Friday, August 29, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
And I'll be returning to The Concrete Club in Christchurch this friday. Performing a 2 hour set of all kinds of cool shit, firmly rooted in hip-hop but reaching out into other areas too. You know the routine. Come along we'll be rocking til late down there, guaranteed.
The big homie Zane over at BBC 1
Zane Lowe's new music show on BBC1 gets like a billion trillion listeners everyday in the UK and is highly influential and stuff. So I'm REALLY stoked! Thanks bro! mean..
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Taking a short break to eat some veges before my 6 o'clock meeting rolls around. Ive been battling a flu since last week all while trying to co-ordinate this video we are shooting tomorrow.
Mostly things for the video are going well but today a key cast member cancelled on us at the last minute!
That kinda bugs me but we should be able to replace him tonight. Phone calls are being made frantically.
Being that I have also been nominated wardrobe guy (lol) I was on the mission for some blue pants today. Would you believe how difficult it was to find a pair of blue pants?? Not denim blue or navy blue or baby blue, but royal blue.. and not a wash either just straight up royal blue. It took me ages anyway but i found them..at last.
Hopefully those veges kick in now and give me some energy. Its about time I jet to the meeting...
Monday, August 25, 2008
This is the clip I was talking about from sunday night. Vince kicks an impromptu live version of "Everything" in the Mai Fm studios. Props to Sirvere for the footage.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Sirvere filmed Vince's performance on his cool little camera device and hopefully I will get my hands on an mp3 of the audio tomorrow too. Uploads on the way folks, stay tuned.
Happy 150th episode to The Late Nite Hype V2.0!
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
I've spent the better part of today with my co-director Rebecca Gin doing casting and going over the finer points of the video. New Zealand is a small country with a small population which leads to small budgets and a lot of shared responsibility. Hence me and Rebecca are basically putting this whole clip together ourselves. We don't have the luxury of hiring others to do all the peripheral tasks. In between auditions I'm busy calling in favours for wardrobe and props etc. Its all hands on deck basically. This is how it goes for Kiwi videos 9 times out of 10. And I actually do enjoy it, scratch that, I love it!
I also did a Base FM breakfast interview and Flava pre-record interview this morning. Promoting the new single "Everything" ft Vince Harder which is getting great responses so far. I did a ZM night show interview last night before dropping dinner off to the set of PNC's latest clip too.
(Sidebar: PNC has been shooting his latest video over the past 2 nights. Its good to see the bro taking the reigns and working with his director in the same way that I do. Makes me proud of my crew! Dave did the same on his soon to be released "Get Out The Way" clip).
After this last meeting I have to shoot home and grab my gear for this Jam Out West gig tonight, starting at 930pm. Hopefully its a good gig although I do have my reservations. All ages/under 18s gigs have never really worked for me, maybe tonight will be the exception. Hope so.
More prep for the vid will take place over the weekend and we will shoot on wednesday. Wish me luck!
Thursday, August 21, 2008
We're heading west this Friday.
Jam Out West at Kelston Boy's High School pulls together PNC, David Dallas and Myself with support from the very skillful DJ Truent. Remember though, this one is for teenagers only - just those aged 18 and under are allowed entry.
Jam Out West: PMoney, PNC, David Dallas, Homebrew, DJ Truent - Kelston Boys High School, Archibald Rd, Kelston, 8pm, Aug 22
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
My new single is available to purchase from the following sites:
iTunes Worldwide [search the full title "P-Money Everything"]
iTunes NZ store
And on Vodafone and Telecom Music Stores direct from your NZ cell phone.
Monday, August 18, 2008
MTV Snow Jam 2008 at Terrace Downs, Mt. Hutt was officially the sheeit. I hope it was as good for the concert goers as it was for us as performers! Cheers MTV.
