Little Boots life and biography

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Little Boots biography

Date of birth : 1984-05-04
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Blackpool, Lancashire, England
Nationality : American
Category : Arts and Entertainment
Last modified : 2012-03-27
Credited as : Singer-songwriter, electro pop musician, multi-instrumentalist

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Victoria Christina Hesketh, better known by her stage name Little Boots, is an English electro pop singer-songwriter. Her stage name comes from a nickname given to her by a friend, a reference to her unusually small feet. As a musician, Boots sings and plays the piano, keyboards, synthesizer, Stylophone and a Japanese electronic instrument called Tenori-on.

After a return to college to focus on her studies, Hesketh along with two of her fellow students formed the electropunk band Dead Disco. The band had limited releases of their four singles but due to increasingly different ideas about the band's musical direction Hesketh left to pursue a solo career. Hesketh has cited as influences The Human League, Gary Numan, Kraftwerk, Pink Floyd, Kylie Minogue, Britney Spears and Jean Michel Jarre.

Hesketh began writing her own songs and posting covers on the social networking sites such as YouTube and Myspace. After appearing on several shows including Later... with Jools Holland and Last Call with Carson Daly, Hesketh entered production on her debut album Hands. With increasing media attention regarding her then-yet-to-be-released debut album, Hesketh topped the BBC Sound of 2009 poll and received a Critics' Choice nomination at the 2009 BRIT Awards. With the release of her debut, she was linked to a recent wave of breakthrough female artists in their twenties playing 1980s-influenced music, including Lady Gaga, Ladyhawke, Florence and the Machine and Elly Jackson of La Roux.

Her debut album, Hands, released on 8 June 2009, peaked at number five on the UK Albums Chart and at number twenty on the Irish Albums Chart. The first single off the album "New in Town" became a top twenty hit, while the next single "Remedy", produced by RedOne, reached the top ten. She has also released the EP Illuminations in the United States.

In an interview with music website Artistdirect on 1 March 2010, Boots stated that her next album "will be rawer and a bit more down-to-earth. It'll still be magical, but quite dark and spooky at the same time." She added that she has drawn inspiration from the poetry of Edgar Allan Poe. On 1 May 2011, she performed at China Music Valley Music Festival in Beijing, during which she performed a new song called "Crescendo".

In late September 2011, Boots performed at the Mondrian Hotel in Los Angeles, performing several old and new songs acoustically. One month later on 24 October 2011, she released a mixtape called Shake Until Your Heart Breaks and announced that she would be beginning an international DJ tour to promote her new material. She would later release the new song "Shake" digitally and on a limited edition vinyl on 13 November 2011. Boots collaborated with English electronic producer Michael Woods on the song "I Wish", which premiered during Woods's set on BBC Radio 1's Essential Mix on 10 December 2011. On 9 March 2012 she unveiled her third new mixtape, Into The Future, via her official Soundcloud page. The mix includes re-workings of Azari & III's "Reckless With Your Love", Kylie Minogue's "Slow" and the title track "Into The Future".

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