Any fans of Colbie Caillat, Taylor Swift, or others of the light and soulful country rock music scene will love Tauranga-based Hannah Fryett. A top 50 placing in 2013's X Factor, Hannah has experienced high pressure TV, large audiences and the bright lights and wants to bring her beautiful sound to you.
Dirty Saint are (originally Auckland based) Dave Gale (Vox/gat), Tom Garcia (lead gat), Phil Bailey (drums) and Graham Scherer (Bass). Hard rockin' sounds and high energy live shows from this 4 piece that are going somewhere big in the next two years. In 2012 Dirty Saint relocated to the UK to fill the demand for their presence there and 2013 has seen some high volume radio and live show interest across Britain.
This 4 piece from the Lower Hutt region, consisting of 18 year olds Nigel Martinez (Guitar & vocals), Stefan Poad (Guitar), Joel Averes (Bass) and Jason Reder (Drums) have already seen the heights of initial success. In 2010 they placed in the top 20 in Smoke Free Rock Quest. In 2011 they made it to SFRQ NATIONAL grand final - and won Best Song! Watch out for The Velvet Regime, likened to the Editors, Kaiser Chiefs, Killers and definitely the happening sound of now. The band has enjoyed success overseas in 2013, with a consistent top 3 hit on Filipino radio station Jam 88.3FM.
Madcap and unfettered by convention, Wellington based PlasticGroove are bringing you their 80s retro-infused blend of groove-laden riffs and rhythms that will leave you breathless with enjoyment yet scratching your head to pick a genre. These mystery men will enjoy this ride, and invite you to jump on board - just don't forget your white socks and hi-lites...
The Latest Fallout, from Waikato NZ, have arrived in 2011-12 with a bang! Radio and TV airplay, support slots and festival slots for major acts and a ballooning fan base around NZ (causing vocalist Brendan Pyper to ask "how come you guys all know us already?"), this 4 piece is far more than your average young rock band. Diverse sounds such as the dreamy August Sky, definite hit single Better or the anthemic A New Tomorrow are testament to their skill as musicians and songwriters.
UK artist Chris Simmons is being described in Britain as “the boy on the brink”. Chris has supported the likes of Finley Quaye, Jackson Browne, Violent Femmes, Ocean Colour Scene and The Kooks, plus many more.
Chris is also in demand as a writer, attracting co-writes with double Ivor Novello winner and legendary Squeeze vocalist Chris Difford among many others. A young man who moves in high musical circles and who can call established artists such as Jackson Browne as fans.
Wellington's experienced Jack's Collective is the brainchild of Welsh singer and guitarist Jack. With hired muso friends he put together his debut album in 2005 and has several hundred live performances under his belt already. The semi-acoustic rock sound of Jack's Collective has been heard all around the world and there's more to come from this consistent live performer.