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Автор: JulyGarden 18 января 2009 Комментарии: 0 Просмотров: 1270    
FABTASTIC! Music
Sunday, January 18, 2009
My Interview With Darren Hayes!!!!!!!!!!!

It's been a while in the making - but here is my exclusive interview with Darren Hayes (!) - I don't really think I can say anything more!!!! Questions are indented and bold (Normal in the readers Q & A section) and Darren's answers (as sent to me) are italicized - Enjoy! (And to those of you who saw this yesterday - You didn't see anything.......)

How would you describe "This Delicate Film We've Made" to somebody who has absolutely no Idea what's going on? Where/When Can We Buy it?

I'd describe it as an an animated film set to the music of my latest album. But it's a bit more than that really. It's a new way of listening to a record. The visuals are as important and as personal to me as the lyrics.

Personally, I think it's an amazing idea What inspired you to do this? How did you come up with it?

My latest album was a concept record and was very cinematic sounding. It had been my dream from the very beginning to make an accompanying visual aspect to it. But with the launch of my own label and the moaning and complaining in the music industry I thought I'd like to offer something completely decadent and in direct contrast to the cost cutting practice of major labels. It's not an original idea but one that I've always wanted to do. Growing up I was fixated on an album by Eurythmics called 'Savage'. which was released as a collection of music videos with Annie Lennox in character. It really struck a chord in me. Kate Bush did something similar with her album 'The Red Shoes' when she made a film called 'The Line the cross and the curve' So the idea had probably been germinating in my strange little head for a long time.

"This Delicate Film We've Made" is PACKED with symbolism Is there any advice you can give to everyone to help us decode some more of the meaning hidden away in it?

Personally I think the symbolism is kind of abstract. I know what the songs mean to me, but I think it's important for a listener (or viewer) to interpret things in their own unique way, according to their own experiences. I can tell you that each video features the central idea that we are the sum of our experiences, as suggested by the idea of an origami bird. Even if you think the bird isn't in a video, I'd say look again

You've just completed a massive Tour, and you're set to do a small tour early next year but you seem to have no other plans What's next for Darren Hayes? Will you head back into the studio to work on a new album?

I have so many plans. Most of them a secret What I can say for sure is that there will be no Darren Hayes album in 2009. I do hope to write and start recording at some point this year though.

You've been described as "one of the most clever, innovative, forward thinking popstars on the planet" and "a popstar who is way ahead of his time" plus many, many things to the same effect What goes through your head when you hear things like that?

What goes through my head is, who exactly said that and will they have my babies? I tend not to hear the compliments.
It's sad that often it's the criticism that makes the most noise.
But I am aware that in some circles I'm admired for trying to do things with a sense of innovation and bravery. And that makes me happy.

You've been in the music industry for over 15 years now (longer than I've been alive!), and you've sold over 25 million records worldwide (including your work with Savage Garden), Has your inspiration or motivation changed since when you started? Are you doing it for the same things you were 15 years ago?

Of course all of the above has changed. I'm 36 and I don't even remember what it felt like to be 18 and be desperate to succeed. These days what drives me is quality. I want to make sure that what I do is relevant and I'll be proud of it in ten years time.

This Delicate Thing We've Made is a modern masterpiece. It's also very personal, almost autobiographical. It was also your first piece of work on Powdered Sugar How was the experience recording this album different to the rest?

I have never felt more connected to an artistic process than the one I found recording my latest album. I was driven, almost in an obsessive way, to make it and I knew what it should sound like even before I had written a note.
It's something I want to have as the most important criteria for all my music now.
I won't go into the studio to make a record until I'm absolutely driven by madness to do so.

You've had some big hits and some extremely successful albums.
Looking back on what you've done Would you do anything differently?
What do you see as your career highlight?

To quote Kylie Minogue - If I had to do it all again I wouldn't change a single thing.
My career highlights change every day. Right now I'd say my favorite moment was the first time I stood astride the massive origami bird robot on tour.
My eyes filled with tears and I could barely sing for the lump in my throat.
It's a pretty cool thing to feel that moment has topped some of the more obvious successes I've been lucky enough to be a part of. That bloody bird meant more to me that the U.S number ones!

You always seem to be so cool, calm, collected and in control Have you ever had blow-out moments, or moments where you've just wanted to quit the music industry all together?

Every other day!
The music business is vile. It's the creating and the performing and the connecting with an audience that I love.

Your videos and cover-art are all extremely clever and really rather creative How do you come up with these kind of things?

They are just natural extensions of the creative process. When the music comes, so do visual ideas. I see patterns, colours and moods and it's wonderful that there are so many avenues to express that.

How do you feel about the music industry at the moment? Do you believe that it is all heading downhill and CD's will be obsolete very soon?
What is your stance on illegal downloading? Where do you sit on the Digital vs Physical debate?

