It’s amazing. Being clearheaded for a show, for starters. Not being reflux-y because of the amount of beer you’ve drunk.
You can’t always be like ‘sunshine and roses’. I like a little bit of darkness.
I’m still always a country girl from New Zealand.
When I say “when you’re always almost lonely, you forget to take it slowly,” I mean that you don’t always take care of yourself.
Stupid things like that which I never took into consideration – that I never thought about before like “Oh, maybe I’m hindering my singing by drinking all this amount before I go on stage. Maybe it’s making me not project my voice properly.”
It’s crazy in just the difference it makes turning up to sound check without a hangover.
I don’t drink anymore. That’s a huge – that’s a massive – difference in my life. It’s made a huge change in my touring.
You don’t say “Maybe I should go to bed early tonight” or do any of that stuff. It’s almost like you know you’re alone and you have to get through it by whatever means – distracting yourself. Because, the more alone time the worse, you know?
You can be surrounded by people all the time, but you feel so alone. I think that’s when you can lose perspective and lose control of what you’re doing. It’s almost as if you have no fear and you don’t really care about what happens to yourself.
I think I’ve got a lot of dark lines in this record [Wild Things] that I’ve hidden quite nicely among the nice things.
I got to a happier point and then started making a record [Wild Things]. I don’t mind at all that it sounds like LA, because LA was integral to me feeling better. Seeing the sunshine and all that other sorts of stuff was definitely a huge part in why the album sounds like it sounds.
That song [“Money to Burn”] is me being a fly on the wall in situations in LA. I mean, I’ve seen the way a lot of people operate and I’ve seen that sort of thing go down. There’s a lot of rich kids with a little bit of extra money.
“Let is Roll” is like – well, it was like me thinking of a human being in its purest form. That form being a baby where there’s nothing there – well, unless I guess you believe that something comes along attached. It depends on what you believe.
I don’t want to say I drank the Kool-Aid because I’m definitely not religious and I don’t buy into any religion at all. I’m anti, because I don’t like anyone being discriminated against. But, I do think that I very much needed a sunny place for me to feel happier, and living in LA was almost like that sort of cleansing experience like I was being baptized in a river.
I don’t want anyone to think that I’ve been lost to California.
I do enjoy a beer. And a shot of vodka with some apple juice is what loosens me up before I go onstage, because I get really nervous. I wish I could say it was something more healthy, like Pilates.
I’m just a small-town New Zealand girl. But, I do think it was incredibly necessary for me. Wild Things wouldn’t exist if I hadn’t have made some dramatic changes and that all happened in LA.
I wear non-gender-specific clothes. I just look silly in girls’ clothes. I’m quite tall, and they’re never the right cut for me – T-shirts and stuff are always too low-cut or too short. I’ve worn boys’ clothes forever because girls’ stuff never felt right for me.
I think love and obsession are almost one in the same thing at some times. Because the person you end up falling in love with, there is an element of obsession in the early days – it’s all you can think about.
I think love is one that can definitely make you go crazy, and it’s almost like love can induce mental illness in a lot of people, or bring it out worse. It makes people make crazy decisions.
I am a fan of the true crime and horror genres! So, I’ve got a dark side too.
I feel like in every song I write, I always write a little darker bit.
“Money to Burn” is a fantasy. I mean, I would love for that to be a true story. Most of my songs are written in metaphors.
Lucy Lawless presented a couple of the awards. And, when I walked off the stage with her after one of them, she said “Oh, I want to introduce you to my friend Madeleine,” and that’s how I met Madeleine. I realize that’s a ridiculous story.
I was living in the U.K. I was back in New Zealand for the New Zealand Music Awards, which is like our annual New Zealand GRAMMYs.