21 May 1999

Eldred Stebbing (Part 1)

Eldred Stebbing interviewed by Mike Chunn (ex-Split Enz, APRA) in May 1999, on the eve of the opening of the Stebbings CD manufacturing plant. Eldred Stebbing was a sound engineer, producer, studio and label owner, manufacturer, promoter, night club owner, manager and A&R guy to a who's who of New Zealand artists. Born in 1921, Eldred's career spanned the days of 78s, 45s, LPs, cassettes, VHS, CD and DVD. The Stebbing Recording Centre - still run by the family in Herne Bay, Auckland - was state of the art when commissioned in 1970; and was still in pristine condition when Stebbings opened New Zealand's only fully integrated CD manufacturing plant in 1999. His services to the NZ Music Industry saw Eldred inducted into the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2004. Part 1 of this interview covers the early days of sound reinforcement and live sound in New Zealand during the 1940s. Eldred Stebbing died in December 2009.