“Everybody come to the tour!” pitches Little Mix’s Leigh-Anne Pinnock excitedly down the phone. With their first ever New Zealand show upcoming this July, Pinnock wants all of their kiwi Mixers to know that the UK girl-group are “SO excited to come to New Zealand” and that it’s “gonna be amazing!”
And if you’ve already got your tickets but are pondering what to wear to this momentous occasion? Pinnock’s got your back: “Wear anything you feel comfortable in, but if you really wanna come in the theme you can dress in pastels because that’s a kind of ‘Glory Days’ thing!”
Coup De Main caught up with Little Mix’s Leigh-Anne Pinnock at the end of last year to discuss the importance of “girls sticking together”, her favourite lyrics she’s written, and the complicated weirdness of love…
“…you definitely have to go through all the thorns to find your rose, definitely, because even though you might think you’ve found your soulmate, sometimes they’re still not the one – it’s really strange. Love is such a weird and complicated thing, I don’t think there is any right or wrong thing about it, it is what it is. But I don’t think you should ever give up. If you get hurt, there definitely is always someone out there for you, 100%…”
CDM: You’ve been telling me in interviews since 2012 that you really want to come to New Zealand… and now you finally are! How are you feeling about your upcoming NZ tour?
LITTLE MIX – LEIGH-ANNE PINNOCK: We cannot wait! We’re SO excited to come to New Zealand! My godfather actually lives there, so he’s gonna be able to come and watch, and I can’t wait! It’s gonna be amazing!
CDM: That’s so cute you and Perrie both have NZ connections, her with her past best friend and you with your godfather.
LEIGH-ANNE: Yeah! I know!! It’s gonna be amazing.
CDM: Is there anything in particular you’d like to do in New Zealand if you have any time off?
LEIGH-ANNE: Well I don’t actually know a lot about it, but I’m really excited to be able to explore. Do you have nice beaches? I’m sure you do. I love beaches, so that’d be nice to go to a beach over there.
CDM: Do you know yet what will be on ‘The Glory Days Tour’ setlist?
LEIGH-ANNE: We don’t actually know yet, but we’re hoping to do a lot of songs from the new album. I don’t mean to blow my own trumpet but we’ve got a lot of hits now, so it’s gonna be hard to pick and choose which ones we want, but I think we love the new album so we want to get as much of the new album on it as possible.
CDM: The new album is so sassy, I can’t wait to see songs like ‘Power’ and ‘You Gotta Not’ live.
LEIGH-ANNE: Awww thank you! Definitely! It’s gonna be wicked.
CDM: You’ve been working with a songwriter called Maegan Cottone since ‘Salute’ and ‘Move’, but on ‘Glory Days’ she contributed as a vocal producer for most of the songs on your new album. I love that not only is the album lyrically so empowering, but you also worked with a female producer to create it. Do you think it’s important for women to band together and help each other out in the music industry?
LEIGH-ANNE: 100%, I think it’s just in general and not just the industry. Girls sticking together I think is so important, and that’s what we like to represent through our music and as friends, we all have each other’s backs and I think that is such an important message to show everybody and woman around the entire world!
CDM: Your friendship with each other in Little Mix is one of the bestest and truest things that exists in this whole wide world. It just makes me so happy that you all love each other so much, like when you distract paparazzi from hassling individual members of the band. Was there any particular moment in your friendship when you first were like, ‘Yes! We are all going to be best friends forever and ever’?
LEIGH-ANNE: I think the moment that we looked each other in the face on-stage when they formed us, we just knew that it was gonna work 100%.
CDM: One of my favourite things about Little Mix is that it’s always been important to you girls to be involved in co-writing your albums. What are your favourite lyrics that you wrote for the new album?
LEIGH-ANNE: I love in ‘Down & Dirty’ when I say, “I ain’t ’bout pretending, them haters be hating, my fashion be trending.” And then there’s a line, “I started out making your pizzas,” because I used to work in Pizza Hut – “Now I’m a believer, check out the stamps on my VISA, we international divas, but I started out making your pizzas.” I love that line, because we have done so amazing, we know where we have all come from and we’ve worked so hard to get where we are!
CDM: You girls are definitely one of the hardest working acts in pop music right now!
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LEIGH-ANNE: Awww thank you! Yeah you’ve got to put the hard work in to reap the benefits.