I loved chatting to Victoria. We’d met, just briefly, only one other time – but I’d enjoyed her work as part of the SJD band and on stage with Neil Finn and I’d heard some of her compositions and film scores. We’ve corresponded enough to bond over a shared love of the music of Prince. And so this conversation looks back at those special Prince shows in New Zealand last year, and his death and to grieving an icon. But that’s only part of it. We talk about Kelly’s career for the most part.
We talk about her work as a film composer, on the back of her childhood and teen years spent dedicated to learning the craft, not just composition but performance. Her split loyalties had her immersed in the classical world and playing in pub bands. And that’s largely the way it’s been – the pull of classical and forever pushed (if not pushing herself) into the rock and pop world.
We talk too about performance anxiety – about the strength that comes from working as part of a group, working with people.
And she has worked with plenty of people…she’s worked with Strawpeople and SJD, Humphreys & Keen, The Bellbirds and Neil Finn. She’s scored horror films and TV dramas. And to talk about all of this – and her overall approach to music and understanding of it – was to be pulled into a joyous, celebratory conversation. Which is what this is about; what it should be about. I felt hugely inspired by many of Victoria’s stories and words here and I hope you do too.
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