As I continue with my CMJ recaps, I want to thank everyone for their comments and viewership! This is the most traffic my blog has had in a long while. I’m glad to see people are appreciating new music as much as I am.
The New Zealand Showcase was my first assignment at CMJ. I’d previously shot upstairs at Webster Hall before, but never in the Studio; which is located underneath the main auditorium. The Studio at Webster Hall is a very intimate venue to say the least, and quite the contrast to the multi-level behemoth upstairs. Inside, folks were passing around a variety of Kiwi appetizers to prime the crowd for the impending New Zealand takeover of New York City. October 21st’s bill consisted of four artists: Chelsea Jade (a sonic artist who implements field recordings of everyday sounds to punctuate her music), Doprah (a self-proclaimed “sinister and evil cult which lures young people into drug-taking”), “future funk” quintet Orchestra of Spheres (whom use a variety of homemade instruments), and Popstrangers (a trio of New Zealand transplants based in London delivering a blend of grunge, pop, garage rock, etc., the product of which creates a very distinct sound).
Be sure to check them all out after viewing the photos laying past this jump!