Sophie’s Choice Istanbul

A WORLD BEAUTY HAS COME AND GONE FROM ISTANBUL. GIVING AN ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE THIS TIME IN THE MAGICAL VOICE WE’D NEVER HEARD SO CLEARLY BEFORE, SOPHIE ELLIS-BEXTOR SURPRISED US WITH HER REPLIES TO OUR QUESTIONS.

Did you come by yourself? It seems we have another little guest with us...
Yes, I’m expecting my third child. The baby will be born in three months. I already have two sons. This time we didn’t learn the gender of the baby but I have a feeling it’s going to be another boy.

How has the image of Turkey changed in your mind since you came here the first time?
I wasn’t familiar with Turkey before. But it’s impossible not to fall in love with it. When I came here 10 years ago, I sang Groovejet (If This Ain’t Love) five times at a small venue and left. But later when I came back for festivals and holidays I was smitten by the city. My husband and I and our sons come here on holiday every chance we get.

You were making alternative music, and then you suddenly found yourself making dance music, right?
The early days were a little different. But I think my vocals are suited to this music. I also enjoy doing it.

How did Groovejet and Spiller come about?
Actually, I only did the vocals and then DJ Spiller used them. They were such a great success that I owe my presence here today to that song and the energy it generated.

But you reached a mass audience with Armin Van Buuren, right?
I did the vocals on the song Not Givin’ Up. I came into contact with a lot of dance music listeners thanks to that song. I remember flying to Beirut once in six hours for a concert and then getting right back on the plane after singing that song. Don’t ask me if I was really there. I still don’t  know. Sometimes I think I must have been dreaming.

Is there going to be a new album?
This performance actually wraps up the concert tours and promotional tour I set out on last year for Make a Scene. I’m pregnant so I won’t be  traveling from now on. But new things are always possible.