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Littlegig performer Estère tells us about her unique sound and what to expect from her set

2018-02-16 12:18

Cape Town - Littlegig is the world’s only 24-hour, everything included festival.

The third edition will take place on 17 and 18 February in Stellenbosch. 

Ahead of the festival - which includes musicians, DJ’s, chefs, winemakers, artists, designers, and performers - we spoke to New Zealand-based musician Estère about the last time she was in SA, the video she filmed in Cape Town, her sound and her set at Littlegig. 

She also told us what she always takes on tour and it might not be what you expect. 


Will this be your first time in South Africa?

I actually played in Durban at a festival and at the Goodluck bar in Johannesburg and also Maputo, Durban, Swaziland at an event called The Bushfire Festival and Réunion Island. It was amazing. That was my first time there and playing for the crowds there. We also shot a music video in Cape Town. We went with a small budget and big dream (laughs). The song (in the video) was actually for my grandmother, who is from Cameroon. My dad is also from there. But that was my first time on the continent. 


Did you get to see a lot of the sights? It sounds like you were really busy. 

I saw some places yes, but I’m hoping to get to the see the sights more this time and really explore. There are lots of things I want to do that I didn’t get to. 

So, you’ve coined the term electric blue witch-hop, can you tell us more about that and what fans can expect if this is their first time seeing you? 

‘Blue’ is the mood it sets. It’s the feeling and the colour. Like the energy. To me my music has always been blue. ‘Electric’ stands for the electronic element because I’m using machines. And ‘witch’ is about the type of magic that I feel from music. I am naturally influenced by nature and love, it’s a reflection of different things. And then ‘hop’ is alluding to the hip-hop beat that I put in my music.


Can you tell the sold-out crowd at Littlegig what to expect from your show?

I don’t feel the need to stay confined to anything. The crowds were so lovely, and I felt so connected the last time I just want to build on that. I hope the crowd really lets loose. 

Yeah I think at a festival like Littlegig where everything is taken care of it will be easy for people to forget about everything and just be in the moment. 

Yes, that’s what I’m hoping - that it can be an experience. 

What are you listening to right now? 

It’s tough, I’ve been listening to a lot of different things. I’m really into, I don’t know if you know them, The Glass Animals? Just the way they bring everything together is really cool. I’ve been listening to them a lot. 

What’s the one thing you always take on tour with you? 

It’s going to sound funny but what I’ve learnt is to always take moisturiser. The last time I flew out there it was like a 30-hour flight and just being on tour in general it’s important to stay moisturised (laughs). That and I have a MPC1000 that I call Lola and that I take almost everywhere. She’s a part of my sound. 


DATE: 17 February 2018 - 18 February 2018

VENUE: Wiesenhof Farm, R44, Stellenbosch

TICKETS: Littlegig is sold out. 

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