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INTERVIEW NICOLA ROBERTS

HEAR THE DRUMMER…

Not to be rude to the other Girls, but you do know that Nicola Roberts is kind of the coolest of the Alouds, right? Who else would assemble Diplo, Dimitri From Paris and Metronomy for their debut album? And it’s good. Really, really, really good. Not only that, but the Scouse singer co-wrote and co-produced the whole damn thing too. Hattie Collins talks to Nicola about going solo and the music that makes her tick...

THE SONG THAT MEANS THE MOST TO ME ON MY NEW ALBUM IS… It’s impossible

to say because I co-wrote everything. I really put myself into it... maybe a little bit too much! I’ve been given an amazing opportunity and I’ve made me own record and so pretty much, lyrically, it’s all about me and what I think. It was important that it all came from my mind; it’s my record and I have to believe in it and it has to be a reflection of who I am. When I was given the opportunity to make an album, I wanted to make a proper album. I couldn’t have just been given songs if they don’t feel like me, or haven’t come from my brain cos it’s not me...

I’M APPREHENSIVE BUT EXCITED ABOUT GOING SOLO BECAUSE… It’s going

to be like being in a different world (sighs). For the last year I’ve been in the studio every day. You’re with your producer and you turn up in your scruffy trackies, you’re there till 3am. You’re in a safe bubble and a creative space without no judgment. When the day comes when that bubble has kind of popped and everyone else has to get involved... but that’s what happens when you make a record. I’m going into unknown territory, I’m going to be on a stage on my own, without the other girls there. With five girls onstage there’s a lot going on, there’s a lot to look at so I’m like ‘Am I going to do? Just me on my own?’ (laughs). It’s scary but if I wasn’t making this record, I’d be dreaming about making a record, so I’ve just got to man up to the opportunity. 56 / RWDMAG.COM

I’VE WORKED WITH SOME AMAZING PEOPLE… Dimitri

from Paris, Joseph from Metronomy, and Diplo did me first single, Beat Of My Drum. Me and Dimitri had made the beat, and so I’ve always been a massive fan of M.I.A. and Major Lazer, all that mad, crazy, big sound and I knew I wanted that on the record and I knew that he would be the person to do it. He is the future. I felt so proud of what he’s done.

“I REALLY PUT MYSELF INTO IT... MAYBE A LITTLE BIT TOO MUCH! IT HAD TO BE PERSONAL TO ME. I COULDN’T HAVE JUST BEEN GIVEN SONGS IF THEY DON’T FEEL LIKE ME, OR HAVEN’T COME FROM MY BRAIN COS IT’S NOT ME...”

I HAVEN’T PLAYED MY ALBUM TO THE GIRLS…

But I am going to but I want it to be completely mixed and mastered and then I’m going to go round to Kimberley’s, cos she’s just bought a new house. We’re all going to go round and I’m going to play it to them.

MY FAVE SONG IS... Adele.

Oh my god. Someone Like Me. She’s incredible; I love her to bits. Nicki Minaj I’m in to as well, and Eminem.

I RAP ON MY NEW ALBUM... Well, it’s fast, not rapping. Like speaking, but fast. I actually wrote the middle 8 of my song Sticks and Stones to one of the beats from Eminem’s Recovery. He’s like, me hero. I wrote it from a rapping point of view.

IF THERE’S ONE GENRE OF MUSIC I CAN’T STAND IT’S… Heavy rock and heavy indie bands... I can’t be doing with all that racket.

THE LAST GIG I SAW WAS… M.I.A. at Brixton Academy last year. I’m seeing Katy B next week. I love gigs.

A SONG THAT MAKES ME CRY IS… Sticks And Stones on my

record makes me cry a bit. It’s a bit deep. Maybe a bit too deep, but oh well.

FOR THE NEXT GIRLS ALOUD ALBUM I’D…

Like to be much more involved in the writing. I was lucky that Brian [Xenomania] used to use some of my stuff, but I think I would like to be heavily involved. Will there another Girls Aloud album? I can’t really say anything, but it’s our 10th anniversary next year so I would absolutely hope there was something from us next year.

I DON’T HAVE TOO MANY HOPES FOR MY ALBUM BECAUSE… I don’t like to hope too

much cos I never like to be let down. I’ve made it, and I’m proud of it and I’m just going to take it one little step at a time. Beat Of My Drum is out on 5 June. Twitter.com/nicolaroberts

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