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Putting emotion at the forefront, Pixie Lott is welcoming a new chapter. One that is more vulnerable, more open, or in her own words: “more me than ever.” The pop-star has been keeping busy these past years: starring as a judge on the Voice Kids UK, headlining the West-End production of Breakfast at Tiffany’s and having a high-profile engagement. Showing the world that there is more to Lott than the bubblegum pop-star that shot to fame at 18. Almost a decade later, she has proven she is far from a one-hit wonder and more than just a singer — she can really do it all — and now it is time for new music. This year has a lot in the cards for Lott. She chats with Schön! about her new album, finding artistic confidence and her upcoming nuptials.

What you might not know about Lott is that she has written most of her own songs, and she has been writing since she was 13 years old. “Now at 27, you can imagine I have progressed a great deal. Songwriting is like a fine wine — it gets better with age!” she jokingly explains. “I think as you grow in confidence and have more life experiences it’s easier to voice them out loud in a room of your co-writers. You don’t mind putting ideas out there whether they are good or bad. When I was younger, I wasn’t always up for getting my ideas across in case it backfired.” With this new-found confidence, Lott has created an album which is “very honest and genuine.” “I’ve loved really focusing on lyrics and melody and putting emotion at the forefront.”

And the sound? What has made Pixie Lott such a success story in UK pop music has been her ability to merge diverse genres from pop to soul. However, in this candid album she is switching things up. “It has a very classic sound and that is the sound as an artist I love,” she tells us about her album, “this will be a more focused sound because I’m working with a small group of people — something I’ve never done before.  That’s why previously, I have merged and jumped genres a lot.” Lott explains why she has become so bold now: “I definitely feel more comfortable to do exactly what I want to do.  To take control and do what feels right.”

Perhaps this musical evolution can be credited in part to her formidable television career, from which she has diversified from “Pixie Lott, the pop-star” to just “Pixie Lott.” Lott conquered television with a stint on Strictly Come Dancing and two seasons as judge and mentor on The Voice Kids UK, where we got to see the genuinely bubbly, amiable woman behind the persona. She explains why she made the move to the screen by participating on The Voice Kids, saying “I’m always up for being involved in things that excite me!  Working with young, talented musicians is one of those things so it seemed like the perfect thing to do.  I started out very young and I have the empathy and lots of advice to give!”

In the midst of her busy schedule, Lott maintains that her number one passion is and always will be music. “I always make time for music. Especially at the moment because I’m really into the new stuff I’m doing.  I’ve written most of [the album] out in LA and I set time aside myself to spend a whole bunch of time there and work with exactly who I wanted to work with.”

It seems everything is going Lott’s way this year, with not only music falling into place but her personal life worth celebrating as well, with a wedding coming up. Which makes this album extra special as she is celebrating love and life through music in it. When asked whether this personal joy has influenced her music, she answers affirmatively: “even subconsciously the songs seem to reflect real life. You will learn about all the recent experiences I’m having — I don’t want to give the game away!  There are songs I’ve written about the wedding though so hopefully you’ll get to hear it.” Cheeky, but we’re intrigued. We wonder what we can expect from the performer for the rest of the year. “For me right now, it is all about the music. I had a great time performing at all the festivals over the summer. Now, I will, of course, keep writing and start building a plan for the releases.”

With new music coming out and a wedding on the horizon, it seems Lott has manifested a real-life fairytale. Whether on TV, on stage or living the dream, Pixie Lott is always reminding us that she can do it all. 2019 is a year to watch this one, with fans eagerly anticipating the new album and a sneak peek into her wedding, we can be sure to find this happiness in her music.

Source: Schön! Magazine

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Pixie Lott has been in the game for a long time. Her debut single, ‘Mama Do (Uh Oh Uh Oh)’ was released when she was only eighteen, and catapulted itself almost immediately to the top of the UK charts, where it spent a week at number one, eleven weeks in the top 40, and reached the top 40 in eleven other countries.

Since this meteoric rise, Lott has managed to keep things exciting. She has released several more albums, competed on Strictly Come Dancing in 2014, starred as Holly Golightly in a 12-week run of Breakfast at Tiffany’s at the Theatre Royal, and worked as a judge on The Voice Kids UK alongside will.i.am and McFly’s Danny Jones, to name just a few of her projects. She brought out her new single ‘Won’t Forget You’, featuring Stylo G, at the end of September, and it’s an upbeat pop gem with a sincere sweetness at its centre – much like the star herself.

Now, Pixie sits down with Spindle to discuss her new single and her career so far. Watch the exclusive interview right here, and watch the video for ‘Won’t Forget You’ below:

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BACK ON TRACK. Back from her short break, British singer Pixie Lott chats with DA MAN about her new single, her upcoming album and more

English singer, songwriter and actress Pixie Lott is back in the limelight as just a short while ago, in late March, she released a new single. Not that she’s ever been away, mind you, as she’s still actively performing; but it’s been quite a while since she’s released new music, so the new single was highly anticipated. Titled “Baby” and produced in collaboration with British DJ Anton Powers, the song quickly made its way to singles charts all around the world. More importantly, “Baby” also heralded the coming of a new Pixie Lott album in the near future.

