Lawrence Arabia Profile

aka James Milne, The Reduction Agents
Gareth Shute
Published: 23 Jun 2014
Updated: 24 Apr 2020

Lawrence Arabia’s 1960s influenced indie pop has gained him a devoted audience at home, where he’s won a string of local plaudits, among them a Silver Scroll, the Taite Award, and being named Best Male Solo Artist at the 2013 NZ Music Awards.

Behind the name is James Milne, who also led The Reduction Agents before setting off on his own and spending years in London trying to break into the UK scene. He self-released his first album before signing to respected London indie label, Bella Union, which led to some great reviews and a number of high profile shows. Milne eventually returned to New Zealand to raise a family, but continues to release songs and tour regularly. 

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James Milne at Liam Finn's place, Shoreditch, London
Lawrence Arabia, 2013
Jemaine Clement and Lawrence Arabia, in costume for their podcast The Mysterious Secrets of Uncle Bertie's Botanarium, created with Duncan Sarkies and Stephen Templer.
Tom Watson, Alex Freer (on drums), James Milne, Hayden Eastmond-Mein, 2014
Photo credit: Photo by Gareth Shute
James Milne as Lawrence Arabia with The Reduction Agents
Lawrence Arabia - The 03
Lawrence Arabia
Photo credit: Photo by Amelia Handscombe
Wellington, 2013
Photo credit: Design by Anns Taylor
Lawrence Arabia - Auckland CBD Part II (acoustic @ GiTC.TV)
The Reduction Agents at Eden's Bar, Auckland, 2004
Lawrence Arabia - The Beautiful Young Crew
Lawrence Arabia in London, 2008
Lawrence Arabia - Auckland CBD Part Two
Lawrence Arabia at Camp A Low Hum, 2011
Photo credit: Photo by Gareth Shute
Lawrence Arabia, 2013
Lawrence Arabia - The Sparrow: Part One - Writing
Lawrence Arabia - The Listening Times
Liam Finn, James Milne, Andrew Keoghan, Elroy Finn, 2012
Photo credit: Photo by Anna Taylor
Lawrence Arabia - Absolute Truth album (Flying Nun, 2016)
Lawrence Arabia playing his albums in full, May 2014
Lawrence Arabia - Apple Pie Bed
Lawrence Arabia - Single's Club album (Honorary Bedouin Records, 2019)
James Milne
2013 solo tour
Lawrence Arabia - The Bisexual (acoustic @ GiTC.TV)
Lawrence Arabia December 2009 New Zealand tour
Lawrence Arabia at Camp A Low Hum, 2011
Photo credit: Photo by Gareth Shute
Lawrence Arabia - The Listening Times (Live at WFUV)
Lawrence Arabia and the Erotic Threads - Apple Pie Bed (backstage Newcastle, 2007)
Lawrence Arabia - The Sparrow (Spunk, 2012)
The Reduction Agents
The Reduction Agents with Chris Knox, Forde's Irish Bar, Anzac Ave, Auckland 2005
Lawrence Arabia
Lawrence Arabia - Apple Pie Bed (live at Page Blackie Gallery, May 2009)
Lawrence Arabia in London, 2008: Eddie Castelow, James Milne, Matt Eccles, and Martin Keane
Lawrence Arabia - Talk About The Good Times
2006 Reduction Agents and Lawrence Arabia joint album launch at Auckland's Schooner Tavern
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The 2013 Lawrence Arabia New Zealand tour
The Reduction Agents - The Pool
The Wall Of Shit Studio in Liam Finn's apartment, Shoreditch, London
Lawrence Arabia in Wellington, February 2008
Lawrence Arabia - Travelling Shoes

Mistletone Records

Bella Union

Honorary Bedouin