I never expected to get the Tom Jones treatment and it amazes me that I do. Strangely it’s women who throw their underwear at me when I’m performing live. My male fans tend to be quite shy. My female fans are wild. I never know what to do with all the lingerie that lands at my feet. Maybe I should open a shop.
There are so many things to think about when you make an album. Like who am I trying to impress? Am I going to get respect critical acclaim? Or am I going to sell lots of records?
Even when I’m in quite a happy state of mind I like writing really sad songs. I think a lot of people do.
I instinctively dress a bit tougher because I’ve spent a lot of time in the U.S. and I realised there was a certain image projected of me here. I’ve always been an absolute rebel. When I was in my teen years I had piercings and wore all black.
Gwen Stefani has amazing style. I used to really love Courtney Love and anything she wore I loved. Or Chloe Sevigny because I really love that sort of classic look and I like being girly and flowery and wearing little D&G dresses. I wear hats a lot too. I think it goes back to when I was a bit grungy and was a skater girl for a bit.
It’s usually a big kind of vent of frustration or anger or sadness that puts me in the right frame of mind to write. It’s such a cliche to say that artists write when they’re down but it’s true for me. It’s a relief to get out what’s eating away at my heart or my soul or my head.
I love prints of skulls and bones and have some taxidermy – a crow and a rabbit – to remind me of home. I like art and have a big portrait of Bjork.
Christmas in L.A. is weird. There’s no snow. It’s not even cold.
I suffer panic attacks which has made me really conscious about my fitness and I have become addicted to jogging. It might sound odd but a lot of good has come out of it. My fans send letters saying they have taken up jogging because I do it.
I want to be safe in the knowledge that I can tour and play festivals for a long time. The main thing is that I want a good reputation as a live performer. If I have that I’d be so happy.