MusicIncider loves music. All GOOD music. Annie Minogue makes good music straight from the heart. This rising star gave me a great interview. She was real, just like her music, and she was a lot of fun to talk to. Read on:
MI-Where do you draw your inspiration?
Annie-I usually draw my inspiration from real experiences. Anything that either people that are close to me are going through or experiences that I have had. I am not an abstract writer in the least. It has to be real and it has to be something that I can relate to. Unfortunately, I am just not good with the abstract out there-the out of touch surreal type stuff.
MI-Who are your musical influences and why?
Annie-My musical influences have no relation to my writing or music what so ever. So, what I am going to say to you is going to be a little bizarre. I like the underground. I love Tom Waite, Patti Smith. I am a big fan of Janis Joplin. More contemporary would be Ryan Adams. Adam George from the Counting Crows. I am into songwriters that have something to say and that are not afraid to push buttons, be creative, and not necessarily needing to be in the mainstream. I am also a big fan of Jeff Buckley too. And Nick Drake actually.
MI-Who is your hero?
Annie-My grandfather was my hero. He was an amazing person.
MI-Who is your favorite writer book wise and why?
Annie-I actually like the poet Maya Angelou. She is really awesome.
MI-What are your goals as a musician and why did you pick those goals?
Annie-My goal as a musician is to be able to do what I love. I want to support myself and make a living. I want to be able to make records that reach the people. I love performing more than anything that I can even think of. I just love the live reactions from an audience. Music is my life’s blood. I grew up around it. It is in my family. It is what makes me happy, and that is what I want to do with my life. I would be a liar if I said I wasn’t interested in donning the cover of Rolling Stone. That would be nice, but that is not my main concern. That is not why I am making music.
MI-What is your greatest achievement?
Annie-This album was an achievement. Just the whole learning and growth process. In a more tangible way, I would have to say playing the Sundance Film Festival this year-which was an awesome experience. We got flown out there. We actually got sponsored. The whole show was sponsored. That was really fun, and playing the Bottom Line in New York twice was a dream come true because all of the people that I admire have played there. The New York scene means that you have made it and you are respected. You have integrity if you are playing there. I have just been able to open up for some people that I admire like Dave Navarro and Shane McGowan. It has just been an awesome year and I have had some very fortunate opportunities. I got to headline the Texas state fair-those right now have been my greatest achievements to date, but I think the big ones are still ahead.
MI-Who would you compare yourself musically to and why?
Annie-No artist likes to be compared to another, of course. I guess just to kind of make it easier so the public can relate-I have been told Melissa Etheridge and Alanis Morisette.
MI-Who do you think is the greatest musician of all time is and why?
Annie-Janis Joplin was a better musician than most people actually took her for. She really knew her shit; because of what she could do-you could say Hendrix because he was an incredible guitar play. The jazz singers like Nina Simone, Billie Holliday, and Sarah Vaughn they really had a way-their lines were like horn lines when they sang. They really took it to another place and another level. They were true musicians; being a singer I feel more akin to people like that. The jazz musicians are what I am going to say.
MI-Do you play any musical instruments?
Annie-I have knowledge of piano, and guitar is my instrument of choice. I only use it to write. I hardly ever play out anymore. That’s not something you want to hear me do. I played piano for about seven years-classical and jazz. I started out as a folk singer.
MI-What is your greatest disappointment in life?
Annie-That I am not where I feel I should be at yet. I feel like I am not at the level where I want to be at.
MI-Who is your musical hero and why?
Annie-Jeff Buckley is right on up there. I am really in love with Ryan Adams.
MI-Tell me about your musical history.
Annie-I am pretty trained. My father is also a musician and a producer, and a singer and a songwriter. I grew up in that whole thing. I am a trained musician-vocally, instrument and theory wise. I can read music. I can play music. I have arranged, produced. Music is in my blood.
MI-What do you think about the war with Iraq?
Annie-I am not for any kind of war per se, but I think there are times we have to fight to defend ourselves. This is one of those times. Especially since 9-11. We just recently did a benefit for the troops in Texas. These are hard-core patriots down there. They love their country and they love their soldiers. We did it more for the soldiers and their families-just to send them off and be safe. That’s the stance. I want peace just like anybody else does, but sometimes you have to pay for freedom and you have to pay for peace.
MI-How did 9-11 affect you?
Annie-It affected me greatly because I am a New Yorker. My whole family lives in New York. I am the only one that lives in Jersey. Everybody else was either in Brooklyn or Manhattan. I didn’t have somebody that was immediately close to me pass in that tragic accident. I know people that had people pass.
