Flying Nun boss to speak at music writing panel at Spark arts festival in Hamilton

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Roger Shepherd founded New Zealand label Flying Nun and has just published a book about his experiences.

CHRIS MKEEN

Roger Shepherd founded New Zealand label Flying Nun and has just published a book about his experiences.

The man who helped launch the careers of dozens of now renowned New Zealand bands and musicians will talk about documenting his experiences at an event in Hamilton this week.

Roger Shepherd, the founder of Flying Nun Records, will take part in a music panel at Wintec on Thursday, as part of this year’s Spark arts, music, design and media festival.

New Zealand’s best-known record company, Shepherd formed Flying Nun in Christchurch in 1980, signing and cheering on a range of now revered groups including The Clean, The Chills, The Verlaines, Sneaky Feelings, Headless Chickens, The Bats. and Straitjacket Fits.

Recipients of the 1987 Rheineck Rock Award, the Headless Chickens were one of the innovative groups taken under the wing of Flying Nun Records.  Pictured left are Michael Lawry, Chris Matthews, Rupert E Taylor and Grant Fell.

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Recipients of the 1987 Rheineck Rock Award, the Headless Chickens were one of the innovative groups taken under the wing of Flying Nun Records. Pictured left are Michael Lawry, Chris Matthews, Rupert E Taylor and Grant Fell.

Many of these groups remain active. More recently, the label has become home to a new generation of talent, including Grayson Gilmour, Kane Strang and Tiny Ruins.

Shepherd recently published a book, In love with these times: my life with Flying Nun Records, in which he remembers the story of Flying Nun.

He will also do a book signing in town.

Gareth Shute, author of Hip Hop Music in Aotearoa; Make music in New Zealand; Insights: New Zealand artists talk about creativity; New Zealand rock: 1987-2007, and Conceptual albums.

Shute has toured internationally as a member of the Ruby Suns and Brunettes, is currently one of the Conjurors, and has been involved with indie label Lil ‘Chief since its inception.

The panel will be chaired by musician and speaker Wintec Matthew Bannister. Former frontman of the beloved group Sneaky Feelings, Bannister has also performed with and as The Dribbling Darts of Love, Mutton Birds, One Man Bannister and The Changing Same.

He is also the author of two books – White Boys, White Noise: masculinities and indie rock on guitar and Positively George Street: Sneaky Feelings and the Dunedin Sound.

The music panel will take place in Event Hall 1 inside the Wintec Hub on Thursday at 1:30 p.m.

The Spark Festival begins at 7 a.m. Monday with a concert titled Piano and Eggs, performed at the Creative Waikato offices on Alexandra Street by students from the music department of Wintec’s School of Media Arts.

The concert combines the work of musicians Jeremy Mayall, Kent Macpherson and Yotam Levy, with the live visual art projection work of Paul Bradley.

Later, writer, designer and artist Lana Lopesi will talk to Wintec about what it means to be an Indigenous woman working in the creative industries. Lopesi is the editor of the arts and culture website hashtag500words.com.

Details of other festival events are available on the event website at spark.net.nz.

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