DJ Set @ Be, Highlights from Zen, Upcoming Releases

Be Thursdays - July 15

Thursdays @ Be, DJ Set – July 15th

This Thursday, July 15th is yet another regular club night at Be Club (Commerce St, central Auckland), and nsu will DJing back to back with UP FM’s Macros, joined on the night by AP3X & Joe Revell. The night kicks off at 10pm and goes until the small hours. Entry is free, there will be drink specials and it is a great chance to hear some new and unreleased nsu work played on the much-loved sound-system at Be.

So if you’re in Auckland this Thursday, make sure you put your name down on the facebook event wall and drop in for a drink (or 7!) and some  fine selections.

nsu Live @ Zen, May '10

Highlights from “10 @ Zen”

In May, nsu performed a live set at the 10 year celebration of the NZ Music Month at a showcase gig held at Zen in Auckland.

You can watch some highlights from the gig below, and check out some photos from the set here. You can also check out the recording of the full 1 hour set here.

Massive respect and gratitude to Eva Evade and her entire team for organizing a great night at FuZen, and to Dave U for the footage and photos.

New Material / Upcoming Releases

“Neutron Star MMX”, a techy 2010 treatment of the original is the first of several nsu works to be released through Cartoon Beats. Full details of the so-called “Deep Space” EP will be announced in the next update.

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The nsu remix for Squeezer‘s “Pure Juice” has been in the works since the middle of 2009, and has gone through several transitions in the live set during that time. The final mix combines subtle elements of chill out, jungle, dubstep and big-beat, and is tentatively scheduled to be released later in 2010 on newclear music, along with mixes from another 2 artists. More announcements soon.

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Auckland Gig, Panic Bells Unleashed, Upcoming Releases

10 @ Zen

10 @ Zen, May 22

nsu Live @ NZ Music Month presents “10 @ Zen”

The next Auckland gig for nsu takes place on Saturday May 22nd – In celebration of 10 years of NZ Music Month, nsu will line up alongside a score of other NZ artists for a big night at Auckland’s Zen (cnr Albert & Wolfe St). If you’ve been there before, you’ll know all about the big sound-system.

Come and see nsu play one of his last AKL shows for a while. Tickets to the event are $10; Click here for full details of the event.

Panic Bells – Single & Video Released, Launch Party Re-cap

The Panic Bells remix single, featuring cuts by AP3X & Bromide Dub, was released in late April and is now available from a variety of digital retailers (click here for details on where to purchase your copy), including the new official nsu Bandcamp page.

Bromide Dub Live

Bromide Dub Live @ Panic Bells

The video for “Panic Bells” is also finally out, and has had an incredible response online and is now showing on New Zealand’s JuiceTV & C4TV channels. You can watch the video here and make sure you also check out some pictures from behind-the-scenes of the filming, as well as read a bit of background on how the project came together.

Thank you to everyone who was at the Video Premiere & Single Release party held at Galatos in late April. You can also see some pictures from the night by clicking here and footage may be available at a later date.

Sharkweek - Gimme Gimme Shark Treatment

Gimme Gimme Shark Treatment

Remix of nsu Track on New Sharkweek Compilation

“Far From Comfort”, an early instrumental version of “Upside Down” has been remixed by Sharkweek, Dunedin’s standout ambient producer. The resulting piece is a psychedelic lounge version, sampling an instructional speech on meditation (in true Sharky style!).

The remix appears on the newly released “Gimme Gimme Shark Treatment” remix album by Sharkweek, also featuring remixes for the likes of Pitch Black, Stray Theories, Sick Cycle and more. Click here to listen to, and purchase the remix album.

nsu Joins Cartoon Beats

Cartoon Beats Reality

Cartoon Beats Reality

nsu has joined the ever-growing roster of artists on Dunedin’s Cartoon Beats label (click here for nsu’s profile). The first release on the schedule will be Haszari‘s “It’s Not Real” backed with nsu’s 2010 version of “Neutron Star”. California’s Snake Charmer will be on remix duties and the release will also see nsu & Haszari swap remixes of the title tracks. Full details announced in the next update.

General Update

Here’s a general run-down on what’s on the horizon for nsu:

  • Follow-up to “Panic Bells” remix single in the pipeline – more details in next update
  • nsu’s remixes of Sharkweek tracks to be released on forthcoming “Shark & Taties” remix album, also to feature works by other NZ artists
  • Remixes for Stray Theories & Squeezer completed and scheduled for release late 2010/early 2011. A couple of other remixes also penciled in (TBC)
  • Remix duties on follow-up Cartoon Beats EP confirmed. Full details in the near future
  • Follow up to “Escape” EP penciled for late 2011/early 2012
  • No more live gigs until at least late 2011

nsu – Panic Bells feat. Siknik – Music Video

nsu – Panic Bells feat. Siknik
from Newclear Music on Vimeo.


Background Story

Dear all,

Finally the music video for “Panic Bells” is here. Thanks to everyone who has already given us great feedback and shared the link around – we are truly humbled about your reactions. The full credits and links are near the bottom, but here’s a brief story on how it all came together:

In late 2008, Alek Janev heard a demo version of “Panic Bells” online and almost instantly developed a concept in his head, and approached Ivan (nsu) about the idea of creating a video for the song. In January ’09, on his return from UK, Alek met up with Ivan to discuss the concept and plan of attack, together with Iain Hamilton-Gates. We twice failed to obtain the funding for the project, but in all fairness to NZ On Air, “Panic Bells” isn’t a song with strong commercial potential, so we weren’t feeling hard done-by. Regardless of the financial situation, the team was determined to make the video happen, no matter how long it took. The process taught us how to be resourceful, and made us appreciate the sacrifices we were all putting in for each other.

