But the control she is able to exert over her professional life is a necessary luxury, a way to make art globally and stay sane locally. For me, writing and recording the songs are fine, but then promoting it is usually, like … I stop feeling authentic because I’m trying to find ways to say the same thing differently. You have to hire a lot of people to play the songs. Because I had no plans to make another album—until I realized I needed to put an album out to get out of my current publishing deal. But then I was like, “Well, it will get me out of my publishing deal.
So I remember being in a bar was kind of like, “Whoa.” And then maybe four months later, I bumped into you. And then I got a text message from Fab [Fabrizio Moretti, also of the Strokes] …WIIG: I remember I said to him, “Please tell her that her album has helped me so much.” I really said that. I didn’t quite think about what I was saying yes to until after I hit send.
She really is an unpredictably wonderful talent.” has written with or for a number of the world’s biggest recording stars, including Adele, Christina Aguilera, Beyonce, Kelly Clarkson, Celine Dion, Eminem, Flo Rida, David Guetta, Jessie J, Wiz Khalifa, Maroon 5, Travie Mc Coy, Kylie Minogue, Giorgio Moroder, Ne-Yo, Rita Ora, Katy Perry, Pitbull, Rihanna, Shakira, Britney Spears and Kanye West. where it has sold 4 million downloads, according to Nielsen Sound Scan, while it also topped the charts in a number of other countries, including the UK, Germany and France.But I actually don’t think you could name one artist who enjoys promo or touring after the first three to six months of an album cycle. The Grammy thing, you directed every little thing: costumes, set, camera, everything. WIIG: In any of the creative arts, you rarely meet people who are like, “Hey, I’m great.” We all have our insecurities and we all kind of don’t know if we belong here: “I’m not sure if I’m supposed to be doing this, and all the other people who do this know that I’m really not supposed to be here.” It’s so subjective. So I could probably use humbling in that department. But we weren’t sure what would happen if I wasn’t willing to show my face and do promo and go on tour and do the traditional kind of pop strategy. Because of that, I was able to take a great risk, which is the risk of failure as a solo artist, because I was already gratefully making good money writing pop songs for pop stars. SIA: I had the idea that, well, if Amy Winehouse had been the bouffant, maybe I was the blond bob.But when it comes to the visual side of things, which I’m dipping my toe in, I’m definitely appreciative for any fucking glimmer of validation that I’m actually doing it and that I’m doing it right. I wasn’t saturating the market; I was an indie-pop singer. I thought, “Well, I have one thing—I used to have a blond bob, and maybe I’ll make myself just a blond bob.”WIIG: What did the record label think of that? It’s a testament to my management that they took the idea to them and said, “You’ve got to trust her.” A lot of people wanted to do record deals with me. I could have dinner with these people at their houses, but anywhere you go now where there’s a camera, it’s actually work. I’m going to have to work out five times that week with Jennifer Aniston’s trainer.” This is commerce and I’m ,000 in the hole just to go to a party. That is not what I’m going to be doing in the future.For Rihanna she co-wrote the single “Diamonds”, which spent three weeks at No. She also co-wrote and was a featured vocalist on singles with David Guetta, including “Titanium”, which was recognized for around 4 million US sales, while sold another 1 million units in the UK where it reached No. This year she has featured on Kanye West’s new song “Wolves”, contributed two songs to Kelly Clarkson’s Billboard 200 No.1 album Pieces By Pieces, was a co-writer of the Jessie J hit “Flashlight” from the movie Pitch Perfect 2 and co-wrote and performed “Salted Wound” for the soundtrack of Fifty Shades of Grey.I love that the work that has gone into it has been behind the scenes. And I’m allowed to maintain some modicum of privacy. Because when people say things like, I don’t know, “I hope you get cancer and die,” it hurts my feelings. SIA: I’m just trying to work out a way to be a singer and to create cool content. Just recently some people published 11 photos of Sia’s face. I’d just rather it not center around whether or not I have cellulite. SIA: I’m 39, and I would like to be able to make great pop music for another 20 years. But it’s so great that you can weave in and out of life and still have all of the good stuff and none of the bad stuff. People say, “Enough of this shit where she doesn’t show her face,” and “It’s a gimmick.” For sure. But also I would like not to be picked apart or for people to observe when I put on ten pounds or take off ten pounds or I have a hair extension out of place or my fake tan is botched.” Most people don’t have to be under that pressure, and I’d like to be one of them. It’s a bummer for me because it’s going to elevate my profile and make me more recognizable. But film is for your eyes, and I would like to give you something. And it feels like creating a sort of inanimate blond bob and allowing other people to play the role of the pop singer, it affords me a little bit more freedom in terms of my expiration date. I think Tom Waits called it “doing the dishes”-promo, talking about yourself all the time, answering the same questions for, like, a trillion magazines or TV shows or radio shows. And because I do like to put on a show, I then have to hire a lot of people to create some kind of event around it, performance-wise. And I don’t like to stay away from my dogs or be out in the world. SIA: I toured for 13 years, and it was very lonely, and it was hard work. Am I just a singer who’s attaching her name to something? ” I do need people to help me feel comfortable in that area. It’s hard to have a very strong foot on the ground and feel confident in that world. I’ve had it in my head for so long, so I want to try. And that’s not really how I operate in songwriting or as Sia the artist, the singer. It’ll be good to make another record.” WIIG: How crazy. They put out the song “Chandelier,” and then I felt, for fun, I would direct this video for it.I’m paying 19 people—I was directing maybe 19 people for our Grammy performance—and for a live performance on tour, you’re directing them for ten songs. I’m not afraid of hard work, especially if it’s for stuff that I enjoy. I’m starting to cry because I’m still having that insecurity where I wonder if I’m a real director or not. I can’t do it without Daniel Askill, my co-director on the music videos, and [choreographer] Ryan [Heffington] to create these beautiful physical landscapes, and Maddie, and you with your gifts, and Shia, with his real gift of imparting feelings. It’s such a privilege, because I still feel like an interloper. SIA: Certainly with singing or songwriting, I feel quite confident that I’m skilled at my craft, that I’ve honed the skills I was given. SIA: My original plan was to give it away, but it had to come out on a major label, and they’re not going to want to give it away for free. I was newly sober and I didn’t want to be a famous singer. I really felt like “Chandelier” was a big pop song.Her father is a musician and her mother, an art lecturer.She was influenced from singing since childhood as she used to copy famous singers and celebrities. In the mid-1990s, she joined acid jazz group, Crisp.