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8 Questions With Mariah Carey

By admin Sep 16, 2014

Mariah Carey has received many awards and accolades in recognition of her worldwide success during her long, distinguished career including 5 Grammy Awards. But what sets her apart from her other artists of her era is probably her ability to resonate with fans through her music.

In this interview to promote her upcoming Asia leg of her world tour Me, I Am Mariah... The Elusive Chanteuse, the humble songbird revealed that she would never proclaim her music is the soundtrack to people's lives. Instead she is happy to write songs to help her fans get through the most difficult times of their lives.

Mariah's influence on many of today's younger pop/soul divas is apparent - she set the template for fresh, young big-voiced pop star with the likes of Christina Aguilera and Kelly Clarkson.

So what's the secret to Mariah's longevity in the music industry? The Elusive Chanteuse shares with us in this intimate interview below.


1. Is your talent the reason for your longevity & success in the music industry?

Longevity is something that is very difficult to obtain in this business because a lot of the music business, particularly now, is about trends. And a trend is a trend because it lasts for a moment and then it’s gone. You’re like “You remember when was that. Oh yeah! I remember. That was so much fun.” There are people who transcend trends, and typically they are the people who do have a catalogue of songs that people love or a voice that people have learnt to love over the years. That’s just like embedded in people’s ears, brains and hearts like a soundtrack to people’s lives. To have a career, be successful and maintain success, it is very difficult. It’s just about what you want to achieve and how long you want to keep doing it.


2. Do you agree that your music has created the soundtrack to people’s lives?

I would never be the one to say that. I could never say that. People have said thank you to me for writing the songs because it has helped them get through the most difficult time of their lives. As a songwriter, there’s really nothing better than that type of statement.


3. Were you born with an innate ability to create and produce music?

I believe that we inherit a lot of things and my mum was an opera singer and did sing jazz. She also did instill a belief in me that this was possible. She named me Mariah Carey as a stage name. I don't have a middle name and I don't think I had a choice. I definitely haven’t accomplished everything that I want to accomplish. There are different facets of the entertainment world and I really want to explore all of them. I just need the right team to be around to make sure that I can just be the creative person and have that vision.


4. What is your advice for upcoming artists?

I really think that we never know who’s going to have what type of longevity. It’s really about your commitment to the music and your commitment to your fans and yourself, and how much you are willing to give up of your life to do this because you’re giving up yourself, you’re giving a certain amount of yourself away and that was just inevitable and that’s what I wish and hope to bring forward. There are really a lot of talented people out there…it just depends on how hard and how much they want it.


5. You were one of the first artists to feature rap artists in mainstream music. How do you choose your collaborations?

I’m definitely not the first artist to work with rap artists or to work within that genre. I guess because I was known as an artist, I had this cross over appeal where I was on the R&B charts. “Vision of Love” was the number one record on the R&B charts first and then the pop charts, so my base and my heart was always in the R&B world although the hip hop community’s something totally different and as a kid, I grew up loving hip hop and living in New York and feeling the music because it’s some of the most real music that there is as it comes from a place that is the most real in a lot of ways. It was inevitable that I would end up working with rap artists because it’s the music that I love and if you are referring to the record with O.D.B., “Fantasy”, was my dream from the minute I thought about using the Tom Tom Club loop of “Genius of Love”, and that was one of my favourite songs as a child, so when I wrote the song, “Fantasy”, on top of it, I wrote the pop version. The record company, the executives, not all of them were aware and they really didn't understand like my need to do what I wanted to do and I kind of snuck that in. They never really heard O.D.B.’s solo project, and I’m laughing and anyone who has heard it would know why I’m laughing but the topics that he got into were “little…look to the left…to the centre…” and nobody really envision this very kind of innocent girl that I think I know that I actually was (and sort of still am). But they didn't see that collaboration coming and for me it will always be one of my favourites and what it did though was it proved the point to the executives like “Look! You have got to listen to me because I’m the demographic. I’m the person that really listens to the radio, grew up listening to music, to this genre of music and so I still keep up with different artists that I’m intrigued by their music or how they represented themselves and I’m fortunate enough to be able to work with people that I love.”


