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Sam Wicks is the senior content producer for RNZ's Music 101

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‘I’m here to be myself’: Paz Lenchantin on fitting in with The Pixies

Paz Lenchantin talks to Sam Wicks about making the transition from touring musician to permanent member of The Pixies.

Interview: The Avalanches on what took so long to deliver their new album

"It’s like this giant jigsaw puzzle that you’re just trying to find the right piece to."

Third3ye: 'We're more than just hippy hip hop'

West Auckland hip hop outfit Third3ye perform two cuts from their new EP.

'I've always wanted to be Massive Attack in the studio and The Stooges on stage'

The Kills talk to Sam Wicks about embracing their rock 'n' roll lineage.

Interview: PNC on taking inspiration from Sonny Bill Williams and Jonah Lomu

As PNC explains to Sam Wicks, athletic feats serve as fuel for his penmanship.

MAALA: Creating composure

Auckland-based MAALA speaks to Sam Wicks about his new album Composure, a title that speaks to his headspace as much as the poised presentation of his music.

Watch: Aaradhna talks race, acceptance and the U.S. of A.

The soul singer joins Sam Wicks in the studio.

DJ Shadow's production perfectionism

Sam Wicks digs into DJ Shadow's microscopic attention to detail.

Live session: He Huinga Whetū

Graduates of Toi Māori Aotearoa Pao Pao Pao are celebrating Matariki by breathing new life into the songs of Dr Hirini Melbourne.

Recloose: Living life on NY time

Recloose talks to Sam Wicks about his surreal new life in New York City.

What Pacific Underground means to New Zealand music

Sam Wicks sits down with Pacific Underground member Pos Mavaega to look back on the group’s 23 years of history.

‘We joke that we’re not from New Zealand, we’re from Onehunga’

Onehunga rap collective SWIDT talk hometown pride with Sam Wicks.

Louie Knuxx on his new approach to music

Louie Knuxx tells Sam Wicks how working with marginalised youth has heightened his hip hop.

'I lost my mind a bit making it' - Street Chant on their new album Hauora

Street Chant's Emily Littler and Billie Rogers break down their long-awaited second album.

Interview: The 1975

Matthew Healy, the outspoken singer of The 1975, breaks down the mantra behind his music.

Interview: Kamasi Washington

Kamasi Washington tells us what to expect of his upcoming performance at Auckland City Limits.

Interview: Vince Staples

Music 101's Sam Wicks talks rap and race with Vince Staples.

Interview: Guilty Simpson

Guilty Simpson talks to Music 101's Sam Wicks about his relationship with the late, great J Dilla.

Interview: Masta Killa

Weeks out from Wu-Tang Clan's first New Zealand visit, Masta Killa gives Sam Wicks the heads-up on what to expect.

Interview: Viet Cong

Music 101's Sam Wicks catches up with Viet Cong in studio before they raise a ruckus in Auckland.

Interview: A$AP Rocky

A$AP Rocky tells Sam Wicks about his marriage of sound and image.

Interview: Yelawolf

Yelawolf talks with Music 101's Sam Wicks about reclaiming his redneck roots.

Interview: Ron Gallipoli

Sam Bradford tells Music 101's Sam Wicks that he couldn’t remove personal politics from his new album if he tried.

Interview: DJ Yella

N.W.A.'s DJ Yella breaks down his 30-plus years in the rap game.

Interview: SmokeyGotBeatz

Ahead of their latest West Coast run, SmokeyGotBeatz and Andy Murnane talk about their AK-LA beat exporting enterprise.

Interview: Chvrches

Chvrches' Martin Doherty explains how he's weighed in behind his bandmate, Lauren Mayberry, who has been the target of social media abuse.

Interview: Baio

Vampire Weekend's Chris Baio talks to Sam Wicks about the source material behind his dancefloor-focused solo album.

Interview: Father John Misty

Father John Misty offers a first-hand account of his psychedelically-enhanced alias.

Listening session: Silicon

Kody Nielson sits down with Music 101's Sam Wicks to talk through his new album, Personal Computer.

Interview: AHoriBuzz

Aaron Tokona checks in with Music 101's Sam Wicks about his unfiltered and undiluted approach to music.

Interview: A$AP Ferg

A$AP Ferg talks to Music 101's Sam Wicks about Harlem's cultural impact.

Interview: Blur

Drummer Dave Rowntree talks about Blur's new album and how it very nearly didn't happen.

The Mint Chicks' debut album turns 10

To mark the 10th anniversary of "F**k The Golden Youth", The Mint Chicks recount the album's strange and difficult passage into the world.

Fall Out Boy on straddling the punk/pop divide

Pete Wentz talks about his band's motives.

Interview: Six60

Despite their success, Six60 say they still feel like outsiders in the NZ music community.

Interview: Soundgarden

Ahead of Westfest 2015, drummer Matt Cameron talks about splitting his time between alt-rock behemoths Soundgarden and Pearl Jam.

Interview: Weird Together

Weird Together talk to Music 101's Sam Wicks about their United Nations approach to the dancefloor.

Interview: FKA Twigs

In the country last week to play Laneway festival, FKA twigs talked to Sam Wicks about maintaining total control of her music.

Chelsea Jade: Back under her own name

Chelsea Jade Metcalf has dropped her Watercolours moniker for her latest release, but the soft-focus edges of her ethereal R&B remain.

Beats combined: Shapeshifter and The Upbeats

Shapeshifter and The Upbeats seek a middle ground between their brands of bass on SSXUB.

Electric Wire Hustle's ever-evolving sound

Electric Wire Hustle have just released Love Can Prevail, the follow-up to their 2009 eponymous debut. The band's nucleus, Mara TK and Dave Wright, talk to Sam Wicks.

'Excellent, but a madman as well'

Shihad speak to Sam Wicks about their ninth studio album and collaborating with their original producer.

Hilltop Hoods: Trying to build trans-Tasman connections

Australian trio Hilltop Hoods say they've always felt a sense of brotherhood with New Zealand rappers.

Louie Knuxx: Progressive thug

When Louie Knuxx touched down at Wellington Airport last year, it’d been six years since he’d stepped foot on NZ soil – the result of various warrants out for his arrest.

Introducing: Pals

Auckland band Pals are given two minutes to introduce one of their songs and say whatever they like about themselves.

Introducing: Bailey Wiley

Taranaki native Bailey Wiley introduces her passion for R&B and soul music.

Introducing: Spycc

Emerging local musicians are given two minutes to introduce one of their songs and say whatever they like about themselves.Your time ... starts ... Now!

Dawn Raid: Making hip hop history

Sam Wicks sits with Brotha D and Andy from the Dawn Raid entertainment record label to discuss 15 years, some tough, others victorious.

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