Sunday, September 14, 2008

Sophie's METRONOMY collaboration

Here's a bit from a Metronomy interview:

Relating to the wave of popstars Metronomian production love, I read that Sophie Ellis Bextor has a new album on the way with production slots filled by Freemasons, Calvin Harris (among others) & you? Tell us all there is to tell about this!

Well, one day i got an email from my manager saying that Sophie Ellis Bextor was interested in some Co-writing/production from me. I was rather surprised. I found out that it was actually Sophie herself that had wanted to get in touch. Quite often with these things it’s the managements idea and the artist just goes along with it.

Anyway, i thought that anyone in that arena who liked Metronomy was worth giving it a go with. As it happens, she was a pleasure to work with. She’s very intuitive, which for some reason I didn’t expect. So there you go, the whole thing was a very nice experience. The track we did is pretty good i think and a slight departure from what you might expect of her. As for whether it makes her album, I’m not sure. But, I’d be more than happy if it did.


Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Latest Q&A interview with Sophie from the Virgin Media website

Since being the voice on THAT Spiller track, Sophie Ellis Bextor has been a regular in the charts...She's also been the face of cosmetic brand Rimmel and she's just been featured in the short musical film The Town that Boars Me. We caught up with Sophie for a classic Living grilling…

Living... For The City
I live in London - always have and probably always will! I'm London born and bred! I've always loved the idea of spending a year in Paris but now that I've got a little boy I don't know if that will happen. I think it would be a good thing to go out of my comfort zone for a year of my life. Life just happens you know and it's good to try something new. That would be really cool - I love Paris.

Living... On A Prayer
Golly...I'm undecided I'd say. The quote by Nietzsche which says that 'the arrogance of man is that when he sees no purpose he denies there can be one' is good - I find that quite comforting because it shows how little we know. I think I'm quite open-minded.

Living... For The Weekend
It would definitely involve family and friends, me and Sonny and my husband. I'd go and see my folks and friends and probably go disco dancing and cook some nice food - all the standard stuff really, but those are all the things I want.

The Living… Years
Oh, definitely, now is the best time for me. I'm more content now than I ever have. Rich and I are really happy and we have our little boy and we are doing what we love to do. You have to try and just remember that it might not last forever

The Living… Daylights
I think I've only seen one Bond film all the way through which was that new one with Daniel Craig, Casino Royale. I like him. I haven't really grown up with Bond films so I don't really know about them. The Aha theme tune mentioned in the question is a very good one... Nobody Does it Better by Carly Simon is probably my favourite Bond theme tune though. Shirley Bassey did some good ones too.

Living… In A Box
The best present I have ever received... Rich actually gives me some good presents. The best one I think would actually my Chanel handbag which he bought for me last Christmas! The best present I gave you? (to husband Rich)
Rich: Every year…! No, she bought me some beat drums.
Sophie: Oh yeah, you love your beat drums!
Rich: Basically when buying for boys you can't go wrong with toys and gadgets. Sophie bought me a laptop one year which was great and last year an electronic drum kit - it's so much fun because you can make a racket without offending anybody!

Living… TV
I really like watching Dragon's Den and stuff like that and actually loved the programme Faking It on Channel 4. That was one of my favourites! I absolutely look to cook too -I'm a big foodie.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Sophie Ellis Bextor Live (analysis)

There are some artists who are just amazing live. Not just their vocal ability, but their stage presence, the way their concert is conducted, everything! Sophie, has a great voice, great talent, amazing looks and some of the best songs ever. And what about her concerts? Let's analyse...

  1. Sophie is singing. Which is great cos she never loses tune. She sounds perfect live
  2. Her constant interaction with the crowd during and in between songs..
  3. Her sexy dressing sense and her poise
  4. Amazingly catchy tunes, cos the crowd can sing along. Sometimes she lets the audience to do a few lines on her song, which i personally think is a great thing to do. Songs like "Murder On The Dancefloor", "Groovejet", "Get Over You", "Yes Sir, I Can Boogie" and other covers, she lets the crowd sing along..
  5. Sophie is always moving on stage (of late). She jumps around, walks around, dances, moves her hands etc,.
  6. No lip sync (well at least 98% of the time)
  1. No back-up dancers. She's got dance tunes for god's sake. She can have a few back up dancers running around behind her, and she can join them every now and then
  2. Lack of fireworks and lighting. I think every energetic concert requires fireworks, laser, regular spot light and other lights...and in Sophie's case, a disco ball as well!
  3. Not well organised. I blame Wallace Productions for that. Haven't they seen a Madonna or Cher or P!nk or Britney concert?? Those people have some brilliant tours. I wish Sophie does one too.
Of course, the worst part is she's done just one tour, and she's got three albums under her belt! Thats really really sad because two of them were amazing, and one was put off for pregnancy. I think Sophie must take the idea of touring seriously, work on a glam show, with back-up dancers, lights, crowd pullers, pole dancing (cos she was thinking of that) and maybe even filler dance acts by herself!

Hoping the tour for the fourth album has all these...



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