Monthly Archives: November 2009

Interview with Andrew Penman from Salmonella Dub

Salmonella DubI caught up with Andrew Penman from Salmonella Dub and chatted with him about outdoor festivals, the Freak Local EP, their new Freak Controller album, and dub music in NZ. I had just got back from nine hours of work on a building site and was still in my overalls and Andrew was walking the coastline of Kaikoura sipping on a gin and tonic! (more…)

Salmonella Dub – Freak Controller

Freak Controller album coverThe ten- track album starts off with Restless Soul – a five and a half long drum n base track with minimal lyrics and nice use of a guitar strum over the top – classic Sal Dub dnb sound.

Up & Running featuring MC Mana is one of my favourites on the album – the lyrical content is conscious and can be easily related to (for any gardeners out there). The album progresses through dub, drum n bass and electronic styles. The track Freak Local (which was released on the Freak Local E.P. in July) has many elements of the early Sal Dub sound and is quite experimental.

Walk Into Your Mind brings together drum n bass, rock guitar and the lyrical styles of MC Mana. Bombastic and Untangling feature very nice horn sections. The album finishes with a seven-minute deep dub track titled Deep in Southland.   (more…)

Run Come Rally

Friday 10:00pm 4th Dec 2009 – 3:00am

Ras Twig, Lady Acroline, Hawk i, Pranks, Naram & Sweep

Where: Havana – 32A Wigan Street

Price: Free!

Come party with the NiceUp family for a night of dancehall, roots rock reggae and rub a dubstep!

Featuring Ras Twig, Lady Acroline, Hawk i, Pranks, Naram & Sweep

Friday 4 December @ Havana Bar 
Free entry 
10pm till late

Interview with Cavi Borges – director of L.A.P.A.

LAPANiceUp talks to Cavi Borges, director of L.A.P.A. – a film about the melting pot and focal point of Rio’s vibrant music scene and the Brazilian artists that live and work there.

Cavi, can you tell us a bit about your background and how you got into film?

The hip-hop scene in Rio de Janeiro is totally underground. There are a lot of great MCs but nobody knows about them. The radio stations and television just shows American hip-hop. I directed L.A.P.A. with Emilio Domingos and we decided to showcase different artists – Brazilian artists – and show how they live and work with their music.  We decided to especially focus on hip-hop. (more…)

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The Tek Ova

Saturday 10:00pm 28th Nov 2009

NiceUp Crew meets Savannah Entertainment

Where: The Craftsman – 1 Courtney Place

Price: $5 before 12, $10 after

NiceUp Crew – Ras Twig, Lady Acroline, Naram, Pranks & Hawk-I – join forces with Savannah Entertainment – Dozen, Slickice, Batcuda & Maniac (AK) – for a night of ruff tuff reggae dancehall bashment!

Taking over Courtney Place @ The Craftsman, Saturday 28 Nov, 10pm till late.

Drink specials – $5 beer, $6 spirits, $7 wine.
$5 before 12, $10 after.

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Interview with Cotti

CottiNiceUp talks to UK producer and selector, Cotti, reaching our shores this November. 

First up can you introduce yourself and give the readers a bit of info about your musical background?

Yo, my name’s Cotti, I make dubstep and I also used to be involved in the UK grime scene.  I started out making UKG or Garage and I’ve been making music for about ten years now.  I’m currently involved in the growing dubstep scene and travel the world playing my own unique style of dubstep (vocal/dub) in many clubs and festivals in many different towns and cities. (more…)

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Sgt Benji – November 2009

Sgt BenjiSgt Benji originally hails from Wellington. His interest in music, particularly reggae, began in his early teenage years and he worked at a small inner-city record shop part-time while still at school.

As time went on his interest grew and he began playing percussion with local reggae band, Sticks And Shanty, doing gigs alongside the then up and coming, Upper Hutt Posse.

He moved to Auckland in 1988 and after a few years playing in other reggae bands went to Jamaica for the first time in 1992, attending his first Jamaican sound system dance – the legendary Jah Love Music with Brigadier Jerry. This had a great impact on him and upon his return to NZ he found himself spinning records at local fundraising parties and featuring as a guest on DJ Dubhead’s radio show on BFM. (more…)

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