We caught up with Sia to talk Britney, fashion and dog whisperers in issue Â 44…
Warm, engaging, bubbly and swearsÂ like a sailor â turns out Sia is all sheâsÂ cracked up to be. But itâs amazing sheÂ can even string a sentence together forÂ our interview with the day sheâs had. âItâsÂ been a motherfucker of a day,â she says.Â âI started doing interviews at 9am andÂ rehearsed from 12pm until 7pm. In thoseÂ rehearsals I did a film thing for this American dude called CarsonÂ Daly and a piece for The Advocate. Then I came home and managedÂ to get some food and then I started again. So Iâve got another threeÂ hours tonight and then Iâm done. Iâve started drinking now.â Sheesh,Â thatâs quite the day, luckily sheâs still energetic enough to chat openlyÂ to Yen about the whole shebangâŚ
ON HER JOB:
My job has five sections: the first is writing, the second is recording,Â the next section is the netherworld area where your record companyÂ or management strategise, for anywhere from six months to two years,Â before they put the album out â thatâs normally when I like to haveÂ a nervous break down or direct videos for other people or just keepÂ myself busy by volunteering at the animal shelter. Then the fourthÂ period is the promotion and the fifth period is touring.
I basically just write for five, six months, sometimes years. The upsideÂ of being a prolific writer, and writing at least two songs a day, is thatÂ not all of them are great but there are a lot to choose from. When itÂ comes time to record, I can just give them to my five best mates, theÂ band and my manager and go, âWhat are your best twelve songs outÂ of the forty?â Those poor fuckers, they have to listen to them all.
ON WE ARE BORN:
It was important for me to not totally alienate the old fans by makingÂ an absolutely up-tempo dance album. It was important that I includeÂ âIâm in Hereâ, âOld Fatherâ and âBe Good To Meâ â I think theyâreÂ the down tempo ones. But you know itâs hilarious, on Twitter, IâveÂ already had a couple of people being like, âYeah, I prefer your earlierÂ work.â Iâve got to do it for me otherwise I may as well work at a fastÂ food factory.
You like it for the first three weeks and youâre like, “woo Iâm free andÂ Iâve got a tour manager that bosses me around, gives me money, tellsÂ me what room Iâm in, helps me with my bags and makes sure thereÂ are snacks in the dressing room” â itâs like youâre a toddler again.Â Regressing and being a toddler, that part is really awesome and thenÂ real life is always a smack in the face when you get home and youÂ have bills to pay and shit.