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Interview: Stellar* | Boh Runga

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Renowned For Sound editor Brendon speaks with kiwi music icon @bohrunga about the career of Stellar*, one of the greatest acts from down under! Watch the video interview here....

New Zealand pop-rock outfit, Stellar* may not have released an album in 15 years but the bands career is one of the brightest of the Australasian music scene. Fronted by Boh Runga, sister of fellow kiwi musician, Bic Runga, the band released their first album back in 1999. With a famous producer at the helm and 3 fellow bandmates bringing to the mix a range of musical influences, it was the first of 3 albums released by the band over the course of 7 years with follow up, Magic Line in 2001 and final album, Something Like Strangers being released in 2006.

While its been quiet on the Stellar* front since that final release – with the exception of a Best Of and the occasional collaborative track – the band have somewhat emerged from hibernation over the last couple of years; performing across New Zealand at various events and festivals, performing hits from their catalogue like Part Of Me, What You Do (Bastard), Violent and Taken to a fanbase that has never dwindled.

At Renowned For Sound we are offered many interviews with musicians from around the world, usually to talk about a new album or tour. However, we decided to do things a little different this week and as a long-time fan of Stellar*, and a fellow kiwi, Editor Brendon Veevers got in touch with Boh to see if she would like to discuss the bands career and the impact they have had on New Zealand music and we were delighted when she responded with a big ‘Yes’. We managed to catch Boh over in her homeland to talk about the bands reunion, career, favourite moments from their time together as a band and also managed to sneak in a few extra questions about a song we think is extra special from the Stellar* catalogue. Here is what the lovely Boh Runga had to tell us in our video interview with the iconic kiwi musician….