A Chat with Sophie Ellis-Bextor
Remember Sophie Ellis-Bextor? She's the British songstress behind those infectious pop-electronic tracks such as 'Murder on the Dance Floor' and 'Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)', and she's coming to Singapore with her husband Richard Jones, the bassist for The Feeling to perform during the Formula One weekend for Podium Lounge. The mother of four (that's right, four kids!) recently released the lead single 'Come With Us' from her upcoming album Familia and it's quite the toe-tapping number. Check out the music video below.
We caught up with Sophie Ellis-Bextor for a few brief moments and asked her a couple of questions ahead of her upcoming show here in Singapore.
Congrats on the fourth child! How has having children changed your worldview and your approach to music?
I suppose it's changed me immeasurably but my eldest is 12 so I can't really remember life before motherhood! In terms of my work I think it strangely made me more ambitious. If I have to spend time away from my babies it has to count for something.
You jumped straight into the making and promotion of your latest album Familia after giving birth, which is quite the feat. Could you tell me more about Familia and how the production process of the album was like?
This is the second album I have written and recorded with Ed Harcourt and we have a brilliant band - which includes my husband and Ed's wife - who we have worked with on both records so we kind of have a pattern now. We rehearse the songs for 3 days then record all the songs in the studio over 10 days. It's intense but lots of fun.
Growing up, what were the genres of music or bands you liked to listen to?
Lots of pop. Madonna, Michael Jackson, Prince, David Bowie... Then as a teenager I got into Britpop.
You started out right in the beginning with a few rock tracks. Any chance that we will see you cut a rock album in the future?
Not rock exactly. More left field guitar pop. I think you can hear it in what I do.
What are your secret pleasures?
I love cooking and vintage shopping - clothes and homewares. I can probably shop anywhere.
What can we expect from your show?
I love Singapore. I'm bringing my husband Richard so I'd like to show him the city.I'm doing a little club show so bring your dancing shoes.
Get your tickets to Podium Lounge, happening from 16 to 18 September, to catch Sophie Ellis-Bextor, DJ Fierce Angel and American artiste Estelle live on stage. We're also giving away five pairs of tickets to the Podium Lounge. Find out how to win a pair for yourself here.