In 1997, when he was six years old, Artur Aldridge (better known in DJing and music production circles as Beat Mob), his mother, and his grandmother relocated from Kremenchug in the Ukraine to Napier in New Zealand. Read the full story here.
Martyn Pepperell is a Wellington based music, arts and culture writer, radio host, DJ, copywriter and creative consultant.
Martyn is a contributing editor at Vanguard Red Magazine. He also writes a monthly music column for Fishhead Magazine, a weekly Wellington music blog for wordonthestreet.co.nz and curates the Who's Next and New Music Report sections for Rip It Up. Martyn hosts two regular radio spots on Radio Active 88.6 FM, Unofficial Channels (8.15am-9am on Fridays) and The Hard Deck (every second Tuesday from 9-11pm). He also hosts a weekly new music segment called Pepperell's Pick Of Next Week on RDU 98.5 FM (Wednesday mornings at 9.15am) and a weekly fresh New Zealand artist showcase on Kiwi FM (4.30pm on Monday afternoon).
Outside of these engagements Martyn also freelances for North & South, Idealog, NZ Musician, Wellington Woman and undertheradar.co.nz. His work has also appeared in City Voice, Groove Guide, Pulp, UNO, ATM (UK), Red Bull Daily Notes (EU), 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.
In the past Martyn has also provided music related commentary for Nightline (TV3), Radio New Zealand, Radio One, George FM, Base FM, and BFM.