Three years is a long time to leave it between albums. Last time we had a new Little Boots record, Victoria Hesketh was undoubtedly under a huge amount of pressure, having (somewhat controversially) beaten the likes of Florence and Lady Gaga to the title of Sound Of 2009, and had won the Critics Choice at that year’s Brit Awards. So when it came to following up her debut, ‘Hands’, no one can blame her for taking her time.
But the wait is soon to be over, as she readies the release of her second long player, for which she won’t even tell us the name. “We are very close now, just putting the finishing touches in the studio,” she says, “I wrote it all over the world.”
As she tells us about the new album, it’s clear that whilst she’s nervous about the period of absence, it’s allowed her to make the record that she’s always wanted to make. “I feel a lot more at peace about where I’m at creatively as an artist now than a year or so ago,” she concurs, “I think everyone is always nervous releasing anything they’ve created into the world, but I’ve realised what I want to do and how I can achieve it, rather than trying to please other people.”
“I have spent a lot more time and care on the songs and production,” she continues, “it definitely feels more representative of me of an artist, at least now in 2012. It’s less 80s synth pop influenced, it’s quite an upbeat album, which I think has stemmed from the fact I have been DJing a lot, and listening to a lot of dance music.”
And were we to be afforded a quick glance in Little Boots’ 2013 diary, we’d hope to see some tour dates penned in, and maybe a few UK festivals, and we’re not alone; Victoria, it seems, is definitely excited about the prospect of getting back out on the road. “I don’t know the extent yet but I really hope to do proper European and American tours and get to go back to Japan and maybe even Australia…” she confirms, “I really miss touring a lot, which is something I didn’t think I’d say for a long time. But now we have so much new material I can’t wait to get out there and share it.”
Taken from the December 2012 / January 2013 issue of DIY, available now. For more details click here.