As a founding member of ‘90s British electronica band, Faithless, who sold over 15 million records worldwide, Sister Bliss has a lot to offer.
Bliss, born Ayalah Deborah Bentovim, distinguished herself early on in her career through her classical training. She composed the majority of Faithless’ music electronically while also playing a host of rich instruments, from piano and saxophone to violin and bass guitar.
On Friday night, she brings her solo show to Abu Dhabi’s The Podium Lounge in Yas Viceroy. But before that, she told us what kind of food her latest music resembles, and why she needs a swear jar on the road.
Q: What’s your favourite song to perform live, and why?
A: I love playing We Come 1 live as it generally finishes off a show with the perfect vibe, and sums up the atmosphere and what I’m trying to do in music — bring a bit of togetherness and harmony to our lives!
Q: If your latest album was a type of food, what would it be?
A: Sashimi — because it’s lean, clean and nutritious for the mind and body.
Q: What’s your favourite song on the radio right now?
A: Andy C and Fiora’s Heartbeat Loud is rather fun to drive fast to and sing along loudly.
Q: What song on your iTunes would you be most embarrassed for us to find?
A: Maybe The Snowman soundtrack? In fact I’m not even remotely embarrassed — it’s a Christmas classic.
Q: Who’s the most famous person you’ve got saved in your phone?
A: In music probably Robbie Williams... but he was never that huge in America, so probably Idris Elba is now even more famous than Robbie these days... a genius actor, musician and DJ too.
Q: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
A: ...and breathe!
Q: Seeing as this is the Grand Prix weekend, tell us: What was the first ever car you owned?
A: A white Peugeot 104 — it was a baked beans can on wheels but with the loudest stereo in North London, and me passing my driving test coincided with the birth of acid house, so it was much more fun not to have to get the night bus to clubs and raves.
Q: What kind of driver are you?
A: A very sweary one, unfortunately.
Q: Have you ever gotten a speeding ticket?
A: Not recently — haven’t had one for years thanks goodness! I have had to put money in the swear box though.