It seems Natalie Bassingthwaighte is everywhere at the moment. She pops up during prime time on Channel 10 hosting So You Think You Can Dance, she’s there during the weekend strutting in any number of music videos, she’s in magazines promoting her new album 1000 Stars, and she’s about to take to the stage as one of the headline acts at this year’s Mardi Gras party.

The new Kylie Minogue? Probably not, but the girl’s certainly making the most of her 15
minutes of fame.

I’m so excited to perform. Last year I was asked by all these journalists whether I would like to do Mardi Gras and then the next day the papers said that it was Natalie’s dream. I was thinking -˜I didn’t say I was doing it’ and I felt a bit bad at the time but it worked in my favour, she said.

I’ve done Sleaze Ball and went along to the parade. Normally I’ve been working but my visions of Mardi Gras are of my friends telling me how wonderful it is.

Mardi Gras has come up with some really great concepts and we are just workshopping it at the moment -” its going to be my favourite night ever. I’m going to do some songs people will know and it’ll be a mixture with hot dancers.

With a strong musical history and destiny playing its part in 2004, she joined Australian dance act, the Rogue Traders. But last June, she announced her departure from the band to pursue her solo career, and Bassingthwaighte has since released two top 10 hits including Alive and Someday Soon.

With my solo music I was really open. I wrote stuff the year before last but I went away for a few months because I was in a different mindset. I was really tired and didn’t enjoy it and felt that I didn’t want to do this solo thing at that time, she said.

At the time So You Think You Can Dance had finished and I’d just done the Rogue Traders tour and then I went on a break for a few weeks and came back with my eyes open. I didn’t go into the studio with any criteria and just experimented and had fun.

Bassingthwaighte’s debut solo album, 1000 Stars was released late last month.

It’s a real eclectic album. I had no idea what I wanted to create and was given the freedom by the record company and space to discover who I am and who I was and what I could come up with, she said.

I did come up with lots of different stuff. I was really particular with what songs I put on the album and everyone I worked with had a different result. It was just how it happened.

There were times when I thought -˜Oh my God, this didn’t make sense’ and I felt like I was making 10 albums and being 10 different artists but in the end it all fitted together and I thought that this is me .

Every song has a different flavour but it really defines who I am. That’s why I have so many different jobs and careers -” I love doing it.

I just gravitated towards certain tracks. I’m inspired by Kylie, Madonna and Gwen and lots of artists but there are different flavours in this album.

info: Bassingthwaighte will perform at this year’s Mardi Gras party on Saturday 7 March. Tickets via Ticketek.

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