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Peter Urlich

Peter Urlich has crossed the musical divide in New Zealand like no other performer. A legend in the New Zealand music industry, he began his career as a rock vocalist with iconic Kiwi band Th' Dudes in the 80s.

Now he has morphed into our favourite dance music DJ, as part of New Zealand's most popular DJ duo Nice 'n Urlich.

Peter's musical career began at Sacred Heart College, where he met Dave Dobbyn, Neil and Tim Finn, Ian and Rikki Morris and Mike Chunn, among others.

Th' Dudes were a favourite on the Auckland rock circuit. They won Battle of the Bands in 1976 and supported Peter Frampton at Western Springs in 1978. Their hit songs include enduring crowd favourites Walking In Light, Right First Time, That Look In Your Eyes, Bliss and Be Mine Tonight.

Peter was host and a producer for the TV2's ground-breaking reality show Popstars, which was later produced in Australia, the UK and around the world. It was the inspiration for the Pop Idol format which now dominates TV screens worldwide.

Popstars launched the five member all-girl group True Bliss, who became an overnight commercial success in New Zealand. After the TV show ended Peter became the band's mentor and manager. True Bliss topped the NZ music charts with their first single Tonight and their debut album Dream went platinum, followed by a sellout nationwide Number One Tour.

"I'm so proud of those girls and what they have achieved since True Bliss," Peter says.

Peter moved into radio, presenting a show on student radio bFM, and is currently the breakfast show DJ for Auckland Radio station George FM.

"And of course don't forget the Warriors!" Peter explains. "I'm a big rugby league fan too."