Red Hot Alert! Roisin Murphy to Stream New Single on Monday

Hot new pop alert! ArjanWrites.com fave Roisin Murphy will premier her much-anticipated new single on Monday at noon EDT on her MySpace page. Yay! I have listened to some of her new tracks and I can guarantee you that you will not be disappointed.

Roisin's new material will blow off your roof. It is fingerlickin' good. Her new work is a lot grittier and edgier. In your face if you will. It is raw, it is dance, it is dance floor blues like only Roisin can bring it. Knowing how to combine style and substance to accomplish pop perfection, this blazing new track will set your stereo set on fire.Can't wait for Monday and hear what you think.

October 30, 2009 in Róisín Murphy | Permalink | Comments (2)

Video: Roisin Murphy Performs at Viktor & Rolf Show

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So fabulous.

Dressed in a pink tutu standing on a special platform, a highly-pregnant Roisin Murphy tonight at Viktor & Rolf Spring/Summer 2010 show in Paris. After previously inviting Tori Amos and Rufus Wainwright, the acclaimed Dutch design duo invited Roisin Murphy to perform at their show this year. Check out the entire video of the show at the Viktor & Rolf web site. Roisin performed two brand-new tracks, "Royality" and "Demon Lover," a stomping, grimey house-pop track. Check for more video at the excellent Hopeless Optimist blog.

October 3, 2009 in Róisín Murphy | Permalink | Comments (0)

Roisin Murphy to Perform at Viktor & Rolf Show This Saturday

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It's impossible to forget that Viktor & Rolf dress that Roisin Murphy wore on the single sleeve for "Overpowered." In fact, it is more like a portable sounstage with its own sound and lighting rig. Roisin will partner again with the two Dutch designers this upcoming Saturday for a special outing in Paris. She will be performing brand-new musical material at Viktor & Rolf's Spring/Summer 2010 fashion show.

Viktor & Rolf are big fans of Roisin who perfectly fits their focus. "We are attracted and inspired by what we call mega-women: strong women who follow their own path and are uncompromisingly themselves," the design duo says in a press release."Roisin Murphy is a source of inspiration for us. We share with her the need for theatricality and performance in our work.  Roisin personifies a power of transformation. On-stage she easily morphs into a beautifully fierce character, while off-stage she is the counterpart of her theatrical self: soft-spoken, modest, even quiet.

"Apart from the innovative and terrific music she makes, she has a unique sense of style that is fearless and uncompromising. She wears theatrical pieces with the ease of a t-shirt, making them her own. It is an honour for us that Roisin will be performing live at our show!"

Roisin, who is highly pregnant, adds, "I am a huge fan of Viktor & Rolf, their designs encapsulate futuristic techniques and wry surrealism, the clothes are literally a thrill to wear (. . .)  I find levels of story and concept in their work and have road tested many of their designs on stage. For my performances I am looking for clothing to amplify the often conflicting emotions in my own work. I want nothing to box me in as a performer , any notions of "chic" must be counterbalanced with humour and wit, intelligence comes with fearlessness and joy comes with the memory of pain. Being human is a complex business and that is exactly what I wish to reflect, even in the way I dress. These ideas are timeless and so are Viktor & Rolf."

Here's the best part of all. Viktor & Rolf will post video of the live performance on their website right after the Paris show on Saturday.

October 1, 2009 in Róisín Murphy | Permalink | Comments (1)

Roisin Murphy Premieres Brand-New Track "Momma's Place" at Burlectric

(Update: Made a slight change to this post. A very reliable source very close to Roisin told me this morning that the song Roisin performs above is the new track "Momma's Place" and not "Billionaire.")

Roisin Murphy premiered a few new songs at Burlectric at London's SeOne Club last night. Have a listen to the brilliant, Seji-produced "Momma's Place" [and not "Billionaire"], a funked up mash of urban and '90s club music that sounds totally incredible. Fantastic! Everything just seems right about it. So excited about what's to come. Have a listen. (via The Hopeless Optimist)

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September 6, 2009 in Róisín Murphy | Permalink | Comments (3)

Exclusive Interview: Roisin Murphy Talks About New Music, Feeling Happy and What She Actually Said About Lady Gaga

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Roisin Murphy is feeling fabulous, healthy, hopeful, creative and happy these days. There's no time for controversy to spoil that mood. So it wasn't a surprise that the singer was quick to put out an official statement to address a brewing controversy about some unfortunate misquotes in the Irish and British press about Lady Gaga.  

