We had a chat with the beautiful Ngaiire ahead of the release of her second album 'Blastoma' (out 10th of June) an extremely personal collection of tracks that created strength for her during personal hardship.
Now your second album 'Blastoma' is due for release in only 4 days time, you must be pretty excited?
Right now, a bit of apprehension I guess is the feeling you get before putting something out to the world, but I'm really excited at the same time
Has it been a long process with this album?
It was actually supposed to come out a year ago, there was a lot of things that happened in between that delayed the process, we've been working on it for about two years so I'm actually quite relieved that it's coming out in a couple of days
I read that the title of the album is a reference to your childhood health problems, could you expand on that?
It actually derived from the name of the cancer that I had as a child called ganglioneuroblastoma and I was looking for a word that described the experience that I had putting together the album and I really liked the way that blastoma sounded and it captured something that I needed to remember whilst putting this album together. By revisiting your past and finding strength, there were a lot of personal things happening to me at the time and I needed to find some type of fire to keep me going in completing the album
Wow ! Well that is definitely a very personal album for you to be sharing,
Yeah but once it's out there then people can take what they want from it and I hope that they will find some type of strength from it
You worked with Megan Washington a lot on the album, how was collaborating with her?
She's incredible, she is one of Australia's best song-writers, just being in the studio with her was really inspiring and the way her brain works is amazing like you can see her thinking. The words she comes up with and puts together is unlike anyone I've been honoured to spend that time with
You just finished the Groovin In The Moo tour and gearing up to play Splendour In The Grass, what do you love most about playing festivals?
I think it's the chance to play to new audiences, particularly Groovin In The Moo which we did about a month ago, I've never had the chance to play to kids under 18 before so that was really nice playing to an audience that were extremely enthusiastic.
Now your Like A Version is one of the most talked about of last year, what made you choose Tame Impala's 'The Less I Know The Better'?
When I heard it for the first time I just fell in love, I mean they don't give you a lot of time to prepare for it but when I decided to do it my producer Jack ended up chopping up 'Let It Happen' for the like a version originally.
You've been involved in the Australian music scene for quite some time, and you've actually played at our home base, Miami Marketta a fair few years back. Have you noticed any massive changes in the Australian music scene?
I think that it's a very exciting time for soul music in Australia, there's been a lot of headways made, especially with bands like Hiatus Kaiyote theres a lot of interest in Australian soul music and what we're creating here. It's very interesting and unique soul and I'm really excited to be a part of that and it's only going to get better and better and people are going to start pushing more boundaries and thats what it's all about
I saw on your Facebook that you went overseas pretty recently, was that just for a holiday?
It was, my first holiday is 10 years that wasn't music related I just had a ball. I loved Israel, Italy was incredible but Israel there was just something about it that gets to you. My gosh, Italy it was like rolling into a painting, we drank so much red wine I think I developed an intolerance to it
Seeing as you're on the festival circuit quite frequently, if you could choose 4 other artists to be alongside you at a festival who would they be? They can be dead....
On that note, Prince, St Vincent, Sia and probably Jeff Buckley, if that ever happens!
You seem like a very creative person, do you have any other creative outlets other than music?
Yeah I paint a bit, it's a nice way to release my creative juices other than just through music, I think if I ever lost my voice I'd probably move into something like fashion or be a reclusive painter
Last question, describe your ultimate gig setting, so from the food and drinks served to the scenery
Oooh in a desert somewhere in a tent with candles everywhere and lots of good Italian cheese and wine, and thats it !