Last month I featured the latest music video from UK singer 'Queen Of Hearts'. Her latest EP was released to critical claim from both fans and critics alike. I caught up with the Queen herself to chat music, fashion and future plans.
1 - Congrats on the new EP ... the tracks are great. What was the inspiration for the songs?
2 - You seem to have grown quite quickly since early tracks like 'Freestyle' and really seem to of come into your own with the new EP .. Do you feel like you have honed in on your image and sound over the last year or do you like to constantly evolve?
3 - Over the last year or two the music critics (PopJustice,Q etc) have really backed you. As a young artist how does it feel to have such strong support from important music heads?
4 - You have worked with some fantastic producers over the last year including the Sound of Arrows, how important is it for you when choosing producers to work with and are you eyeing up any for the future?
Massively important, I'm a bit of a perfectionist and have an exact idea of how I want the album to sound, so to work with artists that I actually admire like Monarchy, Bright Light Bright Light and The Sound of Arrows is amazing. AlunaGeorge and Mark Reeder also did remixes of my singles, which felt a bit like Christmas, Easter and my birthday all at once, like I said, I'm a very lucky girl. I'm a big fan of Richard X and Patrick Berger, so I'm going to try and bribe them with cake to work with me in the future! At the end of summer (not that we've had one) I'm also heading out to work with Frankmusik, so this is becoming an incredibly exciting year for me and the QOH album.
5 - The new EP has just been released, and is going down quite well with critics and fans. What are you plans from here ... will you be focused on gigs or are you planning a full LP?
6 - Growing up who and what inspired you? Music/Fashion etc
7 - Your image is very strong, do you play a strong part in the art direction for your shoots and videos?
Yes, I have an amazing team that make my ideas possible, I'm a bit left of centre and my lyrics can be quite dark, so I want everything I do visually to reflect that. I'm also a bit colourblind when it comes to style, I pretty much only wear black and my style is very classic, I like long dresses, lace, leather, high neck lines and accessories.
8 - You have performed at various fashion shows and events, is there any designers or artists out there that you would like to collaborate with?
9 - Today, record labels seem very unwilling to get behind a new artist, they seem to wait for them to make themselves successes on Youtube etc before signing ... Have you found it difficult at any stage to really get yourself across to companies?
10 - Looking forward, what are your plans and goals for the next year?
Queen Of Hearts new EP 'Neon/Tears In The Rain' is available now!