"I humbly adore the acts of the Most High, Who has given to the synthesizer what is better than a soul, so that, when it plays, the men are silent. And their hands cover their veils to hide their emotions. The troubles of life were pushing me into the tomb, but thanks to the synthesizer, God has given me back my life." Music and Arts Writer / Publicist / Copywriter / Radio Host / DJ http://soundcloud.com/martynpepperell The Hard Deck - Every Second Tuesday, 9-11pm NZL time, www.radioactive.fm martyn dot pepperell at gmail dot com

THE AUDIENCE: MARTYN PEPPERELL INTRODUCES LEVI PATEL

Seven minutes and twenty one seconds long ‘Reflection’ by young Auckland composer Levi Patel is exactly that. Through a humanistic arrangement heavy on filmic strings, ascendant bass notes, sunrise guitar tones and nostalgic piano, Levi creates a work of genuine emotional heft, as expressed over two movements. “The first half is about leaving something behind,” he reflects. “The second half is about accepting that, and remembering that while it’s gone, it was something great.”

This week on The Audience I profiled Levi Patel. You can read the full story by clicking here.

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SUI ZHEN ON DIGITAL HOARDING

"…People just endlessly collect media and data. They could be a hoarder and you wouldn’t know because their hoarding is just digital. You might think, look at these people, they have such simple lives, but actually no. Their desktop is a mess, they have hard drives coming out of everywhere, and they haven’t cleaned up their iPhone for ages." - Sui Zhen

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VANGUARD RED: THE COURTSHIP RITUAL INTERVIEW

This week on Vanguard Red I interviewed NYC minimal dream pop duo Courtship Ritual. You can read the full story by clicking here.

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UNDER THE RADAR INTERVIEW ARCHIVE 2010-2014

Over the last few years I’ve been interviewing and reviewing for prominent New Zealand based music news website Under The Radar. Today, due to having a lil time up my sleeve, I decided to upload an alphabetical list of all of the interviews I’ve done for them. You can check any of them out by clicking on them.

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UTR INTERVIEW: ANDRAS FOX

I interviewed Andras Fox for Under The Radar. You can read the full story by clicking here. He has some New Zealand shows happening very soon.

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THE AUDIENCE: MARTYN PEPPERELL INTRODUCES MAXX MORTIMER

After the December 2011 earthquake in Christchurch, electronic music producer and DJ Maxx Mortimer (then known as Import) said goodbye to the city he’d lived in since 2007 and returned home to Wellington.

This week on The Audience I profiled Maxx Mortimer. You can read the full story by clicking here.

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If you are in Auckland, NZ on Saturday you should probably go to this. $10 on the door. S/O KCB, NZONAIR and 95BFM.

If you are in Auckland, NZ on Saturday you should probably go to this. $10 on the door. S/O KCB, NZONAIR and 95BFM.

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THE AUDIENCE: AMERICAN FRENCH FRIES | CLEMINTINE

On ‘Road Song’, Wellington based bedroom musician and producer American French Fries (real name: Kaine Harington) constructs a guitar-led math-rock soundworld as dusty, desolate and yet fundamentally optimistic as a road trip down an endless countryside road. Fittingly, Kaine formed the idea of American French Fries and his forthcoming debut album Don’t Make Plans or Plan To Break Them during a three week road trip from Vancouver to San Francisco in 2013.

You can read the full story by CLICKING HERE.

Built around a robust songwriting frame, ‘Old, stale, negative by new Dunedin garage rockers Clemintine is a textbook study in infectious vocal melodies buried beneath fuzzed-out guitar riffs and rollicking drums, all supported  by lackadaisical bass notes. The trio project of James Russell (guitar/vocals), Oscar Francis (bass) and Max Lake (drums), Clemintine came together in late 2012.

You can read the full story by CLICKING HERE.

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