6. To what extend are you involved in the business side of your career?

The business is important because when you put so much of yourself into making an album, you want people to hear it. When you put so much of yourself into making an album, and so it’s something where I try to get creative and try to get involved, and try to work with social media as much as possible because that’s a great connection to the fans and I’m very involved in the business of it all but I think it’s a learning experience for all of us in the music business everyday.


7. What is the theme behind your new album, “Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse”?

There isn’t necessarily one theme and that’s why I want people to hear this album as a whole, as an entity, as something that I put every bit of myself into, and each song is a different side of who I am. Some of them there’s a lot of truths that I’m talking about, and some of them are kind of sad or almost too sad, like I call it the misery and we love it and we have to have it. But in a way, I added three new songs that I felt were necessary to complete the journey of this album.


8. Do you want to make more films in the future?

Definitely want to make more films. I love working in the independent film world. I have been so blessed to work with Lee Daniels. He is someone who just believed in me and didn't try to categorise me, and so I’m really grateful to him for that, and looking forward to another very exciting project on the horizon that is coming soon.


Mariah Carey will perform in Singapore on October 24 at Singapore Indoor Stadium. Ticket prices start from S$98, and are on sale at Sports Hub Tix, Singapore Indoor Stadium Box Office and all SingPost outlets.

Traipsing through the cables on a stage we actually had a privilege of stepping on, it bordered on a dreamlike experience actually heading to You Me At Six’s dressing room, mere minutes after a ravishing first Singapore show.

Greeted by a wild Josh Franceschi being wheeled to the hospital after his trying performance, the cheery frontman declared the passage his “victory lap,” whilst euphorically securing high-fives with all the media personnel. A muffled rendition of Queen’s We Are The Champions in the distance would have been most apt.

Franceschi’s band mates were ever the gracious hosts, exchanging handshakes and warm smiles as we hastily shuffled in. Decorated with a bottle of Jameson and many a Corona, a titillating box of J.CO donuts was all that remained in partitioning the members of the Surrey rock outfit. “Does anybody want a beer?” guitarist Chris Miller politely enquires before getting right down to business.  Responding to a question about the inspiration behind Cavalier Youth, bassist Matt Barnes chirped in that they had “such a laugh” recording in the hills of Hollywood that it showed on the band’s latest album.

Hardly surprising for anyone who kept track of their progress with Neal Avron. An image of guitarist Max Helyer adopting a rather quirky pose when laying down Cold Night came immediately to mind so we had to ask about other standout moments during such a process. “I allowed Matt to play some drums,” drummer Dan Flint admits in return for a few bass slaps on Wild Ones towhich Barnes countered, “I smashed it, first take.”

From the triumph of a successful FIFA 14 conquest to their growth as a band, the quartet’s reiteration on their more cohesive YMAS identity steadily grew more apparent as did their adoration for their fans and friends: “I’m not gonna lie that when we put together all of these three [SEA] shows, we expected two people and a cat, a dog and a goat - we literally expected no one to be here.”

The possibility of taking their UK arena-trotting All Time Low co-headlining tour here also seemed to have risen quite exponentially. “Make everyone talk about it and we’ll come over!” Barnes is quick to add.

Go on then, talk about it! Watch the full interview below!


All photos by Kathleen Cheong for Spin or Bin Music.

Sporting her signature turquoise turban, Yuna was all smiles as she was greeted by members of the media during last Saturday’s MTV World Stage Press Conference held at Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa. Even though there were visible signs of eye bags, the modelesque 27-year-old singer-songwriter was friendly and thoughtful throughout the Q&A session.

Since being signed to David Foster’s Verve Music Group, Yuna’s progression from a more gritty soulful tone to now having a pop-ier and upbeat (e.g.: Come Back) susceptibility can be heard in her music. Her sophomore album, Nocturnal, is prove of that. Not wanting to stay the same, Yuna has even ventured into electronic dance. The track, Gold, was a product of her collaboration with Adventure Club.

For the Los Angeles-based singer, music isn’t her only ambition. Yuna’s passion for fashion led to the launch of November Culture – an online clothing store featuring chic and modest clothing that are synonymous with her style. During the press conference, she expressed her desire to expand her business to neighbouring countries and subsequently internationally.

