Gisborne and East Coast music showcased on YouTube

ExNE, the 2017 version.

ExNE, the 2017 version.

ExNE

NINE acts and nine original songs performed by Gisborne and East Coast musicians were unleashed on Youtube and Facebook this morning.

The brainchild of Smash Palace owner Darryl Monteith, music video ExNE, East by North East, showcases live performances by local acts such as the Lazy 50, Uni-Fi — the only act to appear in the 2016 and 2017 recordings — The Search and The NGOs.

The first ExNE collection was released on DVD last year. The second album was uploaded to Smash Palace’s Youtube channel this morning.

“The kaupapa is to do this every year,” says Monteith. “The live recording is timed to coincide with Te Ha commemorations.”

Live recording is made on the Saturday closest to October 8, the date of first contact between explorer Lieutenant James Cook and his crew and tangata whenua.

“My vision is to get out there our unique musical culture. There aren’t many bands here who aren’t a blend of two cultures.

“This says something about how far we have come together in 250 years. Music is one of the best representations of that.”

Following the October recording, Monteith spent five to six hours through February and March mixing down the audio.

“The performances are solid,” he says. “They sound like studio recordings. ExNE gives these bands a quality platform. I can’t wait to see the look on the musos’ faces when they see and hear this video.”

Part of the drive behind ExNE is to support local musicians’ self-belief.

“Sometimes you don’t believe in yourself until you see or hear what you can do.”

Production values also took a leap forward for this year’s recording. Seven cameras, improved lighting and a dedicated team helped with that.

“The technology improves every year as well and we’re pulling in more and more people to work on the team,” says Monteith.

“ExNE is about celebrating the musical culture we have here and to make people more aware of it. If you don’t get out there and create opportunities for yourself these songs will never get heard.

“The last but not least reason is to make Smash Palace more famous than it already is.”

Tune in to ExNE 2017

NINE acts and nine original songs performed by Gisborne and East Coast musicians were unleashed on Youtube and Facebook this morning.

The brainchild of Smash Palace owner Darryl Monteith, music video ExNE, East by North East, showcases live performances by local acts such as the Lazy 50, Uni-Fi — the only act to appear in the 2016 and 2017 recordings — The Search and The NGOs.

The first ExNE collection was released on DVD last year. The second album was uploaded to Smash Palace’s Youtube channel this morning.

“The kaupapa is to do this every year,” says Monteith. “The live recording is timed to coincide with Te Ha commemorations.”

Live recording is made on the Saturday closest to October 8, the date of first contact between explorer Lieutenant James Cook and his crew and tangata whenua.

“My vision is to get out there our unique musical culture. There aren’t many bands here who aren’t a blend of two cultures.

“This says something about how far we have come together in 250 years. Music is one of the best representations of that.”

Following the October recording, Monteith spent five to six hours through February and March mixing down the audio.

“The performances are solid,” he says. “They sound like studio recordings. ExNE gives these bands a quality platform. I can’t wait to see the look on the musos’ faces when they see and hear this video.”

Part of the drive behind ExNE is to support local musicians’ self-belief.

“Sometimes you don’t believe in yourself until you see or hear what you can do.”

Production values also took a leap forward for this year’s recording. Seven cameras, improved lighting and a dedicated team helped with that.

“The technology improves every year as well and we’re pulling in more and more people to work on the team,” says Monteith.

“ExNE is about celebrating the musical culture we have here and to make people more aware of it. If you don’t get out there and create opportunities for yourself these songs will never get heard.

“The last but not least reason is to make Smash Palace more famous than it already is.”

Tune in to ExNE 2017

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