Sheppard Artist Development


Artist Development
Contact: Natalia Sheppard

Sheppard Artist Development is all about creating a platform for those Artists who are looking to launch their career within the NZ music industry and beyond.
We offer services that help bridge the gap between Artist and the music industry itself.

Sheppard Artist Development is about providing New Zealand musicians with songwriting and recording sessions, photo shoots, website and cover art design, and valuable mentoring sessions, career guidance, advice and support on where to go next and who to approach.
Artists are given a unique opportunity to expand their brand through different types of packages over a certain period, and vocalists will be given the chance to perform at a music industry evening, showcasing their talent to music managers, promoters and labels.
Each package can be tailored specifically to meet the needs of the Artist with add on's in the form of other services available.

We also offer a range of vocalists who producers can choose from if looking for a specific vocal for a track. This is often a great way to make your track unique and stand out, and help get you the attention of labels and promoters. For information on how this works - please email Natalia.

Sheppard Artist Development is about finding genuine talent and those willing to work hard and put in the hours to achieve the desired results.
We will not accept submissions unless accompanied by demo of some sort. Weather this is a youtube recording, studio recording, invitation to see said Artist performing live, or through private appointment.
We will also look at recommendations given by others in the industry, and in some exceptional cases where talent is without question, look to secure funding of some sort for the Artist.
This is to ensure we are taking on quality talent, or those with raw potential who we believe will truly benefit and who have something to offer the New Zealand music industry, and indeed Internationally.
Due to this we will only take on three to four Artists for each period, to ensure each singer is given the attention and time required to help expand their craft and build their knowledge over the eight week period.

Sheppard Artist Development is run by Natalia Sheppard.
With over 12 years in the International music industry at a professional level, Natalia is mostly known for her work within the Electronic Dance Music scene, particularly in Drum n Bass.
Natalia, (often referred to by her Artist name ‘Tali’), has won three DnB awards, travelled the globe several times over performing at festivals and clubs, and has had a UK top 40 hit.
Natalia has B.A in English Literature, a Diploma in performing arts from NASDA, NZ and a Teaching Diploma from the Canterbury College of Education.
Natalia has given inspirational talks in several music institutions in both the UK and NZ, and has released four albums and countless singles, collaborating with some of EDM’s most exciting producers.
She currently hosts a radio show every Saturday morning on George FM and was recently nominated as ‘Self Managed Artist Of The Year’ 2012-13 by the Music Managers Forum.
As Natalia is sponsored by SHURE microphones, Artists can expect to record their demos using some of the best in studio equipment, including Pro Tools 10.

Natalia has commissioned some of New Zealand’s most exciting young producers to be a part of Sheppard Artist Development, All are experienced in working to spec and creating professional standard backing tracks.

Professional photographer Toby Ricketts, Has experience in shooting studio and location photos shoots, working with many musicians and artists over the years. He also has experience in shooting video.

Lukas Kelly is an experienced and professional designer who has worked internationally from Scandinavia to America, and is now based in Christchurch working for a top design firm. He is experienced in Album and Single artwork, logo and website design.

For all serious enquiries please email Natalia.