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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.
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?
DA MAN: And you’re releasing a full album in 2018.
DA MAN: Will there be anything new in terms of musicality or themes?
DA MAN: Speaking of now-sounding, since your last album in 2014, what do you think has changed in the global music scene?
DA MAN: Going back to “Baby,” is there a story behind it?
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?
DA MAN: You’re also still acting, right?
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?
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?
DA MAN: You have quite a lot on your plate this year. Next year too, obviously. How do you balance your time?
DA MAN: What do you usually do to just relax and unwind?
DA MAN: You have a full album coming out, but that’s next year. What can your fans expect for the rest of 2017?
Source: DA MAN
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!
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?
What would be your dream role?
What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Your life is followed closely by the media. How do you deal with the public interest?
What is your FAULT?
Source: FAULT Magazine
Pixie Lott is no stranger to the entertainment business, having launched her pop career after first getting discovered by legendary music exec L.A. Reid when she was only 15. Since then, the 26-year-old blue-eyed soul singer has racked up a string of hits in the UK (“Boys and Girls,” “Mama Do”) while also penning tracks for artists like Selena Gomez. Recently, she branched out into theater, starring as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s in London’s West End.
You’re only 26, yet you’ve done so much — three studio albums with a fourth on the way, tens of millions of YouTube hits and numerous awards. Has the time flown, or does it feel like a long time since you first started out?
I love what I do so it’s fun and time goes quickly, but, you know, when my first single came out, it was all about Myspace. How crazy is that, right? I remember seeing people from China messaging me on Myspace saying they loved my music, and I couldn’t believe it.
What’s the most significant change in the pop landscape since you began?
I signed a record deal at 15, and I don’t think those kind of label deals are around anymore — the 360 deals where they took a piece of [all revenue, including songwriting royalties and merchandise] because record sales weren’t doing so well since downloading meant no one bought CDs. When streaming started, no one really knew what to do! It completely changed the whole pop market, but now labels get it more and people are earning more from streaming than when it started. The industry is getting to be a better place.
You’ve been many things before, from pop star to musical theater actress, but who is Pixie of 2017?
I want the music as my main thing. I’ve been lucky enough to have other experiences, and I love other sides of performing,because doing the same thing over and over can get boring. I really want this new music to be fresh and current, but the style I love has a soulful feel, whether it’s through the delivery or the writing.The first thing to come out will be a [guest] feature on a real club banger, then my single will be out after that.
You’re also a coach on the new The Voice Kids in the UK and you set up a performing school. Why is it important to have these other outlets in your life?
I love new talent, it excites me. I started out going to an Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts associate school, so I set one up too, and I see all these young people and they’re so talented and excited to be there. The opportunity for The Voice Kids came up and I was like, “I’d love to be a part of that.” The talent in the blind auditions… I’m listening and just gasping, like I can’t believe this voice is coming from a 10-year-old!
There is always pressure and a not-always-welcome spotlight on celebrity relationships, so what makes yours work in the face of that?
When we’re away from each other, we’re speaking to each other as much as we can — WhatsApp is a godsend — but when I go on trips, I always ask him to come if he’s free.He’s my best friend, and the amazing thing is the memories we share. We’ve been together since I was 19, and now I’m 26. We know each other inside out.
Oliver wears a shirt by Louis Vuitton, pants by Fendi, suspenders by Zara, shoes by Christian Louboutin, a watch by Nixon and a smartphone by Google Pixel
Since he was first scouted by Select Model Management at 15, Oliver Cheshire has become one of the latest avatars for the modern, sharply-dressed British man, following in the footsteps of fashionable blokes like David Beckham and David Bowie. Now 28 and one of the UK’s top male models, working for brands like Calvin Klein, Vivienne Westwood and Dolce & Gabbana, Cheshire’s recently entered the blogosphere, using his website I Wear The Trousers to espouse on everything from hemlines to the best young designers.
You’ve written about The Talented Mr. Ripley being your style wake-up call. Was it an immediate feeling that fashion was something you wanted to be involved in?
