MAINZ DJ programme moves South

20 Oct 2013

MAINZ DJ programme moves South After its success in Auckland, MAINZ, a faculty of Tai Poutini Polytechnic, will offer aspiring DJs and producers the chance to study in Christchurch for a Certificate in DJ and Electronic Music Production. Auckland programme leader Matt "Recloose" Chicoine says the genre has gone through the roof overseas and expects that popularity to hit here. He believes the Christchurch programme will become equally popular due to a vibrant electronic music scene in the Garden City and a demand from people there to get into the industry. Paul Bimler, will head the Christchurch programme starting in February 2014. Paul is a musician and DJ who has produced prolifically with a range of artists. Paul has created five albums under the names Confucius and Basscamp and has also work as a DJ for 15 years under the name Soulprovider. Paul is passionate about sharing his musical knowledge and experience with the first cohort of students to go through the Christchurch programme.

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Congratulations to Joel Little for his Silver Scroll win

15 Oct 2013

Congratulations to Joel Little for his Silver Scroll win Aucklander and MAINZ Graduate, Joel Little, produced and co-wrote Lorde’s EP The Love Club, including the hit song ‘Royals’. Lorde, whose real name is Ella Yelich-O'Connor, and Joel began working together after a suggestion from their respective managers and Joel says she came to him one day with the lyrics to Royals. “We just made songs we thought were cool and they have connected with people. It is so satisfying to have no expectations and just be proud of your work so I couldn’t ask for a better way for things to roll out. It is kind of the dream come true for it to happen this way,” he says. The 2013 APRA Silver Scroll Award was presented to Ella and Joel on Tuesday 15th October 2013 for the single “Royals”. The Silver Scroll award celebrates outstanding achievement in songwriting of original New Zealand pop music. Joel studied for a Certificate and Diploma of Contemporary Music Performance at MAINZ in 2002 and 2003 and still keeps a connection with the music school as a member of its Programme Advisory Committee. He was guitarist and singer with Goodnight Nurse and now writes and produces and has his own record label,...

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Voice of China at MAINZ

16 Jul 2013

Voice of China at MAINZ In mid-July, 10 Chinese singers living in New Zealand each recorded a song at MAINZ Auckland Campus as part of their audition for The Voice of China, a Chinese version of The Voice. As part of its international strategy MAINZ arranged with website Skykiwi to do free recordings in exchange for free advertising. is the largest Chinese website in New Zealand and aims to introduce New Zealand culture and lifestyles to the Chinese community. Skykiwi interviewed Harry Lyon, MAINZ Dean, and have now published the articles on their website: here[] and here[].

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