Music awards may be singer’s chance
Daniel McBride is hoping his performance skills honed on a recent European tour will shine through when he hits the stage at a very important gig tonight.
Mr McBride, 19, goes by the moniker Sheep, Dog & Wolf and is a finalist in the Critics’ Choice category of the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards.
The Grey Lynn solo artist is up against the Auckland-raised but New York-based singer and songwriter Janine and the Mixtape and Auckland band Paquin.
The winner of a $10,000 grant from New Zealand On Air and mentoring from industry professionals will be decided after a showcase concert at the Kings Arms tonight.
Mr McBride says until now his musical efforts have been largely on a DIY basis and to win would help him develop as a professional.
and records his music, which he struggles to define but says just ‘‘sounds like me’’, in his bedroom on equipment bought on Trademe.
The multi-instrumentalist lists jazz, hip-hop and classical composition as influences and he was described by UK newspaper The Guardian as ‘‘a young Sufjan Stevens’’.
‘‘At this stage I’m still kind of muddling through making music and really this would be a great opportunity get a bit more knowledge,’’ he says. ‘‘The music industry is quite confusing.’’
He has done pretty well so far on his own, however, including releasing his selfrecorded album Egospect in August and going on a 20-date crowd funded European tour which saw him play to festival audiences of up to 1000.
He has also been written up in Italian Vogue magazine and has an endorsement from current queen of pop Lorde as one of her top five New Zealand acts.
Whatever success may follow Mr McBride says he intends to keep his low-key approach.
‘‘I’ll always do bedroom production – I can wake up at 3am and instantly start recording.’’
Coming up: Grey Lynn musician Daniel McBride, aka Sheep, Dog & Wolf, is up for an award at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards.
Go to aucklandcity harbournews.co.nz and click on Latest Edition to see a video of Daniel McBride perform.