From ‘Murder On The Dancefloor’ to killer in the kitchen: Sophie Ellis Bextor’s lockdown project

Dance diva Sophie Ellis Bextor is known for her killer tunes Murder On The Dancefloor, Get Over You, and hit collaboration with DJ Spiller Groovejet (If This Ain’t Love).

Although she has been missing from the Australian charts for a while, she has been busy with her five kids, releasing a number of albums and playing live shows.

Scroll down to listen to the full interview in the Pop Spot podcast

But when COVID-19 shut down travel and cancelled live entertainment, Ellis-Bextor turned her kitchen into a stage.

“Every Friday of lockdown we did a kitchen disco – I’d sing some of my songs, do some covers, the kids would be in fancy dress usually… just a bit of fun, a bit of silliness live streamed from my Instagram,” Sophie said on the latest Pop Spot podcast from 7NEWS.com.au.

Sophie Ellis Bextor’s kitchen disco. Credit: Facebook

“The kitchen discos were basically our family’s way of coping with the heaviness of what was going on,” she said.

Kids in the kitchen

Performing from home meant Sophie’s kids became involved in the live online shows.

The nice thing was they didn’t really have a clue (about) the significance of it really,” Sophie said.

“Obviously my husband, Richard, and I knew that there were people watching while we did it, but for them, they just saw their mum singing to the back of their dad’s phone.

“That was something I really liked about actually because I would say to them, ‘you don’t have to come, it’s there if you want it’.

“I’d try and include songs I knew that were family favorites – sometimes they were really up for it, sometimes they were not quite in the mood.

“Sometimes they had loads of energy, other times they just slump on the sofa.”

Live music letdown

The arts have been hit hard by COVID-19 lockdowns.

Not only are artists, actors and performers out of work, but millions of support crew who look after sound, lighting, staging and merchandise – just to name a few.

“If you’re the main act playing the O2 (Arena in London), there’s over 1,200 people that are employed in that venue on that night, just because there’s a gig on,” Ellis-Bextor said.

Sophie Ellis-Bextor presents an award virtually during the 2020 British Podcast Awards in July.
Sophie Ellis-Bextor presents an award virtually during the 2020 British Podcast Awards in July. Credit: British Podcast Awards via Getty

“You think about all of those concentric circles that are happening. I don’t think I’d really had reason to pause and think about it that way, in fact, normally with my work, you’re trying not to think of the industry side because the corporate side can be quite an uncomfortable bedfellow to creativity and art and all those sorts of things.

“But actually, this is really drawn a massive highlight to the economy of what we’re normally up to and all those jobs and all those people.”

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