Former Lismore singer Ngaiire hitting high notes

Ngaiire performed at the opening ceremony of the Pacific Games 2015 in PNG last weekend.
Ngaiire performed at the opening ceremony of the Pacific Games 2015 in PNG last weekend.

FORMER Lismore resident Ngaiire is hitting high notes this month, besides the upcoming release this month of her new single, Once, the song has been added in spot rotation on Triple J.

Ngaiire spoke to Pulse from Papua New Guinea, where she performed at the opening ceremony of the Pacific Games last weekend.

How was it working with Megan Washington and Paul Mac?

I only wrote two songs with her so it was more so a collaboration between Paul and I and my keyboardist Jack Grace who is a wonderful Sydney artist in his own right.

Is there a story behind Once?

Once is about walking towards things you're fearful of and taking it by the balls, regardless of your inhibitions.

It's a kind of 'living in the moment' song that hopefully encourages more people to feel even the lowest parts of their life, with the belief that the things obtained on the other side are worth going through it for.

Besides your music, you are well-known for your sense of fashion. Is it a second passion of yours?

I guess so. I don't get to put on a power suit and sit at a desk in an office so it's almost like my own personal uniform that makes me feel like I got business to do.

Are you looking into designing fashion?

Definitely. I've already started working on a label that will look to collaborating with other upcoming designers. I've had to really concentrate on finishing the album this year so I've been a bit delayed getting it launched. And yes, I would love to be the face of a fashion house.

How are you preparing for the launch of Once?

I'm currently up in the highlands of PNG in my mum's village where there's no running water, electricity, heating or fast internet so that's quite a reset button for me before I head into rehearsals back in Sydney.

I have to always remind myself how bizarre it is that this is where my roots are and that my life in Sydney is a world apart.

When did you live in the Northern Rivers and how did that prompt your music career?

I was in Lismore from 2000 to 2003 where I attended Kadina High School.

That was where I got my first taste of performing in front of people.

My music teacher Mrs Johnstone and those in my music class were such a beacon of light in terms of encouraging me to be open to so many styles of music, from Jeff Buckley to Tool to Ani Difranco to Stevie Wonder.

I then went on to study Jazz in Queensland.

The rest is history!

To follow Ngaiire's music and fashion projects visit www.ngaiire.com.au. Once is out now.

 


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