Ke$ha’s in town, bitches!
WAPS was lucky enough to catch ‘TiK ToK’ singer Ke$ha at her London showcase yesterday, and she kindly found time afterwards to sit down and have a chat with us. Delightful!
Read on to find out about her forthcoming debut album, what she thinks of P Diddy and Flo Rida, and what her Halloween costume of choice is. Loving your work, Ke$ha.
WAPS: Hi Ke$ha, first things first – excellent gig this week.
Ke$ha: I had so much fun, thank you for coming!
W: It was our pleasure. You’re also supporting Calvin Harris during this visit, aren’t you?
K: I am. I’m playing again with him again tonight [at London’s Forum] but then I have to go back to the states to finish my record.
W: Any plans to collaborate with Calvin?
K: I hope so, I would love to – this record is pretty much almost done but I’d love for him to do a remix, or something for the next record.
W: Calvin does give good remix.
K: Oh yeah.
W: We also spotted you in Katy Perry’s ‘I Kissed A Girl’ video. Are you two friends, then?
K: Totally, we were actually friends from before she was successful. We just knew each other from being out and about and we worked with some of the same people in Los Angeles.
W: Nice. So, we were listening to the tracks on MySpace and they seemed more poppy than your live show, which was a bit more rocky and full on. What can we expect from your debut album?
K: Well I definitely think with the live show, I wanted it be rowdy and really fun, and hopefully dance-inducing. I think the whole record has a bit of a rock edge because it’s pretty rowdy [as well], and y’know, the lyrics are pretty straightforward…
W: They really are!
K: Haha. I think that gives it a bit of a rock edge but it’s definitely an electropop, dancey, magic kinda sound.
W: So no ballads then?
K: There might be one or two, but I wanna keep…even if it is a slower song it’ll still have that four-on-the-floor to keep the heads moving.
W: Cool. On ‘TiK ToK’ you sound like a little bit of a wild child – what’s the last outrageous thing you did?
K: Well last night I did have seven trannies join me on stage. That might classify as something outrageous from the last 24 hours. I’m totally interested in the tranny lifestyle.
W: Mmm, glitter.
K: I do love glitter.
W: So apart from trannies what inspires you?
K: Honestly? I get it from everything and anything – you can get inspired from certain people you meet, guys, girls…like ‘Backstabber’ is about a girl who stabbed me in the back, ‘Dinosaur’ is about this old guy hitting on me, ‘TiK ToK’ was written about a really epic, fun night out with all my friends. You know, across the board, I think there’s a pop song in pretty much anything.
W: Did you actually work with P Diddy or did he just record a cameo for ‘Tik Tok’?
K: He just did a cameo on the song but I met him and he was a total sweetheart, which was weird ‘cause I thought he was going to be intimidating and he was the nicest guy ever.
W: Interesting! So if you were going to a desert island and you could take either P Diddy or Flo Rida, who would you take and why? (Ke$ha is the voice of Flo Rida’s ‘Right Round’.)
K: Haha. I don’t know, they’re both great for different things. Er…I’d probably take Diddy because I’ve spent less time with him. He’d definitely have some interesting stories to tell.
W: Good answer. And which female artists do you rate at the moment? We heard you’re not into ‘vanilla’ pop.
K: No, I’m not. Let’s see, I love Beyonce. I think she’s the classiest woman on the planet. I really like Lily Allen – she’s rad. I like Katy Perry, I’m really happy for her success.
W: Are we going to get a Katy ‘n’ Ke$ha duet?
K: Who knows? Anything could happen!
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W: You should totally do it. How did your collaboration with Taio Cruz come about [on Cruz’s album track ‘Dirty Picture’]?
K: He actually came to me, he heard my record and seemed intrigued and wanted me to get on ‘Dirty Picture’ so I ended up writing on it and recorded it pretty recently. I love the song and I think his sound is amazing. He’s a total babe.
W: Aww. So when is your record going to be released?
K: It’s probably going to be the very beginning of next year ‘cause I have to finish it up in the next few weeks.
W: And the next single after ‘TiK ToK’?
K: I don’t know! I have so many choices. I have all these choices, from some of the songs last night [at the showcase] to a few that I’m finishing up in the studio, we have a lot of choice. A lot of good ones. The whole record’s gonna be really good!
W: Ace. Halloween is coming up, are you going to dress up?
K: Absolutely. I’m gonna be a narwhal.
W: You’re going to be a what?!
K: A narwhal! It’s a magical unicorn whale…
K: And it actually totally exists! People think I’ve made it up but it’s my favourite animal. It’s like (she’s getting animated now, readers) a unicorn of the sea! I’m going to be a golden narwhal. So I’m gonna have a big long…it’s the whale with the big long horn, y’know what I’m talking about?
W: We think we saw one in Futurama once.
K: You should totally Google it, they’re real.
W: We will! Are you performing this Halloween?
K: I am. I’m going to miss it over here [in the UK] though.
W: Oh they do it much better over in America anyway.
K: Yeah, I was [in the UK] for one Halloween and there weren’t that many people dressed up, I was surprised.
W: We’re a bit rubbish like that. We’ll try and make a narwhal costume in time for the weekend! Thanks for chatting to us and we look forward to your next visit, Ke$ha!
K: Of course! Thanks for coming to the show. See ya!
Check Ke$ha on MySpace.