When In Roam
We caught up with Theia, the former Christchurch lifeguard who’s now one of the country’s most high-profile rising musicians, to talk inspiration, opening for Sia in December and her Cup Day performance.
How did you come up with your stage name, and what does it mean to you?
In Greek mythology ‘Theia’ is the mother of the sun and the moon. I wanted something that encompassed my sonic and visual aesthetic and for me, it represents strength, femininity and etherealism.
‘Roam’ is a killer track; what was the inspiration behind it?
Thank you! It was the fruits of an anxious and lonely period for me – my introduction to the music lifestyle and finding my feet. It’s about being comfortable in your own skin.
Tell us about the first time you heard it on the radio.
I was in the car and flicking through the channels and it began playing, which I was ecstatic about, dancing in my seat. Then I changed the channel and it was on that one too. Very surreal and such a proud and exciting moment!
You’re known for your epic stage presence. How do you make sure you represent?
If you feel and believe in the music then you can’t really ask for more as far as performances go.
Who has been the biggest influence on your musical career?
I have many inspirations; however I would definitely cite Amy Winehouse as the most longstanding.
What can we expect on Cup Day (and what/who will you be wearing)?
I will be performing a few times throughout the day, so come along and see me if you are around! What am I wearing? That’s a good question! When I perform at Cup Day, I’ll just have returned from a trip to the States, where I hope to do some shopping, so hopefully I’ll have some new pieces to wear.
Can you tell us about your most heroic poolside moment from your lifeguard days?
I rescued people who started sinking after jumping from the diving boards and people who had seizures whilst swimming or who collapsed poolside etc. Not particularly heroic, just part of the job description.
What’s your most re-read book?
Little Girl Lost by Drew Barrymore and Todd Gold was a book I read a few times growing up. I first read it when I was 11 (being a huge Drew fan) and was moved and inspired by her courage and strength, especially after such tragic formative years.
You’ve relocated to Auckland – what do you miss most about Christchurch?
My family and friends for sure.
I’m opening for Sia in December and I’m …
…so excited to be performing alongside MØ and Charli XCX. The ultimate girl power line-up!
What’s on the cards for 2018?
I’ll be making more music, performing and travelling!
Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup Day
Addington Raceway, 14 Nov