Check out the interview below to see how Yuna explains the coconut drinking method to her American friends, her dream of starting a family and making babies, plus why this Malaysian icon feels that it is her responsibility to empower not just women but all her listeners.


1. Yuna on returning to Malaysia to perform for the Malaysian crowd

It’s always fun coming back to Malaysia. These are the people that were there for me since day one, and they’ve seen me grow to this “thing” now. So it is nice to come back and meet them. It feels as if I’m performing for my family. I’m a little nervous, but mostly excited.

2. How would you describe your Kuala Kangsar kampung , to your friends?

Well, first of all I tell them that in my kampung [village or community] we don’t drink coconut water from a drinking packet. So I’ll explain to my American friends that we actually drink from the fruit. You know… stuff like that.

3. Yuna on her breakthrough and success

I try not to think about it so much because it could get to your head. I try to remember why I first started making music, like seven or eight years ago. I was just a 20-year-old law student, writing music for myself and I always take myself back to the spot whenever I go out to perform for all these people.

I think it’s important to always stay true to myself and not forget why I am here in the first place. Sometimes you tend to forget about something as simple as that but it should all come back to the basics. I’m blessed to be here and I still can’t believe that I get this crazy opportunity to travel, to perform, to go on tour. It’s nice.

4. On her music evolution

In the beginning, I started out as a singer-songwriter with just an acoustic guitar. I didn’t have the resources back then; I didn’t have a producer to help me work on my music. I think it’s always important to know what your strengths are and for me, I know my vocals are different. I try to use my vocals like a jigsaw puzzle – to fit it into different types of genres and see how it works out.

5. Capturing a sense of cohesive storyline in her album, Nocturnal

It’s not as easy as it sounds. Like when I was feeling [inspired by] a Malaysian tradition thing going on, I came up with Rescue [which was inspired by the Malay music form dikir barat], then you have Lights and Camera which is so different from other songs on the album. There was a conscious effort in wanting to make an album with a certain storyline but I think it just happen naturally.

I’m really glad that after we chose what songs to put in the album, there was a storyline maybe because we recorded it within a span of six to seven months where I was going through some stuff. That’s why you could hear a certain sense of cohesiveness.

6. Collaboration with Adventure Club

I don’t listen to EDM music but with Adventure Club, they music are so cinematic and I like epic sounds. And they were able to capture that in Gold and Lullabies. If I have the opportunity to work with them again, I would.

7. In 5 years’ time, what would she wish for – both personally and professionally

Obviously this is every singer-songwriter’s dream, and um, it’s okay to dream right? I would like to have a Grammy maybe? As crazy as it sounds, that’s what I would want.

Personally, I would like to settle down and have a family. And also I have a store here in Subang Jaya. Its call November Culture. It is my dream to see it grow into something special and expand to different states in Malaysia like Penang and Johor, or maybe even in neighbouring countries like Singapore. That would be cool.  

8. Using this given platform to empower

Sometimes I write about love, sometimes I write about life, and sometimes I write uplifting songs. Mermaid was one of them. In the beginning of my music career, I didn’t understand that when you have certain amount of influencing power, there is a responsibility that comes with it. A lot of pop stars don’t see that, nor do they appreciate that or use it to do something positive.

The last couple of years when I met up with influential women a United Nations event, I finally understood that this is something that I have to do. I want my songs to empower not just women but everyone.

Despite being the last and final artist up for last Saturday’s MTV World StagePress Conference held at Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa, B.o.B in person is comparatively how you would expect to see him on stage – bubbly, fun and entertaining. 

There was no arrogance what-so-ever. (Quite the opposite actually.) No f-bombs were dropped. In fact the 26-year-old American hip hop recording artist was surprisingly down to earth and jovial with everyone in the room.

B.o.B was candid about his fascination with female’s round buttocks and how he sees a bright future in her bootylicious behind. The whole room erupted in laughter! On what he hates about himself, B.o.B cites his own voice – calling it annoying. Well, we all have that one thing we don’t like about ourselves right?

The rapper shared his view on the gift and curse of being associated with a particular hit song, plus which song or lyric would he tattoo on himself? “The shortest one (Duh!)”, explaining that I’ll Be In The Sky speaks for everything in his career so far.

