Zagreb. What a night, what an Electronic Beats festival! One of the artists, who turned in a star performance last Friday, was Róisín Murphy who’s all singing and dancing DJ set almost tore the roof of the venue. Mixing her own tracks and Moloko classics with up to the minute ghetto house and electro whilst singing live and prowling the stage like a cat, her show was as over the top as it was enjoyable. She also happens to be a thoroughly nice person, as we found out, when we had a quick chat with her backstage. Read on to find out, who Róisín Murphy has been working with and what’s coming up next for the Irish chanteuse.
How does it feel as an independent artist these days?
Fine, good. I haven’t been doing very much music recently, but I’ll get back into it.
Any plans to return to EMI or not?
I don’t know, what we’ll release next.
After ‘Orally Fixated’, ‘Demon Lover’ and ‘Momma’s Place’, there haven’t been any new releases, you’ve been pregnant with your daughter. How did this huge personal step influence you as an artist?
Well, I took a lot of time off; and quite often I think, I was ready and then realised I wasn’t. I didn’t quite have the identity to go for with the whole album. I didn’t have in mind the kind of an artist, that I want to be … after baby … after 6 albums. And this is still forming for me, to be honest.
Did you work on any new songs since then?
Yes, I’ve worked on few bits & pieces. I have recorded a track with David Morales, and that will be on his record, I’ve done a big, sexy song called Simulation with some people, and it will be performed tonight.
Your latest new work comes in form of a duet: Tony Christie’s ‘7 Hills’ …
Friends of mine from Sheffield were working on an album and asked me to write a track and it turned into a duet.
There were quite a lot of collaborations for you lately. Why did you choose to focus on collaborations?
It’s really hard to answer why I do those things, but basically things just come into my life. People chose me already and I’ve just reacted. It’s more a reaction then a proaction recently, so if somebody ask me to do something I like, Ill do it. And usually that’s how everything works in my life. I allow it to kinda happen to me. And that’s how my career has always been – I’m waiting for things to happen.
When will your next solo release come out and what can we expect from it?
I don’t know and I don’t know.
You previewed your song ‘Demon Lover’ for the first time during the Viktor & Rolf 2009 Paris Fashion Week show. How did this came together?
They just asked me to collaborate musically and I did something almost like now, DJ and sang. Simple as that.
Any plans of repeating this kind of event?
There are always things going on with connection to fashion for me. I love it, so you never know.
Published November 29, 2011.