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Maree Sheehan - A few mins with Maree Sheehan

23 Feb 2013 // An interview by Dilemma

What can we expect to see from you over the next year?
I am looking forward to a lot more performances throughout New Zealand, promoting my new album 'Chasing the light.'

What advice would you like to give to other aspiring musicians?
The music is the magic and never forget that, but also practice hard, get good people to support you, as in management

Who are your favourite NZ musicians/bands, and why?
I adore Ardijah, I love Betty-Anne's voice but also the song that Ryan composes. I'm a fan of Hollie Smith's voice, Anika's Moa's songwriting, Kids of 88. I love NZ reggae like Katchafire, of course Herbs. Tiki Taane's music is awesome, so many. But I really love and support Kiwi music.

How do you come up with your lyrics?
The lyrics that I write generally come from life experiences and are often both observational and confessional lyrical content.

Did you collaborate or are you collaborating with anyone on your new album, how is that going?
Yes I collaborated with many musicians on the album, but specifically sung a duet with Jason Carlo on the track 'Mistakes' and worked with Jah Red Lion - a beautiful raggamuffin stylz - on the song 'Do I Wish'.

Who would you most like to support live?
That is a very tough question. If it was a New Zealand artist then Ardijah, if it was an international artist then Sade.

How do you believe you fit into the NZ music industry?
I fit in as a singer songwriter and lover of music.

What can you never leave home without?
My contact lenses, can’t see without them.

How would you describe your music?
I see my music as singer songwriter, piano and vocally driven, with some light more upbeat songs as well as some great ballads.

What is your favourite NZ venue?
I really don't have one favourite venue, but the Powerstation is good. I like performing outdoors as well, like wineries, cafes, as well as pubs.

What is the best part of being a musician?
My favourite parts are recording and performing live.

What NZ musicians or bands would you like to see more of, and why?
It’s always awesome to hear music and performances from Anika Moa, Ardijah, Herbs, Tiki Taane, Katchafire and Kora, because I love their music.

What is in your CD collection at home?
Prince, Pink, Nina Simone, Bee Gees, Anita Baker, Lana Del Rey, Selah Sue, Adele, Bob Marley and many many more.

What is your most embarrassing on tour/gig moment?
Oh God… I can't say - I'm already blushing as I write this!

What is your favourite place in NZ to be?
At home, and anywhere there's a good New Zealand beach.

What inspired you to become a musician/start a band?
I was inspired but listening to music at a very young age, but also watching television shows like “Ready To Roll”, “Top Of The Pops” etc. I knew I always wanted to sing.

What is the best gig you have ever performed at, and why?
One of my favourite New Zealand gigs has been Big Gay Out this year, the crowd are always amazingly supportive of NZ music. The best gig I ever did internationally was Dreamspeakers festival in Canada, which was the biggest indigenous festival in the world and I got to perform in front of thousands.

How do you keep in contact with your fans?
Facebook and my website http://www.mareesheehan.com/, I wish I was better at twitter.

What rumour would you like to start about yourself?
Maree Sheehan ......the first woman on the moon.


About Maree Sheehan

Maree Sheehan helped pave the way for women in the New Zealand music industry in the 1990s by breaking the singer-songwriter mould and bringing homegrown dance-pop to the foreground. Now after a decade-long hiatus, she is poised to step back into the spotlight with a stunning new 10-track album.

The Christchurch born, but now Auckland-based, artist was eight when she took up piano; by 14 she’d written her very first song.

“Mum and her sisters had a trio and they used to play little gigs. So there was lots of singing in my childhood. You know, the classic guitar-party scenario. I was brought up with all those old sing-a-long songs.”

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Chasing The Light
Year: 2013
Type: Album

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