First book star gazes through mu­sic scene

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By DANIELLE STREET

Peter McLen­nan’s first book is a snap­shot of when the Kiwi mu­sic scene re­ally be­gan to shin.

I Be­lieve You Are A Star is a col­lec­tion of ar­ti­cles writ­ten by the in­ner-city res­i­dent be­tween 1992 and 2003.

Its 202-pages fea­ture in­ter­views with mu­si­cians in­clud­ing P-Money, the late Darcy Clay, Fiona McDon­ald and Shayne Carter – who lends the ti­tle of his 2001 Dim­mer al­bum to the col­lec­tion.

The ar­ti­cles were orig­i­nally pub­lished in mag­a­zines such as NZ Mu­si­cian, Pave­ment and the now de­funct Stamp.

Mr McLen­nan says it was a lengthy task sort­ing through his bulky ar­chives to pull out the most in­ter­est­ing con­ver­sa­tions.

‘‘The other part was ac­tu­ally find­ing the ver­sions of them be­cause some of them were on floppy disc and I haven’t got a ma­chine which lets me get those off any­more,’’ he laughs.

The well known mu­si­cian and blog­ger ‘‘sort of fell into’’ free­lance mu­sic writ­ing while at art school. ‘‘It was ba­si­cally an ex­cuse for me to meet mu­si­cians that I wanted to meet any­way and find out about their creative process,’’ he says.

He stopped writ­ing about other peo­ple’s mu­sic around 2003 to con­cen­trate on his mu­sic un­der the name Dub Asy­lum.

I Be­lieve You Are A Star is be­ing re­leased to co­in­cide with New Zealand Mu­sic Month.

In­ter­vie­wees like P-Money, SJD and the Black Seeds were just at the dawn of their ca­reers when Mr McLen­nan spoke to them.

‘‘The late 1990s, early 2000s is about the time when New Zealand mu­sic re­ally be­gan to take off.

‘‘It went from 2 per cent to 20 per cent on the ra­dio,’’ Mr McLen­nan says.

‘‘It was ba­si­cally the point when NZ mu­sic re­ally started to blos­som.’’

The of­fi­cial launch of I Be­lieve You Are a Star is to­mor­row from 3pm at Conch Records on Pon­sonby Rd.

The book will be sold in record stores and on­line with a RRP of $20.

Kiwi mu­sic: I Be­lieve You Are A Star by Peter McLen­nan.

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