exclusive interview: gabriella cilmi

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Check out what Aussie chick Gabriella Cilmi really thinks about Sugababes, Wino and living in the UK...

How would you describe your new album Lessons to be Learned?
It’s funny cause it’s not just one kind of genre because I like so many different kinds of music. Say, if I had to pin-point it down to a genre, I’d say pop, blues, glam rockish.

How long did it take you to record the album?
It took me three years to record because the first two years I was still at school, so I had to record my album in the school holidays.  It wasn’t until last year that I moved to London and really focused on it. I still study by correspondence.

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What do you like best about living in the UK?
There’s music on every night, everywhere and I love that there’s so much history here. Of course, I come from Australia which is a pretty new country. I love museums and I love going to look at the dinosaurs and stuff.

Do you travels inspire your lyrics and music?
Yeah, I think you can learn a lot from travelling around. My parents are Italian so my grandma still has a house there and in the summer we go and stay, so it’s pretty sweet.

Tell us more about your new single, Sweet About Me
Well, I wrote it when I came back from a trip to Paris and I was listening to a lot of early psychedelic music at the time and I remember I bought so many different cds in Paris, just things I would normally listen to.  There was one by this band called the Peanut Butter Conspiracy, which is an awesome name.  It’s kind of like, I'm going to make mistakes so we might as well have fun while we’re making them and learn from them along the way.

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How do you feel about being compared to Amy Winehouse?
You know, I don’t really mind. There are so many female acts out at the moment and everyone gets compared to Amy Winehouse. She’s really talented and all, but when we were recording the album I knew she existed, so it’s nice to be living your own life too.

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You seem to have a busy summer full of festivals...
I just came back from Glastonbury today and I did T in the Park. I've got a festival in Coventry coming up and another one in France next week.

How was your Glastonbury experience?
Yeah it was really cool, although I was only there on Sunday. I got to meet John Mayer, which was really cool and Leonard Cohen and Sam Sparrow.

How do you cope with touring - do you ever get tired?
No, it’s always fun. It’s really cool cause you get to play to lots of different audiences - its usually different every night. Playing festivals is good cause you get to see so many other cool acts like Kings of Leon who were headlining T in the Park.

Do you have any funny stories from your tour?
Yeah, when I supported the Sugababes, I said, “thanks for supporting me” when I was supporting them, so everyone just looked at me. It was funny, really crazy.

How do you relax in your spare time?
I like to catch a movie. I love movies. The last film I saw was Indiana jones - it was a bit mental. I want to see Narnia  - I’d love to catch that one. I cried throughout the first one, it’s really emotional. 

What's your favourite kind of music?
I love all different kinds. I love Ben Harpers and rootsy music, but I do also like good pop music. I love kings of leon. I also like girl singers like Norah Jones, Corinne Bailey-Rae and Debbie Harry.

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What is your top beauty secret?
Lip gloss is like the best thing! You could be wearing no make-up and put on a bit of lip gloss and everything just works.  I use Juicy Tubes – my favourite is a kind of peachy colour and it lasts long. I’ve got one in my bag got another one at home too.

What would be your ideal date?
I think someone who takes you to a really good gig and then to buy an ice cream. Someone who just gives me chocolates all the time. Chocolate and music is the way…

Who is your 'shouldn’t but would'?
Anthony Kiedis from Red Hot Chilli Peppers.

Favourite actor?
I'd have to say Johnny Depp.

What are your worst habits?
I think too much. I analyse a situation 'til I talk myself out of it, because I talk a lot. I sleep with all my jewellery on and my make-up. That line never moves off my eye!

What advice do you have for Sugarscape readers who want to become a singer?
To play music and have fun. To make music with people you enjoy making music with, like your friends and stuff. Gig a lot, because that’s how you get a following and become more confident.

Your say 'nothing's sweet about me', so what is the sourest thing you've ever done?
I could eat whole lemons all the time -  I love lemons! I love sour food, drinks and sour worms, not real ones, like the fizzy sweets.

Now check out the video we did with Gabriella, maybe there is nothing sweet about her if she adds chilli to her hot chocolate!

Nothing sweet about her!;

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