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Interview Backstage Pass (10 juillet 2004)

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They are one of the world’s most famous families, they can play, they can sing, they can write hit songs and it probably doesn’t hurt that they look like this.

Recently, we flew all the way to “Gai Paris” with an exclusive backstage pass to hang out with the Corrs as they prepared for their selling out European tour.

We find out why the band waited 4 years before releasing their fourth album “Borrowed heaven”
Sharon: Before the break, we were no longer sort of truly getting and appreciating how lucky we were.

And how these siblings survive spending so much time together.
Andrea: One Christmas day, we just erupted, all of us, fighting, and I just remember mammy you know stand and gone like: “what has happened here?”

Jim also talks a little too candidly about dealing with too many chicks on tour.
Jim: if you had heard about the whole notion of synchronization and what get synchronised that time I could have run a mile.
Sharon: Oh stop it!

And Sharon tells us how the rich and famous give a date
Sharon: In English, we have to go and get the guy, and go “okay, let’s go out”
Interviewer: Is it how you got your husband then?
Sharon: Is it how you got your husband then?

The band also talks about dealing with the unexpected loss of their mother.
Interviewer: Did this somehow bring you all closer together?
Caroline: Yeah, definitely, because you know you’re sort of really understanding how fragile life is, and how short it can be for people

This is your backstage pass to get up close with the Corrs in city of romance.

Interviewer: God it has been quite a journey, hasn’t it?
Caroline: What we remember, so much is the very beginning when, you know, when we first flew over to Australia, when the actual album was doing really really well, we were on the tv, it was quite strange for us because it was the very beginning of our career.
Sharon: It was shocking, I remember going in a cable car, going up into the rain forest or whatever, you know when the cable car like stops there were people looking and go “there is the Corrs”.

The Corrs released their debut No1 album “Forgiven not forgotten” in 1996, it sold 6 million albums around the world and over a million in Australia alone.

Interviewer: Before you became a band, became so successful, what did you think it was gonna be like? To be this world famous band, and how is it different to what you thought it was gonna be?
Caroline: Luckily, I think, you know, when you’re young, and you’re going to be in a band, you’re quite naïve about it, because you don’t have an idea about what it’s like to be really signed to a record label and what happened, you think “oh I’m gonna be out there , I’m gonna be playing music” and of course that’s what you do, but there’s an awful lot more involved, than just playing gigs, just a whole sort of record company rollercoaster thing that you sort of step onto. We had no idea about promotion, had absolutely no idea about what happens, basically you know there was one stage like we did 5 continents in 3 weeks.
Jim: There was just crazy schedules, we were doing like promotion, you get see like a tiny benefit from, you know what it’s all about everybody has to do it when they start.
Interviewer: Like Crossing Hand, feature magazines.
Jim: Exactly, crocheting weekly.
Interviewer: Do we have to have to do weaving on this album?

Interviewer: I mean did you wanna be famous, were you all as ambitious as each other? Starring out, we want world dominate, we want everyone know who we are
Andrea: Not famous, no, we wanted our music to get out there, you know, fame wasn’t a hypothesis at all, in fact it is the one thing that is very difficult about it of course, there are nice things too, you know you get into restaurants when you want, you know there’s some good things too but fame… is not what people think it is you know what I mean, it can make you feel self conscious, it certainly doesn’t make you feel wonderful and beautiful, it can make you feel constantly in a gold fish bowl.

As the band released their second and third album, their collective sales sought over 30 million, now with worldwide success, the Corrs discovered that living in that fish bowl can come at a price, especially when you are single.

Andrea:: I think a lot of the lyrics that were written in the past, I didn’t, I didn’t actually, I wasn’t really seeing anybody, and that was quite for years, that it’ll go on and then you wake, and make you feel like you’re quite strange especially because the press would kind keep at it you know “Andrea”, you know: “why I can’t find a man…” it would something like headlines.
Interviewer: It can’t be good for your moral right?
Andrea: When you set up with people and even if you’re going on date with somebody or just trying to get to know somebody, you know, then there have things in the papers like “fingers crossed” friends say “it could be wedding” so you almost breaking it off with somebody before you go out.

