About the author - biography

Me and my book. Photo: Grant Apiata

I'm a musician, DJ, writer, film maker, graphic designer and pop culture fiend; based in Auckland, New Zealand.

Writer... Before I started my Dubdotdash blog in 2003, I had various freelance writing gigs for Pavement (Local Music Editor), Rip It Up, Real Groove, NZ Musician, North and South, Selector, Lava, Planet, Stamp and other magazines. I won a Highly Commended award for my writing at the Media Peace Awards in 1998, and was presented with a certificate by Noam Chomsky. He had a firm handshake. I was impressed.

I am currently working on several non-fiction writing projects. I'm compiling a book titled I Believe You Are A Star (out thru Dunbar Noon Publishing), pulling together some of these articles from the above magazines, published May 20, 2013. I am also writing a book about the Deepgrooves record label.

Musician... I make music as Dub Asylum - you can listen to some over on Bandcamp. There's even a few songs to download for free. Previously I was in a band called Hallelujah Picassos, you can listen to us here on Bandcamp. Read our history here. We've got a retrospective CD/digital release out now. My other current musical project is called Kilodee - listen here. I release music thru my own label, Loopy Fruit Recordings.

DJ... I do a radio show called Ring The Alarm on BaseFM on Saturday 10am til midday NZT (stream online here or listen via Freeview) and have been DJing on this wicked independent station since 2004.

Previously I hosted a NZ reggae/downtempo show called High Noon Tea on KiwiFM, for 3 and a half years, til June 2011. I also presented a version of High Noon Tea for Air New Zealand's inflight entertainment. I co-hosted a magazine-style arts show called The Culture Bunker alongside Wallace Chapman on Radio 95 BFM for 6 years (1996-2002).

Film maker... I've directed and shot several music videos (for Dub Asylum, Hallelujah Picassos, Trip to the moon, The Weather) and documentary shorts (on Chris Knox,White Zombie, Big Day Out 1997).

Contact: email me... petermac008 at gmail dot com

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