We (PNC, David Dallas and Myself) arrived at the Terrace Downs Golf Resort on thursday evening and were checked in to our 6-Star (!!) accommodation swiftly. The place was sooo dope. Big living room, plush furniture, 3 double bedrooms, ensuite with spa bath, the whole nine. Plus to top it off the view from our living room was the awe-inspiring face of Mount Hutt.
All our meals were provided at the clubrooms which host a pretty mean fine-dining experience. A bit pricey but still decent as. Thursday night we were taken out to some dodgey as shack on a farm somewhere nearby to shoot a mock MTV Cribs episode, that should be pretty funny when it airs.
Friday was mellow, the guys went off and played some golf while I stayed back in our super warm room and waited for Vince to arrive. Once Vince got in and the other guys were back from their 9 holes we were taken back to the clubrooms again to await soundcheck/rehearsal.
The stage was a bout 4 or 500 metres from the clubrooms so we all piled in to a smallish 4 wheel drive vehicle and drove out across the muddy paddock to our backstage facilities. Soundcheck went smoothly, all the crew had their shit together and we were done in about 25 mins. Great! This is also when I was informed that I would be having some pyro during "Stop The Music"...sick!! I always wanted explosions in my show but we usually dont have the budget. Thanks again MTV! mean.
On Friday night after soundcheck and dinner were done the ever-hospitable MTV crew had arranged a little party at the clubrooms for all performers, media partners, sponsors etc. which I was to DJ at. And as with all MTV functions this was not to be a lowkey gathering. I got things moving with Lil Wayne' "A Milli" and once the drinks really started flowing we were off on a mish mash of tunes that kept everyone on the dancefloor all night. Highlights were Memph Bleek "Get Ya Mind Right RMX" for Big Kap, Shawty Lo "Dey Know" for Lil Jon, Whitney Houston "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" for the ZM crew and The Gorillaz "Feel Good" especially for Craig of The Vines who insisted on tipping me $20 to play that song when I was gonna play it anyway. Funny guy!
The party continued back at our room well after I had finished DJing. Many more drinks were consumed resulting in mid-morning sing-alongs, kitchen notepad graffiti battles and a very drunk me mistakenly going to sleep in Dave's bed...dave was not impressed...awkward.. LOL
Saturday was show day. Fortunately we were scheduled for a 6:30pm slot which meant I had all day to recover from the excesses of the night before. When we got down to the stage I was really happy to see so many people out there! I'd estimate anywhere from 3 to 5000 people, which was a fantastic turnout (i think quietly, there were more than few of us who thought no-one would show up!). So the stage was set and the show was goin well. We hit the stage just as night time was settling in. David Dallas was up first with a tight set of all unreleased songs "Get Out The Way", "Big Time" and "Indulge Me" followed by PNC with his " Who Betta Than This", "Moonlight" and "Find Me". Then it was my turn to rock a quick mix of my own productions "Keep On Calling", "Not Many - The Remix" and "Stop The Music". Then as a special bonus I brought out my man Vince Harder to perform our very first live rendition of my latest single "Everything". The set went great for all of us. Crowd responses were awesome and I got to have my explosions...boom!! Wicked.
The show airs on MTV in september so you can check that out soon. I'll hit you with the on-air date soon as I have it. Thanks again to everybody who came out and braved the cold weather to party with us at Snow Jam 2008 and a huuuuge thank you to the entire MTV crew who executed such a fantastic event in such a fabulous location. Lets do it again next year!!
Friday, August 15, 2008
Bad news for Terror Squad fans this weekend. Fat Joe is no longer attending Snow Jam. I don't have all the info about the cancellation so I can't speak on it. But Safe 2 Say (pun intended) I'm kinda bummed he's not coming. Would have been mean to see Joe on our home soil.
Oh, and Baby Bash isn't coming either. But I'm not as concerned about that, ha.
Lil Jon is definitely here though! So that's good. He brought Big Kap from the classic turn of the century Def Jam compilation "Big Kap and Funk Flex presents The Tunnel" with him too. Good times ahead.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
The world lost another living legend yesterday. The incomparable Isaac Hayes. Composer, arranger, songwriter and producer, the man was a veritable musical genius.
