Marlon Williams' image always conjures up the perfect coiffured look. The Kiwi's Marlon Brando matinee idol looks and dreamy voice has spawned many a great tune, even Rhythms Magazine garnishing the two time New Zealand Music Award winning singer-songwriter as the "Artist To Watch" in 2014.
His latest single Dark Child's music video is an insight into the dark world of the human mind, its subtle guitar lull overtones transports the viewer to a scene akin to a American horror movie with Williams starring as young man hell-bent on being arrested after what looks like a murder scene has taken place, a ghoulish affair yet one that Williams doesn't entirely look out of place of.
"The concept was brought to me by director Damian Golfinopoulos in Auckland and it struck me as an interesting concept" muses Williams. "It seems to me it's the classic American movie scene of the privileged kid taken out of the home, taken out in handcuffs and obviously he's done something awful, and his parents are crying and there's body bags thrown on the lawn. It gets played over and over again and gets stranger and stranger, different versions of the same scene, I don't know it struck me as an interesting concept"
I can't remember the last time I had seen a good music video that hard hitting, one that had ‘balls' that would sit nicely alongside some niche short film festival showing or maybe on Campbell Live, well, maybe with the exception of Cairo Knife Fight's new Rezlord video. Actually make that two great Kiwi music videos.
Williams sets out on the ‘Dark Child' New Zealand tour this February with support from Wellington groupEb & Sparrow kicking off the tour in Dunedin on Friday13th Feb with full band The Yarra Benders.
"My band is made up of half Aussies and half Kiwis" he says laughing. "There's myself and Jason who plays bass in Eb & Sparrow who are supporting us, my drummer is my new best friend over here in Melbourne - he works downstairs at the pub I live at where I'm calling you right now, and Dan Parsons who plays pedal steel and guitar they're both been playing in the Melbourne music scene for a while now. I'm excited to bring them over to New Zealand".
With so many Kiwi artists wanting to take the next step and cross the ditch, Australia seems the logical place to springboard any musical career to the rest of the world, it was a phenomenon in the 80s when bands from New Zealand couldn't get out of here fast enough to play the lucrative Aussie pub scene, however it's a cash cow that comes at a price, even if it means being adopted by the locals.
"It's pretty good really, there's press releases coming out saying ‘Melbourne's adopted Son' they're very embracing very quickly" quips Williams. "I think they're so use to us jumping over the ditch that they've worked out the best ways to snap us up quickly before we know what we're doing. It's certainly a very friendly place for a Kiwi anyway, of all the possible options it's the best one I could have made I reckon."
The Soundsplash Festival is returning to Raglan in January 2018. Local reggae favourites Katchafire are returning to feature on the bill. We sent a few questions over to lead vocalist Logan Bell ahead of the festival.
Following 2015’s Kitty, Daisy & Lewis'The Third', the sibling trio are back stronger than ever, harnessing their ability to create pop-infused soul, blues, rock n roll and a large mix of genres to perfection, in the shape of their fourth studio album, Superscope.
Kylie Price has just released her new album Bones. Last week she appeared on theNZ Entertainment Podcast, where she sang a new song I Dont Want To Go off the album while talking shop about her dream gig to play with Ed Sheeran and her Philipino roots.
Last week I caught up withPeter Hook ahead of returning down under for Australasian leg of the Joy Division and New Order Substance tour. We had a great chat about the spirit of punk, what it takes to write a book and why shows like the X-factor are so unhealthy…
Long established as one of New Zealand’s finest acts, South Pacific reggae-soul legends, The Black Seeds are set to tour the country in September, following the release of their long awaited 6th studio album Fabric, (out today - Friday September 8th).
Jacqueline Nalpant is a Booking Agent for the Paradigm Talent Agency, and is heading to New Zealand early next month where she'll be one of the speakers for the Going Global Music Summit (Friday 1st & Saturday 2nd September at Roundhead Studios, Auckland).
Since making her musical debut with her song Drift early last year, fast attracting a solid fan base and over 1 million plays across Spotify and Soundcloud in just a few months, Madeline North, better known by her musical moniker So Below, has once again blessed us with a moodier, masterful electro-pop banger, titled Ruin.
Since forming in 1998, the Antwerp, Belgium based trio Triggerfinger have long become a mainstay on the rock scene, building a solid reputation across Europe, the US, Canada and beyond, as one of the hardest-driving and sharpest dressing bands around.
Popular metalcore group Northlane are on their way to New Zealand. The Sydney band are touring North America taking in countries like Chile and Mexico as they head our way down-under next month to play Wellington’s San Fran then Auckland at the iconic Kings Arms.
Returning to New Zealand for the first time in three years, Australian metalcore band In Hearts Wake are on their way to our shores next month for a quick run of shows supporting their label cohorts Northlane.
Courtney Marie Andrews has landed in New Zealand, and set to play two concerts this week with Joe Pug - tonight at San Fran in Wellington (Wed July 19) and tomorrow night at The Tuning Fork in Auckland (Thu July 20).
Auckland two-piece Skinny Hobos, Alex Elvis and Texas Holdom, are heading on a 5 date New Zealand tour with headliners Decades, Bakers Eddy and Dead Favours. Kicking off tonight in Hamilton (July 14), the tour will also take them to Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and finishes up in Dunedin.
Have you ever considered sharing your most personal experiences with the entire world? Well come this Friday 14th July, that’s what Emma Cameron, the rocking front-woman of kiwi band Decades is about to do, when they release their long-awaited full length debut album, The Truth And Other People, so we sat down with the cheerful front woman to discover just what truth this album reveals..
Whilst Sonny Landreth is a well known slide-guitar master, zydeco enthusiast and phenomenal blues legend, what you may not know about him, is that he is one of the nicest gentlemen in the entire universe.
He was always the boy next door type energy, that type of person you just always wanted to be around. From day one, Shay Taylor has always been one to break the mold and live life in such a vibrant and contagious manner, that no matter who he spoke to, they walked away feeling great!
Due to significant weekend rainfall, and the forecast of more rain over the next 72 hours, Coffs Harbour City Council, Frontier Touring, John Logan Entertainment and Midnight Oil management have met and reviewed the site for Midnight Oil’s show on Thursday 19 October.
After their 2012 Mercury Prize-nominated debut and 2015’s Top 20 follow-up Born Under Saturn, musical adventurers Django Django are back for 2017, exploring new sounds with their brand new album Marble Skies
After stunning, sold-out concerts across the US, legendary Led Zep drummer Bonzo's greatest legacy - his son Jason - brings his critically acclaimed concert, Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience, to New Zealand for just two performances.
Playing their breakthrough debut self-titled album in its entirety, pop rock sensations We The Kings will return to New Zealand and Australia to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of their breakthrough self-titled debut album.
Instrumentals, imagined soundtracks and cut and paste experimentation sets a bracing, perception-shattering course for Who Built The Moon? - the keenly anticipated, WORLD TOUR-triggering third album from Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.