Foxes – Interview

Einfach nur unglaublich. Am vergangenen Sonntag bot sich mir die Gelegenheit die Grammy-Gewinnerin Foxes vor ihrem Auftritt in Stuttgart, als Support von keinem geringeren als Megastar Pharrell Williams im Rahmen seiner „Dear Girl Tour„, zu interviewen. Wie die Tour bisher so war, wer die ein oder andere Bus-Party gab, ihre Verbindung zu Deutschland durch den gemeinsamen Song „Clarity“ mit dem deutschen DJ Zedd, mit wem sie gerne zusammenarbeiten würde und was ihre eigene Musik schließlich ausmacht, all das und vieles mehr erfahrt ihr hier! :D
Turn-Louder: You’re on tour with Pharrell Williams at the moment and you’ve already played three concerts here in Germany, namely Berlin, Frankfurt and Düsseldorf. Was it your first time that you played here? How do you like this country?
Foxes: It was my first time. The Crowds are great. They’re really energetic and lively and to be performing just before Pharrell is insane. So, yeah it’s great. You kind of warm them up and it’s like a little trailer. They kind of get a trailer of what you’re about and then they get the main movie. It’s kind of how I see it.
So, it’s been really good. We’ve been on tour for a month now with Pharrell. I can’t believe how quick it’s gone.

TL: Isn’t it hard to play that many shows in just one Month?
Foxes: It’s not because it’s so exciting and every single day it’s like… it can be tiring but you kind of… everyone in here is like a family. So, it’s lovely, really and it just feels really nice and kind of feel welcomed. It can feel a bit ground-hooked day. I do feel like ‘OMG, I’m on a venue, on a bus, in a venue, in a bus..’. But it’s amazing, pinching myself every day, when I’m watching Pharrell. It’s great.
TL: Did anything crazy happened on tour yet?
Foxes: Anything crazy [thinking] … We’ve had lots of bus party’s. A lot of the dancers like a good bus party, which is good, but nothing crazy.
TL: And also with the other artists, Pharrell and Cris Cab?
Foxes: Yeah, which is fun, a lot of dressing room dancing. I think to crazy yet – it’s been pretty good so far. It’s a very strict schedule, cause it’s everyday, so you kind of can’t get too crazy. But I pretty much fallen in love with all of the girls, so great, like my family.
TL: Are you still nervous before a gig? If yes, what do you do to bring you down?
Foxes: I made my bandmates hold me upside down before I go on stage. It makes you all the blood go off to your head, you look mental, but it kind of helps.
I don’t really get nervous. There’s like, we played 17000 the other day and it’s kind of go ‘this is absolutely insane’. There have been some really incredible moments, where I’ve asked people to put their phones in the air and put the torches on and it looks like little stars. So, 17000 people doing that, it’s really beautiful. It’s been incredible so far.

TL: Let’s go back to Germany: Do you have or feel a special connection to this country due to Zedd?
Foxes: Oh yeah, Zedd’s not here that much. He lives in L.A., so I haven’t been here with Zedd before. So I actually didn’t think of Zedd being German, but obviously he is. So, we kind of did a lot in America. So I didn’t have been here on my own. I’m not sure how well ‘Clarity’ did here, but it’s more America I think Zedd and I relate to.
TL: Would you describe or do you see him as your discoverer or a person due to who you’ve been able to succeed?
Foxes: I wouldn’t call him my discoverer. It was lovely to work with him, but I think I definitely got my own thing worked before I collaborated with him. So, I’m very grateful for him, taking me on this journey and it was amazing. We had no idea what ‘Clarity’ was gonna do and it was a great moment to be involved in for him and just kind of happy that he had me involved. Very grateful.
TL: Did your music change over the last years? Would you say that it’s more mainstream due to the numerous collaborations (with Zedd, Rudimental, etc.)?
Foxes: Yeah, the interesting thing is, I think I’ve haven’t really changed anything, which is so important for me. AT the beginning I was like ‘I can’t, I need to make sure now that I was working…with these artists that are might to be able to be more mainstream. I definitely got something, that I have to be true to and I was sort of very concious that I put out an album, a first album, that when I was little older, I could look back on it and go ‘yeah, that was the right album to put out, I didn’t just sell out to sell records, it was something I was really involved in, and it was a personal album’. So I didn’t think it did effect too much.
TL: Does it mortify you a little bit, that you’re not as known in Europa than in Amerika? What do you think of it?
Foxes: No, I’m terrible actually. I’m kind of like not being known. I’m not really someone that enjoys that side of it. I just love making music. I think sometimes it’s a blessing, because it can take away the music a bit when you’re kind of known as a face. So, it’s nice and also I see it as a challenge. It’s lovely to be here and I can’t believe that we are supporting Pharrell Williams. It’s amazing. He’s really supportive and yeah so it’s great. Really, I see it as a challenge and it’s quite fun.
TL: After frequent success (winning a Grammy, supporting Pharrell on tour), is it hard to stay down-to-earth?
Foxes: I kind of think I always be down-to-earth. I’m just that sort of person. I have a lot of friends and family that are really supportive and that I’ve known all my life. So it’s kind of what I think this is what I choose to surround by people if I was ever hop levitating slightly off the ground, they would put me straight back down and be like ‘Stop being an idiot.’. That’s why.
TL: Let’s go more in to detail to your music: Your current album is called “Glorious”. What can future listeners can expect from it?
Foxes: Well, ‘Glorious’ is my first album. It’s very, very personal. It’s inspired a lot by soundtrack and cinematic sort of moments in soundtrack and I guess there’s a lot of album tracks there that feel more cinematic, but there’s also tracks that feel more popular and anthemic choruses. But really, at the heart of it, it’s me growing up and it’s me describing lots of things you can relate to it and take strenght from it, in a way.
TL: When I listen to it, it’s sometimes quiet melancholy and I’ve also read in an Interview you gave, that its dark streaked. Could you please explain where did this come from?
Foxes: I do like melancholy things. I like sort of feeling happy, but then I like the sadness that humans sort of carrying with them aswell. I think it’s important to have a good mix of happiness and sadness. But yeah, I kind of either the production when either feel really happy and the lyrics being sad or sort of the opposite. I don’t really know why I do that. I’m not really sure, it’s just sort of what happens I guess.
TL: Have you already written songs for other artists?
Foxes: I did stuff with Rudimental. I’ve wrote a song some for their album, which was fun. And then, working with other people, I guess when I’ve had time to do it .. here and there, I’ve kind of been doing it. But now, I’m about to make a second album, so I probably gonna be focusing on that.
TL: And do you have any favorite artist you want to collaborate with?
Foxes: There are differently artists. I’d love to collaborate with SIA. I think she’s incredible. She had such a great career and it’s very inspiring. The songwriting avenue is something that I’m really interested in. So yeah, that’s definitely someone I’d like to work with.
TL: I’ve read that you started studying music. Did you complete this?
Foxes: I did and then I stopped, because I just didn’t think that music can be taught in a classroom. So I stopped and then just sort of ran off did in my own thing, worked in bars around London and did open mic nights and really from there it was just building, trying to sort of build a career. But yeah, I didn’t really get on being in a classroom, learning music. It was more for me, kind of feeling to get out there and live my life and experience different things.
TL: Otherwise, what are your plans for the future (also if your musical career ends onetime)?
Foxes: Ohhhh, I guess I don’t really think like that. Your career is a long you want to be in and if you’ve work hard enough you can always have a career in something. So, I’m not really thinking like that, just yet. Maybe I’ll be able to be a baker or something like that.
TL: Thank You very much for this Interview!
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