In­spi­ra­tions: Lady­hawke

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - CONTENTS -

Phillipa ‘Pip’ Brown, aka Lady­hawke, lives in Los An­ge­les with wife Madeleine Sami. She will tour NZ this month to pro­mote her new album Wild Things.

My most prized pos­ses­sion is... A 1989 Gib­son Ex­plorer guitar I bought when I was in my first band.

It was the first guitar

I spent se­ri­ous money on. So many mem­o­ries and good times are at­tached to it. THE SONG THAT MAKES ME WANT TO DANCE IS… Who Do You Think You Are? by the Spice Girls. No one ex­pects me to say that. They came out when I was at school. I was play­ing in a rock band and lis­ten­ing to Me­tal­lica but in se­cret I was thrash­ing my Spice Girls CD. The child­hood mem­ory I will al­ways

trea­sure… Any time I spent with my Nanny

(my mum’s mum). We were re­ally close when I was grow­ing up – kin­dred spir­its.

She lived just down the road from me in Master­ton and I lit­er­ally saw her ev­ery day. We’d watch old movies to­gether – I have such fond mem­o­ries of that.

My great­est achieve­ment is… Ig­nor­ing the voices in my head and do­ing my mu­sic any­way. Mak­ing the de­ci­sion to be Lady­hawke meant not lis­ten­ing to those voices, which were say­ing don’t do this.

If I was a bil­lion­aire I would… Buy a house or two, then give the rest away to char­i­ties, friends and family. I don’t think any­one needs a bil­lion dol­lars – that is way too much money.

A per­fect evening with my friends is spent… Cook­ing a meal, sit­ting around the ta­ble and then watch­ing TV to­gether. I have a good lit­tle group of Kiwi and Aussie friends here in LA and it is my favourite thing to do.

When I am work­ing hard I un­wind by… Watch­ing TV or play­ing my PlayS­ta­tion. If I am into a TV show, I can binge watch an en­tire sea­son in one sit­ting. I am also very good at sit­ting down and play­ing a video game un­til I have com­pletely fin­ished it. My favourite game is The Last of Us. The story is in­cred­i­bly im­mer­sive and you just get drawn into it be­cause the script, the writ­ing, the char­ac­ters, the act­ing and the game play are all amaz­ing. It’s all about strat­egy and us­ing your brains.

The most mem­o­rable place I’ve vis­ited… Was a lit­tle re­mote is­land off the is­land of Corfu in Greece. I went there last year for a friend’s wed­ding. All our best friends were there and we’d be in the wa­ter at 10pm at night. It was luke­warm and you’d put your hands through it and all these bright lights would flash up be­cause of the phos­pho­res­cence. It was a pretty amaz­ing time.

What would your ad­vice be to your 16-year-old self? When you are 16 you think that if some­thing bad hap­pens it’s the end of your life – I would tell my­self not to worry about stuff like that be­cause life goes on.

The qual­ity I most ad­mire in a friend is… Hu­mour and in­tel­li­gence. I love a good sense of hu­mour. I have a re­ally hard time with earnest peo­ple who are al­ways on the verge of spit­ting po­etry. I like some­one I can have a good chat and a joke with, maybe a dirty joke as well!

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