Winning a Grammy Award — Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical, for 2009’s “Ellipse” — was a surprise for British electronic rock artist Imogen Heap.
So was the trophy itself.
“The Grammy’s actually quite heavy, believe it or not,” says Heap, 32, who opens her latest tour this weekend in Detroit. “It just arrived in the post the other day. The one they gave me on the night (of the ceremony) was kind of a dummy Grammy, so it was actually a lot lighter, in case somebody dropped it off camera.
“I came off stage thinking, ‘Oh, great, here’s my Grammy.’ I almost walked off with it; they had to stop and explain — ‘No, no, dear, we’ll send you yours.’ So they did, and it’s very heavy, very cute. They’ve got my name spelled right and I’ve got it in my studio. I’m very happy.”
Heap has also been frenetic. Besides preparing for the tour, she’s been putting the finishing touches on a DVD about the making of the “Ellipse” album, which debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 and No. 1 on the Top Electronic Albums chart. Heap is also preparing her next musical project, an environmentally themed 30-minute piece fusing electronic and “funny” instruments and an orchestra, which will be accompanied by a film pieced together from footage Heap has solicited from fans.
She plans to debut the piece on Nov. 5 at London’s Royal Albert Hall and doesn’t seem too sussed that she hasn’t begun its formal composition yet.
“That’s the problem with things like Twitter,” Heap says with a laugh. “With Twitter you have an idea and then everyone’s heard about it, so you kind of have to follow everything up. That’s why I have all these, ‘Omigod! I’ve got to do this now!’ moments.
“So I’ve got to watch what I wish for, ’cause with Twitter things happen. From the minute I mention something, people get involved. I know I could just not tweet about it, but what’s the fun in that, you know?”
Imogen Heap performs Saturday, May 22, at the Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25. Call 313-961-5451 or visit www.livenation.com.
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