About me....

Me and my first book. Photo: Grant Apiata

Kia ora! Greetings! I'm a musician, DJ, writer, and pop culture fiend; based in Auckland, New Zealand.

Musician: Dub Asylum / Hallelujah Picassos / Kilodee. I release my music thru my own label, Loopy Fruit Recordings.

DJ: I did a radio show called Ring The Alarm on BaseFM on Saturday 10am til midday NZT from mid 2004 til Oct 2023, 19 years. The shows are also available to listen to any time on Mixcloud. Prior to BaseFM I was a DJ on 95bFM and KiwiFM, and was a member of the Bassteppa Sound System, alongside The Chaplin, Big Matt, and Bobbylon.

Writer: Before I started this blog in 2003, I had various freelance writing gigs for local music magazines such as Real Groove, RipItUp, NZ Musician, Stamp, Lava and others. I am currently working on several writing projects. I published my first book in 2013, compiling some of my magazine articles focussing on interviews with New Zealand musicians and DJs, called I Believe You Are A Star.

I won a highly commended award for my writing at the Media Peace Awards in 1998, and was presented with a certificate by Noam Chomsky. He had a firm handshake.

I am writing a book about the Deepgrooves record label and the musicians, producers and DJs involved in it.

I have also been writing for the NZ music history website Audioculture.co.nz since its launch in 2013.