Heap began forging her own path early on. After a few bad experiences with her record label, she released her second album, “Speak for Yourself,” independently in 2005, taking a mortgage out on her home to finance it. She shared the production process with her fans using her website, Twitter and Facebook. After two years, she released the first two songs online before bringing out the entire album.
She became the first woman to win a Grammy for the sound engineering of her album. The artist achieved this recording excellence with dedication, spending entire nights in the studio in order to ensure the smallest of details in her songs were just right. Heap has two souls, she says. “The recording process is a battle between Imogen Heap the producer and the singer,” she explains in London. It’s a battle between perfection and creativity.
In order to give her creativity free reign, Heap developed musical gloves. Her goal? To create the ultimate sound experience. When she talks about her “Mi.Mu gloves,” her hands glide through the air as if she is already wearing the mitts and using them to create new sounds. She raises her wrist and hums deeply. “This initiates a low bass,” she explains. On stage, it looks as though she is dancing to the rhythm of the music and moving her hands accordingly. But her hands are also controlling the rhythm. She plays some samples, records loops and runs a reverb on her guitar. She knows no limits.