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Sexy, Sultry, Talented, Kind – Mindi Jackson of the Rogue Traders

December 6th, 2010

Interview by Adrian Erdedi. Photos by Paramount Studios Sydney.

A little while ago I met a very sweet girl, at an event at Piano Room in Sydney. She introduced herself, she asked me how my day was, what I did and what my plans for the rest of the night were. She took interest in me, when she didn’t even know me. And she continued to do this to so many others. Her name is Mindi Jackson of the Rogue Traders.

Since then, getting to know Mindi has been nothing but an absolute pleasure. She is so talented, she knows her stuff. She is so god damn sexy, and wears the most fabulous outfits. She is kind, generous and very intelligent. She is everything female artists (or females overall!) wish they were.

Below is an interview I did with Mindi, she is just fantastic!

EVENT: If you are one of the lucky people invited to the Romel Model Management and Paparazzi; Celeb 4 A Day Christmas Party this Tuesday the 7th of December at Piano Room, you will get to see the stunning Mindi perform onstage.

MINDI ON WORK AND LIFE

What projects are you currently working on or have in the near future?

Right now we’re smack bang in the middle of the festive season, so we’re busy doing gigs and events and things which is fun. Any spare time I spend writing and recording as much as I can and I’m also spending some time in the studio getting into production which I’m loving.

In February 2009, you joined the Rogue Traders, replacing Natalie Bassingthwaighte, how were you told that you were going to be part of such a well known band and what was your first reaction?

Well originally James Ash from Rogues approached me on Myspace and asked me if I was interested in auditioning. Initially I didn’t believe it was really him! Very excited when I discovered it actually was.

I was totally into it and we moved forward from there. I went to their studio in Melbourne then they came to a gig of mine in Sydney and a few weeks later I got the official call. I was in Newtown eating gelato and James called me with the news. I was so pumped I wanted to get started straight away. Such exciting times! It was the beginning of a whole new chapter for me.

How did you find it settling into the band?

Really easy, the guys are great and were always all about me bringing who I am to the table musically and stylistically. So that made settling in really easy. James and I have very similar musical influences and we both have quite a warped sense of humour as well, so we hit it off from the get go.

You’ve been singing since the age of 5, so what advice would you give someone if they were thinking of a career in your industry?

Sing and play as much as you possibly can, practise your craft. Get out there on stages and perform in front of people. Listen to lots of music, old and new and see what floats your boat, it helps you learn who you are as an artist. And, always remember that persistence pays off.

Is there a charity/cause that is close to you and if so, why?

This year I did some work with the Sony Foundation for ‘You Can’. ‘You Can’ are raising much needed funds to build long term care centres for 15 – 30 year old cancer sufferers. By donating old and unwanted phones Australians can help this cause.

A staggering 1 in 100 people in Australia are diagnosed with cancer before the age of 30, and in the last 25 years there has been next to no improvement in survival rates for this age group. ‘You Can’ aims to build specialised cancer centres for this age group and give them the services they need and deserve, and help them survive. It is a great cause, and so easy to make a contribution. Check it out at www.sonyfoundation.org.au

How do you maintain a life balance between work and home?

I make sure I spend lots of time hanging with my partner, family and friends. I love spending time outdoors going to the beach as well. Music is one of those things that’s all encompassing, you could have it going through your head all day and all night. I just make sure I switch off sometimes and zone out….even just couch time in front of the tv is like heaven.

My Mother and Father always told me…

To turn the music up.

When was the last time you cried? If you wish to divulge, why?

Haha I’m useless….I can get teary watching Beauty and the Geek for goodness sake!

MINDI ON FOOD

Which foods and drinks most excite your taste buds?

My number one is Shanghai dumplings…top of the list….steamed veggie with soy sauce and chilli. Yum! Wine and Cheese is one of my favourite indulgences. I find it decadent and completely relaxing. I love Indian and Italian food.  I also can’t live without my soy mocha hit on most days.

