With the video for her new single ‘Rent’ now out for the world to see, we Get To Know Estère from New Zealand!
As you’ll discover in the paragraphs below, she hails from the nation’s capital, she’s a part-time tutor, the first album she bought was from a pop goddess and she’s ready to press play on her own debut album.
Without further ado then… get to know Estère!
01. Name : Estère.
02. Where are you based? Wellington, NZ.
03. How did you get your start in music? I started out banging pots and pans when I was about three. From there it was a natural progression to producing. Well almost. I had a few years where I wore flares and danced in school productions of ‘Fame’ and played triangle in the school band before I figured out that writing and producing were my passions.
04. Give us five words to best describe you as an artist. Electric Blue Witch-Hop Matrixer.
05. Tell us a little bit about your sound and how it developed. I started writing years ago, and I have been working hard on honing my craft as a producer for the last five years. I am really interested in combining organic sound recordings – with electronic music components like synthesisers – and I think that affects the sound of my music. I also really like to write songs that aren’t love songs and more commentaries on my perspective or others’ and the world around me.
06. What’s your earliest musical memory? It is listening to ‘Paper Back Writer’ in the car when I was three and thinking the way that ‘Paper Back Writer’ sounded was kind of sonically delicious, in a way I definitely could not put into words back then.
07. Who have been your musical influences? I have been influenced hugely by people like Grace Jones, David Bowie and Sade – as well as lots of contemporary writers and musicians. I’m an avid listener of country music- especially Gillian Welch as I adore her songwriting.
08. What are your favourite songs of all time? My favourite song of all time (period), is ‘Nature Boy’ by Nat King Cole. It does all I could ever dream music to do. It’s completely transportive, and experiential as a song. I love it.
09. Where’s your favourite place to listen to music? I like listening to music while I’m walking. It changes the scape of things.
10. Who are your go-to artists when you’re feeling : Happy? Rihanna. Sad? Paul Simon. Introspective? Claude Debussy. Exhausted? Astrud Gilberto.
11. What was the first album you ever bought? It was Britney Spears’ first album.
12. Give us a little fun fact about yourself that people might not know. I am a part-time tutor in Anthropology at Victoria University.
13. What would your chosen career be if music wasn’t an option? Probably being an astronaut.
14. What’s the best advice you’ve been given in your career? Just do what you love and focus on the parts that really matter. Otherwise, music can lose its beauty to the artist.
15. If you could trade places with any artist in the world right now, who would it be? Oooh that’s a good question. Perhaps Kamasi Washington, as I can’t ever imagine having that kind of skill set when it comes to an instrument.
16. Tell us about your latest release. I just released a song called ‘Rent’, which is about finding fulfilment and ownership in what you have in life, as opposed to feeling depressed about what you don’t have, or the expectations you might have not met.
17. What do your future plans involve? I will be releasing a full-length album in April, and touring throughout the months following.
18. Where can our audience catch you live? Hopefully I’ll be back to do shows in Sydney and Melbourne again soon.