Where to begin? I think CD's are sadly almost a thing of the past. What most people don't realize is that the audio quality of a file of music on a compact disc is about five times better than iTunes. Mp3's have ruined the sound of music, in my opinion.
Where do I stand on illegal downloading? I think it's ultimately terrible for music. I believe music is worth something. It takes years of work and blood sweat and tears to make an album. Why should people assume they can have that for free? Musicians are often too afraid to be honest about how they feel about stealing music for fear of offending their audiences.
But the reality is, no one makes money off albums anymore unless you are selling records in the volume of a superstar of the u2 or Rhianna variety.
The bands who are selling a moderate amount of albums barely break even anymore.
And that's unfair.

Bringing out your philosophical side for a second, If you could give everybody reading this interview one piece of advice What would it be?

No one is judging you. They are too busy judging themselves.
So move through your life with reckless abandon.

Thank you very much for your time Darren, to close off this interview I have 10 quick questions for you, and then some questions from my readers!

Favourite Food?

Breakfast. Most specifically I love muesli!

Favourite Colour?

Black. Is that a colour?

If you could be any animal, Which animal would you be?

Probably a monkey.

What's quirk about yourself is your favourite?

Probably how sensitive I am.

Favourite time of the day?

3 am

Favourite Season?

Autumn

Kylie or Dannii?

Dannii hands down.

Least Favourite Food?

Shellfish.

Favourite Movie?

The Empire Strikes Back

Favourite Song?

Today it's 'Spring can really hang you up the most'

Will Asks: "As an independent artist how challenging do you find it getting your music out there now versus having a label work on promoting you? Do you find you're carrying a whole team's worth work of work on your own shoulders?"

It's absolutely exhausting and something I'd like much more help with! I can't play down how difficult it was trying to overcome the prejudice against being indie. You should never underestimate the power of big business and the influence that major labels have on radio stations and their playlists. It's all about money!

Christine2363 Asks: "We've heard a bit of talk about a Darren Autobiography in the coming future. What made you to decide that your life should be revealed in form of literature rather than just music alone? What is your biggest aspiration for this project? And finally - when can we expect it?"

I wouldn't call it an autobiography, It's more a memoir. It's still a work in progress and I have no idea if it will ever be released.
I starting writing it as a form of therapy and mostly as a way to put to rest a lot of the pain I felt growing up. It preceded the making of my latest album and in a way was probably a great preparatory exercise to get the autobiographical tone necessary for a album about my life.

PLAYINGtheANGEL Asks: "With all the amazing things you have accomplished in your life so far both professionally and most importantly, personally, do you think are you ready to tackle parenthood yet?"

No. And Yes. Lol. Honestly I don't think parenthood is really in my destiny but it doesn't stop me sometimes having a moment where I look at my friend's children and wish they were mine. But I think not having children has also been liberating for me as it's given me time and attention to focus on art and performance in a way I never could have had I been given the huge responsibility of being a parent. Who knows? Maybe one day, maybe not.

Babyhails Asks: "What is the most useful pearl of wisdom someone has given you?"

That life is not a rehearsal. It's the only one you've got.

Linzi Asks: "Was there a reason you decided to shoot the Neverland video without Animation? Was it because it clearly is a very personal piece and you felt that you could convey it's message better that way?"

Honestly? Because the ideas that we had for an animated version would have taken far too long to execute. And personally I wanted to try my hand at doing something with film rather than just 3d animation. I was a fan of stop motion graphics and time lapse videos of the 80's (eg Peter Gabriel's 'Sledgehammer') - so it made sense to pay homage to those techniques. I also liked the opportunity to have a younger person play the childdhood version of me. It made the present tense performance so much more disturbing I think, to compare it to the innocence of a child.

DarrensAngelRose Asks: "Of all the cities in the world you have had the chance to live in through the years, which is your favourite and why?"

San Francisco hands down.
I still miss it!

Bombastic Asks: "You've said in the past that you like to 'stalk your fans'. Now I'm sure some fans have gone to extreme lengths to meet you. But what's the craziest thing you have done to meet one of us?"

I like talking to my audience and I think MySpace and my fanclub have been wonderful outlets for that. Myspace tends to be fun and random and I will regularly get into conversations or fun arguments with people there.
My fanclub forum tends to be much more personal and unguarded as I kind of feel very respected there and safe I guess. Now on to stalking.
I have to admit I detest being stalked. Most people are so respectful of my desire for privacy but you do get the odd person now and then that thinks it's acceptable to hang out where I live to bump into me or turn up on my street and say hi! It's part of why I moved from Notting Hill in London.
But let me assure you that 99.9 per cent of my audience are literally the most respectful people in the universe and for that I say thank you!!

There you go - Tell me what you think in the comments!




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