Wakatipu move for Lake


Kiwi muso Chris Lake puts his nomadic lifestyle down to his upbringing.

The Christchurch lad, who has spent the summer gigging in Picton after five years in Melbourne, is moving to Queenstown to pursue his musical ambitions.

His flit to the resort also follows stints in Auckland and Wellington.
“Home, for me, is where the heart is and where the shows are,” he says.

The 32-year-old talks openly about his tough childhood, which has influenced his song-writing and love of music.

His mum died of a heroin overdose when he was nine.

“That was a pretty hard time in my life.”

She was a strong influence in his early years.

Writing in his baby book she said he always “adored music” and put his first influences down as Michael Jackson, U2, Pink Floyd and The Doors.

After her death he was placed in foster care, and at 15 years old his new carers bought him a guitar.

It reinforced his love of music and that’s when he started penning tunes.

“I gripped on to music and it has been a lifesaver for me in every way possible. I have such a deep connection with music, it is almost unexplainable.”

He considers himself a singer-songwriter but will play covers along with his original tracks.

“I just love performing and being in a room and having people dancing and jumping around and singing the songs back. That is such a buzz.”

He doesn’t have a set process to writing.

“Every time I write, as strange as it sounds, it is like labour pains but in a positive way. I can feel a song coming, it is like another sense.

“And then a couple of days may go by, but I feel this song getting stronger and stronger and this birth of this beautiful song comes.

It all depends on subject matter, but it is always different and fresh and exciting.”

Lake says his music is a mix of genres, from pop, jazz, funk, blues and soul to Spanish flamenco.

He reckons Queenstown gig-goers can expect an upbeat set.

“It will be an absolute mix of music. But expect a high-energy show with vibrancy … I feel I am an entertainer and I really entertain a crowd. It will be a lot of fun.”

He does engage with his audience, tells a few tales, recites a few jokes and hopes for a bit of banter in return.

Catch singer-songwriter Chris Lake at Pub on Wharf, Wednesday, 8pm. Free entry