The X Factor 2014 runner-up Fleur East is ready to release her debut single very soon but before then, she’s been chatting about her new music with FAULT magazine, in her first photoshoot since leaving the TV show.
Have a read though the extract of Fleur’s interview below, then have a look at the shoot’s photos, courtesy of photographer Zoe Mcconnell, afterwards…
Is there a theme to the new album?
It’s all very positive, very uplifting. I think that music can sometimes be taken too seriously. I enjoy what I do and I want people to feel that. I’ve put a lot of time and a lot of love into it and I hope that people really get behind me and enjoy the music as much as I do.
What do you want people’s reaction to be?
I just want people to react to it as though it’s a breath of fresh air. It’s sort of old school meets new school. It’s got a lot of old school influences, old school funk, old school hip hop, sounds that people miss. Influences like Michael Jackson, Luther Vandross, proper good music that we all love.
Simon (Cowell) has said that with this album you ‘discovered who you wanted to be’, who is that?
I was fortunate enough that on the show, the songs that I was given represented the sort of direction that I wanted to go in. It’s basically really strong, sassy, full of attitude, really confident, vibrant and energetic.
What is it actually like going through the X Factor process?
It’s a lot less glamorous than it appears. It’s a lot of hard work. It’s probably the most stressful thing I’ve ever done. There’s so much pressure but I think if you really love it, if you truly love it and it’s your passion to sing, then that’s what will get through. I think if you don’t have that, you’ll realise quickly.
Before going on X Factor again, I felt like I’d tried everything else. I got to the point where I’d featured on songs, I’d done backing singing for major artists, I’d done all these shows but it was always for other people. At this point I thought ‘What do I do now?’ I either go, just get a job doing something else, but that terrified me because all I know and all I love is music.
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