B.o.B also joked about his pet peeve of scouting for “cute girls” during his shows and being disappointed by his selections. Ouch! When asked how instrumental was Pharrell’s influence towards his musical career, B.o.B recalled Pharrell equating making furniture to success. Wait what?! Check out the interview below to get scoop on what went down.

On his fascination with women’s booty

I think the fascination with it, it’s because it is so round. And that’s what life is, the earth is round. So yeah, I see a bright future.

Underground hip hop scene: Then vs Now

Man, I think there has been an explosion of lyrical artists. Hip-hop goes through different type of phases. It started out real motivational happy; it went gangster, then it incorporate a lot of singing, especially with the young cast now.

Strange habits when watching himself on TV

That’s the first time I’ve been asked that question. It’s weird because I hate looking at myself during interviews. I don’t like my voice. I don’t like how it sounds. Ain’t that crazy? Um… that’s a strong word. Maybe not say I hate it, but it kinda annoys me.

Gift and curse of being associated with a particular hit song

For me, when I put my first album out, I would go to people and be like “Yo, this is B.o.B and they’d be like… who?” [starts to sing Nothing On You] and people would be like “oh yeah yeah”.

So it is a gift and a curse, but it is also a blessing to have that and to be able to continue to introduce people to the size of my music that they didn’t know before that or from mixtapes. It’s a fun process – doing it all over again. Retelling the story, so to speak.

Advice and learning from Pharrell Williams  

It was around the time right before Get Lucky and Blurred Lines came out, and he was telling me about furniture. As strange as it sounds, he said “B.o.B, if you could write a verse, you can make furniture”. He told me a lot of crucial things about just being me really.

Musically, just to let everything come out, regardless of how it sounds or what era the game is currently in. He was talking about how he kept doing the music he enjoyed making. I swear like a week later, all his songs came out and it blew up the charts. So it was a testament for me to see it happen that way and you know, you just gotta stick true to your guns.

When you are performing, do you ever pick out anyone in the audience? You know, someone cute. And then when you bring them up… ok, not so cute…

*laughs* I mean you got about 8 seconds from the time they leave the crowd to the stage. But I’ll tell you what really happens a lot. When I call girls on stage to dance, and none of them can dance… That’s a kicker.  

Ellie Goulding is best known for her unique entrancing vocals, style of music and spunky personality – certainly none of that had changed when she performed for Prince William and Kate’s royal wedding.

Fast-forward 3 years. Ellie is awarded the Best British Female for the 2014 BRIT Awards, selling out shows and clearly rocking harder than ever at what she does. I had the privilege of speaking to her again since her trip to Singapore in February last year.

Waltzing in the room with a figure-hugging floral dress and wedges, Ellie looked every bit the talented songstress that she is. She didn’t look like someone who had toured around several countries and flew thousands of miles to grace our tiny island… and even attended her good friend Taylor Swift’s concert.

Needless to say, the long-distance running and vegan lifestyle have done her especially well. Her polite British accent and sweet demeanour never fail to remind me of how grounded she is, despite the flames of stardom burning her up.

It was indeed beyond cool when Ellie recognized me and blatantly pointed out, “I know you.” when I addressed her Instagram obsession out loud. Oops.

With an embarrassed half-smile and laugh Ellie replied my question, and it was just beginning to feel like I was just getting to know Elena Jane Goulding.


Q: How do you like Singapore?

E: I love it! I’ve been here once before, and it’s a really friendly place, and it's beautiful, and I’ve had nothing but – yeah, good memories here.

Q: Nice. So today is actually Friday the 13th

E: Yeah, I found out on Twitter actually. Because quite a few people were saying that they’ve had a bad day. But I had a pretty good day. Went to the gym, watched Game of Thrones.

Q: Are you a superstitious person? Do you have any superstitions?

E: I don’t think that I am a very superstitious person. But I do, the only thing I don’t do is cross over three drains when I’m running. So I get pretty crazy when I run because I’m like dodging things all the time in London.

Q: And Game of Thrones, who’s your favourite character?

E: I’ve only just started watching it. I’ve literally just finished the first series, but I’m finding myself laughing out loud and being genuinely gobsmacked by what’s happening. And I used to be really into medieval stuff, my favourite film in the world is Braveheart, of all the films in the world. God, I don’t usually admit that.

