Melanie C ist stolz darauf ein Spice Girl zu sein!

Melanie C ist mit ihrem neuen Album "Version of me" zurück und sprach mit uns über die Entstehung ihrer neuen Platte. Außerdem sprach sie über die Freundschaft mit ihren ehemaligen Spice-Girls Kolleginnen und über ihre Pläne für 2017. Hört euch hier das ganze Interview an!


How do you combine your job and private life and still have a healthy lifestyle?
What did you do between the last album and “Version Of Me”?
Tell us something about the process of making this album.
In terms of development, what was most important to you in regards to the release of ‘Version Of Me”?
With whom did you work on the album?
What was the best thing about working with these young producers?
How would you describe the sound of your new album?
What does the album title “Version Of Me” mean to you?
What is the first single “Dear Life” about?
How was it collaborating with newcomer, Alex Francis, on your duet “Hold On”?
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How do you combine your job and private life and still have a healthy lifestyle?

Melanie C: I think for lots of people having a work-life-balance is really difficult and especially since I became a mum nearly eight years ago, it’s even more complicated – but the key for me is really to make sure I´m where my little girl is 100% my priority, but I also love my work. But I think it´s important for me as a mum to teach her a really good work ethic and I love what I do and she is proud of me. So it´s kind of trying to make work part of your life. Yeah, it´s an ongoing work-in-progress in my opinion.

What did you do between the last album and “Version Of Me”?

Melanie C: I started my new album “Version Of Me” three years ago and I haven´t released an album for six years now so it has a really big gap for me. I had lots of great opportunities: I´ve worked on TV here in the UK, over in Asia I was a judge in “Asia’s Got Talent”, which is really good fun. I toured with Jools Holland, which was incredible. And I did all these wonderful things. I started musical theatre, I was in an arena tour of “Jesus Christ Superstar” - both in the UK and in Australia. All the time I was having a great time, getting great experience, learning new things, but I really missed my music so that inspired me to go back into the studio. My first writing session was almost four years ago now. I just took my time and I wanted to approach everything differently and really draw upon my personal experiences to create something I´m very proud of.

Tell us something about the process of making this album.

Melanie C: The process at making this album has been really interesting, because I feel like it´s a new chapter. I really feel like I´m still discovering myself after all these years I´ve been so lucky. I´ve worked with music for twenty years and so much has changed - not only in the music industry - in the world, in culture, in my life, in my personal life, in my working life and I´ve learned so many things and I just feel now - at my age - I feel very courageous. There are lots of things I want to explore. There are lots of things in the world I want to question. And I´ve really brought all of that, I suppose, in many ways conflict of emotion and feelings into this record and I think it has made a really strong record.

In terms of development, what was most important to you in regards to the release of ‘Version Of Me”?

Melanie C: When I started working on “Version Of Me”, I knew I wanted to do something different. I wanted to approach every aspect differently. From the writing sessions, the way I was looking at songs, the structure of songs, the sound of the production, the things I wanted to express and talk about. With the visual aspect of the album I´ve been more creatively involved. I really wanted to have a clear idea of how I wanted to present myself. And I think it´s the first time in my career I´ve had such a strong vision. And it has been really exciting. All of the people I´ve worked with, new collaborators, people I´ve worked with for many, many years, we´ve just enjoyed this voyage of discoveries to find to the new me, this “Version Of Me” and I´m very happy with it.

With whom did you work on the album?

Melanie C: I´ve worked with so many great people on this album. Some of my old favorites: Adam Argyle, who I´ve written with many times over the years, Peter Vetesse, who is also the same. Then I´ve met some new collaborators: “Sons of Sonix”, a great duo, two guys from the south of London. They´re from a more urban grime scene in the UK. So it was a pairing I never expected and I didn´t know how this was gonna go. My publisher was quit keen to get us together. So I met up with the boys and they are wonderful, they are a lot younger than me. In fact they were very little when the Spice Girls were around. So it was fun to kind of have a window into a culture which I don´t have any idea of anymore. The things to I´m exposed to is very different, the guys are in the twenties, so that was really fun. We found that we shared a common ground in our love of music in different genres. And I really talked to them about stylistically what I wanted to do and the artists, I loved the artists I´ve listened to for many years and the new people I´m discovering now and together both with “Sons of Sonix”, who´ve produced a lot of the album, and Tom Wilding, who was another new collaborator who´s produced a lot of the record, we´ve just kind of found this new modern sound for me, but one that wasn´t too young for me, it had to be relevant for me as a more mature pop artist. It has been really successful and really fun.

What was the best thing about working with these young producers?

Melanie C: I think working in music it kind of keeps you young in a way. You have to be aware of what is going on and social media is such a huge part of working in music now. But I have to say working with the younger guys, who were, you know, maybe like almost 20 years younger than me, it really opened my eyes to a lot of youth culture and I discovered not only new artists but comedians and so many different things. And I think it is important to kind of have an understanding of that. I have incredible fans, a lot of my fans were Spice Girls fans you know, they´ve grown up with me, but I found with this record, it´s kind of reaching out to a younger generation as well so it´s really nice to have that opportunity.

How would you describe the sound of your new album?

Melanie C: This album is the most electronic that I´ve made. It has been a desire of mine for many years to do this, but I´ve never had the opportunity. I think people probably would expect a Melanie C to be a pop record, which this absolutely is! I am a pop artist! I think a lot of people recognize my voice. I´ve done some rocky stuff. I´ve done lots of ballads. I´ve had a lot of success in Germany with lovely big ballads, but this album I´d say it does have a more current sound. I have experimented more with being more electronic whether it be drums and sounds and synth sounds and loops and things and to me it´s made it more exciting again and then I think the way that I express myself lyrically, melodically and the sound and the tone of my voice kind of brings it together to still be a Melanie C record. But a new Melanie C!

