Videotech: Your last solo single sold
quarter of a million copies. Have you been surprised by
your solo success?
Mel G: Yeah, I am quite shocked, because
every time you do something with the Spice Girls you've
got back-up, so when you venture out by yourself it is a
little bit like, euurgh, is it going to be alright, and
luckily everyone's been pretty cool about it. Because we
still manage ourselves it's been nice to be able to say
to one another, well we'll get back together in August,
do a third album, but in the meantime we can still do our
own solo projects, so that's pretty cool.
Videotech: How have your solo projects
affected the way the Spice Girls work as a band?
Mel G: No, not at all. Melanie's been
doing her album, she's been living out in LA, Emma's been
doing a few bits and bobs, with Boyzone and different
things like that, and hopefully she's doing the film of
Sleeping Beauty, which'll be out quite soon. Vickie's
been chilling out, really, with her baby, she's had I
think a few auditions for films, but then in August that's
when we all come back together and write the third album,
and obviously we've got them eight dates in December.
Videotech: What can we expect from the
Mel G: I don't actually know until we
get together and start working together, because you
never know, because we've all been doing different things,
we've all learnt a lot, we've been on tour together, so
there's a lot that's happened in between the writing
spaces, so it should be interesting. I'm looking forward
to it, I really am.
Videotech: You've had an amazing 12
months. How has it changed you?
Mel G: Your priorities change, cos
obviously you've got someone else to think about, you've
got a little baby there, but I'm still the same person, I've
just got more fulfilling things going on around me, which
is nice, really nice.
Videotech: The video for Word Up has a
lot of references to pregnancy. Was that deliberate?
Mel G: Yeah, cos I filmed that when I
was pregnant, with all, like, laser dots on me so they
could take my body movements and put it into a computer,
so that's why it kind of looks like me a little bit, but
Videotech: How did the idea for the
video come about?
Mel G: It was my husband, really, who
decided let's do a strange video, and he kind of looked
at all the directors' showreels, and he chose Wiz, and he's
just fantastic, and he just went for it with the video
and story board and all that, and it just turned out
brilliant, I couldn't've wanted a better video. But for
the children I have done a different video, with the
little guy, Mini-Me, from Austen Powers, cos you know the
song's on the soundtrack, so I've done one that's allowed
to be shown on kids' TV.
Videotech: Have you had difficulty
combining motherhood with your globetrotting lifestyle?
Mel G: No, my baby comes everywhere with
me. She's not here with me today, she's back at home
Videotech: Is there going to be a Spice
Girls creche for you and Victoria?
Mel G: Probably, yeah, when we get back
in the studio, yeah, definitely.
Videotech: How do you cope with all the
Mel G: Well, the thing is, marriages
have ups and downs anyway, it's just that mine always
gets reported, not always, mine has unfortunately been
reported on, and they have blown it completely out of
proportion, but I'm still married and I'm still happy, so
there you go.
Videotech: Does it bother you?
Mel G: I've been away for five weeks, so
this time I didn't get to see it. And to be honest, I don't
look at the papers every day, and if I do look at them I
only look at the pictures, I don't really read the
content cos it's all a load of crap anyway what they
write, I think.
Videotech: It's been three years since
Wannabe. Do you still have the same desires?
Mel G: I think we've done it quite well,
because now we've given each other the chance to kind of
get involved in your own solo projects, so that makes it
also more interesting and more exciting when we get back
together as a group. So it keeps it kind of spontaneous
Videotech: How do the band go about
writing their songs?
Mel G: With people like Matt and Biff we
co-write, with other people we just write the songs and
they produce, and with Elliot Kennedy we co-write as well,
so it's a real kind of hands on involvement, and we
decide what backbeats we want like all together as a
group and the people that we work with.
Videotech: So as far from someone coming
in and just telling you what you're going to sing...
Mel G: Oh no, it's not like that.
Videotech: And how about your
Mel G: Our live show, we'd already kind
of sorted out the routines ourself, we just needed
someone to do the show on a whole, which is what
Priscilla did, she isn't actually... she choreographed
maybe two or three numbers from scratch, but, like, Who
Do You Think You Are we kind of did it in our studio when
we was writing the song, it kind of all comes together as
a picture when you kind of write it, really
Videotech: Do you have plans to release
a solo album?
Mel G: Yeah, well, I'm working on it now.
I've just been away, I've been working with Jimmy Jam and
Tony Lewis for two weeks, I've got a couple of tracks
with them, I've just been working with Teddy Riley from
Blackstreet, got a couple of tracks with him, so I'm kind
of feeling my way around. Snoop Doggy Dog wants to work
with me, but I don't know what's going to happen there.
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