"Machine-gun speed bass drum rolls sit against cubed synthesisers, swirling outdoorsy atmospherics and rippling insectoid rhythmic tics. It's apocalyptic after-dark excellence and one of those pieces you'll hear more in with every listen." Read Martyn's chat with Wellington-based producer Borrowed Cassettes 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 and Red Bull Studios.
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 Of Next Week on RDU 98.5 FM (Wednesday mornings at 9.15am), a weekly fresh New Zealand artist showcase on Kiwi FM (4.30pm on Monday afternoon), and trades banter with Radio One Dunedin's Tom Tremewan on Friday nights (7.30pm).
Outside of these engagements he also freelances for North & South, Idealog and The Lumiere Reader. In the past his work has also appeared in Rip It Up, 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, 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), Radio New Zealand, Newstalk ZB, George FM, Base FM, and BFM.