Estère (NZ)

Electric Blue Witch-Hop


Like a modern day mage with an ability to conjure magic from the sounds around her, Estère’s unique brand of Electric Blue Witch-Hop creates an unparalleled melange of music. Acclaimed as a rare performer of unique calibre, her catalogue for support slots includes opening for the likes of Grace Jones, John Cale, Flume and Erykah Badu.

Referencing the meaty side of electronic music with thick bass atop weighty drums then contrasting it with organic acoustic textures - Estère bedecks her production with a rich elastic voice and punchy, ethereal melodies. The coy hiss of Vietnamese bamboo trees, the angry crash of a cutlery draw, the clicking tongue of a possum, are all examples of the strange sounds Estère has sampled and surreptitiously slipped into her music.

Estère’s penchant for extraordinary lyric writing escapes the common realms of popular music, delving into imaginatively philosophical narratives about displaced refugees, kids obsessed with technology, controlling urges, rent, prostitutes becoming presidents and much more …

« My Design on others’ lives » succeeds the first eponymous album of Estère, released in 2015 on the french label PRØSPECT, the little brother of the label NØ FØRMAT!, which is dedicated to emergence of young artists. Most of her songs like Culture Clash, Cruel Charlie, I Spy, Thoughts, Patchwork Solider, Reptilian Journey and Flash Light (feat Oddisee) were played on New-Zealander radios a lot and were featured on international blogs like Afro Punk, Disco Naiveté and Portals.

With Lola the MPC, she already played in New-Zealand, Australia, South Korea, Europe, including notorious festivals like Jeonju Festival Internation Sori, Ulsan World Music Festival, Festival International de Musique d’Aarhus, Melbourne Let Them Eat Cake and Glastonbury.

In october 2013, Estère joined the project called « Red Bull Prodigy » in collaboration with the producer and rapper Oddissee, from Washington DC and New-York. They spend two weeks writing in the studio, and released three songs : Flashlight, Curtains Down and Noon.