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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. ūüôā )

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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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)

Latest Kiwi by Proxy – I Am Spartacus….R

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Howdy all.

I recently had the great fortune of speaking with Ryan Prebble. Ryan is among other things a member of Spartacus R (and a member of one of the most musical families in all of New Zealand…The Prebbles.)6covers

Spartacus R has a new album out (well it came out in January and I am now just getting around to talking about it.)

The album is When the Fever Takes Hold and it is superb. Eight tracks of pure sonic bliss with six (yes that’s right, count ’em six) album covers. (Very cleverly done… you can insert each print into a clear cover and change it out according to your taste.)

This podcast will feature a few tunes off that album. Alongside the Spartacus tunes you will hear music from Ginger Brown, Little Bushman and Good Laika.

This is a groovy little number of Kiwi by Proxy as this music is reminiscent of late 60s early 70s pyschedelia/blues/rock. Solid stuff!

Also in between tunes you will hear Ryan discussing the music making process behind their new album and a little bit about his solo work.

So here we go… I Am Spartacuscast….



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Ginger BrownThe Weekend
Spartacus RWhen the Fever Takes Hold
Little BushmanNature of Man
Good LaikaFires (Keep Burning)
Spartacus RSynthia
Spartacus RLast Trace of the Golden Glow
Spartacus RWhite Zarconia (The Heist)

New podcast – Funky Dubby Rasta cast…

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Howdy do all.

I finally have a new podcast up. Sorry about not getting one up for Decemeber but as you will find if you listen in, I was pretty much flat out all last month! I still am actually but dag gummit, I needed to get a podcast together so I did!

And just a quick FYI, I have it available for download here and it should be ready on iTunes in a week or so once the bandwidth resets at my server (stupid bandwidth limits … ugh!!!)

OK so this time around we are goin’ funky, dubby (kinda..) and rastahy(kinda).

Thanks to Sarah Hunter I discovered a few new artists last month. Sarah works with a lot of the funk/dub/reggae bands in Wellington and she emailed me and asked if I had thought about doing a podcast focusing on that aspect of the Wellington music scene. Yes I had thought about it but just never had a chance to really look into all that was going on there funk/dub wise…

Well again thanks to Sarah I found a few artists that really blew me away. I think y’all will be equally impressed with the artists too!

Check out their MySpace pages if you get a chance. I have linked to them below.

The Black Seeds
Eru Dangerspiel (Riki Gooch of Trinity Roots)
Fat Freddy’s Drop
Pacific Heights (Devin Abrams aka Reno of Shapeshifter)
Rio Hunuki – Hemopo (also of Trinity Roots)
Video Kid (no MySpace page – well except for the Flight of the Conchords’ page as Video Kid is Bret McKenzie)
Mara TK

***Ironically, as dub is in the title of this podcast I really didn’t include any dub because true dub has no lyrics… and the song in this podcast that has no lyrics isn’t really dub! Just had to qualify as it bugs me when certain songs are classified as dub, when in fact they are not…

And here we go….




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The Black Seeds – Cool Me Down
Eru Dangerspeil – Hikoi Teaki
Fat Freddy’s Drop – Pull the Catch
Rhombus (featuring MC Mana) – Losing it ADD
Pacific Heights – The Show is Over
Fat Freddie’s Drop – The Camel
Rio Hunuki – Hemopo – Wahinetoa
Video Kid – CCTV
Pacific Heights – Make it Easier
Mara TK – Gimme That Kinda
Eru Dangerspiel – Hold Up
The Black Seeds – Bad Apple