YouTube phenomenon, recognized throughout the world, nominated as a singer for a Grammy, sometimes introverted, sometimes extroviert and - well - in every respect, the object of a dream every Pschotherapeuten: Sia Furler is many things at once. But first and foremost on Sia Furler has a remarkable and unique artist. Their latest album "Some People Have REAL Problems" developed after the publication in January 2008, not only to be a hit in the US Billboard charts (number 26). Along with sold-out tours of the UK and the USA writes the plate Sias continued success and increased their ever-growing fan base.
Feeling Charged vocal performances and captivating songwriting - the Australian-born artist who spent many years in London and now after a short stay in L.A. currently resides in New York, enjoyed in recent years in the United States an ever increasing attention. It had spread that one Sia simply times must have seen live and their seductiveness, "playing crazy" earned her a legion of loyal fans, including when an enviable number of A-celebrities. Appearances in the shows of Conan O'Brien and Jimmy Kimmel they made moreover in the US a nationwide audience known.
On top of that her incredibly beautiful song "Breathe Me" the highlight of the television series "Six Feet Under" under painted and - on the other side of the spectrum - their extremely bizarre video "button" by the help of celebrity blogger Perez Hilton to became a hit on YouTube. The latter resulted in over creative fans flooded the Internet with their own versions of face-distorting clips. If one also knows that her MySpace page recorded more than 10 million views (from their latest album, almost half of sales was achieved online) - there is no doubt
: Sia Furlers star rises and rises.
Nevertheless, and it Sia indicates itself, the success you all predicted was not a success, which came overnight.
"It's odd," she says with an irritating laugh that almost sounds like gloating. "All the years I've tried to be successful with a vengeance. And just when I stopped to make me about ideas, the success came. Also about being cool and credible as an artist, I eventually stopped thinking. I had realized I AM an authentic person and will not have to worry about my possible audiences. And of course - as soon as I had become clear, I was at once cool and credible and people like Kirsten (Dunst), Ryan (Gosling) or Beck liked my music. That's really totally mistaken. "
Sias disarming, sometimes shocking to laugh honest humor and her ability on all sorts of things out loud, covering a more painful part of their personal past, but has always found its way into her delicate and fragile music.
For a long time Sia was known outside the United States only as a jazzy verschleppende vote on the three albums of "Zero 7". These included the 2001 to the shortlist for the Mercury Prize selected "Simple Things" and the Grammy-nominated album "The Garden".
However, the long road the artist towards coolness and credibility began her rather unconventional "Bohéme-Childhood", to say to formulate politely Sia grew up in the "hippest street in Australia" and had their first Gesangsgigs at "The Soda Jerks" , the rockabilly band their parents. At 17 she sang in the jazz funk band "Crisp": "We kept really very innovative," she says, giggling and rolling here eyes. "But we were probably above all much too hard."
After three years as lead singer Sia left the band, packed her bags, bought a plane ticket to go around the world and went in search of fame and money. They finally settled in London and landed a top 10 success with their first single "Taken For Granted" which used a sample of Prokofiev. In 2001, following her critically acclaimed, influenced by RB debut album "Healing Is Difficult". First, however, Sias world had collapsed for the first time: A week before moving to London, the man they called their "first love" was knocked down on the Kensington High Street by a taxi.
"Almost the whole album was about this loss," Sia says with her uncharacteristic deliberation. "I was totally fucked up when Dan died. I had no feeling for anything and so I just replaced with "Healing Is Difficult", many things. The second panel, "Colour The Small One" was then just the opposite. I had closed all the pain in me, he had nowhere to go. But he had to get out and I had to deal with it. Honestly, in the time I've often contemplated suicide. It was awful."
In the three years after the release of "Colour The Small One" learned Sias fate happy as a radical change. On one hand, she sank a small fortune in therapy sessions, on the other hand, the success paid with "Zero 7" into the States and their own numerous tours there finally out. Because of constant commitments in the US Sia moved in 2005 from London to L.A., where she shared a house with Fabrizio Moretti, drummer of "The Strokes
". Later, she went to New York and moved there in a newly renovated 450 sqm apartment in the trendy district of SoHo.
Against the backdrop of this makeover for her head, her life and her career, is the current, knowing titled album "Some People Have REAL Problems" certainly the most convincing and as perfect as none before in their previous existence as an artist. It was produced again by Jimmy Hogarth - who, after he had earned "Colour The Small One" spurs, has now worked with Corinne Bailey Rae
, James Morrison
and Amy Winehouse
. Sias songwriter qualities have thereby given the opportunity for the first time to grow through the emotional thicket and now to shine in the spotlight. Sia worked for the plate with various authors, including Rick Nowels (who had already immortalized in Madonna's "The Power of Goodbye" and Dido's "White Flag") in the song "Soon We'll Be Found".
From the bittersweet determination in "Little Black Sandals" to the story of separation "You Have Been Loved" and the effervescent joy in "Day Too Soon", the album is stunning, moving and shows a confident and yourself more conscious artist. A collection of songs about loss and über's Moving On, which holds just as hopeful as tragic moments willing to find the album, the optimal middle between love and desire. Beck, who had co-written already in "The Bully" from the album "Colour The Small One" is also back on the field again: the sweet mathematical love the song "Academia" he gives his own unique sensibility. By contrast, the sharp-edged "The Girl You Lost To Cocaine" demonstrates impressively, that has allowed the former Sia emotional chaos behind this dark chapter is closed.
When asked about this, she is puzzled for a moment. "No, actually, this album is not autobiographical. It is not mine. Or maybe? I might drop one day times back and realize: 'Oh, look at, it actually went in to songs to me', no idea. I mean, 'The Girl I Lost To Cocaine' occurred to me just so I knew at that time no person who had to do with Coke. On the other hand I am fascinated by addictions. I'm addicted to people, especially people who are not good or healthy for me and I'm constantly worried, for example, one day to be an alcoholic. So all this has perhaps to do with it. "
"But I do not think you have to be very down to write about these feelings. You can totally tell sad stories who personally to do with you or you feel pure in situations experienced the friends of you. I've noticed you have to lead a life messed up to write those songs. So really, I Geht's much better today, there is little conflict or dramatic moments in my life. Well, this one has a good therapist. "
Indeed Sias living in the moment is so tidy that they currently fear for very different reasons, to lose the sense of reality. The album title "Some People Have REAL Problems" therefore speaks volumes. "That was so'n running gag during the recordings. We talked constantly about our middle-class problems, such as traffic jams or bad coffee. We had to always remember that other people CORRECT had problems such as no mother or to have no legs. "She laughs out loud and then leans over conspiratorially. "Seriously, my life is really great now. My apartment is larger than Madonna's house, I will quite rich and famous and so I got a bit scared to be a fucking ass. The album title is to remind me and bring me back into reality. "