Q the Interview: Alison Goldfrapp

By Kennedy, Ingrid | The Independent (London, England), August 19, 2001 | Go to article overview
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Q the Interview: Alison Goldfrapp

Kennedy, Ingrid, The Independent (London, England)

Alison Goldfrapp's distinctive voice and haunting melodies ensured a rave reception and Technics Mercury Music Prize nomination for her band, Goldfrapp's debut album. Alison, 30, and Will Gregory released Felt Mountain in October last year. Described as "the Hendrix of the microphone", Alison started out as a singer 10 years ago. She has guested on tracks for Orbital and toured with Tricky, and is known for her yodelling.

What are you passionate about apart from music?

Antlers. I like to collect them because I like the look of them. I also like drinking and fondues. I prefer the cheese version, washed down with buckets of wine. My other passions are the countryside and nature. I like extremes. I love being in cities and to go out in the wild, but I need to have both in my life.

What scares you?

Driving. I love it so much that I've just joined a classic car club. I used to have a scrambler motorbike when I was a kid, so I love racing. But after having a pretty horrible accident, I've now got a fear of people driving fast. I've even had mad dreams about swerving off the road.

What's your definition of success?

Being able to do what you want to do - that's my idea of success. In that sense I feel quite successful because I've always wanted to make music.

Who inspired you?

My dad. He was a big fan of music and the arts and very passionate about things. He tried to pass that on to me. He was someone who would make us sit and listen to a piece of classical music and then discuss how it had made us feel. At the time I was thinking, `I just want to go outside and play', but I appreciate it now.

Did he encourage you to make a career out of music?

No. His influence was a bit of a double-edged sword. He came from the sort of background in which the arts were something you talked about at dinner parties rather than followed as a career. Although he was determined that we would learn to appreciate culture, he was scared whenever I said `That's what I want to do with my life'. I think it was due to the fact that he had always wanted that kind of career for himself, but never had the opportunity to pursue it. He was of that generation where you got married, had children and worked. Making a career out of your passions wasn't something people did.

What's the first piece of music you remember listening to?

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