Foxes Hunts for Her Own Awards After Shock of Winning Dance Grammy With Zedd

'I'm starting on my own journey'

"My feet haven't really touched the ground for a while," says a beaming Louisa Rose Allen, better-known as Foxes, between cappuccino sips. Sitting in a London cafe on a sunny day, the British alt-pop singer, 25, has every reason to be floating on cloud nine. After all, not many artists can say they won a Grammy before they even released an album. Allen took home the best dance recording prize for "Clarity," her hit collaboration with Zedd, in January. But now, with her debut studio set, "Glorious," released stateside on June 23 on RCA, she's after her own accolades. "It put a fire under my feet," she says. "I want to win things for my own music."

In addition to collaborating with Zedd, you have also guested on songs by Fall Out Boy and Rudimental. How did those ­experiences feed into your debut album?

Watching those artists just made me realize that I owed it to my music to stay true to what I wanted. It was a bit like an internship, and then I decided I was going to do my own thing. There were hundreds of dance producers that got in touch after "Clarity," but I've done my dance moment and it's nice to move on. It feels like I'm starting on my own little journey.

What's the thinking behind the album title?

The last song that I wrote for the album is called "Glorious" and the message behind that is about not giving up. My name Foxes is still confusing to people though. I guess that's when I'll know that I've made it: when people no longer ask me why I'm called Foxes.

"Youth" was the track that first got you noticed - it landed syncs on Gossip Girl. How important was that to your career?

That was when what I wanted to sound like finally started to make sense in my head. I was on a train from [her hometown] Southampton to London when it just clicked; I wrote the song in 10 minutes. It sounds so cheesy, but I was moving to London to try and be a singer. In a way [the song] is a "f--- you" to anyone in my hometown who thought I couldn't do it.

Did you ever anticipate "Clarity" ­becoming such a huge global hit?

Never. I was in the Bahamas on holiday and "Clarity" came on and the people that owned this shack started freaking out. It was insane.

You looked lost for words during your Grammy acceptance speech for "Clarity."

Oh, God. It's hilarious. I nearly missed it. I was with the guys from Disclosure and Sam Smith. We sneaked out for burgers at this diner across the street. I was standing there with a beer in my hand, wearing this Vivienne Westwood gown, and my manager called me: "Where are you? They're about to call your category!" I didn't think in a million years that I was going to win it. When they called my name I just remember throwing my purse in the air and Guy [Lawrence] from Disclosure being on the floor catching it. It was a very British mess.


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