Gig of the Week: Climbing ladder of success

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Rising singer – and window cleaner – Jana Carine already knows a thing or two about climbing the ladder to success.

During the day, the vocalist with Wanaka-based rockers LATE eightyeight runs her own window cleaning business.

But she’s leaving her bucket and cloth behind when the band hits Dux de Lux on Saturday night.

And with a dedicated manager now on board and debut single My Limit to promote, Carine says she hopes to one day give washing windows the flick and become a full-time muso instead.

“That’s the dream, but the other side is we’d have to start making money fast,” she says.

“It’s a nice idea to play music but to actually go somewhere with it is another story.

“But our new manager has been great and has been getting us disciplined. She’s kicking us into gear and hooking us up with some really good gigs.”

Formed two years ago, LATE eightyeight has concentrated on building a following on the bar scene in Wanaka. The band supports New Zealand chart stars Tahuna Breaks at a concert there next month.

The electro-funk-rock outfit made its Queenstown debut at Revolver just last week – and can’t wait to be back for the show at the Dux.

“In the past I’d only been to Queenstown to watch gigs, not play them,” Carine explains. “It’s weird going on stage there as before I’d only been in the audience.

“But we’ll be bringing a bit of a following over the hill with us on Saturday so there will at least be a few familiar faces around.”

LATE eightyeight recently recorded My Limit in Queenstown with local sound engineer Dave Allison.

The single is more of a calling card for their music rather than a general release.

“We wanted something to put on our MySpace site that would showcase what we do and get our sound out there,” Carine says.

“We sent what we did in Queenstown to a producer at Red Dog Studios in Mt Maunganui where it was mixed and we’re delighted with the way things panned out.

“We’re also really pleased at the response we’ve been getting from people who’ve heard it.

“The next step is for us to record a proper EP later in the year that people can go out there and buy.”