So, it perhaps shouldn’t have come as a surprise that when Lott arrived in Jakarta—to accompany her fiancée, model Oliver Cheshire, who was the guest of honor at the 10th DA MAN Party in early May—she was met at the Soekarno Hatta international airport by her adoring fans. Naturally, during our interview with the bubbly starlet, before going into her musical career, we simply had to ask about the impromptu “welcoming committee” during her first visit to Indonesia.

DA MAN: We saw on Twitter that you had fans coming to welcome you at the airport.
Pixie Lott: Yeah, oh my God! It’s been amazing because I’ve been wanting to come to Indonesia for so long. I’ve had this really supportive group of fans from here and I only spotted it on Twitter—that’s how I knew that they were here. And they would say “Come to Indonesia!” I have never been here before, so, I think that now, I’m super excited.

DA MAN: Of course everybody is talking about you with the release of your new single. Can you tell us a bit about the collaboration you had with Anton Powers?
Pixie Lott: It’s been a while since I’ve released some new music and I wanted to come back with something that’s just fun, up-tempo and clubby for the summer. So, this was the perfect way to sort of come back and collaborate with the DJ, and then we can do some shows in places like Ibiza and Suffolk in the summer. After that I can release my own singles; that’s the plan.

DA MAN: And you’re releasing a full album in 2018.
Pixie Lott: Yes, it will be next year, since we got to have a few singles to come out first.

DA MAN: Will there be anything new in terms of musicality or themes?
Pixie Lott: I definitely want to make it really now-sounding and really fresh; 2018-sounding. My last album was really retro, because I love soulful music; it’s the style that I like to sing and the style of the singers that I grew up listening to. For this album, though, I want to make sure it’s really now-sounding, even though it still incorporates soulful melodies and emotional lyrics. Just songs that people can relate to.

DA MAN: Speaking of now-sounding, since your last album in 2014, what do you think has changed in the global music scene?
Pixie Lott: Oh, it’s changed massively and I couldn’t believe it now that I’ve come back with new music. Streaming has obviously taken off massively. Before, when I would release a song, it would be in promo for six weeks and on the radio for six weeks or eight weeks, and then the song that would come out after. Whereas now, the song is available at the beginning. So the song goes in low and then it sort of builds up. Before, it would come in high and drop; now it comes in low and builds up, like the American way. We were always in reverse and now, to stop illegal downloading and people trying to get hold of the song before it’s available, they turned it on its head.

DA MAN: Going back to “Baby,” is there a story behind it?
Pixie Lott:
It’s pretty much just about a relationship and the highs and lows of a relationship, but still being better together, still being the best together and so it still ends on a positive. In the acoustic version of the song, which is literally just vocals and piano, you can hear the lyrics more and it’s more emotional. The actual version is pretty feel-good because it has a beat behind it and it’s all summery.

DA MAN: Will the other songs in your upcoming album have the same level of depth? So that when you hear different versions of them you experience different feelings?
Pixie Lott: Definitely. I always want to have songs that have depth to them or just songs that make people feel something. So, if it makes them really happy and they want to dance, or if it makes them cope with a situation: break ups or, you know, just hard times. I always like to do songs that help people in some way.

DA MAN: You’re also still acting, right?
Pixie Lott: I did more of it last year. I was doing a play and it took up a lot of the year. I did, like, 180 shows. We did eight shows a week and it was really hardcore, I’d say.

DA MAN: If we could go back to your new single a bit: You just got engaged a few months ago; is the song about your fiancée?
Pixie Lott: You know, it’s funny because I can’t really say it’s about him, because it was an idea that was already there. I guess when I sing “Baby”—when I sing the acoustic version, where you can feel more of the feeling and the emotion—I always like to try and relate it to my own life. So, I think about me and Oliver. I always try and relate it to myself so that it feels more real and more genuine.

DA MAN: So, you have a new single just out, you have an album in the works, theater and you also did a runway show with Dolce & Gabbana if I’m not mistaken?
Pixie Lott: Yes, me and Oliver did it together. It was my catwalk debut. Obviously not Oliver’s; he’s done it many times. So, he showed me the ropes, which was amazing. I was so excited to do it because I’ve been a massive fan of Dolce & Gabbana my whole life, and they’ve been so supportive of me ever since I first started as a new artist. They really support new artists and they’re really loyal. That was a real moment to walk for them with Oliver. It was crazy because we got there so early and it was a whirlwind of a day. Everyone was rushing around: make up, hair, backstage. I was, “My God, this is really exciting.” And then the show lasted like two seconds. We did our walk, and I was like, “Oh, it’s over?” It went so quickly. I’m used to getting ready and doing a long show. But then there was the after party which is really fun and I got to perform at it as well.

