Estere sets out her grand design
Rmike.email@example.com 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.