Wellington's best new musical talent showcased to help put them on the map

The search to find New Zealand's next music sensation has come to Wellington.

Live Nation and Vodafone's Ones to Watch programme aims to uncover the next wave of Kiwi musicians.

So far, It's found ONONO, Mo Etc. and Rhys Rich.

"We'll sit down and find an artist put them on the showcase, put them on the website that goes international. Then we sit down with them and go what kind of touring opportunities we can offer, what are you doing with festivals,how do we help you take that next step," Live Nation NZ Managing Director Mark Kneebone says.

Hoping to take that next step is Jono Nott. He usually drums for Broods and Robinson for this performance he's ONONO.

"Our music is kind of like party, electronic dance-pop but it's played by a band. It's kind of cinematic, escapist pop for the soul searcher is the nice way to put it I think," he says.

Moana Ete is also stepping into the spotlight as Mo Etc.

"We play soul so that's pretty much hyphenated with many other genre, soul acoustic, soul electronica, neo-soul," she told Newshub.

The closed border has hit the music industry hard, so this chance is a golden one.

"At the moment in New Zealand it's a great time for independent artists. There are opportunities to play more and get involved in bigger shows, bigger festivals," Nott says.

Ete says she's keen to "just to have a jam and be able to share music and be open to what happens next".