With all the good music that took place over the summer months, I thought it best to write a review, sharing all the awesome stuff we have been up to in one of the best summers we have had in a long time.
With so many festivals and gigs happening around the country, it was a hard choice deciding which ones to attend. I start at New Year with the ‘Exodus Festival’, located in one of the most beautiful places in New Zealand, Papamoa beach. With Preston beaches, camping grounds, and a great backpackers and nightlife, it is a first choice for many young adults and foreigners looking for a true New Zealand new years. With classic bands like Katchafire and Herbs and new ones like L40 and Majic on the bill, we were in for a treat. (more…)
When: Friday 23 November
Where: Havana Bar, 32 Wigan Street, Wellington
10pm till late, free!
Musical Discs Coming Your Way!
The NiceUp Crew is back in session at one of our most favourite spots, Havana Bar!
Join Hawk I, Skaman, The Roots Doctor, MC Israel Starr, and fresh from the UK, Steve the Hat!
100% vinyl selections all night!
This is also a session to celebrate the launch of the new NiceUp website – niceup.org.nz
This will be a night of authentic selections and vibes galore! Do not miss!
Friday, 26 October 2012
Bodega, Ghuznee St
Israel Starr is able to rip up anything from hip-hop flows, sweet lovers rock, dancehall to smooth soul.
Growing up in the Twelve Tribes gave him the opportunity to learn from some of the best reggae talents in New Zealand, including vocalist Che Fu, selector Oblex Brown, and his father, the legendary Mighty Asterix. Israel says, ‘music is in my blood and I can’t deny it’.
Israel Starr has stamped his mark on the reggae and dancehall scenes, joining forces up with Art Official (Newtown Sound), to form a killer deejay/MC team that is taking the country by storm.
Alongside Newtown Sound he has released, To the Foundation, a tribute to the pioneers of the New Zealand reggae scene, and ‘Speak’, a call for people to wake up and stand up for what they believe in’. He is also making waves with his recent work with Iron Will. (more…)
‘Speak!’ – the new single by Israel Starr feat. Silva MC and Juse1 – a call for people to wake up and stand up for what they believe in.
Produced by Newtown Sound.
Mixed by K*Saba.
Listen on SoundCloud
Download on Bandcamp
‘Summertime’ is the latest single from rising New Zealand dancehall/reggae artist Israel Starr. It is a tune full of nice vibes that embraces the most carefree time of the year, summer, and it is sure to get you dancing in the club but also relaxing at the beach. ‘Summertime’ is an essential tune for anyone wanting to feel irie.
Israel Starr – ‘I just wanted to make a tune that really captured the nice vibe of summer, relaxing with family and holidaying, that sort of thing. Some people forget to enjoy life a little, Jah gave us this world to enjoy so take a little time to smell the roses ya know.
Nuff people know me a militant youth but I still have smiles and enjoy life even though the world is a crazy place’ (more…)
Israel 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…)
When: Friday 11 Nov 2011
Where: Havana – 32-34 Wigan Street
Art Official, Undercover & Israel Starr
The NiceUp Crew return to Havana Bar for the next installment of 3 The Hard Way – this time featuring Welly boom selectors, Art Official and Undercover, and one of NZs leading vocal talents, Israel Starr pon the mic, for a night of red hot reggae dancehall!
A stalwart of the NZ scene, and the man behind Newtown Sound, NiceUp and the celebrated Ghetto Red Hot series of parties and mixes, Art Official is an accomplished selector, turntablist and producer. Always ready to rock the dance, expect nothing but the toughest tunes from this Wellington badman.
UNDERCOVEROriginally from Auckland where he rolls with NZs ultimate party crew, The Sandy Bay Social Club, Undercover now spreads his killa reggae, soul, funk and hip-hop selections around the Capital, in the dance, on the airwaves, and on the Internet via his much talked about blog, Underground Undercovered
The son of NZ legend, The Mighty Asterix, Israel Starr is an artist on the rise. Highly versatile, Starr is able to rip up anything from hip-hop flows, sweet lovers rock and dancehall to smooth soul. Check his debut single release, produced by Art Official, To the Foundation.
The 3 join forces at Havana Bar to bring the Welly massive a night of heavyweight reggae business – do not miss!
Newtown Sound website
Newtown Sound Facebook
Underground Undercovered blog
Israel Starr Facebook
NiceUp talks to two of NZs leading artists who have linked up to take reggae music and culture forward.
First up, can you both introduce yourself to the massive and tell us a bit about your backgrounds?
Art – Greetings, Art here. I’m a reggae/dancehall selector and a hip-hop DJ who has been representing the music since 97 – doing radio, gigs/tours, mix-CDs etc. I also play some instruments and am getting into production more and more. Newtown is my yard and Newtown Sound is the name of the music house where I do my works from.