These be busy times.
Hence my lack of blogging lately.
A lot of that is due to preparing for the "night of my life", the NZ Music Awards (I don't think it will be quite the night of my life...).
This awards night is the flash and shiny event of the industry calendar and it lives up to its reputation - all the stars come out, the posh food and drink is served, there's scandal and drama(in a very NZ sense) and a whole lot of hype.
The main thing I'm looking forward to is catching up with other muso and industry friends and maybe meeting a few legends along the way.
The 'official program' compiled by the NZ Herald has listed a bunch of award predictions made by me which are a load of bollocks as they asked us who they thought would win before there were any nominations - and they don't explain that in the article. SO - here are my open and honest predictions(not a wish-list) of how the night will pan out for NZ music's superstars!
Album of the Year: Ladyhawke - Ladyhawke
Single of the Year: Brother - Smashproof
Best Group: Fat Freddy's Drop
Best Male Solo Artist: Savage
Best Female Solo Artist: Ladyhawke
Breakthrough Artist of the Year: Ladyhawke
Best Music Video: Chris Graham - Brother (Smashproof)
People’s Choice: Smashproof
Best Rock Album: Mint Chicks - Screens
Best Urban / Hip Hop Album: Savage - Savage Island
Best Aotearoa Roots Album: Fat Freddy's Drop - Dr Boondigga and the Big BW
Best Dance / Electronica Album: Ladyhawke - Ladyhawke
Best Gospel / Christian Album: Parachute Band - Technicolor
Best Classical Album: Wouldn't have a clue...
Now I know you're thinking that it's me being all Kiwi and not predicting any wins for my own group on purpose - the thing is I really believe that we won't win any of those awards. I don't think we've won the respect of the industry(the people who vote on these awards) and I think it will take another album or so before we do, if we do - just due to the style of our music and how it's perceived to be so un-Kiwi.
It's awesome that these awards don't really matter that much in determining success in NZ - the NZ public have really got behind us in buying our album and coming to shows already. However, if I have got the wrong impression from the people around me and we do win some awards then it will definitely help us in our journey, especially overseas.
All in all it's awesome just to be recognised through our nominations - we've worked bloody hard as a band over the past 4 years and have made a lot of sacrifices - so a BIG night of celebrating is ahead!
There are a bunch of NZ bands and musicians who will get no press or recognition for their work this year though (are the bNet awards still going?) and there have been some amazing releases.
Here's my Top 5 NZ albums of 2009 (so far):
1: The Mots - The Mots
2: The Veils - Sun Gangs
3: PNC - Bazooka Kid
4: Dictaphone Blues - On the Down and In
5: The Woolshed Sessions - The Woolshed Sessions
Look them up, buy them and enjoy!