Interview With Missy Higgins


AE: Do you have the
same television in Australia
that we do here?
We have our own little Australian
versions of what you guys have here — our little island version, like Australian Idol and all of that.

AE: Have any of your
songs been chosen to be performed on Australian
A few songs — mostly for the
auditions. I don’t know why. I guess they thought they’d get in with an
emotional song.

AE: Isn’t it weird to
be watching it and see people performing your songs on there? Like, have you
ever been to a karaoke bar and your songs are on the list?
My sister actually went to a
karaoke bar last year. We used to live together, and our local pub had karaoke
every Thursday night, and we had this Backstreet Boys song we used to do ­— we
worked out the harmonies and everything. But when I was away, she got up and
did this song of mine called "Ten Days," and she did it with my
Australian accent, totally made fun of me.

AE: That’s cool though —
that has to be something like when you hear yourself on the radio and you see
yourself on a karaoke list, where you say to yourself, "I’ve made it!"
I actually saw myself in a
crossword in Australia,
and I thought that’s amazing — it doesn’t get any better.

AE: Do you have paparazzi
follow you around in Australia?

No, I’m not that famous. You have
to be pretty damn famous to get paparazzi in Australia, and there are not that
many musicians that are that huge.

AE: Well, it’s crazy
here, I’m sure you’ve realized, with celebrities.
I feel like a lot of the time they
kind of ask for it. I mean, if you go to all these premieres and these openings
and you flash your face around and wear designer gowns and make [yourself] get
noticed and all that kind of stuff, I feel like they ask for it, and then it
gets out of hand. I made sure from the beginning that I never go to any of
those kinds of things, and I don’t get any more photographs taken of me than I
need to.

AE: Do you ever feel
pressure from your record label to do any sort of thing like that?
No, I kind of laid down the law
with the beginning, and they know I’m pretty headstrong about what I do, what I
will and won’t do. It’s pretty obvious that it’s not me.

AE: As far as you
coming out, did it ever have anything to do with your label or was it a
My label is really supportive of
everything, every decision that I make. I’d been speaking about it with my
manager for a while, and I was saying I feel like a real dickhead not talking
about it in interviews, because it’s a big part of my life.

In the beginning it was just that I didn’t want to talk about my
personal life. And then it got to the point where I was obviously — like it
sounded like I was denying something, like I was just avoiding the topic. I’m
not ashamed of it. Eventually it just kind of happened.

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