Foxes wants to inspire

Foxes. Photo: PA Photo/Luka McGhie
Foxes. Photo: PA Photo/Luka McGhie

“Don’t tell me our youth is running out, it’s only just begun,” sang Foxes on her debut single, Youth.

Of course, being only 24 now, the Southampton-born singer doesn’t have much to worry about on that score for a good while yet - and she’s already crammed in a lot.

Released in September last year, when it reached No 12 in the charts, the song kick-started her solo career, although she’d already been involved with a number of hits.

There was her appearance on a song called Clarity by Russian-German dance producer Zedd. That was a Top 10 hit in the US, while the Rudimental track on which she appeared, Right Here, was a hit in the UK.

“The last year or so has been me working with other people, so now it’s my turn,” she says, sitting in an east London café around the corner from her flat.

“It feels like I’ve been around a while but it’s accidental. I wasn’t ready, but I’m not going to turn down those guest spots,” she adds. “They came about because I was asked to write a part, but it ended up that I sang the parts as well.”

Lyrically, she writes about herself, despite coming up with a stage name to keep some distance between her music and her real self, and looks-wise, well, the word pretty doesn’t quite do her justice. As far as modern pop stars go, she has absolutely everything needed to succeed.

“I didn’t need any persuading to step up and perform,” she says. “It was more just the fame and negative things that come with it that I didn’t want.

“What convinced me more than anything was doing a couple of shows and seeing how my music can inspire people. If I have the chance to do this, and maybe inspire people in the same way, say, Patti Smith inspired me, then I should.”