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NZ music’s technical specialists to be honoured

NZ music’s technical specialists to be honoured

The finalists for the technical categories in the 2004 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards have been announced.

There are three categories of technical awards this year. The winners will be announced and the awards presented at the Vodafone NZ Music Awards finalists announcement on August 25 at Studio on Auckland’s K-Road.

The finalists in the Best Album Cover category are: Ben Sciascia for Supergroove’s Postage, Kelvin Soh, Simon Oossterdijk and Jay Sandler for Dimmer’s You’ve Got to Hear the Music; Matt Barnes and Aaron McKirdy for Collider by Fur Patrol, and, Tana Mitchell for the cover of The Phoenix Foundation’s Horsepower.

In the Best Engineer category, the finalists are: Chris van de Geer, engineer on Carly Binding’s Passenger; Clint Murphy, for his work on You are Here by Opshop; and, Dr Lee Prebble, for Horsepower by The Phoenix Foundation.

The finalists for Best Producer are: Chris van de Geer and Andrew Maclaren for Carly Binding’s Passenger; Murray Fisher for Goodshirt’s second album Fiji Baby; Nic McGowan for Paselode’s The Taming of the Wasps; Paddy Free and Tiki Taane for One Drop East by Salmonella Dub; and, P-Money for Scribe’s The Crusader.

The finalists for the main awards will be revealed at the same function in Auckland on August 25. The main awards categories are:

PlayStation® 2 Album of the Year, Single of the Year, Export Gold Best Group, Export Gold Breakthrough Artist of the Year, Best Male Solo Artist, Best Female Solo Artist, Songwriter of the Year, Highest Selling NZ Album, Highest Selling NZ Single, Best Rock Album, L&P Best Urban/Hip Hop Album, Best Dance/Electronica Album, C4 Best Music Video, Best Jazz Album, Best Maori Album, Best Pacific Music Album and Best Gospel/ Christian Album. Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards spokesperson Adam Holt says it’s important for technical experts to be recognised.

“2003 was another huge year for local music and a key part of this ongoing momentum is the creative role video and production play within the industry,” Mr Holt says.

“It is only appropriate these people, who essentially work behind the scenes, are given the recognition they deserve and it is our pleasure to honour their work.”

The Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards take place at an industry-only function in Auckland on September 22.

About the Vodafone NZ Music Awards: The Vodafone NZ Music Awards are presented by the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand (RIANZ) and are held annually to celebrate the achievements of New Zealand musicians, primarily in the world of popular music. The Country and Folk music awards are presented at functions organised by the relevant industry associations and the technical awards at a separate function at which the main award finalists are announced.

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