Katy Perry promises fans a kaleidoscope of colour and music when her Prismatic tour explodes onto the North East stage next week. She speaks to Wow 24/7 about what crowds can expect.
Q: Since I Kissed a Girl back in 2008, you’ve packed a lot into the past few years. Does it all seem like a bit of a whirlwind, or can you remember most parts of it?
KP: “I can remember every part of it by outfits, because actually, right now, I’m going through my storage unit that houses all of my clothes and costumes from 2007-2011.
“I’m having a lot of flashbacks and nostalgia. I’m kind of shifting through it figuring out, what do I give away, what do I keep and do any of the outfits hold a purpose or strong memories.
“It’s been quite a colourful few years with a lot of hard work, with a lot of excitement, a lot of purpose, perspective-opening and a lot of fun really.
“If it wasn’t fun, I don’t think I would be running this fast still.”
It’s not a case of finding past outfits to take out on this tour?
“Well, it’s outfits definitely, that’s 10 per cent of what really matters.
“This tour is another big challenge for me. I always like to continually challenge myself and raise my goal mark.
“We are in the thick of rehearsals right now and I’m really quite proud as we have rehearsed more for this tour than any tour before, or anything we have ever done and I’m 50 per cent ready.
“I go in quarter blocks so I’ll be close to the 75 per cent mark very soon, but I’m very excited to be kicking off in the UK, because the audience there, the fans, their energy is wild and that is what I want for the first shows.
“I want that wild energy; basically this tour is just on another level, it’s different from the last tour, but just as colourful and the stage is so advanced, and incredible, somewhat futuristic and a little bit more modern than the last tour. It’s just so fun. There’s a lot of comedy in the show, all these little bits of humour.
There are more than 100 dates on the Prismatic World Tour, what kind of home comforts do you take on tour – how do you stay sane doing that amount of shows?
“It’s really about the people I keep around me and their energy.
“I’m bringing most of the same crew from the last California Dreams tour. I’m quite loyal, and if I find a good person, I keep them forever! I’ve got an incredible traveling circus that I like to make incredible memories with.
“I’ve kind of routed this tour like an old rock group that has a family and kids and a hip problem!
“I routed it so I can really enjoy myself along the way and have experiences and make memories, so that when I do go to a city, maybe I’ve had an incredible experience there, and I then have more to say on stage, as I think it’s so impersonal that when you get on that stage the only thing you can say is, ‘Hello Newcastle…’
“I mean, what about Newcastle? I will be in Newcastle so I should know exactly what Newcastle is like, what’s the coolest pubs, where the best fish ‘n’ chips are, I like to go out and find out that stuff.
“I’m an adventure junkie when I’m on tour.
“The tour is massive, but it really is just a road trip in disguise.
Are you planning to do a lot more sight seeing at the places you are visiting?
“I definitely take in the cities; we always bring bikes on tour and cycle all around to find the best parks.
“I’m so into history and so into culture – I dive right into that stuff.
“Sometimes when we go bike riding the day before or the morning of a show, we take some tickets and stop along the way in coffee shops and places and give them away, secretly – but I wear a hat and sunglasses, so you don’t really know that it’s me!
Do you enjoy the recording process for Prism, and do you have a preference for recording or performing live?
“They are both different. The writing and making of a record is exciting, but it’s also like you are sitting on a golden egg – you can’t really show off this golden egg as it’s not ready to hatch yet, but you do get this inner confidence when you go about your day like, ‘I’ve got something brewing, I’ve got something coming, it’s very exciting’.
“A tour is the fruits of your labour – it’s the evidence of all the hard work right then and there.
“The tour is physically exhausting, the writing of a record can be somewhat mentally exhausting – it’s moving two types of different muscles.
Each of your albums reflects a personal journey, a time and place of where you are in your life with a different vision and tone.
Do you think it’s important for you to have this reflected in your artistic output?
“It’s normal for me. There’s no other way I know how to write.
“I only really know how to write in my voice and what I’ve gone through, and my life journey is what I draw inspiration from.
“Really, I’m a student of life and an observer of life, and that is where I get a lot of my ideas.
“Being an observer, being present, watching and listening, which includes my own thoughts, and when I’m doing that, I grab little creative nuggets that happen to flow into my mind.
“I think that people relate to the vulnerability and honesty I try to bring into the songs, but some aren’t that deep – some are just for going out, getting ready, putting make-up on.
“There’s a variety of songs always in my records because I feel quite a variety of emotions.
Is there a particular song of which you are most proud?
“On a commercial level, Roar has been really much bigger than I ever could have dreamed, and I get a lot of incredible stories from that.
“On a more super-fan level, kids really like By The Grace of God, as I’ve heard that it helps kids feel as if they aren’t so alone in whatever situation they are going through.
“I think the willingness to share and be open helps people feel safer and not alone.
There was a photograph that went everywhere here in the UK at the Brits after-show party with you, Ellie Goulding and Lorde – did you have a good night?
“Oh yeah, obviously! I think the three Amigos had a lot of fun – that’s unusual for me to be like ‘I’m gonna put myself out there,’ but every once in a while you go to these award shows and you get to meet up with your friends and you have a good time, have a couple of glasses of champers and pretend you’re a DJ, when you’re really not!
“It’s just girls having fun.”
Smurfs 3 – are you going to be in it and are we going to see you do anymore acting?
“It would be interesting if I wasn’t Smurfette, and as far as acting goes, like you said, there are 100 dates on this tour and it takes me to Summer 2015, and beyond that, I cannot plan any further because I need some spontaneity in my life!
“I’ve always said I would love to be in a Wes Anderson film – those are my favourite films.
On tour are we going to hear you “Roar”?
“ Oh yes! Oh yes you will. Basically, if you are coming to see me on tour I will give you one hint – do not be late, because you do not want to miss the opening!
* Katy Perry – The Prismatic World Tour – with special guests Icona Pop, is at Newcastle Metro Radio Arena on May 10. For more information visit www.katyperry.com