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Latest episode of Kiwi by Proxy – South Pacific funk afro-beat and ethio-soul….

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… all brought to you by Lucien Johnson and his band of merry funky men.

Lucien Johnson is a multi-instrumentalists and composer based out of  Wellington, NZ. Featured in this podcast are a discussion with Lucien about his work and music from a group I am quite excited about the Shogun Orchestra.

Unfortunately the album isn’t ready for release. But when it is I will definitely let you know.

You can keep up with Lucien by way of his site here and at his page on Myspace here for the Shogun Orchestra (which by the way features the Dan Yeabsely, Chris Yeabsley, Justin Clarke, Mike Fab, Toby Laing, Joe Lindsay, Tim Jaray, Adan Tijerina, and Paul Hoskins and of course Lucien Johnson).

Get ready to hear elements of George Clinton, Fela Kuti, Mulatu Astatke,  Santana (dare I say?) and even the Skatalites with a distinctively Kiwi accent. 

The Shoguncast



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Maman M’voye Peze Cafe


What do you get when you cross a guitar with a firefly?

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Justin Clarke. Ahem, make that Justin ‘Firefly’ Clarke.

He is an incredibly talented and versatile guitar (among other instruments) player, a composer, songwriter and a music instructor. And (as you will hear in our discussion in this episode of Kiwi by Proxy) a part-time anthropologist! (I love that he referred to himself as such. It’s fitting. 🙂 )

Justin and I chatted a few weeks back and we discussed how he decided to become a musician, his diversity in his method and style and his online guitar lessons (sign up, they’re great! You won’t regret it!)

Along with our discussion you will hear some of Justin’s own music. Featured are a song he wrote for the Woolshed Sessions collaboration and two stunning instrumental compositions – both with a jazz structure but one having an Indian influence and the other with a Grecian feel.

Be sure to check out Justin’s MySpace guitar lessons page here.

And his regular MySpace page here.

Email him for information on online guitar lessons at firefly guitar at gmail dot com (without the spaces and a . instead of the word dot of course.)

Oh and one more thing before we get to the podcast, I love being back. I am a little rusty at both “interviewing” and writing out my blog but it’s still wonderful to be back at it folks! I tell ya,  I have missed doing the podcast, I have missed hearing new music, I have missed talking to great folks about their work, and I have missed being “Kiwi by Proxy” (although at this stage I don’t think I can ever really stop being that!)

It’s great to be back and what a way to come back from a very long absence than with a phenominal musician such as Justin Clarke.

And now …

The Fireflycast


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Why Kiwi by Proxy …. revisited

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kbpgraphicWell, I have been doing the podcasts for a little more than a year now and it would seem it has “taken off”. The podcast has gone from being played on my MySpace page to being on an official blog to being the top podcast on iTunes under the search term Kiwi music. In December of 2008 it began airing fortnightly on a radio station in Christchurch (thanks Ben you are one of a kind). More recently I was even interviewed for a community radio station in Wellington. Subsequently, surreal is a word that I have been making heavy use of the past few days.

I will tell you I feel strange about all of it. I mean I am used to working behind the scenes (in my day job) and letting my boss get the spotlight and believe me that is something with which I am most comfortable.

When I initially had the idea for the podcast it simply involved me recording and mixing the interviews that other people were to do. I never wanted to be the one that did the interviewing or even the “DJ-ing”. I just wanted to get the music out somehow and thought the podcast would serve that purpose in a small way. I was hoping others would do that “public” part.

Well that wasn’t meant to be and now, well I mean that’s ok. My taking the DIY approach has led to opportunities in meeting some incredibly kind, generous, and humble people and better still talking music with them.

In talking with these people it has given me insight into how they go about making their music (something that completely fascinates me because it perplexes me how people take something they hear in their head or in their heart and translate it aurally.) But along with gaining a better understanding of the music making process I think I have figured out what makes it so good. It’s to do with those incredibly kind, generous and humble people. They got soul.

The last interview (well chat session) I did was with Dan Yeabsley. We were discussing this particular point after the official interview had ended. Dan wondered what exactly it is about New Zealand music that has a certain effect on folks – is it the technical aspect of things or is the feeling?  After further contemplation on this I think have to say it is both.

All the folks I have spoken with are well trained musicians. They know how to play. They know what notes go where and why. They know music. But they also have a passion for it. Again, they got soul.

In my line of work we stress the importance of not separating the heart from the mind in matters of faith. The heart will not accept what the mind rejects, nor should it. This basic truth has carried over into my understanding and love of music (and in the immediate context, New Zealand music).

I love watching a musician play strange and difficult chord progressions, I love hearing the subtleties of a certain instrument on a studio recording, I love all the technical stuff but I also love the feeling the music stirs deep within me. I love that not only can I think about the music but that I can feel it as well.

New Zealand music provokes both thought and feeling unlike any other “scene” that has come and gone in the past few decades. That is why I am so passionate about it and that is why I seek to do my little part in getting the word out to anyone willing to listen.

I thank everyone who is supporting this effort – be it by subscribing to the blog, the iTunes download, the newsletter, or even those who stumble across the blog and take time to download the podcasts here.  It is encouraging to know we are of like minds on this.

