RBF: You've got a storied musical history which has taken you from Supergroove to the West End in London. Tell us a bit about that background?
PR: That covers a long time, over 25 years starting in the late 80s, so here’s the short version! I joined the Low Down Dirty Blues Band when I was 14, which morphed from a traditional blues band to the 7 piece funk-rock-soul style of Supergroove. I spent my mid-teens learning the craft of being in a band, writing and recording, getting signed, making music videos, and touring the country. I left Supergroove after the release of our debut album ’Traction’ in 1994, and for a number of years worked as a professional drummer juggling teaching, session work, and live shows for various artists.
Through the early 2000’s I was part of Che Fu’s band The Krates, and performed on 'The Navigator', and 'Beneath The Radar' albums, as well as touring those releases. Bruce and I had Eight going at this point, and our album 'Moving' came out in 2004. There’s only a few degrees of separation in NZ and I was fortunate enough to be able to record and perform with a number of inspiring NZ artists over those years. I performed with Anika Moa during the release of her debut album, and the same with Brooke Fraser where she was coming through.