I was 13 or 14 years old seeing that and I just remember thinking Jude Law looked so cool and so dashing and I thought, this is kind of interesting, I might try and read up on some fashion and learn about it a little bit. I think there was always a passion in there somewhere. When I was little, I used to cut the sleeves off my shirts. I’d rip the Levi’s tag off the back of my jeans, make a hole in the front then sew it on these random things!
What was the desire for you to start your blog?
I was getting so many questions on my social media about my style and I was getting written about [in magazines] a lot, so I thought, why not put it into my own words and be a bit more creative about it?
Since you started modeling, what’s been the biggest shift with how men approach style?
When I started modeling, a lot of guys didn’t get it, especially ’round my area of London. They’d be like,”What’re you doing, that’s a bit weird,” but five years in they were asking me, “What creams do you use, Olly, what trousers you going to be wearing?” Now ten years later they’re talking about it so much more, from tanning to grooming regimens. Men are no longer afraid to say,”I really like your hair, what have you got in it?”
What’s the most common style mistake men tend to make?
Tailoring is probably the most common mistake. Get your suits tailored to the right length! And not reading the invite for the dress code, and it’s the simplest thing. If it says black tie, wear black tie! And guys are going over-groomed as well sometimes. Don’t do too much — you still have to look natural!
You and Pixie both have crazy work and travel schedules, but that doesn’t seem to be getting in the way of your relationship. What have you learned over the years about balancing your work and personal lives?
We’re both passionate and driven and want to be successful, and we make time for each other.You can say you’re really busy, but you can always make time. I’m lucky, I can fly around and meet her. There’s a lot of Hollywood relationships where they’re married within a year and divorced in two. We were in no rush — we’ve known each other for six years and I finally asked her to marry me!
You both love your jobs and you’re both always working, but, as a pop star, Pixie is the more recognizable one. How are you with that?
Oh, yeah, she is massively more visible than me! You can get, like, 20 guys asking for a picture and you just take it on the chin. It’s a bit strange. People do know me through fashion, but everyone knows her! I’m like, “Don’t be silly, they just want a picture!” [Laughs]
What do you think about for your future?
It’s a dream to design. That’s a real passion for me — it’s where my heart’s at and what I’d like to do.
Have there been other creative temptations?
I studied acting when I was younger. I still love it but it’s not right. I become very aware of myself as a model, and when you’re acting you have to become very unaware of yourself. But never say never…
Source: PAPER Magazine
Some people may have been surprised when pop star Pixie Lott landed the starring role of Holly Golightly in the stage version of Breakfast At Tiffany’s, but the singer actually started her career in the theatre.Pixie, 25, joined stage school aged five and had appeared in a West End production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by the time she was 16. And, she says, she always knew that she wanted to be a star.“There was never any other option in my head. As a kid I used to watch documentaries about Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera and I knew that was what I wanted. I’d work out all the steps it took to get them where they were.
“I was fascinated by them going to auditions, learning dance routines. Even when I was 10, I was thinking I needed to hurry up.
Music was and is my first love and number one passion, but extending my energies into beauty felt like a natural addition to that.
What is your favourite product in the collection and why?
My favourite one is the pink sorbet wash in hair dye – I just love the colour. I’m also a huge fan of the chalks and sprays as I can play around with them when I don’t have time to go for an all-over colour change.
How do you stay in such good shape? Can you explain your typical weekly workout regime?
I don’t tend to work out or go to the gym but I always feel like I am racing around and on my feet.
When I did Strictly, it was such a great workout regime. I hope to get back into dancing when I have a little time off. I always make sure I drink enough water and generally eat healthily, however I don’t ever limit myself or cut out treats.
What kind of diet do you stick to?
I’ve never dieted, I just tend to eat healthily and enjoy everything in moderation. If you want a treat, you should treat yourself.
She’s such an inspiration, always so elegant and beautiful. While the Holly I play is based on the book, it’s still such an honour to be mentioned in the same sentence as Audrey.
I really identify with the character of Holly Golightly, little things like we are both short-sighted, both live at Number 2 and have a brother we dote on. Has starring in Breakfast At Tiffany’s influenced your personal style? I’ve found myself becoming more and more influenced by 1940s fashion and beauty. It’s really opened up my eyes to that era.
