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New Zealand Music

As a New Zealander, this site’s naturally biased towards New Zealand artists, so I’ve collated them all onto one area of the site. New Zealand pop music didn’t really start in earnest until later than the rest of the world; despite flickers of brilliance like The Fourmyula’s 1969 hit ‘Nature’, New Zealand didn’t produce many noteworthy albums until the second half of the 1970s.

Artists I’m planning to cover include Anika Moa, The Chills, Dimmer, and The Able Tasmans.

The Beths

The Beths are from Auckland, New Zealand, where they met at jazz school. Guitarist Jonathan Pearce stated that playing jazz … Continue Reading The Beths

Bressa Creeting Cake

Ed McWilliams and Geoff Maddock met in art class at high school in Auckland, New Zealand, and formed the trio … Continue Reading Bressa Creeting Cake

Crowded House Together Alone

Crowded House

Breaking up Split Enz, Neil Finn retained drummer Paul Hester from the final Enz lineup and created a more streamlined … Continue Reading Crowded House

Dave Dobbyn

Every country has a songwriter who’s very successful in their own territory, but hasn’t translated well elsewhere; Australia has Paul … Continue Reading Dave Dobbyn

The Finn Brothers Everyone is Here

Finn Brothers

I’ve already covered the Split Enz and Crowded House catalogues separately – this page covers Neil and Tim Finn’s solo … Continue Reading Finn Brothers


Kimbra Johnson was earmarked for stardom early – there are videos online of her singing as a preteen, while she … Continue Reading Kimbra


Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor was born in Auckland, New Zealand, the daughter of a poet and a civil engineer. She … Continue Reading Lorde

The Mutton Birds

Don McGlashan kicked around the arty end of New Zealand alternative scene during the 1980s. He played drums in Blam … Continue Reading The Mutton Birds

Nadia Reid

Singer-songwriter Nadia Reid hails from Port Chalmers, a port suburb of Dunedin, New Zealand, that’s known for alternative life-stylers and … Continue Reading Nadia Reid

Bic Runga Beautiful Collision

Bic Runga

New Zealand’s Bic Runga has only released four albums of original material, starting with her 1997 debut Drive, but despite … Continue Reading Bic Runga

Split Enz Mental Notes

Split Enz

Formed by a group of Auckland students in 1972, Split Enz are an iconic New Zealand band. With a distinctive … Continue Reading Split Enz

Straitjacket Fits

While it has a comparatively minuscule population base to draw from and is located in the deep south of New … Continue Reading Straitjacket Fits

Home, Land and Sea Trinity Roots

Trinity Roots

Prominent popular music from New Zealand in the late 20th century was often Caucasian in origin, with the most internationally … Continue Reading Trinity Roots

New Zealand Miscellany

Fat Freddy’s Drop | Fly My Pretties | Aldous Harding | Kerry Logan | L.A. Mitchell | Supergroove | Tiny Ruins … Continue Reading New Zealand Miscellany