02 October 2016
Jute Fashion Magazine interview (2016)
Harmonizing on the wings of the horizon stretching to the temples of landmark architecture. A rotating Perlan glass dome and geothermal Blue Lagoon spa originating from Iceland - the dreamscape for Ladytron's vocalist, Helen Marnie's first solo album. A bespoke enchantment with commitment to analog synth legends, Solina String Synthesizer and Korg MS-10 - the transformative portal from Celtic charm of Glasgow based and celebrated songstress, Helen Marnie.
Rocio Frausto: Tell me about your first meeting to develop your second album? What factors determined your artistic decisions as you were preparing songs the for new album in contrast to the dreamy arctic escapist fantasy of Crystal World? What tools and instruments did you experiment with during production of your second solo album?
Rocio: Crystal World debuted as your first solo album in partnership with Pledge Music since Ladytron. A Limited Edition 7" Vinyl, Screen Print Poster and a 1998 Mini Cooper were included in the music campaign. How has this music campaign shaped your future music endeavors? How would you characterize your relationship with fans of music campaign?
Rocio: A Nordic island where fire and ice co-exist; characterized by massive glaciers; geothermal power and roaring volcanoes. Tell me about the role Iceland had in the development stage of your first solo album, Crystal World? What challenges did you encounter from your transition of electro band to soloist?
Helen: I absolutely love Iceland, and Reykjavik was an amazing place to record, however, much as I would like to say that it was a huge inspiration to me, the real inspiration was Scotland. The country I was born to, and the country I would be moving back to in 2012 after being away for 12 years. I was working with a producer in Iceland who had his studio there, and so that's where everything was recorded.
Rocio: A global phenomenon, Gravity the Seducer album toured the UK, Mexico and Singapore as seventy two on UK Albums Chart. How would you describe the collaborative process in the studio for Gravity the Seducer? Do you have special anecdotes from your extensive worldwide tours?
Helen: What goes on tour stays on tour. Ladytron have toured so hard and extensively there's just too much information to compute. Gravity the Seducer was recorded in a house studio in Sussex with lots of cats roaming the grounds, horses, and a ping pong table in the live room. When I wasn't singing I'd mainly just talk to animals for sanity. Recording can be a very intense experience. We normally write remotely, then possibly pass on for collaboration. The music really comes into its own in the studio though. Over the last couple of years, the only gigs I've done are Marnie solo gigs, and I have to say they have been the most fun ever! Chile & Peru were pretty wild, as was the boat from Sweden to Finland. It felt like I was a kid again, touring for the first time. It's a good feeling.
Rocio: The band's fusion of glistening electro and melodic drama have had them described as cinematic according to an interview for ArtRocker. Collaborating with notable directors like Chino Moya and Neil Krug. How much creative freedom do you have in establishing the visual style of the music videos for solo albums and Ladytron? Did you also contribute to the artwork and packaging for solo albums and Ladytron?
Rocio: What are your forthcoming projects and what is next for Ladytron?
Helen: My main focus right now is getting my 2nd album out. It's finished now, but it will take time to be released. I'll get a single out first. I feel like I've had it under wraps for so long I'm literally bursting to get some music out. I've got some things tied in around the release, but nothing I can go into detail about yet. Ladytron will regroup again next year, with the intention of releasing new music.
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