It wasn’t quite clear what Victoria “Little Boots” Hesketh would come back with but, having listened to her newly released album Nocturnes, we can assure you it’s something that you’ll love. Sparkling electro-pop that balances her signature disco with a little bit of darkness. This girl just knows how to write a catchy, stuck-in-our-head chorus like our fav Swedish pop-queen Robyn. Little Boots’s new tunes are moody but heartfelt, a bit mainstream but with more mystery than your average club tracks and what’s most important. A step away from commercial into truly original. Keeping up with how Victoria found her inner Little Boots we had a little chat covering her musical inspirations to which hair products save her life on tour.
What inspires the music you make?
Observations, emotions, crazy nights, DJing, poetry, aeroplanes.
When did you know that you wanted to go into music?
Ever since I can remember. My mum has a cassette of me singing when I was 2 years old, I started playing the piano aged 5 after quickly realising ballet was not for me.
How did growing up in the UK inspire you?
I grew up in Blackpool in the north and that’s a big part of who I am still, I think I have a very northern English down to earth sensibility. A lot of my favourite classic artists are British and I think its important when so much of pop music is from America to not feel pressured to conform to that sound and keep your own personality and background in there.
What’s the best gig you’ve ever played?
Coachella in 2010 – all our crew, equipment and costumes got stuck in the UK because of the volcanic ash cloud. Fortunately my band and I had come out a few days early but had to play possibly our biggest gig to date headlining our stage without any of it! Somehow it all came together and made it the best gig ever.
What have you been listening to recently?
I love Jessie Ware and can’t stop listening to her debut album. I was actually really surprised by the new James Blake album I didn’t think it would be my thing but it’s great. I’ve been listening to a lot of old classic disco like Chic which is making me even more excited for the return of Daft Punk. I’ve also had Maya Jane Coles‘ EP on repeat.
What is it about the new album that excites you?
That I know I haven’t made any creative compromises or done anything on it because I felt obliged to, it’s totally representative of me as an artist right now.
If you could collaborate with anyone who would it be?
I always think the best collaborations happen organically or are happy accidents so I never really like to say. Although actually I was thinking how amazing it would be to make a big dance pop record with someone like Stuart Price although I think the Pet Shop Boys have that one down.
How would you describe your style?
Totally intertwined with my music and what I’m listening to, the new record has a lot of old disco influences so I’ve been hunting down some classic studio 54 jumpsuits and big earrings for stage, I think its important to be a visually representation of your music especially when you’re performing. Off stage I like things that are classic but still with a glamorous or fun twist, nothing trying too hard or over the top more simple and stylish.
What are your touring must-haves?
Dry shampoo! My Terry di Havilland heels, they’re the only ones that fit right for gigs. Lots of moisturiser as my skin gets drained from all the flying and make up, I love Jurlique and Guinot. Bumble and Bumble hair products save my life. Oh and slippers, the best thing for making you feel at home when you’re miles away.
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