MI-Do you think they should rebuild the towers?
Annie-No, I don’t. I think it should stay as some kind of monument.
MI-Describe yourself as a person.
MI-I am very dedicated, persistent, aggressive, determined, and real. I am very generous and honest.
MI-What is your birth date?
Annie-I was born in May.
MI-Have you ever inhaled?
Annie-Yes I have and I got sick. I’ll bet you don’t get answers like that. I am the most boring Rock Star you’ll ever meet-can’t drink, smoke or do drugs.
MI-What does your family think of your musical career?
Annie-My family is very proud, especially my father. My family is not one that will mince words. If they did not think that I could do it, they would tell me don’t quit your day job. They wouldn’t be kind for the sake of being kind. They have been very supportive and they really think I am very talented. I am lucky to have that kind of support.
MI-Where would you most like to play live in the United States and why?
Annie-Madison Square Garden, because that’s where the big boys play.
MI-What is your most memorable live performance and why?
Annie-It is a tie between the two of them. The benefit in Texas that we just did for the troops was one of the best performances and the most fun I have had in a really long time because the people were just reacting on gut-it had nothing to do with a hit. Either they liked it or didn’t like it and that was just it. They were just so receptive and easy, it was just great. That and Sundance.
MI-What do you want people to know about you and your music?
Annie-I want them to be able to get something from it. I want them to like it and think that it is real and honest. That is it passionate. That it is quality. I like to put out quality work. That is the most important thing. Putting out songs for the sake of putting out songs doesn’t mean anything to me. I want to put out quality work and be admired and respected for that.
MI-What are your thoughts on the actions of Eddie Vedder and the Dixie Chicks concerning the war and the president?
Annie-This is a country that is based on free speech. I don’t know that they picked the appropriate venue to speak their heart from. I think they are trying to mix too much. If you want to talk about politics, put it in your music then. Do what U2 does. Put it down in lyrics. Sing it out. Doing the soapbox kind of speech from stage-people aren’t paying money to see that. You have the right to your opinion, but I think you have to be very careful of where you decide to speak that stuff and where you decide to hold court.
MI-Do you believe in psychics?
Annie-I try not to.
MI-If you had a chance to bring back one person from the dead, who would it be and why?
Annie-Jim Morrison, because he is just so beautiful to look at.
MI-If there was a movie made of your life, what would the theme song be?
Annie-I would probably say Love Parade.
MI-What is your favorite movie of all time?
Annie-I have a lot. I love Hair. I love Misery.
MI-Tell me your thoughts on what happened with Great White.
Annie-That’s just stupidity in my opinion. I read about that whole thing in detail. The tour manager, the promoter, the club owner, I mean come on-somebody should have known better. I can’t believe that nobody knew what was going on. Nobody knew what they were going to be bringing in there. Nobody knew how big the venue was, or how many people would be there. You have to prepare for that kind of stuff.
MI-If you were on a desert island, and you had a choice of one book, one cd, and one person-what would they be?
Annie-I want Brandon Lee, Jeff Buckley, and Jim Morrison-and John Corbett. Let’s do cd’s next-Patti Smith’s Land, Counting Crows, Nirvana-In Utero, and Jeff Buckley. Four books?-On The Hour, White Oleander, She’s a Rebel, and Misery.
MI-If you could be reincarnated into any time at any point in history, who would you want to be and why?
Annie-I wouldn’t want to be a struggling musician I tell you that. I’ll take Gandhi.
MI-If you were god for a day, what would you do?
Annie-I would get rid of poverty and make everybody’s dreams come true-anything that they want, except for like greedy people that want power and fame.
MI-Do you have a message for your fans? If so, what is it?
Annie-Enjoy the music. I hope that you enjoy it as much as I enjoy making it. I hope it makes you happy, and that you get something out of it.
MI-What is your favorite album of all time?
Annie-I am going to go with Patti Smith, Land.
MI-Give me your favorite quote of all time.
Annie-Life is a garden, dig it…Joe Dirt
MI-Tell me about the average day in the life of Annie Minogue.
Annie-I get up really early, usually. I am not one of those hung over rockers. I do some work on the internet. I try to look for gigs and get some work. Then I practice and do some writing. Then I go get a coffee, then more work…If one of my friends are playing, then I go catch a show…and go to bed.
MI-What does success mean to you?
Annie-Doing what you love.
Catch Annie Minogue at a venue near you. I have a feeling she won’t be playing small venues for long.
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