95bFM’s legendary New Zealand music show Freak the Sheep celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2017, so what better time to reflect on the outstanding legacy of its founder, Lisa Van Der Aarde. Radio host, band manager, compilation curator and mentor to many, from the late 1980s to the mid-1990s Van Der Aarde’s name in Auckland was pretty much synonymous with New Zealand music, especially of the alternative persuasion.
Alongside founding the radio show, she managed NRA (Not Really Anything), S.P.U.D. and the Hallelujah Picassos, and was behind the release of two now-classic Freak the Sheep compilation albums released through Flying Nun. And while she has lived in San Francisco for over 20 years, Van Der Aarde keeps a keen eye on what’s happening back home.