Hussein Moses

Music
Sep 24, 2018

Jordan Arts aka HIGH HØØPS: ‘The worst case scenario would've been Kids of 88 working’

Ex-Kids of 88 star talks bidding wars, bigwigs and breakdowns, and how, with new project HIGH HØØPS, he came out the other side.

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Music
Aug 17, 2018

Tom Scott: ‘If you're worried about pissing people off, your career's done’

Avantdale Bowling Club's Tom Scott talks fame, infamy and coming home to Avondale.

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Music
Jul 27, 2018

Dudley Benson’s ‘Zealandia’: Inside one of the most expensive and ambitious records in NZ music history

Dudley Benson premieres his new video ‘Zealandia’ and speaks about his high concept political album that’s been eight years and $90,000 in the making.

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Music
Jul 16, 2018

Majid Jordan: ‘Things could fall apart in so many different ways’

The Toronto duo making noise thanks to one hell of a co-sign from Drake (+ a ticket giveaway!)

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Music
Jul 12, 2018

Who will win the 2018 Silver Scroll? We assess the chances of all 20 finalists

Why each one could win the prize for New Zealand song of the year – and why it probably won't.

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Music
Jul 5, 2018

A brief history of A$AP Rocky’s unlikeliest collaborations that actually turned out to be pretty good

Listen In, a mini-festival featuring A$AP Rocky, Skrillex, Skepta and Lil Skies, was announced this week. To celebrate, Hussein Moses found five of A$AP Rocky's best (and weirdest) collaborations.

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Music
May 28, 2018

‘I thought that would be the end of my brain’: Jeremy Toy’s long road to recovery

After suffering two life-threatening injuries, local musician Jeremy Toy now faces another challenge: getting his career back on track.

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Music
Apr 27, 2018

‘We’re still brothers’: Kody Nielson’s next chapter with Unknown Mortal Orchestra

After blowing up The Mint Chicks in spectacular fashion, the Nielson brothers are back together, with Kody recently joining Ruban’s acclaimed act Unknown Mortal Orchestra. “Brothers can have a volatile relationship,” he tells Hussein Moses, “but at the end of the day we're still brothers.”

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Music
Apr 17, 2018

‘Intense, extreme and mesmerising’: An oral history of the Headless Chickens’ Stunt Clown

Tonight, the Headless Chickens will be presented with the Independent Music Classic NZ Record award for Stunt Clown at a ceremony for the Taite Music Prize. Hussein Moses digs up the inside story of how the band first made their mark on New Zealand music.

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Music
Apr 9, 2018

Soul, R&B, pop and… classical? LEISURE and the APO, reviewed

This weekend, Auckland band LEISURE collaborated with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, playing at the Auckland Town Hall as the first in a series of APO concerts with pop acts. Hussein Moses came away with mixed feelings.

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Music
Mar 12, 2018

Josh Fountain is everywhere, if you know where to listen

After taking over Joel Little’s Auckland recording studio, Josh Fountain has become one of the most in-demand producers in New Zealand pop music. Hussein Moses goes behind the scenes to find out how he got here and where he’s going next.

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Music
Feb 13, 2018

Meet the shade-throwing Wellington band who knocked Ed Sheeran off number one

Hussein Moses talks to Tomorrow People, a sunny reggae band from Wellington taking the top spot on the charts while taking shots at a local music critic. 

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Music
Jan 22, 2018

The rise and fall (and rise again) of The D4

Before they called it quits in 2006, The D4 were held up as one of Kiwi saviours of rock n’ roll. Frontman Dion Lunadon talks to Hussein Moses about what went wrong and why now is the right time to get back together.

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Music
Nov 16, 2017

EXCLUSIVE: Salmonella Dub premiere new music – and front up on all that Music Hall of Fame drama

Hussein Moses talks to Salmonella Dub’s Andrew Penman about their brand new collaboration with Beat Rhythm Fashion’s Nino Birch and finds out exactly what went down between the band and the organisers of the NZ Music Awards.

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Music
Oct 17, 2017

‘Just let her do the album by herself’: An oral history of Bic Runga’s Drive

To mark the 20th anniversary of Drive, and the upcoming anniversary tour to celebrate it, Hussein Moses talks to Bic Runga and those involved in the recording to find out how it became one of the most significant albums in New Zealand music history.

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Music
Sep 15, 2017

PNC is at the top of his game right now – and there’s little anyone can do to stop him

PNC has stepped his game up once again with his new single ‘Iverson 01’ and not only is it one of the most exciting moments in New Zealand rap’s recent history, it’s also sparked the beginning of an all-out rap feud.

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Music
Sep 11, 2017

Magic Factory aren’t reinventing the wheel, they’re just rolling it down a new hill

Ahead of their US tour, Hussein Moses sits down with Magic Factory's Rory Treadaway and Scot Brown from the group to find out how they got hooked on such a throwback sound.

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Music
Sep 10, 2017

The Clean have finally agreed to be inducted into the NZ Music Hall of Fame. Here’s why they changed their mind.

The Clean have been announced today as the latest inductees into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame. After turning down the offer twice before, band member Robert Scott tells Hussein Moses what it was that made them finally change their mind.

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Music
Aug 23, 2017

Why are we inducting so few artists into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame?

The NZ Music Hall of Fame currently inducts two local artists a year, but is it really enough? Hussein Moses talks to Peter Grattan who’s petitioning for a total overhaul of the system to give New Zealand musicians the recognition he feels they deserve.

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Music
Aug 22, 2017

‘We’re not a piss-take band’: Bloodnut, NZ’s all-redhead metal band, on not letting the joke get in the way of the music

They're a metal band from Auckland who write songs about life as part of the 2% – those born with red hair. Hussein Moses sits down with Bloodnut to find out where the sweet spot is between taking the piss and being completely serious, and just how far they’re willing to push the concept.

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Music
Aug 7, 2017

‘Most teenagers wanna rap’: How ex-choirboy Rei found his true calling

If he gets his way, Rei will be a name you’ll be hearing a lot more often. Hussein Moses sits down with the up-and-coming New Zealand artist to talk about his new album and how he’s working to bring te reo outside of the classroom and into the world.

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Music
Jul 20, 2017

Throwback Thursday: Five things I learned about New Zealand from reading Anthony Kiedis’ book ‘Scar Tissue’

Hussein Moses reads the 2004 memoir from the Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman for the first time – and uncovers some unholy truths about our lovely little nation.

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Music
Jun 30, 2017

‘It’s therapy for me’: Kane Strang on how writing sad songs helps him feel less miserable

Hussein Moses talks to Kane Strang, whose album Two Hearts and No Brain is out today.

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Music
Apr 18, 2017

‘The best band in the world without question’: An oral history of The Clean’s Boodle Boodle Boodle

Tonight the Taite Music Prize will present The Clean with the Independent Music Classic NZ Record award for their 1981 EP Boodle Boodle Boodle. Hussein Moses talked to the band and those involved to dig up the inside story of a record that became a New Zealand indie music legend.

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