She wanted to provide some additional commentary for fans and opted to speak exclusively with ArjanWrites.com and Raj of EQ to provide a little more info about what happened and bring fans up to date about what she has been up to lately in a mini press conference of some sorts. (Read Raj's part of our joint interview here.)

I have met Roisin numerous times (remember this video?) and it's always such a pleasure speaking with her. Roisin is just like her music. Candid, thoughtful and to the point. I adore this woman.

Arjan: How are you, Roisin? Nice to speak with you again.
Roisin: Likewise, Arjan. I'm extremely well. I'm very fit and healthy

This morning you put out a statement that corrects some of the misquotes about Lady Gaga that were published in Irish and British newspapers, including the Evening Herald and the Daily Mail.  What happened in those interviews?
It was an interview for Action Aid and I was a little surprised when it started with questions about Lady Gaga, whether I liked her, whether I had seen her about. All my answers were my honest answers, which was that she is really talented, a great performer and that she wrote her own songs and that she is a more than worthy pop star. So I was really surprised when I saw the article and those nice things I said weren't put in there at all. It just felt at the time that it was a bit of a trap when the person was asking me all these questions. That's an uncomfortable place to be when you try to promote a charity single, you know.

So you never said that Lady Gaga is an imitation of you?
I never used that phrase! When the interview originally came out, there were no quotation marks, so it was obviously the opinion of the journalist. But the article has gone down through so many variations that things ended up being totally [taken out of context]. What some press does now is that they take bits from other articles, and they put them together and they make a new article.  Then there was a whole page in the [Daily Mail] about my style versus Lady Gaga's so there was obviously an editorial decision to make a page about it and it had in big, black fat letters this quote at the top, and I never said it! I mean I did say that perhaps [Lady Gaga] is inspired by my style a little bit, but I said that after I praised her and how fantastic she is.

It upset me more this time than ever before for a couple of reason. First, because it started in Ireland and I was in Ireland at the time. I was a bit shocked that the Irish press would suddenly try to fabricate some kind of story about this, and secondly because [that first interview] has gone through some many variations
(. . .) creating these brand-new articles. I have not seen that this much before.

You are a public figure who has done many interviews over the years. What made you speak up and put out a statement about this particular incident. You could have opted to ignore it.
I was reading a lot of comments from people and there was one comment from one of my fans on the internet who  said "can't we like both?" I thought to myself, 'bloody hell, for the fans that want to like both, it is not good to [have this quote floating around]. It is just not good.' I don't want it to stand when it is not true. I hope this statement addresses it a little bit [for them]. It's for the fans, it is not for the average Daily Mail readers. They will never hear it. At least as long as my fans know that this is not the way I am.

I did it meet Lady Gaga actually as I said in the interview. It was very swift, and she was very nice. They asked if I was wearing shoulder pads at the time, and I said I wasn't and then they asked if she was, and I said 'No.' Fascinating.

Let switch gears and talk about your new music. Fans are anxious to hear what you have been up to. In an interview with the BBC recently you described the sound as more "urban."
It's tricky when you speak about it in that way, because honestly the record is still evolving. I'm still mixing and I have started to finish tracks now. A track like "Demon Lover" is very, sort of British urban sounding. And then I've done another track called "Billionaire," which is more classic Roisin Murphy type of sound. I did that one which Seji who also produced "Overpowered." Then there's some kind of old-school electro stuff that I've done. That's more straight-forward house stuff. 

There's a lot of different things that I have been doing. I have been really creative. It has been a very creative period for me. It', feeling good, because I'm actually starting to mix. So the tracks are beginning to be finished, glossy and fabulous.

Was there a specific mood or emotion driving this new record?
I don't think I really will be able to say until I look back on the period. A big emotion... Mmm. Well, there's great things going on in my life. I'm feeling pretty fabulous. I'm feeling very hopeful, but then on the other hand there's lots of darkness in the world at the moment.

For "Overpowered" you traveled overseas to Miami and Barcelona. Where did you record this album?

Not very far actually. All around London.

I  think of you as always being able to strike a perfect balance between style and substance. The visualization and imagery of your music is very important. Do you have imagery in mind yet for this new record?
That's the last thing I get to really. I'm all about the music right now.  I'm in jeans and shirt in the studio everyday. I have my head totally in music and what usually happens is when you're done with the music you get to think of the images.


August 12, 2009 in Róisín Murphy | Permalink | Comments (7)