Shayne Carter Profile

aka Big Sorry Brown, Shayne P. Carter
Gary Steel
Published: 27 May 2013
Updated: 12 May 2020

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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Real Groove, May 2006
Shayne Carter
Dimmer at the time of 'Degrees of Existence' (2009). From left: Kelly Steven, Shayne Carter, Dino Karlis, and James Duncan
Dimmer in concert, mid-1990s. 
Photo credit: Photo by EJ Mathers
RNZ Live: Shayne P. Carter – ‘Waiting Game’, Aug 19 2016
She Speeds (Live at The Kings Arms, May 14, 2011)
Shayne P. Carter – Taite Music Prize 2017 finalist, 9 April 2017
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
Dimmer - I Believe You Are A Star
Shayne Carter & Peter Jefferies - Randolph's Going Home - Bob Sutton Collection
Shayne Carter and Dave "Mulch" Mulcahy, early 1990s
Photo credit: Murray Cammick Collection
Randolph's Going Home - Live @ Bodega 06/05/11
Joe 90 (Live at Bodega 6 May 2011)
In May 2019 Shayne Carter's memoir 'Dead People I Have Known' was published by Victoria University Press. The reviews were uniformly enthusiastic. A year later, it won best non-fiction book and best first non-fiction book at the 2020 Ockham NZ Book Awards.
Shayne Carter - Crystalator (solo acoustic gig at Whammy Bar, Auckland, 11 April 2015)
Cheese on Toast interviews Shayne Carter
Shayne Carter
Dimmer play the Squid Bar, Auckland, at the time of the Crystalator single, 29 July 1994
Shayne Carter - Dialling a Prayer (solo acoustic gig at Whammy Bar, Auckland, 11 April 2015)
Shayne Carter at Laneway 2012
Photo credit: Photo by Jonathan Ganley
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
Dimmer - Degrees of Existence
Dimmer - Evolution
Shayne Carter covers Jimi Hendrix - If 6 was 9 (solo acoustic gig at Whammy Bar, Auckland, 11 April 2015)
RNZ Live: Shayne Carter and Don McGlashan – ‘Hooked, Line and Sunken’, Oct 7 2016
Shayne Carter
Bored Games - Happy Endings
Channel 39: Dunedin musician returns to old stomping ground, Aug 25, 2016

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.


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