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Marie Claire (South Africa) - - ON THE TOWN -

What's it like work­ing with your best friend, producer Lucas Good­man? Sometimes I wish I had more pri­vacy, to be hon­est. I think, 'I don't want him to know that,' but he has to when we're writ­ing songs. Where did the name Lion Babe come from? Lucas is a Leo and my spirit an­i­mal is a lion. We wanted some­thing am­bigu­ous be­cause when we started out we thought it might be a big­ger band, maybe four peo­ple, but we never found the other two. But there’s a ref­er­ence to your hair there, too… It’s my mane! It em­bod­ies this wild woman that is my per­for­mance al­ter ego. Peo­ple aren’t gonna for­get you once they see that hair. Who are some of your mu­si­cal in uences? Grace Jones, Michael Jack­son, Prince, Diana Ross… I’ve been danc­ing since I was two years old, so the way I see melodies is through move­ment. You worked with Phar­rell on your de­but sin­gle. Was that a pinch-me mo­ment? De nitely. He is such an icon for Lucas and me. And he’s so fresh! He walked into the stu­dio look­ing like he had jumped out of a mag­a­zine. How do you want peo­ple to feel when they lis­ten to your de­but al­bum, Be­gin? We want to make some­thing in­spir­ing for peo­ple. A lot of the mu­sic I grew up lov­ing has those kinds of mes­sages. Em­brace your­self. Love your­self.

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