VV Brown: A piece of me
Tuesday 09 October 2012
I’ve finally realised I can’t live off junk food anymore. As I’ve got older, I’ve come to the conclusion that I can’t eat what I want and still stay slim like I did in my teens – I actually have to work at keeping in shape! I go swimming every morning at 7am now. At first it was a real chore but now I feel really out of place if I miss it, it’s really therapeutic. I also really respect healthy and organic foods now – I’m quite into my cooking and so I’m really aware of the sorts of ingredients I’m putting into my food. I do love junk food – I think it’s delicious, but now I’m in my late twenties, I find it really hard to work off.
People associate healthy food with boring food, but they couldn’t be more wrong! I think it’s really important to make healthy meals delicious – there are so many amazing recipes out there! I love making soups – they’re so easy to make and I love being experimental with them. I make a great purple beetroot soup and an orange carrot one.
I remember once when my leggings ripped on stage… I’ve had so many embarrassing on-stage moments but one of my very first was when I was performing at Camp Bestival and a hole started appearing in my leggings. They were lycra too so the hole was just getting bigger andbigger and I didn’t even notice – it wasn’t until my manager ran onto the stage and wrapped a sarong around me. He actually made a really cool outfit – he could make a great stylist!
X Factor alienates artists who are doing it in a different and more organic way. I think X Factor is good in the way that it is showcasing talent, and obviously it is only a good thing to give someone the opportunity to make their dreams come true, but I don’t know if I agree with it making the industry a monopoly. I feel like it can start to alienate organic artists and they miss out on the recognition they should receive.
I would love to be a judge on The Voice. I got pretty addicted to the show this year – I think it’s so amazing the way that they’re promoting the talent of someone based solely on their voice and not their look. There was some amazing talent on there this year, whichmade me realise just how incredible this country is! It’s an eye opener to the spectrum of styles and talent we have in the arts industry. Tom Jones is such a legend that whenever he says anything, you stand up and listen. I love the fact that he’s so graceful and elegant in his criticisms and suggestions.
I was so nervous performing with Tom Jones… I love Tom as I said earlier, but I was so nervous to perform with him at the Arthur’s Day event with Guinness last month as I hadn’t performed since being on tour with Maroon 5 in the US earlier this year. And Tom has performed with the likes of Ray Charles so I was a little star-struck to say the least.
I’d be way too nervous to call will.i.am for a normal chat! I have his telephone number in my phone – he’s probably one of the most famous people in there. But of course, I wouldn’t call him for a normal conversation – I’d be way too nervous! I’ve also got Blur frontman Damon Albarn’s number and Jameela Jamil.
VV Brown performed at the Guinness event to celebrate Arthur's Day at Senate House, alongside Sir Tom Jones, Wretch 32 and Razorlight.