Before she leaves for her American tour as synth-pop artist Little Boots, Victoria Hesketh conducts a cleanup of her London kitchen, to find rotten food in her refrigerator: “It’s my housemate’s, but I am throwing it out!” Now that her chart-topping U.K. debut “Hands” and its smash singles have made her an overseas star — the album comes to the U.S. soon — this 25-year-old doesn’t really need to share living quarters. But she says, “I come from a big family, and I’d be lonely if I lived on my own.” She plays The Fillmore next week.
You already own curious keyboards. But is it true that you’ve actually invented a laser synthesizer? Yeah. But it didn’t really work, so I have a bone of contention at the moment. In complete darkness, it’ll work, but you can’t do a whole show in the dark. So it’s kind of stupid. Plus, I can’t take it on tour because I need a licensed laser operator to run it in each city, which is ridiculous. Who’s going to have one of those on every date?
But your iPhone app, Reactive Remixer, is pretty cool, right? Indeed. I wanted to do an app ages ago, but I was thinking of doing more of a game, really. But then I got an iPhone and thought, “This really works!” So I had some great new ideas for it, and then I met these people who make apps and they had the same ideas, so it all worked out. It’s really clever. You can get really interactive with it. Even if you just turn it on and walk around, it samples noises from your environment.
Have you been approached about writing a book on gardening? Oh, yeah! And I just bought a new gardening book, actually. I just moved house, so I haven’t really got the same type of garden anymore and I’m going to have to do it all in containers. So I bought a book specifically about gardening that way — it’s all about pots, and I find it very exciting. And I’d probably write a similar thing, about gardening in urban areas with only a little space.
Has Little Boots found romance? I’ve had the same boyfriend for quite a long time now — he’s an editor at NME, Jaimie Hodgson, who does the Radar section. And it’s weird: I’ll do all these interviews with journalists, and they’re always nice to me. But maybe it’s only because they want work at NME! No — I’m just kidding!
IF YOU GO
Where: The Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., San Francisco
When: 9 p.m. Tuesday
Contact: (415) 371-5500, www.livenation.com