Singer/songwriter Gin Wigmore tells Style what it means to her to be realising a lifelong dream to go to Antarctica for TEDxScottBase, and what we can expect from her new album.
What inspired you to be part of TEDxScottBase?
It was a combination of things. The idea of Antarctica itself is certainly a major reason to be part of TEDxScottBase, alongside the anniversary of Scott Base, which holds a very proud New Zealand heritage with its longstanding dedication to scientific studies and the preservation of such a beautifully rare ecosystem. I am always impressed by my nation’s perpetual efforts to earn itself such an integral place on the global map as a leader and inspiration on the issue of climate change and many other positive environmental structures from which other nations can observe and possibly learn from. Lastly, and quite possibly the most importantof them all, is the imperative discussion and immediate action we need to take with climate change. This is an issue I have become highly concerned with and, for the last few years, have been diligently educating myself about. Taking part in events such as this one – to shed light on a subject that affects us all so hugely – and, in turn, using my platform as a musician to help and educate my peers and the people around me is something I strongly wish to do if it can benefit our environment and the way we operate and exist on earth. So, basically, this opportunity as a whole is tremendously inspiring for me to be a part of.
What does the opportunity to go to Antarctica mean to you?
It is the most surreal, overwhelming, and humbling feeling in the world to be offered this opportunity. As a New Zealander, Antarctica has always been a sort of a mythical and magical paradise. A place I was convinced I would only read about and never be able to physically experience. There are simply no words that can describe the kind of elation I feel to be embarking on such an incredible opportunity.
Do you have a release date and name yet for your fourth full-length album? And what can we expect to hear?
The good news is, the album is all done! The bad news is, I have no clue what I would like to name it yet. However, at this stage, it is set for an early March 2017 release. You can expect to hear a very eclectic mash of styles as I seem to struggle at settling for one particular genre of music with my albums. This album is no exception to that “rule” of mine. It definitely has an upbeat and more hopeful approach to it. This album kind of caught me off guard when I was writing it, so it has a very impulsive and light heart to it all – which I really love about it.
What was your favourite moment of 2016?
Aside from being invited to play in Antarctica? I’m not sure anything else comes close… playing Corona Capital, [a two-day music festival] in Mexico City, and finishing another album was definitely right up there in favourite moments though.
What do you hope to achieve in 2017?
The release of my fourth album. Enhancing the awareness as well as the activism regarding climate change with my own exhibition of such efforts not only through music, but also in lifestyle choices and other personal demonstration. Having kids that respect the earth and their place within it. Continuing to implore women to seek out their own independence and empowerment as individuals.
What is your must-have item for summer and why?
Sunscreen… because I will be in New Zealand this summer and I know our sun is a beast at making sure I get severely burnt without me slip, slop, slapping that SPF50 everywhere!