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Q&A with music maverick Little Boots

Q&A with music maverick Little Boots
July 16, 2014 Bomb Petite

She’s the blonde, dulcet voiced beauty known for her killer electro pop tracks and enviable style. The Blackpool born singer and songwriter oozes bohemian cool both on and off the stage. Here Little Boots talks to Bomb Petite about 80’s inspiration, life on the road and the power of music…

Little Boots interview

Photo by Mari Sarai

One thing people would be surprised to know about you?
I box which is not something people expect that often from a small blonde girl! It’s a great way to keep fit and channel any stress.

If you hadn’t become a musician, what would you be doing now?
I narrowly escaped working in TV production but if things hadn’t happened the way they did maybe I’d still be doing that, I also love writing and radio, I hope it would be something music related in someway at least.

What is your favourite place you’ve been to on tour? Have you bought any cool things on the road?
Tokyo was always my no. 1 city to visit although I did finally get to Rio last year and it possibly stole the number 1 slot! I always go trawling vintage shops with my band on tour, I’ve had some both incredible and horrific finds, you never can really tell until you get home.

Does your music influence how you dress?
Absolutely 100%, even since a young age whatever music I was listening to and whoever were my current musical idols always had a huge influence on my style. When you’re an artist you’re a visual representation of your music, it’s a full package.

Is your stage wardrobe very different from how you dress every day?
It definitely has been in the past although I’m thinking of making it less dramatic, a lot of female artists feel like they constantly need to be different and out crazy each other so it feels more interesting at the minute to go the opposite extreme. I’m really into minimalism and modern tailoring at the moment. But in the past I’ve definitely had some pretty glamorous/ out there stage outfits! I’ve collaborated with House of Holland and Felder Felder on stage wear and I also worked with a designer called Michelle Wu on a dress that lights up in time with the music for The Creators Project.

What item of clothing do you find yourself buying again and again?
I’m a real sucker for heels, at the moment I also can’t stop buying white shirts and tapered trousers which sounds boring but its the quest for the perfect ones!

Where do you shop?
My new obsession is Vestiaire Collective, its kind of like fashionista ebay. Asos and Topshop petite are pretty indispensable with my dimensions and I shop online a lot as I’m always travelling, I also love Liberty and Browns Fashion in London, Opening Ceremony in New York, Wasteland in LA/ San Fran and the Harijuku district in Tokyo. For high end stuff I love Chloe, Miu Miu, Isabel Marant, Celine… I’m also a big fan of Carven. And Other Stories is great at chic highstreet stuff.

If you could swap closets with anyone, who would it be?
I’m obsessed with Melanie Griffith in the 80s film ‘Working Girl’ at the minute.

What do you think is the secret to dressing well as a petite?
Knowing your dimensions and not compromising until something fits well. Also you can actually get away with a lot more daring trends than your tall friends, bonus!

If you could persuade any designer in the world to do a dedicated petite line, who would you choose?
That’s a tough one… I love Antipodium but they always come up to big for me so that would be good. But probably I’d just expand the Topshop petite range to include the fun clothes as well as the staples

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Visit www.littlebootsmusic.co.uk for tour dates and news.