Depot Sound is launching an online series of interviews and live studio performances to celebrate New Zealand Music Month. The videos showcase the enormous talent of both well known and emerging Kiwi artists, and cover just a small selection of the incredibly diverse mix of musicians performing in New Zealand today.
Featuring Brendon Thomas and The Vibes, the Hamilton County Bluegrass Band, Blue Ruin, Sophie Mashlan, Average Mars Experience, and Swizl Jager. These artists span many genres, showcasing Blues, Bluegrass, Punk, Folk, Progressive Rock and Hip Hop.
Kicking off the series are all-girl punk band Blue Ruin and Brendon Thomas and The Vibes. Brendon Thomas and The Vibes, recent stars of The X Factor, play an intimate set of classic tracks mixed with brand new songs from their upcoming EP. The band is in the studio right now recording the EP with producer Eddie Raynor from Split Enz. In contrast Blue Ruin tear through a set of high energy punk rock. The band’s awesome live show has already won them an impressive list of gigs, opening for international touring bands including The Misfits, Buckcherry and Cherrie Currie from the Runaways.
Coming up throughout NZ Music Month are videos from veteran performers the Hamilton County Bluegrass Band with their fun, harmony-filled, Kiwi take on bluegrass. Average Mars Experience play a precise riff-laden set of instrumental progressive rock. A beautiful solo acoustic performance from 16-year-old songwriter Sophie Mashlan and, after interviewing all the bands, our host Swizl Jager performs a set of his own unique style of hip hop, mixing classic Kiwiana themes performed in Te Reo Maori and English.