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Ms Dynamite interview: "I don't want to be put in a box"

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We were pleasantly surprised when Ms Dynamite returned to the mainstream charts earlier this year as a guest star on Katy B's 'Lights On'. Five years after her last commercial single, it not only served as her first Top 10 hit since the infamous 'Dy-na-mit-tee' in 2002, but proved her swag was still fully in tact. As she readies her comeback LP, we phoned her up for a long-overdue catch-up to find out what she's been up to.

It's been five years since your last solo single; what have you been up to?
"Most of my time has been spent being a mum, creating a family, focusing on my son and making sure I give the right amount of my time and energy to him. He's hilarious - he's just turned 8 and is a typical boy. Football crazy and full of energy!"

When did you know you were ready to return to music?
"I knew about a year and a half ago. I felt that he was ready for me to get back into it. Music isn't a job I can do half-heartedly. Once you're in, it's 24-7 - it's like being a parent! Luckily I've got a really supportive family who are helping me, but juggling the two now isn't as hard as you'd think. He's very independent so I feel happy to relinquish some control."

Your new single is called 'Neva Soft'; how is it different to your previous work?
"It's more fun than Judgement Days, which I think had quite hard lyrics. This new album still has a certain level of attitude, but it has a more fun, bubbly, vibey side, if that makes any sense at all!"



It's produced by Labrinth, why did you approach him?
"I initially approached him because of his work with Tinie [Tempah]. There's a bit at the end of one of the songs he produced which stuck out for me and basically summed up the sound I wanted to create for my new album. Very current, dancey and for the clubs, but one that goes back to my roots with a bit of reggae and garage. Labrinth is really good at fusing the two."

You featured on Katy B's 'Lights On' earlier this year; was it nerve-wracking putting yourself back out there commercially?
"I didn't think anything of it initially - I'd only heard one of her tracks that Geeneus had produced. I loved her vibe, energy and voice, and obviously the outcome was great as people really took to it. I was never nervous because I didn't think it was going to be a single! I let my feelings guide me, and it seemed like the right thing to do at the time. If she asked me to do it now I'd probably over-think it and freak out!"

You've always kept strong ties to the underground music scene; do you worry that you'll lose that acclaim by returning to the commercial charts?
"Not at all. Call me cocky, but I really feel like I can do both. I'm never trying to be cheesy or aim for a number one single. Whether it's for the underground or the mainstream, I do what feels right and stay genuine to myself. I've been out of music for six years, but for some reason I'm still being well-received in the clubs - I wonder how some of them know who I am at all! I'm not trying to please the underground or the pop charts, I'm trying to please myself."

Ms Dynamite


The lyrics on A little Deeper and Judgement Days dealt with urban poverty, drug addiction and violence. Does that continue on your new album?
"It covers loads of subjects about life in general. I'm still living in the same area as I've always been and still going to the same clubs - in that respect very little has changed. I still talk about the things I think and feel from my area, but I've since learnt how to take responsibility for myself and my perspective on those issues has changed. I want to be part of the solution rather than part of the problem."

The music scene has changed a lot since your last album; what do you make of it now?
"The old woman part of me loves the traditional album, with the artwork and the physical object. You obviously don't get that with downloads, but young people are open to evolution and change, and I see a lot of rising artists gaining success entirely by themselves. They control their own destiny, which I think is fantastic."

When can we expect to hear your album?
"The album will be out in the new year. I don't want to say a specific date in case it changes, and I might release another single before it."

It sounds like it's a long way off being finished...
"I must be a nightmare to work with, because I never seem to follow the conventions of the industry. If it feels good do it, I say! That sounds really unprofessional, and I'm not like that at all - but I'm still rebellious in the sense that I don't want to be put in a box and told to follow the rules. I still like being outside the box and stressing people out a bit!"

Ms Dynamite releases 'Neva Soft' on September 4. Her new album follows next year.

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