Lontalius in session
Wellingtonian Eddie Johnston has been steadily making a name for himself under his alter egos Lontalius and Race Banyon.  He's just been signed to Partisan Records, and is about embark on an international tour with appearances at CMJ and Red Bull Music Academy. But before he hops on a plane, he stops by the Music 101 Studio for a live session with Emma Smith.

Lontalius in session

Lontalius in session Photo: Emma Smith

Audio company Serato, primarily known for its DJ software, is making its first foray into the non-DJ consumer market through their new iOS app, Pyro. We speak to AJ Bertenshaw, co-founder of the New Zealand-based outfit about their new offering which enables user's devices to make seamless music mixes.

Pyro Test Drive
Emma Smith, Zac Arnold and The Wireless' Hussein Moses also test drive the New Zealand-only release of the app.


Pyro Photo: Supplied

EMI’s Sampling Amnesty
Alex Black is EMI Production Music’s global director, who specialises in creating and clearing music made for TV, film and advertising. Recently EMI Publishing took the step of declaring an amnesty for all sampling declarations from its extensive back catalogue. Trevor Reekie talks to Alex Black about how the amnesty aims to build relationships with the sampling community.

EMI Production Music

EMI Production Music Photo: EMI


Straight outta Onehunga, beatmaker SmokeyGotBeatz has been spending more time in Los Angeles than in South Auckland of late, where he’s been securing placements on songs from Jay Rock, MC Eiht and Hit-Boy. Ahead of his latest West Coast run, Smokey and manager Andy Murnane tell us about their beat exporting enterprise.

John Campbell and SmokeyGotBeatz

John Campbell and SmokeyGotBeatz posted up at RNZ Auckland Photo: Andy Murnane

Groeni began life in 2012 as the solo beats-based project of Wellington producer and musician Al Green, but has expanded to include fellow musicians Mike Isaacs and James Paul. Ahead of the release of Groeni’s third EP, Hinde, Melody Thomas speaks with the band about evolving a one-man project into a collaborative three-piece.

Groeni: James Paul, Mike Isaacs, Al Green

Transistors Photo: Groeni

The Transistors.

The Transistors. Photo: Supplied

Introducing: Avoid! Avoid

Avoid! Avoid

Avoid! Avoid Photo: Courtesy of Avoid! Avoid

Gig Guide


Global Beats: Ghana Pt. 2
Seven up-and-coming Ghanaian musicians perform songs especially for the BBC and talk about what inspires them in Ghana and beyond.

In part two of Global Beats: Ghana Edition, London-based DJ Rita Ray continues her search for a new generation of Ghanaian musicians, who perform songs and talk about what inspires them in Ghana and beyond.

Global Beats: Ghana Pt. 1

(L-to-R: Efya, Kyekyeku and Wiyaala) Photo: BBC

Anatomy of a Song Series 2: Trinity Roots – ‘Little Things’
Anatomy of a Song is a radio series produced by RDU 98.5 FM in Christchurch, which explores the sounds and processes used to produce a recorded song, using classic tracks from well-known New Zealand musicians. Each episode sees Spanky Moore at a mixing desk with an artist to dissect the different elements of one of their tracks, and to get under the hood of what it is that makes that song special. First up in this second series, it’s Trinity Roots’ 'Little Things’.

Music played in this show

Artist: Race Banyon
Song: Don't Need You
Composer: Johnson
Album: Whatever Dreams Are Made Of
Label: Race Banyon

Lontalius In Session
Artist: Lontalius
Song: Comfortable, Kick In The Head, Light Shines Through Dust
Composer: Johnson
Album: Unreleased
Label: Radio NZ Recording

Pyro Test Drive
Artist: 7 Days Of Funk
Song: Systamatic (featuring Tha Dogg Pound)
D. Arnaud C. Broadus R. Brown D. Riddick
Album: 7 Days Of Funk
Label: Stones Throw

Artist: Ty Segall
Song: You're The Doctor
Composer: T. Segall
Album: Twins
Label: Drag City

Artist: Kanye West
Song: Stronger
Composer: K. West, M. Dean
Album: Graduation
Label: Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam

Artist: Das Racist
Song: Amazing ft. Lakutis
Composer:  Das Racist, Keepaway
Album: Sit Down, Man
Label: МИШКА

Artist: Das Racist
Song: Puerto Rican Cousins
Composer: Das Racist, A. Kestner, G. Voidwell    
Album: Sit Down, Man
Label: МИШКА

Artist: The Game
Song: Hate It or Love It ft. 50 Cent (Eclipse remix)
Composer: J.Taylor, C. Jackson, A. Lyon, M. Valenzano
Album: Single

Artist: Kanye West
Song: Monster
Composer: Monster ft. Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj and Bon Iver
K. West, S. Carter, P. Reynolds, Dean, W. Roberts II, O. Maraj, J. Vernon, Bhasker
Album: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Label: Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam

Artist: FIDLAR
Song: Cocaine
Composer: FIDLAR
Label: Mom + Pop

Artist: Earth
Song: Sigil Of Brass
Composer: Earth
Album: Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II
Label: Southern Lord

Artist: Ty Segall
Song: Ghost
Composer: T. Segall
Album: Twins
Label: Drag City

Artist: Kendrick Lamar
Song: Wesley's Theory ft. George Clinton and Thundercat
K. Duckworth G. Clinton S. Ellison R. Colson, S. Bruner, B. Gardiner
Album: To Pimp A Butterfly
Label: Top Dawg

Artist: Luzmilla Carpio
Song: Tarpuricusum Sarata (Captain Planet Remix)
Composer: Luzmilla Carpio
Album: Luzmila Carpio Meets ZZK
Label:  Almost Musique

