Stooshe Interview – ‘We’re three girls from London who have been very, very lucky’

Posted on October 10, 2012


The 3-piece girl band, who have shot into the charts with debut single ‘Black Heart’, paid a visit to Southampton Solent university on 27th September to attend a talk with magazine and music journalism students. They discussed how they met, their songs and of course their recent rise to fame. The girls also revealed their fears in relation to the inevitable fame lying ahead of them.

Alexandra, Karis and  Courtney are all in their early twenties, with Courtney being the baby of the group at age twenty. Despite being what could be described as a ‘manufactured’ girl group, the trio say they are amazed at the chemistry between them. They alleged that their friends get jealous because all of their pictures on Facebook are of just the three of them together! They all have a musical history, with Alexandra’s mother being a mo’ town jazz singer, Karis being taught at the famous Brit School and Courtney attending theatre school.

ImageIt’s recently been in the press that the triad turned down Simon Cowell on a record deal because they wanted to continue doing what they wanted to do. They felt maybe their personal style would be in jeopardy if they were to sign with the most infamous icon in the music industry – Mr. Cowell himself. The girls write their own songs and have strong feelings towards individuality. They stated that it is important to be confident in what you believe and stand for what you believe, as long as you don’t offend too many people along the way. When asked by a magazine journalist student what they write their songs about they replied that they write about absolutely anything – ‘we even wrote a song about bunking the train once’.

Stooshe have been in the charts for weeks with their single ‘Black Heart’, which they believe all women can relate to because ‘we all have a crazy side!’. Despite the song having national success, the trio are still able to run normal lives. But as their fame continues, it is inevitable that their lives will become very different very quickly. The girls gave us an insight into their feelings about their upcoming future as they stated ‘we’re scared of the fame that lies ahead. At the moment we can go out in public without being mobbed, but we know it’s inevitable to happen soon.’ Alex then continued to say ‘when I go out shopping with my little brother and sister they get pushed out the way and asked to take pictures of me with fans. I don’t want that. I want them to be involved as well.’ There are pros and cons to being recognized as a musician. Stooshe presented a lot of the pros throughout this interview, and they also stated their hopes of a collaboration with Jay-Z and Kanye West one day.