Happy Customers and Clients

Here are some of the feedback, notes, encouragement and thanks that we received over the years, from Play It Strange Graduates, family members and teachers.


I love to follow the Play It Strange Trust.

My son Justin and his friend Ben came second in the inaugural year of the song writing competition . The experience truly enhanced Justin's final year of school and paved the way for future successes. Thank you to you, Debbie, and Mike for encouraging so many young people since Play It Strange's inception.

You are really making a huge difference to kids from all walks of life. What you do opens their eyes to possibilities and allows them to dream big and experience success from an early age in an industry that is hard to break into. It gives them the courage to keep writing and performing.

Thanks again from a very grateful Mum,
Lynda Vidulich

Dear Mike and Play It Strange,

My recording experience has no words. If you took every incredible emotion you can think of and knotted it together to make one, that is just a fraction of what it felt like to me.

My experience started when I walked into Neil Finn’s Roundhead Studios in Auckland. From that point on I kept asking my dad to pinch me because I felt as if every moment was a dream. Hearing the song I started with and then later on hearing the final product made me realise the amount of work that went into it. It was a wonderful process but it was worth it and the outcome was incredible!   

Cheers, Cascade Price 
Spotswood College, New Plymouth 

Dear Play It Strange,

As always I try to make my songs unique and I'm very happy with how it turned out on the album.

Again I wanted to thank you for all that you've done for me over the last few years. I have gained a lot of experience from working with you and I have gotten to know some superb other artists.   

I have realised the power that songwriting can have after playing a song I wrote for my teacher at our last assembly, it is really awesome what music can do. I'd love to keep in touch and I will be following the future adventures of Play It Strange very closely.

Emma Cooper-Williams    
Rangitoto College; Ak

Dear Play It Strange,

I would just like to say a massive thank you to Play It Strange for all your help and support this year.

I could not have done any of my biggest achievements without your support. It means a lot to me that you're so kind and encouraging towards many musicians including my own music.    

You've truly made me realize that if music is my passion, then performing it and making it is what I am going to spend the rest of my life doing. I can't wait for what's to come in future and I wish you all the best for your future endeavours within the music industry and I hope to be working with you more in future as well! 

Levi Sarah        
Kaipara College; Helensville

    Dear Play It Strange,

I have been listening to the album as I study for my NCEA exams and it really is incredible!

I'm so impressed by the consistent quality of all of the songs! Wow!

I'd like to thank you and the Play It Strange team for doing such an amazing job and making this all possible! I will forever be grateful for being given the opportunity and have enjoyed and learnt a great deal from it! Your feedback and comments have been very, very much appreciated..

Gwen Palmer-Steeds      
Wakatipu High School;  Queenstown



Mike

Just wanted to message you saying thank you so much for the lyric book and for giving me the opportunity to be apart of it. I loved flicking through it and think it's such an awesome idea.
It was so cool reading everyone else's words and hearing the voices of different people through their blurbs.

Congrats on creating something awesome

Abbey Noelle    
Epsom Girls Grammar

    Dear Mike 

I’d like you to know that Play It Strange has made a world of difference to my daughter Emma Cooper-Williams. 

Thanks to opportunities that have arisen from her Play It Strange music award last year, she’s gone from writing songs in her room to performing her Peace Song and other compositions on stages both large and small including, most memorably, at the Peace Park in Hiroshima, Japan.  

It has made a tremendous difference to her confidence  as a singer-songwriter. She has reaped the rewards of hard work and persistence in pursuit of her craft; Play It Strange gave her the encouragement to keep going at just the right time.  

Play It Strange has identified and filled an important gap in the NZ music scene and I hope it will be around for  a long time to come.    

Kind regards, 
Fiona Cooper Clarke

To Mike Chunn and the Play It Strange crew

Words cannot explain how thankful I am for everything that has happened to me since I entered my song in the Peace Song Competition.  

From recording my song to the INCREDIBLE experience of Japan, to my confidence in performing and improving through it all, to the Next foundation wanting to use my song in one of their videos.   

The life-changing experiences and opportunities that you have gifted me makes me overwhelmed with gratitude and has made my passion for music and songwriting increase even more.   I

love what you are doing for young New Zealand artists and I can’t thank you enough for what you have done for me.   