Artist: D'Angelo
Song: Devil's Pie
Composer: D'Angelo, DJ Premier
Album: Voodoo
Label: EMI

Artist: Snapper
Song: Death And Weirdness In The Surfing Zone
Composer: P. Gutteridge, Snapper
Album: Snapper EP
Label: Flying Nun Records

Artist: U.S. Girls
Song: Damn That Valley
Composer: L. Percival, M. Remy
Album: Half Free
Label: 4AD

EMI’s Sampling Amnesty
Artist: Various
Song: eQzRR6-hgWI-www.mp3tunes.tk
Composer: various
Album: EMI-Production-Music-Showreel
Label: EMI Production Music

Artist: Alan Hawkshaw
Song: Spaced Out Sportsgirl
Composer: Alan Hawkshaw
Album: Kpm 713 - Bootleg Beats
Label: EMI Production Music

Artist: Jay-Z / DJ Clue
Song: Peoples Court
Composer: Jay-Z / DJ Clue / Alan Hawkshaw
Album: DJ Clue presents:Backstage Mix tape
Label: n/a

Artist: Nelly
Song: Iz U
Composer: Nelly / Alan Hawkshaw
Album: Nellyville
Label: UMG

Artist: Alan Stanley Tew
Song: The Big One
Composer: Alan Stanley Tew
Album: Peoples Court Theme
Label: EMI Production Music

Artist: Alan Hawkshaw & Andrew Kingslow
Song: Beat Match Until I'm Blue
Composer: Alan Hawkshaw & Andrew Kingslow
Album: Kpm 713 - Bootleg Beats
Label: EMI Production Music

Artist: David Lindup
Song: French Lick
Composer: David Lindup
Album: Kpm 713 - Bootleg Beats
Label: EMI Production Music

Artist: Fatboy Slim
Song: Punk to Funk
Composer: N. Cook / Keith Mansfield
Album: Better Living Through Chemistry
Label: Astralwerks

Artist: Andrew Oldham Orchestra
Song: The Last Time
Composer: Jagger, Richards
Album: Rolling Stones Songbook
Label: Abkco Records

Artist: The Verve
Song: Bittersweet Symphony
Composer: Jagger, Richards
Album: Urban Hymns
Label: Hut, Virgin Records

Artist: Dangerdoom
Song: Old School (feat. Talib Kweli)
Composer: Old School (feat. Talib Kweli), Keith Mansfield
Album: Old School (feat. Talib Kweli) single
Label: Lex Records

Artist: Keith Mansfield
Song: Phunky Fanfare
Composer: Keith Mansfield
Album: Kpm 713 - Bootleg Beats
Label: EMI Production Music

Artist: Alan Hawkshaw
Song: Sharp Shooter
Composer: Alan Hawkshaw
Album: Kpm 713 - Bootleg Beats
Label: EMI Production Music

Artist: SOPHIE
Composer: S. Long
Album: Product
Label: Numbers

Artist: Jay Rock feat. Kendrick Lamar
Song: Easy Bake
Composer: J.McKinzie, K.Lamar, I.Libeau
Album: 90059
Label: Top Dawg Entertainment

Artist: Jay Rock feat. Kendrick Lamar
Song: Parental Discretion
Composer: J.McKinzie, I.Libeau
Album: 90059
Label: Top Dawg Entertainment

Artist: SmokeyGotBeatz feat. King Lil G
Song: Let Me Ride, Get Rich Flip,
Composer: I.Libeau
Album: Unreleased
Label: 1979 Management

Artist: SmokeyGotBeatz feat. King Lil G
Song: Born 2 Be A Menace
Composer: I.Libeau, King Lil G
Album: Single
Label: 1979 Management

Artist: SmokeyGotBeatz feat. MC Eiht
Song: Big Bad CPT
Composer: I.Libeau, A.Tyler
Album: Single
Label: 1979 Management

Artist: Estere
Song: Reptilian Journey (Jordan Rakei rmx)
Composer: Estere
Album: New Species
Label: Aston Road

Artist: Groeni

Song: Hinde, Hedre, Truce, Id
Composer: Groeni

Album: Hinde

Label: Self-released

Artist: FIDLAR
Song: Why Generation
Composer: E. Kuehn
Album: Too
Label: Mom + Pop

Artist: Transistors
Song: Confidence Man, Riding The Wave, On Cashel Street, Soap Suds, I've Been Stupid
Composer: Transistors
Album: Cuppa Jarra Brossa EP
Label: Transistors

Artist: The Hasselhoff Experiment
Song: Brown Paper Bag
Composer: The Hasselhoff Experiment
Album: Always Outnumbered Always Outgunned
Label: Flying Nun Records

Introducing Avoid! Avoid!
Artist: Avoid! Avoid
Song: Achieved, Not Achieved
Composer: Avoid! Avoid
Album: Low Earth Orbit
Label: Flying Out Records

Artist: Kiki Gyan
Song: Disco Dancer
Composer: K. Gyan
Album: 24 Hours In A Disco 1978-82
Label: Soundway Recordings

Artist: WOKE
Song: The Lavishments of Light Looking
Composer: Flying Lotus, George Clinton, Shabazz Palaces, Thundercat
Album: 2015 Adult Swim Singles
Label: Adult Swim

Anatomy Of A Song
Artist: Trinity Roots
Song: Little Things
Composer: W.Maxwell, R.Hemopo, R.Gooch
Album: Little Things
Label: Private

Artist: Aron Ottigon
Song: Waves
Compsoer: A Ottigon, R. Kirk
Album: Waves EP
Label: Aron Ottigon