INTERVIEW: Mini Viva ready for Rhyl

Reporter:

David Waddington

RHYL will turn into a singing and dancing sensation this week when Britain's Got Talent winners Diversity are supported by pop-duo Mini Viva.

Having stormed the charts with their infectious dance-floor filler I Left My Heart In Tokyo, and worked closely with Girls Aloud production house Xenomania, the girls' debut album expected later this year is set for equal success.

The Pioneer caught up with one half of the twosome, 19 year old Manchester native Frankee, to talk about life as an upcoming pop sensation.

You're Coming to Rhyl , what can audiences expect from the show?
We're going to do about four songs. We'll do I Left My Heart In Tokyo, I Wish, a song off the album and One Touch which is out on May 3. We've changed our style a little but we're still approachable.
We've been to Cardiff but I don't think we've been to Rhyl. So it'll be our first time.

Are you looking forward to touring with Diversity?
We can't wait. We've supported before but this going to be different. They're not singers, they're dancers. We've never met them before.

Will you be looking to pick up any dancing skills from them?
Definitely yes! The easy ones anyway [laughs].

I Left My Heart In Tokyo was a huge success - were you surprised by the response to it?
We were really surprised. We always knew the song was good but you never know what the public will think of it. It's so different to what was out at the time and it's really catchy - like a summer anthem at the end of summer. We're just so happy because we are a new band and there aren't that many duos.

A girl duo is a rarity in the charts - are you happy to fill that void?
Definitely. There are a lot of girl bands and we didn't want to do what they're doing. We're just two girls having fun.
We love telling people about what we're doing and showing people.
We love doing promo, but we love being on stage - that's our home. We're just so comfy there. I love it when people with banners are shouting our names and singing our songs back to us. It's so strange because we're not really that well known.

I saw on your website you're going to be doing live webchats - is it important to keep in touch with fans?
We've got our first webchat today. It's like a little TV show. We can chat to the fans and they can chat to us.
Speaking to fans is so important on Facebook and Twitter. When people ask us a question we always try to answer it so they know it is us they are talking to.

You've been working on the new album - how has that been?
Hard work - no doubt about it! We've been working on it for about two years now and it's nearly finished.

Is it a daunting prospect launching your debut album?
Yeah! We're really nervous! It's like a part of us. It's like having a little baby and we're releasing it into the world and we want people to love it.
If you don't like one of the songs, you'll definitely like the next one - there's something for everyone on it.

I hear you have played in some unorthodox places?
When we were unsigned it was important to get out there and get some experience. We got put in some horrible, grungy places which stank and were disgusting. They weren't pop people, it was rock bands. But we had all these rock fans dancing along - it was very strange.

Who are you listening to at the moment on your iPod?
Jay Z. And Beyonce - people are probably tired of my saying Beyonce but I love her! Rhianna's new album as well - she's really good at reinventing herself.

Would you consider reinventing yourself like that?
Yeah I think so - so people don't get bored [laughs].

Who would be your dream person to work with?
I'd love to work with Jay Z. That would be amazing! We got the chance to meet him at the Brits aftershow party. We're going over [to America] in May time. If we get a good reaction, who knows...

  • Mini Viva will be supporting Diversity at the Pavilion Theatre in Rhyl on Thursday, March 25 at 7:30pm. For more information or to book tickets contact the Box Office on 01745 330 000 or visit the website at www.rhylpavilion.co.uk  

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