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Sia On Interview Magz

Penyanyi nyentrik, Sia tampil di majalah Interview edisi terbaru.

Dengan di besut oleh fotografer Gregory Harris, penyanyi Australia itu tampil sensasional dan unik dengan memakai baju koleksi Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, Simone Rocha, Celine, Junya Watanabe, Alexander Wang, dan Dior dan pastinya memakai Wig yang menutupi wajahnya.

Aktris Kristen Wiig yang merupakan sahabat Sia, yang juga sempat tampil di panggung Grammy 2015 melakukan lipsync bersama Maddie Ziegler saat Sia tampil menyanyikan 'Chandelier', mewawancarai Sia untuk majalah ini secara ekslusif.

SIA : Let's talk about our insomnia first. What the fuck is happening?

KRISTEN WIIG : I'm not sleeping very well. But this is not about me.

SIA : It's about us.

WIIG : I'm fine now. I'm not as delirious as I was this morning.

SIA : I couldn't sleep till 5 a.m. It was just last night, though. It doesn't happen to me every night.

WIIG: How did we meet?

SIA: I think we met at [Strokes guitarist] Nick Valensi's birthday party.

WIIG: Oh my gosh, at that dinner?

SIA: I think it was a bar. And I was pretty newly sober. So I remember being in a bar was kind of like, "Whoa." And then maybe four months later, I bumped into you. You were with [actress] Ari Graynor. And then I got a text message from Fab [Fabrizio Moretti, also of the Strokes] ...

WIIG: I remember I said to him, "Please tell her that her album has helped me so much." I really said that. I just thought [1000 Forms of Fear] was such a beautiful, open, amazing record. I was listening to it nonstop. And then I kind of made a joke to have Fab tell you, "If she ever wants me to, like, dance in the background of one of her videos, I'm available." Then you and I were texting.

SIA: So I pounced on it.

WIIG: So did I. I didn't quite think about what I was saying yes to until after I hit send.

SIA: I was like, "Great, the Grammys are coming up. Do you want to do it?" First, it was just, "Well, would you want to just do dancing? Or would you want to accept an award if I were to win?" And you were like, "Dancing all the way." So I wanted to find a big enough and cool enough thing for you to do.

WIIG: That was seriously one of the best nights of my life, creatively and everything. It was so fun to be there with you and to experience that. I love you.

SIA: I love you. Also on one of the greatest days of your life, you danced with Madonna [at her post-Grammys party] ...

WIIG: Oh, yeah. That was fun. That's not a regular thing.

SIA: I recently invited you to come see Olivia Newton-John with me in Las Vegas. And you responded by sending me a photo of you with Olivia Newton-John in London.

WIIG: Well, I have been very open about my obsession with Olivia Newton-John. In fact, her people invited me. And I was like, "Oh my gosh." So I took my best friend and it was amazing.

SIA: It's like a dream. Some people asked me if I would do an Australian-centric concert. And I don't love performing, because it's nerve-racking and it's time-consuming to rehearse a whole set—and my time can often be better served writing music and just making it and putting it out. So I was like, "Hmm, it's bad strategy. So probably a no." And then I thought, "Wait a second. I can make this really fun for myself. If they can get Olivia Newton-John to sing with me at the event, I would do it in a heartbeat." It was all me trying to manipulate my childhood dreams into reality. Anyway, she was unavailable, and I passed on the event, but three months later I got an e-mail from Olivia Newton-John. I can't tell you, it was, like, I don't know, jumping out of an airplane or something. She was writing to me, the little girl who sat on my sofa and watched Grease [1978], like, 163 times? I got chills. They're multiplying.

WIIG: Your Ellen performances were so elaborate and beautiful. [Sia directed Maddie Ziegler in performances of "Chandelier" and "Elastic Heart."] You put so much time into these things, and it's so appreciated by people who get to watch it. Is that part of the reason why it's a bit of a thing for you to put on a performance, because you want it to be a special, separate thing? Or is it just nerves or what?

