"It's like my head fills up with these songs and ideas, and I have to get them out... I couldn't imagine my life without music in it." Read more from Martyn Pepperell's chat with Laura Lee here.
Martyn Pepperell is a Wellington based music, arts and culture writer, radio host, DJ, copywriter and creative arts consultant.
Martyn is a contributing editor at www.vanguardredmagazine.co.nz. He also writes a monthly music column for Fishhead Magazine, a weekly music blog for www.wordonthestreet.co.nz, and contributes interviews and reviews on a regular basis to www.undertheradar.co.nz, New Zealand Musician, www.audioculture.co.nz, Red Bull Sound Select, Red Bull Studios, Soundfriend, and The 405.
Martyn hosts two regular radio spots on Radio Active 88.6 FM, Unofficial Channels (8.15am-9am on Fridays) and Everything Time (every fourth Tuesday from 9-11pm). He also hosts a weekly new music segment called Pepperell's Pick on RDU 98.5 FM (Wednesday mornings at 9.15am), and trades banter with Radio One Dunedin's Tom Tremewan on Friday nights (7.15pm). He also creates radio-documentary packages for Radio New Zealand.
Outside of these engagements Martyn also freelances for North & South, Idealog and The Lumiere Reader. His work has also appeared in Rip It Up, City Voice, Groove Guide, Pulp, UNO, ATM (UK), Red Bull Daily Notes (EU), The State (Dubai), AWOL (Australia), socialmedia.nz, Critic, The Press, The Kiwi Diary and numerous other magazines, newspapers and websites. In 2013 he penned the local music pages of the fifth edition of Bennett & Slater's Best Of Wellington guide book, and shared the stage with Dave Dobbyn, Toby Manhire, Simon Grigg and Dugal McKinnon in a panel discussion on music and technology for New Zealand Music Month.
In the past Martyn has also provided music related commentary for Nightline (TV3), Newstalk ZB, George FM, Base FM, and bFM.