So­phie's mak­ing a scene

DISCO DIVA LAUNCHES NEW AL­BUM

Evening Express (City Final) - The Guide - - FRONT PAGE - By Andy Welch

SO­PHIE El­lis-Bex­tor’s lat­est al­bum con­tin­ues the neat line in so­phis­ti­cated disco she’s been craft­ing since Mur­der On The Dance­floor and Take Me Home in 2001. Make A Scene, her fourth al­bum, was re­leased ear­lier this month al­though it was ac­tu­ally fin­ished more than a year ago. But thanks to a lit­tle la­bel wran­gling, which re­sulted in So­phie leav­ing Uni­ver­sal and set­ting up EBGBs (which stands for El­lis-Bex­tor Great Bri­tain), it’s only just out. “It’s a big thing to have done, leav­ing a ma­jor la­bel, but ex­cit­ing and I’m feel­ing very good about things,” she says. “Don’t get me wrong, I had some amaz­ing times with Uni­ver­sal. “But things have changed so much in the record in­dus­try since I started, and things are a lot more im­me­di­ate now. “I felt I wanted to have that spon­tane­ity and you can’t re­ally have that when you’re signed to a ma­jor la­bel.” Early signs point to the 32-year-old’s de­ci­sion be­ing a good one. Make A Scene went in at No 32 – more im­pres­sive than it might sound con­sid­er­ing Take That re­leased Progress, which flew to the top of the charts, on the same day. “I was a lit­tle bit ner­vous but the al­bum’s been do­ing much bet­ter than I ex­pected,” she ad­mits. “It feels like a re­lief and an achieve­ment. I’m very proud.” Make A Scene sees the singer col­lab­o­rate with the likes of Freema­sons, Calvin Har­ris, Cathy Den­nis, Metron­omy, Richard X and Ar­min Van Bu­uren. She says: “I’ve not

“Un­happy times can be cre­ative”

re­ally stopped tour­ing for the past few years, so record­ing was spo­radic. With col­lab­o­ra­tions you can’t al­ways get ev­ery­one in one place. “Writ­ing the song with Calvin, Off & On, was great, and it’s re­ally cru­cial to the al­bum. Both Calvin and Freema­sons make such great, shiny dance mu­sic, I just loved work­ing with them.” While Make A Scene deals with its fair share of heart­break, in re­al­ity So­phie is mar­ried – with two chil­dren – to Feel­ing bassist Richard Jones, and freely ad­mits to be­ing happier than ever. “The un­happy times in your life can be re­ally cre­ative,” she says. “When I’m writ­ing now I try to re­visit times when I wasn’t so con­tent and that can help. “I haven’t shied away from writ­ing happy songs, be­cause I am happy. It’s some­times eas­ier to be an­gry, frus­trated, heartbroken or blue than it is to be happy, and it can be

RE­LEASE: Calvin Har­ris, above and, be­low, So­phie El­lis-Bex­tor’s new al­bum. RI­VAL AL­BUM: Take That’s Rob­bie Wil­liams and Gary Bar­low.

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