Melanie C, aka Sporty Spice, is one busy lady at the moment. As well as donning an Adidas trackie in Little Mix’s new Sport Relief video, she has also joined forces with P&G and Asda to help provide clean water to children around the world.
To celebrate her dedication with P&G, we sat down with Melanie to discuss all things Spice Girls, Little Mix, The Big Reunion and what she thinks about women in the music business.
Mel C on… The Big Reunion
A lot of the bands that have been on this series, and last series, I know because they were around at a similar time to the Spice Girls so I know quite a few people. This year is quite special to us because Damage are on it, and of course Jade is Emma’s other half, so yeah, I’ve been following it. It’s so brilliant for the bands that are on it to get another opportunity to perform for their fans. Bands like Eternal and Damage are brilliant, and they had great songs, I just hope it turns into more opportunities to do more work.
Mel C on… the celebrities who can’t handle fame
I think in life everyone gets affected by things differently, if you’re luckily enough to be successful in entertainment it can be quite strange, your life can change quite dramatically, and often I think a lot of performers are quite vulnerable and people look for a way to unwind to deal with the pressures, and that’s how it happens for a lot of singers, and actors – we’ve unfortunately lost some great actors through drugs and stuff, so that’s how they become victims of addiction. But really there are people who have problems like that in completely different industries. But yeah, in the entertainment industry you have lots of dramatic highs and lows.
Mel C on… getting ‘Posh’ in Buzzfeed’s Which Spice Girl Are You quiz?
I’m actually sportier now than I’ve ever been. I’m probably fitter and stronger now than I ever was when I was in the band. But I have learnt a bit about fashion, so I was quite happy to get Posh. I was quite pleased with myself.
Mel C on… Victoria Beckham saying no to a Spice Girls reunion
I’m sure her mind wouldn’t be changed. Of course us girls know that performing isn’t Victoria’s passion anymore, and we completely understand, and are so incredibly proud of her because what she’s achieved is unique. To come from a girl band, and so respected in the world of fashion is literally, unheard of.
Mel C on… the Spice Girls (sans Posh)
What can we say? If there’s an opportunity that comes up and the four of us want to get up and perform as the Spice Girls, Victoria is cool with that. We’d love to have her there, of course we would, but we totally understand. She could design our stage wardrobes – that will be her part, she’ll make us look fabulous.
Mel C on… Making dosh
I think the biggest change is how the music industry has been affected by the digital age. It’s a lot more difficult to shift a unit. You can deem to be successful but the finances are not the same. You think that pop bands from the 90s and noughties and today make lots of money but you’ll probably find that they don’t actually make that much money. A lot of people do make money, but then you quite quickly spend it. It’s hard for people who have been quite high profile, and their career hasn’t gone the way they want, and they can’t have a career in music, it’s difficult to go back to what you deem as a regular job.
Mel C on… Women vs. Men in the music industry
There are so many strong women in music, and there has been in the past five to ten years. Beyonce, Katy Perry, Pink, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, there seems to be more and more women who are doing better than the guys. I think behind the scenes it’s a lot more male dominated; writers, producers, and in the boardroom it’s more dominated by men. There are still women there, but it’s a lot more men. It’s always going to be different for girls and guys. It’s more acceptable now for girls to be stronger and more independent, look at Rihanna, she’s pretty rock ‘n’ roll.
Mel C on… Little Mix
I adore Little Mix, they are my little girl’s favourite band. They are very youthful, there are a lot of girl bands out there that are quite sexual, but they dress quite quirky. Most girls wear make-up and have big hair these days but I do think Little Mix are quite fun and innocent. I think it’s important to have a girl band for younger girls like that.
Mel C on… whether she’d ever be a judge on X Factor
Yeah, I think you’d have to be a fool to not do that show. I have my issues with it, but gosh, if Simon were to give me a call, I’d definitely listen to what he had to say. But, I’m probably too nice to be a judge – Cheryl has the nice thing down, he probably needs someone a bit mean like Mel B.
Mel C on… making a difference
It is amazing to see how the efforts of Asda shoppers in the UK are helping make this dream a reality for parents in communities across the globe.
Melanie C is making an appeal to shoppers across the UK to support the P&G and Asda Clean Water Campaign, which hopes to provide 75 million days of clean drinking water to some of the world’s poorest communities by the end of 2014.