14 May 2024

Former Black Seed Andy Christiansen on his music buses and new album

From Nine To Noon, 10:05 am on 14 May 2024

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Image of Andy Christiansen holding a guitar.

Photo: Supplied: Great NZ Publicity

May is, of course, New Zealand Music Month and Kathryn's feature guest is an established musician who's helping the next generation develop their skills and fuel their passion. Andy Christiansen was given a cornet at the age of three, sowing the seed of his love of music - which saw him study jazz at the New Zealand School of Music. He didn't quite finish though - a phone call and the offer of a tour to Europe with the Black Seeds set him up for the next five years.

When he did finish university it was with a business degree - and again, a phone call toward the end of his studies saw him become part owner of a music school on the Kapiti Coast. 

He later took over ownership of Lower Hutt's Goodtime Music Academy. Children can have lessons on site, but the school also has five buses which visit over 40 primary schools around the Wellington region. As if that didn't keep him busy enough, Andy's also teamed up with former Black Seeds bandmate Barnaby Weir on a new collaboration called 'Trips' due for release in late July.