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It feels so incredible to be able to begin this project without the massive extra effort of finding the funds.
This project will encompass a new children’s music video, for my children’s song “ECHO” starring my very gorgeous and talented neice Tasmin van Riel.
I’m excited to be working with audio engineer and producer Danny Fairley from Mirrors Studios again. Together we’ve already created two NZ Tui nominated albums (Whistle & Hum and Cooking up a song) and with Danny on my team I feel confident we’ll have another great album on our hands.
Animator Traci Meek will be collaborating on the music video, which will be filmed by videographer Ollie Larkin.
The storyline depicts a young girl who is sitting at her bedroom window star gazing.
One star in particular shines extra bright and calls her out into the wintery night.
The girl (Tasmin) makes her way through an enchanted garden and into her treehouse where she can get closer to her wishing star.
The sky shows the constellation of Matariki (aka pleiades) which corresponds with NZ’s Maori New Year.
I’m incredibly excited to kick of this project, and immensely grateful to NZ on Air for the opportunity. This new funding grant for children’s music feels like a hugely positive step for Kiwi Kids Music.
With the launch of my new music video animation with Meek and Wild Creations, and a silver placing at the Australian Songwriters Awards (ASA)I am so chuffed to see my children’s song “Doodlebug” is having its day.
The ASA’s have literally hundreds of entries in each category. My album title track scored a first place last year and also received only the 2nd perfect score the competition has seen in it’s 25 year history. Being placed again (and being the only Kiwi on the board0 is a real buzz.
2018 is set to bring some exciting advances on my collaboration with animator Traci Meek and her creation of “Girl and the imagination warehouse”. Watch this space.
Catch me this Sunday at the Upper Clutha Teddy Bear Picnic.
When I received a random call from SIT animation student Traci Meek about writing some children’s songs for final uni project I could never have imagined it would lead to such an elaborate and exciting string of events.
The hugely organised and motivated Traci began by sending me her pitch bible for “Girl and the Imagination Warehouse”, a story about a little girl who has created a collection of weird and wonderful friends to cope with her pent up emotions. The songs started flowing, much inspired by the prompts of Traci’s existing lyrics and concepts, and just a couple of months later we were in the studio recording.
Joined by Invercargill Musical Theatre star Libby Fraser, playing a neurotic possum made of pasta called Goldie and (prev.) Into the East’s Liv Cochrane playing a cyber rabbit called Flash, the characters were brought to life.
I got the star role of “Girl” and her best buddy Jellybean, who doesn’t speak but does whistle.
As an exchange, Traci had suggested a shill-share arrangement, where I write her songs and she animated one of my tracks. I chose my currently unreleased water conservation song “Mr H20”, but noted that she had an existing clip that not only fitted perfectly with my children’s track “Doodlebug” , but also portrayed a very fitting story.
The exciting news, to top it all off it that both Doodlebug and Mr H20 have been shortlisted in this years Australian Songwriters Association Awards.
Today I’m very excited to be launching the official “Doodlebug” video clip and to share that not has this been an epic collaboration, but the start of a truly awesome friendship.
The food, coffee and view are gorgeous.
Come and say hi.
My date for the night was my fabulous cousin Lily Jackson and lead singer of Auckland jazz rock band BewyldabeasT.
The night was a fantastic, shoulder-rubbing, champagne guzzling epic of which I was most grateful to be invited to.
Well done NZ on having so many fine musical ladies in our midst. You rock!