecristo Comedy at Toto’s with it’s bar and pizza and comedy

Word Association:

Comedy – Funny

Bachelor – Degree

Social – Media

Stick – Brown

Prime Time – Flicks

Finally and maybe most importantly, describe the last meal you ate.

Fried noodles, black bean beef and sweet and sour pork plus dumplings from a night market.

Kiwi Comedian Sanjay Patel performs his show CASUAL AS (AKL 12 – 16 May) as part of the 2015 NZ International Comedy Festival in cahoots with Old Mout Cider 24 April – 17 May. For more info visit www.comedyfestival.co.nz.

Sanjay will also perform as part of the Montecristo’s Opening Showcase on 23 April.  The Montecristo is Auckland’s newest live comedy venue and has a full programme of late night and afternoon shows to tick every comedy box.  From the hot pizza and cold beer, to the white baby grand piano being tinkled in the bar, the Montecristo will be the destination venue during the Festival where anything that can happen probably will.

heard | It’s the Summer of all Festivals

In our campaign to #BringBackSummer (less campaign and more just a constant whine about it), we thought we’d take a look at the various festivals we have to look forward to once the sun starts shining again.

Soulfest – Sunday 26 October



Raggamuffin – Saturday 13 December



BW Summer Festival – 27/28 December

BW Summer

BW Summer

Northern Bass – 30/31 December

Northern Bass

Northern Bass

Rhythm & Alps – 30/31 December

Rhythm and Alps

Rhythm and Alps

And the fun doesn’t stop there… There’s Laneway, Splore, Rapture and Homegrown to look forward to in the New Year.

Oh, and our friends across the ditch just revealed the line up for Stereosonic this year.  Yup, it’s another big one.

Our advice?  Start saving!

heard | Summer Festival Series

With summer around the corner, we’re all gearing up for those outdoor festivals filled with music, friends, new experiences and of course, great memories.

The past few years have seen us spoilt for choice with a plethora of festivals taking place throughout the length and breadth of this country and the one across the ditch, catering to a variety of musical tastes.  This coming summer, it’s no different.

Over the coming months, we’ll be talking to a bunch of artists from different festivals as they gear up to take to the stage in New Zealand or Australia.

We’ll be talking to artists from:

A big thank you Marc Conaco for creating our awesome SFS sign.  Marc is an Auckland-based graphic designer and freelance illustrator.  You can find out more about him and his work at mcthree.co.nz.

interviewed | Singer-Songwriter Jayson Norris

NZ-born singer/songwriter JAYSON NORRIS has been living in the UK for just under a decade now.  Since moving over, he’s released two well-received, full-length albums (A Basket Full, 2006 / Freedom Twenty Eight, 2011) and he has  tirelessly gigged all over London, creating a name and carving a niche for himself, while sharing stages with the likes of Andrea Bocelli, Blue King Brown, The Black Seeds, Pete Murray and Dave Dobbyn.

We caught up with Jayson on the eve of his Acoustic tour with local legend Tike Taane and up-and-comer (who also turns out to be family!) Jess Harlen.  Here’s what he had to say:

Welcome back, how long has it been since you were last here?
This is my first time back in over 2 years which I am very excited about!

Where’s home for you, New Zealand or the UK?
At the moment home is in the UK with my wife and two children.

What do you miss the most about NZ?
I miss my family, the far north where I’m from, the sea, fishing, diving, Kiwi summers and of course the seafood.

What’s the music scene like over there – are there a lot more opportunities?
It’s a big scene with plenty of opportunities, however there are also a lot of people like me to contend with so its hard.. but I seem to have found a good little niche there and have built up a solid following, breaking through to the commercial side and most of all the reality TV aspect of music these days like X-Factor etc is the challenge.

Do you have an advantage (or disadvantage) being a Kiwi musician over there?
No I don’t think either. If you’re dedicated, want to work hard, and have a bit of talent, then it doesn’t matter if you’re a kiwi or not.

Your music has been described as funk-infected Ben Harper, Stevie Wonder and Bob Marley.  Those are huge names to live up to, how do you feel about the description?
Huge names.  But if it was said to you I sounded like someone you hadn’t heard of then it would be hard for you to figure out my sound.. those guys mentioned are big influences of mine.

You’re about to tour with Tiki Taane and Jess Harlen, what are you looking forward to?
Oh man, I can’t wait to just be around that talent! Hopefully we get to have some good conversation and bounce a few ideas around and jam!

Have you toured / performed with them before?
Yes actually, both. I am related to Jess and when she toured the UK with Blue King Brown we caught and did a gig together. I met Tiki two years ago when I played Homegrown and then played with him when he played London last year.

You were the first ever artist to be asked to play on two different stages at our very own Homegrown Festival which leads us to believe you’re live shows are something not to be missed – tell us more about the Jayson Norris live show experience?  What are audiences in for during your upcoming tour?
So, if you come to a show then expect to hear and see one person using a loop station and other pedals.  I put a lot of energy into my shows… expect to see a lot of movement on stage and expect to hear a lot of different sounds from an acoustic guitar.

Tell us about your new single?
(Lol, after the last question/answer…)  It’s a slower number with a soft melody.very heartfelt.  A song about being on the road and away from the one you love. Then having a very small chance to see that person but missing the chance.

I actually have a club single with Gainsford out at the moment also which was sitting at number 1 on the Wildcard charts on the Audience…. which is exciting !!

You’re currently working on finishing the music video – will that be released in time for the tour?
Maybe, we’ll see..

What are you currently…
Reading? Fireman Sam. (Got to love being a Dad !!)
Listening to? Enigma
Wearing (favourite designer)? Something that fits and feels comfy. Label or no label.
Eating (favourite cuisine)? Sushi
Drinking (poison of choice)? A nice red wine.

What makes you get up in the morning?
My kids

What’s in store for Jayson Norris in 2013?
An EP/Album.. tours of the UK/Europe and Asia.. and a full album release NZ tour next summer

You can catch Jayson along with Tiki Taane and Jess Harlen on tour throughout New Zealand this month (starting in Tauranga tomorrow, 11/04).  For more information on the tour, click here.

NZ Music Month Summit

Ever wondered how to… do it the Indie Way? Or perhaps you want to create a live career?  What about writing that hit song or finding a manager or even managing your own band?
Well, thanks to The Music Managers’ Form (NZ) in conjunction with the NZ Music Commission, you can find answers at the annual New Zealand Music Month Summit.

The NZ Music Month Summit features a wide range of seminars where top industry experts explain the intricacies and behind the scenes facets of the NZ Music Industry.

Based on “How To…” this is a rare insight into what makes the NZ Music industry tick and how to succeed in the market. The day features a range of industry experts including managers, funders, labels and songwriters

For members of the Music Managers’ Forum (NZ) each seminar will be followed by the highly successful speed networking sessions, where members get the exclusive opportunity to speak one on one with a range of the day’s speakers

The NZ Music Month Summit is Open to the Public and is Free Entry
When: Saturday 26th of May
Where: Q Theatre – 305 Queen Street (Just up from the Town Hall), Auckland
With Support from NZ On Air and APRA

Click here for more info and session details.