Two BMA Commercial Music graduates alongside artists, Stu Larson and Seth Haapu, have come together to play a gig at popular venue, Flow Bar, on Victoria Street, Hamilton this Friday 3 June 2011.
Bringing a diverse range of musical talent, they represent the dedicated, passionate and talented artists that the Bachelor of Media Arts (Commercial Music) degree put through it’s doors.
Read their profiles below, and check out some of their music by following the links!!
Stu Larsen has no fixed address, no job, few possessions and little money – just a lot of generous friends who seem to let him sleep on their floor or couch, or in their spare room as he ventures onward. He appears to be on a journey of sorts, perhaps searching for something greater than can be found in one’s own backyard. The last months have seen him exploring & wandering all over the world; through Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States; road tripping with friends, playing unexpected shows in unexpected places, staying in the homes of old and new friends all along the way.
RYEFORD available from www.stularsen.com and iTunes.
Raised by his singer mother and multi-instrumentalist father, Seth Haapu grew up surrounded by instruments, groups of musicians practicing and the sounds of the Beatles, Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, James Taylor and Rickie Lee Jones. He formed his first group at the age of six with two siblings. Over the next 13 years Seth continued to craft his writing skills as he trained in classical piano and taught himself guitar. Seth spent 2 months at Neil Finn’s Roundhead Studios recording 14 songs for his self-titled debut album. Working alongside musicians such as Godfrey De Grut (Che Fu), Nick Gafney (Golden Horse) and Chip Matthews (Open Souls), the resulting album delivered perfectly to the vision Seth set out to achieve.
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It is nearly six years since the release of Luke Thompson’s debut ‘Morning Light’, a single that enjoyed 11 weeks in the New Zealand Top 40 chart. The music video featured on C4’s Top 5 and spent six weeks in the Juice TV Top 30 and became a finalist in the 2006 Juice TV Awards (Best Solo Artist). Several years later the debut album ‘Here On The Ground’ reinforced the early signs of promise, taking lead single ‘Perfect Drive’ hitting the Top 20 and Thompson to wider notice. He toured with Opshop, opened for Toto, Jars of Clay and The Fray and headlined his own tour all over New Zealand. Fast forward three years and Thompson spends much of his time in Tauranga, recording both his own music and other musicians’ projects at his studio in Welcome Bay.
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Nick Kraenzlin is one of the most travelled musicians the Waikato has to offer. Germany, Saipan, Guam, Tonga, Wales, and the USA have all been home at some point for this singer-songwriter. Nick has carried on the musical tradition of his family, which spans three generations of musicians by pursuing music studies at Hamilton’s Vision College and the Waikato Institute of Technology. Formerly of Waikato band “Eshalon”, Nick is now pursuing a solo career with a session band, with which he recorded a demo for his forthcoming album Wait for the Morning in late 2010. With a broad background in contrasting cultures and experience in youth work, retail, and building, Nick Kraenzlin’s music is characterized by a diverse approach to expressing music. His performances are marked by their eclectic flavour and compelling lyrics, which will both entertain and intrigue audiences of all ages and walks of life.