Wayne Bell Profile

Dianne Swann
10 Feb 2014

Wayne Bell is one of New Zealand’s most respected live and session drummers, and a sought after producer and arranger. It's hard to imagine the Auckland music scene, or indeed the New Zealand musical landscape, without his tasteful playing, astute ears and his endless list of hilarious road stories.

It has been my luck and privilege to have worked with Wayne on and off over the last (gulp!) 30 years; long may that last. I had a chat to Wayne about his musical life, and this is what I found out. It is a twisting and intriguing tale.

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Wayne Bell and Greg Fleming, The Lab 2013
Photo credit: Photo by Ted Bahurst
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Rikki Morris and Wayne Bell, 2013
Photo credit: Courtesy of Richard Morris
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Greg Fleming and Wayne Bell
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Greg Fleming - California Fishing
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Dianne Swann, Wayne Bell and Ben King, with Wayne weaving after-gig stories, March 2013
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Wayne Bell playing with The Calico Brothers, September 2011
Photo credit: Photo by Wendy Tattersfield-Fleming
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Wayne Bell and Kurt Shanks, Backbeat, July 27, 2012
Photo credit: Photo by Mark Roach
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Splitter - Aidan Phillips, Andrew Thorne, Wayne Bell, Joel Tobeck
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These Wilding Ways: Jason Dempsey, Joel Haines, Michael O'Neill, Glenn Robson, Wayne Bell
Photo credit: Simon Grigg Collection
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Splitter, clockwise from top left: Andrew Thorne, Joel Tobeck, Wayne Bell, Aidan Phillips
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Wayne Bell on the 2001 Finn Runga Dobbyn tour
Photo credit: Photo by Mark Roach
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Wayne Bell in the studio with Jan Hellriegel, 2013
Photo credit: Photo by Volume Eleven: Photography
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Wayne Bell, June 2013
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Wayne Bell, July 2012
Photo credit: Photo by Mark Roach
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Wayne Bell with The Kurt Shanks Band at the launch of Kurt's Blood Line Heart album, Backbeat, Auckland, July 2012
Photo credit: Photo by Mark Roach
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Wayne Bell at Village Music, Mt. Eden, Auckland, with Jan Hellriegel, June 2013
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Wayne Bell
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Wayne Bell with Greg Fleming and the Trains, 2013
Photo credit: Photo by Ted Baghurst
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Greg Johnson, Ted Brown and Wayne Bell rehearsing with the APO, 2006
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Jan Hellriegel - Filled Me Up - live at the Wintergarden
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Wayne Bell and Greg Fleming recording, 2013
Photo credit: Photo by Ted Baghurst
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The Bads at the Leigh Sawmill, September 2013, with Tim Finn and Wayne Bell
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Greg Johnson, Ted Brown and Wayne Bell doing radio in Boston
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Everything That Flies - As The Sun Goes Down
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These Wilding Ways - Can't Control Her
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Wayne Bell talks to Tutor Lounge
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Everything That Flies, 1986. L to R: Wayne Bell, Clive Sheridan, Peter Harrison, Dave Manning, Bruce Sheridan, Dianne Swann
Photo credit: Photo by Kerry Brown
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Wayne Bell shaking up a storm in the studio with Greg Fleming, 2013
Photo credit: Photo by Ted Baghurst
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