Noah Slee

Tell us about yourself – who are you, where are you from?

Noah Slee, musician. I was born and raised in NZ and my parents are from Tonga.  My journey with music started with my school teacher picking me out when she heard me singing in the corridors. I sang for the school and I was 6. From there, a family band, church, and a Polynesian floor show nurtured me to where I am today. I feel like I have been in music for forever.

Through your work, how do you hope to make a difference?

By being my true self and being vulnerable.

What have been the most challenging experiences in your journey so far?

I have had bitter sweet interactions with the music industry that have pushed me to want to give up but also reflecting upon the experiences teach me something and make me a better person. The music industry can be hard, fickle and unforgiving its not for everyone.

What were the most rewarding lessons?

That’s very hard to narrow down, it feels like daily I am just getting started and going to learn something new, I guess the most rewarding is coming out of something that might of caught me of guard and I felt like the struggle or challenge was so heavy to handle.

What are the biggest misconceptions in your line of work? How do you feel we can address them?

To be honest everything you’ve heard in my line of work is most likely true. I don’t mean to sound cynical but it is best to be prepared in my line of work and everything seems to bloom better I feel. There is a lot of joy and great relationships I have felt.

When you look back at your life in 20 years time, what do you hope to be most proud of?

That I have created work people can get down to but also take something from.

What advice do you have for young Pacific people who might be thinking of pursing a similar pathway?

The best thing I can advise my fellow peers on is to do some homework into the industry they are going for and be as creative and real to your story as you can be. Everyone wants to connect with that person…

How can we support you and your work?

Tell a friend about me.

To see Noah live, he’ll be performing in Brisbane at District Studios 2nd December for Pasifika Wave with Kaiit. You can find more details about the event on Facebook here: Pasifika Wave Facebook. If you’d like to connect with Noah, you can find him on Facebook, Instagram or Soundcloud

Arieta Tora Rika is a Tongan-Fijian Freelance Writer, Digital Communications Specialist, and Talanoa’s Founder and Creative Director. Born in Darlinghurst in the late 80s, she spent most of her childhood in Fiji, New Zealand and Australia, and all of her teen years in Tonga. She now lives in Western Sydney with her husband Josese.