It wasn’t until June that filming started, and our 5 shoots were finally completed in September, with Tara O’Brien finally making an acting appearance on that last day. It took over 5 hours for Saul Barnes to apply the special effects make-up to Tara, compared with about 3 hours of filming the actual scenes.

Undoubtedly, most time was spent in editing and post-production, with Alek taking on the mammoth task of creating virtual sets to apply to the green-screen shots, learning many of the techniques along the way. His approach ensured that the scenes he envisioned before the shooting began, made it onto the final video.

After almost 40 hours of shooting in front of a green screen, as well as in the darkness of central Auckland alleyways and carparks, and over 6 months of late nights in post-production, not to mention the time it took to plan and organise the people, the equipment and the resources involved, it’s finally here… and we are very proud, to say the least – it is incredibly satisfying and rewarding to see it all come together.

So, if you have a YouTube (or Vimeo account), and you agree that this is an impressive piece of work, could you please take the time to rate (and comment) on the video. We’d love to hear it!

YouTube (HD) | Vimeo (HD) | Behind the scenes pics | Pictures from the launch gig

Your support means so much to us. Thank you for taking the time!

Release Party

A quick “thank you” to all who came along to the “Panic Bells” video & remix single launch party – we were delighted to be able to share our achievements with you. Special mention to all the performers on the night – Bromide Dub (Kerry Adams), AP3X (Shane Willis), Romantech (Matt Turner), D.I.S.H.A (Ivan Ivanović) & Macros (Malcolm Burgess).


Ivan Vuković
Tara O’Brien

Director / Editor / Visual Effects
Aleksandar Janev

Producer / DOP
Iain Hamilton-Gates

Special Effects Make-up
Saul Barnes

Special Thanks to
Karl Howe
Carlota Sanchez
Marianna Salvini
Danielle Maurice
Nina Gastreich
+ EVERYONE who was at the premiere @ Galatos Lounge – Apr 22nd, ’10

“Panic Bells” is taken from the “Escape” EP (NCMR002EP), out now on newclear Music. Available from Beat Merchants, Conch, Marbecks, iTunes,, and other digital retailers.

“Panic Bells” – remixes by AP3X and Bromide Dub (NCMR003DS) – out now on newclear Music. Available from iTunes,, and other digital retailers.

Panic Bells Single, EP Release Re-Cap, DJ Set @ Fu + More

Bromide Dub Live @ ESCAPE

Panic Bells Remix Single – Coming Soon

The next official release will be the digital-only single with remixes of “Panic Bells” by AP3X and Bromide Dub. The single will accompany the “Panic Bells” music video, directed by Aleksandar Janev, which was shot in the second half of 2009 and is nearing the end of post-production. You can take a listen to the remixes in the player below.

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"Panic Bells" Video - Behind the scenes

The single and video are expected to be out in late April, and the remixes will be available for purchase through the usual online retailers. “Panic Bells” is taken from the Escape EP, and features Wellington’s Siknik on vocals.

Escape EP Release

Thanks to everyone who turned out to the Escape Release Party at Rising Sun in December – what an amazing night! Some photos from the evening are here and you can watch the highlights of nsu live set below.

You can also see a short snippet of the Bromide Dub live performance on YouTube and you can listen to the live recordings of the nsu set now on SoundCloud.

nsu Live @ ESCAPE

Massive thanks to all the amazing people who helped out behind the scenes. Huge respect to Bromide Dub, Soul Science, Stray Theories, Squeezer, emu, D.I.S.H.A, Shane Hollands, jus8ken, and Micah D. Wolfe for amazing performances on the night.

Big ups to Dave Underwood for providing visuals, Karl Howe for capturing the audio, Kerry Adams for secondary footage and Alek Janev for primary footage and masterful editing. Big up ya chest!

Last but not least: To the crowd: You made this night unforgettable – my eternal gratitude for your support!

Escape EP is out now.

UP FM Turns 8!

UP FM 8th Birthday – nsu B2B DJ Set

This Saturday 27th of March, UP FM, (where nsu, along with D.I.S.H.A & Romantech, hosts the Beat Dungeon Radio show, promoting NZ electronic music) is turning 8 years old, and to help celebrate, nsu will be playing a Back-to-Back DJ set with D.I.S.H.A and the X Squared crew at Fu Bar, at 10pm. For full details of the event, which takes place across three zones, click here.

You can now also join the Beat Dungeon Radio fanpage on Facebook to stay up-to-date with playlists, show recordings, artists features and releases. Click here for the nsu fanpage on Facebook.

Darkness Video

Could there be a better compliment? Zac Blair, aka DJ Jimmy Olsen downloaded an older nsu number, got inspired by it, and made a video for it. Watch right through to the end – it’s not just a pretty swirly light-show. Thanks Zac! (“Darkness” is available as free download from here)

Delicious Music NZ

Free nsu Downloads on Delicious Music

Last week, Delicious Music re-launched their new site to promote NZ produced electronic music. Registered users of the site can grab the latest free downloads from Delicious artists.

You can also check nsu’s profile, where we’ve just uploaded the instrumental version of “Upside Down” as a free download, amongst a few other tracks.