Interview: Anita Lester (Lester The Fierce)

Lester The Fierce is Melbourne artist Anita Lester who is just about to hit the road with Ngaiire for a twelve date national tour titled Lamentations. In the lead up we were able to discover a little more about Lester The Fierce and her inspirations.

Hi Anita, welcome to Beauty and Lace. Thanks for taking some time out for us.
What inspired you to become a musician?

I’ve always been a lover of music. My parents had incredibly good taste and when I inherited my dad’s records, it planted that seed in me I think. I’ll never forget sitting in the dark listening to Melanie’s ‘Candle in the rain’.

How would you describe your sound?

Ghost pop.

You are currently on tour with Ngaiire, can you tell us a little about how that came to be?

I just signed with booking agents 123. It’s a great new agency run by Damian Costin and he teamed me up with Ngaiire straight away. It’s the most incredible feeling having someone look out for you in this way.

The new EP has just released, what can you tell us about the self-titled EP Lester The Fierce?

It’s a tasting plate of ideas that I’ve accumulated over the last couple of years. It’s lyrically more concise and I think stylistically, even though it’s quite diverse, it has a stronger direction. It’s channeling pop, rock, cinematic moments and my folk roots too.

How did you come to be working with Jonathan Dreyfus on the project?

Jonathan and I used to be in a band called ‘Me and the Grownups’. It’s a welcomed reunion. He is a brilliant mind and knows me musically, better than anyone.

Howl is the first single, and the film clip is by Superteam Studios and Yoav Lester. Can you tell us about the concept for the clip and how it came to be?

My brother is Yoav – I had some trouble finding the right treatment for this clip – so I went to my very busy brother (who is in the middle of finishing his first feature film ‘Start, Options, Exit’) and asked for help – I said I just wanted something iconic and simple. He teamed up with some friends of mine from Superteam Studios and made this beautiful video.

Lester The Fierce EP art

Music is not your only passion, can you tell us a little about your other passion (illustrating) and how you came to pursue that? Do the two complement each other in your career?

I always have the two coming together in some way. My illustration style isn’t visually cohesive with the music, but I guess thematically it works. Other than that, the whole visual aspect of my music is taken up a notch naturally I think because I am such a visual person.

What music inspires you and who are some of your favourite artisits?

Musically – Leonard Cohen, The Doors, Massive Attack, The Cardigans, Hole, AA Bondy, Emmylou Harris, Beck, Bob Dylan, Nirvana, Radiohead… the list is forever. I take what I need from each artist I suppose.
I’m also very inspired by cinematic qualities in music. Sonic storytelling.

What’s next for Lester the Fierce?

I guess more touring, an album, life, love, health, happiness and hopefully a pet teacup pig.

What does being a woman mean to you?

I’m about as proud to be a woman as one can be. I am aware of the pitfalls it comes with, but also the power. I find that we are such emotional creatures and so in sync with each other that we can really lean on other women when we need. I’m looking forward to a time where we have as many female icons in music as men.

Thanks for chatting with us Anita and good luck with the tour.

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