Interviewer: Are you a person that develops crushes really easily?
Andrea: I think I’ve got a good fantasy kind of land that I have so things can like in the past when I was younger very much so become even bigger, be like “Oh..” you know, probably very romantic, in that way. I suppose, I have the same you know, everybody pursue that stuff.

Interviewer: But people think if you’re famous and beautiful and you got a lot of money and you’re in a band those things don’t happen.
Caroline: For guys are more so. I do, I really think guys have a great time in bands because they can be very free about it.
Interviewer: what is up with that?
Caroline: I think, when you’re in this sort of business, you’re sort of catapulted into something that they think “oh that’s untouchable”
Sharon: So they’re just terrified to come up to you, so you never really get to meet them you know, that’s the thing.

Interviewer: and then what happened I guess is that you tend to hang out with people who are in the same position as you.
Andrea: Well, you often go where you’re comfortable, like after a gig, you don’t really wanna be… you want to stop the entertaining, you know what I mean. You want to be with people who won’t demand that of you, and stand only the people who are in it so you know the band.
Caroline: It’s true !

Sharon: I’ve read so many women, who are successful or famous saying the same thing like Gwyneth Paltrow whatever going: “ in English, we have to go and get the guy and go: “okay let’s go out” because otherwise they just won’t approach them”
Interviewer: is this how you got your husband then?
Sharon: I did, I grabbed him.
Interviewer: This is a lesson to women everywhere!

[coming up] Jim: the girls know they’re never gonna compete (Sharon: we never compete with Jim) never compete with me with looks [laugh]

The Corrs grew up on the east coast of Ireland, and learnt to sing and play musical instruments from an early age, by the time Andrea the youngest Corr was 15, and Jim the eldest was 25, the siblings were playing gigs throughout Dublin, and where did all this musical talent come from? It was in their genes of course.

Andrea: our mother was a singer and our father played the keyboards, they had this band together, I suppose in a way, they, we kinda took on their dream in a way, I mean, It’s a very different thing of what they did but they had a growing up family, that they of course couldn’t had gone further with it.

Interviewer: My family doesn’t get through four days at Christmas without some kind of hysteria on some level.
Andrea: I think over the years we learnt it, I mean we’ve certainly fought an awful lot enough a lot at the beginning for the first few years. We got back from touring, we had been away for months and months and it was Christmas time, so there was even Christmas day we are off again, you know, mammy and daddy hadn’t to see us in a while, were all excited to see us and hear all the news, but we come back knackered… One Christmas day, we just erupted, all of us, fighting and I just remember mammy stand and gone like “what has happened here? What has happened to them?”

Interviewer: Cos you just got so much material on each other you know, so if you’re in the recording studio, and this was exactly like when you were 7, and you said that thing…
Caroline: It’s true, absolutely true, and that has gonna happen in any sort of family situation who tries to work together.

Interviewer: Who’s the most emotional?
Caroline: We have all our moments.
Andrea: There is 3 girls and a boy in this band.

Jim: If you heard about the whole notion of synchronisation and what get synchronised, that time I can have run a mile.
Sharon: oh! Stop it!
Interviewer: Because it’s an amazing thing, I was gonna ask but I didn’t think it was polite, but I am so glad
Sharon: He’s not actually right about that by the way
Jim: It’s dead right!
Sharon: You’ve been listening into conversations you shouldn’t be.
Jim: Read between the lines viewers.
Sharon: That’s not right.

Interviewer: Because even among sisters, you’re not naturally competitive with each other? Or were you and now you’re not?
Sharon: Oh, I think it’s very healthy, competitive between us, of course, but not in the negative way, I mean I think we’re all sort of very ambitious people so to not be competitive, it would be unnatural, if you’re ambitious you’re competitive, that’s it, both go together I think.
Jim: but not in the terms of looks like between us, the girls know they’re never gonna compete (Sharon: we never compete with Jim) they never compete with me with looks … [laugh]
Sharon: you and everybody out there knows what families are like, you’re not all the same, you don’t have all the same opinion, and you fight like cats and dogs, that is families, you know, it’s not any different over here but we work together so we had to change that.

