Dimmer Profile

Amanda Mills
10 Feb 2018

It has been written into New Zealand music lore that after Shayne P. Carter ended Straitjacket Fits, he returned home to Dunedin, and had “a lost weekend” that lasted five years.

During this time, he started venturing into electronic music under the new name of Dimmer, which puzzled a fair few people, before heading to Auckland and making four intensely, and often quietly, beautiful records. As it turns out, that’s only half the story.

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Dimmer - Drop You Off
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Dimmer.
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Dimmer - Come Here (2004, with Anika Moa)
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Shayne Carter, c. 1997,  at the time of the ‘Don’t Make Me Buy Out Your Silence’ EP. 
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Shayne Carter at the 2003 B-Net awards.
Photo credit: Simon Grigg collection
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Shayne Carter with Dimmer, c. 2004
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Dimmer - Don't Make Me Buy Out Your Silence
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Shayne Carter, Dimmer, c. 2004
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Shayne Carter
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Degrees of Existence
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Shayne Carter and Sola Rosa's Andrew Spraggon, Dimmer.
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Dimmer - I Believe You Are A Star
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Dimmer in concert, mid-1990s. 
Photo credit: Photo by EJ Mathers
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Dimmer - Seed (2001, directed and animated by Gary Sullivan)
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Dimmer play the Squid Bar, Auckland, at the time of the Crystalator single, 29 July 1994
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Comfortable (directed by Greta Anderson)
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Anika Moa singing with Shayne Carter's Dimmer, c. 2004.
Photo credit: Simon Grigg collection
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Shayne Carter
Photo credit: Photo by Georgia Schofield
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Dimmer - Evolution (1999, directed by Darryl Ward)
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DImmer set list, c. 2001-2002. 
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Shayne Carter fronts Dimmer, c. 2004
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Dimmer - Getting What You Give
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Shayne Carter
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Dimmer - Don't Even See Me
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Shayne Carter in Dimmer, c. 2004.
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Dimmer's 2004 album 'You've Got to Heart the Music'. 
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Shayne Carter and friends, c. 1997
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Dimmer at the time of 'Degrees of Existence' (2009). From left: Kelly Steven, Shayne Carter, Dino Karlis, and James Duncan
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Labels:

Sub Pop


Sony


FMR


Warner Music

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Members:

Shayne Carter - vocals, guitar, keyboards, bass, production

Gary Sullivan - drums

James Duncan - guitar

Justyn Pilbrow - bass

Peter Jefferies - drums

Dino Karlis - drums, percussion

Michael Prain - drums

Vaughan Williams - bass

Kelly Steven - bass, flute

Lou Allison - bass

Ned Ngatae - guitar

Andrew Spraggon - bass

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Trivia:

'Mine', 'Pendulum', and 'Degrees of Existence' were performed with Don McGlashan as part of the Carter/McGlashan 2016/2017 tours, and re-recorded for the accompanying album available only at the shows.

Carter's longtime friend and former flatmate, Graeme Downes (The Verlaines) scored the string parts for 'Only One That Really Matters'.