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


Warner Music

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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'.

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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