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Thanks for chatting! You appeared in Vintage Life a while ago; what have you been up to since then?
After Miami Love, I was introduced to some very talented writers and producers, which led to me really loving the deep house/EDM world. My single Oasis, which I wrote and recorded with Damon Sharpe, reached the Top 10 on the US Billboard Dance Club Charts. I will be releasing a follow up track called “Under My Skin” in April. It will be available to purchase on iTunes and Amazon and I just cannot wait to share it.
How would you say that your musical performances have changed over the past few years?
Since I have gone down the dance road, my performances have been a bit more upbeat and more DJ influenced. A lot of the world right now is being influenced by this EDM/deep house movement, but I always keep my artistic integrity in making it timeless by keeping that classic “Bond Girl” element. I never want to follow the fad of making my performances overly sexualized, like most entertainers seem to be doing these days, because when you’re a part of a massive musical movement, you only want to inspire your fans and listeners, and not manipulate them. That’s why keeping my songs open in meaning and lyric is always important to me.
Can you share the highlights of your time performing so far?
It’s interesting being in the dance world now. Most of the time when you release a great song for the club scene, the song, along with the DJ and the lights, is what makes the presence. I have made some amazing club appearances, and I always love performing my songs, especially in such a lively setting.
What plans do you have for the future?
With the release for Under My Skin, I’m looking at doing more club appearances and a Las Vegas tour. I’m also working on completing an album before the summer.
You have a great look – where do you select your performance clothing?
I mostly love boutique shopping, because I always want my look to be timeless and different. I like to stay away from the mall, for it can be a bit watered down in what it has to offer, but, as far as my clothing selection goes, I always search for those hidden gem pieces that are sort of untouchable.
What does the rest of 2017 have in store for you?
I just plan on staying the course and continue the momentum of the hustle in 2017. No matter what year it is, I’m always looking to grow and do more.
Where can readers find out more about you and your upcoming performances?
Your readers can visit my website www.kendraerika.com or go to my Facebook page, Twitter, or Instagram. For a more instantaneous fix, they can always go to my SnapChat kendraerika1.
By Kitty Von Tastique
Images by Kitty Vn Tastique and STEADYC.AM
This year I was absolutely chuffed to be chosen as the Ambassador for the Roaring 20s Festival & All That Jazz held in the Blue Mountains, here in Australia. It’s a month-long celebration of the 1920s era and both locals and tourists alike descend on the area to get their Gatsby on!
As Ambassador, it was my pleasant duty to go along to a number of events during the festival and I thought I would keep a diary of my fabulous flapper adventures! So, let’s dive in!
Diamonds & Teapots
My Ambassador duties began with a trip to Bygone Beautys in Leura, for a wonderful ‘Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend’ High Tea. We arrived to find a cute little window seat reserved for us. Our table was, as expected, covered with diamonds. Perhaps not real diamonds but they were sparkly enough to add that touch of bling to the occasion.
I am a vegetarian so I had called ahead re my dietary requirements, which were pleasantly met and catered for. Our high tea began with a glass of champagne (as you do), paired with dip and veggie sticks plus some warm, tasty finger food. This was soon followed by a visit from a musical trolley laden with tasty sweet and savoury offerings led by our waiter wearing a top hat and tails. We enjoyed mini scones, slices, cakes, sandwiches and my favourite, peppermint tea!
As well as the delicious high tea, I was also able to check out their enormous collection of tea pots. I would have loved to have taken home some of their Art Deco collection but alas, they were to remain in the museum, although there are other teapots available to purchase.
We left full of noms and ready for our next adventure!
Tin Pan Alley & Godfrey Uke
We went on to Katoomba where the weather decided to go all ‘pea soupy’, which actually added to the ambience of the evening. There is nothing like being up at the Blue Mountains in the chilly weather, squirreled inside enjoying the ‘hygge’.
After escaping from the soupy fog and entering into Hotel Blue, we were transported into another era by the character of Godfrey Uke and his Tin Pan Alley inspired orchestra.
Over the next few hours Godfrey took us on a journey with his rags-to-riches tale of vaudeville star made good, told between performances of both 1920s classics and less well known numbers, before finally delivering us back to the present day.
I was surprised to learn later that this routine had only been performed ten times in all, including the Adelaide Fringe Festival, which is particularly impressive as Dominic Santangelo, who plays Godfrey Uke, carries the narrative largely on his own for the entire performance!
It was then back to Sydney until the next weekend of Ambassador fun!
Our Majestic Weekend
The following weekend we were back for more flapper-style fun at the Hydro Majestic Hotel (one of my all-time favourites). It’s always an absolute highlight for me to stay here.
We were not disappointed as we opened the door to our room to find the most amazing view over the mountains at sunset, before heading to The Wintergarden Restaurant to be spoilt with gourmet vegetarian delights aplenty.
Next morning, after a buffet breakfast in the huge, stylish guest lounge area, I headed back to our room to ‘flapper’ myself up, ready for the Charleston Challenge!
The Charleston Challenge!
Once again held in the grounds of the Hydro Majestic, the challenge was the Australian attempt to reclaim the Guinness World Record for the most costumed people dancing the Charleston. Although we had previously held the record up until 2014, the determined people of Bexhill and then London took the world record in 2015 with 975 dancers. Although we didn’t make it to 975, we did have a dedicated contingent who came to dance in the rain and fog, in true unflappable style including the #vintagesquad representing for Sydney. One of our contingent, Kath Clarke, took out ‘best dressed lady’ this year in authentic 1920s vintage but credit to all of the Charleston dancers this year for making such a great effort and looking so fabulous. They did Australia proud!
We were entertained by the Sydney Swing Katz ‘Felinez’, who also led the record attempt, plus there were live musicians, vintage cars and even a vintage bus this time to add that perfect vintage ambience to the event.
After flapping in the rain and dancing up a storm (in a storm) we sashayed into Cats Alley inside the hotel for our very own photo shoot with both Brigitte Grant Photography and Steadyc.am, making us feel very Gatsby indeed!
The Long Lunch
Afterwards we were treated to The Long Lunch, held in the marquee at the Hydro Majestic. This year food was served on platters from entrée through main, before our decadent and absolutely, amazing desserts arrived in their own little boxes tied with ribbon.
We were then treated to a feast for the eyes with a fashion parade of 1920s delights curated by Charlotte Smith from the Darnell Collection, as well as loads of lucky door prizes of everything from weekends away to bespoke boxes of chocolate.
Sadly, this drew to an end an absolutely decadent deco experience that I will always remember fondly as a special time spent with my family and friends. I sincerely hope that the festival continues to evolve and delight for many years to come, and that people all over the world continue to embrace the glamorous escapism of finding their inner flapper.
The writer was a guest of the Roaring 20s Festival and the Escarpment Group.