The Famous Elsewhere Questionnaire

Fifteen revealing questions submitted to well-known musicians or newcomers to the game which they can answer seriously or as silly as they please.

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THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE JAZZ QUESTIONNAIRE: Tom Ludvigson of Trip to the Moon

29 Aug 2016  |  3 min read

As one half of the production of the new Trip to the Moon album A Traveller's Tale – with Trevor Reekie – Tom Ludvigson brings a wealth of playing, writing and production experience. The keyboard player and programer in TTTMoon, Ludvigson is also a jazz player of immeasurable skills so the improvised, ambient nature of Trip's music is a zone in which he is entirely... > Read more

Sana Monica Stroll

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Wayne Hussey of the Mission

26 Aug 2016  |  2 min read

You have to tip your hat to the Mission fronted by Wayne Hussey (formerly of Dead or Alive with Pete Burns and then the Sisters of Mercy). They emerged out of Britain's Goth cult and – despite line-up changes and a few periods of inactivity – they are still with us, 30 years on. And their forthcoming album Another Fall From Grace (with guest Gary Numan, released September... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE PRODUCER QUESTIONNAIRE: Trevor Reekie of Trip To The Moon

25 Aug 2016  |  5 min read

When trying to explain to radio listeners recently just who Trevor Rekkie is and why he's so important, it quickly became clear that he was too big a subject to encapsulate with any economy. He has record labels (Pagan and Antennae) which were launching pads for Bic Runga, Greg Johnson, the Warratahs and many others; he is a musican (Car Crash Set's elelctronica to playing guitar on albums... > Read more

Indra's Pearl from A Traveller's Tale

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Steve Abel

1 Aug 2016  |  3 min read

Singer-songwriter Steve Abel is extremely well-known and highly regarded by fellow New Zealand musicians and a loyal following, but perhaps completely unrecognised beyond that world. That he doesn't release albums often is in no doubt part of his low profile, but after an absence he returns with his laconic, melancholy alt.folk on a new album Luck/Hope (released August 5 on his own... > Read more

Sidewalk Doves of NYCity

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE JAZZ QUESTIONNAIRE: Jay Power

1 Aug 2016  |  4 min read

Although Australian singer Jay Power isn't perhaps strictly a "jazz" singer as some might define it, she is appearing at the Bay of Islands Jazz and Bues festival later this month at the end of a short New Zealand tour (dates below). Her soul-coloured r'n'b style has infuences from jazz and its a genre she knows her stuff about, as her answers below show. Back home she has... > Read more

Heaven Mixed with Hell

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Andrew Keoghan

29 Jul 2016  |  2 min read

Expat New Zealand singer-songwriter Andrew Keoghan -- formerly based in NYC, now in LA -- won massive plaudits for his previous album, the Elsewhere favourite Arctic Tales Divide of 2011. That album had him in the running for a Taite Award and his new one Every Orchid Offering -- more subtle in places, sonically more eclectic -- might just see him in the same company. The 10 songs... > Read more

They Don't Want a Boyfriend

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE WRITERS QUESTIONNAIRE: Henry Rollins

25 Jul 2016  |  5 min read

When Henry Rollins first came to New Zealand in 1990 he was a menacing figure. The bellicose and punishing frontman for Black Flag with a reputation for confrontation (his major back-tatt was the Stooges' slogan "Search and Destroy"). And in some ways he didn't disappoint. He was on a spoken-word tour and when the opening act for his Auckland show dropped out the courageous and... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Lawrence Arabia

7 Jul 2016  |  3 min read

Because Elsewhere did an in-depth interview with Lawrence Arabia (known at school as James Milne) a couple of years ago, this time out we have flicked the APRA-award winning gentleman our Famous Elsewhere Songwriter Questionnaire. The reason being is that he's just released a new album Absolute Truth – songs written after the birth of his first child so “It wasn't a... > Read more

What Became of That Angry Young Man

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Gareth Thomas

27 Jun 2016  |  4 min read

Mild-mannered architect and designer by day, pop star by night? Sort of because Gareth Thomas of the off-on again Goodshirt has his own design company but has just released his excelent second solo album Fizzy Milk (and the day-job explains the natty cover art). We invited Thomas to share some of his design work with us (see here) but also felt -- because it's a terrific album and he's... > Read more

All This

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE PRODUCER QUESTIONNAIRE: Devin Abrams

27 May 2016  |  3 min read

Our variations on the Famous Elsewhere Questionnaire (songwriter, writer, filmmaker and so on) bring some interesting – and regrettably sometimes mundane – responses. But it is a real pleasure to inaugurate a Famous Elsewhere Producer Questionnaire with New Zealander Pacific Heights (known to his family as Devin Abrams) not just because his new album The Stillness is such... > Read more

