Seen and Heard is a series of interviews and performances recorded live at Depot Sound.
A wide variety of well known and emerging artists feature in the first 6 videos which were released to celebrate New Zealand Music Month and coincide with an exhibition of visual art created by NZ musicians an the Depot Artspace Gallery.
With the help of the Auckland Council Creative Communities Scheme we are continuing the series with the next batch of videos featuring young musicians from the Devonport area.
Leo Blue are a jazz combo from Takapuna Grammar School featurung Keys, Trombone, Bass and Drums. They enjoy showing people how much fun a live jazz performance can be and play gigs as often as possible.
Shed are a young band made up of students from Takapuna Grammar School. Shed made it to the regional finals of this years Smokefree Rockquest and regularly organise all ages shows with other young bands on the North Shore.
Brendon Thomas and The Vibes
Brendon Thomas and The Vibes, recent stars of The X Factor, play an intimate set of classic tracks mixed with brand new songs from their upcoming EP. The band is in the studio right now recording the EP with producer Eddie Raynor from Split Enz.
In contrast Blue Ruin tear through a set of high energy punk rock. The band’s awesome live show has already won them an impressive list of gigs, opening for international touring bands including The Misfits, Buckcherry and Cherrie Currie from the Runaways.
Swizl Jager is an Auckland-based rapper originally from Papamoa. If you’ve watched any of the Seen and Heard video series you will recognise him as the host of the show. Starting out in Hardcore and NuMetal bands, Swizl Jager always had a love for Hip Hop and, after winning a trip to Las Vegas in 2012 by writing, directing and editing a music video for a Burgerfuel competition, he decided it was time to take rapping more seriously. Swizl Jager has since released 2 albums and joined the Illatary Grind Team. He performs regularly around Aotearoa and Australia, and his song Tā Moko is used as the theme for Moko Aotearoa on Māori TV.
Average Mars Experience
Average Mars Experience define themselves as an interstellar groove rock band. Their hard-hitting instrumental tunes have been likened to bands like Tool, Coheed and Cambria and Heavy Metal Ninjas. Average Mars Experience are currently playing shows all over the Auckland area so go see them and prepare to go on a musical adventure to outer space!
Sophie Mashlan is an emerging singer song-writer from Auckland’s North Shore. At just sixteen she has already been a finalist in the Play It Strange Lion Foundation songwriting competition two years in a row and recorded a number of songs. Sophie performs regularly around Auckland.
Hamilton County Bluegrass Band
The Hamilton County Bluegrass Band formed in 1967 in Hamilton. They had a prolific career in the late 60s and early 70s releasing albums on EMI and Kiwi Pacific. The band toured NZ, Australia and the US, and performed as the house band on TV program the Country Touch. Reforming in 1985 for the TVNZ 25 years of television special they continue to play regularly at festivals around the world.
Coming up throughout NZ Music Month are videos from veteran performers the Hamilton County Bluegrass Band with their fun, harmony-filled, Kiwi take on bluegrass. Average Mars Experience play a precise riff-laden set of instrumental progressive rock. A beautiful solo acoustic performance from 16-year-old songwriter Sophie Mashlan and, after interviewing all the bands, our host Swizl Jager performs a set of his own unique style of hip hop, mixing classic Kiwiana themes performed in Te Reo Maori and English.