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Music Producers Guild NZ launches ĀMIO Regions

Story Published Tuesday 21 May 2024

Following the success of their ĀMIO Mentoring pilot programme, the Music Producers Guild NZ (MPGNZ) presents ĀMIO Regions - online mentoring designed to reach those in the regions, outside the main centres.

Intended to reach the wider music production sector and support producers and engineers who traditionally have less access to one-on-one assistance, full MPGNZ members across the motu can request a 30 minute online mentoring session with one of our selected mentors.

About the ĀMIO Regions Mentors

With an endless number of hits, accolades and successes over the past two decades, Devin Abrams is one of the most versatile and accomplished musicians and producers in Aotearoa. Alongside their past work with Shapeshifter, Abrams has released a number of critically acclaimed albums under their solo project alias, Pacific Heights. Abrams has also worked with Drax Project, including on their smash hits 'Woke Up Late' and 'Catching Feelings', as well as working with Six60, Stan Walker, and Dallas Tamaira.

Chris Chetland of Kog has been mixing and mastering for over 25 years. In that time, they've been a finalist for Best Engineer at the Aotearoa Music Awards twice. Chetland has mixed for the likes of Scribe (including their five-times-platinum album The Crusader), Rei, Pieter T, Chong-Nee, SWIDT, Hollie Smith, and Rob Ruha, as well as a swathe of electronic, dance and pop acts. In 2021 Chetland was an APRA Silver Scroll co-finalist with Maisey Rika and Rei for 'Hiwa-i-te-rangi'.

Huia Hamon has been producing and releasing music for over 15 years. A co-manager of Kog Studio and Kog Chief label, she is also an active touring musician, producer, publicist, voice-over artist, engineer, and global indigenous music networker. An award winning producer and musician, Hamon is able to give advice about a number of music industry areas: artist development; music production; release guidelines; tour management; publicity; and independent artist tips and tricks. She is also involved in mentoring for non-binary, femme, and rangatahi, as well as a focus on waiata reo Māori.

Rei is a multi-award winning bilingual (te reo Māori and English) producer, writer, and artist from Pōneke, now based in Tāmaki Makaurau. They have been a finalist for the APRA Silver Scroll (for 'Hiwa-i-te-rangi') and co-written with the likes of Drax Project, Maimoa, Pieter T and more. Rei specialises in urban and electronic music - as well as anything future focused. With over ten million streams, six Māori Music Awards, four Aotearoa Music Award nominations and multiple radio hits, Rei has also producer for artists such as Maimoa, Maisey Rika, Huia and Cee Blu. Rei is also an Aotearoa summer festival favourite, playing at One Love, Rhythm n Vines, Soundsplash, Homegrown and Splore.

Composer, producer, songwriter and instrumentalist, Age Pryor has been working in the New Zealand music industry for over 25 years. Pryor has been a central player in many high profile collaborative projects, including Fly My Pretties, The Woolshed Sessions, The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra, and Congress of Animals. Their music has appeared in numerous film, television and theatre soundtracks. As well as producing their own original work, Pryor undertakes regular work as a session player and as a producer for solo artists, bands and commercial clients.