Nelson Leader : February 21st 2013
12 THE NELSON LEADER, FEBRUARY 21, 2013 ARTS The Friendly, Caring Team Our beautiful, modern funeral home Bev Boucher Anna Loach Alastair Reid David Hoffman Carl Baker Ph 546 5700 164 Tahunanui Drive, Nelson firstname.lastname@example.org OPEN: MON-FRI 8.30AM-6.00PM, SAT-SUN 10AM-4PM Cnr Bridge & Collingwood Nelson Phone 03 548 8789 Phone 0800 BROWNIES (276 964) QUEEN NOW $599 other sizes available in-store FREE DELIVERY AND 5 YEAR WARRANTY TO MOST UNIVERSITIES AROUND NZ Mattress & Base set Headboard not included *Conditions apply, see instore for details AMAZING DEAL GREAT UNI DEAL 5158458AA Musical minds connect up in cyber space By PHIL BARNES Bryce Wastney Nelson musician Bryce Wastney has hooked up with some big players in the American music scene in the hope of better promoting his music on the world stage. Bryce, who is performing at The Free House this Saturday night, made the contacts as he was consulting on a music web- site project. Stephen Wrench, the former manager of American folk/rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd and for- mer vice-president of a division of RCA Records, who now runs his own label, Musik and Film discovered Bryce was an artist in his own right and asked to listen to his music. Bryce said Stephen was imp- ressed with the song and has offered him a contract in which he will record four singles with the company this year. I've signed a global distri- bution and radio promotion deal with them which means they have the rights to distribute the songs and I own all the rights to the songs. They send out tracks they want to promote to 42,000 radio stations and 7000 download stores via a sub-contracting deal through Sony so they have huge power in getting a song heard. They are world leaders in this new system and have artists charting in the UK and beyond.'' Through the wonders of mod- ern technology, Bryce is now working on his first single, Dead Man Walking, with Jeff Silver- man who was sound engineer for rocker Rick Springfield, even though Jeff is working in Nashville, Tennessee. I sent him the track which I recorded here in Nelson and he was really excited. We have both reworked the structure and he has some of the finest musicians in Nashville playing on it.'' Bryce said he could have listened to the recording ses- sions via webcam. But I didn't want to be a dis- traction.'' Dead Man Walking should be released next month and Bryce said even though he had only been involved with the project via Skype, he felt he knew everyone working on it in Nashville really well. Bryce recorded his debut album, A Perfect Day for Travel, in 2010. He described it as a col- lection of acoustic songs in the style of Neil Finn, Coldplay and Cat Stevens. Six songs from the album were chosen as part of the soundtrack for the movie, Last Paradise, a film about New Zealand adventure sport innovators like A J Hackett. He launched his second album, Hope Mountain, in Mel- bourne as he wanted to see if he could get established in Aust- ralia. I played all the festivals and felt I ticked all my goals over there but it's very competitive.'' Bryce will be performing as part of a three-piece band which includes Tamsin Leenhowers on viola and Bheema Louwrens on upright bass at The Free House from 8pm this Saturday. High school student Rebecca Scholfield will open the show and accompany the trio on banjo and mandolin on some songs.
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