Monday, January 31, 2011

Sophie & Armin are #2 on MTV Dance.

So i have been voting religiously, and i hope everyone else have been voting as well. Sophie & Armin FINALLY entered MTV Dance at #2. Please keep voting for them so they stay at #1 for a long time. Help promote Sophie's new UK Single - "Not Giving Up On Love"

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Friday, January 28, 2011

Sophie interviewed by Gaydar Radio

(thanks to Paul)
Sophie was interviewed by Phil Marriott on Gaydar Radio, 27 January 2011.

Are you a "morning person"?
No I'm not. Left to my own devices I'd go to sleep quite late - probably about 1 or 2, and sleep in. But I don't really have much choice in it often.

Yes, because we know you have been doing a lot of club dates and you have been DJ-ing too. But you were touring last month as well.
Yes I was. For the first time in ages - and I loved it! It was brilliant and I plan to do lots more of it this year.

This collaboration. We've got to talk about this because it is amazing. Everyone's talking about the album which is coming out in March, I believe?
Well, the single is coming out in March, and the album will follow in the spring.

Brilliant! Because people are saying, and I told everyone here and on FaceBook - "When is the album coming out?" - that's the big question on everyone's lips. Is that starting to annoy you now?
No. I just wish I could give a really specific answer. But the album is all mastered and it will be coming out. I think it's looking like May. So that's why I say "spring" because it's kind of all-encompassing for that time of year.

Not so specific like you're naming a date exactly, or a week.
No. That's what I've done in the past, and I end up getting myself rather unpopular.

Tell us about the collaboration, because this is fascinating. We love it, we stuck it straight on the A-list. Armin van Buuren is the guy behind it that you've got your vocals on there. We know it's not the first collaboration you've done with dance producers because you've worked with Spiller, Junior Caldera, Freemasons.... Why Armin?
When I was writing the last record I worked with these lovely girls called The Nervo Sisters. Very enthusiastic, talented Australian songwriters. They wrote When Love Takes Over with David Guetta.

Ah, that's Mim and Liv, isn't it.
Yes, Mim and Liv. They know everybody in the dance scene. They were talking a lot about Armin. I must confess I didn't know that much about him, and I was intrigued by what they were saying. They had these tracks, and they said, " We'll play them to you". I just loved one of them - it had something inherent that just appealed to me. I've always been a person who doesn't mind what genre something comes from; if it resonates with me then it's worthwhile doing it. I was quite intrigued by doing a Trance track, because I've done a lot of House, Electo and Disco. Trance has always been this other genre of dance I've never really explored. I'm not sure if it's a typical example of Trance in a lot of ways because I actually think Not Giving Up On Love has a lot of pop sensibilities. But that being said, when I've been singing at some of Armin's concerts we do a remix of it which is definitely a lot more like the authentic Trance sound. It's really different for me, and it's massive - he's massive! In fact the number one DJ in the world, four times in a row now.

Yes, he's big business. Voted Number One DJ four years in a row in DJ Mag. It's quite an emotional track. I think in a lot of ways it is very trancy because it tugs on the old heart-strings, doesn't it!
Yes, It's got that thing that I always love in any music. A bit of wistfulness. I'm a big fan of that. A bit of melancholy, please.

Me too. I'm a soppy old queen
[both laugh] I love that! A little tug, as you say.

How does he compare to working with producers like The Freemasons, whom you've worked with in the past? Is he different in many ways?
Well, with track we did, I would say not so much, because he also does the thing that I believe makes The Freemasons so celebrated. They're really good at letting the melody do what it's supposed to do. I think when you produce a vocal track as a DJ, it should not be about your ego; it should be about letting the song do what it's supposed to do. I think Armin's very good at that, and that's probably one of the reasons why he's so popular. And The Freemasons have definitely got that sensibility.

I've got to tell you that months and months ago, when it [Not Giving Up On Love] was big around the world, because it's been big in Europe already last year, everyone was asking us to play it - and we didn't have it!
Oh really??

It wasn't out in the UK, or wasn't even being promo'd in the UK. And it was one of the most requested songs.
Oh well, that's exciting! That's encouraging.

They love it here at Gaydar. The Gayers love it. But they love you, don't they.
Well, as I have said before, if it wasn't for my gay audience I probably would not have a career. The've been so brilliant and hugely loyal. I 'm a very happy girl, especially when I perform at gay clubs, it's just brilliant. And I'm a sure a lot of straight women would agree with me that it's actually a very comfortable environment to be in. I'd pick a gay club over a straight club any time.

Now we know you're in demand, Sophie, because we had a message from Garry of Hoxton Whores. He said he wants you sing for them, he wants your vocal - and I will quote, "Let me get my hands on her vocal!".
How can I say no! [laughs]

He added a bit. He said he lost your phone number eight years ago, that's why he couldn't call you.
Eight years ago!

