Hallway Interview with Kim Bingham
You've collaborated with David Usher, Nelly Furtado, Bran Van 3000, Jacksoul. Who would you like to work with?
Jack White [of the White Stripes]. He's one of the most exciting all-around performers. Jeff Lynne from the Electric Light Orchestra. In the hip hop world, Kanye West, Timbaland. I like Mark Ronson's new album too.
What's on your iPod right now?
Mark Ronson. I'm about to listen to the Kanye West album. It comes highly recommended. I listen to a lot of old stuff, like Mina. She's an Italian Diva, like the Italian Streisand. You have to listen to her song "Brava". She was a piece of work. I admire strong, over-the-top women performers.
Listen to his conversation with Sue.
Last week I was talking to Pascal Dufour, another musician working in both French and English, about the differences between music in the two languages. What have you experienced?
With the meaning of the text in French, you have to take great pains not to be trite. In English you can sing "Hey baby," and it sounds okay, but not in French. The French are so proud of their language.
So the bar is set higher in French?
Yes, so much higher. Technically, in production and in the mix, and as a general rule, the vocals are louder in French. They want to hear every word and the words must mean something.
What's your favourite Montreal restaurant?
Mazurka. Only because I've been going since I was four. I'm part Polish. The staff has known me and my family for decades.
What's your favourite place to shop in Montreal?
I love U&I although I can't always afford to shop there. Forever 21, H&M. I do a lot of shopping in Paris and L.A. where Asian importers have great deals. I love Neiman Marcus's last call sales, like getting a $2000 Alexander McQueen dress for $80. And for Montreal design, I follow local designers. Two that I really like are Cokluch and Cul de Sac.
I see you are wearing a great red berry coloured lipstick. What is it?
(Reaches into her handbag and pulls it out) Revlon 745. Raspberry Bite.