The Corrs’ single “Angel” was a tribute to the band’s late mother that they lost unexpectingly in the late nineteen nineties.

Interviewer: Did this somehow bring you all closer together?
Caroline: Yeah, definitely, because you know you’re sort of really understand how fragile life is, and how short it can be for people, this stuff is more worthy than you know, a lot of things that you do in your life is more worthy than you know.
Interviewer: Surely takes a whole lot to realise?
Caroline: It is a pity, but that’s life, you can only really understand and empathise until we’ve experienced ourselves, so it happens to everybody.

Interviewer: Do you think it opens up a whole different creative space, and when you experienced a loss, one of the biggest loss, you can imagine. Does it open up a whole another creative part in you?
Andrea: Yes, I think it makes you more raw, you’re just like when I write this down exactly how I feel it, and obviously you know, that had a profound effect on all of us.

Life continues to grow and change for the Corrs, especially now that Caroline has added to the gene pool.

Interviewer: What is it like having a baby in the family now?
Caroline: That’s great, it was such a change, sometimes I go “wow, did I have a baby?” “did that happen?”
Interviewer: Who are you? Where did you come from?
Caroline: exactly, yeah it’s quite strange, because it happened between records and it happened to be quite a good time because you know, we weren’t back on the road, you know, at the time, so we worked out.
Interviewer: Was he a good sleeper?
Caroline: No, no no no.. not for a while, but I think you just expect that and just get on with it.
Interviewer: vYou didn’t go through all that “oh my god, have I ruined my life” stage for the first 3 months or anything?
Caroline: It definitely was a shock to the system for both me and my husband but I think for everybody it’s a shock to the system. As any parent says your life’s changed forever but for the better.
Interviewer: And what is it like being an aunty?
Andrea: When see him cry, when I see that tears come out, and they just go “pfft” like that, like cartoons tears.
Caroline: He’s not always crying by the way.
Andrea: No, only when she beats him. [laughs]

[coming up] Interviewer: Long night is a very very sad song.
Sharon: yeah, I wrote that …. I’m married.

Interviewer: Are you still enjoying it as much? I mean are you thinking ahead to the next album and the next album and the next album?
Sharon: No actually I think we’re more sure enjoying the here and now, I think that.. You know when you’re younger I think you’re a little bit more nervous and a little bit more unsure of what you’re doing and constantly threshing about the future, now we’ve had a certain amount of success and we’re actually learning to really appreciate what we have.

After a four year break, the Corrs released their forth studio album “Borrowed heaven” in early 2004, it debuted in the top 10 of the Australian music chart.

Interviewer: You were saying that ... you’ve been a lot more honest lyrically on this album than the previous albums.
Andrea: I think we’ve always been honest, I just think it’s probably braver, you know I mean... I think that song writing is quite vulnerable, it’s like almost your diaries you know what I mean and showing them not just to family but everybody else and I just think as time goes on and you grow up, you realise that you’re not creating any new sin or any new feeling and I suppose you get braver to just write it exactly how you feel it and not care that the world will know and see that you’re not made of steel.

Interviewer: Long night is a very very sad song.
Sharon: yeah, I wrote that …. I’m married.
Interviewer: Does your husband go, honey what were you so sad about?
Sharon: I was kind of talking about the past.
Interviewer: Were you? Okay.
Sharon: yeah, and also thinking of how I would feel if anything happened to what I have right now.

Over a ten year career, the Corrs has sold millions of albums, play to audiences about to fifty thousand, and made some friends in high places.
One of the band’s most devoted fans has to be Nelson Mandela, he recently invited them to join the likes of Annie Lennox, Bono and Queen to play the 46664 AIDS benefit in South Africa.

Interviewer: What was that experience like?
Caroline: It was wonderful. We really know about that show was like the lack of sort of ego. It was fantastic. I don’t mean this in a bad way but there are some shows you do and there is people backstage and everybody is throwing shapes and it’s like look you know .This was a really musical show, people just doing something for AIDS.

