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Missy Higgins

2008-04-23 22:13
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On the guitar versus the piano
I find when I swop from guitar to piano that it brings out a different side of me as a songwriter. I tend to sit down at the piano when I’m feeling slower, and feeling like expressing myself in a more emotive way. And I pick up the guitar when I’m feeling a bit more angst in me or I’ve got a bit more of a bounce in my step. It’s great to be able to express myself through both instruments.

On her new album, On A Clear Night
Half of the album was written in Australia in a place called Broome that I went to. Broome is this little desert country town in Western Australia. I went and lived there for about six months to write the rest of the songs for this album. I was just really, really inspired when I was up there. I had kind of life-changing moments of watching the sunset and that kind of thing. I guess I kind of asked myself all of the big questions, and I thought I got some answers.

On revealing that “Secret” was written for another woman…
Sometimes I feel that there’s not enough songs out there that are obviously about female to female relationships, so it would be nice for people that have been through that to relate to a song in that way.

…and the frantic media reaction
I’m not really surprised. This day and age, people aren’t just interested in a musician’s music, they’re interested in your personal life as well. And the media definitely plays off that. The internet allows people to kind of gossip about it and work themselves up into a bit of a frenzy, thinking that they know this person and that it’s their right to be able to find out as much about their personal life as possible. And so I guess I wasn’t surprised, because I’d realised that we’ve moved that direction as a culture.

On being green
I think it’s our responsibility to do everything we can in our own lives, in our career, to lessen our impact on the planet. What I did was just looked at my tour and thought “how much flying can I avoid?”; the next tour we’re going on a biodiesel tour bus. I also always make sure we have recycling facilities at the venues and that we use renewable power. We offset all our travel with what you call carbon credits. It’s just doing little things along the way to try and make what you do more environmentally friendly.

On her inspirations
I used to listen to a lot of Jazz growing up, because my brother was in a jazz band. I used to listen to a lot of Ella Fitzgerald, Natalie Cole, Sarah Vaughn. I really used to respect all those female jazz divas for being such great show-women and having such powerful voices.

Bob Dylan or Leonard Cohen?
Bob Dylan, but I like them both!

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The voice of Missy Higgins is a special blend of Aussie caramel that many music lovers have yet to savour. Her moving single “Where I Stood” has featured on Grey’s Anatomy and helped propel her latest album On A Clear Night into the Billboard Heatseekers Top 30. Now living in LA to make the “next big step”, Missy takes time off from the road to tell us where all that music comes from…

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