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Kylie Minogue
In the song No More Rain off her brand new studio album, Kylie Minogue sings of a ‘wave of love coming over me’. This is a good indicator of the general mood of the album ~ that of celebration. Her music has always been the soundtrack for a carefree night of dancing where the energy is high and the music is all that matters. This time it goes deeper.

When diagnosed with early stage breast cancer in 2005, the petite powerhouse was forced to slow down. She cancelled her Showgirl tour mid-way and retreated out of the spotlight for the treatment and subsequent recovery. Her breakup with fiancé, French actor Olivier Martinez, came on the back of a difficult year, but through it all she maintained a gracious and serene front.

Kylie, if you look back on her 20-year career, has always been a survivor. From her early days as the big-haired, sweet-faced newbie on Australian soap Neighbours to her beginnings as a pop star ~ also big haired and sweet faced and with a bevy of sugary pop tunes designed to make you move ~ she rode the wave of the fickle music industry and came out on top.

On her new album ~ her 10th for Parlophone, appropriately titled X ~ she returns, ready to step back into the spotlight, where she never lost her place anyway. The fans are ready to welcome her back and are all set to move to the next level with her. A new wave of love is about to come Kylie’s way.

We at the Record are definitely ready to experience the new album and to get things started we bring you an exclusive interview with the superstar.

Congratulations on your recovery, on your 20th anniversary since The Locomotion and your 10th studio album. Given all the circumstances, was your mental preparation any different this time?
Kylie: Well, I think it’s safe to say I’ve never had to prepare like I have for this album before. Before, I think I just rolled on, rolled on and this one is much more of a celebration than anything I’ve done before, with some room for reflection as well, which was good.
Yeah, I think the preparation for it was probably finishing my Showgirl tour as in Homecoming because at that stage I just thought, ‘I haven’t sung in so long, I don’t know how strong I’m going to be’ etc., etc., but I was happy to be in the studio. I started work on this album a year and a half ago when the album was so far in the future who knew when it was going to be [released], because no-one wanted to pressure me, but I had to get back into the studio just to test myself and get some things off my chest, which I did, then went on tour, then finished the album.

The Showgirl tour had to be halted when your illness was diagnosed, so to complete what is now known as the Homecoming Tour must have been really important to you?
Kylie: Oh, yeah, yeah. It wasn’t until the end of Homecoming that I realised…I have this vision. I can’t really explain. I don’t quite have the right words yet to explain what it was like, but I have a vision, that’s me just running across the fields still going, ‘Ah, ha, ha. Don’t try to stop me,’ and that was my goal. It was something of a blessing in disguise, so to finish that was a great relief and an inspiration that I knew that this is what I do. It’s what I love doing. It has its challenges and I’m ready for more.

While you were ill, could you sense the wave of feeling that swept round the world, willing you to get better?
Kylie: I certainly was aware of that, but maybe not that much of it, because I didn’t dare read the papers or have the news on or the radio or anything. I had the reality. I didn’t need anything else, but I did receive a lot of letters and cards from all sorts of people. They all helped and what I didn’t know about I definitely felt. I felt those good vibes and well-wishers and I’ve kept a lot of the little cards from them because I cherished them at the time. I really loved them. A lot of them would just say, ‘Kylie, Popstar, Australia,’ or just ‘Pop Princess’ or something and they actually, a number of them found me so that was really cute.

What was the most daunting part about getting back into the studio life?
Kylie: The most daunting part, well, initially there isn’t a daunting part for me. I was just so excited to be back in the studios, so excited to have that opportunity to do this, and knowing that some of it would be different than before. The basics aren’t [different]. It’s the same old thing. It’s like riding a bike. You get in and you do it, but something had definitely changed in me and I think you can hear that throughout the album and as I always try to, [I] tried to have a lot of fun doing it.

One of the things that people love about ‘Kylie’ is her ability to laugh, not to get all ‘artist’ and self obsessed. What is it that keeps your feet on the ground?

Kylie: My fine friends. (Laughs) I don’t think they’ve yet had to tell me to cut it out, but I don’t know. I think as I’ve said before over the years, [it’s] because I started work in TV ~ it’s an industry where you all have to pull together. It isn’t about one person, so I didn’t come into this business thinking it’s all about me and I love to be involved. I love people. I love this, the collaborative importance with recording, with visuals, with videos, with touring. There’s a whole lot of people involved.

Kylie tells us about her first single 2 Hearts and an important song off the album called No More Rain.

“I love it. I loved it when I first heard it. It was a joy to record. I actually went in to re-vocal the verses to get it even lazier than I had initially delivered it. I’m often accused or told off by producers. My diction, my Keira Knightley diction, that came out again, yeah, they had to work hard with me just to say kind of [sings] ‘kind of throw it away’, and it works great.
[The track was written by Kish Mauve, a young, London four piece.] I worked with two of them, a girl and a guy, and we had a lot of fun doing the ‘whoos’ and if you were to solo my ‘whoos’ we did variations on a theme but definitely did a lot of operatic type, you know, very like old lady singing at the church fete or something, (sings) ‘Whoo’ really over the top, ‘I’m in love, whoo’. It’s really hard not to do it every time, ‘whoo, whoo’. Imagine all these animals, ‘whoo’ and it’s cool so we’ve got both sides of the coin.”

You can read the rest of our cover story on Kylie Minogue in the December 2007 issue of The Record Music Magazine available at your local newsagent.


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