Chris van de Geer


Chris van de Geer came to prominence as the guitarist for Second Child and Stellar*. He simultaneously built his reputation in the studio, twice winning music engineer of the year at the NZ Music Awards. He has worked across a broad range of genres as an engineer and producer, with anyone from the poppiest pop acts through to the heaviest modern metal and hardcore punk.

Van de Geer’s earliest interaction with a musical instrument was almost catastrophic. As a toddler, he climbed his mother’s piano and accidentally toppled a vase. “My mum was in the kitchen and heard the crash, so she came in. The vase was smashed and I was lying face down in a pool of blood, so she grabbed a towel and put it on my face. She thought I’d lost an eye because the cut goes right over one cheek and across to the other eyebrow. She took me to Middlemore Hospital and I had to have over forty stitches. Luckily there was a young woman doctor who was a talented plastic surgeon so was able to deal with it, though I ended up with a scar for life.”

Chris van de Geer at Auckland's Powerstation
1999 Stellar* press shot: Boh Runga, Andrew Maclaren, Kurt Shanks, Chris van de Geer
Chris van de Geer and Campbell Smith, Ocean Way Studios, LA, 2001
Chris van de Geer and Kurt Shanks 
Chris van de Geer
Second Child - A Slinky promo shot.
Stellar* - Violent (1999)
Second Child, 1991-1992. Clockwise from top left: Damien Binder, Jules Barnett, Theo Jackson, Chris van de Geer.
Second Child, 1989: Barbara Morgan, Chris van de Geer, Jules Barnett, Damien Binder.
Behind the York Street Studios Neve console: studio manager Jeremy McPike and Chris van de Geer
Chris van de Geer
Photo credit: Photo by Mark Roach
Chris van de Geer performing with Strawpeople, WOMAD Taranaki 2024
Photo credit: Mieko Edwards
Stellar* publicity photo for the Mix album, 1999: clockwise from left Chris van de Geer, Kurt Shanks, Boh Runga and Andrew Maclaren
Second Child, Thorazine Shuffle and Sniff at Squid, O'Connell Street, Auckland, February 1994
Delete Delete - What Do You Take Me For? (2013)
Carly Binding - Alright With Me (2003)
Second Child, L to R: Ben Lythberg, Damien Binder, Chris van de Geer (front), Theo Jackson.
Photo credit: Ian McRae
Chris van de Geer at the final Stellar* show, Sale Street, Auckland 2010
Photo credit: Photo by Mark Roach
Stellar* in a publicity photo from August 2000: Chris van de Geer, Boh Runga, Kurt Shanks and Andrew Maclaren
Chris van de Geer at The Lab, photographed during a Malchicks recording session circa 1993
Photo credit: Mareea Paterson
Second Child: Damien Binder (top), Chris van de Geer (middle left), Jules Barnett (middle right) and Barbara Morgan (front).
Stellar*: Andrew Maclaren, Chris van de Geer, Boh Runga and Kurt Shanks
Photo credit: Photo by Mark Roach
Stellar* - Kurt Shanks, Boh Runga, Andrew Maclaren and Chris van de Geer, 2006
Photo credit: Photo by Mark Roach
Second Child promotional B&W from Wildside Records (Slinky era, 1995). L to R: Chris van de Geer, Damien Binder, Theo Jackson, Ben Lythberg. Photo by Murray Cammick
A photographer's polaroid from a 2000 Stellar* publicity shoot, previously unseen: Chris van de Geer, Andrew Maclaren, Boh Runga and Kurt Shanks
Photo credit: Photo by Mark Roach
Second Child - Crumble (1995)
Second Child, 1994, L to R: Damien Binder, Isaac Tucker, Chris van de Geer, Theo Jackson.
Stellar* - Part of Me (1999)
Second Child line-up 1991-92: Chris van de Geer, Theo Jackson, Damien Binder (at-front), Jules Barnett.
Second Child - Prove You Wrong (1996)
Chris van de Geer with Matthias Jordan and Paul Casserly in Strawpeople, WOMAD Taranaki 2024. 
Photo credit: Mieko Edwards
Second Child - promo postcard for 'Disappear'.
Chris van de Geer at the 2012 Stellar* reunion at Auckland's Backbeat Bar
Photo credit: Photo by Mark Roach
Chris van de Geer with Matthias Jordan (right) onstage performing in Strawpeople, WOMAD Taranaki 2024.
Photo credit: Mieko Edwards
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