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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Being told to stay quiet.
It sure was. He has over 90 number one Billboard dance hits. He is a legend in that arena. I feel hugely honoured.
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.
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!
I like to hang out with friends and go for walks.
A nice, big, fat happy ending!
And follow her on Twitter @Vassy