Consisting of Jesy Nelson, Jade Thirlwall, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Perrie Edwards, Little Mix is without a doubt one of the hottest girl groups in the UK to date. Their captivatingly bubbly songs such as Black Magic, Shout Out To My Ex or Power have made it to the charts immediately and are doubtlessly one of the songs which are stuck into your head as soon as you hear them.
To this date, the girl group have toured the world, collaborated with renowned artists such as Sean Paul and Missy Elliott and have released four commercially successful studio albums, with their fifth one on the way soon.
We had an interesting conversation with member Perrie Edwards who gave us insight into what it’s like being part of Little Mix, the weirdest moments and what the future holds…
What is your most favourite part of being a Little Mix member? Is it the shows, the recording, … ?
Being a Little Mix member is like being on a rollercoaster! It’s whacky, crazy, fun and constant! We have such a laugh! Can’t sugar coat it and say it’s always rosey.. but I wouldn’t change it for the world. It’s a hoot!
What has been the most exciting moment in your career so far?
We’ve achieved so much together already! An exciting moment for us was the Glory Days period. The success of that album was mind blowing! Number 1 for 5 weeks, we were absolutely buzzing. Winning a Brit is defo up there!
..and what was the most bizarre one?
Bizarre moments always happen in Little Mix. Drama seems to follow us wherever we go. From earthquakes in Japan, to winning Brits, to No.1’s, to car crashes (literally).
I have so many pinch me moments everyday! Being able to give back to my family and fans loving us all over the world! I find it all so bizarre even still. It will never feel normal to me.
Before auditioning at the X Factor and ultimately joining Little Mix, what would have been your plan B other than music?
The trouble I had growing up was I never had a plan B. Yeah I’d toy with the idea of being a teacher, or wanting to be a vet. But nothing ever felt right other than singing. It’s all I’ve ever done and ever wanted to do. It will ALWAYS be my passion. In the future I’d love to get into movie voice overs/acting, maybe being a judge on a talent show, but singing is my first love!
You are currently in the process of recording your fifth studio album with Little Mix. What can we expect from it?
As always something big! We don’t settle until we create something incredible that we’re proud of. We can’t wait for everyone to hear the new album.. it’s already piecing together so well.
How will it differ from the previous albums? And are there any collaborations we can hear?
I can’t give tooooo much away. It’s always better having some surprises up our sleeves. But I can say we’re excited about some potential collabs and we’re enjoying switching up our sound!
‘The Glory Days: The Platinum Edition’ is almost half a year old already, what have you been up to since the release – except recording and planning the new album?
We’ve been touring the world! Had some time off. Now we’re just focused on making the new album and preparing for our summer tour shows.
Speaking of The Platinum Edition, how did the collaboration with Stormzy come about – considering your genres are rather different?
Stormzy was an amazing collab. He’s such a nice guy and so talented. Power is such a strong single and he smashed it with his feature!
What made you decide to release a platinum edition of the glory days?
We wanted to celebrate the success of the album and give a little treat to the fans. We had a camera guy following us around on tour in America, Europe and back home. The documentary was a different side that the fans don’t always necessarily see.
Other than music, what do you personally enjoy doing in your free time?
I just love being around family and doing absolutely nothing! Any chance I get to relax I grab it with both hands. I love a spa day.. I love shopping. Sunday fundays are my favourite! Good Sunday dinner… maybe some activity’s like go karting or trampoline parks. I’m literally a big child.
Finally, what else can we expect to see from you this year?
Hopefully big things!! If all goes to plan…. a new Little Mix album… fresh new Little Mix videos… just more good times and happy vibes.
“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!
LEIGH-ANNE: Awww thank you! Yeah you’ve got to put the hard work in to reap the benefits.
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