’90s pop icon Whigfield talks female empowerment, friendship with Vengaboys and creating music during lockdown

Whigfield has returned with her model new single, ‘SUGA’, simply in time for the summer season. An Italian dance challenge fronted by Danish singer-songwriter and producer Sannie Charlotte Carlson, Whigfield first shot to fame in 1994 with the worldwide smash hit ‘Saturday Evening’ adopted by a slew of High 10 hits. Since then, Sannie has continued to evolve her sound, placing out every thing from the basic ’90s dance bops to trendy membership bangers.

MEA WorldWide (1) obtained an opportunity to speak with Sannie about ‘SUGA’, her musical journey and producing music amid a worldwide pandemic.

For ’90s children, you are a dwelling legend. We have all jammed to ‘Saturday Evening’ on multiple event, and it is nothing wanting fascinating to see how your music has developed since then. How did you make the leap from basic ’90s dance music to extra house-style music?

I have been working as a songwriter for different artists as nicely, equivalent to DJ Benny Benassi, so I’ve modified style fairly a number of occasions. I did not wish to be recognized for simply doing one factor. And within the late nineties once I was touring much less and promoting fewer information, I assumed it was time for me to do one thing new.

A number of years again, I used to be dwelling in London and began working with a brand new producer and we began doing a home challenge. I used to be fortunate sufficient to get picked up by Armada Music in Holland, which is a good label for home music. However the humorous factor is that they did not know I used to be Whigfield as a result of I did not say I used to be Whigfield. In a male-dominated trade the place you are not presupposed to be over 30 and you continue to should put on a miniskirt, it is typically higher to let the music be heard earlier than they know who you’re.

Sannie Charlotte Carlson of Whigfield (Whigfield)

Most would say ’90s music is tacky and outdated, but it makes a resurgence each few years. What do you assume it’s about that period that has such a maintain on individuals?

I feel it is the songs themselves. A few of them are mainly like nursery rhymes. They’re catchy and are very simple to sing alongside to. They create a contented temper and feeling. They are not difficult songs. But in addition I feel persons are digging into their reminiscences. We’re dwelling in a really loopy world proper now, particularly now with the lockdown, I feel lots of people are simply making an attempt to get by the day and going again in time, remembering the great occasions, just like the ’90s that have been simpler, happier moments, is how they try this.

How does creating music during a lockdown work?

I launched my single proper in the beginning of the lockdown and individuals stated I used to be loopy as a result of no one was going to listen to it. However I feel extra individuals heard it as a result of extra persons are on-line now, extra persons are utilizing the web, and extra individuals listening to the radio. So the tune really went straight to primary on the membership charts and now it is again on the industrial pop charts.

I have never been capable of do a video and all my reveals have been canceled, in fact, however I’ve tried to be on-line as a lot as I can. I am simply doing no matter I can. I am engaged on music, I take photos of my meals and share it with individuals every single day. There’s not a lot we are able to do however trip it out. I am making an attempt to be as energetic as I can. I’ve cleaned my home 5 occasions already at present.

You have just lately stated you needed to make the ‘Saturday Evening’ Whiggy Wiggle dance go viral on TikTok. What has your expertise on the platform been like?

I’ve all the time had dancers with me doing that dance, and I used to be fairly lazy about doing it once more till a buddy of mine challenged me and stated, “I dare you to do a TikTok.” And I had simply made an account a few weeks in the past. So I assumed “I would higher put one thing on there,” and I ended up doing that dance for the primary time in 25 years and it was really fairly enjoyable as a result of I obtained to decorate up, I did my hair, I did my make-up. It was like going to a correct gig.

Sannie Charlotte Carlson (Whigfield)

On the subject of TikTok, there’s one other ’90s act that just lately had a little bit of success on that platform: Vengaboys. Do you will have any plans to collaborate with them?

Oh my God! We’re good pals. Now we have performed some touring collectively and we did a tour collectively in Australia. I am all the time doing reveals collectively with them. I even have a observe that may be very, very, very nineties. So that might be like a dream come true if I can really do a collaboration with them as a result of they’re a lot enjoyable. We hang around backstage on a regular basis and they’re such an exquisite band. They’re every thing that enjoyable is about.

You’re simply probably the most worldwide artistes, having lived and toured all around the world and charting in lots of areas. Are there any locations that have been actually memorable for you?

I used to be doing a tour in India and I did a present for the Bollywood awards. I used to be in Mumbai and I had one thing like 50 dancers behind me, and they informed me, “You understand, billion persons are going to view this?” I needed to do a duet with a Hindi singer, and we did ‘Saturday Evening’ collectively. That was a extremely particular second for me as a result of it isn’t one thing you think about you’ll get to do whenever you develop up.

Did you think about you’ll be a chart-topping artiste with a profession spanning a number of a long time?

After I wasn’t a little bit woman, I used to be all the time entertaining. I used to be all the time dressing up. I used to be all the time performing for my household. So I’ve all the time been considerably an artist. That is what I felt like I needed to do. It was in my blood. I come from a household of musicians. My grandfather constructed me my first violin, my father was a bass participant, my mom performed the trumpet. And I began producing once I was 10. I had this cassette participant, and each time there was a tune that I appreciated on the radio, I’d change the chords and report it. That is why I all the time inform individuals: you need to observe your goals. If there’s one thing you love to do, you need to go for it. Life needs to be like a recreation. You must play whenever you get up each morning.

Apart from being the proper pick-me-up, is there anything you want to individuals to remove from ‘SUGA’?

Properly, it’s a little bit of a lady in a person’s world, calling the photographs. And it is simply presupposed to be a little bit of enjoyable. We have been laughing whereas writing it. I keep in mind really sitting on the ground of the studio and it was simply a kind of foolish days. It wasn’t actually meant to be about woman energy, however you recognize, boys, they do movies with women in bikinis twerking and stuff. So that is me saying that is my tune. I can do what I would like.


Do you will have every other new initiatives arising?

I’ve obtained demos, and on this day you do not really want the studio. I might report a observe and ship it over to my producer, but it surely’s not the identical factor. I miss the human contact. I get a lot extra out of sitting in a studio with different individuals and collaborating and working and mixing concepts.

I am going for a run each morning and my favourite half, despite the fact that I’ve to put on a masks, is once I cross individuals on the road or see youngsters. We’d like one another, we’d like human contact. It is the identical with music. In order quickly as that is over, I’ll positively get again into the studio. Within the meantime, I might suggest my producer’s music. He is from an Italian band known as ‘Planet Funk’, and they’d an enormous hit known as ‘Chase The Solar’. Their albums are very well produced, in order that’s one thing that I’d inform individuals to hearken to.

Stream ‘SUGA’ now through Spotify.

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