Q: Oh, that’s a great film, there’s no shame in that.

E: Yeah, so I kind of like the blood and gore and stuff.

Q: I would like to know about the future of work, musical direction and collaborations.

E: Thank you. I’ve been touring pretty solidly. This record, Halcyon, Halcyon Days, for the past couple of years and it hasn’t really stopped. So I think my next move is to travel a bit – not in the touring sense, not in the work sense, but do some travelling by myself. And get some stuff, inspiration for the next record.

It’s just been constant, as you know, if you’ve been following me. I think I need to have a little break. I think I finish around, this year in October, and then there’s still stuff kind of happening. But I’d like to stay in one place for more than a week that would be good.

Q: Where would you like to travel to then?

E: I wrote Halcyon in Southern Ireland, in a really beautiful place called Dingle. And I discovered it from playing a little festival there a couple of years before. I just took my guitar and myself and read a bunch of books, poetry, and that's kind of how I wrote a lot of – it was by the sea, so Halcyon is very sea-themed. So I’d like to go back to Ireland. And I’ve kind of been everywhere else. But I don’t know, I’ll see where the wind takes me, I think.

Q: What do you love about running and how does it contribute to your music?

E: It doesn’t contribute anything to my music. It’s pure endorphin release, it’s purely physical, and it doesn’t do anything for my music. I feel like I’m always running along thinking, “Oh that’s good lyrics” or like, you know, I’m only focused on the run. So I tend to just, my mind is just completely present, and not anything else. So I’m just thinking about how fast I’m running and where I’m heading and all that stuff. But I would say for my performances, it helps with being energetic and moving around and staying fit and agile. I think the fitness thing really helps me be a performer.

Q: You’ve worked with a lot of big names, Calvin Harris, Zedd, among all these names you worked with, what was your best experience and why? Who do you think is going to win the World Cup?

E: Oh God, the World Cup. I actually, yesterday I was reading a list of things to say if you don’t know much about football. So if there’s a free kick, there’s a list of things to say like “oh, that wasn’t a free kick” or if it’s a goal there’s a list of exclamatory things, and the rules of football, because I genuinely enjoy watching it, but I don’t know much about it. Hmm, I’ve worked with quite a few people now; Calvin was fun. We kind of went back and fourth, we wrote in his house in

London, and then we left it for like a year, and then we came back to it in LA, and this is quite a boring story actually, and we just went back to record it in London.

For a while, I wasn’t sure what was going to happen with that song, and then yeah, I love it. I think we might work together again soon.

Q: Is there any chance of collaboration between you and Taylor Swift?

E: Uh, maybe. I mean, I love her. She’s great, she’s always an inspiration for me to watch her perform. She’s such an incredible, charismatic performer. It’s quite hard not to, as another female singer-songwriter, I guess. Maybe, at some point we might have a jam, we both play guitar and I love a girl who plays guitar. But I think I’m going to focus on having time off, and then there’s stuff like festivals and things, so maybe in the future.

Q: Moving forward, what is your musical direction? And what are some challenges you face?

E: Challenges – I had this whole idea in my head that I was going to write about science – that’s really vague, but I used to be – when I was in school, I used to be into math or science. Well, I was into it but I was never really good at it, I was only able to be good in writing and drama and more on the artistic side.

But lately I’ve been way more into science. And I’d quite like to write less kind of romantically, if that makes sense. Because all I’ve feel like I’ve really done is written songs about break ups and relationships and love. And I kind of, I really want to not write about that. But as I write down little things everyday,

I’m realising that it keeps going back to – in relation of something that I’ve been through or something romantic, so I don’t think it’s going to happen. But I don’t know, I really couldn’t tell you what my direction is going to be. It genuinely depends on where I am and what’s happened. I’m just going to go with it. But I have no idea, at the moment.

Q: Besides music, you’ve also done a lot of charitable work. What would you say is one issue in society today that you personally are very concerned about?

