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….
::: RenownedForSound.com’s Editor and Founder –
Interviewing and reviewing the best in new music and globally recognized artists is his passion.
Over the years he has been lucky enough to review thousands of music releases and concerts and interview artists ranging from top selling superstars like 27-time Grammy Award winner Alison Krauss, Boyz II Men, Roxette, Cyndi Lauper, Lisa Loeb and iconic Eagles front man/songwriter, Glenn Frey through to more recent successes including Newton Faulkner, Janelle Monae and Caro Emerald.
Brendon manages and coordinates the amazing team of writers on RenownedForSound.com who are based in the UK, the U.S and Australia.