Interview: Kylie Minogue Talks Sex, Pliés, and her New Album ‘Kiss Me Once’
By Colleen Quill
In a landscape of memes, flameouts, and one-hit wonders, Kylie Minogue’s music has kept people on the dance floor for over 25 years. Kiss Me Once marks her twelfth album, and while she is best known in the United States for her hits “The Loco-Motion” and “Can’t Get You Out of My Head”, her catalog runs deep.
Prior to the release of Kiss Me Once, Minogue sold upwards of 70 million records around the world and has collected four GRAMMYs along the way. Last year she decided to make a big change and part ways with her long time manager, Terry Blamey to sign up with Jay Z’s management team at Roc Nation.
While sonically Kiss Me Once contains some musical throwbacks to classic Kylie dance songs, her work with fellow Australian artist Sia brought out the sexier side of Kylie. Fresh off a performance on The Echo Music Awards and landing a number one for the remix of “Into the Blue,” Kylie caught up Radio.com for a few minutes from London, where she is currently a judge on The Voice: UK.
Radio.com: This is your 12th album, did that effect how you approached it? How has the recording process changed for you over the years?
Kyle Minogue: The recording process, finding the songs is not easier. It still takes a long time. Even the most experienced and hottest writers/producers, will attest to the fact that it takes a while. Compared to the early days for me, I’m really comfortable in the studio. I record really fast, my leads, my backing vocals and the harmonies. I’m kind of a like a machine doing that. So that part is definitely faster.
You now have an American based management company, Roc Nation; did you put more pressure on yourself to have an album that was more sonically different from past efforts?
I think it put the right amount of pressure on me. I signed with Roc Nation because I wanted to feel re-energized and have a new stimulus, to be introduced to new writers and producers, to be taken out of my comfort zone. I think it was the right amount, and anyone who’s heard the album I think we ended up in the right place. It’s a Kylie album. It would’ve really been a big mistake to be signed to Roc Nation and suddenly sound very different. So I think we’ve got the best of both worlds, at least I hope we have.