I remember digging up the "...To Be Continued" album around 12 years ago at the old dusty upstairs record store in St. Kevins Arcade that became (the now defunct)123 Records on K'rd. At the time I only knew of Isaac Hayes as the guy who did "Theme from Shaft", a great record in itself, but I was yet to discover how amazingly deep, soulful and inspiring this man's catalogue of music really was. I took that record home and was blown away, instantly becoming a fan for life and beginning a thirsty hunt for any and all Isaac Hayes albums.
His credits amongst hip-hop (via sampling) are extensive and there is no doubt that knowingly or unknowingly you have been vibing to Ike's groove's since day one.
These timeless rap tunes all owe there signature grooves to Mr. Hayes:
(by no means a comprehensive list)
1. Public Enemy - Black Steel In The Hour Of Chaos [Isaac's "Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic" from the 'Hot Buttered Soul' album]
2. Jay-Z - Can I Live ["The Look Of Love" from '...To Be Continued']
3. Notorious B.I.G. - Warning ["Walk On By" from 'Hot Buttered Soul' ]
4. Biz Markie - Make The Music ["Ike's Mood I/You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" from '...To Be Continued'. This same piano sample was flipped brilliantly for Mary J. Blige's - I Love You ft. Smif'n'Wessun]
5. Mobb Deep - Back At You ["Bumpy's Lament" from the "Shaft" soundtrack. This sample was also interpolated and replayed on Dr. Dre's classic "Xxplosive"]
6. Geto Boys - Mind Playin Tricks On Me ["Hung up on My Baby" from 'Tough Guys']
7. Redman - Tonites Da Nite ["A Few More Kisses to Go" from 'Don't Let Go]
I purposely didn't add links to the songs listed. In this particular instance I'd like to encourage people to go out and get some of these albums. Its definitely worth the dollars, you will not regret it.
Also please add your favourite Isaac songs, samples and breaks in the comments section...
Long live Black Moses, Soul Mann, the one and only Isaac Hayes!
And lest we forget the passing of another living legend; comedian Bernie Mac also left us this weekend. Thanks for the laughs bro, you will be missed.
Its called MTV Snow Jam and its all free, this saturday only!!
For all the info go here: MTV Snow Jam site
Thursday, August 7, 2008
So yeah, its been a little while coming but I guarantee this is worth the wait. I'm so happy to be sharing some new music with you.
The official release date is August the 18th, so you should be able to pick the track up from iTunes, Vodafone, Telecom etc from that date forward.
Hopefully this new joint will be a surprise and totally not what you were expecting from me! (in the very best of ways of course).
I've really been pushing myself to create exciting music that I can play in clubs and on stage and capture that energy that I have when I'm DJing live. And to be completely honest, I think we've got that vibe going on this track.
My man Vince Harder really came through with the vocal too. He is a rising star to lookout for. You will be hearing more and more from him over the coming months. Guaranteed.
There's really not much more to say at this point. I will let the music do the talking. Watch for the next post... with the youtube audio uploading as we speak... yup,yup.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
So keep a close eye on the blogs peoples...
From the press dept. at Dirty Records...
Press release: August 5th 2008
Today Tiki and his beautiful acoustic track ‘Always On My Mind’ became the first ever New Zealand single to achieve platinum sales via a digital only release.
The # 1 single from Tiki’s platinum debut album ‘Past, Present, Future’ has been all over the radio, hitting the # 1 airplay spot in the country and racking up over 258,000 hits on Youtube to date.
‘Always On My Mind’ and ‘Past, Present, Future’ are available on tikidub.com, itunes, Amplifier, Digirama, Vodafone and Telecom, with the album also available as a physical release at all music retailers.
