TOM FRANCIS

TOM FRANCIS Hip-Hop Artist / Rapper I grew up an avid music fan in Napier, Hawke’s Bay, but only really got into rapping about three years ago. Coming from a small town, it was a little daunting because there wasn’t really anyone around who had made music, that we could talk to.  As far as my … More TOM FRANCIS

UNCOVERING SUGAR MOUNTAIN: AN INTERVIEW WITH JACK RIVER

As often stated, there are two sides to any given story. The stories in this case, are those beautifully written and told by rising singer/songwriter Holly Rankin, or Jack River as you may know her, who today reveals a stunning collection of thirteen well-crafted songs that make up Sugar Mountain, a debut album that on … More UNCOVERING SUGAR MOUNTAIN: AN INTERVIEW WITH JACK RIVER

LIVI REIHANA

LIVI REIHANA Comedian / One half of the musical comedy duo – The Fan Brigade I grew up in Mangawhai where I lived until age five, then we moved to a little town called Te Kauwhata in the Waikato which is about fifteen minutes north of Huntly. It sounds really dodgy, but we basically packed … More LIVI REIHANA

RYAN EDWARDS

RYAN EDWARDS Singer/Songwriter I was born in Hastings in the Hawke’s Bay, the most ideal place for a young sports-mad kid to grow up in. We had a quarter-acre section with tons of fruit trees in our  backyard, each of those making great cricket stumps. Then my dad got transferred to Wellington and my parents … More RYAN EDWARDS

MEL PARSONS

MEL PARSONS Musician   I grew up down south in a little place called Cape Foulwind, just outside of Westport. My parents are definitely not musical but there was always music around. I still can’t describe the feeling, but I remember from a very young age that playing and listening to music always made me feel … More MEL PARSONS