Hey it’s Shira Lazar, we are backstage at the Grammys brought to
you by Turbo Tax, with Florence and the Machine. This is the highlight for me, because I love your music. I saw you perform at Sundance and this is
such a big year for you. It’s so crazy to see how far you’ve evolved. I mean, I was listening to you on KCRW like two years ago and now you’re at the Grammys . Yeah, I can’t quite believe it either. It’s always been one of my, You know
you have those dreams, but you never quite think that there. You know, you
don’t want to kid yourself that you’ll be here and it’s unbelievable to actually be here and be part of it. It’s amazing. And best new artist among so many different types of artists, right. Yeah, it’s really an eclectic mix, but I think that’s a really good thing you know. It’s a good overview of music. What’s your favorite thing about all this? I think my favorite thing so far, it’s well been kind of rehearsing for the performance. Yeah Because I’m performing with such amazing women and everyone’s got so much spirit and you know just all singing together and there’s so much passion in the room and so many big voices. Like, performing with a live band it, you know, it’s been really really fun. So that’s been an amazing experience. Who are you performing with? :I’m performing, It’s been announced right? Yes, Yeah, so I’m not like spilling, You’re breaking news here. Oh no, secrets out. I’m performing with Yolanda, with Jennifer Hudson, with Christina Aguilera and with Martina McBride. So there’s a lot of strong female characters in the line-up. Everyone’s been so fantastic and everyone’s really like, it feels like we’re already together on it. I’m looking forward to it. Now we’re on youtube right now and one of
the questions from our youtube audience is, “Dog Days Are Over”, how did you come up with
that song and what was the inspiration behind it? Well actually there’s an artist and I always don’t know if I’m pronouncing his name right, so I apologize but It’s, Ugo Rondinone, and he does these big installations and this big rainbow sign which was
on the side of the South Bank, which is a cultural center in London. It’s a big rainbow sign that said, dog days are over and I used to ride my bicycle over Waterloo Bridge
and see this sign and you know, the combination of riding my bike and I’d be listening to music and
see this big rainbow sign. It kind of inspired me to write this sort of, this song that had this feeling of, you know, release. So kind of suddenly everything all opens up and you don’t know whether it’s the end or the
beginning, but you’re kind of okay with it. It’s the beginning for you. Yeah, I guess. Final question, do you have one person who’s guided you through your career or someone you go to for expert advice? :Yeah, well I mean, I think my manager, Mairead, we met kind of in a fluke accident. She never managed anyone before and I ‘d never really
been in a band. I didn’t think I could do it myself and she kind of, together we’ve gone through this and at one point no one wanted to sign me and we thought we’re going to have to put it out ourselves, but she’s always supported me and always believed in me. It’s really nice cause we’ve kind of learned together. You know, I’ve gone from singing in pubs and clubs in London. You know, my dad would drive me around in a camper van on tour to being at the Grammys. It’s unbelievable. Well, continue to grow, but I know you’re going to stay cool and humble because you’re so. She’s amazing. Thank you. [laughter] Well, thank you so much for your time. I’ll let you go.
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