Wrap Up And Watch Out: Fleur
Fleur has been touring up and down the country, performing at the top festivals as DJ Fresh’s lead vocalist. Having built a buzz, the singer is now ready to go it alone and release her own solo music. Fleur's latest offering sees her collaborate with dubstep producers Cutline on ‘Broken Mirror’. The Wrap Up’s Jenna Simmons spoke to Fleur about working with DJ Fresh, applying for the X Factor and her future plans…
The Wrap Up: Hey Fleur! How would you describe your sound?
Fleur: A lot of people have said my voice has quite a soulful tone to it. Although I’ve been influenced by a lot of different music, my sound is mainly urban but it’s got a twist to it. I like to mix genres together but I’ve always got that urban element to it, just mixed with different sounds.
TWU: When you were 16 you entered the X Factor. What was that experience like?
Fleur: It was crazy! It’s funny really because me and three of my best friends went, we just decided to try for the X Factor and see what happens. We just wanted to see the judges and get some feedback from professionals. But then we ended up going all the way to the final, which we never expected - the whole thing was just a whirlwind. We ended up doing the tour and we got to experience the music business on a professional level. We got taught how to answer questions in interviews and we got to do radio and TV. It taught me a lot and from there I realised that I really wanted to do music.
TWU: Can you name one of your career highlights thus far?
Fleur: One of the best was V Festival, because originally we were only doing a 30 minute set on quite a small stage, then when we got there we were told that Nicki Minaj wasn’t coming and got bumped up to the 4Music stage. We did the acoustic version of ‘Louder’ and we got everyone to get their phones and lighters out… all you could see was this massive crowd with all their lights. It was amazing and when I came off stage I was told there was like 60,000 people in the audience.
TWU: Being DJ Fresh’s lead vocalist you got to perform on some big stages at this summer’s festivals. How do you prepare to go on stage in front of thousands of people?
Fleur: I do all of my vocal warm ups to get my voice ready to sing. The main thing I do is meditate, so before I go on I do some deep breathing and then I always say a little prayer to ask for guidance and to make sure I perform to the best of my ability.
TWU: You described working with DJ Fresh as an apprenticeship and you’re now ready to do your own thing. What was the most important thing you learnt on the Fresh experience?
Fleur: Just to let go, because before I did the DJ Fresh thing I was really aware of myself on stage and I didn’t really have that much confidence. I was always happy to get on the stage, but never fully enjoyed the experience. I was always aware of what I was doing but as time went on, I learnt to just get out there, give it everything and completely let go.
TWU: Your new track ‘Broken Mirrors’ is a collaboration with Cutline. How did this come about?
Fleur: I wrote the track a good six months ago with Nick Halkes and Marcus Bullringer. We were in a session and we just wrote it around the two words ‘Broken Mirror’. We had it as a demo for such a long time but we didn’t have an instrumental to it, then my manager got Cutline in and asked them to make a beat for it. When we got the beat back we were like, ‘wow, that’s really cool!’
TWU: ‘Broken mirrors’ has received support from some big names in the industry; how are you feeling about it all?
Fleur: With everything I do, I never really believe that I’ve actually done it! People are like ‘ do you realise you’ve done this and been on TV?’ and I’m like ‘woah’. Like when my song was played by MistaJam on BBC 1xtra, Capital and Kiss FM… I can’t really believe that I’ve got all this support; I don’t think it will ever hit me.
TWU: If you could work with anyone in the industry, who would it be?
Fleur: On a massive scale, Alicia Keys - I’ve always listened to her and thought she’s amazing. In the UK I would like to work with Jessie J and Ed Sheeran; they both write such good songs!
TWU: Lastly, what can we expect from Fleur in the future?
Fleur: I’ve got a mixtape coming out next month, so I’m recording that at the moment and that’s gonna give everyone a taster of what is to come from my album. I have also got a track called ‘Turn The Lights On’ which will be released towards the end of this year. I will be doing more shows with DJ Fresh, there will be a tour in November and then I’ll be doing more of my solo stuff too.
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Words: Jenna Simmons (@JennaJ__)