E: If we’re talking in days, of what’s made me sad recently, there’s – I’ve worked with Free Children for a few years, I’ve been to Kenya and I think what they do is absolutely remarkable and I think I’m going to go back – I’m going to go somewhere this year, I’m not really sure where yet, possibly India, I couldn’t tell you that for sure. But I think there’s a homeless problem in London – I live in London, I live right in the middle of London, so I see it for myself everyday. And I can’t walk pass a homeless person without genuinely getting a lump in my throat and wanting to cry.

There’s this thing that’s been happening where people have been putting spikes on the floor to stop homeless people from sleeping in sheltered places, wherever they could find – so those places that seem like it could be a shelter for the night, there have been these spikes appearing everywhere. Which I think is just horrendous. And I will go back to London and pull them up myself if I have to, because I never – it’s just the worst thing I’ve heard.

So I think that’s something that’s bothering me at the moment. Myself and my friend Hannah, who’s in here somewhere, we volunteer at Christmas Eve, and then I volunteered in LA a few Christmas Eves ago – and I think I would like to see more in London, for the homeless. I think that’s something I would try to figure out when I get back on Sunday.

Q: You had insecurities about the way you looked earlier in your career. How did you get over the insecurities and what advice would you give women who deal with insecurities with they way they look?

E: Goodness. I don’t think I’ll ever necessarily get over that, I think I just the way that I dealt with it probably changed a bit more. Because, I was – in the beginning, see I would not have been able to walk into this room this time three years ago. In fact, the only press conference I ever did I crawled underneath the table and left instantly. Because I was scared, I didn’t – it was all very new to me. And it was daunting. I think it was the same for photo shoots because – becoming a musician for me, I didn’t think it was going to come with having to look a certain way or having to be pretty or wear designer clothes or any of that stuff.

I think that maybe it’s my energy, because I got to a point where I stop really caring. And I stopped putting my face in certain ways or trying to hide my face or like – I feel one of the reasons I love having long hair is you know, it covers my face and I found it easier to do photo shoots and stuff. And I’ve cut it off!

I suppose it’s very easy to say things like you should embrace yourself and everyone is beautiful, but I think that I just changed my attitude – and I think that for that reason, I’ve been way happier with my shoots and seeing photos of myself and actually not looking at photos of me like “eugh”. I don’t know, I think it really – I think we take for granted what attitude to have towards it and just generally not caring what people think.

Q: Everyone seems to be fascinated with your new love life. Is he the one?

E: I don’t know why people are. It’s like – I don’t know, if my music wasn’t – because people want to talk about my music so often too, though I feel like that’s usually something that happens when there’s a – I don’t know, when my music isn’t interesting or they find something else. But I find it unnecessary really. I don’t know why people find it so interesting, like in the same way people find tabloids and gossip interesting – which I do, I’m not saying that I don’t.

Q: You need to come up with another album quickly, to distract them.

E: And then I’ll be writing about people on the album and people are like “Oh, who is that about?”

Q: But is he the one?

E: Tssssh, um, it’s going great, thank you.

Q: Where’s your favourite place to play and what’s your favourite song to play live?

E: God, I’ve been to so many nice places. I guess the hardest point of my tour in America, in North America and we went to –inaudible- and South America too, it got to a point where I’ve been touring for two months and I – I’ve been touring for quite a few years and I’m kind of getting used to it. But there was a point where I was pretty down; I didn’t think I could continue the tour. So I nearly stopped touring. That particular tour in Canada, it was. And the bus was just driving over God knows where through Canada, and I couldn’t sleep. Because

I was feeling a bit exhausted and I thought that I couldn’t continue. But then I looked out of the window and it was the most beautiful thing that I’ve ever seen and for like, maybe 20 seconds I just had clarity, and something in me just pulled myself together and I realised I was so lucky to be in such beautiful places. And so that was a real moment for me, I’ll always remember my bus pulling up into Calgary. So that was pretty awesome. But I’ve been to so many cool places –

South America was amazing – oh God, I’ve got a mind blank for some reason.

Q: And your favourite song to perform?

E: Probably Anything Could Happen, because for some reason it makes everyone very happy. I would look around and there’s not one person who’s looks bored or annoyed or – literally every single person has a smile on their face, and it kind of brings everyone together. I think it’s just got something about it – it makes everyone feel very positive and I like that.

Q: Which band would you rather be stuck on an island with – One Direction or McFly?

