Before hitting the stage last Friday for a special live performance at KISS FM’s Jingle Ball, Gwen phoned in for a new interview about her new single “Spark The Fire” and how she feels about taking risks now that she’s older.
Gwen reiterates that she wasn’t planning on doing another solo record and says that working with Pharrell Williams again on The Voice inspired her to get back into the studio again on her own. It’s confirmed that her new album will be out in the next year, after reports of a holiday release in 2014.
The new “Spark The Fire” video, directed by Sophie Muller, had Gwen collaborating closely with her team that is hard at work on the Harajuku Lovers cartoon. The animators came up with the cute emoji icons seen in the video as well which have been complimenting Gwen’s recent styles. Gwen says, “Itâ€™s just so incredible now how we have emojis, because theyâ€™re so perfect to define feeling. Our world is all about reading texts and emails, and if you think about it, we didnâ€™t have that before. Itâ€™s such a great way to show emotion.”
On working with Pharrell again, Gwen said that their connection is much different now than it had been in the past due to their close working relationship on The Voice and both having families of their own.
Gwen says that she finds herself feeling “less confident” in taking chances and risks due to being older. “The longer youâ€™re alive, the more kids you have, the more scared you are to fly. Itâ€™s like everything is more sensitive, because youâ€™re smarter. Youâ€™re more aware. Weâ€™re living in a time where youâ€™re more and more criticized, and youâ€™re more susceptible to everyoneâ€™s voices, and you have more access to what people think of you. Itâ€™s harder than ever.” She continues by calling herself “naive” to the fact because she’s also done stuff just to do them for herself.
For “Spark The Fire”, Pharrell has been vocal to the media about the single and his stance on it being an anthem for feminism. Gwen calls the track a “personal song” for her but says that she does feel honored if fans take that idea away from it. “This song is not a feminist anthem for me. Itâ€™s a very personal song. Itâ€™s my journey: itâ€™s about me. But I love that Pharrell sees that and thinks that this is a moment, and I should carry a torch for that. I would never take that responsibility on, but I love when people discover their own opinions about a song. And if thatâ€™s the thing they find in it? Wow. I would be honored.”
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