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Gary Numan talks Hobbiton and moving to Los Angeles

I was a latecomer to the music of Gary Numan.

It was 2001, and I’d heard Nine Inch Nails cover his song ‘Metal’. From there I set out on a mission to discover everything Numan had written – and there was a lot to discover. He’s released 20 albums throughout his career, his most recent – Splinter – coming out just last year.

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I was lucky enough to spend the afternoon with Numan as he prepared for his Auckland concert. He kindly let me quiz him about his life and career, and showed me his gear.

Like me, he’s a fan of Nine Inch Nails too. Unlike me, he had a direct influence on the band and is grateful frontman Trent Reznor has recently repaid the favour.

“I have a level of credibility now I couldn’t have dreamed of so many years ago, Lots of people do cover versions of my stuff. I’ve been involved with NIN for quite some time. And that’s been a help. With Foo Fighters doing cover versions, Marilyn Manson… every time something like that happens, it introduces you to a new audience. Some of whom will hopefully check you out and like what you do. The credibility that comes with that is enormous. You can’t put a price on it.”

Numan recently moved with his family from the UK to Los Angeles. He says he loves the upbeat nature of LA’s locals.

“I lived there once before, [in] ’81 or ’82 for six months, and loved it and always intended to go back. And then life happens, doesn’t it? The career didn’t go so well, then it went a lot worse, then it plummeted!

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Gary Numan talks Hobbiton and moving to Los Angeles

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