Shayne Carter Profile

aka Big Sorry Brown, Shayne P. Carter
Gary Steel
27 May 2013

Shayne Carter might not quite match Chris Knox’s status as a Kiwi alt-rock hero, a legacy punk paratrooper, but he has the cheekbones.

Born in Dunedin in 1964, Carter was still a callow schoolboy when, inspired by Knox and his punked-up band The Enemy, he formed Bored Games with guitarists Wayne Elsey and Fraser Batts, bassist Jonathan Moore and drummer Jeff Harford.

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Dimmer in concert, mid-1990s. 
Photo credit: Photo by EJ Mathers
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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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Shayne Carter
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Dimmer - Degrees of Existence
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Cheese on Toast interviews Shayne Carter
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Shayne Carter Big Band - Big Fat Elvis (Recorded late 1991 at Studio 13 and Super 8, Dunedin, NZ - produced for and released as part of the VHS compilation X/Way Vision, originally co-released by Xpressway and Drag City) - Bob Sutton Collection
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Randolph's Going Home - Live @ Bodega 06/05/11
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Chris Knox and The Nothing at Laneway, Auckland, 1 February 2010, with Shayne Carter on guitar, Roy Martyn on bass and Stefan Neville on drums
Photo credit: Photo by Jackson Perry
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Shayne Carter and Dave "Mulch" Mulcahy, early 1990s
Photo credit: Murray Cammick Collection
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Shayne Carter - Crystalator (solo acoustic gig at Whammy Bar, Auckland, 11 April 2015)
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Bored Games - Happy Endings
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Shayne Carter at Laneway 2012
Photo credit: Photo by Jonathan Ganley
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Dimmer - Evolution
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She Speeds (Live at The Kings Arms, May 14, 2011)
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Dimmer - I Believe You Are A Star
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Joe 90 (Live at Bodega 6 May 2011)
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Shayne Carter & Peter Jefferies - Randolph's Going Home - Bob Sutton Collection
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Shayne Carter - Dialling a Prayer (solo acoustic gig at Whammy Bar, Auckland, 11 April 2015)
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Shayne Carter covers Jimi Hendrix - If 6 was 9 (solo acoustic gig at Whammy Bar, Auckland, 11 April 2015)
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Real Groove, May 2006
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Dimmer play the Squid Bar, Auckland, at the time of the Crystalator single, 29 July 1994
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Trivia:

He hates mosquitos and hippies.

He loves: Jimi Hendrix, Otis Redding, Sly Stone, Muddy Waters, football.

Carter briefly worked as a journalist/reporter in Dunedin before devoting himself full-time to music.

Carter’s dark humour is all over this extract from now-defunct label FMR, who signed Dimmer after Sony dumped the project: "The contract may well be signed in his blood but it was already drenched in the sweat of FMR staff as we battled to create an incomprehensible document that will shaft him from the moment we start selling his album".

His Māori Dad featured in the video for Evolution, the first single from Dimmer’s I Believe You Are A Star, but sadly, he died before the album was released.

Shayne was employed as Chris Knox’s caregiver after his stroke in 2009, and worked with Knox on some co-compositions, but nothing came of it.