For Ella Hooper’s new sin­gle, she is happy to be mys­te­ri­ous, of­fer­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion of sex­i­ness rather than sac­ri­fic­ing in­tegrity for YouTube views

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE & LOUD - KATHY MCCABE

For­get swing­ing naked on a wreck­ing ball or the R-rated gym ses­sion. Ella Hooper’s take on sexy pop is a smoul­der­ing vo­cal and film noir clip for bold new sin­gle Low High.

As her fe­male pop peers des­per­ately try to trump each other in the sex­u­al­i­sa­tion stakes, Hooper didn’t want to sac­ri­fice in­tegrity for YouTube views.

In­stead, the woman who cap­tured the hearts of the na­tion as a teenager with the comin­gof-age an­them Weir has kept her­self classy.

Hooper is not a fan of the overtly provoca­tive an­tics of Mi­ley Cyrus and still on the fence about Kylie’s Sex­er­cise work­out and says she wres­tled with just how sexy she wanted to get on Low High.

“Women, young or old, are go­ing to make the sort of mu­sic and clips they are feel­ing at that point of their lives and ca­reer,” she says.

“Sexy for me is more mys­te­ri­ous, a more smoul­der­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion of sex­i­ness.”

The taster from the de­but solo al­bum re­veals a con­fi­dent artist break­ing free of the ex­pec­ta­tions tied to her teen suc­cess as the front­woman for pop rock sen­sa­tion Killing Heidi.

Hooper worked with pro­ducer Jan Sku­bizewski, who is renowned for tread­ing that fine fu­sion line be­tween elec­tron­ica and con­ven­tional pop, and the pair found an edgy sonic shift for the singer and song­writer.

But Hooper ad­mits she was ini­tially scared to go there.

“Is my voice too husky, am I sound­ing too smoky? I was a lit­tle bit scared to go there, but what the song wants, the song wants,” she says.

Even as she shifted her fo­cus in re­cent years to ex­plor­ing a me­dia ca­reer, first as a ra­dio pre­sen­ter and now on Spicks and Specks, Hooper is proud she has man­aged to stay in the mu­sic game for half her life.

“I like know­ing I have been do­ing this for that long, that I have that much ex­pe­ri­ence un­der my belt,” she says. Ella Hooper and Gena Rose Bruce play The Sound­lounge May 16.

Ella Hooper

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