Sam Flynn Scott of The Phoenix Foundation - Bob Lennon John Dylan
I've been asked this by a few different media outlets and I give a different answer every time. This doesn't mean my answers aren't sincere. I was sincere when I said Tall Dwarfs (wouldn't that be great for this song?!) I was sincere when I said Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (that would be insane). Today I will sincerely say that would love it to be covered by Russell Crowe. He's a fan of the band apparently, he tweeted about us once. It's a crazy crazy world. On reflection, as much as I'd applaud the return of Russ Le Roq to the NZ scene, I think Tall Dwarfs is a solid choice.
Georgia Nott of Broods - Bridges
Kimbra. Not only have we been such massive fans since Settle Down but she has such an eccentric performance style. Her voice is incredible and her musicality is very admirable.
Either her or a barbershop quartet! That would be crazy cool!
Tami Neilson - Walk
If we're talking fantasy cover of my song, then what the heck, I'm going to go all out and have a supergroup, because it's my fantasy and I can. So, let's see ... a stripped back vocal/horns soul extravaganza with Aaradhna and Hopetoun Brown, slowly building to Sal Valentine & The Babyshakes kicking in on the second verse. Not that I've daydreamed about this or anything.
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Who am I kidding ... Neil Finn. If anyone answers any other artist but Neil Finn to this question, they are lying.
Louis Baker - Back On My Feet
I envisioned someone without any hesitation for this question - Don McGlashan. Around this time two years ago, I was feeling powerless, struggling to write music, and had a certain emptiness that I couldn't seem to shake. Don McGlashan's 2012 Silver Scrolls opening address turned my attitude around completely. Each time I re-read it, it allowed my deepest feelings to be revealed and healed. It was like he had written to encourage me personally. I'm a fan of Don's music. His voice has an emotive quality that lends itself nicely to my song, although in this instance, it is mainly the message in his words that resonates with me to feel a strong heart bond.
Tiny Ruins - Me At The Museum, You In The Wintergardens
I'd enjoy any alternative version of it, to be honest. I'd just be chuffed somebody took the time to learn it. It would be cool to see a group like Orchestra of Spheres playing it, something a bit experimental. Or a band like Rackets or Street Chant - a frantic, noisy version would be fun. It would just be cool to see something in contrast to ourselves.
What: The Apra 2014 Silver Scroll
Where: TSB Arena Wellington
Watch it: Via the live stream nzherald.co.nz tonight from 7.30pm.