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Spartacus R: Golden Sands

Interesting photo of Ryan Prebble, isn't it? He seems to be staring off into space with some amusement . . . and on the evidence of the new album The View by Spartacus R -- in which he plays and sings -- deep space (and deeply spaced-out) seems to be his natural home.

Prebble is something of a musical shapeshifter too and also plays with Fly My Pretties as well as the Nudge out of his hometown Wellington.

And Spartacus R work in multi-media contexts too, with filmmakers, 3D visuals, lightshows and with artist Kahu Scott.

Music with few boundaries, a sense of the psychedelic and its eyes on the outer region of the cosmos sometimes. The View is a fascinating album (see review here), and Ryan Prebble has some telling answers as he joins the impressive parade of those answering our Famous Elsewhere Questionnaire . . . 

The first piece of music which really affected you was . . .

One Night In Bangkok from the musical, Chess

Your first (possibly embarrassing) role models in music were . . .

Hmmm hard to think of the first.. Steve Vai, Nuno Bettencourt etc

Lennon or Jagger, Ramones or Nirvana, Madonna or Gaga, Jacko or Jay-Z?

Lennon, Ramones, Madonna, Jacko

If music was denied you, your other career choice would be . . .


The three songs (yours, or by others) you would love everyone to hear are . . .

Moonshake – Can

Little Red Riding Hood Hit The Road – Robert Wyatt

Chase The Blues Away – Tim Buckley

Any interesting, valuable or just plain strange musical memorabilia at home?

Paul McCartney’s baby teeth. I bought them off Haitian e-bay.

karlheinzstockhausenThe best book on music or musicians you have read is . . .

I don’t remember the name but it was a biography on Stockhausen (right). An amazing guy!

If you could get on stage with anyone it would be . . . (And you would play?)

Radiohead. What ever they wanted..

The three films you'd insist anybody watch because they might understand you better are . . .

Twin Peaks (not a film but…), Danger Diabolik, The Holy Mountain

The last CD or vinyl album you bought was . . . (And your most recent downloads include . . .)

Delany Davidson – Bad Luck Man (vinyl with free CD)

One song, royalties for life, never have to work again. The song by anyone, yourself included, which wouldn't embarrass you in that case would be . . .

Bohemian Rhapsody

The poster, album cover or piece of art could you live with on your bedroom forever would be . . .

Anything by Kahu Scott

You are allowed just one tattoo, and it is of . . .

A Kahikatea

spartacus_rDavid Bowie sang, “Five years, that's all we've got . . .”

You would spend them where, doing . . .?

At home watching my son grow.

And finally, in the nature of press conferences in Japan, “Can you tell me please why this is your best album ever?”

Coz it’s the best music ever produced!

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