Estère - Girl with an MPC

Estère Dalton is a lady of many talents. Relying on herself only for her musical accompniament and production, she has strong ideas and musical identity and has quickly made a name for herself in the New Zealand Music scene. She has been compared to the likes of Erykah Badu and an earlier Kimbra however Estère's fusion of Funk, Soul and home-made beats is distincly unique. Writing and recording an album, traveling and performing live all whilst studying at Victoria University in Wellington, Estère has drive and shows no signs of slowing down.

Estère's dynamic single I Spy, released earlier this year off her debut album, recieved a NZ On Air Making Tracks video and recording grant. The song also recieved airplay throughout the country and has been performed on stages around the world including at Tedx VUWJeonju International Sori Festival, Ulsan World Music Festival, Aarhus International Music Festival and Melbourne Let Them Eat Cake.

Estère - 'I Spy'

Describe yourself as an artist (ten words or less)

I am a girl with an MPC called Lola.

Favourite song by an NZ artist right now?

Tiny Ruins - Me At The Museum, You In The Winter Gardens.

Most Iconic music video by NZ artist and why?

Crowded House - Don’t Dream it’s Over- because the song is timeless and the video begins with a miraculously hovering plate that all of a sudden smashes mid flight.

Crowded House - Don’t Dream it’s Over

What does being a Critics' Choice finalist mean to you?

Being a Critics' Choice Finalist means that initially making my album free has worked out in more ways then one. It also means that Lola and I feel supported by the industry, which is a great feeling!

What is coming up next for you?

Next up, this month I will be opening for Aloe Blacc’s NZ shows. I have just recently signed my debut album to a French Record Label called No Format so will be going to Europe to perform next month as well as traveling to Melbourne to perform at the AWME music showcase. I will also be playing Rhythm and Vines and Northern Bass festival over new years. There’s also lots of new music material in the works!

Estère is managed by Aston Rd Management in Wellington.

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In our 25th year, NZ On Air is proud to support the Critics' Choice Prize as a way of showing our commitment to finding and encouraging new talent. The event is held on 29 October at the Kings Arms in Auckland and the winner on the night will receive a $10,000 recording and video grant from NZ On Air.

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