Kylie Minogue Talks Sia And Her New Album
Prior to the release of Kiss Me Once, Minogue sold upwards of 70 million records around the world and has collected four GRAMMYs along the way. Last year she decided to make a big change and part ways with her long time manager, Terry Blamey to sign up with Jay Z's management team at Roc Nation.
While sonically Kiss Me Once contains some musical throwbacks to classic Kylie dance songs, her work with fellow Australian artist Sia brought out the sexier side of Kylie. Fresh off a performance on The Echo Music Awards and landing a number one for the remix of "Into the Blue," Kylie caught up Radio.com for a few minutes from London, where she is currently a judge on The Voice: UK.
Radio.com: This is your 12th album, did that effect how you approached it? How has the recording process changed for you over the years?
Kyle Minogue: The recording process, finding the songs is not easier. It still takes a long time. Even the most experienced and hottest writers/producers, will attest to the fact that it takes a while. Compared to the early days for me, I'm really comfortable in the studio. I record really fast, my leads, my backing vocals and the harmonies. I'm kind of a like a machine doing that. So that part is definitely faster.
Radio: You now have an American based management company, Roc Nation; did you put more pressure on yourself to have an album that was more sonically different from past efforts?
Kyle Minogue: I think it put the right amount of pressure on me. I signed with Roc Nation because I wanted to feel re-energized and have a new stimulus, to be introduced to new writers and producers, to be taken out of my comfort zone. I think it was the right amount, and anyone who's heard the album I think we ended up in the right place. It's a Kylie album. It would've really been a big mistake to be signed to Roc Nation and suddenly sound very different. So I think we've got the best of both worlds, at least I hope we have.
Radio: The Title Track "Kiss Me Once" is one of the tracks you worked with fellow Aussie Sia. What does it mean to you and how did that shape the overall album?
Kyle Minogue: Seriously. I'm crazy about that song. When I rehearse it and perform it with my band we literally, we're like 'can we just nuke the other songs?' because it really pleases us performing that song. For the album, and how it shaped it, not so much the songs on the album, but the visual identity of the album. I knew straight away 'Kiss Me Once' was the title. KMO and my initials are KM, so that was a nice little underlying thing. "Kiss Me Once" for me, makes me think of that first kiss that could change everything. And you can't repeat it. It really is that special. Some people might think back to the first kiss of the person that their with, or think of the next first kiss when they meet that person. You say a lot without saying anything with one kiss.
Radio: How did you come to work with Sia and what was the advantage of having a female producer?
Kyle Minogue: I had a few sessions in with Sia in just as for writing and recording sessions. I got along with her so well, and I admire her so much I invited her to come on board as co-executive producer, which she said yes, which was great delight It's and relief for me, because I wasn't sure if that was something she was interested in, but she was.
Once she was on board, which was right away, I gave her everything I had recorded, which, at that stage, was already a lot of songs. And, we just worked on that together. I would come back to London, do some more recording here and keep her in the loop. Having a female and Australian girl, one of the coolest girls I know, who has rewritten the rules of pop for herself, I'm in awe. I admire her so much, that she's done things her way. She still really appreciates people like me, who are doing the frontline pop, going out there and selling ourselves and doing things the traditional way. It meant so much to me to have her talent, her love and enthusiasm, it was just brilliant.
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