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The Eighth Note: Ingrid & The Ministers

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‘The Eighth Note’ is 8 quick Questions with Wellington Musicians.

A chance for us to catch up with people & see what they’re up to, or introduce you to a new musician/band and their music.

Today’s guest is Ingrid Saker, who is the leader of new band Ingrid and the Ministers.


Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
I’m the Ingrid in Ingrid and the Ministers. I wrote my first song when I was 13 and had just started learning guitar. I taught myself how to play because I was too busy with other things to have any lessons. Girls also weren’t really encouraged to learn guitar where I’m from, so for years I was terrified of performing in front of people even though I wanted to. A lot of my music now comes from a place of reclaiming my voice and my right to make sounds. I love starting really quietly and building to a massive climax. I call my music psychedelic frock music because I love rock bands like Pink Floyd and The Velvet Underground but I’m also heavily influenced by female folk-y musicians like Laura Marling, Nadia Reid, Sharon Van Etten.

What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
I’ve just recorded a debut EP with the band.

Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music?
Facebook definitely.

What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
Laura Marling ‘Alas I Cannot Swim’.
Neil Young ‘After The Goldrush’
The Beatles ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’

Which other Wellington musician (s) would you most like to work with?
Ebony from Eb and Sparrow and Charlotte Forrester from Womb.

What’s your favourite Wellington venue to play in?
San Fran I think.

In your songwriting or composing (or the band’s songwriting) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
I normally write the songs on my own with a guitar and then bring them to the band and we jam them out. Sometimes the structure can change a fair bit with the band.

Where/when is your next gig?
I’m doing a solo acoustic session at Bats Theatre on Saturday 14th July. 9:15pm! Next full band gig is TBC but coming soon!

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