Who is Ngaiire?
Lover of dairy products, mainly cream with any spongy chiffony cake. Likes big American cars and the smell of gas. Loves a two-way conversation that involves equal contributors and good listening. Perplexed by the resurgence of nu-metal in my household as, for some reason, my 5 year old son is now no longer into Michael Jackson but Linkin Park and System of a Down.
If you had the chance, is there something you would do differently?
Become financially literate early.
Who inspires you and why?
People with are able to stand on their convictions no matter what the majority think. There is great power in being a critical thinker beyond accepted narratives especially in these times.
What would you do to make a difference in the world?
Probably start a support group for creative mums!
Favourite holiday destination and why?
Italy. It has all of my favourite things. Bread, Oil, Pasta, Limoncello, Seafood, Spaghetti straps, the Mediterranean.
When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
I’d probably take them to Baba’s Place in Marrickville for dinner. Incredible Lananese, Macedonian Greek place. We’d then go to the Bearded Tit in Redfern for a drink before dancing the night away at Club 77.
What are you currently reading?
Faith, Hope and Carnage – which is a bunch of Nick Cave interviews by Sean O’Hagan.
What are you currently listening to?
Baby Rose, Sevdaliza, Caroline Polachek, Moreton etc.
Temporary. If we’re talking about Joy? Then that’s a whole other thing. That’s what I think people are searching for. For example, being on tour makes me sooooo happy. It’s a drug to me. I get so high off it but that feeling fizzles when I get home and you realise that isn’t the stuff of reality. Joy is inner peace. The stuff that makes you confident in who you are. That feeling of settledness even within friction.
Happiness is a shopping spree and a margarita. It’s new nails and kebab at 2.00am in the morning. It’s a new toy or a compliment from a hot stranger. All of these things are great but you still gotta live with yourself at the end of the day.
What does the future hold for you?
The future seems like a crossroad to me. Not in a bad way but in a choose your weapon kind of way.
Ngaiire joins forces with Queensland Symphony Orchestra for one incredible night on Friday 4 August at The Princess Theatre as part of Open Season! For more information, visit: www.theprincesstheatre.com.au for details.
Image: Ngaiire (supplied)