Style and Substance: Vassy

Name: Vassy K

Location: Los Angeles

Australian pop stars – especially those of the feisty, quirky variety – are having a bit of a hey day. Just ask Iggy Azalea.

And Vassy is cut from just this cloth. Ancestrally Greek, born in Darwin, she’s recently been storming the American dance charts with snappy, spunk filled floor-fillers. She’s worked with producers such as Richard Vission (Madonna, Black Eyed Peas, Gaga) and Afrojack and her most recent single, ‘We Are Young’, shot straight to the top of the Billboard Dance/Club Charts.

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‘We Are Young’ has a real M.I.A. feel about it, in that is pushes that sort of happy, mixed genre, in-your-face kind of vibe. Is she someone you admire?

I admire her for sure. But I was just doing me. Listen to the original Indie version of the track and you’ll begin to hear the differences.

You’ve been described as having a hand-clapping attitude towards life. Does this mean happy-go-lucky?

It means I try to be positive. My motto in life is “be you, stand proud”. I like to celebrate life and I want to make other people happy. If you can’t get on board with that then I tell people to “Kiss My Vassy!”

Funnily enough I am actually speaking at a workshop for a children’s non-profit tonight on the subject of dreaming big!

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Vassy is a beautiful name. What does it mean?

It’s short for Vasilliki, which was my grandmother’s name. It means “the Queen”. It has been passed down for many generations and I am proud to hold it. She was an incredible woman.

Women ‘toughening up’ in music has been quite a theme, particularly in the last few years. Do you think female pop stars have a responsibility to lead the way for other women to feel stronger and more independent?

Yes absolutely. It is always the duty of someone in the public eye to consider themselves a role model for others.

I also volunteer at a teenage safe house for girls and I always encourage them to believe in themselves, to not let anyone put them down, to be self-motivated, confident, independent and to never use their bodies to further their careers.

You need to find a way to be true and authentic to yourself.

Music happens to be one of the most universal languages, so if you can use that as a power for good, then you should.

What is the one rule that you are really proud of breaking?

Being told to stay quiet.

Your latest single is a collaboration with David Audé, who has producing credits for the likes of U2, will.i.am, Coldplay, Rihanna…and even Yoko Ono! That must have been quite an experience?

It sure was. He has over 90 number one Billboard dance hits. He is a legend in that arena. I feel hugely honoured.

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You and Iggy Azalea have quite a lot in common, including the fact that you both moved to the states to catch your big break. Was that the only way to make it happen?

Moving to the US did help, but I wouldn’t say it is the crucial ingredient in making things happen for yourself. I had a dream to be here from the age of 15, when I first heard Billie Holiday sing ‘Autumn in New York’. At that point I fell in love with the idea of America.

If you could be granted three wishes, what would they be?

I would wish long lasting health for my family, because they are my everything.

Then, I would wish for enough money to buy a private jet so that I could fly backwards and forwards to visit them all the time.

And lastly, I want another massive radio hit, obviously!

What do you do on your days off?

I like to hang out with friends and go for walks.

If your life was a book, how would you want it to end?

A nice, big, fat happy ending!

Vassy
www.kissmyvassy.com

And follow her on Twitter @Vassy

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