Of course we should all thank the wonderful musicians who are making this great music. I thank them for being true to their craft and being true to both their hearts and minds. I thank them for being humble as well. That is a hard thing to find in folks especially in musicians, and especially in musicians of a particular caliber (such as those found in New Zealand).

Keep doing what you do and I for one will keep supporting it in the best way I can.

Written by Carrie

June 3, 2009 at 11:58 am

Dan the Man with the Twinset plan … Episode 19

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Well folks this is the final podcast for NZ Music Month. We have heard so many great artists this month and that doesn’t even begin to really get into all that is going on down in Kiwiland. Too much music, too little time.

So the final NZ Music Month podcast is devoted to the smooth and cool sounds of Twinset. I have wanted to do a Twinset podcast ever since I started doing Kiwi by Proxy because next to The Phoenix Foundation, Twinset are my favorite Kiwi band/group. From the moment I first saw the video of “Just the Way You Are” on their MySpace page two years ago, I have been mesmerized by their sound. Their albums Flavour Country and Mystical Soul were part of my very first Slow Boat order. They have a few other albums that I hope to acquire soon and I hope they have more to come in the future (I didn’t even ask Dan about that though…ugh! It was late when we chatted and I think KbP regulars will be able to detect a difference in my approach this time around oh and my voice… its lower than usual! Yikes!)

At any rate I really enjoyed chatting with Dan Yeabsley and I am confident you will enjoying hearing his insight into the music making process of Twinset as well as the comings and goings in the Wellington Jazz Scene.

Featured alongside the interview with Dan are some of my personal favorite Twinset tunes (although if it were up to me I would just simply put the entire albums on as a playlist! But then no one would go buy them … (oh and yes go buy them here …)

Have a look at the Twinset home page as you listen in.

And now we shall get into the podcast.

Here we go daddio…. Twinset.

Dan The Man (Twinsetcast) 



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Mystical Soul ( From Mystical Soul)
Tocky Locky (From Mystical Soul)
Just the Way You Are (From Flavour Country)
Flavour Country (From Flavour Country)
Sweet Thing feat. Dallas Tamara (From Mystical Soul)
Sunny feat. Barnaby Weir (From Mystical Soul)

Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra (or as I love to call them….)

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…the Welly Ukes! 09tour

That’s right folks, it was high time I did a podcast on this lovely bunch.

Last week I had the great fortune of meeting up with three members of the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra via Skype.

Megan Hosking, Dan Yeasbley and Sam Auger discussed how the group started, how they go about chosing the songs they perform, how to play the dreaded E Chord, their possible upcoming tour of the US and many other delightful little tidbits of ukulele goodness.

Also featured in this podcast are two mighty fine songs and a special surprise song snuck in at the end. Not gonna tell ya what it is, ya have to listen to the whole thing to find out. 😀

Be sure to friend them on MySpace here at thier page and don’t forget to check out their main website where you can purchase their EPs and tee shirts!!

So I will not keep you in suspense any longer…

I give you the wonderful Wellingtonians known as the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra…

Welly Ukescast



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It’s A Heartache
Ruby (Don’t Take Your Love to Town)
**Special surprise performance

Mixed Disc Cast – Second of Five podcasts for NZ Music Month

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Howdy all!

This is the second in a series of five podcasts I am doing for NZ Music month.

This time around I have decided to do a bit of a mixed disc (the first half has sort of a country feel while the second half has that indie-pop thing going on).

Lovely artists lovely tunes lovely way to celebrate NZ Music Month.

Have a look at the artists’ MySpace pages as you listen in.

And here we go…

Mixed Disc Cast



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Track listing

Rosy Tin Tea CaddyChestnut
Mel ParsonsDarlin’ Darlin’
The Bats – Castle Lights
Raggamuffin Children –
A Fine Storm
Robo Distaste – Darth Vader Disco
The Puddle – Naked
David Kilgour (featuring the poetry of Sam Hunt) – Chord
Luke Buda – Blue Summer

Latest episode of Kiwi by Proxy: Wild Bill Cast

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Howdy all,

Well it is New Zealand Music Month and I am stoked! I plan to do five podcasts this month to celebrate the excellence in Kiwi music. Seeing as how I usually do 1 podcast every 6 weeks or so, five in one month may prove daunting! We shall see how it goes…

Starting off the KbP marathon will be this podcast which features music from and an interview with Wild Bill Ricketts (Will Ricketts that is).

I caught up with Will last week and we discussed his new album John Dryden. You will find four tracks from this album featured in the podcast. These tracks represent a very broad spectrum of sound covered on this album. As most of you know, when you say broad and music together, you are talking my language. I spoke with Will about various influences of his and he stated that in fact he has very broad tastes which are made evident on this fine album.

It is a stunning display of skill in the art of songwriting and musicianship. It features the likes of Ricki Gooch, Rio Hemopo, Mara TK, Ben Fulton, Connan Mockasin, and Sam Lindsay among many other wonderful musicians.

Will Ricketts, as one of my friends and fellow Kiwi music lovers put it, “is not just the conga player from Phoenix Foundation, folks”.

I think you will agree.

Here we go with the WildBillCast…



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All tracks taken from John Dryden unless otherwise indicated

Mangi Mangi
I Was You
New J
Siamese Dream
(from Pegasus)