Estere is a girl with an MPC she calls Lola. She produces all her own songs with Lola, mostly at home in her pajamas, where they play/ record a mixture of bass, synth, drums, vocal harmonies, keyboard, whistles, claps, kazoo, desk tapping and anything else that might take her fancy. She layers her production with pulsating rhythms and evocative melodies that adhere to the genre of Electric Blue Witch Hop.
Two songs that she recorded in her bedroom (Cruel Charlie and Culture Clash) have received extensive radio play on stations throughout New Zealand and have featured on various international blogs including Disco Naivete and Portals.
With Lola, Estere aims to create uniquecorn music that embraces a large variety of styles and leaves people guessing (herself included) what will be coming next...
Since joining forces with Lola in March 2012, Estere has played a variety of live performances in cities and festivals throughout New Zealand, Australia, South Korea and Europe, including Jeonju International Sori Festival, Ulsan World Music Festival, Aarhus International Music Festival and shows in Paris and London.
Up next she has performances lined up at Flume (Wellington), Rhythm & Alps, Rippon, Kaikoura Roots Festival, Splore, Let Them Eat Cake (Melbourne) and the New Plymouth Festival of Lights.
Most recently, Estere has announced that she will be taking part in the Red Bull Prodigy, a project that pairs her with a legend of the music scene to make new music in a 10-day takeover of the Red Bull studios. Her mentor will be New York Hip-Hop Rapper and Producer Oddisee when he returns to New Zealand later this month.
Much like the multi-tasking multi-instrumentalist she'll be mentored by, Estere likes to keeps her hands full; juggling studies in Philosophy and Anthropology while singing with funk collective Brockerflowersaurus Rex and The Blueberry Biscuits and working on her beat-driven solo material. Since being selected as the prodigy, Estere has been delving into Oddisee's deep back catalogue.
"When I started digging into his music, I thought, 'Wow, this guy's amazing and there's so much variation in his material'. It seems like he's constantly trying new things out.
"Previously I recorded my solo material at home, so working with him at the Red Bull Studio will give me access to a lot more ways with which you can produce and make music. I'm really looking forward to throwing myself into this and not holding back," says Estere.