"I think the most controversial thing I have ever done is to stick around. Michael is gone. Tupac is gone. Prince is gone. Whitney is gone. Amy Winehouse is gone. David Bowie is gone. But I'm still standing. I'm one of the lucky ones and every day I count my blessings." - Madonna
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"I think the most controversial thing I have ever done is to stick around. Michael is gone. Tupac is gone. Prince is gone. Whitney is gone. Amy Winehouse is gone. David Bowie is gone. But I'm still standing. I'm one of the lucky ones and every day I count my blessings." - Madonna

YAMI 2017 Tutors & Speakers

Tutors & Speakers subject to change

Moana Maniapoto

Moana Maniapoto

Recently inducted into NZ's Hall of Fame, Moana Maniapoto is a true taonga of Aotearoa. Consistently pushing the boundaries of Maori music in both her recordings and live performances, Moana is looking forward to working with our creative performers.
Matty Newton

Matty Newton

Straight from Sydney, Matty has ticked off such roles as Tour Manager for The Veronicas, Social Media Manager, and Music Programmer. He is now is Music Editor at Pandora where he looks after curation and playlisting.
Paddy Free

Paddy Free

One of NZ's best-known electronic musicians, is widely recognised as one-half of electronic duo Pitch Black as well as earning awards and credit as a producer of several albums by Salmonella Dub.
Warren Maxwell

Warren Maxwell

Award winning musician, composer, and multi-instrumentalist of Little Bushman and TrinityRoots', Warren also has the gift of guiding students through the songcrafting world leaving them inspired and productive. This tane  is a true Legend of Aotearoa...
Anna Coddington

Anna Coddington

With three successful albums, collaborations with Fly My Pretties and numerous tours under her belt, singer-songwriter Anna is eager to share the highs and lows of her musical journey.
Louis Baker

Louis Baker

Award winning songsmith Louis Baker,  offers insight into crafting soulful lyrics and mesmerizing melodies. His music earning him regard both home and abroad.
Anika Moa

Anika Moa

Queen of screen and song, multi-award winning singer & songwriter Anika Moa is brave, authentic, and generous in the sharing of her breadth of knowledge of the NZ music industry. He wahine toa. Yup.
Julia Deans

Julia Deans

Starting her career as lead singer of Fur Patrol, Julia has gone on to cement her place as one of NZ's top female songwriting talents...ever.
Victoria Kelly

Victoria Kelly

Composer, performer and producer of music with ties to the sync industry, Kelly currently works in the music industry as Director of NZ Membership at APRA AMCOS.
Stephen King

Stephen King

Stephen is a partner at Media Arts Lawyers. Stephen combines his legal knowledge with his vast experience representing artists globally.
JY Lee

JY Lee

Saxophonist/Woodwind/Keyboardist/Vocalist, JY Lee has garnered a reputation as a very eclectic and experimental musician, playing in numerous bands over the years including full time with Yoko-Zuna as a multi-instrumentalist.
Kenji-Iwamitsu Holdaway

Kenji-Iwamitsu Holdaway

Kenji is a member of live progressive-electronic act Yoko-Zuna. He has used his musical knowledge and guitar skills to contribute in shaping Yoko-Zuna's unique sound.
Frank Eliesa

Frank Eliesa

Producer, keyboardist and founding member of Yoko-Zuna - Frank (aka Frank Keys) has collaborated and performed with many award winning NZ artists, both as a band member and solo musician.
Swap Gomez

Swap Gomez

Founding member and drummer for Yoko-Zuna, Swap Gomez has clocked over 10 years worth of recording & live performance experience as a session drummer with an array of established NZ & International Artists.
King Kapisi

King Kapisi

King Kapisi AKA Bill Urale is one of New Zealands pioneering  hip hop artists. A former Silver Scroll winner Bill is keen to share his extensive experience in New Zealand and abroad.
Barnaby Weir

Barnaby Weir

Singer, songwriter, guitarist, DJ and producer, Barnaby is founding member of The Black Seeds, musical director of Fly My Pretties and a true pioneer within the NZ music industry.
Bridget Johnson

Bridget Johnson

Bridget is a lecturer in Music Technology at Massey University working on the cutting edge of music software and hardware development. Bridget is an accomplished instrument builder, composer and performer.
Ned Ngatae