Yes, sounds like an excuse, doesn't it.
Love it!

Are you going to set off for that though?
Yes, sure. Why not! I always think when you write with people or work with people, the worst that can happen is you'll do a song that nothing happens to. But you might just do something that changes the course of what you're up to. How exciting is that!

Now you're the face of the cosmetic brand Rimmel. Luciano in London wants to know what the lipstick was in the advert, because she was thinking it's a hot look.
Oh, thank you very much. I'm trying to remember the name of it. I know that my favourite of the Moisture Renew lipsticks is Coral Queen

Coral Queen! We can identify with that.
But I think that one was more of a berry kind of tone, but I can't remember what it's called now. I generally wear more pinks and corals and oranges.

I was out with Sarah, the singer from Dubstar. She is a massive fan of yours and she wants to know how you get your eye-liner so even on your eyes.
Well that is really nice coming from her because she always has phenomenal eye make-up.

Yeah, the eyelashes as well.
That was the real signature look. I remember that very well. Well I'm sure I do what a lot of people do - I put it on and just keep on taking off the bits that have gone wrong. I get through a lot of those little cotton buds - I get through a ton of those.

But you always look great when you're out. Are there ever any nights when you're maybe a bit knackered and you think, "God! I'm not looking my best". Because you do look great when you go out.
Well, yes there's tons of times when I haven't really gone to town. It depends on what I'm doing. If I'm going to a proper event where I know I'll be seen I'll probably spend an extra ten minutes. I think by-and-large I like to be quite quick, and I'm normally ready before Richard, my husband.

There's a lot of women breathing a sigh of relief now - "Oh, she is human...."
Oh God, yeah, absolutely! I've got two little boys. I mean, come on!

What's your take on the current female artists like Ke$ha, Lady GaGa, and Rihanna too? Are you quite competitive with these artists?
No. I don't think competition is a very good bed-fellow for being creative. It's quite negative, and there's loads of room. There are as many female artist around as the've ever been. And at every point in my career there's been a healthy amount of women around - you know, really brilliant women. And long may it continue! I think it's great. I'm always a music fan before I'm an artist. I like seeing people who are good, and I'd rather the bar be raised higher and there be good people around than have a kind of barren landscape where it's like tumbleweed, because I don't think anyone benefits from that.

Ah, what a lovely attitude to have!
It is sincere. I really mean it. I like other women, and a lot of my favourite artists are female.

And you're inspired by them probably?
Yes! I went to see Lady GaGa in concert not that long ago and it was brilliant! She really gives it her all. And I also went to see Beyonce not long ago as well, and she was fantastic. It's well worth seeing her, she puts everything into it.

Sophie, I can't believe it's ten years since Groovejet.
Yeah. It will be eleven this year.

My goodness! Where has that time gone! Does it shock you that it's been eleven years? It seems like yesterday to me.
I suppose I'm surprised and heartened that other people have noticed. Because I could see on the horizon that the ten-year anniversary was coming up, and I didn't know if anyone else would be that interested really. I'm quite glad people have noticed I've been around for a while.

I've got a great question from Nick, who does a guest mix for us here - a DJ. If you were going to murder someone on the dance floor, who would it be and how would you do it?
Ah, that is a good question! One of the really good things about doing that video was writing a list, me and the director (also called Sophie), of how we were going to get rid of people. Chloroform, someone's going to slip on butter, you're going to make that person think the've been having an affair... You know, we were coming up with really stupid ways of getting rid of people.

It's quite comedic - a Carry-On style of death!
Exactly. And I suppose when that song came out there was a lot of the more "shiny" pop, with very smiley-looking people. And I enjoyed presenting myself as someone you did not necessarily have to like.

You liked the dark edge.
Yeah! Definitely.

I think people get that, they kind of identify with it. Because it's a bit too predictable, having everything nice and smiley.
Well, I just thought it would look really cheesy, you know.

Tell us about what's going to be happening this year, because you did the tour in December. Are you going to be playing again?
Yes, definitely. That was quite a small tour. I didn't do hundreds of dates, and it was in relatively small venues, just to get back out there and to get the show really strong. The response was fantastic, and I feel quite embarrassed by how long I'd left it since my last solo tour. I was still gigging, but I was doing a lot of support tours and one-off dates and that kind of thing. The plan is to do as much as I can this year.

But do you know what, I think it's good to keep people hanging on a bit...
Umm, maybe. But it wasn't really intentional.

