Back in September, this very blog wrote a blushing post about Liverpudlian singer, Zuzu. Since the launch of our weekly radio programme, she was featured as our first tastemaker and ahead of her show at Brighton's Green Door Store, she spoke to us, exclusively.
Kicking off her UK tour in Bristol, Brighton is the second date before ending the run of shows in Newcastle. We arranged to meet at the venue after the bands soundcheck and as culture overload arrive, we are bundled in to the tour bus to sit down for a chat with one of the most distinctive artists around.
The bus which transport the band and crew up and down the country isn't particularly spacious but Zuzu tells me it becomes a home away from home and while I chat away with her in the front seat, her tour manager Will sits in, as I'm told when on tour its often the quietest place to be.
At the start of a UK tour surely it must be daunting for a rising star but Zuzu tells me her attitude has changed. She said: "It's cool, I used to get really nervous and feel really really sick and I used to get sick. I kinda like managed to switch that off in my head so these days I'm just excited to play.
"There's always a worry, like what if people come and what if they don't like it but ultimately I'm buzzing and I'm so excited and honoured that people come out in a storm and watch my gigs in cities i've got nothing to do with, that I didn't grow up in and thats mental, its mad to me."
A mention of cities naturally leads me to enquire about her hometown. A city synonymous with musical heritage.
"I grew up on The Beatles, my dads a massive Beatles fan...I have a special needs sister and she plays The Beatles on repeat so whether I like it or not they have been a massive part of my childhood and a massive influence."
Praise for Zuzu is often followed by the distinctiveness of her voice. "People tell me I sing with my accent so that's probably my biggest influence on my music - My voice hahaha."
Hitting the road also means more music, with an EP out in April, she released a new single last week, titled 'Skin and Bone'. The track was originally written when she was just fourteen and deals with the subtle forms of abuse viewed through the eyes of a teenager.
"It's the most scared I've ever been putting out a song. I didn't even think I could be that scared. But the response has been so overwhelmingly good. So many women have messaged me like 'oh my god this happened to me too'.
"The fact that it means something to those women that have suffered similar things, that means so much and thats worth it."
I ask her if its important to make sure her music has a message behind it but she quickly interjects.
"Not always. I think music can be whatever you want it to be. Most artists I love are multifaceted, they sing songs that are goofy and they sing songs that are serious."
She certainly is both those things. I asked her a cringe-worthy question about what her career goal is and she replied humbly by answering, "to connect with people" but I do believe her. The Green Door Store is a very intimate venue, but later that evening her and her incredibly talented band did connect with everyone in the audience.