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Eva Simons

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Eva Simons
When a fantastic track called 'Silly Boy' leaked back in May, pop fans guessed it was a demo by Lady GaGa, Rihanna or perhaps the pair working together. Couplets like "I know that people make mistakes / But I just think your a** is fake" may have had something to do with that. But this whopper of a pop song was actually the calling card of Eva Simons, a Dutch singer with a bright red Mohawk who's since landed a deal with EMI. As she prepares to give 'Silly Boy' a full UK release, we hooked up with Eva for a chat.

How did you feel when 'Silly Boy' leaked?
"At first I was happy because it was cool to hear my song on the internet and it had like four million hits. Then of course I saw Lady GaGa, Rihanna and Timbaland standing beneath the song. I thought, 'That's too bad because it's my song and I'm not getting any credit for it'. I was like 'These are huge artists, so how am I going to convince people that it's me singing'?"

What happened next?
"My manager called Billy Mann, a close friend of his who works with EMI a lot. I got into a conversation with EMI and they said they were very interested in releasing the song because it was such a huge hit online. RCA and Universal were also very interested, but EMI were the best team so I decided to sign with them. I got my deal because 'Silly Boy' leaked, so obviously now I'm very happy about what happened!"

Do you have any idea how the track leaked?
"Me and Tearce, my co-writer and producer, dropped the song off at lots of labels so people could listen and see if they wanted to do anything with it. Loads of people had the song but somehow it got onto the internet in Mexico. A GaGa fan club there found it online and put it on YouTube because they thought it was GaGa. Hopefully one day I'll meet them and they can tell me exactly where they found it."

What's the history of the song?
"We wrote it in 2008 when I was working on my album. It's about a guy I know who's an a**hole. Some people would call him a "player" or a "Casanova", but those words have kind of become compliments. There's no way anyone could say 'Silly Boy' is a compliment. No guy wants to be called a silly boy."

Does the guy know the song's about him?
"I think he knows now because I've been calling him 'Silly Boy' for a while. He's down in my phone as 'Silly Boy' too."

How's work going on your album?
"I'm actually almost done. I've just got to write a few more songs and then choose which ones will make the album. I want to have a huge album that's like 18 or 19 tracks. I hate those albums where there's only like ten tracks and you're left thinking, 'Is this it?' So far I've got hundreds to choose from, so I might release a few mixtapes too. That way people can hear the stuff that doesn't make the album."

What's the album going to be like?
"Very uptempo, very electronic and very exciting. The way I sing is quite urban, but the beats are going to be club beats and there will definitely be elements of rock too."

Do you have a release date in mind yet?
"I want to release it this year! I really want to release it this year, but they're telling me it's going to be the beginning of 2010 and there's going to be another single first."

Because of your strong look, some pop fans are comparing you to Lady GaGa. How do you feel about that?
"I don't really look like her, but I think people compare us because we're both on the edge and we both like to be a bit freaky. We're both a bit controversial and make people say, 'What is she doing?' I think it's a compliment to be compared to her because she's very good at what she does and she's a writer too. Maybe we can work together one day? I'd love that."

Which other artists do you admire?
"Well, I'm listening to David Guetta's album at the moment and I really like it. I would love to work with him as well! I'm listening to the Black Eyed Peas album too and I cannot wait to hear the new Robbie Williams album. I'm like 'Give it to me now!'"

Do you like his single?
"It's amazing! At first you hear it and you're like 'What is this?' But then after three or four listens you're addicted. He's got the greatest sounds on there... the bitch!"

Finally, I have to ask about your hair. How long have you had the Mohawk?
"I've had it like this for three months. I saw this style in Tokyo a couple of years ago and thought 'Nobody wears a Mohawk these days, so why don't I try it?' I comb it and make it flat before I go to sleep unless I'm feeling tired and lazy. And I have these hats that I can pull over it, but people are like 'Why's she wearing this massive hat?' When I go to the gym people look at me like I'm some kind of conehead!"

'Silly Boy' by Eva Simons is available to download now.

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