PREMIERES June 22 @ 8pm

MTV’s Kickstart is back and badder than ever. Watch as kiwi musicians from all genres battle it out to be crowned Kickstart winner 2008. With a ridiculous prize pack up for grabs there is no doubt that the pressure is on.

Winning bands from Auckland, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth today go up against each other in the rock and roll fight for a kickstart in the music industry. The overall winner will be announced on March 29 and will take home a whopping $22k cash and their video clip rotated on MTV New Zealand & Australia and played during the 2007 MTV Australia Video Music Awards to a potential world wide audience of 1.8 billion people.

Each finalist will be posted on the MTV Kickstart website where people can help get kiwi finalists The Dukes from Christchurch the Kickstart they deserve by voting for them online against the Aussies at . Voting commences March 16, 2007 and closes March 22, 2007.

The initiative set up by MTV and supported by, 95bFM and the Groove Guide, will literally help aspiring and independent artists get a ‘Kickstart’ in the industry by giving them all the tools necessary to break into the music world on a local and international platform via the 2007 MTV Australia Video Music Awards, due to air Friday, May 4.

“The caliber of talent we have seen has been astounding.” says Colin Blake Marketing Director for MTV Networks Australia. “We were really hoping to find a local talent to showcase to our other international territories through the 2007 MTV Australia Video Music Awards and I think any of the 6 Finalists would make us proud.”

In just under 4 weeks the ‘kickstart’ initiative attracted almost 800 entries from all over New Zealand and Australia with the winners’ from each judged by a mix of Street Press Editors, local radio presenters, MTV Networks Executives and top musicians such as Damian Alexander from Blindspott, Adam Sparks from Birds of Tokyo, Andrew Strachan from the Living End and Peter Hume from Evermore.


NZ Auckland Finalist The Dukes
VIC Melbourne Finalist Dance With Voices
SA Adelaide Finalist Special Patrol
WA Perth Finalist The Avenues
QLD Brisbane Finalist Yves Klein Blue
NSW Sydney Finalist Walrus

The Midnight Youth are the up-and-coming band in New Zealand right now. After placing second and winning the Best Song Award in the 2005 Smokefree Rockquest, the band has gone from strength-to-strength.

The Rock FM sponsored the band with their Rock Scholarship Award in August of 2006 before INXS personally selected the group to play with them in half of their shows on their 2006 ‘Switched-On’ Tour.

The band has also successfully released three singles to the NZ media and has enjoyed rave reviews.

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To listen to their entry go to

The Hot Grits cover the stylistic ground between deep funk, soul and afrobeat. From Meters-style struts to superfast deep funk assaults to churning afrobeat soul.

Overall The Hot Grits sound is funky and sweet, always energetic and never too smooth. The aim is to get people moving, and The Hot Grits definitely succeed at that.

The Hot Grits are a powerhouse funk and afrobeat outfit, capable of creating havoc on any dancefloor. When The Hot Grits hit their stride, no-one in the room is immune from the power and sheer soulful funkiness of their groove.

The band and audience become one in a giant, convulsing testament to the power of good funk music. Residencies at The Rising Sun, Galatos, Khuja Lounge, Rakinos, Crow Bar and Safari Lounge have built The Hot Grits’ reputation as an unmissable live act. As always, their aim remains simple: to bring great funk and afrobeat music to the people.

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Nytmare aka Hera Tamati is a singer/rapper that has been recording and performing for the last three and a half years.

Originally from the Waikato, she relocated to the Bay in 2002 to pursue her dreams of being an artist.

After gigging here and abroad Nytmare went into the studio to start working on an album with Jayson Gardiner and UK producer Dj Eskay.

What was produced was a mashed up multi genre influenced album that was a little tricky to perform live with out losing authenticity.

So at the end of 2005 Hera decided to trade in her MPC and backing tracks for a live band in order to do the music justice.

To listen to her entry go to

Happy Palace is a four piece originals band also from Christchurch and includes Al Beere (lead guitarist/vocals and song writer), Ruth Beere (keyboardist/vocalist/songwriter), Locky Samson (bass player/vocalist/PR man) and Matt Mulholland (drummer/vocalist/songwriter).

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To listen to their entry go to

The Dukes hail from the musical south of Christchurch. After releasing their debut LP ‘Lil Sunshine’ the boys toured extensively through NZ.

Creating interest from International artists such as Kelly Clarkson (before she cancelled!) getting invited by INXS to play support on their South Island leg of the NZ tour and invites to tour Canada, these boys are set to take the world stage. Described as a melodic, harmonic musical powerhouse of groove and catchy tunes, the Dukes are a 4 piece rock’n-rhytmn’n’ band of soulsters.

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MTV NZ announced today the shortlist of five upand- coming local bands who’ll fight it out for a chance to ‘kick start’ their rock-star careers. The finalists are the DUKES, HAPPY PALACE, NYTMARE & BAND, THE HOT GRITS and THE MIDNIGHT YOUTH.

In just under three weeks, MTV received a phenomenal amount of entries into its ‘Kickstart Your Rock star Career’ competition, offering Kiwi bands a unique opportunity to launch into the music industry. The five finalists were selected by judges Damian Alexander from Blindspott; Mikey Havoc, 95BFM Breakfast Show Host; Stephen O’Hoy from; Groove Guide Editor, Kerryanne Brett and Stefan Chapman, MTV programmer.

The judges will select the winning band at a free, all ages, event featuring all five bands on Friday March 9, at The Studio, 340 Karangahape Rd, Auckland. To be on the guest list, the public simply need to register on-line at The top band will literally get a ‘kick start’ in the music industry, including a professionally shot film clip produced by MTV, introduction to A&R executives and an all expenses paid trip to the Australia Video Music Awards.

The New Zealand winner will then go head-to-head in a Trans-Tasman showdown, against five Australian Kickstart winners from Victoria, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane and Sydney. They’ll be competing to win the Grand Prize of NZ$20,000, a performance on MTV Networks Australia’s newest TV show ‘The Lair’, attend the 2007 MTV Australia Video Music Awards and have their film clip played during the Awards’ pre-show on April 29 in front of hundreds of industry executives, not to mention through all MTV territories with a potential audience of 1.8 billion people.

Each finalist will be posted on the MTV website where Kiwi’s can get behind their artist by voting online at The Kickstart grand champion will be announced on March 29.