With love   
Jessica Adams
 
Mackenzie College,  Fairlie   

    Dear Mike and Play It Strange,

I’d like you to know that Play It Strange has made a world of difference to my daughter Emma Cooper-Williams. 

Thanks to opportunities that have arisen from her Play It Strange music award last year, she’s gone from writing songs in her room to performing her Peace Song and other compositions on stages both large and small including, most memorably, at the Peace Park in Hiroshima, Japan.  

It has made a tremendous difference to her confidence  as a singer-songwriter. She has reaped the rewards of hard work and persistence in pursuit of her craft; Play It Strange gave her the encouragement to keep going at just the right time.  

Play It Strange has identified and filled an important gap in the NZ music scene and I hope it will be around for  a long time to come.    

Kind regards, 
Fiona Cooper Clarke

Dear Mike, 

As I look through our photographs -  there have been SO MANY 'Play it Strange' experiences- one almost forgets. From Parnell Main Street performance with Joel Little - now of Lorde fame- to music Quiz performances, audiences of thousands in the domain....aka Kiwi Day Out, cool happening venues like the Art Gallery, celebrity audiences like the Mayor and politicians, The Town Hall..... on Stage with Graham Brazier and Hello Sailor, and real life studio recording at Roundhead Studios. How cool! 

Who knew from the first Play it Strange collaboration at the tender age of 11 such things would come.  

The celebrities inspire,  the experiences conquer nerves and valuable knowledge is learned. Play It Strange has given Zane (and his band of merry men) confidence, thrills, drive and incentives.  But most significant- the desire to be a musician. He heads into the future with a surety, and knowledge he may never have gained.

Thank you Play It Strange!  You are Rock Stars!!   
Sonja Hawkins -  mother of Zane   

 Feedback from a Hamilton teacher after a Jam Bus visit

“The kids had a total blast when Barney and Ben turned up at our school.  The two of them developed an instant and appropriate rapport with the kids who responded accordingly.  The students have talked a great deal about the experience since and  have really grown in their "musical" self esteem.  

When the CD's arrived they were of exceptional quality and I have had excellent feedback on them from the students, teachers and parents.  All in all a very worthwhile and rewarding experience. Now to the Story. Warren is a young 13 y.o lad in my class.  Until recently he was the guitar player in the school band however he has over the past few years been deteriorating rapidly under the advancement of muscular dystrophy.  

The prognosis is not great and in the last two years he has lost his ability to walk and is now confined to a wheelchair.   He was often away from school, or when he did come he was often in a bad mood and things had perhaps not gone well for him that morning.  His  father reported to me that on the morning of the Jam Bus visit, he was so excited he had got himself up at 7.00am and was trying to tie up his own shoes.  
 
He helped out Ben and Barney all day.  Played piano on multiple tracks and generally decided that day that sound engineering was his thing.  He is leading the school band and we are playing at the Rock-Shop Band quest this year.  He is also fronting on piano at the school production.  Will's confidence and self belief is back in spades.  His class work and general behaviour is way better.  He still has his bad days as you'd expect but he is the better person for having had the Jam Bus visit.

Dear Mike and Play It Strange

We would like to outline how fabulous it is to have had some involvement with the  truly incredible 'Play it Strange' phenomenon. 

We have six children and two of them have had the wonderful fortune to have been inducted into the creative family of Play it Strange. We have seen their delight at being accepted as songwriters and performers, as well as the very real and life changing effect of mixing with Mike Chunn and all the enthusiastic colleagues he has. 

Not only have Grace and Fletcher really lifted their musical  confidence and ability, it has also resulted in a lift in the musical and creative ambition of their siblings  as well as many many friends . 

The energy that has been generated from this amazing organization, is palpable and ongoing. We implore any organizations looking to invest their hard earned community oriented funding to put it  here.   

Then see how they can hear the very special creation of music which inspires and expresses with enduring delight, who we are as a people in a young and creative country at the beginning of tomorrow

Kind regards, John and Juliet Mills. 
John Mills Registered Architect BBSc, BArch (hons), F.N.Z.I.A