Please explain what just happened.

I opened the kitchen window to let a bumblebee out, then I went to the toilet.

What is your earliest memory?

A bird snatched my egg-and-lettuce sandwich from my hands while we were having a picnic.  It really pissed me off.

If you weren’t a musician, what other profession would you choose?


Please describe the current contents of your refrigerator.

I just got home from tour and went crazy at the grocery shop yesterday.  Having my own groceries in my own fridge is such a luxury after a long tour.  I have raspberries, avocados, cheese, Dijon mustard, beer, artichokes and pizza.

Is there a time you wish you’d lied?

Question number one.  I should have omitted the toilet thing.

What would you say to yourself if you could go back in time and have a conversation with yourself at age thirteen?

“Kate, don’t let your friends pluck your eyebrows. Also, are you sure you like Korn?”

If you could have only one album to get you through a breakup, what would it be?

Wires by Art of Fighting.  One is not enough.

What are three websites—other than your email—that you check on a daily basis?

Twitter and Facebook.  I’m trying to quit.

From what or whom do you derive your greatest inspiration?

My collaborator and partner Keir Nuttall.

Name a book that changed your life.

That is too hard to answer.  Every book changes my life, because books are my temporary best friends.  Some novels I love are Prodigal Summer, A Confederacy of Dunces, Cloud Atlas, and anything by Mark Twain.  The Artist’s Way changed the way I think about creating art.

If you could relive one moment over and over again, what would it be?

That sounds awful.  I prefer variation.

How are you six degrees from Kevin Bacon?

I used to eat bacon, and my friend has a cat called Kevin.

What makes you feel most guilty?

Doing unhealthy things to my body, not staying in touch enough with friends and family, and googling myself.

What would you most like to have invented?

Laptops, because everyone’s getting them now.  I’d be really fucking rich.

What is the worst piece of advice you’ve ever gotten?

“In summer, you can cool down by freezing your tampons before insertion.”

What is the best advice you’ve ever given to someone else?

When flying Qantas, you can push the headrests tight against your head.  This prevents your head from moving, and is very conducive to sleep.  Unfortunately most other airlines don’t have this feature.

What do you consider the harshest kind of betrayal?


Of all the game shows that have graced our TV screens throughout history, which one would you want to be a contestant on and why?

Wheel of Fortune.  I like the way the wheel clicks as it spins, and I like letters.

What do you want to know?

I want to learn to rise above my thoughts, and to feel more connected to people and the world.

What would you like your last words to be?

‘I think I’ll go to bed now, as I’m feeling very sleepy.  Goodnight, sweet husband.  See you tomorrow.’

Please explain what will happen.

I am a musician.  I don’t know the answer to that.  Instead, here’s a Bill Hicks quote:

“Today a young man on acid realized that all matter is merely energy condensed to a slow vibration, that we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively, there is no such thing as death, life is only a dream, and we are the imagination of ourselves.”

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Now based in London, singer and songwriter KATE MILLER-HEIDKE is well known in her native Australia for her innovative, occasionally-operatic, sci-fi pop music. In addition to earning rave reviews from the media for her sophomore album Curiouser, which is nearing double platinum in Australia, she continues to build an ever-growing hoard of devotees worldwide thanks to her viral hit (and fan favorite), Are You F**king Kidding Me? (The Facebook Song), which has had the Twitterati buzzing from its initial debut.

With the song Caught in the Crowd, Kate and her collaborator/husband Keir Nuttall made history as the first Australians to win the Grand Prize in the prestigious International Songwriting Competition (based in Nashville). The song was handpicked from more than 17,000 entries to woo judges including Tom Waits, The Shins’ James Mercer, The Cure’s Robert Smith, Neil Finn and The Kinks’ Ray Davis. They were awarded the prize in 2009, the same year that saw Miller-Heidke’s critically-acclaimed turn as Baby Jane in Jerry Springer: The Musical at the Sydney Opera House.

Over the past year, Kate has become very involved with the issue of human trafficking, the second largest illegal trade in the world after drugs. In September '09, she traveled to Nepal to meet with young women, who have suffered the practice of human trafficking, at a shelter and rehabilitation center and she performed at the "MTV Exit Concert", an event to raise awareness on trafficking. She also traveled to Vietnam in late March to perform at an MTV Exit benefit concert in Hanoi. Her performance from last September by the foothills of the Himalayas in a small town called Pokhara and discussion about her journey to Nepal were captured by Iain Shedden from The Australian and included in the half-hour film Rise: A Tough Ascent.

Thanks to the ever-growing wildfire enthusiasm of fans on the internet, and the audiences nationwide who have embraced Kate’s unique vocal and performance dynamics, the news about Miller-Heidke is now spreading across the US, the UK, and Europe.

9 responses to “21 Questions with Kate Miller-Heidke”

  1. Judy Prince says:

    “Is there a time you wish you’d lied?
    Question number one. I should have omitted the toilet thing.”

    HA! I enjoyed your honesty throughout the 21 Questions responses, Kate. Especially lovely were what you want your last words to be: “I think I’ll go to bed now, as I’m feeling very sleepy. Goodnight, sweet husband. See you tomorrow.”

    Just watched/heard on You Tube your “Last Day on Earth”, a sweet-voiced, gently and deeply celebratory song, and the set’s ambience is wonderfully fitting.

  2. Simon Smithson says:

    My summers will never be the same!

  3. Athena says:

    Love her music, talent, sassiness, and sense of humor! Laughed my ass off! (Frozen tampons??)

    “What a refreshingly beautiful soul this one is!”

    p.s. I’m borrowing the Bill Hicks quote. 🙂


  4. Judy Prince says:

    Love your dresses, Kate. Also, I love hearing your belting-it-out parts of the FB song. I think your powerful, sustained notes are awesome; they’re not easy to come by.

    My fave opera singers are tenor Rolando Villazon and soprano Anna Netrebko. Together, they’re stunning, as in this duet (Berlin in 2006), “O soave fanciulla” from Giacomo Puccini’s La Boheme: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_UtIy5VEz0

  5. ljubica says:

    Beautiful interview. I am so exhausted (I have twins), but just had to read your interview, You are such an interesting soul!!

  6. Great to have you here, Kate.

    The frozen tampon-thing is killing me. It’s so disturbing I almost want to try it. Or I want to know someone who has tried it.

    • Quenby Moone says:

      Sweet fancy brown, I can’t read a comment like this without at least sending up a red flag: DiLullo. We’re having an intervention. No more even thinking about such tortures. VERBOTEN. NYET. NO MORE ICY FEMININE HYGIENE DISCUSSIONS.


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