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Everyday Humans

I suffered a pretty mean dose of procrastination yesterday (not helped by my horrible cat declaring he was about to drop dead from hunger – argh…just two hours after being fed!!!) But somehow I managed to squeeze some productivity out of some facebook wandering and I found Queenstown based Syrp.

One part cutting edge developers of camera accessories (think very clever equipment to acheive super smooth motion control, time lapsing etc…its technical!) and one part incredibly talented producers of film. I got totally hooked into their series “Everyday Humans” which I think you will all really enjoy.
Just goes to show our everyday can be just as beautiful and interesting whether or not we work on a farm, paint in a studio or travel in a beaten up van around the States following a musical passion. Enjoy and check these guys out!

Everyday Humans – Mark Alsweiler from Syrp on Vimeo.

Everyday Humans – Eden Worsfold from Syrp on Vimeo.

Everyday Humans – Spirit Valley from Syrp on Vimeo.

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Generosity – Warren Maxwell

Warren Maxwell - Generosity Sessions : One Percent Collective

This is a damn good watch for a Friday my friends. Take some time out to hear some live and unplugged magical sounds from Thomas Oliver and the legendary Warren Maxwell. Warren also shares what generosity means to him in support of the One Percent Collective. Yeah – its pretty feel good and gives the brain something else to consider apart from Friday after work drinks and the two day escape from the rat race.

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Sal Valentine – Auckland

Sal Valentine - Studio HomeI first met Sal Valentine post a few celebratory wines at my good friends high country wedding in April this year. Despite the wild weather lashing the marquee, Sal and his funky band The Babyshakes absolutely rocked the party and there wasn’t a single person who didn’t have a spin on the dance floor (for a non dancer like myself – this says a lot!)
So he seemed like a interesting character to introduce to all of you and I was stoked when he agreed to let not only me and my camera visit, but also (for the first time) my great friend Matt House to tag along and film. You can check out our little clip below accompanied by music from Sal Valentine and The Babyshakes. 

BEHIND CLOSED DOORS: Sal Valentine, Auckland May 2013 from Studio Home on Vimeo.

Sal Valentine - Studio HomeSal Valentine - Studio HomeFrom 2006 – 2009 Sal studied jazz drums at the Auckland University Jazz School. The course was a melting pot of young musical talent and ultimately provided the bones of the band today. With a deep love of pop music he explored the genre of original rythmn and blues, developing his own bubblegum, fun take on it to complete an entirely self composed final year recital.

Two weeks into the beginning of his post-grad studies he pulled the pin. He’d been in school his entire life and suddenly it felt like the right time to get doing his own thing!
Sal Valentine and The Babyshakes formed in June 2010 as a loud and up tempo 10 piece ensemble. Despite playing in a number of bands over the years, Sal was dissatisfied with the jazz and indie scene. His aim was to get people back on their feet and break through the “academic” stigma that clung to jazz, throwing it back into the mainstream. It HAD to be danceable!

I certainly have a new crush on their awesome sound (love this clip!) and am planning on heading to The Deadbeat Prom to check them out in a few weeks!
Check out Sal’s home and interview below.

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WHO: I live in the most churr of flats. Sirius. Inhabitants are as follows:

Bella Patcher – Workroom assistant at women’s fashion boutique Widdess and runs her own brand Hydrangea Ranger. Totally dates Pawel.

Pawel Smuga – Accounts officer in one of New Zealand’s most successful Finance companies, head bartender in one of New Zealand’s most classic pubs. Totally dates Bella.

Jonathan Pearce – As well as being the pianist in The Babyshakes, Jonathan plays guitar with Grey Lynn singer-songwriter Anthonie Tonnon, Artisan Guns, Watercolours, works as a draftsman for Architecture firm Tomkin & Taylor, and runs a great blog called ‘The Chalk Archives‘ wherein he details his adventures recording sweet live bands to tape, and posts those recordings for your listening pleasure. Totally dates Georgie.

Georgie Craw – University tutor and masters student researching early New Zealand history. Totally dates Jonathan.

Oli Pattison – An engineer/semi-colon enthusiast. Dictator of the built landscape. Single.

Honey Bunny – Hates being picked up. Throws her toys around on the reg. Rabbit. Single.

Myself – I do some things. I write, arrange, sing for and manage Auckland’s No. 1 band (the majority of everyone ever who has seen us can’t be wrong): ‘The Babyshakes’. Haven’t seen or heard us? You can check out our debut single here and find a lot more here on our Facebook page.  I currently work with a wonderful team down at Crane Brothers – a tailoring house down the end of High Street. Other than that I can be found drumming in The Rocking Rollercoasters or Queen City Big Band, perhaps deejaying or employing my skills as a registered guitar teacher for the New Zealand Modern School of Music.

WHAT: It’s a flat with a huge kitchen, spacious lounge, massive basement, behemoth lawn and mean little studio that contains all of Jonathan’s recording gear, guitars and piano. Can’t claim that one. I do write down there. It’s cozy. Cheers Jonathan.

WHERE: We live in the wonderful suburb of Grey Lynn – at least I think it’s wonderful? Seems to have a wee bit of stigma, non? Anyway, it’s rad. I’m having a blast. Kokako make wonderful coffee, there’s a Dominos and a Pizza Hut pretty much next door to each other up the road – you gotta wonder if those guys have some kind of cold war situation going on. Maybe they’re mates. Who can tell with these things?

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Colab Sessions

Lap this up for your Friday. A beautiful clip from my very talented Wanaka flatmate Jase Hancox, featuring local muso Civilian Soul and his awesome loop peddle performance in the COLAB creative space. I love everything….(and my friend Prue, my sister Caroline and brother-in-law-to-be Simon hanging in the background!) Well done Jason.

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I’m a bit of a fan of the little elfin muso, Lisa Mitchell and just LOVE these outtakes shot for the cover of the latest Yen mag out now.

Found at Hello Poppet.






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Enjoy your Monday my friends. Here is a little kiwi creative talent from Avalanche City.

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