This Singaporean musician used to be a Japanese idol. Up until 2013, she was a part of Japanese idol group Sea*A. She has since moved onto creating YouTube content, but also recently released her first digital single “Blue”.
Estelle was scouted to be a Japanese idol when she was working at an anime café.
“It happened during an anime event called Anime Festival Asia. I was selected to do a simple dance number to promote the café and also had to sing an anime song solo. My performance caught the attention of one of the artiste managers and I was offered a contract [a year later].”
“Blue” is quite different from the music she used to produce under Sea*A.
“Sea*A focused on anime music, otherwise known as anisongs. But to be honest, I’ve always been more of a pop and R&B kind of girl, which is how ‘Blue’ came about.”
She’s an experienced dancer.
“My mum sent me to my first ballet class when I was five and I did that until I was 14. When I turned 17, I went for a Lasalle audition and, to my surprise, was accepted as a dance major. I was subsequently exposed to hip-hop and furthered my training in street jazz, ballet and contemporary dance.”
There’s a cute story behind the name “Estelle Fly”.
“When I was in school, the term ‘fly kite’ was really popular. I had no idea what it meant but knew that the cool kids used it, so I used ‘Estelle Fly’ as my first name and ‘Kite’ as my surname when signing up for Facebook. However, only ‘Estelle Fly’ was approved, so I have the website to thank for saving me from something uncool!”
Five things that make her happy:
“Performing, gaming, makeup, food and holidaying with my family.”