How often do you eat out and cook at home?

My favourite meal to eat out is breakfast, which I do a couple of times a week. I love breakfast down by the beach. Dinners I eat out a few times a week too. I love going out to eat with friends, but I also love to cook. I’ll cook at home most nights. I really enjoy creating my own ‘spin off’ recipes.

Signature dish?

Probably a spicy Arrabiatta sauce with olives and fresh basil over Kamut spaghetti, topped with shaved grana padano cheese. Simple and fresh.

What is one of your best cooking tips?

My food philosophy is simple and fresh ingredients, organic where possible as it makes all the difference with flavour and with nutritional value.

MINDI ON FASHION

Being in a great Australian band, you need to look the part, wearing the best threads. Who or what influences you most in Fashion?

I love quirky and bold fashion and I love being able to incorporate quite theatrical elements into the mix. I also love vintage shopping and finding rare and interesting pieces from years gone by.

A few of my all time favourite music and fashion icons are Deborah Harry, I’m a big Blondie fan, and David Bowie. And I love what artists like Gwen Stefani and Lady Gaga have brought into the pop music arena of today. Big fan.

In terms of designers, some of my faves (to name a few) are Ellery, Romance Was Born, By Weave, Justine Davis, Alex Perry, Balmain, Ginger & Smart, Tovah, Anthony Capon and Surafina.

What is a fashion trend you hope will never resurface? (eg.Hyper-colour shirts!)

Jelly sandals. they make your feet too sweaty.

Fashion must-have’s?

Bold accessories, a GHD, black nail polish, a killer set of lashes, some statement heels, red lipstick, Oyster magazine.

Which celebrity wardrobe would you love to raid and why?

David Bowie’s in the 70′s because just imagine what you’d find! Goldmine.

What is your favourite piece of clothing or accessory?

At this moment (and it changes daily) it’s a cream ankle boot by PeepToe.

MINDI ON HER HOME

Who or what influences you most in home décor?

I have to say my house is a little quirky. I like bursts of colour and interesting pieces. There’s a few themes running through my house. We have music – the studio…it’s organised chaos. Lots of gear and instruments, and a mirror ball for inspiration.

I have a retro dressing room which is basically a room full of clothes, shoes and vintage decor. I don’t like everything to be perfect, I like a bit of character.

Home must-have’s?

At  home….. lots of music, good speakers, a comfy couch, an acoustic guitar, a big & full bookshelf, interesting art, herbal tea and good pillows.

What is your one design rule you like to stick to around the home?

I don’t really have rules. My design approach is a little experimental.

Do you have one feature in your home you love most?

Probably my studio.

What is your kitchen like?

The kitchen itself is quite simple but the oven and stovetop is a big shiny stainless steel monster! I love it.

MINDI ON LIFESTYLE

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in a leafy suburb called Hornsby Heights in Sydney.

Where is your favourite place to relax in Australia?

The Hunter Valley. I love going up and renting a big house with a group of friends. We drink wine and play board games.

What car do you drive, best thing about the car and why you bought it?

Ford Escape. I love going for big drives and I love to have lots of room.

What is your greatest extravagance?

Probably my shoe collection.

Where would be your ultimate holiday destination?

France. I’ve never been, but I’m going this year and I can’t wait!

The one thing I can’t leave home without is…

Coffee money.

If you could be a fly on the wall of any celebrity home, who’s wall would you like to sit on?

Prince. I’d fly around him and try and soak up some of his musical genius.

Three pet hates?

1. Rude people

2. Bad food

3. Ignorance

ONE GOOD, ONE BAD

(One good thing and one bad thing about each)

FAME

good: Hearing your song on the radio!

bad: Having to think twice about leaving the house in trackies.

AUSTRALIAN FASHION

good: Australian fashion is amazing. Most of my favourite designers are Australian.

bad: I want too much of it!

SYDNEY

good: the beaches

bad: the traffic!