E: Well I guess I won’t get to see my boyfriend that often, so I have to say McFly just because my boyfriend is in that – although he’s now not in McFly but he’s in another band – yes! I think I’ll have to go with McFly, yes.

Q: What have you learnt from your relationship experiences, what’s the biggest lesson that you’ve learnt? What is one piece of advice you would give your teenage self?

E: I suppose that I learnt the thing that really matters is you and the other person, and not what people are saying or what people want to know about you. You sort of are able to distinguish between what’s real and what isn’t. You read things all the time, and it’s mostly rubbish, a lot of things.

So once you kind of accept that, I don’t know, I suppose when you find someone, or not – when you’re at peace with yourself, you’re at peace with what you do and you’re happy – I’m pretty happy with what I’m doing with my music and happy being on tour and all that stuff. Once you’re at peace, I think that you stopped really caring. It goes back to the thing about insecurities; it’s like – not much worrying. I’m generally like a happy person at the moment.

Q: And if you could advise 13-year-old Ellie Goulding?

E: I already had my lip pierced when I was 13! I had like really long, dyed black hair, down to my bum. I suppose I was a bit rebellious, but I was more insecure then than ever. I wish I could have told myself that everything was going to be all right, because I was stressed out big-time when I was a teenager. I didn’t think I was going to be a musician, I didn’t think there was anything I was able to make a living off making music. So I was very stressed not knowing where I was going to go, so I guess I’ll tell myself everything was going to be cool.

Q: And when you were a little girl, did you have an alternate career in mind?

E: Apparently, I wanted to be an actress or an actor when I was really young. I can’t remember that – I’ve blocked out a lot of stuff and I’ve got a terrible memory – I can’t remember but apparently I wanted to be an actor, and then

I wanted, for a second, go into politics, and I went to the House of Parliament for work experience. There was a lot of stuff I wanted to do. Then eventually I thought I’ll be a personal trainer, I’ll do something to do with that. So random, I know. I’m pretty happy doing what I’m doing.

Q: You’re a real Instagram addict –

E: Am I?!

Q: If you had to condense your entire career in one Insta-video what would you show?

E: Goodness. I don’t think it’s possible. I think probably me jumping off that thing the other day.

Q: What did you jump off?

E: Sky Tower in Auckland. And it basically involves you throwing yourself off a building. And at least when you sky dive, you sort of, you fall into clouds and you don’t really know what’s beyond so you kind of fall into the unknown and you kind of get a bit of a romantic feeling about it – if I die it’s a pretty awesome death. Sorry to be morbid. But then when I jumped off that tower I could see everything, I could see concrete. I was – I’m falling to that.

And that video – I would not show anyone that video of me – I had a GoPro thing on my arm, and no, that’s never coming out. I literally thought like I was going to die. Sorry, I won’t be showing you all that. But I think that just shows how crazy my life is, really. I end being in all these places and wanting to do the scariest thing and the silliest thing. There’s too much, there’s too much –inaudible- mental my life is.

Q: If you could re-live one moment in your career, what would it be?

E: There’s two things that I genuinely was in my element and so happy. One was actually when I sang, I did some busking for, damn I totally forgotten it – it’s gone out of my head – The Big Issue! Which is a magazine in the UK, and that was so much fun. I love busking, we just went out and I played songs and people would just turn up. That was genuinely a really happy feeling. And the other one, of course, was when I sang at the royal wedding. Which was, is still the craziest thing that has ever happened to me. Buckingham Palace is pretty rad.

Q: What are your opinions on musical experimentation, in terms of genres?

E: Oh, musical experimentation. Well, I suppose it’s key to everything – or it’s key to what I do. I wouldn’t be here without experimenting like crazy. I like different types of music and I hope that I can get away with including one of those different influences on my first record. And I think I got away with it, and maybe on my second as well. But I mean I would say that I’m a pop artist, I make pop music. But, it’s not without a lot of experimentation and also risking – writing something that maybe isn’t very good or is silly. My voice is my instrument, so sometimes I sing things that just sound crazy but then, one take out of twenty will be really, really cool – and then I keep that one, and that’s that.

So yeah, experimentation is everything for me as a musician.

Q: Well, we’re excited to hear the experimentation in the future.

E: Gonna get weird.


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