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 WRITERS QUESTIONNAIRE: Peter Wells

1 Feb 2016

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

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

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

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

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Danny O'Reilly of the Coronas

23 Nov 2015

You may not have heard of them but the Coronas are certainly big back in their homeland of Ireland. And in London where they are now based. They've sold out the 13,000 capacity O2 arena in Dublin and did six nights at the Olympia Theatre. They've also had three double-platinum selling albums in Ireland and the four-piece head to New Zealand shortly for a couple of hit'n'run... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Frank Burkitt

9 Nov 2015

Hats off to Wellington-based expat Scot Frank Burkitt who is ambitiously taking his folk band on an extensive national tour . . . and we do mean extensive (see dates and venues below). Not only are they taking their melange of folk, blues, country, bluegrass and Scottish songs to many of the smaller venues but at a few there is a koha entry and others are free. Burkitt learned his craft... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Derek Lind

2 Nov 2015

If we could make a very broad generalisation about the difference between young singer-songwriters and those who are more mature it might be this. When people are young and starting out they have feelings to write about, more mature artists have experiences. Both of course can bring emotion to the table. Derek Lind of Auckland belongs to that latter, mature and experienced... > Read more

Do As You Are Told

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Martin Phillipps of the Chills

31 Oct 2015

And now we introduce a man who needs no introduction . . . Martin Phillipps' appearance (and more recent absence) in the New Zealand music world has been the stuff of legend. He helmed various versions of his band the Chills out of Dunedin on to the cusp of international acclaim many times over two decades from the early Eighties, is a respected songwriter who was recently invited by... > Read more

Aurora Corona

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE JAZZ QUESTIONNAIRE: Jake Baxendale of The Jac

18 Oct 2015

Alto saxophonist Jake Baxendale plays in the excellent octet The Jac out of Wellington and their previous album Nerve of last year won acclaim everywhere, including at Elsewhere. A young ensemble playing original music (with their ears on the distant and recent jazz past), they launch their second album The Green Hour (on Rattle Jazz) in the Auckland Jazz Festival at CJC this... > Read more

Anomaly

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE JAZZ QUESTIONNAIRE: Benny Lackner

12 Oct 2015

Now we here at non-profit (actually none-profit) Elsewhere don't have a lot of time on our hands. So when NYC-based German keyboard player Benny Lackner -- who is returning to Auckland with his trio for the inaugural Auckland Jazz Festival this month (see programme here) -- answers everything in capital letters we don't have time to rewrite and are going to be generous and say . . .... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Dave Mulcahy

12 Oct 2015

Dave Mulcahy has a pretty fair body of work behind him, we might say. As one of the mainmen writers in JPSExperience (whose complete catalogue has just been reissued) and then the pivot in Superette, he clocked up a considerable songbook in just 15 years from the mid Eighties. Since then he's been flying solo but also under a couple of pseudonyms: Mulchzoid and Zilverside. His... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Peter Uhrbrand

11 Oct 2015

We have already met Seamus Cahill of the ULC Trio, a folk-and-beyond group from Denmark who play music from as far back as the 17th century and are located along the axis between Ireland and Denmark. Peter Michael Uhrbrand is the U in the ULC Trio and the group embark on a fast and intense New Zealand tour next week (see poster below) Seamus had his turn at a Famous Elsewhere... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Seamus Cahill

8 Oct 2015

Seamus Cahill (and you can guess he's Irish) is the C in the Irish-Danish ULC Trio who canvas a broad range of folk and traditional styles. The acclaimed trio come to New Zealand for an extensive tour (see poster below) starting next week so against the clock we invited Cahill to cast his eye over one of our Famous Elsewhere Questionnaires . . .  The first piece of music which... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: James Duncan

5 Oct 2015

James Duncan's name should be better known . . . but if it isn't that's because he's often the guitarist standing beside the main attraction. As he will do when he plays with SJD at the Mercury Theatre in Auckland on Saturday (October 10) when they play the complete Saint John Divine album with a string quartet. Duncan's had a long association with Sean James Donnelly and he's... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Alex Urlich of B2KDA

5 Oct 2015

If the band name seems vaguely familiar then you are right: B2KDA is the new and updated Batucada Sound System, the multi-culti big band out of New Zealand which took its sound to the world, and the world stood up and danced. With beats drawn from the Pacific and South America, reggae grooves and horns, BSS were one of the most popular bands on the global festival and dance circuit. And... > Read more

We Do It

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Mara TK

21 Sep 2015

Mara TK is a son of legendary New Zealand guitarist Billy TK and one half of Electric Wire Hustle with David "Taay Ninh" Wright. Their debut album Love Can Prevail got excellent reviews at home and abroad last year . . . and at Elsewhere. It was nominated for the Taite Music Award and set them up for more touring, taking their soulful electronica to the world. Their new EP... > Read more

Golden Ladder

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE JAZZ QUESTIONNAIRE: Mike Nock

19 Sep 2015

Really, where do you start when introducing Mike Nock? Composer, pianist, teacher, collaborator, musical explorer, jazz legend, New Zealand finest jazz export . . .? Nock's life was covered in Norman Meehan's fine biography Serious Fun, and the man himself has appeared at Elsewhere with a number of albums, among them was his Open Door spontaneous duet album with drummer Frank Gibson... > Read more

It Ain't Necessarily So

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Amiria Grenell

18 Sep 2015

Sometimes you wonder if certain people had any choice other than to be a musician. For folk singer Amiria Grenell it runs in the family. Her father is famous country singer John Grenell (formerly John Hore in Sixties) and he with his wife Deirdre ran the Whitecliffs Family Music Festival in Canterbury for 14 years. Three of Amiria's older brothers also play music and she has performed... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Pauline Scanlon

16 Sep 2015

The size of the planet is simply a matter of perception. See from distant space we are tiny but on a boat in the middle of Pacific and even just that bit seems enormous. The speed at which we travel around it can erode space as much as time, and so today we see numerous global connections, like Motu :: Oileain which brought Irish musicians together with New Zealand's Trinity Roots. In late... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Michael Cathro of Ha the Unclear

14 Sep 2015

On any given week Elsewhere receives at least half a dozen very interesting albums and about twice as many which are interesting enough to be worthy of attention. And then quite a few that -- very interesting or bloody awful -- just fall through the cracks . . . because of those dozens of others. We do our best, but it's always a pleasure when albums step up for their genius, uniqueness or... > Read more

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