Thanks to all for your support! The next single from ‘Past, Present, Future’, ‘Faded’, will be hitting the airwaves soon, with a gorgeous video filmed in Rarotonga to complement it.
For further information please check www.tikidub.com
Sunday, August 3, 2008
You may remember that post a few weeks back about a certain track which I had finished and have chosen to be my next official single release. Well I'm also certain that if you read that post you would be wondering why you haven't heard it yet! So let me fill you in...
I like to be prepared when I release stuff. For me that preparation means having the artwork and video in place before sending the songs out (I'm not saying this goes exactly to plan every time, but it is certainly what I strive for!! ha). So, after completing my new track I then began the task of defining a look and feel that would suit the song and translate the new vibe visually; via single artwork and the video concept.
I've reached out to a couple different directors to offer treatments for the video. I have 3 treatments back already that Im considering. I like them all but still need to go back and chat with the directors again to build on their ideas.
We (me and my designer pal Mr. Marx) have some nice simple artwork to accompany the single and we've etched out a direction for what the final album art will become. So that's good too.
This means Im almost ready to put the song out! The next step I will take is sending the track out to DJ's that I want spinning my song. For me I always start a project with the DJ's. I guess thats because I am a DJ and I know that's where the music can really reach people, live in the clubs and through specialist mixshow radio DJ's with loyal followings.
I haven't fully decided on my web plan yet. I want my tracks on the blogs so Im wondering out loud... "do I put the track up on my blog first? streaming or a zshare link? ..do I wait til its ingested and available for sale online and then link you all to that? or hold off til the video is done and debut it on youtube? hmmm..."
I ask myself this; If I want my music in the hands of as many people as possible then I should make it available for free, right? But if I want people to purchase my track mustn't I limit how freely available the track is?
Or could it be that the number of people who purchase a song are proportionate to how many have heard it?
Maybe if I'm able to give away tens of thousands of copies I may end up selling a thousand?
Or should I just say fuck it and hope the single will drive people to my shows and promoters will in turn book me for higher fee's as a result of my boost in popularity? (this seems to be the most bankable theory at present).
Anyways, when I set out on my career in music I just wanted as many people as possible to hear my shit. And I still feel the same way! I want you to enjoy my music, I want radio and TV stations to support and play my stuff and I want the blogs to talk about my tracks and spread the word. I know that if all this happens then the money will come which will enable me to keep doing what I do!
The current proliferation of p2p networks, blogs and forums have provided the world with a method of music distribution that was unimaginable to me in 2001. (When I started out my biggest dream was to get a 12-inch single distributed internationally. That was such a difficult task which was only just fulfilled on my last album with the 2005 european release of '321' b/w 'Easy' on All City Music, UK). But now with the right song (and a good publicist?) you can be heard anywhere/everywhere. The music distribution networks of the internets are immediate, global and best of all FREE for all of us to exploit.
I'm a total fan of what's happening now. The fact that my laptop has become the best and most extensive record store imaginable and I can try everything for free is actually mind-blowingly awesome if you're of the generation that grew up buying music; ie. over 24(???).
Damn, this blog has taken a different direction to where I started but thats cool. These are my thoughts and why not share them. Thats what you read this for.
So let's see what I do. You may very well see a zshare link to my new song in the next week or so... and a link to itunes to buy it aswell... ideally both at the same time. I'll let you decide :)
Friday, August 1, 2008
Does It Offend You, Yeah? - We Are Rockstars
I dunno if Im early or late with this (and I don't really care) but heres some mean synth rock.
Sounds kinda like daft punk and chemical brothers having a fight with arctic monkeys and some other c*nts. I likes.
There comes a time in every pop-starlets life where they must show some bum (or boob, or crotch) before they can move to the next level.
I think it has something to do with the inherent misogyny and 'sex sells' nature of the major label music business. But never the less, there is an upside.
And that upside is this photo of Cassie above... oh lord.
(from the latest issue of Complex. more shots here)