But you've been having babies, and being a mum.
Well there is that, but I have always been doing lots of shows. I think sometimes with pop and dance you're not necessarily expected to do the live thing that much - you know, it doesn't have to be one of your strong suits. But I have always felt [that I want to perform live]. You know, I've got a fantastic band. A lot of the songs may have started off obviously very produced with a lot of synth stuff in there, but live they can really pack a punch. A good example is Not Giving Up On Love, which as you say, is very emotional when done live. So I think it's worth going that extra mile and making the live show really important. But it hasn't always been something that other people have felt is that crucial. I think now is the time for it, and people are going to live shows more than ever.

The album sounds very "us", it sounds very Gaydar Radio. It's kind of like an endorsed product for us already because its kind of up-beat, positive and dancey. Is that true?
Yes, that's all true. All three adjectives.

Sounds like our kind of album.
I certainly am very happy with it, and it was the most fun to make out of all of them.

Well when the album comes out you've got to come and see us again. We would really love that. And we'd love to come and party with you as well because we've heard about your nights out! [laughter]
OK, I'll get my eye-liner ready.

Fabulous! Listen, good luck with the Armin van Buuren track, we love it. And we're going to continue to love it. It's out in March.
Thank you for your support. It means a lot to us.

Oh bless you Sophie, thank you so much for joining us.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Vote for Sophie & Armin - IDMA Ballot

Armin and Sophie are nominated for two categories:
1. Best Commercial Dance Track
2. Best Trance Track

Robyn - Dancing On My Own
David Guetta - Gettin' Over You
Martin Solveig & Dragonette - Hello
Armin & Sophie - Not Giving Up On Love
Cascada - Pyromania
Tim Berg - Seek Bromance
Edward Maya - Stereo Love

Cosmic Gate - Barra
Tiesto vs. Diplo - C'mon
Armin & Sophie - Not Giving Up On Love
Armin - Orbion
Markus Schulz - Rain
Gareth Emery - Sanctuary
Faithless - Tweak My Nipple (Remix)

Please vote for Sophie & Armin.

Friday, January 21, 2011

VOTE for SOPHIE on MTV Dance and Gaydar

Sophie & Armin are #1 on Gaydar Radio Chart. Keep voting for Sophie & Armin and let's keep them at the #1 spot till the official release.

Continue voting for Sophie at Gaydar -
(for details on how to vote, check previous post)
You can vote every hour, or clear your cookies and you can vote as many times as you want.

Also, you can now vote for Sophie on MTV Dance. Remember how your votes got Bittersweet to #1 on MTV Dance for several weeks? Well, you can do that again.
Vote for Sophie on MTV Dance -
You can vote as many times as you want. Refresh the page or clear your cookies. But please vote for Sophie. Let's make this a decent hit for her.
thanks to Chris for the heads-up

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Vote for Sophie on Gaydar

Vote for Sophie on Gaydar -
Armin & Sophie are at #3 at the moment. Let's take her to #1.

Why? - because this is her upcoming UK Single.
Sophie's facebook page confirms that the new single will be "Not Giving Up On Love".

You can check the Facebook status right here -
Sophie's new single with Armin Van Buuren, out very soon in the UK!

The single is out on the 7th of March 2011
(I'm surprised and happy that we actually have a release date!)
Here is Sophie's tweet: Spending the day talking to radio stations across uk about Not Giving Up On Love, out march 7th.

thanks to jenkins25 for the heads-up

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Straight To The Heart Tour: Remastered Audio

many thanks to Snider from the official forum for recording and remastering these audio files.

All the files sound really good. They got me really really excited about the new album again.

Revolution is fabulous and HAS to be a single. I'm not sure how it will perform on the charts, but it just HAS to be a single. It is SOOO good! Dial My Number and Starlight sound really good too.

Release the album, Sophie. We're all craving for it.


Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Article in Great British Life

Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s household may be regularly filled with the celebrity and musician friends of her and her husband – The Feeling guitarist Richard Jones – but that’s not to say she isn’t as concerned with the day-to-day domestic issues that affect us all. Christmas dinner is a case in point. This year the 31-year-old mother of two will be cooking for the family – about 15 of them including former Blue Peter presenter mum Janet Ellis and Sophie’s younger sister, Martha, who is currently studying History of Art at Oxford University.

“I’m not too worried about it because a roast is probably one of easiest meals if you’re cooking for lots of people, but I’m a bit nervous about the size of the turkey and fitting it in the oven. My mum will be there and she can always step in if I start screwing it up,” Sophie explains then catches herself mid-flow and laughs, “that’s quite boring to mention really, isn’t it, but you have to think about these things!”

It’s comforting that beneath the flawless facade, the princess of the dancefloor, who was catapulted into the spotlight 10 years ago when she collaborated with DJ Spiller to produce the smash hit Number 1 single Groovejet (If This Ain’t Love) (recently awarded the accolade of ‘the decade’s most played track on radio’) is just as normal as the rest of us. Well, nearly.

