Alice Phoebe Lou has come up through the most honest possible grassroots way: From South Africa, the small, slight blonde girl went travelling in Europe, feeding herself by juggling.
Landing in Berlin she found the juggling wasn’t working so she started playing guitar and singing in train stations and on the streets. She sings so beautifully and with such a clear, pure voice – avoiding the use of vibrato for example – people would stop and listen; these became small groups, and the groups became crowds. She started selling CDs, and got bigger and bigger, still just playing on the street.
Deciding to release an album, she booked her first ever gig in Heimathafen Neukölln, a good-sized and well-known venue, and managed to sell it out. Alice is now hunkered down in a studio somewhere recording her first album, helped by the ex-Whitest Boy Alive. (Noel Maurice)