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I am an ex-kiwi, been here 24 years plus, now an Oz citizen. I have been involved in music all my 58 + years (grew up in a musical family ). I am a professional muso drummer/Afro – Cuban percussionist. I started collecting records at age 14. I saw the Beatles on their 1963 -64 world tour, and the Beach Boys borrowed my Rogers drumkit on a New Zealand tour when their gear got held up for a gig in Christchurch. When I was 8, my dad was a record rep, so we had people like Roger Miller, Dinah Lee coming round for tea and a chat.

How did you become involved?

I became involved with RTR after making a stack of requests to Woodstock Rock in the late 90’s, and being invited in as a guest to play a few tracks off some of my collection, this is where I got my name , “Deep Purple Pete” from as a last minute on air pseudonym. it went so well they invited me back to do it again, and again …….

If stuck on Mars, what five albums could you not go without?

  •  Alan Pasqua – The Antisocial Club
  • Deep Purple – Live at the Olympia Theatre 1997
  • Yes – Yessongs
  • Gov’t Mule – The Deep End
  • Pink Floyd – Darkside of the Moon ( remastered )

I would try and sneak in The Beatles – Revolver inside one of the cases !!!

What is the best thing about being involved with the station?

The best thing about being involved with RTR is sharing my passion for music with like minded people that appreciate the tunes we play, that they don’t and won’t hear anywhere else.

What is the strangest thing that has happened to you in the RTRFM studio?

The strangest thing that happened is taking a phone call on “Woodstock” from a American sailor on a warship in the Indian Ocean making a request for some early Fleetwood Mac, which we played !

If you could present a show that is not your own, which show would it be? Why?

A show I don’t present on, but would love to, would be “Giant Steps”. I love jazz, played jazz drums for 4 years, and really enjoy listening to musos doing stuff I can only dream of. Love jazz mixed with fusion, hip hop, reggae etc My favs are John Coltrane – of course, Monty Alexander, Kenny Barron and Dave Weckl.

What do you do in real life?

In REAL LIFE I am a specialist upholsterer for the curtain industry designing and creating one-off bedheads and window treatments for decorators and designers ( 20 + years ) I also drink far too much coffee and collect CDs, records, obscure percussion instruments and red wine.

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