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Dave Baxter​
Musician, Avalanche City               

Bachelor of Media Arts (Commercial Music)

​​Awards: APRA Silver Scroll award for ‘Love, Love, Love’​

​​"A​ll the free studio time I was able to use for non-assignment work was great - just getting to play around in the studio was essential to improve my recording abilities.”

​​A career in music can be difficult to establish, says Dave Baxter, and he’s still not sure how he managed to make his path work. However, he seems to be doing a lot of things right. In keeping with its namesake, his project Avalanche City gathered sudden momentum after many years of preparation. Our New Life Above The Ground was initially a solo project offered free online, and gathered thousands of downloads. Dave was signed to a global deal by Warner Music Group. The album held a month-long debut at number one on the NZ charts, and went gold. Hit single ‘Love, Love, Love’ was used as a TV2 theme song, and won an APRA Silver Scroll award.                

​It all made for a crazy couple of years, says Dave, and subsequent gigs were pretty good too. “The Classic Hits Winery Tour was amazing. I toured with fun. in the US for a little while, which was incredible, and did the Big Day Out tour in Australia.” 

Dave’s favourite aspect of the Bachelor of Media Arts was the integration between different disciplines. “It was where I learnt to score for short films, which helped me in my job at Kog Studios in Auckland, and we did TV commercials, and scores for documentaries. Also all the free studio time I was able to use for non-assignment work was great - just getting to play around in the studio was essential to improve my recording abilities.”                

Check out Avalanche City's website here and follow them on Facebook here​.​​