Asked about the events of past year Victoria Hesketh aka Little Boots is almost lost for words: “I don’t think there’s anyway you can possibly sum up the last year of my life in a sentence. It’s just been insane!”
The winner of BBC 6’s Sound of 2009 award has been busy in recent weeks. Along with her live shows she’s been attending the various awards ceremonies. She enjoyed the NMEs: “but I just got far too drink!” and was unlucky to miss out on the Critic’s Choice award to the wonderful Florence and the Machine at the BRITS: “It’s a lot more suits and handshakes there,” she comments.
An insane year indeed. Not so long ago Hesketh was posting her recordings on YouTube. Now her synth laden, electronica sound (think Human League and New Young Pony Club) is everywhere. Ever since the release of her biggest hit Stuck on Repeat fans have been awaiting an album.
Little Boots sings an acoustic version of Stuck on Repeat
“It’s pretty much finished,” Hesketh reveals of her debut LP, due in early June, name still a closely guarded secret. “I’m just trying to work out which songs to put on and track listings. Lots of tough decisions.”
One track that will definitely be there is a duet recorded with Phil Oakey from Human League, “a dream come true,” says Hesketh. “It’s a track I wrote a while ago and I always felt it needed a duet so I was going to get some male harmonies in there. One thing led to another and we managed to get Phil to do it.”
Hesketh’s sound is universal so her relative success in the US should come as no surprise where she has the endorsement of Hollywood’s king of the celebrity blogging Perez Hilton, “a total sweetheart.”
A busy summer will include an appearance at Glastonbury. The insanity goes on and as she sits on a bus for the next nine hours travelling from Glasgow to London, Little Boots sums it up pretty well: “It’s a weird thing because I love it so much but it’s a 24 hour job, sometimes it drives me insane. It’s such a weird rollercoaster of emotions.”