Sia, The Interview

Annie Sebel | 5 October 2010

We caught up with Sia to talk Britney, fashion and dog whisperers in issue  44…

Warm, engaging, bubbly and swears like a sailor – turns out Sia is all she’s cracked up to be. But it’s amazing she can even string a sentence together for our interview with the day she’s had. “It’s been a motherfucker of a day,” she says. “I started doing interviews at 9am and rehearsed from 12pm until 7pm. In those rehearsals I did a film thing for this American dude called Carson Daly and a piece for The Advocate. Then I came home and managed to get some food and then I started again. So I’ve got another three hours tonight and then I’m done. I’ve started drinking now.” Sheesh, that’s quite the day, luckily she’s still energetic enough to chat openly to Yen about the whole shebang…

My job has five sections: the first is writing, the second is recording, the next section is the netherworld area where your record company or management strategise, for anywhere from six months to two years, before they put the album out – that’s normally when I like to have a nervous break down or direct videos for other people or just keep myself busy by volunteering at the animal shelter. Then the fourth period is the promotion and the fifth period is touring.

I basically just write for five, six months, sometimes years. The upside of being a prolific writer, and writing at least two songs a day, is that not all of them are great but there are a lot to choose from. When it comes time to record, I can just give them to my five best mates, the band and my manager and go, ‘What are your best twelve songs out of the forty?’ Those poor fuckers, they have to listen to them all.

It was important for me to not totally alienate the old fans by making an absolutely up-tempo dance album. It was important that I include “I’m in Here”, “Old Father” and “Be Good To Me” – I think they’re the down tempo ones. But you know it’s hilarious, on Twitter, I’ve already had a couple of people being like, ‘Yeah, I prefer your earlier work.’ I’ve got to do it for me otherwise I may as well work at a fast food factory.

You like it for the first three weeks and you’re like, “woo I’m free and I’ve got a tour manager that bosses me around, gives me money, tells me what room I’m in, helps me with my bags and makes sure there are snacks in the dressing room” – it’s like you’re a toddler again. Regressing and being a toddler, that part is really awesome and then real life is always a smack in the face when you get home and you have bills to pay and shit.

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