Wellington musical wunderkind Cory Champion is pointing the compass south for New Year’s Eve, to play with Pacific Heights at Rhythm and Alps. ANNABEL WILSON gets the skinny on what keeps bringing him back to R&A, his obsession with cymbals and a few of his other favourite things…
You’re becoming a mainstay of the Rhythm and Alps event. What brings you back time and again?
The promoters! This will be my third time back for NYE, playing with Pacific Heights. Previously I’ve played with Electric Wire Hustle and Louis Baker. I haven’t come as a punter before but have always had a couple hours to roam around and it’s a nice festival; I’m happy to be coming back.
Colder than expected, after dark.
Have something worth working hard/late for. Otherwise go to sleep! There’s not many things better than sleeping…
It’s actually from 1989 but Soho – Hot Music.
My cymbals. I was introduced to cymbal maker Craig Lauritsen a few years ago through Riki Gooch and Adam Page. He lives in Adelaide and makes incredible cymbals from blanks imported from Turkey. By hand he lathes and shapes these ugly round bits of brown alloy into incredible instruments. I’ve got four cymbals from him and I use them for practically every gig. They so precious to me and they’re getting better with age.
I’ve been enjoying Prince – The Hits/The B-Sides which is a greatest hits of sorts. Its a 3-disc set and was released in 1993 and of particular interest is the B-Sides. It’s been in the car for the last while.
Rhythm and Alps 2016 full lineup:
December 28 (Lake Hawea Hotel)
ALBI AND THE WOLVES / BASS INTRUSION / BEN AND HARRY / CAMO & TRIKKSTAR / GAWN DEEP / ROBERT GLENN
AKILTHE MC / BENTHAMISM / DEVILSKIN / DUB FX / DUSKY / EKALI / HARD LEE / HEIDI / HEY LADY / ICICLE LIVE FEAT SP:MC / K+LAB / LEFT OR RIGHT / OCEAN ALLEY / PASH JAMS / RIBERA / RISK / SINCLAIR / S.P.Y / STUBACCA / TOKiMONSTA
THE UPBEATS / WEIRD TOGETHER
ACEN / ARMA DEL AMOR / BAYNK / CHACHI / CUT SNAKE / DAVE BOOGIE / GARETH THOMAS / GRAEME JAMES / HENDI / ILL FIGZ / ISAAC CHAMBERS / LIGHTLY TOASTED / MANDELA / OPIUO / PACIFIC HEIGHTS / PITCH BLACK / POTTY / PSYKOSIS / RUSE / SACHI / SIX60 / SPIKEY TEE / STATURE / SUBVERSION / SUMO SUI / T-BONE / THANKYOU CITY / THE SETTLERS / TREI / YOUNG TAPZ
Rhythm and Alps 2015 reviews from ONmag:
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