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Little Boots lives out her dreams

By Damian Jones
Newsbeat reporter

Little Boots
Little Boots came top of BBC Sound 2009 list, which was voted for by critics

So how does a tiny blonde from Blackpool become one of the most hotly tipped artists of the year?

"God I really don't even know," gasps Victoria Hesketh, aka Little Boots ahead of her Annie Mac Presents gig in London.

"I just kept making music, working hard and having the faith."

Top of BBC's Sound Of 2009 list in January, it's been some 12 months for the cosmic disco star in waiting.

Debut collaboration

A year ago she was singing covers on YouTube. Now she's rolling out dream duets with 80s pop outfit The Human League on her debut album, Hands.

"I'd written this song called Symmetry and it just felt like it needed some male vocals on there," she explains.

"I'm a huge Human League fan and I just didn't think it would happen. When [singer] Phil Oakey said he would do it, I was like, 'Wow, incredible', because I'm just a massive fan.

In the end it just made more thick skinned and it made realise that it wasn't for me really
Little Boots on auditioning for Popstars

"Unfortunately we didn't get to be in the studio together, gutted."

As for joining her hero onstage at one of the mountain of festivals she's playing this summer, Victoria had this to say: "In my dreams it may happen, in my electric dreams boom boom."

Back at the start, the petite pop songstress began playing the piano when she was just five years old. From there she was trained classically before she broadened her musical horizons, investigating jazz.

Then when she was 16, she gave reality TV a try by auditioning for Pop Idol, singing Nina Simone's Feeling Good.

"I did a couple of rounds and didn't get anywhere," she says.

"I was just young and I wanted some kind of shortcut [to stardom].

"In the end it just made more thick skinned and it made realise that it wasn't for me really."

Ironically, these days she can often be seen hanging out with Girls Aloud's Sarah Harding and indie electro duo The Big Pink.

In and out of various different bands, it wasn't until she went solo that things really started happening for Little Boots.

Firstly her manager leaked the dancefloor denting Stuck On Repeat on a few blogs.

As internet interest swelled she appeared in further YouTube videos covering Madonna and Human League songs.

"The blogs were a big help when the first song dropped because that got really bigged up," she explains.

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Little Boots at the New Look Fashion Press Party in London

"But a few different things kind of bled into each other, I started doing DJ sets and getting my name around and suddenly this following started to build."

'Difficult' album

Since then, she's debunked to LA with Greg Kurstin and Hot Chip producer Joe Goddard to record her forthcoming debut. "It took about a year to make," she says.

"Then there was a kind of mad panic in January because I found it really difficult to cut songs. It was like cutting a limb off."

With a huge weight of expectation and competition in the form of La Roux, Marina & The Diamond and Florence & The Machine, surely she must be feeling the pressure?

"I guess there's pressure," she sighs.

"There's moments I get a bit overwhelmed and there's days when I don't know where my head is at.

"But you just try to keep focused and concentrate on doing the music and being creative."

Little Boots' new single New In Town is out on 25 May followed by her debut album Hands on June 8.

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