ScreenTalk: Peter Blake

Peter Blake
Making music, and working on the Ready to Roll hit machine…


Music is Peter Blake's passion. Blake's career has encompassed jazz, Hendrix covers, keyboards for Hello Sailor – and quite a lot of television.

After time at radio station 2ZA he began working on TV music show Grunt Machine, then got the job of musical director, and later producer of the high rating, hit-making Ready to Roll.

Soon he was commanding a stable of music shows that included RTR, Radio with Pictures, Heartbeat City, and stereo simulcasts of rock concerts.

In this ScreenTalk, Blake talks about:

  • Eclectic early music show Grunt Machine
  • Abolishing cover versions, when he became producer of Ready to Roll
  • Having to look after glam rocker Gary Glitter for a day
  • The arrival of music videos, and commissioning videos by both TVNZ staffers and freelancers
  • RTR's golden age in the 80s, when it ruled both the TV and music charts
  • How he moved into composing soundtracks, with drama series Marching Girls
  • Composing for himself, versus composing for the screen

This video is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence.

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