Welcome to our staff playlist! 

STAFF PICKS is a playlist of the best new and new-ish Australian and NZ music curated by one APRA AMCOS staff member each fortnight.

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It's our third iteration of STAFF PICKS and this week we've enlisted the help of Gabe Andrews - NZ Concert and Events Licensing Representative. 

Get to know Gabe a bit better below, while you listen to his top picks.


GABE ANDREWS, NZ CONCERT AND EVENTS LICENSING REP

Describe your role at APRA AMCOS in one sentence:
I licence events and festivals across New Zealand, liaising with event promoters and organisers, to ensure that songwriters are paid when their music is used or performed.

What is your favourite song on your playlist and why?
Kai Tangata by Alien Weaponry. It’s from their debut album Tū, which recently hit number 1 on the NZ album charts and features a lot of te reo Māori. It’s awesome to see a heavy album that uses te reo get such broad appeal, plus they won APRA NZ’s Maioha Award last year!   

What’s the last gig you went to?
Branford Marsalis Quartet at City Recital Hall Sydney

What’s the first gig you went to?
Michael Jackson ‘History Tour’ at MCG

My favourite music memory is…
Seeing the sheer joy on Brendan Huntly’s face as his Eddy Current Suppression Ring bandmates came out to do an encore with him for their reunion set at Golden Plains 2016. It’s one of, if not the, most enjoyable festival set I’ve ever seen.

Final word?
Support local live music!


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