INTERVIEW. Concept for Sexy Fish
by Allie T.
Barbarella & The Angels were approached to create an exclusive concept for celebrity-haunt restaurant Sexy Fish in London, where they have been playing since December.
The tailor-made show provides a sensuous musical thread, a soundtrack that creates a multi-sensorial enviroment for the venue. It is meant to captivate but not interfere, hypnotise but not impose.
“I want people to hear a voice in the distance, with a massive reverb, like it’s coming from someone singing in the shower, or in the sea!”
Says the singer, who goes all out for the occassion, in mermaid-inspired evening gowns and headpieces
“The musical director was keen on the spirit of Barbarella, of the sensuality, of the music. We wanted to include our signature anthems, and interlace them with songs that have influenced and shaped my career, and that would be recognisable by the clientele.
I have deliberately avoided anything standard or overdone in the covers circuit, and the difficulty has been that we’ve had to make our own arrangements, effectively converting all these songs that we want to pay homage to, into new songs, because chord sheets the way I want to do them, do not exist.
The result is a setlist that’s meticulously personal to myself and impossible to replicate; that you won’t hear anywhere else. It contains all the elements of my sound, and embraces the music of geniouses such as Nat King Cole, Depeche Mode or The Beatles. It’s a very eclectic and unusual combination of old cabaret jazz made popular by Marilyn Monroe, pure 60s rock n roll “Satisfaction”, and Studio 54 anthems. Mixed in with some beachy St Tropez kitsch that I found very necessary to break the mould and take it somewhere.
I wanna be cool but I also wanna be cheesy. I wanna sing “You can Leave Your Hat on” and make people laugh. I wanna sing “What’s up Pussycat” because nobody does. I also make it a point to include tracks that are unexpected, from smaller 60s songwriters or La Bella Vita singers, because I don’t want to hit people in the head with an over used vocal line that they’ve heard a million times, because that is interruptive. My own “Dream Girl” has become one of people’s favourites, and we premiered “Meet Me” (still to be released) on the second week.
I want this project to be special. I want this to be about the atmosphere, a cornucopia of colour. For this reason, we don’t repeat the same set twice. We’re working very hard on making it fluctuate, and surprise you. I’ve been training a team of exceptional musicians like classical guitarist Andres Miranda, pianist Peter de Havilland (Oasis) and Gonzalo Carrera (Supertramp), so that each time it can be something different. When David Bowie passed, I had to do Starman, and I’m happy to say Bowie will remain an important figure in my set. Keep tuned for “Magic Dance” next”
Feedback from Sexy-goers has been positively thrilling:
“I almost heard it in the distance and then I realised. YES! There’s you singing! And it was beautiful”
“You’re Barbarella! We know you! I'm so excited to hear you sing”
“Tt is soft and mellow and so beautiful I couldn’t get tired of it. You don’t overdo it. It’s a pure sound”
"You are perfect and your voice oh my God I can listen to you all day. Love you and your songs"
“Thank you for the music, it’s truly special”