Melanie C did an interview to T-Mobile Music website. Our friends at @MelanieCNews translated the whole interview:
Is Girl Power forever? Melanie C – (for those who are too young): Sporty Spice with biceps and in tracksuit – remembering good times without X-Factor and explains, why she consistently refuses to participate in bitish “Strictly come dancing”. She was in polish version – with a new single, from a new album – out few weeks ago.
How was it on “Dancing with the stars”?
Amazing. It was really great to have all those dancers around me. Did you watched it?
Yes, but only yours performances. Do you like those kind of shows?
Oh yes, we got similar show on british tv called: “Strictly Come Dancing”. Everybody is watching it – this and of course X-Factor. This is our weekend with the tv.
Did they proposed you to take a part in the show?
Why are you refusing it?
I would love, love, to take a part in “Strictly Come Dancing”, but I know well two persons, who were on the show – Emma and Mel B [other Spice Girls] – and I know, how much effort this program requires. You have to train really hard …
And that says Sporty Spice?!
This program scares me. You need to have a lot of courage, to decide to be on it. Especially if you didn’t have dance lessons.
But you’ve danced in tha band.
And so I would be more afraid. Precisely because I have dance experience and I’m athletic, the audience would require much more from me than from the other participants. I would have problems to deal with that kind of pressure.
Ok, let’s talk about something less stressful. Your new album “The Sea”, originally was to be released in 2010 …
Such rumors have circulated on the internet, but no, I was never going to give the new album so early. Moreover, it wasn’t also planned to release it as early as in the end it was. But the energy in the studio during writing songs was so great that we ended faster.
From where are those electronic sounds?
To the team working on “The Sea” has joined Jodie Harsh, music producer and club DJ. Jodie has already listened to the demo, she was undecided about the direction in which she wanted to lead the album. I was resisted, I have never recorded a electronic CD and this time I was not going to do that. Luckily, Jodie is very empathetic and with no problem, we managed to find a wording satisfactory to the both sides.
You’re not a fan of club music?
I’m a fan of music in general. I listen to very many kinds, even classical music. But as a composer, poprock sounds are closest to me.
The fan of every music is also a fan of football. “Rock Me,” the first single from yours new album, became an anthem of FIFA Women’s World Cup 2011.
Of course, I love football, grew up in Liverpool. Football is here an important part of urban culture. In the end we have a large club. Everyone in my family are fans. Since childhood, so I watched football – not just on television, also at the stadium.
Recently you were on a show for the singing children …
“The Big Performance”, yes. I was asked to share advices with the kids.
And what was your advice?
I met with them in a very special moment – the day of their first live radio performance. Radio is a specific medium, they can not see you, so all attention is focused on the sound, which means that you have to sound perfect. So you need to control the adrenaline and nerves, not to have taken control of the voice. So I helped them calm down, chill, to control stage fright, because I know how much it is needed. The second time, in turn, advised how to give a successful performance on the vision.
You still have stage fright?
Every time. Most of the artists has it. Also those from the first division, the absolute top – superstars, big names. I met in life maybe two people who claimed that they are not nervous before going on stage.
And how is your acting career?
I played for half a year in the play “Blood Brothers”. It exhibits on musical theater, but it’s more a performance of songs than a classic musical. It’s a very emotional piece, I was very lucky that I got in it engagement, especially considering the fact that I have no experience. What’s more, for this role I gathered rave reviews. I was really shocked how well received this art was. I would like to continue the adventure of acting, but for now I do not have any concrete plans. Now the album is a priority.
Thearte stage is different to play gigs?
Definitely. I was very nervous. I said that I had stage fright before each performance, but in playing gigs I’ve had some experience. I was a complete rookie, the fear was so much bigger.
What rookie? What about Spice Girls movie.
It does not matter. Have you seen this movie?!
Oh boy. But seriously – it can be clearly regarded as an experience. I also had acting classes at school. Never before, however, not until now I have never assumed this responsibility.
Now that the Spice Girls name came. Three years ago you have come back for a while. Are you planning to still renew cooperation?
No, we do not have such plans. Next year the musical will premiere on the basis of our songs – but it’s all in the subject Spice Girls.
There was gigantic success with the girls, you handle well solo. The pop stars situation has changed since then?
I think so. Reality has changed, market changed. Pop culture change programs such as “X Factor” and celebrity magazines. Everything is much more accessible. People are aware of the mechanisms operating in the industry. When we started the Spice Girls, the pop was still present a mystery. Sure, there were gossip magazines, but if they were, two? Now it is full – and newspapers, and gossip sites on the Internet, and reality shows involving celebrities. Celebrities today is too many too.
Ar you convenient in this new reality?
First of all, I am very happy that the Spice Girls happened in the mid-90s, when everything was much more innocent. You know, for certain things that I know today and that build my self-confidence, did not have to seek the limelight – and with this in mind, I feel very comfortable.
Are you still friends?
What we commonly experienced, links forever. Some of us can not talk to each other for months, but that does not mean they’re not good friends. We will always be friends.
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