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Question time with Hollie Smith

The soul singer/songwriter reveals her greatest inspirations, biggest regret and her insatiable love for wine.

The three albums I’d take with me to a desert island are…

Cat Stevens’ Tea for the Tillerman; Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly; and Kimbra’s The Golden Echo.

Top of my bucket list is…

Mexico, but I would also like to get to St Helena, an island off the coast of Africa, to take my best friend’s ashes back home.

My advice to my younger self is…

When Pluto tries to feel you up at Disneyland, sue.

The song that makes me most emotional when performing is…

Helena, a song I wrote for my late best friend [Helena McAlpine].

If I could live off one food, it would be…

Is wine a food?

If I could raid one person’s wardrobe, it would be…

Whoever owns the entire archive of Alexander McQueen.

I would describe my style as…

Unkempt.

When I’m feeling happy I listen to…

Beyoncé.

The person whose work I most admire is…

Jacinda Ardern. She’s doing such an awesome job working hard and focusing on issues that I think are incredibly important for New Zealand to progress.

The city I’d love to live in is…

New York City. Or Berlin. I love both cities.

My last supper meal would be…

Yum cha.

The best audience I’ve ever performed for was…

Montréal Jazz Festival a couple of years ago. It was such a great, amazing festival. There was a lot of energy, and I played to about 50,000 people.

My day-to-day outfit consists of…

Jeans, singlet and boots.

Most of my time is taken up by…

Procrastinating.

The one song I wish I’d written is…

Purple Rain by Prince.

My No 1 heroine is…

Frida Kahlo.

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