Auckland Music Update

Band Friendly Storage Units and Practice Spaces in Auckland

I spent a ridiculously long time compiling the information below. Time to share what I found…

Live Google Doc URL:

Snapshot in time below – Friday 21 April 2017 – click the image to go to the URL above.
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Quick Garage Sale Before Moving

Hotel Vermont studios is moving to Henderson! Some items on sale now via my TradeMe account. The best items could be the dishwasher and also the analogue audio stuff – Drawmer MX30 compressor, Peavy Addverb, and the rack stuff. Also the plants: Lime tree and an Oak.

Electronics & photography (3)  Home & living (4)  Music & instruments (4) 11 Items so far…

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New instrumental self-leak: Skanky Funk non-final mix

An unfinished mix leak of an in-production track by Tomachi has emerged on the popular original audio site soundcloud with download:

No surprise who leaked it – me.

Skanky Artwork

Heres the high res version of the “Skanky Artwork” as I call it – a still from the animated video in production now, made with Mandelbulb3d:

PHD supporting Atmosphere with brother Ali @Powerstation this saturday

PHD has scored another international support at Powerstation – this time Atmosphere and Brother Ali from Minnesota!!!


IMG_2738 brother ali

Medley of Atmosphere tracks tour promo:

PHDs support T-Pain at sold-out Studio:

PHDs full live band at Powerstation 2016 supporting TechN9ne:




A solid musical alliance, these two unique acts helped to define Minnesota hip-hop, reaching global heights with combined legacies spanning over 20 albums and 30 years. Both have been a driving force in alternative hip-hop, inspiring generations with stories of social justice, individualism and the human condition.

Headed by popular lyricist Slug alongside DJ/producer Ant, Atmosphere visit for the first time since 2012, performing hits like ‘Trying to Find A Balance’, ‘Sunshine’, ‘Yesterday’ and ‘The Best Day’ as well as songs from their new album Fishing Blues.

Returning after a hugely influential keynote address at Australia’s BIGSOUND conference Brother Ali joins the tour and is sure to get hands in the air with bouncing beats ‘Forest Whitiker’ and ‘Uncle Sam Goddamn’.

Atmosphere and Brother Ali have long been at the forefront of the independent hip-hop scene, continually pushing the boundaries of the genre and making music unlike anything heard in the commercial sphere.

Buzzing reviews are rolling in for their current US shows, boasting crowds awash with old and new generations of fans. At a time when the power of words are more important than ever, this is sure to be an inspiring alliance of live lyricism.


“It was all about hands in the air and bouncing beats” – Beat Magazine

“the crowd buzzing off what they had just been part of” – Skiddle


“it was soon clear that Slug’s onstage performance strongly outweighs his pre-recorded sound.” –

“When Atmosphere takes the stage, the crowd is deafening. They are ready to bust out every lyric of every song.” – BandsInTown


“The audience were taken aback by the complete openness that Ali displayed in his words” – Cease Fire Magazine

“The crowd was shouting amen when he threw up his hands in a justified rage.” – KRUI FM

Tom’s 40th – a Triptonites gig in Whangarei!

Double booked my own exact birthday – my 40th in fact – for a darn Triptonites gig! Here is the info…

Triptonites @ Butter Factory Friday 13 January 2017.

First gig of the year! It is also the exact date of our drummer Tomachi aka Sir Funkalot’s 40th birthday. Man he must be flying with aliens at light speed because he don’t look 40.

– The Triptonites (4 piece psychedelic funk rock)
– Fabrizio Canale (solo singer songwriter harmonica ITALY)
– Tomachi Producer Set (solo electronic soul funk)
– Dixiedoll and Layla Snow (burlesque)

Only $10 on the door!

*The Triptonites*

…are a band that has fun with funk and ridiculousness. Kara Gordon (fly my pretties) fronts the group of genius musicians. King God (Kara James Gordon), Sir Funkalot (Tomachi Nosnikta), Ben11 (Ben Tapene) and Roscoe (Ross Larsen) are always into a good jam and are looking forward to this summer gig back in the Rei! Let’s party.

*Fabrizio Canale*

Don’t miss Fabrizio! Aside from the usual heavy load of blues renting a suite in our soul we got a new disease: the Country Fever! What can I say: come and see us, for great entertainment and great tunes, such as Fabrizio’s Breakdown and Can Bong Rag.

*Tomachi Producer Set*

Tom is gonna attempt a live show of about 20 to 30 minutes of the fully solo Tomachi DJ set. This is a live drums and vocal performance over backing track / SPD-SX drum machine.

Facebook event page 

It’s official: Bandcamp now reports sales to the official NZ Music Charts (RIANZ) and IMNZ!

In case you didn’t know, the musician focussed music store broke the news on 21 December that they are now reported to The Official New Zealand Music Charts and Independent Music NZ. This means they send their (your musics) sales information on a daily basis; meaning sales on Bandcamp can contribute to your music chart rankings – which is super freaking awesome. Bandcamp are to be congratulated for this. I used Bandcamp to host the .tv Tomachi domain:

The Bandcamp email I got gives more detail on how it’s done:

To be chart eligible you must enter UPC (bar code) information for albums and ISRC information for tracks when you set up your release. Enter this info on the edit pages when you’re uploading artwork, adding lyrics, etc.

