By
Ariana Díaz Celma

Laetitia Sadier is one of the great names of modern pop, the most visible face of one of the most legendary British indie bands of all times, Stereolab. Laetitia went solo a few years ago to develop her most personal project to date. In 2014 she released Something Shines, a fourth album that consolidates her as one among the most personal voices in today’s pop music. We interviewed before her acoustic concert at Primera Persona

We have learned that just before your stop in Barcelona ​​you’ve been in Tarragona, my hometown. Also you previous album, Silence, is inspired by a church in Zamora. Have you got a soft spot for the little Spanish capitals? Are these the places that help you to compose? Or is the contrast between small towns and a metropolis like London?

In fact, the idea of ​​going to Tarragona was my boyfriend’s. I’ve long dreamt of having a country house in the mountains somewhere in Spain, although it must be near the beach. Last year, David told me it was a good time to buy. I already know Castellón because my bass player and booker lives there, but we wanted to find somewhere further north near Barcelona and that’s how we discovered Tarragona. And it is a city that is very close to the ideal of my dream. I wish I had a house there. I’d try to do something in the city’s cultural scene. In fact, when we went to Zamora on tour, we played in a club called Berlin that belonged to a guy named Boris who apparently was responsible for all the cultural scene of the city. In a way, he is the one who inspired me. This was in 2009 and I’m still looking for that country house. We’ll see what happens. On an artistic level, what inspired me were the 23 churches of Zamora. I’ve always been an agnostic but a few years ago I began to find some taste to these churches. I guess that’s because I’ve been working a lot on spirituality, a concept from which religion has taken many things, but it they don’t necessarily have to go together.

I’ve long dreamt of having a country house in the mountains somewhere in Spain

And how do you manage to separate spirituality and religion?

I took spirituality as the way I am, a free human being. I could go back to churches because they’re a place to connect with silence with an incredible resonance. I live in a very noisy city and finding such places is a real treasure. Silence is an increasingly scarce and precious commodity. Zamora was a spiritual experience of connection with myself and, at the same time, something very political.

In fact, in the concert of Primera Persona you proved to be a very active political person…

For me politics are very broad. It’s not just about electing a president to represent you for five years. It’s also about choosing the things you buy every week at the supermarket, what you say and how you do it. In the world we live in, society informs you and I shape it through feedback. It is a natural cycle. And this is just where today’s politics are wrongly because it attempts to cut this cycle to prevent citizens from interacting with society.

Let continue with your show at Primera Persona, which enhances the performance of the ‘self’ in music and literature. How do you think Laetitia Sadier fits in this interpretation? Is it due your solo career after Stereolab’s breakup?

Of course. With Stereolab we spent 18 years making music. It was one of the best experiences of my life, but otherwise the atmosphere of the band wasn’t good. After Mary’s death we came a bit closer, but it makes you think about how sad it is that a tragedy should happen for things to get better. For me being in Stereolab was quite frustrating. I’ll be honest: the girl always takes the shit. Tim’s always been in his own bubble and I never felt free to express myself as I wanted. I was recently watching concerts and, although musically fantastic, there was no connection with the audience. At last I begin to feel this connection by doing what I want to do now.

 I never felt free to express myself as I wanted

So do you fantasize about a Stereolab’s comeback?

I’d love to make another album with Tim to see how we’ve grown up. It’d be a nice experiment.

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In Primera Persona you headlined a session starting with Todd McEwan talking about porn, but we don’t strike us as a very phonographic person…

I don’t like to censor sexuality. Sexual energy is very important and it’s the force of life. The presence of sexuality onstage is very important for the show to work out. However, I’m not attracted by pornography, it just leaves me indifferent because it doesn’t involve the heart and the soul as sexuality does…

Your favourite hotspots?

In Brixton, where I live, I love going to the swimming pool and the market. I spend many hours there.  Also, I think it’s a very interesting place. A while ago there were only Jamaicans and poor people living there. There’s more and more middle class people moving there, looking for cheap rents, so both sides have had to learn how to live together. Many of the Africans living there are fleeing the war, so they have a difficult past. Let’s see how long this living together lasts. Hopefully a long time…

You’d ban…

Censorship

You never thought you’d end up…

Thinking that the re-election of David Cameron is better than I thought it’d be. At the very least, things will remain stable, even though I don’t agree with his ideas.

Good2b means…?

Being in Spain right now.