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In a crowded music market – even in this small country – it takes a lot to stand out, but Auckland-based Randa (born Mainard Larkin) achieves that by quirky music, an engaging persona and as a non-binary trans person.

A self-described “rapper and oddball”, Randa began writing and performing bedroom projects about favourite foods and the non-gender life, and delivered the EP Summer Camp.

Randa is one of the many artists appearing at the inaugural Milk and Honey Festival on March 8, International Women's Day, in a multi-city celebration (see details below).

Acts will perform at venues in Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington – and since posters were printed more acts have ben added: Mel Parsons and Dana Sipos (Canada) have been announced to play Sherwood in Queenstown; Ladi6 will headline a show at San Fran in the capital.

For more details on the events see here, meantime let's hear from Randa . . .

The first piece of music which really affected you was . . .

Spiceworld !

Your first role models in music were . . .

Spice Girls all the way.

Lennon or Jagger, Ramones or Nirvana, Madonna or Gaga, Jacko or Jay-Z?

Jagger, Nirvana, Gaga, Jay-Z

If music was denied you, your other career choice would be . . .

Professional wrestler, or clown.

The three songs (yours, or by others) you would love everyone to hear are . . .

Penthouse Penthouse Ft. Bobby Saint - 69 Camaro

yaeji - raingurl

… and truly self indulgent, but I’m jonesing to release a new track called ‘Rock Bottom’!

Any interesting, valuable or just plain strange musical memorabilia at home...

McDonalds Pillowcase, Chuck E Cheese merchandise, o.g WrestleMania II sweater which my friend copped for me at the Seagull Recycle Centre.

The best book on music or musicians you have read is . . .

Patti Smith’s.

If you could get on stage with anyone it would be?

Missy Elliot

The three films you'd insist anybody watch because they might understand you better are . . .

The Deer Hunter, Taxi Driver and New York Minute with Mary-Kate and Ashley.

The last CD or vinyl album you bought was . . . (And your most recent downloads include…).

Troye Sivan - Bloom , Beerbongs & Bentleys, Flower Boy by Tyler, the Creator… and Thundercat - Drunk.

One song, royalties for life, never have to work again. The song by anyone, yourself included, which wouldn't embarrass you in that case would be . .

Baby by JB. I can’t quit that boy.

The poster, album cover or piece of art could you live with on your bedroom forever would be . . .

Cher 1966 album cover. Also any of Leif Garret’s vinyl covers, wow.

You are allowed just one tattoo, and it is of . . .

It’s the one on my right forearm… a sketch of two kissy-faced vase creatures my friend Sorawit drew, and later 3-D printed - stick and poked by Alice Senescall :)

David Bowie sang, “Five years, that's all we've got . . .” You would spend them where and doing what?

In caves, and in the water.. getting sweaty on walks, cooking lots and lots. Wild thought.

And finally, in the nature of press conferences in Japan, “Can you tell me please why this is your best album ever?”

Ahh best project, probably the Rangers EP. I’m really hyped on a few songs which I’m releasing very soon though. It feels nice to be looking forward at the moment.











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