Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

I Used to Get So Nervous. Now I've Grown Up; Bulletproof Singer la Roux Talks to Marion McM cM C Ulle Mulle M N Ullen about Change, Touring and New Confidence on Stage

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

I Used to Get So Nervous. Now I've Grown Up; Bulletproof Singer la Roux Talks to Marion McM cM C Ulle Mulle M N Ullen about Change, Touring and New Confidence on Stage

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The thought of touring and performing used to fill La Roux singersongwriter Elly Jackson with dread.

"I used to worry about not singing well. Not looking relaxed and then, of course, you look even less relaxed," she sighs.

"I felt I had to do something different if there was a camera around and was conscious of it and then eventually I realised I just had to sing as I would naturally.

"I used to be really nervous about a lot of things, but I think I've grown up. Worrying about things didn't exactly help me.

You get things wrong and you get things right."

" Jackson brought out her new albumTrouble In Paradise earlier this year - the follow-up to her Grammy award-winning eponymous debut which sold more than two million copies worldwide - and embarks on a UK and European tour next month.

"For weeks beforehand I used to be anxious and my heart would be pounding every day for three weeks before a tour," she admits.

"I now deal with it better. I really love touring, but I didn't properly enjoy it until this record. I'd by lying if I said I did.

"I used to enjoy moments of it, specific dates like Montreal in February 2010 and New York and Webster Hall. The thought of going on tour used to be scary, but once I started I was OK."

The new, more relaxed and confident La Roux is evident on stage and the 26-year-old is already talking about heading back to the recording studio next year to work on a new album with a possible 2016 release date.

As soon as she stepped out as La Roux, it all just felt right for Jackson. The shock of red hair and the androgynous image matched the multi-instrumentalist's music.

She has been writing songs on guitar since she was 13 and was initially influenced by singers her parents played like Joni Mitchell and Nick Drake.

Her electropop project La Roux started in 2008 as a duo and then became a solo act.

In fact, the only person who seemed surprised at the success of her first album is Jackson herself.

"I wasn't prepared for it," she laughs. "I was 21 and still living with my parents!

"The record was supposed to be cold and hard and jagged and cheap-sounding, and I just didn't see it as being particularly commercial. …

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