(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #89: Lenka

By on Tuesday, 10th March 2015 at 1:30 pm
 

Just a week off now and it’s time for the music portion of SXSW 2015! But just as we did for SXSW 2014 last year, we’ll be running a special version of the TGTF Quickfire Questions, served up SXSW style with an extra couple of questions to get inside bands’ and artists’ heads so they’ll tell us what they really think of the event.

We’re at number 10 of this ongoing series ahead of the goings-on in Austin, and today we’re having a chat with Australian pop singer Lenka, who I featured as part of the second part of our preview of the Aussie bands coming over for SXSW. (Part 1 is here.) She appears to be a keen crafter, as she’s bringing along some song-appropriate props to Texas with her and admits what she might be doing if she wasn’t singing, as well as admit what X-Ray Specs song makes her “feel something triumphantly rude”. Interest piqued? Read on…

What are you most looking forward to doing while you’re in Austin?
Presenting new music, meeting people and eating BBQ.

Of the bands who have already been announced, do you have any that are must-sees on your schedule? If yes, who are they and why?
Marina and the Diamonds! She’s rad, I’d love to see her show.

Name something you’re packing in your suitcase that we might find unusual. (You are welcome to elaborate.)
Homemade cardboard clouds. Why? You’ll have to see the show! [Intriguing… -Ed.]

If we happen to run into you in a bar, we’d like to buy you a drink. What is your tipple of choice?
I’d like a Hendrick’s and tonic with cucumber please.

What advice would you give other bands who have never played at SXSW before?
Pace yourself, look after yourself. Don’t get trashed on the first night. (Wait till the last night.)

Now to our usual list of Quickfire Questions…

What song is your earliest musical memory?
‘Walking on Sunshine’ by Katrina and The Waves. It made me happy. 🙂

What was your favourite song as a child?
See above. Also, ‘Inchworm’ from Hans Christian Andersen.

What song makes you laugh?
‘Bam Bam’ by Sister Nancy. Because my little boy thinks it’s “Bum bum dinner”.

What song makes you cry?
‘All I Want Is You’ by U2. Lots of songs by Bonnie Prince Billy.

What song reminds you of the first time you fell in love? (It’s up to you if you want this to be sweet, naughty, etc.)
Metronomic Underground by Stereolab reminds me vividly of falling in love in a grimy hotel room in Sydney circa 1999.

What song makes you think of being upset / angry? (Example: maybe you heard it when you were angry with someone and it’s still with you, and/or something that calms you down when you’re upset, etc.)
I don’t know if it’s anger, but the song ‘Germ-Free Adolescents’ by X-Ray Specs makes me feel
something triumphantly rude.

Which song (any song written in the last century / 100 years or so) do you wish you’d written yourself?
Oh my god, so many. ‘Oxygen’ by Will Mason, ‘Royals’ by Lorde, ‘The Ship Song’ by Nick Cave, ‘Come Together’ by The Beatles. To name but a few…

Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
Tom Robbins I think. I love the sneaky spiritual philosophy that comes through the silliness.
If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
Crafting probably. Making expensive baby clothes and pottery that no one wants…hahaha.

If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why? (Sorry, but double albums do not count.)
‘Abbey Road’ by The Beatles. Good tunes and good memories from throughout my life.

Massive thanks to Lenka for answering our questions and Nina for facilitating. If you’re in Austin for the festivities next week, you can catch Lenka alongside her countrymen and women at the Aussie BBQ on Friday the 20th of March at 4 PM at the West Tent of Brush Square Park. She will also appear at the ASCAP showcase at the Driskill’s Victoria Room that Friday night as well.

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