Music critics make their choice
Sheep, Dog & Wolf has joined an illustrious club.
The Wellington-based Grey Lynn musician Daniel McBride, who goes by the Sheep, Dog & Wolf moniker, won the Critics’ Choice prize in the 2013 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards after a showcase concert last week.
A panel of 10 critics chose him to receive $10,000 of New Zealand On Air funding and mentoring from established industry professionals. The other finalists were New Yorkbased Aucklander Janine and the Mixtape and Auckland band Paquin.
Past finalists include The Naked and Famous, and Homebrew while the likes of Kimbra and Watercolours have won the prize.
The critics had the task of selecting the act they believe has the potential to become a future musical star and decided on McBride. ‘‘I’m stunned,’’ he says of his win. ‘‘I’m just so happy. ‘‘Paquin, and Janine and the Mixtape were incredible. I can’t wait to see where they go next.’’
The Critics’ Choice Prize, now in its fourth year, is designed to recognise and promote up-andcoming New Zealand music talent and potential future music awards winners.
Before the showcase McBride said he was keen to pick the brains of music industry professionals.
He will receive guidance and advice from several industry heavyweights to help him in the competitive New Zealand music market which will include meetings and mentoring sessions from Brent Eccles Entertainment, Entertainment Accounting Services and McLaughlin Law.
He also receives a 12-month membership to the Music Managers Forum where he can attend seminars free-of-charge and also make use of one-on-one mentoring sessions, and help with protecting his intellectual property.
Go to aucklandcityharbour news.co.nz to see Sheep, Dog and Wolf’s winning performance.