TRAVELING

good: I love a ‘make it up as you go’ holiday adventure. It’s fun not knowing what’s coming next.

bad: unpacking

KYLE SANDILANDS

good: he’s naughty

bad: he’s naughty

Tiffani Wood – Busy Yummy Mummy and Business Women!

March 29th, 2010

In 2000, the young and gorgeous Tiffani Wood shot to fame after winning a spot in the record-breaking all girl band, Bardot.

Ten years later, Tiffani Wood is still a recognisable name in Australia after a string of solo releases and her latest project, Wired2Sound.

Now a proud mother of a gorgeous girl Lillian and a business women, Tiffani is one busy yummy mummy, who is still more gorgeous then ever!

Join me on my journey into getting to know Tiffani and everything that matters in her life…

What projects are you currently working on or have in the near future?

I have just launched a new music master class for aspiring young singers and song writers that will tour the country for various weekend workshops. It’s called wired 2 sound (wired2sound.com.au). I am also working on new songs for both a solo album and follow up lullaby album.

Who or what influences you most in Fashion and home décor?

For fashion, I just go with what I like that looks great. I get inspiration from magazines and people just walking by in the street. I love to play with different looks but at the moment I’m loving all the rock looks… Anything in soft leather, black and studs gets me in the door. For home décor I’m obsessed with all the home style mags as I’m looking to buy a house, so I am looking for inspiration. I love Balinese style of the simplicity and clean lines but I also love creative miss-match feels. I think when I finally get my place its going to be crazy, experimental and unique.

What is your favourite piece of clothing or accessory?

Accessory, I just bought a stunning black leather cuff with diamonds, chains and studs. Clothing, I practically purchased the whole soft leather collection in Seduce for the new season arrivals. I couldn’t choose just one piece so, they’re all ready to go for the Winter months ahead.

Do you have one feature in your home you love most?

The must have area in my new place will be a place of tranquillity so I can read, reflect, do yoga or meditate. Whether it’s a room, an outdoor court yard or just a space to call my own.

Which foods and drinks most excite your taste buds?

That’s easy! Atlantic salmon, I get midnight cravings for it. A fantastic rack of ribs from the local or chocolate of any kind. There’s only one drink for me and that’s Frangelico on the rocks with a twist of fresh lime.

What is your greatest extravagance?

A trip to Bali at least twice a year is now officially a must have. Chocolate from Max Brenner is a close second.

Greatest lesson learnt?

To keep your friends close but your frenemies closer. Its better the devil you know than the devil you don’t. Oh and that knowledge is power.

What advice would you give someone if they were thinking of a career in your industry?

To attend wired 2 sound. It’s a must have weekend experience for any young person wanting to get in the music industry it covers singing, song writing, styling, photography, performance, movement, reality shows, music industry experts and well known singers.

How do you maintain a life balance between work and home?

Its definitely hard to do. I do a lot of work from home and it can be hard to put my energy into that while my daughter is jumping up and down saying mummy watch this… MUMMY WATH THIS!!!!

Which celebrity wardrobe would you love to raid and why?

ERIN WASSON she always looks effortlessly rock glam with a touch of boho.

How did you get into doing what you do?

I had a passion for singing since I can remember. It’s in my blood. I wouldn’t not have music or singing as a part of my life. It’s who I am. My big break came when I auditioned for the first Popstars show and was offered a place in the girl band Bardot, and now after 10 years its time to give back to those who want to reach their own dreams.

What is your one design rule you like to stick to around the home?

Do what is pleasing to my eye as I’m the one who has to live in it 24/7 and with a child make sure there are child free zoned areas!

My Mother/Father always told me…

Tiffani all men are the same. They all come with the same shit. It’s just a matter of choosing the one whos shit you can put up with… I love that!

Is there a cause that is close to you and if so, why?

Anything to do with curing leukemia. My father died in 2008 from the disease and I wouldn’t want anyone else to see their father or anyone die the way he did. I also support children’s charities as when my daughter was born you realise what pure soles they are and none of them deserve to be in hospital when they should be out playing.