DA MAN: You have quite a lot on your plate this year. Next year too, obviously. How do you balance your time?
Pixie Lott: Good question. I don’t know, really. I’m a real “go with the flow” sort of person, so I just take each day as it comes. And if it does feel overwhelming at times, I just have to slow down and really think about it by taking each day at a time. Also by not thinking of the whole thing and get into overkill and getting overwhelmed. But, I feel lucky that I get to do what I love, so I really enjoy doing all those sorts of things. I think it’s really fun and I just want to make sure that I can do it forever. But I do think that it’s important to have those times of rest. That’s why I’m really looking forward to go to Bali and see the sunsets there.

DA MAN: What do you usually do to just relax and unwind?
Pixie Lott: Recently, I’ve been finding it hard to unwind, so I really wanted to start doing like meditation and stuff, because I hear it’s really meant to be good for that sort of thing. So, I really want to get into meditation. I did a class last week or the week before. And it’s not a challenge in the way it’s a hard workout; it’s a challenge in the way that you have to stay really still. I really want to get good at that. And my favorite thing to unwind is spas. Massages, facials—I just absolutely love it. That’s my favorite.

DA MAN: You have a full album coming out, but that’s next year. What can your fans expect for the rest of 2017?
Pixie Lott: The rest of the year? After “Baby” and all the shows over the summer, I’ll still be working and doing things with Anton over the summer. Then “The Voice Kids” will be on TV in June and July. I’ll just have more singles out around that time, and then another one probably before the end of the year. And it’ll be all about the music. I love all different sides of performing, so I’m always obsessed with being as rounded as a performer as possible. But sometimes I think that’s my downfall, because I want to do everything. I want to make sure this year I’m focusing on music, whether it’s releasing, doing shows or being in the studio, and not getting too distracted by doing a bit of acting here or some dancing there. I just love it all, but I’m going to stay focused on music for this year, for sure.

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Returning to the music scene after three years would be seen as a challenge is anyone’s book. However, Pixie Lott is embracing this new chapter with vigour. After competing on Strictly Come Dancing, starring in a West End play and coaching on The Voice UK, Pixie is back with a bang. Now working on her fourth studio album which is set for release later this year, we quizzed Pixie on her brand new dance track, her love of acting, the best advice she’s ever been given and accepting her FAULTs.

Your new song ‘Baby’ has recently been released – tell us a bit more about it.

It’s a dance track which is really exciting for me because it’s so fun and I just love going out. I’ve not released music for a while so it’s nice to do something fun with it – it’s a very different sound for me. My favourite kind of music always has a soulful vibe so to have a dance track to come out first is really exciting. That being said, I have an acoustic version recorded where it’s literally just me and the piano. So when I perform it, I get the best of both worlds!
What were the inspirations behind this music?

Just having fun really! It’s a collaboration with Anton Powers – we met each other years ago at Party in the Park festival and we reconnected when I was in Ibiza with my best friends from school and he was out there djing. We said “let’s get in the studio” and it finally happened!

Last year you starred in Breakfast at Tiffany’s on the West End. How does acting on stage compare to singing?

It’s completely different. I love them both; singing is my number one passion, it’s what I will do forever – I couldn’t live without it, but acting is something that I really enjoy and I’m learning. That’s what’s so exciting about acting – you’re always learning with every new project and every new script you’re learning a new character. That’s why it really excites me, there’s so many different avenues. I would love to go into it more in the future whilst singing is something I’ve done my whole life.

Will you be acting again any time soon?
I think music will always take the front seat but if the right project with the right script comes up and they think I’m right for it and they want me to be a part of it as well then I will one hundred per cent do it. I love anything in the performing arts so anything that comes up which feels right, I will definitely do it. I want to keep learning.

What would be your dream role?
I think something similar [to Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s] but on TV or film. I learnt so much in the theatre and I would definitely do it again, it’s so much hard work – the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I would love to get experience in the TV and film world because I’ve only done a tiny bit.

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
My dad always said “fail to prepare, prepare to fail”, which I always go by. I think the most important thing is happiness, to enjoy yourself as much as possible because life’s too short, nobody knows what’s going to happen, so just to try to embrace every little moment and really appreciate your friends and family.

Your life is followed closely by the media. How do you deal with the public interest?
I think by just by acting a little bit oblivious to it, not really reading into it too much. I’m sort of used to it I guess. I don’t let it affect me. I still do exactly the same things that I did when I was at school before I released any music, I still have exactly the same friends. We still go to Nando’s and Pizza Express and still have just as much fun.

What is your FAULT?
I have lots of FAULTS! Time-keeping and forgetfulness, which really go hand in hand! I’m also quite unorganised. Those sort of traits will always stay with me. I’ve gotten a lot better than I was but I think it’s just in my bones unfortunately. My sister is the complete opposite – she’s so organised and always on time, everything she does is planned and thought out to the utmost, whereas I am nothing like that.

Source: FAULT Magazine

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