Break Out, the new album from Three Houses Down, entered the NZ chart at number thirty-four. The night after this interview I was lucky enough to catch them live at Hope Brothers in Wellington. I went expecting a big crowd but arrived to a sold out full house, and it was a Thursday night! The crew played an awesome set and were joined on stage by guest vocalist, Fiji.
NiceUp talks to festival director, Te Miringa Hohaia about the evolution of the festival and its key message – facing the challenges, being a part of the solutions. (more…)
I 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…)
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…)
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…)
You’ve been surrounded by music all of your life – can you tell us a bit about your background and how you came to follow a musical path?
Well, my mother played piano when I was younger and my father was in a reggae band and part of the Rasta movement. I also have an older brother (Tuffy Culture) who was running round town doing lots of MC gigs. I’ve always loved to sing and rap and having my parents and brother in the music business helped me to develop my talent. (more…)
Please introduce yourself Ras! What lead you onto a musical path?
Can you tell us a bit about your background and how you got into reggae?
Well I’m a fifth generation coolie from Kenya and my mother is Swedish. In Kenya reggae music is a part of day-to-day life so it was just something that was around me from day one.
Later on in my teens I moved to Europe where I saw reggae music go from a small movement to absolutely exploding with tons of reggae sound-systems and festivals popping up everywhere.
It was around that time I started getting into the whole sound-system culture but it wasn’t until later on after moving to Australia in 2005 that I started working the mic and eventually becoming a reggae artist.
Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your history in the NZ reggae scene?
I was born and raised in the heart of Grey Lynn, Auckland city. I started DJing at around the age of thirteen under the guidance of The Chaplin and Bass Steppa Sound who are also from Auckland. At around seventeen I started playing bass guitar for a group called The Midnights, Earthtone Rockers and also working on other one-off projects.
I really started getting into events when I was about nineteen or twenty with the bigger underground dances that were happening like the Base FM vs Fleet FM sound-clash. (more…)