Sophie's making a scene
DISCO DIVA LAUNCHES NEW ALBUM
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.