Shayne Carter Profile

aka Big Sorry Brown, Shayne P. Carter
Gary Steel
Published: 27 May 2013
Updated: 7 Dec 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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Shayne P Carter and Tiny Ruins
Shayne Carter at Laneway 2012.
Photo credit: Photo by Jonathan Ganley
Shayne Carter
Photo credit: Photo by Georgia Schofield
Dimmer - I Believe You Are A Star
RNZ Live: Shayne P. Carter – ‘Waiting Game’, Aug 19 2016
Shayne Carter and Dave "Mulch" Mulcahy, early 1990s
Photo credit: Murray Cammick Collection
Shayne Carter
Photo credit: Photo by Georgia Schofield
An Iliad, 2018 – starringMichael Hurst with music composed and performed by Shayne Carter.
Shayne Carter & Peter Jefferies - Randolph's Going Home - Bob Sutton Collection
Real Groove, May 2006
Randolph's Going Home - Live @ Bodega 06/05/11
Shayne Carter, Dimmer.
Shayne P. Carter – Taite Music Prize 2017 finalist, 9 April 2017
Don McGlashan and Shayne Carter - Live in the Lab (2016)
At rehearsal at The Back Beat bar in Auckland, June 2011. From left, Shayne Carter, Julia Deans, Jon Toogood.
Photo credit: Photo By Adrian Malloch
Shayne Carter
Shayne Carter - Crystalator (solo acoustic gig at Whammy Bar, Auckland, 11 April 2015)
Dimmer at the time of 'Degrees of Existence' (2009). From left: Kelly Steven, Shayne Carter, Dino Karlis, and James Duncan
Cheese on Toast interviews Shayne Carter
Shayne Carter - Dialling a Prayer (solo acoustic gig at Whammy Bar, Auckland, 11 April 2015)
A very young Bored Games at Kaikorai Valley High School Dance in 1979, with Shayne Carter on his knees beside Wayne Elsey.
Photo credit: Photo courtesy of Jeff Harford
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
Shayne Carter covers Jimi Hendrix - If 6 was 9 (solo acoustic gig at Whammy Bar, Auckland, 11 April 2015)
She Speeds (Live at The Kings Arms, May 14, 2011)
Shayne P Carter - Offsider (Flying Nun, 2016)
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
Shayne Carter
Dimmer in concert, mid-1990s. 
Photo credit: Photo by EJ Mathers
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.
Dimmer play the Squid Bar, Auckland, at the time of the Crystalator single, 29 July 1994
Dimmer - Degrees of Existence
Dimmer - Evolution
Shayne Carter
Shayne Carter
RNZ Live: Shayne Carter and Don McGlashan – ‘Hooked, Line and Sunken’, Oct 7 2016
Bored Games - Happy Endings
Joe 90 (Live at Bodega 6 May 2011)
Channel 39: Dunedin musician returns to old stomping ground, Aug 25, 2016
Shayne Carter
Shayne P Carter, Yarra Hotel, Abbotsford, Melbourne, 2016.
Shayne P Carter Offsider NZ tour poster, 2016.

Flying Nun

Warner Music



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 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.