Official NZ Music Charts and IMNZ do not enforce any particular minimum price, but they do require the album or track be purchased in order to be counted.

You’ll find more info on chart eligibility here:

My regular release schedule current is as follows:

  • Release via Distrokid to a gazillion stores (iTunes, Shazam, Youtube)
  • Also upload to Bandcamp using the ISRC codes from the Distrokid release
  • Also upload to using manual methods:
    • Soundcloud
    • Facebook (band page not personal!)
    • ReverbNation (for what it’s worth!)
    • MySpace (OK I often forget I gotta admit)
  • Ensure the tracks are loaded up on APRA for songwriting royalties

Congrats to Julian, Liz, and Renee

Congratulations to Julian, Liz, and Renee the amazing actor. Sorry Tom the scientist, the other science Tom, you lucked out with your $20 bid on those double passes to…

ॐ Suess NYE

They paid $80, $60, and $20 respectively. Amazing value. And yet again, another fantastic reason, to stay subscribed to this list. -T.

PS coverage at the festival is poor I hear – take cash!!…

4G 700 signal strength at Kariotahi

4G 700 signal strength at Kariotahi

3G signal strength at Kariotahi

3G signal strength at Kariotahi

Win* tickets to “SEUSS” the NYE Festival by ॐ

ॐ Suess NYE

That’s right you heard me – this one is courtesy of ॐ Productions!

If you still haven’t sussed what you are up to this New Years Eve – and want some awesome trance rave event tickets next to free – as in ultra cheap – I have 3 double passes to give-away to Aum Seuss NYE 2017, or indeed sell super cheap, here is how it’s gonna work:

  1. Ensure you have signed up to the Auckland Music Update newsletter (if you haven’t already, if you are reading this in your email then yep, you’re on it just hit reply now)
  2. Reply to this email when you get it; and let me know your peak price in multiples of $20 for the double pass (eg $40, or $80 etc). It should come through within one hour after you signup, so yeah get in there and subscribe no time to waste! You will need to click activation and then wait till that clock strikes the hour.
  3. If you are one of the only three people to reply – you’ll get a double pass for free!
  4. BUT For each extra person who is keen auction them – I’m gonna sell ’em off cheap going up in $20 increments, so let me know your top price, maybe you can have a double pass for $20, $40, or $60 depending on how much interest there is to this insane in the membrane deal!
  5. Get your email reply in by Thursday Dec 29 4:20pm is the deadline!
  6. Pay Tom the final amount of coinage: 12-3019-0149773-00 (will accept Bitcoin) and fingers crossed aye? Buzz me on 0212576422 if you have hassles.
  7. That’s less than 24 hours get on it pronto!

Event details:

ॐ NYE Festival 2016 – SEUSS

* PS I setup the website hosting for AUM so this is like my payment. So that’s why I need that cashola Mmmmkay?

ॐ NYE Festival 2016 – SEUSS


30/12/2016 10:00 a.m. – 2/01/2017 11:00 a.m.
320 Wilson Road, South Head


“Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is you-er than you. Shout aloud, I am glad to be what I am. Thank goodness I’m not a ham, or a clam, or a dusty old jar of gooseberry jam. I am what I am, what a great thing to be. If I say so myself, happy everyday to me!”
~ Dr Seuss
Dearest most beautiful friends and family, after the massively joyful success of NYE 2015, where 1200+ beautiful people descended on to south head; we would like to humbly welcome you all back once more to join us for another epic adventure. An adventure of love, sharing, music, art, colour, technical wizardry, imagination, laughter and joy. An adventure where we will write our own story as we immerse ourselves in the stories of the past, the present and the future. A truly inclusive adventure for everyone, young and old. Please bring your friends, your family and your children and join together as one to celebrate this New Year’s Eve at this specially designed ॐ camping, music and arts festival. 
Enjoy a detailed list of the artists performing on our various stages throughout the event by clicking on the links below:






Transitioning kids from receiving from Santa to becoming a Santa

Rachel Beer – Barfoot & Thompson – Making more problems than we’re solving perhaps?

Short URL: Raven.Funk.NZ   <– (for word of mouth referrals etc)

Come help with the move!

Starting at 11am next Wednesday 21 December, a moving truck (Auckland Movers) is booked, and the plan is to chuck it all into “transitional storage” pending figuring it all out.

Whack it on your Google Calendar now:   

Tom raps to landlord Paul Chen’s answerphone

…after trying for ages to reach him today

As it the tradition with blogs we start at the end and work our way backwards…. So here is why I’m bringing my own private prosecution…

So let’s back this all up some more…

Wednesday 14 December 9am

Early last week my cock sucker property managers from Barfoot & Thompson decided it would be prudent to trespass me from my new office with less than 20 hours notice! The basis for this I have no idea about, most likely the lack of an actual fully signed lease agreement, but I have a case running about that. As in before I had even packed in or down. Apparently they got spooked in some weird intangible way about our plans; failing to actually clarify their issues in the process.

