Monthly Archives: November 2011

NiceUp TV

Israel Starr talks about NiceUp TV – a new project focusing on promoting the people building bass culture in Aotearoa, and world-wide.

Israel, can you tell us a bit about NiceUp TV and how it came about?

Bless up crew.  Well its basically an online YouTube TV channel which at this stage consists of interviews and music videos from reggae/dancehall artists and all branches of reggae, i.e. hip hop and drum n bass.  It has a strong emphasis on Aotearoa artists. It also includes interviews with producers, marketers, promoters etc, so it’s really giving an all-round view of the scene in Aotearoa.
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Niceup Xmas Party

When: Saturday 1:00pm 17th Dec 2011

Where: Baobab – 152 Riddiford Street, Newtown

Aio, DJ Grassroots (AK), Ghetto Vibes International (AK), Tomo (Japan), Jaz 72, Sweep, Barika, Paradox, & hosted by Art Official, Hawk i & Israel Starr

Price: Free!

Come to Baobab Cafe, for the NiceUp Xmas Party – bass-lines and beats inna reggae, dub, hip-hop sound system stylee!

Featuring:

Live Welly band, Aio
DJ Grassroots, Back-a-Yard Sound (AK)
Ghetto Vibes International (AK)
Tomo, Redemption Sound (Japan)
Jaz 72
Sweep
Paradox
Barika

Hosted by Art Official, Hawk i & MC Israel Starr

1-6pm
Free!
Giveaways by Peoples Coffee
Free NiceUp Xmas Mix CDs by Undercover

Big Up:
Baobab Cafe
Peoples Coffee
Undercover
Newtown Sound

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Israel Starr talks about NiceUp TV

NiceUp TV logoIsrael Starr talks about NiceUp TV – a new project focusing on promoting the people building bass culture in Aotearoa, and world-wide.

So Israel, can you tell us a bit about NiceUp TV and how it came about? 

Bless up crew.  Well its basically an online YouTube TV channel which at this stage consists of interviews and music videos from reggae/dancehall artists and all branches of reggae, i.e. hip hop and drum n bass.  It has a strong emphasis on Aotearoa artists. It also includes interviews with producers, marketers, promoters etc, so it’s really giving an all-round view of the scene in Aotearoa. (more…)

Interview with Willi the Kid

Iron WillNiceUp talks to Auckland producer Willi the Kid about upcoming releases on his Riddim Central label, lessons he has learned in the world of production, and what’s fresh with NZ reggae and dancehall in 2011.

First up, please introduce yourself to the massive and tell us a bit about your musical background.  How did your love for reggae and dancehall develop?

Kia Ora Whanau! My name is Willi the Kid AKA Iron Will.  I’m a Producer, Instrumentalist, DJ and Promoter born and raised in central Auckland.

Well, some of my earliest and happiest memories are of my father putting on a record after dinner and the whole family dancing around, drumming on the couch ends to original Jamaican pressings of Gregory Isaacs (Mr Isaacs) Johnny Osbourne (Rub a Dub Soldier), Jimmy Cliff and Bob Marley.

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Jah Red Lion EP

Jah Red Lion EP coverThis is an outstanding debut for the Chilean singer now based in New Zealand.  Two heavyweight local producers collaborated on these rhythms which were recorded and arranged by Iron Will at ‘Riddim Central’ in Auckland, and then mixed and mastered by Messenjah at ‘Reality Chant’ in Christchurch. 

The EP format is just perfect for these five songs as they are all strong and there was no necessity to fill up an album with other perhaps weaker tunes. 

Highlights are Burn Vampires and Free Ganja Plantation, both of which have previously stood out as live anthems from performances with The Iron Hammers band.  Jah Red’s Chilean compatriate Anbless Nabi also features on Fire I Blaze, with their voices complementing each other well.  Watch out for the Anbless album, Fountain Of Life, also dropping soon.  Sweet Lady is a smooth love song, with Ilumina being the only track sung in Spanish and is all about the children.  (more…)

The Yoots – Sing Along With The Yoots

Sing Along With The Yoots album coverAs a kid in the late 80s/early 90s, I was trying to find my scene, music tastes and style. I grew up in Brisbane where the rude boy and sharp skinhead scenes were flourishing (think Fred Perry and Ben Sherman shirts, braces, Levi 501’s and Doc Martens, not to be confused with the fascist skins that have been portrayed in the media today). So being young and impressionable, I naturally followed what were the trends of the time.

With the fashion came the music – Two Tone, Ska and Rocksteady. The Two Tone movement was starting to flutter out, and there is only so many times you can listen to that same Specials album over and over again, so my friend Guy and I moved onto the roots of the music we loved so much. Two twelve year old kids digging through old Desmond Dekker, The Skatalites, Prince Buster and Stranger Cole 7″s was a sight to see. (more…)

Steve the Hat Top Ten – November 2011

Steve the HatBorn in Wellington, New Zealand, Steve The Hat has been spreading his musical goodness since the 80s.

Kicking off his career in the Capital, he played in classic Wellington clubs such as Claire’s and Naked Angel during the 80s and early 90s. (more…)

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