PNC PNC is releasing his newest hit which features Julie Taale titled Take Me Home. The song is a tale of love gone wrong, it will appeal to various genres and keep the dance floor moving. The song samples the 80s classic by Eddie Money featuring Ronnie Spector, Take Me Home Tonight. The hit song, Take Me Home mixes Hip-Hop, Rock, R&B and Electro with the retro 80s feel.
PNC, real name, Sam Hansen was born in Palmerston North and is one of todays most talked about artist in his field, Aotearoa Hip-hop. His refreshing style has caught the attention of many of New Zealands DJs and artists.
PNC co-wrote the hit Everything with P-Money which was nominated for Best Kiwi MTV AVMAs for 2009. PNC also performed with P-Money at the latest Good Vibration Festivals. At only 21, PNC has supported tours by international acts Lupe Fiasco and Dizzee Rascal and Scribe, Frontline, Che Fu, Dawn Raid and Dj Sir-Vere.
PNC began being noticed in the undergrounds and his first single Day In The Life stayed at number one for three weeks whilst receiving serious radio play.
PNC is know for his solo album, Rookie Card which had the singles Just Roll and Who Betta Than This. This album received many nominated at the New Zealand Pacific Music Awards, of which he won two.
2008 was a huge year for PNC he released three radio singles, Moonlight, Find Me and the latest hit Take Me Home.
What was it like to work with P-Money?
PNC : P-Money runs my record lable, Dirty Records, he was the executive producer on my album and is basically my mentor.
How was performing at Good Vibrations?
PNC : Awesome. It was my first and best festival. Good Vibrations really sums it up because it was good vibes espeically with electrionic and hiphop. It was really cool meeting hip-hop acts.
Describe your newest track, Take Me Home?
PNC : It is very 80s influenced. It is a song about musicans and the crazy fans and crazy love. It is love gone wrong.
What excites you the most about your album release in March 2009?
PNC : I just want people to hear it. I am eager to see what people think. It was really experiemental for me.
Where does the name PNC come from?
PNC : I never chose my name. With my first song I started by saying PNC (Palmerston North City) which is where I am from in New Zealand. So everyone was calling me That PNC Guy! So it stuck.
How did it feel to hear your song played all over the airwaves?
PNC : Awesome. It was the best feeling. When it is finished and it has a cover and you can open it up its the best part. It really took me the whole way.
What music/artists do you listen to when you are not playing your own?
PNC : I listen to a wide variety. Dance and Rock. I am into a Aussie band at the moment Miami Horror- they were on the Good Vibes tour and where great. I also like Empire of the Sun record, Im really into Aussie artists at the moment (laughs). I still like Outkast and that too.
Do you prefer performing live or recording?
PNC : If I had to choose I would saying recording, I love producing music. I still like performing live and seeing what people think of you music but I am a studio dude.
What/who was your inspiration to go into the music industry?
PNC : What I listened to growing up. Bobby Brown and Michael Jackson where big influences and whatever else my Mum put on. Scribe and P-Money where huge influences for me in the New Zealand music scene. They really made a living from music and produce it at high standards.
What is the biggest challenge you have faced along the way to your musical success?
PNC : Challenge? I think its persevation, like sometimes you get down if its not happening for you. My advice is to work hard all the time. If you work hard you wont have a probolem. I know on the flipside people that have the talent but they have no work ethic and they just fall. It is about working hard to maintain success. If you have a good work ethic and stay on the grind you will make it happen. You can jump over hurdles with good work ethic. Work Hard.