Ned Ngatae

Master of the licks, Ned Ngatae has worked as a guitarist with the likes of Trinity Roots, The Black Seeds, Fly My Pretties and plenty more. Ned is known also as DJ Killamanraro.
Devin Abrams

Devin Abrams

Founding Member of Shapeshifter, Devin took on multiple roles as Director, Manager, Producer and Musician in the band. The highly acclaimed act Pacific Heights is Devin's creation, for which he recently won a Tui Award (Best Electronic Album).
Deanne Krieg

Deanne Krieg

With over six years of involvement as a professional musician - between collaborative and solo projects - Deanne offers a breadth of knowledge as bandleader, session/studio musician, back up vocalist, and composer.
Cory Champion

Cory Champion

Drummer for Electric Wire Hustle and Pacific Heights, this young musician has carved a niche for himself through both collaborative projects, solo ensembles and production.
Tali

Tali

A prolific writer, performer, and business owner, Tali has won numerous awards for her craft and is passionate about artist mentoring and development.
Mikee Tucker

Mikee Tucker

Founder of Loop Recordings Aot(ear)oa – independent record label and artist booking agency, Mikee is also Co-founder of music and art collective Fly My Pretties. He provides an abundant array of everything from streaming to marketing to touring.
David Ridler

David Ridler

Recently appointed Head of Music and Radio at NZ On Air, David is also currently the Content Director for NZME's Radio Hauraki. With a wealth of knowledge in funding and promotion, David will be part of our panel discussions.
Martine Harding

Martine Harding

Half of soulful electronica duo Arma Del Amor, singer-songwriter Martine is here to share her stories of 10 years of performance and crafting original songs.
Lisa Tomlins

Lisa Tomlins

New Zealand's own diva, who has worked with the likes of Rhombus, Shapeshifter and Fly My Pretties, Lisa lends her talents to our vocalists at the summit.
Danny Fairley

Danny Fairley

Multi-instrumentalist and producer Danny (aka Civilian Sol, Arma Del Amor) possesses a wealth of knowledge in crafting beats, audio production and song writing. He also composes music for clients such as Mercedes Benz, Mountain Dew and Les mills.
Lee Prebble

Lee Prebble

Multi award-winning audio engineer, producer and multi-instrumentalist, Lee is the founder and owner of Surgery Studios, Wellington.
Nicky Harrop

Nicky Harrop

Programme developer for Massey University’s Bachelor of Commercial Music, Nicky’s background is in record companies, publicity, label management, marketing, and artist development, live events, sponsorship & content strategy.
Dylan Pellet

Dylan Pellet

General Manager of Independent Music New Zealand (IMNZ) Dylan has worked across the New Zealand music industry for the last 19 years, in touring, music synchronisation, creative execution and a nine year stint at Flying Nun Records.

Below are some of our previous YAMI tutors and speakers.

Mu

Mu

The founder, the man, the machine behind Fat Freddy's Drop, Mu's skills as rhythm-maker and crafter of beats are legendary.
Ladi6

Ladi6

A multi award winnning artist who continues to reach new heights as a global entertainer and music maker. Ladi will be joining us to work with those who have a specific lyrical leaning.
Parks

Parks

Premier beat maker, Parks has deservedly received huge admiration from the musical collective both nationally and internationally. The machine behind Ladi6 will be coming to share his love for and skills in beat making and song crafting.
Rio Hemopo

Rio Hemopo

Best known as bass player and founding member of Trinity Roots, Rio has exceptional talents in production, as well as guiding songwriters in elevating their music.
Dave Dobbyn

Dave Dobbyn

In over 30 years as a recording artist, he has written the soundtrack to kiwi lives, with a string of hits including ‘Be Mine Tonight’, ‘Loyal’, ‘Slice of Heaven’,  ‘Welcome Home’ and oodles more.  Dave is our 2015 Kiwi Legend.
Lee Prebble

Lee Prebble

Multi award-winning audio engineer, producer and multi-instrumentalist, Lee is the founder and owner of Surgery Studios, Wellington.
Sam Flynn Scott

Sam Flynn Scott

As founding member, songwriter, guitarist and vocalist for multi-award winning The Phoenix Foundation, Sam's experience extends from composing and touring, to writing for film.
Julien Dyne

Julien Dyne

With a history of colossal music crafting talent, the devilishly talented Julien has multiple releases as a solo artist and years under his belt as a live drummer for Ladi6.
Thomas Oliver

