Saturday, January 23, 2016

What happened to 2015?

Long time no see!

I would apologise, but the absence of any updates for almost a year reflects the purpose behind my lack of activity. It was a year intended for a resetting of goals and dreams, of an exploration of my own creative story and where it's headed now, as well as one of new experiences and adventures.

To do this, I had to disconnect from this world and, by result, yourself for some time.

I sold most of my possessions and moved to Toronto, a city where I knew no one and had never been before.

I've been to New York three more special times, two of those visits to write and record. The third to soak up its aspiration for fulfilling dreams.

I went to Montreal: city of derelicts, indulgence and the biggest music festival I'd been to.

I went to Cuba, a place full of contradiction, paradox, hope and mistrust.

I took a job in a coffee shop, learned a good espresso and read the most books ever in a single year of my life.

I experienced my first snow storm, first wonder of the world, caught just one cold, never swam in the ocean, saw my first chipmunk, raccoon and snake, walked across a frozen lake and made more new friends than I have in years.

With a new year now upon us, I am determined to share my musical journey once again and 2016 looks like one that will have plenty of new songs for you to hear.

I'm also committing to creating a new way to give back to the New Zealand music industry. To inspire and help young creatives find meaningful ways to live their music.

So, watch out and please keep in touch. I'd love to hear from you.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Upcoming Auckland gigs

Hey all,

Below is a breakdown of the gigs I'm playing this coming week and what I'm playing at each - I've tried to make them varied in content so there's something for everyone.

Friday February 27: at Wine Cellar, solo acoustic, on at 8:30pm - old songs, unheard songs, sad songs.

Saturday February 28: at Albany Lakes, full band, on at 4pm - playing "all the hits", old and new.

Sunday March 1: at Western Reserve, Orewa, solo acoustic, on at 12pm - upbeat, sunny afternoon singalong.

Hope to see you guys there,


Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014 - Thank You

As I sit here and watch the sun rise for the final time in 2014, I feel a satisfied man. And I’m a man full of thankfulness for the support you all have given me in enabling me to tick some serious boxes this year.

You helped me release my first solo album, my third to make the Top 10 in New Zealand.

You helped me host my second TV show - Smokefree Rockquest 2014.

You helped me play a lead role in my first ever theatre production - Jesus Christ Superstar - and helped make it a huge success.

You helped me start work representing causes I feel strongly about - S.A.F.E and APRA.

Most of all, you helped me to notch another year as a practicing creative in a society that does its best to make that task impossible.

I sincerely hope you’ve enjoyed playing a part in my journey and, like me, look forward to the adventures that 2015 hold. I can firmly say that the year ahead will be a life-changer and a sound-changer, so I can’t wait to share that transformation with you.

Thanks again and take care,


Saturday, November 1, 2014

Stage & screen

I've spent much of the past six weeks or so locked inside rooms and studios and now it's finally time to share what I've been up to with you all.

Tonight it's opening night for the stage show I'm in - Jesus Christ Superstar - at Auckland's Q Theatre.

It's been a challenging, fun and enlightening experience rehearsing this show and working with so many talented actors, singers and crew members has been unlike anything I've done over the past decade of singing.

I can't stress how privileged I feel to be playing a role alongside some truly world class performers as well as how much you should try and get along to a show while the season is on.

The other challenge I recently took on was presenting my second TV show - this time the Smokefree Rockquest 2014 series which begins tonight on FOUR at 5:30pm.

This time around, the presenting gig was much more scripted and direct to camera as opposed to my other less formal role with BGTV.

The hardest part of this job was overcoming my 'almost-bitchy resting face'...well, more like 'concerned-looking resting face'. I quickly figured the best way to get a grin into my eyes was to picture one of a number of things in the camera lens: any of my nieces or nephews, any shreds video or the below picture of my dream dog (the big one).

Friday, October 17, 2014

Go Veg - past halfway

I'm now 17 days and past the halfway mark in my foray into the world of vegetarianism - and I'm still alive!

