Emma Giesen, hasn’t seen much of the daylight saving hours as she spends most of her summer championing our cities creative culture. She is one of the backbones behind Wellington’s most coveted festivals, the New Zealand Fringe Festival and CubaDupa, which run back to back.
In this interview she talks about why she works so hard to keep Welly at the top of our creative game and the exciting addition of up cycling art zones, Junk Monsters, bike powered dance acts, Bicycle Valet parking, which is all just the tip of the ice burg of all the fun stuff about to happen at Cuba Dupa next weekend.
Phantasticus is a 5 piece high-energy gypsy-flavours ensemble hailing from Wellington. They are also just about to celebrate the release of their first album Phantasticus Acousticus at Old St Paul’s this Friday.The lineup combines the fearless fiddling skills of Ana Christie and Alex Hills, matched by the awesome forces of Michael Kingston and Rick Shaw on guitar, all wrapped up in the powerful bass of Jacqui Nyman.
Wellington singer-songwriter Miles Calder has recently landed back on our shores after a year away living and writing in New York. He joins us in the studio to discuss his forthcoming album due out in April next year, his time in New York, his approach to writing, and he also plays live in the studio.
Although he is known as The Nomad, one of NZ’s favourite music makers Daimon Shwalger, could certainly call Wellington his base after spending alot of time producing music, albums, and a hell of alot of gigs from this fair city. But recently Daimon has also been sharing his 20 years of beat making experience with the kids from Zeal. In this interview Daimon and Zeal boss, James Harris talk about the effect and the results that this is having on the kids.
How could I not have heard of Munki Studios which has recorded so many of my favourite bands right here in central Wellington? Trinity Roots, Hollie Smith, Grayson Gilmore, Fur Patrol, Shihad and many many more have all been recorded in this old spy vault.
But now after 25 years, this building is another to be demolished, and the legendary Munki studios needs to move on. But before they do, there is going to be one hell of a last recording bash there, this weekend, with so many of our best bands all jumping in to honour the music studio that helped make them. And this momentous occasion will be streamed live worldwide, so wherever you are you can join the bands for the final recording at Munki and even help out on the boosted campaign.
Welly’s own “20 feet from Stardom” star Ms Lisa Tomlins and one of Welly’s music scene backbones, Sarah Hunter, talk about why this weekends live stream is so significant.
Independent Welly nurse, Hannah Milward, is the reason for the Beats for Nepal fundraiser happening on the 28th of August at Meow. Unlike other fundraisers for Nepal, this one is to actually help Hannah to go and volunteer her skills in the medical and dental camps there at the end of this year. Hannah has a passion for humanitarian work and has already volunteered her skills in Cambodia for three months. But does she really know what she is in for in Nepal?
Ready Sett, one of the Welly bands playing at the fundraiser play live opening and closing track.
With over 100 gigs scheduled for the Wellington Jazz festival, Jen Riches gets to interview one of Welly’s most progressive musicians Myele Manzanza about how he came to be part of the ROSS MCHENRY FUTURE ENSEMBLE and the very wide world of jazz.
Plus the Documentary Edge Film Festival directors, Alex Lee and Dan Shanan talk to Jen about the potential Wellington has to become the Hub for all film festivals?