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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.

Source: DA MAN

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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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Meet Pixie

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!

You and Oliver were portraying the quintessential ’80s Yuppie couple in these photos — except you were born in 1991. So what’s your first thought when someone says “1980s”?

I love The Wolf of Wall Street, the styling in that, but I’d have to say… Madonna [laughs]. Oh, and I watched Working Girl the other day and Melanie Griffith was fantastic.

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.

Meet Olly

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

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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.

“My parents were thrown because I was this kid with a fixed idea. I never doubted I could do it.” Pixie’s Holly Golightly is based on the original Truman Capote novella and set in the 1940s rather than the 60s film version starring Audrey Hepburn. “I didn’t think about Audrey Hepburn,” says Pixie. “I didn’t watch the movie version. I didn’t want to intimidate myself.I just thought, ‘This is a dream role and I’m going to go for it and play Holly my way.’ “It was a bit like doing a cover version of a great song. You can’t replicate it; you have to just do it with self belief.” Pixie also has the support of model boyfriend Oliver Cheshire, who she met when she was just 19.“I know I was really young but I didn’t feel that young because I’d been working for so long and I just knew we were right for each other. I’ve got pretty good instincts. “People always ask me about getting married but we’re not at that point yet.

“We’re too young. We have crazy jobs, crazy schedules, and we don’t need to rush. “He is my family. He’s incredibly supportive of me. I’m aware of what that means and how lucky I am.We give each other freedom in what we do but we also like being together.” In between her busy music and acting career, Pixie has also found time to launch a collection of hair paints available at Superdrug, which are perfect for summer festivals and changing your look for parties.Here Pixie tells TV Life more about the new range and she reveals her top beauty and style secrets…

Tell me about your Pixie Lott Paints and how the collaboration with Superdrug came about?I am so excited to have my own hair dye range and it’s been great having products that my friends and I all love to use. I have a collection of wash in/wash out hair dyes, glitter sprays, hair chalks and pens – mostly in pastel colours.Why did you want to break into the beauty industry?From a young age I have always loved trying out different beauty products. I remember trying out my mum’s lipsticks when I was little, and then experimenting with different products on my naturally curly hair.

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.

Who do you see using the range and at what kind of occasion?I am really excited to see that people are using the range at festivals – it’s always fun to experiment more at festivals, and people take cool beauty and fashion risks.Who are your ultimate beauty icons and why?Edie Sedgwick and Brigitte Bardot – they are stunning and I love Brigitte’s smokey-eye look.

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.

You’re currently starring in Breakfast At Tiffany’s. How do you feel about portraying one of fashion’s biggest icons?It’s such an honour to play Holly Golightly, and to take inspiration from Audrey Hepburn. Our play is based on Truman Capote’s book, not the film, so it’s set in the 1940s not the 60s.I love all the outfits I get to wear in the play and it’s been so incredible to take on the role of Holly.Do you identify with Audrey Hepburn and if so why?

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

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