Princess Chelsea - Photo by Paolo Carranceja

by Kristen Bayusik

The New Zealand Music Commission Showcase, always a popular one at CMJ Music Marathon, did not let anyone down this year. The show started with a video presentation, showing off New Zealand artists in the studio. Most of the artists featured were playing during the showcase, so it was a good way for those unfamiliar to get an idea of what to expect. The first three acts, Princess Chelsea, Andrew Keoghan and Pikachunes started off the showcase on a high-energy note.

Princess Chelsea and Andrew Keoghan brought additional band members with them, featuring additional guitars as well as synthesizers and effects processors, but it was Pikachunes that really got the audience moving. Prior to coming on, many audience members noted that they were there specifically to see his performance. A fairly simple set-up of one man, a laptop and a variety of samplers was enough to get the crowd singing, dancing and showing signs of life.

Although they all hailed from New Zealand, far from local to most of the people in attendance, the warm response these bands received showed they were definitely more than welcome.

All photos by Jack Jeffries.

Next page: Writer Carly Lewis gives her take on the evening