Realms ft Deanne Krieg

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Derek Jacombs

23 May 2016  |  2 min read

Derek Jacombs is the frontman for a band we are now officially allowed to describe as “long-running”. His band Kokomo are celebrating their 25th year in business and – as they should – have released a double-disc retrospective collection, Batten Down the Hatches, which comes in a DVD-sized box with a 25 page booklet of track and personnel information. Kokomo... > Read more

Plastic Jesus

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Guy Wishart

28 Apr 2016  |  6 min read

Auckland singer-songwriter Guy Wishart has been missing in inaction for far too long. But we forgive him, for the past four years he has been living in India and Thiland. Those with long memories however wil recal that 1990 was his year: he won the Silver Scroll for his song Don't Take Me For Granted (from the album of the same name) and also picked up Most Promising Male Vocalist at the... > Read more

Cold Wet Ground

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Hollie Smith

1 Apr 2016  |  3 min read

Hollie Smith has always been busy, but getting her into a recording studio has been more difficult. It has been almost a decade since her imressive debut Long Player and six years since her somewhat overlooked Humour and the Misfortune of Others. But now she has a new album out Water or Gold and is embarking on a national tour to showcase it (see dates below).  But as she told the... > Read more

Water or Gold

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE WORLD MUSIC QUESTIONNAIRE: Asha Bhosle

3 Mar 2016  |  2 min read

When Britain's Cornershop scored a hit with Brimful of Asha back in '97 it was perhaps the first time many had heard the name of Asha Bhosle, one of the song's subjects. But her voice has been familiar to generations because she is one the most successful and most recorded artists of the past six decades. As a playback singer – she sings while the actresses mime – her... > Read more

Mera Kuch Saaman (Bhosle with the Kronos Quartet)

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Steven Marr of Doprah

19 Feb 2016  |  3 min read

It never hurts to start your career somewhere near the top, as Doprah did. The band fronted by Indira Force and producer Steven Marr formed in 2013 and ther following year supported Lorde at her post-Grammy homecoming gig, released their acclaimed debut EP and were picked by Billboard magazine in the States as a Next Big Sound band. Their manga/J-pop inspired video for Stranger People... > Read more

Wool

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE REGGAE QUESTIONNAIRE: Duncan Campbell of UB40

8 Feb 2016  |  2 min read

The story goes that when Duncan Campbell was asked if he wanted to join the band his brothers Ali and Robin were forming in Birmingham he declined because he knew they wouldn't get anywhere. That was 1978 and the band was UB40 who went on to sell millions of albums, and then more millions. Controversially he got the chance to join in 2008 – after a career which included... > Read more

Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE WRITERS QUESTIONNAIRE: Peter Wells

1 Feb 2016  |  2 min read

New Zealand novelist, historian and film-maker Peter Wells says he was a timid boy at school but thanks the bullies because they forced him to put down on paper what he couldn't say aloud. It has been 25 years since his groundbreaking collection of gay-themed short stories Dangerous Desires brought him to attention and won the Reed New Zealand Book Award (it was also published in New... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE REGGAE QUESTIONNAIRE: Robin Campbell of UB40

1 Feb 2016  |  3 min read

What's in a name? Wel, if you were Pink Floyd co-founder/chief songwriter and singer Roger Waters a bit of litigation after you quit the band and found the rest were carrying on using the band's name. The name-game isn't uncommon in rock history: in the Fifties if a studio-based band of session musicians had a hit you might find a couple of groups touring under the same name to capitalise on... > Read more

Midnight Rider

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Daniel DeVries of My Baby

29 Jan 2016  |  3 min read

On paper, My Baby -- a three-piece out of Amsterdam -- might seem like yet another blues-roots outfit with a bit of Southern spook-spiritualism thrown in for good meaure. After all, their debut album is My Baby Loves Voodoo! But hold hard, because they neither overplay their bluesy hand, nor resort to the cliches that we are so familiar with in the post-White Stripes/Black Keys days.... > Read more

Money Man

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE REGGAE QUESTIONNAIRE: Junior Marvin

25 Jan 2016  |  3 min read

If singer/guitarist Junior Marvin cites Bob Marley quite a lot it's because he spent four years in Marley's Wailers – the final four of Bob's life which ended in '81 – and then with other Wailers continued the legacy for the following 16 years. Then after time in Brazil he returned to join the Original Wailers alongside fellow Wailer guitarist Al Anderson. His career... > Read more

Supernatural