Mu­sic awards may be singer’s chance

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By JOE DAW­SON

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.

He pro­duces

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.

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