ARTICLE IAN DAVID MONROE
Nottingham-based singer Indiana, distinguished simply as “the girl,” has snatched the pop secrets from the Swedes. She made her proper single breakthrough with “Solo Dancing,” an infectious anthem of independence that stands in defiant contrast to pop-phenom Robyn’s similarly situated track “Dancing On My Own.” While Robyn was wallowing in the corner mourning her unrequited love, Indiana was assuredly capturing the crowd with her rhythmic undulations and don’t-need-a-man attitude. To keep the flame burning this rising siren premieres her second single, “Heart On Fire” on VMagazine.com after being dubbed Zane Lowe’s Hottest Record and headlining the BBC Introducing Stage at One Big Weekend. To accompany the release, V follow up with Indiana to find out just a little more about her hotly anticipated album No Romeo, out August 11th.
What have you been up to since the release of Solo Dancing and now?
Indiana: A few festivals which have been really cool, I've written my final song for the album and I have been planning the video for "Heart On Fire."
"Solo Dancing" had a strong theme of independence and self-confidence. Does that theme continue with this track?
I: No, this song is quite the opposite. It's written from a position of weakness. The struggle to go on and the need to let go, but a fear to commit.
What is the theme of the upcoming album? Is it more empowering pop?
I: There are a lot more empowering songs on the album. They aren't all biographical though. I like to tell stories and immerse myself in to a role. I find it's so much more interesting than real life and I get to push the boundaries. I do draw from some life experiences but generally my songs are fictional.
What track stands out the most for you personally?
I: I love "Calibrated Love." It's the last song I wrote for the album.
What is it about that track? It has a vocoder! You can either get it really wrong with a vocoder or you can create something really cool... I hope it's the latter!
Zane Lowe's Hottest record artists have historically gone on to have a whirlwind of a year. What are you hoping to get out of that year?
I: I would like the album to do well and have a headline UK tour ...maybe even some dates in Europe at the end of the year... I don't plan too far ahead. I like to live in the now and take everyday as it comes.
Hypothetically, what does an Indiana fan look like?
I: They come in all shapes and sizes. Young and old. It's suprising actually, the variety of people my music reaches.
From where you are now what does success look like?
I: I get satisfaction from the fans. My goal has always been to hear the crowd singing my lyrics back to me. Success is hearing more and more voices.
What is one thing that you wish people knew about Indiana the girl?
I: I'd really love to work with Frank Ocean. I think if enough people knew it might actually get round to Frank and I could be in with a shot.