Thomas Oliver

Multi-talented songwriter, singer and musician, Thomas has extensive international touring experience as well as an unearthly passion for the Weissenborn lap steel guitar.
Cushla Aston

Cushla Aston

Founder of Aston Rd, Cushla currently manages solo artists, Louis Baker, Thomas Oliver and Estère. Winner of 'Upcoming manager of the year' in 2012. Cushla is on the executive committee for the MMF and the board for IMNZ.
Laughton Kora

Laughton Kora

Founding member of Kora, this uber-talented musician & educator enjoys sharing his vast musical knowledge, passing down his talents to those he mentors.
Paul McLaney

Paul McLaney

Well-established music publisher, Paul is currently a Writer Relations Manager for Native Tongue Music and previously spent nine years managing Mushroom Music. He has extensive roots as a musician and is deputy chair of the NZ Music Commission.
Katie Thompson

Katie Thompson

Multi-talented recording artist Katie shares her enormous wealth of knowledge in self-management, crowdfunding, music videos and more.
Jon Toogood

Jon Toogood

Founding member of legendary Kiwi rock band Shihad, Jon has expansive experience in touring, performing, and composing which he generously shares with those committed to a musical world. Jon takes to the 2016 stage as our Kiwi Legend.
Anika Moa

Anika Moa

Queen of screen and song, multi-award winning singer & songwriter Anika Moa is brave, authentic, and generous in the sharing of her breadth of knowledge of the NZ music industry. He wahine toa. Yup.
Julia Deans

Julia Deans

Starting her career as lead singer of Fur Patrol, Julia has gone on to cement her place as one of NZ's top female songwriting talents...ever.
Martine Harding

Martine Harding

Half of soulful electronica duo Arma Del Amor, singer-songwriter Martine is here to share her stories of 10 years of performance and crafting original songs.
Warren Maxwell

Warren Maxwell

Award winning musician, composer, and multi-instrumentalist of Little Bushman and TrinityRoots', Warren also has the gift of guiding students through the songcrafting world leaving them inspired and productive. This tane  is a true Legend of Aotearoa...
Devin Abrams

Devin Abrams

Founding Member of Shapeshifter, Devin took on multiple roles as Director, Manager, Producer and Musician in the band. The highly acclaimed act Pacific Heights is Devin's creation, for which he recently won a Tui Award (Best Electronic Album).
Tali

Tali

A prolific writer, performer, and business owner, Tali has won numerous awards for her craft and is passionate about artist mentoring and development.
David Ridler

David Ridler

Recently appointed Head of Music and Radio at NZ On Air, David is also currently the Content Director for NZME's Radio Hauraki. With a wealth of knowledge in funding and promotion, David will be part of our panel discussions.
Danny Fairley

Danny Fairley

Multi-instrumentalist and producer Danny (aka Civilian Sol, Arma Del Amor) possesses a wealth of knowledge in crafting beats, audio production and song writing.
Anthony Healey

Anthony Healey

Anthony Healey is the Head of APRA AMCOS NZ ensuring composers, songwriters & publishers are rewarded whenever their works are played, performed or reproduced.
Lisa Tomlins

Lisa Tomlins

New Zealand's own diva, who has worked with the likes of Rhombus, Shapeshifter and Fly My Pretties, Lisa lends her talents to our vocalists at the summit.
Steven Marr

Steven Marr

Founder and producer of trip hop band Doprah, Steven's broad skills as a musician showcase contemporary music as it surges towards the next decade...
Lynne Christie

Lynne Christie

Founder of NZ's longest running not-for-profit Kiwi music festival (Rippon), Lynne is keen to share the broader picture of the industry, while encouraging artists to make the most of their talents.
Teresa Patterson

Teresa Patterson

Teresa has worked in the music industry for over 20 years in a variety of roles including artist manager, booking agent, tour promoter, publicist, major label head. She is also the Chairperson of the NZ Music Managers Forum.
Dan Chisholm

Dan Chisholm

Currently practising as a music and entertainment lawyer advising clients in both Australia and New Zealand, Dan is also a former professional musician and has been nominated for APRA and Rolling Stone awards.
Dylan Pellet

Dylan Pellet

General Manager of Independent Music New Zealand (IMNZ) Dylan has worked across the New Zealand music industry for the last 19 years, in touring, music synchronisation, creative execution and a nine year stint at Flying Nun Records.