What’s your favourite make-up look for daytime and evening?
My favourite daytime look is dewy skin with the help of a highlighter, a simple coat of mascara and a subtle lip gloss. For the evening I like to go for a smokey eye and a set of Eylure lashes.
Which one beauty product couldn’t you live without?
I couldn’t live without my Nubo Cell Dynamic Day SPF20 Moisturiser – I love this moisturiser, and it also helps to protect my skin in the sun.
What’s your best budget buy?
I love Max Factor’s mascara – it’s so good and last for hours. I would also recommend the Pixie Paint chalks – they’re a lot of fun.
What is your one favourite anti-ageing trick?
Drink lots of water – it’s the key to healthy, young-looking skin.
Source: Daily Star UK
How does it feel to be making your West End debut in Breakfast At Tiffany’s ?
The tour has been epic, how are you feeling?
Had you always wanted to be an actress?
I just had to learn the words really, it is such a wordy piece. I have loads of lines, so I had to properly get them into my head.
Were you a fan of the original book?
Was Audrey Hepburn a big influence?
How would you describe your Holly?
What has it been like working with Nikolai Foster as your first director?
Is it right that you’re producing an album at the same time?
Was it hard to switch between the music studio and the stage?
Are you having to have very early nights and use honey and lemon?
So you didn’t make a sneaky trip to Latitude last weekend?
You’re working with a real life cat – how has that been?
Breakfast at Tiffany’s is in previews at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, opening on 28 July and runs until 17 September.
Source: Whats On Stage
Pixie Lott first made waves back in 2009, when she released a series of hit singles that took Britain by storm, like “Mama Do (Uh oh uh oh).”
These days, she’s taking a break from the pop star thing, and keeping it very classy with a gig as Holly Golightly in the stage adaptation of Breakfast at Tiffany’s in the UK. Lucky for us, however, the actress-singer-songwriter took a break from her day job to answer some questions about dating when you’re famous, guilty pleasure songs, and that one time Britney Spears shouted Pixie out for #WCW.
Is your real name Pixie Lott?
My real name is Victoria Louise Lott, but my parents called me Pixie from when I was a baby as I was so small. It’s stuck and now all my family and friends call me Pixie, I am hardly ever called Victoria.
When did you dye your hair blonde?
I’m blonde naturally, but a little darker than I am right now. I started dying it when I was a teenager and have kept it since then. I’ve been enjoying experimenting with my PAINT range too — the sorbet shade was one of my favorites. While I am doing Breakfast At Tiffany’s I have to keep it blonde though.
Who is your favorite designer?
That’s a tough one… it’s so hard to choose! I love Dolce and Gabbana, since all of their dresses seem to be a perfect fit for me. I also love Fendi and Dior.
What’s a song people are surprised you like?
A random guilty pleasure that I know all the words to is Puddle Of Mud’s “She Hates Me.”
How do you feel about Instagram?
I love Instagram and it’s one of my favorite social media platforms. What I like about Instagram is that you can still keep up an air of mystery, it doesn’t need to be me sharing everything about my life. Oh! And Britney Spears picked me as her #WCW one week and I was blown away and so not expecting it. I haven’t met her yet, but she’s one of my favorite performers.
Who’s your favorite British band of all time?
The Beatles. They’ve written some of the best pop songs of all time. I just love listening to them and always feel inspired afterwards.
What’s the most important life lesson you’ve learned in the past year?
To never stop working hard, take risks and challenge yourself. This year I stepped fully out of my comfort zone and it was really daunting playing Holly in Breakfast At Tiffany’s. I had to take dialect lessons to perfect her accent, learn a huge script, learn how to play guitar – it was certainly nerve-wracking, but I am loving every moment now.
What’s your favorite flower?
At the moment, I love sunflowers. You can’t go wrong with roses and lilies though, they’re an all time fav.
What’s dating like when you’re famous?
There’s not much difference dating when you’re famous versus when you’re not. There are more pictures taken when you’re scooting about on adventures though.
Shot at The Cuckoo Club in London
Source: The Galore Magazine