As New Zealand’s musical talent returns to the spotlight during May – NZ Music Month – The Star has gathered together five questions to ask musicians or arts fans.
In the second week of the series, The Star reporter Greta Yeoman puts the questions to Canadian-born, New Zealand-based country-soul artist Tami Neilson.
Neilson and her Hot Rockin’ Band of Rhythm will perform at Plato on May 26 as part of her nationwide “Tami Neilson Sings the Songs of Sinners” tour.
Q1. First album you owned?
Billy Joel It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me 45 vinyl single.
I was 4 years old and I used to play it on repeat on my orange plastic Fisher Price record player in my bedroom.
Q2. What’s your musical guilty pleasure?
1990s Country. The Judds, Reba, Garth Brooks (blush).
Q3. Who are your favourite NZ musicians/bands (five max)?
This is like asking to name your five favourite friends in print. I will piss off too many people if I answer this. If I left anyone off (namely, Anika Moa) I would never be heard from again.
So . . . um . . . Anika Moa, Anika Moa, Anika Moa, Anika Moa and Anika Moa.
Q4. If you had to listen to just one New Zealand song forever, what would it be?
Bathe in the River by Don McGlashan (don’t tell Anika Moa).
Q5. Most recent concert/gig by a NZ musician that you’ve been to?
Mel Parsons (seated at a table with Anna Coddington, Julia Deans and Tami Waipara . . . and, I kid you not . . . Anika Moa was there, too).