“Daniel Champagne exudes a natural ease on stage, as he sings poignant lyrics and beautifully crafted melodies that invariably whisk the heart up with grand romanticism. Coupled with an exhilarating guitar talent that transcends mere acoustic playing to replicate a whole band, Champagne is just magical” – (themusic.com.au)
The Dense Invercargill three-piece, The Dense, display youthful enthusiasm mixed with mature musicality on their latest release, “There’s no one new around you”.
Described in the media as “alternative rock” when they took out the Southland Heats at the SmokeFree RockQuest last year, a closer listen to this release reveals a musical diversity that belies that description. Certainly, there’s an overall rock feel to the tracks, but there’s also a great ‘70s punk sneer with a subtle Celtic lilt, overdriven Delta Blues riffs and rhythms merging effortlessly into surfing soul, and all tied in with a respectful nod to local legends like Pretty Wicked Head & The Desperate Men.
Having played upwards of 60 gigs across New Zealand in 2018, Sam Cullen is quickly establishing himself as one of the country’s hardest working young performers. As a multi-faceted artist, he has amassed experience in songwriting, jazz bands, solo performances and onstage professionalism coupled with an unassuming manner and determination second to none.
Artistically, his alternative pop sound focusses on emotional intensity combining powerful guitar based hooks with elements of dance music creating a sound fit for any emotionally charged party goer. Family road trips saw the influences of Fleetwood Mac, the Rolling Stones and James Taylor ingrained in Sam from a young age while Radiohead, Arctic Monkeys and The 1975 fill the void today. His highly energetic live act is what he enjoys most, making use of drum pads, synthesisers, guitars and vocals with the flair of Bowie and intimacy of Sheeran.
Songstress Julia Deans announces a solo run of intimate shows across the South Island.
The critically acclaimed singer-songwriter, who once fronted Fur Patrol, and is currently making her debut Opera performance in the Hawkes Bay, promises to bring with her a collection of her most highly praised and award winning songs alongside a peek in to brand new unreleased material.
This will be an opportunity for lovers of soaring voices and highly crafted song writing to indulge in a truly special evening, one not to be missed.
“This is a singer-songwriter at the height of their craft.” 1/2 Sunday Star Times
“Yep, she can sing, and when she soars it’s a spine-tingling thing because it’s all real.” – Metro J
“Julia Deans boasts one of the best falsettos in New Zealand. Her razor-sharp voice is intoxicating from the moment it chimes in.” – NZ Herald