I'm sitting downstairs at the Camden Monarch in the company
of Imogen Heap's manager, who's in a jubilant mood. He tells
me that tonight Imogen will be recording some of the live
performance for an EPK for Asia. Though in truth we spend
more time talking about his other new band he's just started
to look after called the Dum-Dums, after one of them has approached
us to tell us that sales for tickets for the Covent Garden
Rock City gig are going extremely well. I'm offered several
tickets, but I decline, there's only so many times I can afford
to travel from Milton Keynes to London in a week, this being
My polite refusal isn't heard and said tickets are thrust
in my hand for free.
Imogen arrives, looking extremely tall, though in comparison
with me everyone usually is. After Imogen returns with refreshments
it's time to get down to the nitty gritty and find out where
it all began.
So Imogen probably never thought back then that she would
end up recording an album, let alone her first in New York.
"Yes, I had never been there before. It was fantastic,
I just love New York. It's now one of my favourite places.
I just love the people, they're all individual, completely
diverse. I've just read 'American Psycho' as well, that's
set in New York, it enlightened me on parts of New York that
I hadn't seen. There was one experience that I had after several
drinks. I was walking around with my walkman on really loud
and there was one song that I was really into at the time,
Sublime's 'What I've Got'. The same guy that was producing
my album produced it, so I thought I'd listen to it. I was
hanging around Brooklyn Bridge on my own. The skyline view
was just the best ever. It's just a huge city, not in width
but in height. I was sitting there watching people walk and
cycle by. I put on the song when the sun started to go down
and all the lights flickered and begun to come on. I just
started to dance and no-one seemed to care."
So how's life treating Imogen at the moment? >>