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Little Boots steps to stardom

PUBLISHED: 18:41 09 February 2009 | UPDATED: 13:27 24 August 2010

Victoria Hesketh aka Little Boots: The next Kylie? She's even got the gold hotpants

Victoria Hesketh aka Little Boots: The next Kylie? She's even got the gold hotpants

by Tim Cole Among the 30-odd inspiring acts making up the listings for the Shockwaves NME Awards Shows, one must see name stands out from the list. Little Boots tracks may currently only be available on the internet, but through the po

by Tim Cole

Among the 30-odd inspiring acts making up the listings for the Shockwaves NME Awards Shows, one 'must see' name stands out from the list.

Little Boots' tracks may currently only be available on the internet, but through the power of MySpace and YouTube, helped by her own irresistible blog, she is already a pop phenomenon.

Her show at the Shepherd's Bush Empire on Friday, February 13 supporting Mystery Jets, will be the latest step on the road to undoubted stardom.

Sounding like a Lancastrian Kylie and standing not much taller, the Blackpool lass - real name Victoria Hesketh - has recorded a series of 'fun' reworkings of chart classics and posted them on the web.

Initially armed with only a piano and a video camera she has given the world everything from Estelle's American Boy to The Human League's Don't You Want Me (as well as an alarming version of Wham!'s Last Christmas in time for the festive season).

But as with the likes of KT Tunstall and Franz Ferdinand, her first TV appearance on Later... with Jools Holland back in November put her before a wider public, who went in search of more on the web and liked what they found.

Her performance there with piano, stylophone and tenorion showcased the self-penned gem Meddle.

Other online tracks like Every Little Earthquake, Hands and Mathematics show what we are likely to hear when her first album hits the streets in the summer.

Just two weeks ago she broke the iTunes record for the most free downloads in the UK with the track Stuck On Repeat - a song which would have really felt at home on Kylie's last album X.

Produced by Joe Goddard of Hot Chip, a good man to have on your side at the moment, it is available online as an EP with Meddle and a cover of the 1980s Freddie Mercury solo hit Love Kills.

She is currently songwriting and recording in Los Angeles and has been picked up as one to watch by celebrity blogger Perez Hilton, giving her name some kudos stateside.

Here meanwhile, she has picked up a BBC accolade as the musician most likely to... for 2009, ahead of the likes of Lady Gaga, Kid Cudi, Empire of The Sun and White Lies, and, to her delight, has been nominated for an NME award for her miniblog on their site.

Her full blog is worth reading as an insight into the life of a real person on the edge of stardom: Special K, pancakes and Monday mornings.... Let's hope she manages to keep it going in the years to come as a tie to her early web-based roots.

Have a look at www.littlebootsmusic.co.uk/blog/

For full listings see our story Top line-up for awards dates

tim.cole@archant.co.uk


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