In a new interview with Billboard, Gwen discussed work on her new album and returning to the stage on her own.
Gwen expressed how excited she is for her upcoming show in Los Angeles that she’s been working into a lot of work. “It’s so much work, and it’s so important to me that it’s awesome, and it’s happening so quickly. But that is kind of the theme right now, and I think it’s great.” She hopes to find inspiration from performing songs from her previous solo albums again and plans on continuing to write.
She admits that she originally wasn’t planning on signing on for The Voice due to not being able to release music with No Doubt while on the show. Gwen never expected to be making dance music on her own again outside of the band but says “being able to collaborate outside of the band and work with different producers just speeds things along.”
While rehearsing for her almost sold-out show in Los Angeles on February 7, Gwen says that she’s been having fun revisiting her past solo albums and feels proud of what she’s put out. “But there’s a couple songs where, maybe I don’t need to do those ones live again.”
Gwen adored being on The Voice this past season saying it felt like the right thing. “It was just so amazing how inspiring that was, then it went by so fast. But that was the kind of thing I needed in my life to just switch things up. Having a baby, having a show, being around all that music, being with Pharrell and looking at music from a different view for something that was not about me. Just listening and thinking back to what I’ve done has just been a really interesting and reflective time.”
On her new album, Gwen says that after collaborating over the past few months, she could have put out another record easily but decided to take it slow because it didn’t feel right. She says that she’s taking the time to reflect on her old songs and has found rehearsing for her upcoming show “super inspiring”. “… now it’s like I’m in competition with myself, like, “How did I do that? I wish I could do that again.” Gwen admits that she finds it challenging performing and rehearsing by herself because it’s “not natural.” “No Doubt is natural, but this is much more theatrical. There’s a lot of layers to building a show like this — dancers, costume changes, lighting, screens with content, medleys, there’s so many moving parts, it’s crazy. I don’t even know how to tackle it, I’ve just been doing it one day at a time.” She also revealed that she has MasterCard to thank for getting her out on her own again live saying, “I wouldn’t be doing this if I didn’t collaborate with them.”
Gwen says she’s been enjoying relearning her old songs, including the Pharrell-produced track “Yummy”. On choosing the setlist, Gwen wishes she had more time to perform more songs but knows that fans will want to hear her biggest singles including “What You Waiting For?”, “Hollaback Girl” and “The Sweet Escape.” She’s really looking forward to sharing her music with only a couple thousand lucky fans.
When asked if the Harajuku Girls would be returning to the stage with her, Gwen doesn’t give a direct answer but mentions how much fun she’s been having creating the upcoming Harajuku Lovers cartoon. “I’m actually doing a whole animated Harajuku Girls cartoon. It’s weird, because the animation at the beginning and in the middle of the video, that’s actually the backdrop from the cartoon. [For the show,] I literally had storage pull out all of the old Harajuku costumes, because I kept all of them. Then I realized I was so generous that I donated two of each one of them, so now I have to start over again. [Laughs] But it’s gonna be fun, it is already fun. Usually everything I do is more about the process than the end result.”
Tickets for Gwen’s MasterCard sponsored exclusive show in Los Angeles went on-sale today and only a few single seats are available.
Photo courtesy of Billboard. You can check out the full interview on Billboard.