Spice Girls, the biggest girl-group in history, have been back in
the headlines this week amidst talks of a potential reunion at the
star-studded Live 8 charity concert.
Recently, a growing crossover has been seen from music to politics
in such a way, with the likes of Bob Geldof, Bono from U2 and Coldplays
Chris Martin actively involved in issues such as Make Poverty
History, Drop the Debt and Make Trade Fair.
herself has been a UN Goodwill Ambassador promoting campaigns such
as breast cancer awareness, and I ask her if its almost a
moral duty for influential musicians such as herself to take a stance
with such issues.
I dont agree that its a duty, she says,
but I believe that giving is important its a
gift to be able to help other people.
If youre in an influential position then it can act as a bigger
gesture, but the power of giving is the same whether its a
big charity or a small donation - it feels good so everyone wins.
is really short and the tiniest steps can make the biggest impact,
referring to the work of Comic Relief co-founder Richard Curtis
along with Bob Geldof.
at The Oxford Union of her story of how to dream, to try,
to achieve, she says that when growing up the media taught
her that she could make a difference if I was rich, powerful,
successful and famous, and this could be possible through
music: Music was my great escape, it was going to be my dream
various stints as everything from an aerobics instructor to a gameshow
hostess in Turkey whilst trying to break into the business however,
going back to education was one of the most rewarding, happiest
times of my life.
Strongly believing that knowledge is power, it gives you choice
in life, she praises Oxford for being a place of discovery.
the big break came, with the Spice Girls smashing numerous records
as they sold in excess of 50 million albums and 30 million singles:
There was purpose and there was drive.
We were celebrating female solidarity in our music
four years, I realised my purpose and passion had evolved and decided
her own right, shes been the most successful of the group,
with four number one hits in the UK, with her third album Passion
out next week.
Ive sometimes found it better to follow your heart rather
than your head, referring to the likes of Mi Chico Latino
as prime examples.
If I have to chase something purely on power, prestige or
finance, it never works - there needs to be creativity and altruism
in there too. Perfectionism kills art its paralysing
and a waste of time.
for the ongoing debacles within the industry: I dont
like the music business. I love music, but not the industry
its very cut-throat and fickle.
"Ive seen managers with twenty-five years of experience,
and talented A&R guys get fired because just one record didnt
do so well. Right now with online downloading being so popular the
business is in a very vulnerable position.
single Desire is out this week, and her third album
Passion is out on Monday June 6th.