Kiwis musos head offshore with grants
Kiwi musician Nick Gaffaney is off to the US to write and record songs with three of American rock’s foremost musicians.
The drummer and jack-of-all-trades in sonic rock duo Cairo Knife Fight has won one of three Apra professional development awards to fund a trip to Los Angeles to hook up with Seattle singer Mark Lanegan, producer and multi-instrumentalist Alain Johannes (Queens of the Stone Age, Them Crooked Vultures), and David Sitek of arty New York rockers TV on the Radio.
The two other recipients of the $12,000 grants - which are handed out every two years - are composer, producer and Supergroove and Drab Doo Riffs frontman Karl Steven, and classical composer Alex Taylor.
The money can be used to fund overseas travel so recipients can further their musical study, take part in co-writing sessions and attend music-related programmes.
For Gaffaney the trip is about writing new songs and developing existing material, but ultimately establishing a global reach.
"To have any kind of international career you need relationships around the world and the idea is to make connections in LA, which is the home of the modern music industry really."
Gaffaney made the initial connection with Johannes when CKF supported Them Crooked Vultures - a band also made up of Dave Grohl, Josh Homme (Queens), and John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin) - at Vector Arena in 2010.
Steven plans to use the money to attend a film scoring workshop in New York, while Taylor, who won Apra’s Sounz Contemporary Award at last year’s Silver Scrolls, has his sights set on an eight-month composition programme in Italy.