Shayne Carter is one of New Zealand’s most successful and respected songwriters and performers.
First emerging from Dunedin in the first wave of Flying Nun bands in the 1980’s he has gone on to forge an international reputation with his music and as the frontman for bands such as Dimmer, Straitjacket Fits, and the Doublehappys.
Despite operating in the more exploratory corners of pop music Shayne has earned plenty of industry acknowledgement along the way, picking up New Zealand Music Awards for best vocalist, top group, and top album at various points in his career. In 2008 he was presented with the NZ Music Legacy Award and inducted to the New Zealand Rock Hall Of Fame. He has also earned long running recognition from the B-Net college radio network . In 2005 he was famously presented with both the Lifetime Achievement and Male Fox of the year trophies at the annual B Net Awards, an unlikely winning combination that both he and his mother still talk about. He has also been given awards for “Most Outstanding Musician” and “Top Album”. His song “She Speeds” was voted number 9 in APRA’s all time list of greatest New Zealand songs.
His music has been released internationally on such labels as Sub Pop, Rough Trade And Arista.
In nearly three decades of making music Shayne has earned himself a reputation as one of New Zealand’s most innovative and consistent writers.