I have to admit, the first week was a battle - less with the culinary options and more with the side effects of ingesting so many beans, chickpeas and other highly fibrous veges.

In the midst of rehearsals for Jesus Christ Superstar, and often in close quarters with others in the cast of around 30, it wasn't particularly ideal to feel more like a gas giant than a terrestrial planet.

However, by convincing the director that I was best suited to being positioned by myself in a lot of scenes, I managed to strategically avoid group shame and embarrassment.

Now that my body has adjusted to the new diet, I'm far more comfortable AND socially acceptable!

Over the past few weeks I've discovered a deep love of falafel-based meals as well as red pastas loaded with chickpeas, beans, greens - sometimes with a touch of Bovril to simulate the beefiness of a bolognese. Using the wonder that is coconut oil to cook with also adds that touch of extra flavour to almost every meal.

To avoid what seems like more drastic energy crashes, I've learned to snack a bit more frequently than normal on almonds and other nuts.

Tonight I'm planning a big green curry with tofu, kumara, chickpeas, green beans, carrot and asparagus. With some brown rice this should hand me all my protein requirements and also set me up for lunches for next week's rehearsals.

If you haven't tried this vegetarian thing before, I swear it's easier than you think and satisfying to know that I'm helping save the lives of animals that would otherwise be killed in excess and in cruel processes.

If you want to join in for the next few weeks, more info can be found here:

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Going Veg!

A fact I previously knew nothing about is that October is "World Veg Month".

The way I see it, World Veg Month promotes a more considerate approach to our eating - in regards to animals, our health and even some causes of environmental degradation.

Now, I'm a pretty typical red-blooded Kiwi guy who has never been too fussy or selective about food.

However, over the past few years, I've become more enlightened to the world of food processing and it's effects on animals and the environment - as a result, I eat less meat than I used to, only buy free range bacon and eggs and dabble a lot more in vegetarian and vegan options when I eat out.

However, I am thoroughly addicted to chorizo and those little cans of tuna are so easy to add to rice and pasta...

So when it was suggested to me to try out a 30-day challenge to go meat-free, I thought...well, I'll give it a go!

One reason why I was a little concerned is that I'm in the middle of rehearsals for the Kensington Swan season of Jesus Christ Superstar here in Auckland - a change in routine and demanding schedule is never easy so add a change in diet as well and I'll be challenged for sure.

It looks like I'll be targeting easy, energy and protein-rich meals as much as I can.

Today is the first day of the challenge, one which I'll keep you up to date with via this blog. I'll try to post my feelings around the change in diet as well as any choice recipes that come my way.

It'd also be awesome if anyone reading this can relate and send me their favourite veg recipes to try out.

If you feel like joining me on this journey, there is information and recipe packs available at the Go Veg site where you can also make the pledge to join the cause and receive support as you go.

First meal = breakfast....nice and easy. Toast!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

New single - One Day Alone

The official music video for the third single from my debut solo album Clouds Are Alive is now live.

Produced as part of what we dubbed the "29 second project" - the video was created by seven different directors spanning the world from New Zealand to Brazil, to the USA, England and Canada.

Each director was given a key word to begin and end their 29-seconds of film in which they otherwise had complete creative control.

No director was aware of any other's creations and the song itself was only supplied as an instrumental version so as to avoid any direct narrative accounts.

CONTRIBUTING DIRECTORS (in order of appearance, keywords provided):
Daniel Daigle - "Glasses" & "Breakfast"
Abraham Pineda-Fischer - "Breakfast" & "Wine"
Edward Housden - "Wine" & "Dog"
Michael Humphrey - "Dog & "Book"
Lourenco Barsi-Gomes - "Book" & "Guitar"
Ian Gamester - "Guitar" & "Glasses"

Produced and compiled by: Michael Humphrey

Made with the help of NZOnAirMusic ( - chur!