Maxine Kemp – Marlborough Girls’ College

Describe your sound in four words
Acoustic, singer-songwriter, pop.

Who would you love to play with?
If I had the chance I would’ve loved to play with David Bowie. I love his stage performance and style of music.

What would be on your ultimate playlist?
Definitely some trashy ’80s music to get the party started, The Cars and the Dance Exponents. Jake Bugg would definitely feature, as well as Mayday Parade. Some hits from The 1975 and then finished off with some Bowie.

What do you love about NZ music?
I like that New Zealand music seems to be so free in what is produced. We’ve had and still have some really amazing bands; DD smash, The Feelers and the Dance Exponents are all some of my favourites.

What’s the best thing about SFRQ?
I like that it gives me something to work towards rather than aimlessly writing music and then not doing anything with it. I like the idea of playing in front of people who want to be there and see me do well. It’s such a supportive event that helps me improve my skills.


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