By Jennifer Lynn
Diana Vickers has come a long way since being introduced as “Little Diana from Blackburn”, the 17-year-old hair backcombing, nude lipstick wearing, barefoot performer on 2008’s edition of ‘The X Factor’. With a number one album under her belt and a successful stint in the West End playing the title role in ‘The Rise And Fall Of Little Voice’, Diana is back with album number 2, and a role in political satire ‘The Duck House’. We hauled her out rehearsals for a chat on all things Vickers – bread makers and all…
Have you been watching ‘The X Factor’ this year or is that just weird?
It’s not that it’s weird, but I’m usually out on a Saturday night or busy working, so I’ve not really tuned in this year. The One Direction year was different, and when Olly Murs was on it and people were buzzing about him, I’d tune in to have a look. I don’t really watch it religiously though.
How do you think your signature style has developed since those days of performing in your bare feet?
I was 16, 17, and that was the kind of thing I was into then. I liked the boho look, guitar music, and now that I’m older my style’s a bit more out there and I have more fun with it. It’s more versatile, I like to try new things and I now wear very high shoes on stage!
Despite your theatre work, having designed a clothing line and done some modelling, is music still very much your focus?
It is; this album means so much to me. It took 2 years to write, for such a long time I was just so focused on it, and that was my main thing. As I’m getting older I’m really getting into my acting as well though, I go through the whole audition process and go to my lessons, and I really enjoy it. I do love my music, but I’m lucky to have my acting that I can take as much love out of; I think it’s really healthy.
Tell us about ‘Music To Make The Boys Cry’…
When I wrote my first album I was still really trying to develop as an artist, I hadn’t really figured out what I wanted to do, so it was kind of a development album. I really enjoyed it at the time, and it did so well, so I’m proud of its success. This album I put my blood, sweat and tears into, I feel really close to it and I really took my time with it. There’s a bit more of a consistent vibe throughout it, it’s quite ’80s and feel-good, it makes you want to dance and it’s a bit sassier.
You’ve already released the single ‘Cinderella’ from that album, which is about a real life fairytale, but what elements would your own fairytale involve?
I love laughing a lot… I love funny people, being around funny people. Food makes me happy. I love food and chocolate and cookies! And I love nice wine. So those would all be in my fairytale.
You set T in the Park on fire this summer; any plans to tour in the New Year?
I loved T in the Park and I loved V Festival, but I’m in the West End until after March, so it would have to be after that. I’d love to do the album live, get to travel and see the fans. Hopefully – we’ll see.
What do you want for Christmas?
I don’t know why, but I just want a bread maker. I went through a phase with my boyfriend a while ago where we used to make loads and loads of bread. That sounds a bit weird, doesn’t it?
Music To Make The Boys Cry is out now