Victoria Christina Hesketh, also known by her stage name/pseudonym Little Boots, is an English electropop singer-songwriter. As a musician, Little Boots sings and plays the piano, keyboards, synthesizer, Stylophone and a Japanese electronic instrument called Tenori-on.
Her debut album, Hands, was released in the United Kingdom on 8 June 2009 by 679 Recordings to generally positive reviews. The album reached the top five in Boots’ native United Kingdom, and its first two singles, « New in Town » and « Remedy », charted inside the top fifteen and top ten, respectively.
She’s back with a new song « Shake » produced by James Ford (Simian Mobile Disco).
Victoria accepted to answer some of our questions :
Hello Victoria, How are You?
Where are you answering our interview questions from?
I’m sat in my home « studio » which also doubles as synthesizer storage and walk in wardrobe !
Thanks for taking the time to chat with us. Now over the past few years, you really worked hard on your First album « hands », you toured the world and gigs. So tell me, what have you been doing with yourself since the debut album?
Well I had a little recovery time but I’ve mainly been writing, working with lots of people in London, America and Europe, and have still been playing gigs in further afield places we couldn’t get to on tour before like China, as well as keeping up my DJing at festivals and clubs all over.
Can you tell us a little bit about the new album. Do you think your next record will be drastically different from your debut?
It will definitely be a move on but not a completely different sound, I did go through a phase of writing some quite different material but have come back to my dance roots as its what feels the most natural to me when I’m writing. I’ve really got into the mind set of ‘less is more’ sonically, and am trying to take a lot more care over individual sounds and taking out things that don’t really need to be in there.
How do you approach writing music and songs? What’s the Little Boots process?
It really does vary a lot, from sitting at home writing with a piano to brainstorming in a studio with a few other people. I think I get the best results working one on one with a producer who understands where I’m coming from. Usually we will start with at least a small bit of music but often I have a lyric or title in mind, other times I write over tracks I get sent… it just depends everyone is different and will affect you differently. I find the best songs always come the most quickly and are the ones you have to work over the least, if it feels forced its probably not right.
Do you feel pressured at all to release another album everyone will adore?
Its very difficult not to feel pressurised in this business, and its getting so tough to be ‘successful’ so I think the only way you can really approach it is to try and make a record that at least you adore and are proud of and then just hope everyone else does. Its when you try to please other people that things can start going wrong.
You also had some great mentors to help you, like Joe [of Hot Chip]. How’s that helped?
It definitely helps especially if you’re such a pop head like me it helps balance my ideas and sounds and give it an edge. Joe’s production is always amazing and totally original. The new track I’ve done with James Ford (from SMD) is a similar thing, its about balancing what I bring to the project with the weirder more musical side.
Your last tour took you all around the globe. Do you have favourite places to play, now?
I love playing in Japan I really have a soft spot for the people and the whole culture out there. But generally I’m just really looking forward to going back to everywhere we played before and hopefully some new places too sharing the new material, I really want to focus on playing more in Europe and America this time as well as the UK.
What music have you been listening to recently?
A lot of old disco edits for my upcoming DJ tour, plus some great new stuff by people like The Magician, Tyson and Two Bears. Also I love the New Look album.
How about gigs?
I went to CMJ in new york briefly in October and saw King Krule play some of his first proper shows which was great. I’m going to see Duran Duran next month which I’m pretty excited about, legends!
What do you think your life would be like if you weren’t a famous musician?
I’d hope I would be a songwriter for other artists, but if it was something non-musical maybe something to do with literature as I read a lot.
Your last word for our TEEZ’FM listeners?
Thanks to Little Boots & Mia
interview by Thierry Jaussaud