The Music Commission is proud to announce its support of the MusicHelps Wellbeing Service: a free of charge mental health and wellbeing counseling service for music people throughout Aotearoa. The MusicHelps Wellbeing Service provides online, on the phone and in-person counselling support tailored to members of the music community around New Zealand – this includes artists, managers, roadies, crew, record label staff and anyone who has contributed to the making of live or recorded music.
Two childhood friends from New Zealand who have been making beautiful music together since they were 7. Now 17 year olds, their music is filled of lush harmonies and conscious lyrics about relatable subjects that fill the minds of teenagers. ‘Constellations’, ‘Six Dollar Shirt’ & ‘Oversized Shirt’ are the debut singles off their EP "We Can Only Laugh" out today. The skilled songwriters and musicians decided on the name of their EP because in their own words..."we don't take ourselves too seriously. How can we? We are only young".
Friday 1st March sees the release of the first single from Li'l Chuck's upcoming 3rd album MONO (released 29th March). The single 'Right By My Side', in fact the entire album, was recorded in a 1 day session at Sugar Ray's Vintage Recording Studio in Essex, England, using only 1 microphone, no overdubs, and entirely 1950's recording equipment. Li'l Chuck keeps to the one man band tradition performing all instruments simultaneously.
Otium is excited to announce the release of ‘Dollar For The Man’ on March 15th. ‘Dollar for the Man’ is a reflection on our society’s current state of affairs, specifically referencing the priority our society places on personal success as opposed to looking after one another. It talks about feelings of indignation, anger and eventually resignation to a system that we had no part in creating.
Since recording his first album in 2012 artist Andre Manella, or Sonic Delusion as he is know to his global fan base, has witnessed many changes take place with in the music industry. The convenience of streaming platforms like Apple Music and Spotify, Youtube and social media have undoubtably made music more accessible to fans, and given artists a much larger radius to promote their music and talent.
MusicHelps and the New Zealand Music Managers Forum present MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING SEMINARS in Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin. Health and wellbeing are fundamental to music-making at all levels, but also across all areas of the industry – management, production, crew. And many in the music industry in New Zealand do not feel equipped or trained when it comes to wellbeing issues.
It’s no secret that Kaylee Bell is a huge fan of Keith Urban, who’s stage she shared on his 2014Light The Fuse and 2016 ripCORD World Tours. Kaylee now issues the ultimate tribute with her new single Keith, which releases today, along with the accompanying live-performance video taken from her new year's Top Paddock festival set.