Mu­sic crit­ics make their choice

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

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.

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