Jessie J Talks "Do It Like a Dude," Personal Style and Spiky Lips
Wed, 06 Apr 2011 11:55:07
UK sensation Jessie J staged a takeover of GlobalGrind.com with an in-depth interview about her musical inspirations, items she can't live without, "Do It Like a Dude" and spiky lips.
Check out the full interview here but because we are nice and love you, we selected a few choice cuts from the chat.
GG: We really like your song "Do It Like A Dude," what kind of inspired you to write that and if you were a dude, what would you do?
JJ: Well, I've tried wee'ing standing up and it's not as easy unless you're a guy (Laughs). "Do It Like A Dude" for me is very much, the deeper meaning is that everyone is equal. No one should make you feel intimidated and you can go, you know what, eff you, I can be who I wanna be and stand on my own two feet and not feel like I can't because you're making me feel like I can't.
But at the same time it's a parody of the typical male that exists today and it's kind of a tongue in cheek, a way of going, you know, this is funny. It's not that I hate men. It's not like we're saying, women are better, we hate men. That's not it at all. But you know, sometimes it's nice to have an empowered feeling that makes everybody so equal. It was the quickest song that I've ever written. I wrote it in about 15 or 20 minutes. It's very, very simple and I think that's the beauty of it, is that everyone can sing along. And I'm glad we released it first in the UK because it didn't give everything away. Because it definitely shook up some controversy.
GG: Tell us a little bit about your personal style, it's very unique, and tell me about the spikes you wear on your lips in the video "Do It Like A Dude"?
JJ: Well, for me, style is something that you just have to do for you. I love big tacky gold earrings and a big shoe and cat suits. I like skirts and dresses but it's just never really been my thing because I'm so out there, I feel uncomfortable and I can't move. But I think I just try to be me, you know, ever since I was little I've always loved being someone that stands out and I do it for me, I never do it for anyone else. I do it because it's another creative outlet for me and I'm very heavily involved in my style and like, I have someone that gets stuff for me but I put together my outfit for SNL.
It scares some people because I know some people have people putting their stuff together for them, but for me I think it should all come from you. I don't think it should be a brand I don't think it should be about how much money you spend on it. Right now, I've got tights on under these trousers but nobody knows! (Laughs) But yeah, I think it's all about what you like and if you want to wear hoodies and track bottoms every day, that's your style and if you want to wear flip-flops and socks, that's not what I'm into, but that's your style. I think style just has to be from you.
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