Hi Sigala, how are things with you?
Hello! Life’s good, 2019 has been another amazing year with two singles I loved working on. 2020 is kicking off with my first ever world tour in February so I am super excited.
We’re loving your acoustic version of We Got Love featuring Ella Henderson! What was it like working together on this?
Working on this track was so much fun, having a live string section perform the strings from ‘Strings of Life’ (the track I sample in the song) brought a whole new depth to the track. Then of course Ella Henderson came along and smashed it – I loved working with her and I LOVE this rendition of the song!
The social media comments for We Got Love are going down a storm! Do you like to spend time reading comments, and does fan feedback ever influence your musical direction?
Between the studio and gigs it’s hard to find the time to go through all of the comments, but when I do, I am always in awe of how much love and support fans of my music show me! It’s impossible not to feel inspired from so much positivity. Thanks for being the best <3
One of the lines in the song reads ‘We got risks to take’. What’s the biggest risk you have ever taken?
Moving to London with no money and committing to working in music full time… Luckily it worked out!
What was your favourite moment from Capital’s Jingle Bell Ball?
It was insane playing ‘We Got Love’ with Ella Henderson at the O2 arena – hearing your song on a stage that big is surreal… definitely still on a high from that evening.
What do you like most about Christmas time?
The abundance of Lynx Africa and socks my parents continue to give me… tour essentials!
We’re actually based in Norwich. Do you have fond memories of your time growing up in Norfolk, and do you often visit your home town?
Growing up in Norfolk was great, its where my love of both music and cars began. When I was young my dad bought me and my brothers a couple of old run-down motorbikes, we would make jumps, do laps and basically just keep ourselves entertained. My parents still live in Norfolk so I visit as much as I can.
What can fans expect from your upcoming tour?
I always see tours as an opportunity to try new things and I’m really looking forward to showing people the next stage of the Sigala show. Doubly excited as this is the first time I will take my live show outside of the UK. Expect to see me jumping around behind the decks somewhat trying to contain my excitement.
What else is on the horizon and who would you love to work with in 2020? Can you give us any exclusive news?
New music, new music, new music! Haha I can’t give anyone away yet, but I’m currently locked away in my studio working on everything for next year!
What advice would you give to any students who are aspiring DJs?
Don’t do what you think you should be doing, do what you are passionate about. Chances are, if you work hard at what you love, this will show. It’s easy to get sucked into trends and to try and imitate other people who have had success. But for me, the results don’t compare to when you put your all into the aspects of music you truly love.
What’s been your most embarrassing moment?
Hmm… Probably falling over a monitor wedge on stage while trying to take a selfie with the crowd!
In the event of a zombie apocalypse, what would be your plan of action?
What kind of zombies are these?! If we are talking Resident Evil hunter zombies then you will find me in the studio with a generator, my piano against the door and enough food … to last me at least the year. Have you seen how scary they are??
If you could collaborate with any artist from any point in history, who would it be and why?
Freddie Mercury – a legend!
Check out Sigala’s 2020 world tour dates here: www.sigalamusic.com/events
We also caught up with Ella Henderson to discuss her experience working with Sigala on We Got Love, new music, and more! Look out for the interview in the upcoming winter edition of Student Pocket Guide in January…
Sigala interview by Elliot Norman