Sophie will be in Oxford the week before Christmas for the last date of her UK tour promoting new album ‘Straight to The Heart’. Originally tipped for release last summer, the album will eventually be on the shelves in March 2011. “I always feel like I’m too much of a blabbermouth because I tell people in interview when the album is being released and when it isn’t they wonder what’s happening; I should learn from my mistakes!” she adds with a smile.

For the new album, Sophie worked with a team of writers and producers including Freemasons, Greg Kurstin, Calvin Harris, Cathy Dennis, Metronomy, Richard X and Armin Van Buuren. The result is described as a ‘plugged-in pulsating pop juggernaut.’

It has been more than three years since Sophie’s last album offering. Her 2001 debut, ‘Read My Lips’ spawned four top-twenty hit singles, including the addictively catchy Murder on the Dancefloor and this was followed by a further two solo albums: 2003’s ‘Shoot from the Hip’ and ‘Trip The Light Fantastic’ in 2007.

She took time out from recording following the birth of her two sons, 6-year-old Sonny and Kit, 22 months, but she’s kept her finger on the disco beat, spending time behind the decks running Soho club night, ‘Modern Love’ with Richard.

“It wasn’t intentional to have such a big break before this album,” Sophie admits, “it just turned out that way. It was finished at beginning of the 2010 and then the first single was released in spring (Bittersweet, co-written by Freemasons and Hannah Robinson) and it’s all been a bit staggered. To be honest, I would have loved it to be a bit quicker but that’s the story of the last ten years, pretty much. I’ve always been a bit impatient.”

Delays aside, Sophie loved the opportunity to work with such a diverse mix of artists on the album. “When you’ve been doing what you do for a while people know what you’re up to and who you are and it’s lovely when you can approach really diverse people and they are like ‘great, let’s give it a go.’ The album’s got some polar opposites on there: from Ed Harcourt, who is a really talented singer, songwriter and an incredibly strong musician and lyricist, to at the other end of the spectrum Armin, who is a massive trance DJ. I found it really exciting to work with that range,” she enthuses.

Whilst the dancefloor is where she has been most comfortable to date, Sophie admits to wanting to try something “really different” for the next album, and will start writing as soon as the tour’s over in the New Year. “I’d really like to try something else and give my voice some different options. I think I’m ready for a change.”

Sophie’s had to leave the family behind at home for this tour but she notes how she is lucky to be able to juggle work and family life as she can.

“Of course I don’t enjoy being away from the boys, but for me giving up my work was never really an option. In comparison to a lot of working mothers, I think I probably have a lot more time at home than on average, because I work very intensively for a period of time but then have time off and can be my own boss. I focus on the fact it’s really brilliant to be out there and doing what I do and I think touring is a real treat. Plus we don’t really know anything different in our house because it’s always been a bit chaotic and a lot going on.”

If she’s been plagued with sleepless nights as mother of young children, it certainly doesn’t show as Sophie is looking better than ever. With her striking and individual looks she was chosen as the face of make-up brand Rimmel. “I was a bit overwhelmed being involved with a make-up brand really,” she admits. “I’m not conventional looking and never felt like one of the pretty girls, so I suppose it’s a bit of a triumph for the more peculiar looking girls!”

With two musicians as parents, Sophie hopes that Sonny and Kit will inherit some of their musical genes. “I think the fact the kids have always been surrounded by musicians and music is quite a nice thing and our jobs are quite silly so they like coming to work with us at times and going to sound checks and festivals and things. Sonny is very diplomatic and likes both mine and Richard’s music; I’m not sure if he’s being sincere or just being smart! she laughs.

“All children really respond to music but Sonny has a slightly sharper interest than your average six-year-old. Maybe I just know what to look out for but he hears songs on the radio and asks what lyrics are about and remembers things. I hope they are both fans of music because it’s always been a big part of my life; it’s not just a day job but also a bit of a companion for me.”

Being a mother has in a sense, Sophie admits, helped her to focus more on her work. “I am focussed a lot more because I don’t want to spend time being aimless about stuff, so if I go into the studio I want to knuckle down and get it done and am more driven. I’m also aware I’m doing it for them as well and it’s all about working towards a better future, not just for myself; there is a bit more of a shape to life now.”


Monday, January 10, 2011

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Sophie's album is called "Make A Scene", again

Sophie updated us on her Twitter and FB Page recently.

on Twitter
morning all and back to work today. album mastered. let's get on with you, 2011.

on FaceBook
thank you to all who came to the tour. i have been reading your comments and they are truly heartwarming. the album 'Make a Scene' has been mastered. can't wait for you all to hear it. NOT LONG NOW.......! thank you for being so patient. x

Can't wait for more details. Keep your eyes open, the whells are finally in motion!



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