Interview

Vanessa White

Ready to go at it alone

You probably recognise Vanessa White from her The Saturdays days. A member of the successful pop girl group for seven years, they released four albums and toured the world, but it’s only now that Vanessa’s true artistry is coming to the fore. Going solo with music that truly represents her as an artist, this year she released “Good Good”, her sultriest R’n’B track to date – and she’s just getting started. We find out what’s next.

Do you feel like this record has helped you establish yourself as a solo artist?

Yes absolutely. This record is so much more honest. So much has happened in the past year and I’ve put all that into the creative process for this record. I’m not worried about upsetting anyone or saying something I shouldn’t anymore.

Would you say the record is very much about your personal experiences?

Everything on the record is personal. “Trust Me” for example is about double standards in the industry. It’s aggressive but I really needed to do that. Obviously I can’t go into the situations too much but for a long time I’ve felt like the industry is dominated by men and their egos. Massaging their egos gets boring after a while and being a woman is tough so I had to go there with those subjects on the EP.

Has it been a daunting experience establishing yourself as a solo artist?

It took me a little bit of time to really get into it. At first it was “amazing I can be creative” but because you’re so used to not having that freedom, it doesn’t come to you straight away. I’m so happy that I’ve had a full year and a half or even a bit longer to actually get used to it and be really open. It’s just normal now, it’s become a part of life. It’s feels really natural. You can tell straight away whether you believe someone or not on record, so when I listened back and thought, “wow this is really personal” I guess it can’t get any more real than that.

What’s coming up next for you?

I’ve got people in my head I want to collaborate with – aiming high obviously! And I really want to do a tour or even a joint tour. I need that to happen soon so I’m starting to get a band together and getting excited about that.

So there’s no looking back for you… are the band ever getting back together?

I don’t think I could go back. I’ve got so much that I want to do. There’s no space mentally for me to go back. As time goes on, I know it just wouldn’t feel right for me. This feels natural.

This feels natural.

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