The gal from electronic alt-pop band Rubicks is going it alone with her first solo album, Behind the Wall, due for release on 7 October. Here, she shares some of her creative secrets along with a couple of the album’s etherial, edgy, and wholly addictive tracks.

Where do you live?

London N16: full of bands, babies and builders.


Creating something out of nothing.

What are you working on right now? 

Getting my first solo record Behind The Wall out into the world, as well as running label Sharp Attack records with longtime collaborator Marc Makarov.

Here’s the video for title track, Behind the Wall

Who do you want to be when you grow up? 

Picasso said it perfectly when he said “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” So yeah, never growing up, sorry.

Do you have any odd creative rituals?

I’ve definitely done a weird fire-coming-out-of-your-arms thing in a Spinal Tap-type rock huddle before I’ve gone on stage before, but my whole life is one long odd creative ritual.

Describe your most inspiring working environment. 

Being alone in a house in the middle of the French countryside with a rat, snake and spiders for company was definitely good for the imagination. Surprise was I came out with an actual record, not a children’s book or a gothic novel.

What are you obsessed with?

Thought I wasn’t obsessed until a review talked about my ‘musical obsession’ and I thought yeah, perhaps that’s it!

Vanessa’s brand new single Invisible Strings 

What’s on your bedside table?

Jarett Kobek’s book I Hate the Internet and my phone with access to the Internet.

What’s your idea of luxury?

A pain  au chocolat and a cappuccino with beautiful un-chipped painted nails, preferably with a sea view. Never happens, my nails are always chipped.

You can catch Vanessa at The King’s Head members bar, Dalston on 14 September and while you’re at it, pre-order the album here. (