Mixes up the hits
SHE is currently the biggest-selling woman singer in the world. Her
debut album, No Angel, nestles in 11 million homes around the globe, and
she was crowned Best British Female at the Brit Awards-in-February. The
Islington-born singer, who plans to take a well-deserved break after a
period of intensive overseas touring, is spending time at home in
London. She is also relishing the chance to take stock of her remarkable
'I feel more confident now,' Dido tells me, as I catch up with her on
her way home from shopping.
'I know I'm in the right job — something I've never felt before. My life
has changed, but not too drastically. I'm very conscious about trying to
keep everything as normal as possible.
'It's nice being back in London, because I don't have loads of people
doing things for me. I don't want to take the ordinary things out of my
life. If I did, I'd have nothing to write about.
'I could never write about having money in the bank or being a celebrity
who everyone hates.
'I write from an emotional point of view— I'm still the same emotional
wreck that I was before all this.' But it can be difficult sometimes.
When I'm touring, I get into full-on performer mode at around 9.30pm.
'When I'm at home, I find that I'm still peaking at around the same time
during the first week off. And that's not appropriate when you're in the
middle of dinner.'
Dido was 30 in December.
HAVING temped in a law firm and studied at the Guildhall School Of Music
before embarking on a pop career, Dido is grateful that success has
arrived at a time when she feels able to cope with its attendant
'I'd be a nightmare if this had happened to me when I was 20,' she says.
'I was seriously unstable back then, and I wouldn't have been able to
handle everything. I'd probably be on drugs by now, so it's good for me
that I've done other jobs. If I had only ever known the pop business,
I'd be a strange person.
'Most of my best mates are from old jobs, which helps to keep me down to
The No Angel album, originally released in Britain in October 2000, has
been repackaged as a limited-edition double CD.
The new version features storming dance mixes of the singles Here With
Me, Thank You and Hunter, plus video clips and one superb new track, the
folky Christmas Day, which Dido describes as 'a depressing festive song
— it's certainly not Jingle Bells'.
But she is also looking forward. She will be working hard on a sequel to
'I've already started working on the album,' she says, 'I've been
writing on tour and I've performed four or five of the new songs live. I
want to make an amazing second record.'
On a personal note. Dido is getting married to her boyfriend Bob Page,
an entertainment lawyer this year.
'We have been together for six years,' she says. 'So getting married
isn't going to change things too much. It is the rest of our lives
‘I’d imagine that the ceremony will be pretty small and cool.