Interview: Ngaiire

Yes that’s right, BlogThatMusic has another interview for you to read. You lucky people. This interview is with the supremely talented singer Ngaiire, who comes from Papua New Guinea but migrated to Australia when she was 16. Since migrating her incredible voice has blossomed and takes you on a marvellous emotional and musical journey. The unique singer Ngaiire managed to get away from her busy lifestyle to answer some questions about herself and her music.

How would you describe your music?

Future folk/soul

How do you get inspiration for your music?

I used to think my life was prone to pain just so I could write songs. I felt like I had to hurt in order to write a good song, and usually a lot of songwriters will write a good song from feeling anguished but I think you learn to channel whatever you want as you become better at writing. At least that’s what I’ve found.

You have just released a new track in Australia called Dirty Hercules featuring Nai Palm, what is the track about and what the inspiration for it?

I initially wrote Herc after an experience I had whilst touring the states with a band whose tour manager always had it in for me for reasons unknown. Asking myself many questions about why she insisted on being the way she was, I released the issues she had towards me were essentially about her and how she felt about herself. We all have our insecurities that can come out in how we relate to people. At the end of the day, we all need each other and we can either choose to be a vessel for change or operate out of a place of spite that can in turn destroy ourselves or other people.

Dirty Hercules is the lead single off your forthcoming debut album, Lamentations, which is set to be released in July 2013. What can people expect from the album?

A lot of interesting glitches and minimalist electronic palettes. Layers of really thick vocal arrangements and elements of various genres in the world that have always resonated with me.

What is your favourite track to perform live and why?

A track called Fireflies. I wrote this a couple years back when I was touring with Blue King Brown in Woolongong. It was the eve of my birthday so we went dancing after the show and I slipped on some water that had been split on the floor and fell face first smashing my two front teeth through my bottom lip and out the other end. I was rushed to emergency where the band hung around with me waiting for someone to give me some pain killers. We then get a call saying that Carlo’s (BKB bassist) dad had also passed away. It was quite a weird time for the whole band and the only way I could express the bleakness of that day was of course by translating it into music, which became Fireflies. It’s one of those songs I can never get tired of singing.

If you cover any track and put it on your debut album what would it be and why?

Mondo Rock – Come Said the Boy. What a GREAT Aussie rock tune. Any tune that makes me feel like a kid in the 80s again I love.

For those who do not know what it sounds like, here it is:

Not only are you known for your amazing vocals and music but also the clothing designs and hats you wear for your performances and music videos. What has been your favourite style so far?

Having a favourite look is like asking what my favourite song is. I usually dress how I want to feel both on and off stage. Mostly when I dress on stage I want to feel like I’m going to battle, so the more extravagant I am, the more fierce I feel and the better the frame of mind I have in delivering a good show. Coming from PNG, Papua New Guineans are culturally quite extravagant dressers anyway and I love the ceremony of getting dressed up in body paint, feather, headpieces and jewellery that we have which has definitely transcended over to my relationship with clothes in this modern time.

Photo taken by Vassi Dyulgerova Photographer.

And finally, what are your plans for the rest of 2013?

Getting this album finished is a priority. After the tour/publicity machine has done its round, I think I’ll have a really long sleep under a coconut tree somewhere in the world.

Well there we have it; an inside into the mind Ngaiire and the exotic and incredible inspiration her music and fashion. A huge thank you to Ngaiire for answering the questions. Ngaiire is an amazing (AMAZING) artist who has an excellent voice and style. Her album is set to be out in July 2013. It feels like a long wait, but it will be worth it I’m sure.

To hear more from Ngaiire check her out on Soundcloud click here. To look at her Facebook page click here. And Twitter here.

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