I’m hopeful, but there is a definite chance that my business pals Darryl and Chris didn’t give me 100% of the information they could have – fingers crossed!!! Assuming they were kept as much in the dark about the true reasons for cancellation of the contract, then we have a case.

To understand it, have a read of the private prosecution I am bringing to them today:

So starting at the start. Check out this Stock Options contract that I wrote. Basically 90% of. I stayed up a bit late though you can hear how tired I am:

So we all put a lot of work into the project. I practically built an intranet in a week or two.

The audio interface

The mics

The idea was for all to take up an office at 26 Wyndham st. Then… i still wonder what happened?

Rachel Beer - Barfoot & Thompson

Rachel Beer – Barfoot & Thompson

Rachel Beer from Barfoot can be heard on this audio file apparently giving me extra notice of this baseless eviction via verbal.


My business pals and I created the ultimate creative community…. half signed a lease and fully paid a deposit…. and now just two days after officially moving in they give 20 hours notice to me to move out! I spent 18 years at my previous at in Ponsonby, building a collection of whacky and funky objects – the best of which have come here and to my new home at a top secret location – and since we couldn’t move in right away, actually bounced all this stuff via another location in Waterview via my amazing friend Shane and his moving truck on two totally different days and destinations! The truck did two trips on each day people!!!!! THIS PLACE HAS NO LIFT and it’s on Wyndham St a very steep street in central mid-town Auckland, just a marble-balls roll down the hill from Sky Tower badness my main man.

So the manager Barfoot steps in frustratingly….. and somehow they pulled out with only one signature on the lease.

an-offer-of-resolution – Tom’s offer to solve the issue.

combined-docs-for-26-wyndham-t-atkinson The Lease agreement, the floor plan, the bank statement showing deposits.

Rachel Beer from Barfoot can be heard on this audio file apparently giving me extra notice of eviction via verbal.



Tom’s discussions with the landlords

I hope all have had a chance to read over my offer of resolution (attached).

In the offer I put forward two solutions to this conundrum we face:
1) EITHER we move to sign and place deposit as per normal. My preferred option. Can pay three months deposit every month for three months if agreeable. OR
2) a very short period where I pay full rent in order to find time to move out at a more regular pace. Suggest somewhere between TWO WEEKS and 3 MONTHS.
I would think that it is in everyones bests interests – but mostly yours – to accept some payment from me and allow me an orderly pack down.
  • Consider the following benefits to yourselves by accepting this resolution:
  • I really like the space. Paul first showed it to me on 7 September – a long time ago. It’s very good to have tenants that appreciate the space because they will be very well behaved and look after it and always pay the rent on time. My last tenancy lasted 18 years and I never once missed a rent payment, in total putting through over $390,000 over the 18 year period from 1998.
  • Having a tenant that is often in the office during the evenings is good for security and reduces fire risk
  • The location synergises with my interests
  • Considerable sound pollution already exists in the area such as Ding Dong bar in the basement, but more importantly, the other bar right underneath us at level 1. These are fairly noisy things – with drunken bar goers often sitting on the steps to the office. When I come at night I scare them away and deter burglers.
  • I plan to upgrade security. I have my own fully wireless GSM alarm system + motion sensors + distributed webcam software etc.
  • I run a web consultancy: – this business use is in line with the business use on the lease agreement i have
Failing to do so – such as that course that seems to be going down – would put you at risk of this lawsuit / private prosecution and evidence PDF as I am about to file in the Auckland District Court. The downsides of this for you are:
  • I’ve already contacted fair go and have a massive community of friends and supporters – I am a musician we have friends
  • Artists and Musicians are already at the bottom rung of society even though everybody from the poorest to the richest person loves to listen to it. Music forms such as important part in so many lives. Unless we perform live and sell merchandise though, it is very difficult to make a living just from recorded music. If you are curious, check out my CV at I have over 70 compositions registered with APRA, have 7 albums out, played big day out 5 times and done 4 international tours (Vanuatu, Australia, UK, Ireland). I think you should show some Mana and be kind.
  • I’m planning to contact the body corporate and true owners of the building shortly if you do not comply or if any of my equipment is damaged
  • Your job positions are now at risk since you have not filled the space I know for sure since 7 September. Pitiful work guys.
  • The building is not great – you should cut losses and accept my offer.
  • I have some covert audio recordings featuring Rachel Beer and sample is also attached. I have also placed the sample only at:
  • Today at 12:25pm I called emergency services on 111 and spoke with them for 6 minutes, claiming I had a vigilante landlord trying to break the law, we had a nice chat about what I can and can’t do. Very informative. Maybe will be seeing you and them later in fact.
  • Maybe if I get angry I will launch a bad publicity campaign against Barfoot and co. Send it to the building investors.

Later on Thursday…

Tom got arrested trying to get his gear back, that’s why he doesn’t have the crash stands in this video:


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