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