Estere sets out her grand de­sign


Rmike.alexan­der@fair­fax­me­ BRIGHT young Welling­ton mu­si­cian and su­per­star in the mak­ing, Estere has shared her strik­ing new sin­gle Pro Bono Techno Zone ac­com­pa­nied by a pow­er­ful, self-chore­ographed mu­sic video di­rected by Paas­calino Schaller.

The track fea­tures on her forth­com­ing re­leaseMy De­sign, Part 1, set to be re­leased dig­i­tally on Oc­to­ber 13.

My De­sign is part one of a new, in­ter­con­nected body of work, due to be re­leased later as a two-part al­bum. This new ma­te­rial was self-writ­ten, recorded and pro­duced by Estere over the past few years be­tween tour­ing the United King­dom, Africa and Europe.

What are you plug­ging right now?

My new dig­i­tal dystopia sin­gle: Pro Bono Techno Zone.

How did you ini­tially get in­volved in mu­sic and how long have you been part of it?

I got in­tro­duced to it quite young at pri­mary school. When I was 7, I got a role in Fame the mu­si­cal, and got to wear sparkly pur­ple flares. Need­less to say – my pas­sion was sparked. I’ve been dab­bling in it ever since.

What is a song you re­mem­ber from child­hood?

The haunt­ing melody of Puff The Magic Dragon has stayed with me all this time. Black Pearl by Moana and The Moa Hunters.

What was the first piece of mu­sic you pur­chased?

It would have been one of those com­pi­la­tion tapes like Now 4, with things like Mambo No 5 and Oops, I Did It Again on it.

What are the in­gre­di­ents for a great live per­for­mance?

Ex­plo­ration and skill. When I see some­one on­stage who seems like they’ve had to re­ally ex­plore them­selves and their mu­sic creatively to get to where they are. I love watch­ing that.

How do you bal­ance mu­sic with other obli­ga­tions – part­ner, chil­dren, job?

It’s rel­a­tively sim­ple. I don’t have chil­dren, I have a cat, I have a part­ner who can sleep through loud beats at 3am, and at present I only work very part-time jobs at uni.

Can you de­scribe a per­fect Satur­day?

It de­pends on the night be­fore. It would ei­ther be get­ting up early and tak­ing a long train ride out to the coast to meet my­mum­for lunch, or stay­ing in bed till 12 read­ing or watch­ing Net­flix. What do you do to re­lax? Have a cuppa. Or if I’m feel­ing ner­vous/anx­ious, I dance wildly around my room.

What life les­son would you pass on?

At the ripe age of 25 I would say, I be­lieve in New­ton’s third law of physics – that ac­tion equals re­ac­tion. If you put some­thing out into the uni­verse it will cre­ate a re­sult, no mat­ter what that is.

Which liv­ing per­son do you most ad­mire and why?

It’s hard to choose be­tween my mu­mor grand­mother. I think I’ll have to com­bine them and call them Gum. They’re both very cre­ative, en­ter­pris­ing and in­tel­li­gent, they prac­ti­cally raised me be­tween them.

What are you read­ing right now?

Miss Smilla’s Feel­ing For Snow. Lis­ten­ing to? Ser­pent With Feet, and Banks. What job would you do other than your own and why?

I would like to be an as­tro­naut and travel to outer-space.

What is a cur­rent po­lit­i­cal is­sue close to your heart and how would you solve it?

The refugee cri­sis. I feel to say how I’d ‘‘solve’’ it would be naive in the face of such po­lit­i­cal com­plex­ity. I think the way to help the sit­u­a­tion is for hu­mans to treat each other with em­pa­thy – re­gard­less of who you are, to vol­un­teer time, ef­fort and/or re­sources to help those who are suf­fer­ing.

Estere drops My De­sign, the first of a two-part al­bum, on Oc­to­ber 13.

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