Soul Sisters Podcast: Noelle Scaggs on Why Fitz and the Tantrums Are Feeling Better Than Ever
Since Fitz and the Tantrums' 2010 debut album Pickin' Up the Pieces, the Los Angeles-founded band has been steadily evolving away from the soul revival sound on which it first made its name and into one that is decidedly its own. It's a distinction well noted on the hot new dance single "HandClap" and something co-vocalist Noelle Scaggs was eager to discuss, joining Soul Sisters ahead of the the release of the group's third, self-titled album.
"This is our most personal record," she told the podcast. "The fact that it's now self-titled, for me, is very empowering, to be able to say: this is Fitz and the Tantrums."
In addition to telling us how she bounced back after feeling utterly "juiced" after two years of touring, Scaggs also expounded on the difficulty of dating on the road ("A lot of guys can't handle that"); how to decide when it's time to let bad friends go; trading L.A. for Nashville ("The women there are very supportive of each other") and being the only African-American woman in a group of white guys.
"I've never been an artist that just wanted to be pigeonholed," she insisted. All signs seem to indicate it's working.
Listen to the full episode below, hosted by Billboard's Jessie Katz and recorded at NYC's Chord Club. Be sure to subscribe to our iTunes channel for all future episodes!