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Six60 win big at NZ music awards

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Chart-toppers Six60 were the big winners at this year’s Vodafone NZ Music Awards, although international breakout artists Marlon Williams and Drax Project also enjoyed success at last night’s event at Spark Arena in Auckland.

The five piece, who have dominated the 2018 charts with their third self-titled EP and became the first homegrown act to sell out Western Springs, were named best group and also picked up People’s Choice award, which was open for the first time to the VNZMA finalists. Six60 also won highest selling album and single, along with the airplay award.

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Artisans celebrated at awards

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Two wins for Simon Gooding in the producing categories and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern presenting the inaugural Music Teacher Tui were among the highlights of this year’s Artisan Awards.

The event, which celebrates the behind-the-scenes music industry talent, was held last night (February 5) at Massey University’s School of Music and Creative Media Production in Wellington and saw five NZ music awards handed out.

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Niel de Jong: meet the man behind Alien Weaponry

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From playing in bands in the 80s and early 90s to studio work and mentoring, Niel de Jong is no stranger to the New Zealand music business. But his current role as manager of the teenage thrash metal band Alien Weaponry is taking his career to a whole new level.

The Waipu three-piece – made up of his sons, lead singer and guitarist Lewis (15) and drummer Henry (17), and bassist Ethan Trembath (15) – are about to embark on a major European festival tour following the release of their debut album on the renowed Austrian metal label Napalm Records.

de Jong’s work in helping take Alien Weaponry global was honoured earlier this year when he won the international achievement prize at the NZ Music Managers Awards, but he knows that the hard work is just beginning.

“They are looking forward to Europe, though it is kind of two edged sword,” de Jong admits. “It’s a little bit scary as well.”

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Going Global 2018 taking shape

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The Going Global Music Summit will return in September, with Independent Music NZ sounding out potential guest speakers for this year’s event.

First staged in 2013, the summit offers the New Zealand music community to network with international executives and discuss the latest issues facing the industry here and abroad.

IMNZ general manager Dylan Pellett told NZ Music Business that he will be scouting for potential speakers later this month when he attends Indie Week in New York . The association will also once again be liaising closely with the organizers of Big Sound Festival in Brisbane, a similar indutry event which immediately follows Going Global.

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June debut for Alien Weaponry

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Te reo metal mavens Alien Weaponry have dropped a new video and shared some more details about their upcoming debut album.

– which has already racked hundreds of pre-sales via their fully funded Indiegogo campaign – will be released on June 1, via noted metal label Napalm Records, which have signed the teenage siblings to a three album deal.

The latest single to be released from the album is ‘Kai Tangata’, which translates to ‘Eat People’ and is backed with a suitably bloodthirsty video. The 7-minute epic finds the thrash metal trio delving into the early 19th Century musket wars, where Ngapuhi – newly armed with muskets – attacked and decimated the de Jong brothers’ Te Arawa ancestors, who at that time were still using traditional weaponry.

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Alastair Burns wins top prize at NZ Music Manager’s Awards

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Alistair Burns’ work with Marlon Williams has seen him win the Manager of the Year Award for the second year running.

The annual Music Managers Forum event was held at the Tuning Fork in Auckland and attracted a wide variety of industry professionals.

Burns was honoured for his work with Australian singer-songwriter and Williams, whose sophomore album Make Way For Love debuted at #1 in the NZ charts and #8 in Australia. Williams is due back in New Zealand later this month following an extensive worldwide tour.

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