NZMM Artist of the Day – Lawrence Arabia
Written by Admin on 16 May 2016
Lawrence Arabia – A Lake
Lawrence Arabia — the pseudonym of James Milne — is a connoisseur of classic songwriting, creating timeless music inspired as much by 1970’s West Coast Americana as the indie pop of New Zealand’s Flying Nun Records. Born in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1981, Milne moved to Auckland in 2002, where he first joined indie pop outfit the Brunettes. In 2004 fellow Brunettes member Ryan McPhun formed the Ruby Suns and recruited Milne as part of his ever-evolving lineup. Taking on bass duties in both bands and completing tours of the U.S. with the Brunettes, Milne returned to New Zealand and gathered together local musicians Jolyon Mulholland, Benjamin Luke Eldridge, and old friend Ryan McPhun to create what would become the Reduction Agents.
At the same time, Milne’s alter ego Lawrence Arabia was born. Splitting his time between the Reduction Agents and his solo project, Lawrence Arabia has gone on to become one of New Zealand’s most loved musicians.