Where is your favourite place to relax in Sydney?

I find that shopping on weekdays relaxes me. Just walking around and seeing what new fashion is out. As the weekends are manic and the change rooms are never free…

How often do you eat out and cook at home?

I cook at home because I have to make sure my daughters eating really well and luckily for me she’s a great eater. We eat a lot of fish and vegies. I love to go and eat out with my girlfriends and eat fine foods – it’s mums night off then.

Signature dish?

I cook great deserts even if I do say so my self especially fudge brownies. But I also love to cook spaghetti Bolognese with my secret sauces.

Your thoughts on Australian fashion in comparison to International fashion?

Australian fashion is fantastic and its getting better and better. We have a lot of amazing up and coming designers that we can buy at wonderful prices such as Bec and Bridge, Shakuhachi, Mink Pink, Azuki etc

The one thing I can’t leave home without is… A positive attitude. It makes lining up at the post office and bank a breeze instead of a task and people that I interact with vibe my energy and you can really meet some great random people if you just smile at them.

What frustrates you most about Sydney?

The price of rent and price of buying a house its INSANE!

If you were Clover Moore, what would be the first thing you’d inject money into fixing?

Well its not really a money thing, but more of a ‘should do’ thing… That the Mardi Gras gets front page of the newspaper. I couldn’t believe it got a small article in the paper when its such a big international draw card. It made me angry not to see its colour splashed across the front page.

Favourite beach in Sydney and why?

I love Clovelly . Very family friendly, the waves are practically non existant so safe for kids and is hidden from the masses.

If you could be a fly on the wall of any celebrity home, who’s wall would you like to sit on?

Oh wow many a wall but for today ill choose PRINCE as in the music artist. I bet he just gets up to so many kinky things.

Three pet hates?

1. People who smoke near me or especially when pregnant.

2. People who talk really loud on their phone so you can hear their life story.

3. People who say they’ll come to something and then cancel last minute via TEXT (have some manners).

Fashion and home must-have’s?

Fashion must have a unique sexy black dress, some F*&k off boots and a staple winter jacket and a pair of hot skinny jeans. Home must haves, a bed with fluffy soft pillows and doona, a great entertaining area and a plunge pool would be fab.

What is your one diva demand?

There is not an inch of Diva in me. But if I had to choose it would be an endless supply of chocolate in my green room YUM!!

www.wired2sound.com.au

Where Would I Rather Be?

March 24th, 2010

I’d rather be at The Marbella Club Hotel in Marbella, Spain.

Listed in the Forbes Best Hotels in the World, The Marbella Club Hotel is a holiday home to wealthy European families, which come here year after year to relax, play golf, horse ride and use the Thalasso Spa.

I’ve holidayed in Marbella before, and I loved every second of it. It’s a beautiful city at the foot of the Benahavis mountains, right on the sea. The beaches are beautiful and clean, although during the peak months it can get really crowded and full of tourists, there is still a great happy vibe about the place.

The wealth is this city is ridiculous. The worlds wealthiest families all have a house here, it’s like the French Riviera, in Spain. The Beckhams have a mansion here – so that shows the calibre of families who live and holiday here.

The slender streets, busy bars and ritzy restaurants are full of men and women, both with obvious cosmetic surgery, excessive amounts of gold and diamonds, and more luxury performance vehicles then you have ever seen. I LOVE IT.

Back to The Marbella Club Hotel, it has one of the world’s best golf courses – Marbella is known for it’s immaculate golf courses. The beach front Hotel has 84 rooms and 37 elegant suites set amongst lush gardens designed by owner, Prince Alfonso von Hohenlohe.

There are 14 Andalucían-style villas, with their own divine gardens and pools; giving the feeling and character of an authentic classic whitewashed village of Andalucía. It’s tranquil, spacious and intimate: absolute luxury.

I can’t wait to go back there in 2011. Till then, it’s where I’d rather be.