Many thanks to Lucy,
Paul Fisher, Felicity Edwards, James, and ForgottenSecret
for this interview! The interview appeared in magazine
"M", which is a supplement to The Daily
Mirror newspaper. There was also a photo with the article, and you can see a scan of it below thanks to Paul Fisher who sent me the scan.
CHALLENGE; HANGING ON THE TELEPHONE WITH... TORI AMOS
singer/songwriter Tori Amos first found fame a decade ago with her
multi-platinum album, Little Earthquakes, and so far has received
eight Grammy nominations. She's just released a new single and album,
recorded in Britain, her adopted home.
We called her up for
a girlie gossip.
Us: What time did you
Tori: 6.30. We have a
two-year-old, Natashya, and I try and pull myself together before she
gets up. I'm a light sleeper, I sleep with one ear open. I spend most
of my life in hotel rooms and you don't feel as safe when you're
travelling to different places. So I don't let my guard down.
Us: Who was the first
person you spoke to today?
Tori: My husband
Mark. He has a nickname for me, and I call him the same. It's Person.
Or Perce, fondly. We met working together, he's a sound engineer. I
was on tour, when you sometimes feel the last thing you are is a
person. So he called me Person. It was instant for me, but both of us
had different lives then. We've been married for four years.
Us: Where are you
Tori: In the piano
room in our studio in Cornwall. It's a gorgeous orange that picks up
the light, and it's huge - the piano is 9 foot 1 inch. There are
massive wooden doors that let her the piano in and out when she needs
to be loaded into trucks. She has blankets and cases and a guy that
looks after her - her very own roadie.
Us: What are you wearing?
Tori: A little black
New Mexican kind of cotton top, it looks like I should be serving
salsa and margaritas to people. A pair of faded blue capri trousers
from Fake London and denim sandals that wrap around the ankle. Beaded
Native American earrings, aqua and red, and a beaded red choker. And
my hair is in a bun.
Us: What has been
your most recent purchase?
Tori: Some beautiful
hand-crafted Native American blankets for friends, when we were in
the States. I got my mother one recently and it was one of her
favourite presents. It's an art piece in itself, but she said it's so
cuddly you feel really protected in it. She said, I just wrap myself
up in it when I'm feeling blue.' So I got one for us, too.
Us: When were you
Tori: A couple of
weeks ago, we had a party for one of our crew members who's gone to
get married. There was lots of champagne. I don't like to overdo it
though because I get nauseous, and the worst thing in the world is
throwing up. We love good wine and food but we don't like it to get
over that line.
Us: What's the most
recent domestic thing you've done?
hoovering, dishes - no! I don't do any of that. Absolutely not. And I
don't cook either. I am captain of my ship, we have a big crew when
we're on tour, and if I'm not the captain, then I am the ship. That's
what I do. And other people do those things so much better than I do.
But I am involved in potty-training right now.
Us: What was the last
thing you put in your mouth?
Tori: A toothbrush.
If you'd said on', it would be Stila Cinnamon lip gloss. Gorgeous. I
don't eat breakfast, I have a smoothie and a cappuccino. Today it was
pineapple, cinnamon and mango. On the road I'm really disciplined. We
have chefs, so I eat really, really well, no junk food. Fish,
spinach, no carbs. You have to really care for your voice to do
Us: When was the last
time you had a really good snog?
Tori: That's a kiss,
right? Within the last 24 hours. He's romantic, absolutely, like no
one I've ever met. But very quiet, very covert. He has eyes that you
can't look away from, and he has a wit that's faster than light
speed, and he holds my heart in his hands. And he's grumpy and
intolerable and wonderful. But he's mine. I'm a lucky girl, for
Us: When did you last cry?
Tori: This morning.
It's one of those days. But it's perking up. I don't cry easily.
Sometimes it can be that time of the month. But we sent off my album
this morning. So I let my baby go, my sonic baby. Once you wave
goodbye, that's it, it's out in the world. But that's worth crying
Us: What are you
going to do when you hang up?
Tori: Have a lovely
lunch, sweetcorn and chicken soup, then later we'll watch The Sound
Of Music with Tash - her favourite. This time in my life is the best.
I really wasn't happy in my early thirties. I felt old, tired all the
time, I was at a crisis. It's odd, but I'm 39 and I do feel better
now. These are the golden days, these are the golden years.
Interview by Nina Myskow
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