We grabbed the rising pop singer to delve into our Very. Important. Questions…
Having consistently churned out pop banger after pop banger in the past two years, singer-songwriter NUUXS has been slowly making a name for herself in the world of new music. Being hyped by tastemakers including CLASH, Wonderland, The Line of Best Fit (and yours truly of course!), she has come a long way since her early days of pursing a career in music.
Having grown up within a cult and escaping to follow the life she wished to lead has no doubt sparked a fearless drive to succeed in the French-English singer. Her single ‘Safe’ is her latest offering following the release of last year’s EP Red Tape Vol. 1, dialling down some of the energy of ‘No Good For Me’ or ‘Sweet Sunshine’ to show a palpable vulnerability.
Understandably, we wanted to get to know NUUXS a bit better! Below she takes on our V.I.Qs…
What was the first song that you remember loving as a child?
‘My Boo’ by Usher and Alicia Keys – could not stop singing it, and I loved J.Lo’s ‘Get Right’!
Who was your biggest musical icon at the age of twelve?
At that age I remember being and still being obsessed with J.Lo. I remember seeing her in Leicester Square as a kid premiering a movie and she just literally looked unreal – I just love everything about her.
What was the title of the first song you wrote and what was it about?
The first ever song I wrote, I was nine playing on a Yamaha keyboard that my Mum had saved up for over time. The song was called ‘Someday’. It always makes me laugh to myself because it’s so cheesy; I repeat ‘Someday’ over and over in a classical crescendo with a tinge of RnB.
What was the first album that you remember buying?
Probably quite cliché but still love it to this day, By The Way by Red Hot Chilli Peppers – the anthem to my teen years for sure.
What was the first gig you went to?
The first gig I ever went to was with my cousin’s wife and she took me to see The Pussycat Dolls at the O2. I was completely blown away and I remember seeing the opening act – who’s literally smashed the game in every way- Rihanna.
What is your favourite song (ever)?
This question is a bit impossible to answer, but seeing as this is a Q&A I’d say ‘If I Ever Feel Better’ by Phoenix.
What song are you loving most right now?
I can’t get enough of Tame Impala’s ‘Borderline’.
You have one last meal on Earth: starter, main, dessert – what would it be?
I’ve thought about this one a few times and it always comes back to my upbringing on Lao and Vietnamese food! But I also love Italian so…
Starter: Vietnamese spring rolls wrapped in lettuce (Cha Gio).
Main: Spicy Vodka Rigatoni with a green salad with a French vinaigrette.
Dessert: I love hot and cold, so probably a hot tarte tatin with pistachio and vanilla ice cream.
What’s your go-to soft drink?
At the moment, Orangina.
And alcoholic beverage?
Gin and tonic supersonic, but I love a Lychee Martini too.
Sweet or savoury?
Savoury every time! I’m obsessed with anything vinegary, garlicy or spicy.
Which Spice Girl are you?
Probably Posh Spice as she’s an Essex girl and I’m from Hackney, and we’ve got the same sort of hair too.
What was your biggest fear when you were younger?
I used to have this horrible recurring dream of drowning in a pool in big shopping centre. I remember the weight of the water pulling me down and I felt my breath physically leave me. Deep.
Have you overcome it?
I love swimming now, I find it very therapeutic and a great workout.
What is your most embarrassing memory?
I remember working as a waitress in Spain for a summer at a 5-star golf resort. I recall one of the chefs always getting so mad at everyone ’til he turned red in the face and him asking me to help him with moving some of the stock down to the bar and grill where there’s a pool, a bar/restaurant, palm trees and of course lots of guests.
At the time I couldn’t drive but I just lied to his face saying I could because I was terrified of pissing him off. There it sat – the golf buggy in all its glory packed with fresh fruit, meats, fish and bottles of water. He left it with me and I examined the pedals. There were only two, so I thought “Right – this can’t be too bad”. Now I’m talking Andalusia in Spain, so everything is on a hill.
I compose myself to drive the buggy down the very steep, winding path to the pool and for some reason my foot decides to turn into 50 tonne brick and I just remember panicking, not being able to control the buggy, screaming at a speed I couldn’t control. I landed the buggy half in the pool and half between two palm trees with guests everywhere! I can’t believe I didn’t get fired.
Who would play you in a film of your life?
I think Vanessa Hudgens would be really cool. She’s a really great actress and I genuinely love every film she’s been in.
If you could be in a tribute act/band, who would you be and why?
I think Black Eyed Peas would be a lot of fun.
Tell us about a time where you did something you probably shouldn’t…
Skinny dipping off a boat and nearly drowning as the tide was so strong I didn’t realise how far and how quickly it would take me out. I had to be rescued as I was flailing my arms around stark naked. Thankfully I’m still here – it could’ve been much worse!
‘Safe’ is available now. Red Tape Vol. 2 is to be released later this year.