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Depot Sound has long been involved in supporting emerging local songwriters & bands and we are excited to announce that we will once again be running our North Shore Schools Songwriting Competition as part of New Zealand Music Month 2022! 

This was a huge success last year, with over sixty entries, and we’d love to provide the opportunity once again for local students to have the chance to come back and make use of the studios.

We look forward to working with the next generation of young musicians, and we have a great panel of expert judges who are excited to hear your original tracks!


There are 2 divisions for this year: Intermediate and Secondary school divisions.


  • Winners of each division receive 2 days of Studio time at Depot Sound with Guest Industry Mentors. 
  • Runners-up of each division receive 1 day of studio time at Depot Sound


  • Sven Pettersen & Ed Knowles (The Checks/Racing)
  • Taisha Tari (artist)
  • Rodney Fisher (Goodshirt)
  • Emme Lentino (artist)
  • Neil Baldock (award winning music engineer)
  • Noah Page (Depot Sound Manager)
  • Freya (2021 Competition Winner)


Submissions close on 31 May.

Winners will be announced on June 27th and will be contacted via email.


One song per band/artist*

*An artist in a group/band can also submit one individual song

See Terms and Conditions for details.

For any inquiries, please email:

About Us

Situated in the laid-back Devonport community close to cafes and the waterfront, Depot Sound is part of the open & inclusive Depot Artspace creative hub: a non-profit organisation set up to support creatives & audiences through an art gallery, professional creative development, publications and recording studio.
We offer friendly, professional and affordable studios for musicians and artists of all genres. Our talented team of experienced producers can take your project to the next level.

Our Team

Noah Page

Noah Page

Studio Manager / Audio Engineer

With roots in guitar grunge and burgeoning pop tendencies, Noah has applied his insatiable musical obsessions to become one of the newest producer/engineers on the Auckland scene.

A master of technical research, Noah’s practical experience was honed through 10 years of recording experimentation in the home studio. Noah went public with the release of his band Universal Authors’ EP Error 404. From there he was selected by the NZ Music Commission for an internship alongside industry legend Neil Baldock at Depot Sound, an experience that changed everything.

Noah has a passion for drums, as well as playing keys, guitar and bass, and he moonlights as a studio supervisor at SAE Auckland when he’s not at Depot Sound. He brings genuine excitement and focussed energy to his recording, a process that puts the musician at the centre.

Alex Twidle

Alex Twidle

Audio Engineer

After completing a Bachelor of Recording Arts at SAE, Alex interned at Parachute Music where he assisted and engineered alongside some of the industry’s leading professionals.

He has worked on sessions with engineers, producers, and performers such as Stan Walker, Anika Moa, Scott Seabright, Chris Mac, Nic Manders, Rory Noble, Greg Haver, Daily J, Dead Favours, Leipani, Georgia Lines, Yoko-Zuna and many more.

Alex is also a freelance gun-for-hire in both the audio and photo realms. When he’s not at Depot Sound, you’ll find him in the SAE Studios as part of the team there. As well as being an all round good guy, his super power is in the mix. With a caring demeanor and a keen ear, he’s strong on upholding artist autonomy and working to bring your vision forward – making him a solid choice for any project.

Studio One

Studio One is set up for high quality multi-track recording and is ideal for producing broadcast quality band recordings and mixing audio for video. The control room is spacious and comfortable with enough room for bands or production companies who want to be part of the recording or mix session.

Studio One
Studio One
Studio One
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Studio Two

Studio Two
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