A glorious career spanning over thirty years, including chartbusters and ultra glamorous outfits, Italian fashion designer Giambattista Valli interviews the Australian singer on her relationship with music, creativity and fashion. From the beginning in the 1980s to the present: from Locomotion to Golden.
Influencing an entire generation over three decades, Kylie Minogue, chameleon-like, has changed her face and look countless times, always with the same contagious energy. Her last album, released in the end of June, Step Back in Time: The Definitive Collection” (BMG, Warner distribution) is a collection of her greatest hits: from I Should Be So Lucky from the 80s, to the duet Where The Wild Roses Grow with Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, and the inevitable I Can’t Get You Out Of My Head from the Fever album, awarded with five platinum records.
Giambattista Valli: Let’s start with a trivial question. What prompted you to become a singer?
Kylie Minogue: I didn’t wake up one day thinking that I want to be a singer. I gradually became aware of it as a child. My first memory related to music goes back to when I was nine years old and attended a rhythm course. Then I took violin lessons and for a few years played the piano, and even the flute at school. As for singing, I began to get excited from the age of eight or nine: my first memories are related to Grease, Abba, to the Bad Girls album by Donna Summer, which I sang from beginning to end (without understanding the meaning, of course). That's how I started fantasising about a future as a singer. I don’t remember if it was a concrete aspiration, but it is certainly a dream that has accompanied me throughout my childhood. At the age of 16, I started studying singing. I had acted in some television series and put aside some money, which I invested in lessons and recorded a demo. The rest is history. After the experience in the Neighbors (series), I launched a single.