Dimmer Profile

Amanda Mills
10 Feb 2018

It has been written into New Zealand music lore that after Shayne P. Carter ended Straitjacket Fits, he returned home to Dunedin, and had “a lost weekend” that lasted five years.

During this time, he started venturing into electronic music under the new name of Dimmer, which puzzled a fair few people, before heading to Auckland and making four intensely, and often quietly, beautiful records. As it turns out, that’s only half the story.

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Shayne Carter at the 2003 B-Net awards.
Photo credit: Simon Grigg collection
Shayne Carter and friends, c. 1997
Dimmer's 2004 album 'You've Got to Heart the Music'. 
Shayne Carter fronts Dimmer, c. 2004
Photo credit: Simon Grigg collection
Dimmer - I Believe You Are A Star
Degrees of Existence
Dimmer play the Squid Bar, Auckland, at the time of the Crystalator single, 29 July 1994
Shayne Carter
Dimmer - Seed (2001, directed and animated by Gary Sullivan)
DImmer set list, c. 2001-2002. 
Shayne Carter with Dimmer, c. 2004
Photo credit: Simon Grigg collection
Dimmer at the time of 'Degrees of Existence' (2009). From left: Kelly Steven, Shayne Carter, Dino Karlis, and James Duncan
Shayne Carter and Sola Rosa's Andrew Spraggon, Dimmer.
Anika Moa singing with Shayne Carter's Dimmer, c. 2004.
Photo credit: Simon Grigg collection
Shayne Carter, c. 1997,  at the time of the ‘Don’t Make Me Buy Out Your Silence’ EP. 
Dimmer - Don't Make Me Buy Out Your Silence
Comfortable (directed by Greta Anderson)
Shayne Carter
Photo credit: Photo by Georgia Schofield
Shayne Carter in Dimmer, c. 2004.
Photo credit: Simon Grigg collection
Dimmer.
Dimmer - Don't Even See Me
Dimmer - Getting What You Give
Shayne Carter, Dimmer, c. 2004
Photo credit: Simon Grigg collection
Dimmer - Come Here (2004, with Anika Moa)
Dimmer - Evolution (1999, directed by Darryl Ward)
Dimmer - Drop You Off
Dimmer in concert, mid-1990s. 
Photo credit: Photo by EJ Mathers
Shayne Carter
Labels:

Sub Pop


Sony


FMR


Warner Music

Members:

Shayne Carter - vocals, guitar, keyboards, bass, production

Gary Sullivan - drums

James Duncan - guitar

Justyn Pilbrow - bass

Peter Jefferies - drums

Dino Karlis - drums, percussion

Michael Prain - drums

Vaughan Williams - bass

Kelly Steven - bass, flute

Lou Allison - bass

Ned Ngatae - guitar

Andrew Spraggon - bass

Trivia:

'Mine', 'Pendulum', and 'Degrees of Existence' were performed with Don McGlashan as part of the Carter/McGlashan 2016/2017 tours, and re-recorded for the accompanying album available only at the shows.

Carter's longtime friend and former flatmate, Graeme Downes (The Verlaines) scored the string parts for 'Only One That Really Matters'.