Kate Robertson

Pop culture enthusiast. Writes on music, mostly.

Music
Jan 9, 2018

Troy Kingi wants you to know he’s a buzzy dude

Kate Robertson talks to musical polymath Troy Kingi about his second album's journey through space.

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Music
Dec 14, 2017

Halsey is stronger than her critics will ever be

Seven reasons why you should stop underestimating Halsey.

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Music
Nov 27, 2017

Shawn Mendes: More wholesome than you ever were or will ever be

Kate Robertson reviews Shawn Mendes, the ever-so-pure former Vine star who performed at Spark Arena on Saturday.

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Music
Nov 21, 2017

Glitoris and Geordie Shore: A day at Beats and Eats, MTV’s festival of unashamed indulgence

MTV Beats and Eats is an Australian festival which indulges in all the guilty pleasures we never admit and Kate Robertson is here for it.

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Music
Oct 10, 2017

Singer-songwriter Justin Townes Earle: ‘I was very lucky to survive my teen years’

Kate Robertson talks to Americana singer-songwriter Justin Townes Earle, who plays in Auckland this week, about music and survival.

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Music
Oct 3, 2017

Nine and a half minutes with Macklemore

Kate Robertson chats on the phone with Macklemore for exactly nine minutes and thirty seconds, just enough time to ask him about his new album GEMINI, why he ditched the other dude, and making music in Trump's America.

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Music
Sep 1, 2017

Take Me Out: Getting coffee and talking long distance relationships with Kane Strang

Kate Robertson takes Kane Strang out for coffee ahead of his appearance at The Others Way festival.

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Music
Jul 26, 2017

An unapologetic Chainsmokers fangirl counts down her Chainsmokers top 10

Chainsmokers superfan Kate Robertson has campaigned for the bros to come to New Zealand for years. In celebration of today's news of an Auckland show, she shares her top 10 bangers.

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Music
Jul 7, 2017

LANY: pop music for people who don’t usually listen to pop music

With their debut album just out, Kate Robertson caught up with LANY frontman Paul Klein to find out a little more about the band no one wants to be last to find out about.

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Music
Jun 18, 2017

A Little Mix superfan almost talks to Little Mix

Kate Robertson has been pursuing an interview with Little Mix ever since they announced their Auckland show late last year. Three weeks ago, she kind of almost got there.

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Music
May 20, 2017

Anne-Marie on how she graduated from musicals to guest vocalist to pop star

Anne-Marie made her name singing on other people’s hits, but now she’s making on her own. Kate Robertson caught up with her while she was in Auckland this week to promote her forthcoming debut album.

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Music
May 17, 2017

Breakout classical star Rebecca Nelson on singing at Gallipoli and working with Lorde’s former manager

Kate Robertson talks to Rebecca Nelson, New Zealand's newest classical crossover star.

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Music
May 9, 2017

Who are $UICIDEBOY$ and how do they sell out shows around the world – including Auckland?

$UICIDEBOY$ are a New Orleans rap duo whose songs have millions of plays on Soundcloud and who sold out their first Auckland show in mere hours. Kate Robertson was there.

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Music
Apr 26, 2017

How is Ariana Grande, a perennial top ten artist, still underrated?

Kate Robertson on why Ariana Grande is more relevant than Taylor Swift, Katy Perry and Fifth Harmony combined.

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Music
Apr 24, 2017

Teen pop sensation Nakita on working with her songwriting heroes: ‘I just wanted to pinch myself’

Kate Robertson talks to Nakita about making music with some of New Zealand's best pop songwriters.

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Music
Mar 2, 2017

Lordewatch: Clues, lyrics and music scattered across Auckland in a pop music Amazing Race

At three locations around Auckland, Lorde revealed lyrics and another clip from her single. Kate Robertson hit the streets to investigate.

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Music
Dec 6, 2016

Shout out to Little Mix, the top of the Top 40

Kate Robertson's seven reasons why Little Mix are the best Top 40 act right now.

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Sports
Feb 7, 2016

How to enjoy the Super Bowl like a true freedom-loving American

Kate Robertson explains how to enjoy Monday's Superbowl like a real fan.

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