Advocate.com:Are your performances usually so interactive? Oh yeah. Festivals are a little weird because it's not my fan base, so I don't know if they're gonna actually bring it, but they were goodâ€¦ There was enough of them out there who were believers.
Do you like playing festivals? They can be more fun if you're in the right mood and have the right energy. It's probably the same way for the fans and the press -- it's like, if you're a little worn down and you just need to focus, it's a terrible place to be. But if you're full of energy and you get the right slot and the right crowd, then it can be explosive and it can be better than a headlining show. But usually I feel festivals are commercials for yourself. You kind of go out there and go, This is what I do . If you like it, come and see a real show. But there's also something about the festival vibe, especially in Europe, where people are just committed to being insane. You don't really feel that at Coachella -- it's a much more sedated crowd, but it's cool, and the way the festival is run is way more civilized. This is pretty clean, and they take pretty good care of their artists. They know what they're doing.
Is it more freeing to be a solo artist, or is it just different? Both. It's way more freeing, but that's obvious. It's like I can do whatever I want, I'm not part of a democracy, I'm a one-woman dictatorship. I miss Brian. And there's a very concrete negative part of being solo -- especially in a festival where you're competing with sound. Drums are very useful, because they drown a lot of things out. So sometimes I miss the power, especially the loudness of the drums. When I'm totally solo I miss having an ally on stage, and it's part of the reason I love touring with [cello player] Zoe or other musicians -- it's like, there's a loop that happens when you have more than one musician onstage. It turns more into a conversation, which I like.