Interviewer: Do you still feel like you’re not really a part of what you are?
Andrea: Not really anymore, I mean that did go on for quite a while when you felt your album was a toy in the shop and the other ones were real, that went on for a couple albums.
Interviewer: But you’re over that now?
Andrea: now , yeah it feels…
Interviewer: When Bono starts calling you up to say you’re the one to sing this song, do you go actually I think this is probably legitimate?
Andrea: yeah, though I think it just takes the time within it to see the reality in everybody else just like yourself.

When U2’s Bono co-wrote the song “time enough for tears” for the oscar nominated film In America, he only had one person in mind to sing it.

[coming up] Interviewer: Is there a pressure? Is there something you hold at the back of your mind?
Sharon: For sure, it would be a lie to deny that there isn’t a pressure to look good, there isn’t a pressure when you go out the door to feel that you’re maybe… That you’ve made more of an effort.

Interviewer: When you look back on the four albums, is it possible to encapture like what they are in a phrase? Or in what they captured in your life at the time?
Sharon: There is in a way, I mean it’s almost like they’re sort of growing up. It’s almost like the first album is kids, and the second album is puberty, and the third album is just after puberty and almost out of it but not quite sure, and then this last one seems much more mature.

Interviewer: So is it hard to be a woman in this business?
Caroline: In some ways there is a lot of doors that have opened for female artists, and I think that’s just wonderful, but I think … As you get older as a woman you have other pressures you know maybe children you want to have children, and you want to have a family whereas guys can kind of go out on tour forever, you know you can be the Rolling stones and still have maybe a partner or a wife at home and sort of looking after the domestic side of it, whereas women, I think, there is always that pull towards having both: the domestic life and the career, and very hard to have both especially in this industry.

Interviewer: it is harder for women because no matter what, there’s just more, there’s just more focus on your looks. Always, isn’t it? Have you all been quite healthy about just dealing with that individually? Because we are in a plastic surgery, collagen era. What are your thoughts on that?
Sharon: Yeah, yeah , it would be a lie to deny that there isn’t a pressure to look good, there isn’t a pressure when you go out the door to feel that you’re maybe that you’ve made more of an effort.
You know, so that is a bit of a pressure, but I think we’re pretty healthy about it and I mean, you know, as far as plastic surgery or that stuff is concerned I would hate to think that I would feel that I needed to but I certainly wouldn’t condemn anybody else doing it. The thing is this is just not to get to in your head about it, you know what I mean, it’s not really that important.
Interviewer: You must see it becoming important to people around you though
Sharon: What I see that is disturbing is they… you know women being pregnant having their babies and within a month they’re back to stick insects and I think that is totally unnatural, and I think there is a very bad body image going out there to the general public, you know to women all over the world, you know, I suppose if you have minders and all that sort of stuff you can get on the treadmill and do that, but is it healthy? You know straight after pregnancy, to be back to how you were before?

Interviewer: Is it anything you want in your life and you don’t have already?
Sharon: yeah, I mean for the future I’d love children, I’m saying I’d love children. You know but that’s not always about the music, but the one thing that really keeps us going is that it’s actually highly addictive. This is the certain life style that is really really addictive, and when you slow down and you stop, you go “okay, where am I going to next?” and you realise you’re not going anywhere and that’s real… you miss the adrenaline buzz, you really miss that.

Interviewer: When you think of Australia, what do you think of?
Andrea: I think of fun, people, vibrant colour, you know people very much about enjoying life and the moment, and beers, barbecues …
Caroline: beers
Andrea: beers, barbecues, beaches, bums

Interviewer: What is your favourite Corr song? And why?
Sharon: There’s the one that stays with me always and it never left me, I’ve never begun to hate it and that’s a really good song. Because if you cannot hate a song after playing it after 15 years it’s gotta be half-good so, runaway, I think.

Thanks to GaelleF for the precious help

Le 26/03/2005 à 19:11 par coralia

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