SIA: There are a couple of different facets. I'm happy to do the odd TV bit because I really enjoy directing the live performances. All of the work that goes into it is enjoyable because I'm passionate about it. And it's just one song, so there's not a lot of the laborious stuff, like rehearsing or learning the lyrics. For me, writing and recording the songs are fine, but then promoting it is usually, like ... I think Tom Waits called it "doing the dishes"-promo, talking about yourself all the time, answering the same questions for, like, a trillion magazines or TV shows or radio shows. And it sort of makes you feel crazy. It literally fucks with my sanity. I stop feeling authentic because I'm trying to find ways to say the same thing differently. And after a while, you can't. It becomes bad for my self-esteem. And touring is hard just because you have to learn a lot of songs, a lot of lyrics. You have to hire a lot of people to play the songs. And because I do like to put on a show, I then have to hire a lot of people to create some kind of event around it, performance-wise. I'm paying 19 people—I was directing maybe 19 people for our Grammy performance—and for a live performance on tour, you're directing them for ten songs. So that just adds exponentially more work. And on top of that, you have to travel. And I don't like to stay away from my dogs or be out in the world.

WIIG: It's hard.

SIA: I toured for 13 years, and it was very lonely, and it was hard work. I'm not afraid of hard work, especially if it's for stuff that I enjoy. But I actually don't think you could name one artist who enjoys promo or touring after the first three to six months of an album cycle.

WIIG: Well, you're so good at it. The Grammy thing, you directed every little thing: costumes, set, camera, everything. It was amazing to watch.

SIA: Thank you for saying that. I'm starting to cry because I'm still having that insecurity where I wonder if I'm a real director or not. I'm like, "Am I? Or is this still a vanity project? Am I just a singer who's attaching her name to something? Or am I really directing?" I do need people to help me feel comfortable in that area. I can't do it without Daniel Askill, my co-director on the music videos, and [choreographer] Ryan [Heffington] to create these beautiful physical landscapes, and Maddie, and you with your gifts, and Shia, with his real gift of imparting feelings. It feels like a truly collaborative experience. It's such a privilege, because I still feel like an interloper.

WIIG: In any of the creative arts, you rarely meet people who are like, "Hey, I'm great." We all have our insecurities and we all kind of don't know if we belong here: "I'm not sure if I'm supposed to be doing this, and all the other people who do this know that I'm really not supposed to be here." It's so subjective. What's good, what's bad? A song can be good to one person and bad to another. An acting performance can be loved or hated. It's hard to have a very strong foot on the ground and feel confident in that world.

SIA: Certainly with singing or songwriting, I feel quite confident that I'm skilled at my craft, that I've honed the skills I was given. So I could probably use humbling in that department. But when it comes to the visual side of things, which I'm dipping my toe in, I'm definitely appreciative for any fucking glimmer of validation that I'm actually doing it and that I'm doing it right.

WIIG: Can you talk about you possibly directing something that you're writing?

SIA: Yeah, I'm excited about that. I'm on page 65 now of the screenplay. I wrote a short story eight years ago. It's called Sister, and I'm going to direct it. I just want to make a beautiful film. I've had it in my head for so long, so I want to try. Every now and again I get scared. And that's not really how I operate in songwriting or as Sia the artist, the singer. I don't operate from a place of fear. But this is such a new area for me. I still have some insecurity. So, like, once a week I get washed from the top of my skull down to my toes with this vomitous feeling of fear. I think, "Just don't do it. You don't have to do it. You're already a singer and a songwriter. You don't have to be a director. Really, you don't have to make a movie."

WIIG: It's easy to be comfortable, but you know in your brain that you have to.

SIA: Right, I have to do it. I'm so scared it'll be bad. I wouldn't even talk about it for the first three years, because I was so sure people would just think it was some dumb singer's vanity project.

WIIG: It's so hard to say this, because I have that exact same fear, but don't think about the final outcome. It really is just a process of doing it, which is why we do this crazy thing called performing. Before I do something, I'm always like, "Why am I even presenting at the Golden Globes? I'm so nervous. Why aren't I just home watching this? Why do I do this to myself?"

SIA: That sounds so terrifying and horrible, by the way. Was that when you wore that beautiful white dress that was frilly around the shoulder? You looked great. But that is so nerve-racking, I can't even ... Yeah, ugh.

WIIG: But you know you have to do it. And when you're done doing it, it's such a great feeling.

SIA: If you're anything like me, you get a feeling in your stomach that propels you forward into new and dangerous territories. Sometimes I feel compelled to say yes to things and I'm not sure why. And I'd say 95 percent of the time, those intuitive yeses have turned out to be really helpful for me, you know, in my [sarcastic accent] "spiritual growth," but also creatively and professionally. I hope we can put stupid accent in brackets next to where we say silly things.

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