Caught in the spin cycle

2012-11-23 00:00

DANIEL Bedingfield, the New Zealand-born singer-songwriter who shot to fame with the hit Gotta Get Thru This, is in the country and will be performing at Live – The Venue in Stamford Hill Road, Durban, tonight.

Eight years on from his breakthrough success, the pop artist has recently released his controversial new video Secret Fear, where he strips naked and romps around in a glass box with a woman who he calls “the hottest babe in the world”.

Feedback? “Oh, you know,” he says, “it’s kinda like if I released a video of my naked self, my completely naked self cavorting around in various positions with the hottest babe in the world — also completely naked — and threw in some fire, murder, claustrophobia, a huge rotating coffin/washing machine, and other cool stuff for good measure,” (laughs).

YouTube comments vary from “transfixed by this stunning video” to “this porn has good music”.

The inspiration behind the video came about when Bedingfield saw “my friend Robyn’s skin on mine at an amazing DJ set. I saw it all in one piece, and then set about immediately to make it. I guess it’s how I experience relationships: caught in the eternal spin cycle,” he says, and adds with a glint of mischief, “I’ll let you fill in the blanks.”

So what’s it like being naked in a video? Apparently it’s not as big a challenge as “building the damn box”, he says.

“Water gets real heavy when there’s that much of it in motion. The small box with the fire and water nearly went off like a bomb when the fire burnt all the oxygen out. Nobody believed we could pull this off. I had to keep working at convincing them so that I didn’t even have to slightly compromise my vision of the thing.”

But there were other aspects to the video which stand out for him. “Casting was amaaaazing fun as you can imagine. I ended up directing, DP-ing, producing, assisting the build,” he says. “Crazy to see me watching my own self from inside the box as it spun, to see if we got the shot right.”

When it comes to the music, Bedingfield says that his ideal kind of gig or show is one that is “packed with people who really want to be there. A cross-section of peeps from every type of person there can be a type of, all singing every word and standing squished to f*** at the front of the stage, and giving me heaps of energy.”

So what is the focus of his new album? “To put it out,” he jokes. “I wish I could focus. I guess I just need to keep making music I stand behind and put it out regularly.”

Bedingfield spends a lot of time in South Africa, and says he loves Durban. “[I’m] sad I missed Diwali. [Durban has] great food, skin tones, hot girls, amazing music, and, of course, the simple fact that it’s in South Africa … which I love.”

Asleep in Transit has been confirmed as the opening act for the Durban show. Limited tickets to Live – the Venue are available at R80 from www.webtickets.co.za, or R100 at the door. Doors open at 8 pm. Strictly over 18s only. Inquiries: Andrew at 084 510 3107.

 

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