Wednesday, September 01, 2010

10 Questions With Casey Donovan

A couple of months ago I wrote a post about Casey Donovan's amazing comeback anthem "Big, Beautiful & Sexy". Since then the indigenous icon has embarked on a national tour and released the song on iTunes. I really hope it takes off for her because the local music scene could do with more characters like Casey. She's so frank about her battle to lose weight and even revealed her insatiable hunger for cock (ok, I might be exaggerating - slightly) to Sydney's leading gay newspaper! Pop music's most unlikely sex symbol kindly took the time to answer some questions about Australian Idol, her raunchy new image and the best way for plus sized gays and girls to flaunt their ample assets. Start taking notes...

Casey, it's good to have you back. Where have you been hiding since 2008's "Eye 2 Eye" EP?
I have been working with Vibe Alive travelling around Australia and I also just finished a 7 month tour with The Sapphires, which was a stage show.

Your comeback track “Big, Beautiful & Sexy” is great. Who wrote and produced it?
I co-wrote this song with a good friend of mine Beau Golden, and it was produced by Lindsay Rimes.

The song is also something of a statement. Is it a response to the criticism you have received about your weight?
I think a whole bunch of things make this song [special]. I wrote it based on personal experiences and how I felt after all these years. The message in the song is to learn to love yourself and be confident and stand up and be proud of who you are.

You have a raunchy new image - I even saw you performing in a corset and tutu! How does it feel to be a sex symbol?
Hahaha sex symbol… it feels great! I love it! I step out on stage and feel big, beautiful & sexy!

Do you have any advice for plus sized boys and girls on how to best flaunt their ample assets?
Girls - boobs and legs haha. You will know what is too much! Boys - smile, smell nice and wear nice jeans and shirts… with buttons.

It’s been 6 years since you won Australian Idol. How do you feel about it now?
I feel fine. Hehehe in all honesty it was a great experience with all the ups and downs and round and rounds it has been a learning experience but one I wouldn’t change for the world.

Are you still in touch with anyone from the show?
No not really, everyone is off doing their own thing.

Sony dropped you after one album despite the fact that it sold well. Do you think they gave you a fair go?
Looking back, I think they did what they could… and then left it. I couldn't be more thankful for the opportunity.

What is your favourite song from "For You"?
I love "You Believed" and "For You".

Are you recording a new album?
Hopefully at the end of the year I will be back in the studio. I work with lots of people but I'm still making up my mind!

Thanks for the chat. Good luck with everything!

"Big, Beautiful & Sexy" is available to download from iTunes now. Casey will be performing at Notes in Newtown on the 29th of September. See you there!


Anonymous said...

I used to wonder what had happened to her. I was a bit of a hater, I guess, but I like her now; as a person, rather than a singer. Good luck to her.

Anonymous said...

The song is absolute shit, and if that's the single cover it is even worse (I like that music note fonts and the use of typewriter font with hot pink and black off-setting a white fleur de lis border is supposed to let us know it's a largely acoustic affair). But she seems nice enough as a person, so there's that.

undisco_me said...

If only her beats were fat.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this interview. Casey's has reason to feel hard-done-by especially the many unkind comments from 'the haters' over the years but she's come through with a positive self-image and attitude that is an inspiration to everyone. Casey was amazing in The Sapphires and I hope she brings her Big, Beautiful and Sexy show to Melbourne.

un_disco me, I thought you must be about 12 when I read your comment but your receding hairline indicates that you are much older so no excuse. Grow up!

Greg said...

She sounds lovely. Good luck to her!

Anonymous said...

Casey's next 'Big, Beautiful & Sexy' performance will be at the Brisbane Festival.,326,4747,032600906.aspx

Mike said...

I don't get the hate. Save it for the plastic bitches, not someone who is just plugging away - doing their own thing.

And I really like "Big, Beautiful & Sexy". I just wish there was a trashy dance remix!

Anonymous said...

undisco-me is actually rather gorgeous. that smile could get him away with murder x nice teeth too!

undisco_me said...

Um, it was mild remark (based on the actual theme of her own song) and I'm sure she wouldn't take offence to it. How inspirational of you.

Mike said...

Gordon is lovely. I think everyone knows he was joking!

Anonymous said...

I'm sure it was a joke - a joke at someone else's expense.

Casey would probably wouldn't give it a second thought - it's very mild compared to some of the stuff on forums, blogs etc. In fact, her song is a direct response to this kind of thing. That's why I fail to see how it's based on the theme of her song unless it's to mock it. I can't see how it's about the music either because I've never heard of 'fat' beats.

I shouldn't have responded the way I did. I should have ignored it. I'm not as inspirational as Casey. My main point is that people in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.