Audio Culture Link - Jan Hellriegel
The title tells its own story, it has been well over a decade since Jan Hellriegel made an album and that might explain the huge interest in this one: lotsa interviews, articles and media attention, my guess from people who remember Hellriegel fondly for her swagger and sensitivity in bands and on her solo albums. The swagger is still here...
Early in 2010 the women who had been in the late-Eighties Kiwi band Cassandra's Ears got together for a gig and to their delight discovered that James Moss of Jayrem (which had released their two EPs Private Wasteland and Your Estimation) still had the master tapes. Jan Hellriegel -- Ears' singer -- had pursued a creditable solo career after...
All Grown Reviews: Short Form
The NZ Herald - Russell Baillie (5 stars) "This is one big, bold record. The much bigger impression is just how much fire there is to most everything here - Hellriegel's singing and her words, the playing and the ambitious production ..not only Hellriegel's best album yet but one the year's best local releases." The Dominion Post- Simon Sweetman (5 stars) "Hearing this album was a joy on first listen. But living with it for a few weeks only hints at the continued joy to come - the return of an artist who took the time to be sure she has something to say. I think that's pretty special." The Waikato Times - Steve Scott (5 stars) All Grown up reveals Hellriegel back, stronger and even more creative than before. All Grown Up is a wondrous return. It is filled with melody, cadence and a powerful balance of textures that will continue to resonate endlessly. "St Elsewhere - Graham Reid "This is an album of great sonic breadth, boast an exceptional production to bring out the brittle country-rock edge of the band in places and gentle settings in others..it is big in every sense... she sounds more confident than she has ever been - she has every reason to be. "
Women in Rock - Radio New Zealand Podcast 18th Oct 2016
I am in some pretty fine company here...
She’s had a couple of national hits, a couple of major label albums, and she’s the managing director and partner of music licensing, publicity, management and music consulting business, Aeroplane Music Services.
Last year Jan Hellriegel also launched Songbroker, a service designed to connect production companies and content producers with independent Kiwi musicians. The company supplies organisations with existing tracks or write-to-order music, providing starving Kiwi artists with commercial and promotional airtime for their music. Just supply a brief and Songbroker can supply original compositions within your budget.
And so far, it’s working. Hellriegel has secured deals for artists involving car manufacturer Ford, murder series The Brokenwood Mysteries, Cliff Curtis film Dark Horse and upcoming TV series Filthy Rich, along with many more.
A year on, Idealog caught up with Jan for a chinwag about what’s happening with Songbroker, the state of the Kiwi music industry in general, and the meaning of musical success in 2015.
Idealog: So why did you launch Songbroker, Jan? What was the market you were aiming to meet? Read More...
Musical chairs. 2014
Jan Hellriegel has left Australasian music publishing company Native Tongue to become managing director of New Zealand-owned Aeroplane Music Services.
Hellriegel, who has run Native Tongue’s New Zealand operations since 2010, is leaving to concentrate full-time on growing Aeroplane, a company she co-founded recently with Native Tongue managing director Chris Gough and Arch Hill’s Ben Howe.
“I’ve had a brilliant time with Native Tongue, really enjoyed growing their New Zealand business and working with all the amazing, talented songwriters they represent. Aeroplane was formed to do things traditional music labels and publishing companies can’t, to provide services to the local music industry that aren’t being provided by other major players. To fill a void we could see in the local market. Results so far show we were right, and it’s onwards and upwards for Aeroplane.”
Aeroplane currently looks after masters for Warner Music, Flying Nun and Arch Hill, as well as providing publicity, song management and distribution for up and coming New Zealand artists. It has also been providing music supervision services to several local film and TV production companies and agencies andHellriegel believes this is an area with plenty of potential for growth.
“I’m really excited by the scope for Aeroplane. It has barely got off the ground and I am looking forward to devoting 100 percent of my energy to it”, she says.
As well as steering Aeroplane, Hellriegel sits on the board of IMNZ and Recorded Music NZ, the new body resulting from the recent merger of RIANZ and PPNZ. She’s also an APRA Ambassador.