Beth Ditto Speaks Out About Solo EP, Lady Gaga and Planned Parenthood
For Beth Ditto, the perfect way to describe the recording sessions of her upcoming self-titled EP and first solo release would be "relaxed." As the Gossip frontwoman tells Spinner, "I work really well under pressure but I really hate doing things on a timeframe. It's like going to college from the sixth grade: don't do it unless you're Doogie Howser."
The EP, which is due out March 29, features Ditto reteaming with electro duo Simian Mobile Disco for four club-ready tracks. The always-outspoken singer recently chatted with Spinner about the project, the Madonna-inspired video for 'I Wrote the Book' and her thoughts on the controversy surrounding the defunding of Planned Parenthood.
Why did you decide to do this now at this stage in your career?
Probably because I don't really consider what I do as a career. I don't really think things through like that -- I just wanted to do it. I just turned 30 and the reason it felt really good to put all that under my belt, put out a little solo thing, because Gossip have been [together] since I was 18, so 12 years now. It felt really good to do something with other people. I always compare it to having a baby, like having a love affair with someone else just to see what the baby is going to look like. It was really fulfilling.
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Were you nervous about going solo?
No, because I don't really see it as going solo. I don't really have any nerves because there's not a lot of expectation. I was really happy with it and wanted to do