Sia wishes she wrote Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble,” she gets on fine with Kanye West, she can’t go out anymore in her own homeland, and her husband gets on great with her folks. Those are some of the takeaways from a candid interview the singer and songwriter gave for Sydney’s Nova commercial radio station.
On Kanye, she noted, “I think he’s a really interesting artist. This is the truth. I don’t really listen to music. I don’t. I watch television. I find him fascinating to talk to. I rate him as a person. He’s an ideas man. He’s fascinating to have a conversation with. Mostly you’re listening,” she quipped, “but it’s fascinating.”
Sia, who was born and raised in South Australia, chatted with Nova’s hosts Fitzy and Wippa while on her brief trip Down Under. As usual, she’s kept her media duties to a minimum. For her only stint on TV, she performed “Chandelier” and “Big Girls Cry” for the popular Sunrise breakfast program earlier in the week. And for her date with radio, she gave a masterclass in songwriting and shared how some of her greatest works have quickly fallen into place. “Melody is pure intuition. I don’t use any thinking brain when I do that. That’s totally in the zone,” she explained. “The melody will tell me what the song should be about, the tone of the song. That’s when the intellect comes in. Because I have a list of possible titles and concepts and I expand on that.”
She admitted the hit “Diamonds,” which she co-wrote for Rihanna, took only a matter of minutes to materialize. “It literally fell out.”
The famously publicity-shy artist said her husband made the trip to Australia for the first time (she reportedly married filmmaker Erik Anders Lang last year). Though the fame-game has changed things since she last visited. “It’s kind of a disappointing because we can’t do anything. Because I’m a bit famous. I didn’t realize I was so famous.”
It seems Sia’s the last to find out just how popular she has become in her country of birth. Her latest album 1000 Forms of Fear opened at No. 1 in Australia and she cleaned up at the 2014 ARIA Awards, winning for album of the year, best female artist, best pop release and best video. More recently she was awarded the 2015 APRA songwriter of the year for the third consecutive time, making her the first artist in history to do so.
In her relaxed on-air chat, Sia also mentioned she’d worked on a song for No Doubt which hasn’t yet come out. And she revealed she wrote a love ballad. “I’ll probably pitch it to a Maroon 5 or a Bruno Mars. It’s called ‘Step By Step’. It’s a good one.” Keep an ear out for that.