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Madonna Interview : Mixmag

Madonna - Mixmag / March 2000

Who are you favourite DJ’s ?

There are a lot of them. I love, love Sasha (she pronounces his name the American way: Sar-sha). I like the way he approaches sound, as something you can move and change any way you want- Victor Calderone is great too. Have you heard Moby DJ at a party? He is damn good. I did a little work with Sasha here when I was working with William. We all got together but what we did never actually turned into a song, which is the danger of this way of working. So it’s in vaults and who knows what’s going to happen to it? He is very talented, though.
There are a lot of them. I love, love Sasha (she pronounces his name the American way: Sar-sha). I like the way he approaches sound, as something you can move and change any way you want- Victor Calderone is great too. Have you heard Moby DJ at a party? He is damn good. I did a little work with Sasha here when I was working with William. We all got together but what we did never actually turned into a song, which is the danger of this way of working. So it’s in vaults and who knows what’s going to happen to it? He is very talented, though.

London has become one of your homes now. Apart from your boyfriend Guy, what is it that you like so much about Britain? What brings you here?

What do you mean, what brings me here? This is the music capital of the world, isn’t it? All the music that I love comes from England, and all the producers and engineers that I like to work with. It seems natural and organic to come here. I did buy a house but I’m selling it because it’s not big enough. But I am renting a house, so I might as well be living here. I pay all my taxes and everything.

Do you like British telly?

I never watch “the telly.” Not at all. Is that strange? I don’t feel that I need to watch television in order to know popular culture inside out or anything. Also I really don’t have time because in my free moments I’m either with my daughter or working on music or running my record company or having a relationship. In the wee small hours of the night I’d rather watch a movie than turn on the television.

Do you feel less of a prisoner in England than you do elsewhere?

I feel a prisoner everywhere. I feel a prisoner of my body. Ha! No, actually my fans are a little persistent and irritating here. The fans are even more intense here. They’re not happy to stand outside the recording studio or my house, they have to follow me everywhere. I do sometimes stop them and say, “Look, can’t you see that if you really admire me like you say you do, you’ll at least respect my privacy? I’ll pose for pictures and sign autographs but do you have to follow me everywhere?” It bugs me.

Surely that goes with the territory. Do you ever feel bad that this may be the one time a Madonna fan actually gets to meet Madonna, and she’s telling them to fuck off and leave her alone?

No, not at all. I do feel fuilty about that, ever. It’s my life. I shouldn’t be stalked everywhere I go. Sure, hang out by the recording studio, but don’t follow me everywhere, all day, every day – that doesn’t go with the territory.

You’ve got the Prodigy signed to your label. Are they pals of yours?

Oh yes. They just came down to the studio the other day. They are lovely young men.

Does Keith pinch your bum and that sort of thing?

Keith does not pinch my bum. I’m his boss! I’d slap his little face. Or maybe he just doesn’t fany my bum very much. Whatever. Our relationship is not like that, though. It’s actually quite professional. I love them, they are fun. We enjoy each other. they’re a bit of alright, innit? People do think they’re these naughty boys, but they’re not, they’re really smart and they have a great sense of style. They have mischievous side to them but they’re really sweet. We talk about music more than anything else.

How did you feel about the whole ‘Smack My Bitch Up’ carry-on?

I thought it was ridicilois. Loved the track, thought it was great, it’s not degrading to women and anyone who thinks it is needs to go get a sense of humour.

A lof of women will be surprised to hear you say that?

But I don’t think that record is degrading to women. First of all, a bitch is not necessarily a women. A bitch is a weak person, a bitch is a pussy, a bitch is a coward who rats their friends out. I do believe that the Prodigy are using the alng term in an ironic way. And I chose to enjoy it as such. So if you’re going to be a boring, humourless feminist then be one but leave me out of it.