I had a chat with Martyn Pepperell.
He’s a Wellington-based DJ, broadcaster, publicist, promoter and writer. Most recently he’s been directly involved with the reissue of Our Garden Needs Its Flowers by Jess Sah Bi & Peter One on the Awesome Tapes From Africa label.
So we talked a bit about that – but I first met Martyn a decade or so ago, so we chart his life and work from being a passionate reader and music fan to his involvement in small music press and then to international writing and broadcasting.
The day this conversation was originally scheduled Martyn informed me of the sad news of the passing of his father, Bryan Pepperell.
Bryan was a well-known, much-loved, long-serving Wellington City Councilman. So when we rescheduled to eventually have this conversation we also talked about Martyn’s dad and his processing of the death, his grieving.
So my apologies in advance if this is heavy in any way – but actually I think the conversation is respectful, honest and real. We need to learn to speak about death, to treat it normally. And Martyn’s approach to the conversation here is certainly comfortable and shouldn’t in any way seem triggering. Still, I mention it here ahead of you listening so that you can make your own decision around whether this conversation – or the last part of it at least – is for you.
I enjoyed catching up with Martyn and hearing some of the parts of his story I didn’t already know. I’m sure you’ll enjoy this conversation too.