Lizard King finds his musical minions

The auditions have closed and Iggy has spoken.

As part of a promotion from telecommunications company Orcon for its next generation broadband, New Zealand musicians were offered the chance to lay down Iggy Pop’s renowned solo track ‘The Passenger’ online.

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More than 200 musicians auditioned (the ‘Together Incredible’ auditions were viewed more than 65,000 times on Facebook and attracted close to 4,000 fans), but there could be only eight: four from Wellington, two from Auckland and one each from Warkworth in Rodney District and Paraparaumu.

The rag tag band assembles on Friday, 30 October to hook up with Iggy in Miami via Orcon Broadband and will spend the day under the maestro’s guidance. Each of them will lay down their version of ‘The Passenger’, with Iggy taking care of the vocals.


The recording session is being streamed live at www.facebook.com/Orcon from around 1pm (NZST) and the finished track and footage from its creation will be turned in to a television ad, which will screen from 17 November onwards.

Orcon CEO Scott Bartlett says he was amazed at the quality and number of musicians who auditioned.

“Iggy obviously has huge pulling power in the global music community. We were expecting around 50 New Zealand musos to audition but in the end we had more than 200.

“It was a pretty tough job screening them down to eight but with Iggy’s help I think we have unearthed some awesome talent.” images

The group comprises: Tia Beaufort (Pukerua Bay, Wellington) & Stephanie Engelbrecht (Evans Bay, Wellington), drums; Charley Davenport (Paraparaumu), cello; Ben Jurisich (Warkworth) & Sam Logan (Karori, Wellington), guitars; Takumi Motokawa (Brooklyn, Wellington), xylophone; Daniel Tate (Onehunga, Auckland), bass; and Miho Wada (Remuera, Auckland), flute.

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