Kate Waterhouse -Apr 8, 2012
US-bound ... Connie Mitchell (right) and Kate Waterhouse. Photo: Sahlan Hayes
Known for her 'fro, the lead vocalist of Sneaky Sound System, Connie Mitchell, is far from shy and is ready to take on the US. From her sexuality to band dramas, nothing's off limits. Kate Waterhouse caught up with the 27-year-old, now on tour with the band's latest album, From Here to Anywhere.
What are you up to?
We are now doing a national tour extravaganza and then we are going to base ourselves in LA for six to eight months and write, collaborate and get among the thick of it because I've sung on albums and been involved with Kanye, Jay-Z and Snoop so it would be crazy not to capitalise on the connections we have made. If big international players have flown me to the US and I've featured on three of their albums, I think it kind of says to you, ''You know what, you've got a shot at this if you went over there.''
Did you always want to be a singer?
Pretty much, yes.
Is it true that Sneaky Sound System found you while you were busking?
Not quite. I was with some friends in the park and I started playing Nights in White Satin on the guitar and they walked past and and came over. Angus actually sang I Love It in the park that day and I thought, ''That's a really charming song.'' When they asked me to sing with them, I thought it was a bit of a pick-up line at first but then I researched them and spoke to a few music people and they were like, ''No, they are legit.''
As soon as you joined the band, you shot to national fame. Did that cause any tension?
Everyone was very happy, Kate! [laughs] It was ridiculous. I was 18 and it was like, boom. ''Welcome to the world of nightclubs.'' Nightclubs weren't on my radar, I was a gamer, I was a nerd. I'd be at home playing computer games or writing romantic fiction novels.
Biggest career highlight?
The sheer spectacle of Mardi Gras was incredible and the sheer energy.
You caused a stir at Mardi Gras, with the media declaring you are bisexual. Was that a beat-up?
Yes, that was completely out of context.
Have you ever had a girlfriend?
No. I admire a pretty girl how I admire a car, and if a hot girl is walking past I'm like, ''Damn, she looks great today'' in the same way when an Aston Martin goes by I'm like, ''Damn, that's an amazing-looking car.''
Do you have a boyfriend?
What do you look for in a man?
Really good advice, great companionship, someone you can just hang out with at all times in any setting. You can be at some kind of ghetto party, in deepest, darkest Brooklyn and then you can be in Bellevue Hill in some amazing house drinking Cristal and then you can be on the couch in your daggiest clothes, playing PlayStation, eating pizza and getting it all over your face.
What do you do when you're not performing?
I play Grand Theft Auto and practise my car lines. I'm a bit of a leadfoot.
Where do you see yourself in five years' time?
I wouldn't mind doing a racy photography book.
WE WENT TO Water Bar, Woolloomooloo.
WE ATE Roasted cashews ; marinated queen green and Ligurian black olives.
WE DRANK Negroni and Ruby Rose cocktails.
Chanel accessories, vintage Marc Jacobs dress and Kurt Geiger shoes.