Alison Goldfrapp is a multi-faceted artist and the lead vocalist of the English electronic duo Goldfrapp. The new album, “Silver Eye” was released to rave reviews and is available where ever you buy music. Goldfrapp is touring the US bringing their sophisticated sounds all over the country. They will be in Portland tomorrow evening at the McMenamins Crystal Ballroom and in Seattle this Thursday, September 19th at Showbox SODO. Get more info and tickets here.
Alison Goldfrapp took over more of the visual art direction of this new album as well as her ongoing lead vocalist roles. The results are phenomenal. Take a look at our interview below:
Earle Dutton (ED): Could you tell me a little bit about the show you are bringing to Seattle?
Alison Goldfrapp (AG): Well, it is me (laughter). I will perform with some friends and musicians. It is a very simple setup. It is just me and a band.
ED: How do you feel people are receiving the new album, “Silver Eye”?
AG: It has been really good which is so nice. It has just been going really well. I am just thrilled. I am thrilled to be out there and inspired. We are just having the best time doing these gigs. It is more than I have done in a long time.
ED: Why are you having so much more fun now?
AG: (Laughter) I don’t know. I have been trying to figure that out actually. I think it is really fun doing this music. It is loud and big. It is really fun to play live. It is a bit unfortunate that we don’t have the money to bring our light show on tour to the US. The lights and screens we have used in the European shows are great. We had to thin the setup for America but hey it is still me and the music. That is all that matters really.
ED: How was it being so much more hands on for the visuals and art around this album?
AG: I took the photographs for the album artwork. I directed the first video and made the second as well. I have been a bit more involved in the art direction. It has been wonderful. I really enjoyed it. I feel like I have been learning something new, which is great as well.
ED: Was it daunting to take over the art direction or more of just a natural process?
AG: I was a bit nervous at the beginning. It was a bit daunting when I think about the responsibilities involved. It has been really great though. I have really enjoyed it. I feel like it has helped me as well in defining what I want to say. It felt sort of natural to do it myself instead of trying to explain what I want to someone else and having them interpret it.
ED: Your photography and posts on Instagram are really wonderful. Do you ever think that you were going to become a big Instagram star?
AG: (Laughter) Well I don’t know that I am a big Instagram star. I do enjoy it. I think it is such a great framework to work within. I don’t like Twitter too much anymore. I just feel Instagram has been such a wonderful thing for so many people. It is a great place to be creative. It is a very positive space.
ED: How do you stay creative?
AG: It is just me. It is something I have always done. It is like breathing I suppose. There are things that I just have to do. I am always doing or making something. It is just part of who I am. It just has to happen or I will go mad otherwise. It is just part of my DNA. I try to read a lot. I like traveling. I like to be challenged. I think it is important to challenge yourself.
ED: How do you feel about making other people feel creative through your work?
AG: Well that would be nice. It is a really lovely idea. I think even if my music inspires people to dance that is creative. If my work makes you feel something or think something, then that is a wonderful thing.
Goldfrapp will be in Portland tomorrow evening at the McMenamins Crystal Ballroom and in Seattle this Thursday, September 19th at Showbox SODO. Get more info and tickets here.