Power of three pre­vails

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

Last year three of the county’s most ac­com­plished fe­male singers got to­gether over a glass of wine.

Soon Anika Moa, Boh Runga and Hol­lie Smith came up with the idea of com­bin­ing their tal­ents and the first re­sult of their col­lab­o­ra­tion, the sin­gle Be Mine, was re­leased in Au­gust.

The trio’s de­but long­player Peace of Mind is out this week but Stuff is giv­ing read­ers the chance to have a lis­ten to­day.

When first to­gether they were three solo artists jam­ming but have since grown to­gether as a band.

‘‘Ini­tially . . . we had our own back­grounds in mu­sic but when we de­cided to do this project we had to think what our roles were in each song, who would sing what and how we would per­form it live,’’ Runga said.

At times it may not have been easy to take a step back and let the oth­ers med­dle with your ma­te­rial but in the end it worked well as they all re­spected each other and en­joyed work­ing to­gether so much, she said.

Of­ten they would start out jam­ming on a song one of them would bring along.

‘‘When you’re col­lab­o­rat­ing with peo­ple, you have to be will­ing to strip your song apart be­cause there are two other peo­ple you’re work­ing with.’’

But the singer, who used to front Stel­lar* be­fore re­leas­ing her solo al­bum Right Here in 2009, ad­mits that let­ting go of the reigns can also be hard.

‘‘ Some­times it is some­thing you may not nec­es­sar­ily do your­self, some­thing you may not nec­es­sar­ily sing your­self but we treated each song as an in­di­vid­ual, as its own beast’’.

In the end work­ing as a band had a lot go­ing for it.

‘‘You can ask the oth­ers what they think about some­thing and you can share the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of ev­ery­thing that comes. It’s not just you,’’ she said.

Af­ter Oc­to­ber’s acous­tic church venue tour, ex­pect a dif­fer­ent vibe at this sum­mer’s win­ery con­certs.

‘‘ With the church tour it was a much more stripped- back sound . . . but with the win­ery tour we will have a full band with a full drum kit and three peo­ple play­ing gui­tar, there’s a bass player and there’s keys. It’s much more up-tempo and it will be more rau­cous,’’ she said. ‘‘ Our main goal is to make peo­ple dance.’’

AL­BUM: New Zealand mu­si­cians Anika Moa, Boh Runga and Hol­lie Smith’s de­but long-player Peace of Mind will be on shelves this week.

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