Broods

We could be looking at another international success which might bring some much needed focus to the wealth of talent and hard-working artists our country ceaselessly produces.

Tipped as New Zealand’s next big pop export, the brother-sister combo Broods could be coming to a radio station near you. Something worries me a little about this story however. I’m happy to see the homegrown singers get some international attention, it’s a great thing to help drum up some support and interest in the creative efforts of New Zealand’s youth. What worries me is that this duo have been writing songs together for only a year. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it’s a sign of the times when it comes to looking at what kinds of acts come into the spot light these days. Already appearing in numerous magazine interviews, there seem to be an influx of stories before we’ve even had chance to hear what they’re capable of. And all off the back of a supermarket talent contest!

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Long gone are the days when bands would tour endlessly for a few years, hitting the road and relentlessly honing their songs and sounds with endless hours of band rehearsals – now it seems to be a much more disposable industry. Pop acts come and go as fast as you can learn their names and, taking a look at the pictures of these two, it looks to me like they’re much more suited to being fashion models than music mega stars. Do we really need to be pumping more self-important wannabe singers into the world’s awareness? Overall it doesn’t feel like something to be proud of.

Earning a Crust in Entertainment

With entertainment such an exported commodity these days it can be frustrating to see the cinemas, TV channels and YouTube streams absolutely DOMINATED by productions, movies and presentations from the USA. While I have nothing against Hollywood per se (apart from their apparently unrelenting penchant for funding any drivel and dross which gets pitched), it seems unfair when it comes to other countries competing for a slice of the lime… light. This seems to definitely be the case here.

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This news story talked of how some of our stars are not at all secure in their success. Such greats as Rena Owen and hiphop artist Ladi6 talk about how their fortunes have often rested on shaky grounds with them both disclosing their reliance on claiming the dole in order to make ends meet. This makes me a little sad when you see the stardom and solid success which actors and music artists of other countries enjoy.

Could it be changing? The new story ends on an optimistic note so hopefully we won’t be seeing the death of our stars. Furthermore, this report from the NZ film commission hails the launch of an on demand service for our films. We’re a little late to the game but could it be the stimulus our floundering entertainment industry needs?

Homeward Flight of the Conchords

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One of the most successful and well known NZ media exports are the comically-creative duo dubbed ‘Flight of the Conchords’ made up of Brett McKenzie and Jemaine Clement. Their hit TV show caused ripples of rib-tickles across the globe which saw the actors playing fictionalized versions of themselves trying to make it big in NY. Socially inept and musically immature the show chronicled the upds and downs of both their professional and private lives, so why was the show, after only two well-received seasons, brought to an end? This story points to family commitments for the duo as being the main issue. Whereas the Wikipedia article led me to an article that suggested FotC were not embraced at home with their humour being dubbed ‘too Wellington.’ To me it seems silly that two such talents can’t find national appreciation throughout their own country after they’ve done so much to bring it international renown and appreciation. As I pointed out in my last post, it seems that Wellington is indeed at the forefront when it comes to embracing the ways in which media can aid and enhance our economy.

The Royal visit

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As the media furore passes over, it seems enough reflective distance has come to look back upon the United Kingdom’s royal family tour and what this means for our Economy. In our current time whereby we are all too ready to keep our eyes glued to technology, resisting the urges of life without it, I find it quite amazing that a family can attract such attention. But, forgetting these kinds of effects, of course it is a benefit to our Economy. The media is kept happy as large column space is filled, and advertisers are given plenty of opportunities to get their names involved. But most importantly the benefits can be observed outside of the media. With such an extensive visit, places that would see sporadic visitor numbers throughout the year dramatically increase. Local shops and infrastructure may struggle at the time to keep up with demand, but surely the financial benefits associated are huge. The irony of the situation is that the whole premise the British empire was built on, still rears its head in such a day and age. And I wonder how much of the trip has been paid for by the government, and of course by our own taxes.