There’s a new popstar sauntering around London town with an air of 60s girl-next-door glamour, haven’t you heard?
We catch up with the gorgeousness that is Whinnie Williams and chat about everything from her forthcoming EP to her distinct style, and the important stuff like whether she would snog, marry or avoid Niall Horan.
Your debut EP Bad Girl is tipped to be quite an exciting little pop treat! If you were chatting with someone in a laundromat, what would you say about it?
I’d say that if you imagined Brigitte Bardot and Del Boy’s lovechild, it would look and sound a lot like that! There are a mix of old and new songs on there, so it was nice to get them out and create the little music videos/film with the songs too. I did it with producers Future Cut who are really amazing. [Editor’s note: they’ve worked with Lily Allen in the past, but more on this later]
What’s your favourite song on the EP? We know they’re all your babies but secretly, every parent has a favourite child. You can whisper it to us, we won’t tell them.
Ha! Hmm… well ‘You Don’t Love Me’ was the first song I wrote for this project with Future Cut, so it has a special place in my heart. I remember they sent me the backing track and I was playing it really loud while I was up a ladder painting my ceiling then out of nowhere the verses came to me and I was like, ‘Shit!’ Trying to record it on my phone whilst on a ladder covered in paint.
How would you describe the creative process behind the EP Bad Girl? How long have you been working on this and what has been your favourite part?
I’ve been writing songs for a long time. I’ve put out 20 songs already this year, if you count my mixtapes, but the EP felt more structured and polished so I picked my favourite poppy tracks for this. I work in loads of different ways, sometimes the guys will just send me tracks and I sit on Garageband coming up with the lyrics and melody or sometimes I’ll just write on my own with guitar so it varies, really.
What’s the best lyric on the EP? And would you get it tattooed somewhere on your body?
My fave is “Somebody take my phone away, ’cause I’m about to ruin my life” because it has happened to the best of us! And no I don’t think I need that tattooed on me.
That’s our favourite lyric too. Now, you worked with Future Cut on your EP, who has worked with the likes of Lily Allen. Any chance of a collabo with Lily?
I’d be happy to do her washing up, let alone a collab!
Tell us about the concept behind your music videos. I understand it’s a series?
I love creating a little world through my videos. I had the idea in my head for a while, just a mad adventure of me and my dog Brian falling in love and getting to Paris to become stars but it all goes wrong. I love Wes Anderson so it’s all really inspired by his films. My friend Rob Francis Muller is an amazing director and my friend Jessica Dance is the best set designer/maker in town so I’m pretty lucky to have such clever friends to make videos with.
There’s an adorable grey poodle that follows you everywhere! Tell us about him/her!
Brian. He is the love of my life! I named him after my grandad. He comes with me everywhere.
You’re definitely one of those girls who could quickly become a young fashion icon in her own right. How can one create the Whinnie look?
Haha aww, thanks. I take loads of inspiration form people like Jane Birkin, Françoise Hardy and Brigitte Bardot. Like, 60s sexy chicks. I love big hair and black Bambi eyes. I like tailored, simple, and smart. I won’t be seen dead in trainers.
Bad Girl is coming out in vinyl, of course. Nice vintage touch! What was the first vinyl record you bought?
I bought The Carpenters’ greatest hits, played it on repeat for weeks but then it melted in the sun… sad day.
Now, about boys, what is the biggest turn off for you?
Boys that play games. So boring.
Marry, snog or avoid: Niall Horan, Ansel Elgort or Henry Cavill
They can snog, marry, avoid between themselves my boyfriend’s dreamy enough for me.
And finally… which Britney Spears song are you?
‘Boys‘ is such a tune.
Whinnie Williams will release her debut EP Bad Girl on 6 October, click here to pre-order it.