The 2014 Who Loves Who Competition is young New Zealanders celebrating New Zealand music by recording their own interpretation of a New Zealand song.
Mike Chunn CEO Play It Strange:
"The craft of recording songs brings with it the important aspects of arrangement and performance. Those three elements combine to give a song, any song, a unique station. The WHO LOVES WHO competition is all about this. Students - whether solo, duo or in numbers, choose a NZ song that has been commercially released - and arrange it, perform it and record it using their imagination as the terms of reference. In other words - they can be as inventive as they like.
The recordings o this album were chosen by the Play It Strange panel as indicating an evocative and colourful arrangement, played and sung well and recorded with skill.
The winning track - chosen by Chris Caddick: chair of Recorded Music - is a wonderful example of the aims of this competition. Shihad's Pacifierˆ by Michaela Clark of Manurewa High School
is a wonderfully kaleidescopic adventure and shows a really creative sense of subtlety for what was originally a hard rock song."