What does the album title “Version Of Me” mean to you?

Melanie C: When I was working on this album, in one of my writing sessions we started a song called “Version Of Me”. It feels like a great album title, because when I look back at my career each album has been a reflection of me at that point in my life. And I think, because this feels like such a big change it was really relevant to acknowledge that at this time. You know, this is me now and this is the new version of me and you know in many ways a version I´m gonna carry on hopefully for a long time.

What is the first single “Dear Life” about?

Melanie C: “Dear Life” is about questioning life. I think we all do this. Don´t we? Sometimes life seems easy, things are going well, you´re happy, having fun and then the following day you can just be on the floor. You´re just exhausted, you´re feeling down, it´s like things are going terribly and then it´s just like ‘wow’. I think, especially as you get older you look at life and you think ‘I´ve learned so much’ - I feel quit wise, I feel relieved, I don´t worry about the things I worried about as a young person. And then a huge obstacle’s thrown in your way and you think ‘oh no, I thought everything has got simple!’ So it´s really just going wow. It never gets easy but it always stays interesting. So it´s just like – life – What´s out there for me?

How was it collaborating with newcomer, Alex Francis, on your duet “Hold On”?

Melanie C: Alex Francis is lovely. It´s very exciting to work with a new artist and I love that I´m almost introducing him to lots of people. When I was working with my longtime collaborator and Musical Director actually, Greg Hatwell, he´s always with me on stage, we had this beautiful song and it felt very much like it would be a great duet. I´ve done many duets in my career. And of course, you have to find the right voice. And his name kept coming up. People kept mentioning him to me. Someone had seen him performing here and seen him performing there and I was really curious. So I was like found on Soundcloud link and I was listening to him and it was like ‘Perfect, that’s the voice we need on this song!’, because I don´t personally have a really raspy, gravelly voice. I mean I do have tones in my voice, but it´s more of a pop style voice so I just love to have that mix. We got in touch with Alex and he loved the song and was totally up for it. So it has been great. He is really sweet and I think he is gonna do great things. So it´s really nice to work with somebody new and fresh.

What is the new song “Hold On” about?

Melanie C: “Hold on” is a beautiful love Ssong really and it´s about being in a relationship. Like in many relationships there are difficult times and you´ve been through so much together, but you feel like maybe it´s falling apart and you looking like in the end, but you wanna hold on, you wanna fix it, you wanna may get back to have things like in the beginning. It´s a bitter sweet love song. You don´t know how it´s gonna end. It´s like one of those movies where you left to make up your own ending, but what definitely is – as one of the singers in the song - it´s a relationship you don´t wanna let go.

Do you sometimes miss being in a band?

Melanie C: I loved being a Spice Girl, but I´ve been a solo artist now for a long time and I think it maybe suits me better. I like to be in control of what I´m doing and being part of a band - especially a band like the Spice Girls - is so much fun and when I was younger it was perfect. But you have to compromise, you have to be careful and you can´t be too outspoken, because you´re kind of speaking on behalf of the whole band, you know. So I´ve really enjoyed the freedom of being a solo artist, being able to express myself and the best thing is that you get to sing the whole song by yourself. That’s my favorite thing about not being in a band!

Do you still keep in touch with the other Spice Girls?

Melanie C: Like all friendships, you know. Spice Girls, we´re all mums now. We’re all super busy. Melanie lives in America and she´s often in Australia, so our lives are all over the place and sometimes it´s great we get to see each other like in a matter of weeks we see each other a few times and then we don´t see each other for month and you know it´s like all friends. I think it just depends what´s going on in each other’s lives. But we´ll always have such a bond, we experienced something together, which is so unique and that will never change. Being in a band like the Spice Girls, we had so much success and we travelled the world and we met so many exciting people and I feel very lucky that that´s part of my history and enabled me to go on and continue and work as a solo artist. I´m so proud to be a Spice Girl and I really embrace that part of my life and I will always be a Spice Girl.

What inspires you to live the life you´re living?

Melanie C: I have lots of inspiration in my life. Growing up my mum was a huge inspiration for me: She is also a singer, which is very cool. She is a great mum and she worked really hard and I learned a lot from her. Since becoming a mum myself, I have to say, my little girl is my drive. I want to make her proud. I wann to be a good mum. I want to be a good person. I want to be a good role model. So I definitely look ahead. If I need inspiration I just look at my little girl.

Are you vulnerable?

Melanie C: I think everybody is vulnerable. The one thing that makes me sad about us as people as human beings is the world especially. 2016 was such a weird year and so many crazy things happend and I just wish we had more empathy with each other, because you know we all want and need the same things. We´re all insecure at times, we´re all vulnerable at times. We´re angry at times. I think we just have to acknowledge that. We should help each other out a bit more.

Do you plan on touring in 2017?

Melanie C: I´ve got big plans to tour in 2017 and I´ve got a short tour in the UK in April and then I´m gonna be coming across to Germany and the whole of mainland Europe to do lots of festivals. I´m so excited! It has been a long time since I´ve been out with new material. It always feels so great on stage to have fresh material. I have wonderful fans out there in Germany and they have always supported me, so I can´t wait to see some familiar faces.

What is your wish for 2017?

Melanie C: My biggest wish for 2017 is to have a joyous year, to continue to do the things I love, for people to enjoy my record, for me to do lots of live performances and it will be a little bit more peace.