N-Dubz's Tulisa

N-Dubz's Tulisa

N-Dubz are the hottest things to hit the charts in ages and with a MOBO Best Newcomer award already under their belts we wanted to know more. Tulisa tells us about their new single Ouch and the band's journey so far.

What have you been up to recently? At the moment we've been in the studio. We've actually moved onto the second album already so we've done that, just finished the first track of the second album. We've shot our new video Papa Can Your Hear Me which should be coming out after Ouch, which is been released on the 29th and during that time you're gonna have Papa coming out on TV and radio then that's gonna be released and then we've got the album dropping around Christmas time so we're pretty excited. Now we're with a new label it's all going on and we're coming out on a major level. We're pretty happy about that.
The new single's Ouch, what's it about?

Ouch is a part two to I swear, and it's basically the other way round to I Swear, it's me being a girl, coming home, finding my boyfriend cheating on me. And then Dappy and Fazer come from a boys point of view and they're sort of asking for me back, "it's not my fault", that kind of business. It's all about a whole debate between a woman and man after finding out the mans cheated. It's just a whole storyline, the whole aftermath of it. The video's got a whole storyline too that people can relate to.

What do you think makes you different from other artists in the charts at the moment?

Pretty much the fact that you can't put is in a category, I mean if someone was to say what kind of music do you think N'Dubz do, it's pretty hard to turn around and say "Hmm you're RnB", nah because we've got a little bit of a garage element, we do pop, our music just gets influenced from everywhere, there's classical in our music, there's hip hop, there's RnB there's pop, there's garage, there's everything in there. so I think we're a fresh new style for the UK that is giving something different, something more positive and very unique.

Who are your musical influences?

The boys will probably be pretty different to mine, they love Magic 105.4 and all that kind of business. I like everything from...it's hard to put it, I don't actually sing like what I listen to. On a daily basis I listen to old school garage, funky house, hip hop and RnB and when I was younger I grew up listening to 40s music., I don't really listen to it anymore but I'm sure that some of my vocal sound probably comes from training my voice from young to 40s music so it has that powerful vibe to it. Influences wise I just like to be unique and do what I do rather than be like someone else.

So you've been into music since you were young?

Yeah, really young, N-Dubz have been together since I was 11.

Is there anyone you'd like to work with?

Ms. Jade who's an American rapper from Philly and Timberland and one more person Kate Nash.

The album's out in November, can you tell us a bit about it?

The albums gonna have something for everyone, literally something for your mum, your dad, your gran, as Dappy likes to say! Even if you don't necessarily like N-Dubz music there will be a song on the album that you will like, cause there's something on there for everyone. There's such a different variety of tracks and sounds and maybe if you want to hear more of a bit of the boys, something more grimey, there's something for you on there. If you want a bit of me, a bit more melody vocal, there's something for you on there, there's just so many different varieties of songs for you to listen to. There's probably going to be one song on the album that even our biggest fan won't like cause there's so much different stuff on it. So I think it's the all round album for everyone.

You've been touring for the last year, how have you enjoyed that?

The tour was wicked, probably a lot more fun for the boys than it was for me! I enjoy the stage buzz, I love to get on stage and when we've got a really good crowd that's like full of proper number one N-Dubz fans, that's what I enjoy. But the boys get to enjoy that and the aftermath, partying afterwards and taking home the ladies where I'm more the one that sits there with my iPod the rest of the time when I'm not on stage!

You've also been visiting schools and talking to kids about staying away from bad influences, what exactly did you do with them?

The school tour was a long time ago, well not really a long time it was when we realised Better Not Waste My Time. We did a big school tour with all the different schools. We just talked about violence, crime, how it isn't the right path to take. Just basically telling them if we can do what we've done, then you can do it too and no matter what it is you want to do, doesn't necessarily have to be music then focus more on that. Focus on career and that tends to take you away from the streets and crime and that sort of business.

You won the MOBO for best newcomer last year, how did that feel?

That was the most AMAZING part of my career, that was like the cherry on the cake for me! We needed that cause we were really down at the time, pretty low after Dappy's dad dying who was our manager and my uncle so I think we needed it more than anything. I was ecstatic, everyone knows I cried my eyes out.

That leads on to the next question, how do you measure success? Is it the awards you win or how many records you sell or something else?

In the industry success is only measured by chart numbers and record sales but in my point of view, success is measured by fans, because seeing the amount of fans we have shows me how many records we can sell. The problem we've had is that we haven't had any major pushes for like any singles, the only song that we had a major push for was Better Not Waste My Time, and that was a re-release which had already sold on the back of I Swear so it was a pointless thing to do. That wasn't our idea, that was a loosing battle, it was absolutely pointless to do that. So if we now, with the next song Papa Can You Hear Me, it's gonna be our first major release single, hopefully now it gives our fans a chance to prove how big they really are and how big our fanbase is let's see who's out you wouldn't really know. I mean eight million hits on youtube that must be eight million people out there that are clicking on youtube and looking for us. That shows that we have got a lot of fans, they just haven't had the right single out to prove it to us that they're there.

You have done really well over the internet, you get loads of hits on your MySpace and Bebo pages. Do you think that's the way forward for music?

Definitely, you get noticed because there could be artists out there, underground artists, that are loved by millions of people and if there's no chart positions or record sales then how does anyone know? And that artist might be unsigned and he might not have anything out but by looking on the internet and looking on MySpace hits and YouTube hits you can see how loved that person really is, which is good for record companies because record companies can turn around and be like "Wow! So we may not necessarily think this artist beforehand was the right person to take on and bring out, but looking at their hits obviously there are people out there that do and really do like this artist and it can help artists get signed and that sort of stuff.

Where would you like to be in ten years time?

I would like to be in a...this is my ambition, I would say in an £850,000 house, still with my boyfriend, planning our wedding and have enough money to be comfortable, support a family if I need to, and also help out charities, I'd love to do something like that. I always said to myself if I get money I wanna share it and I wanna do something really positive like that.

We ask everybody we interview to come up with a question for our next interview and Neil from Travis wants to know: Are you drinking enough water and eating a healthy balanced diet?

No I'm not! No, I really am not, no way. Not in a million years! My diet is terrible, I don't know how I stay slim, I should really be obese! My diet is, I rarely eat breakfast unless if I get up really early, cause then I feel hungry, I'll eat anything like leftover pizza, usually spaghetti on toast, muffins and crumpets or a sausage roll and then basically for dinner, I'll have whatever I want, literally! Sometimes I can eat healthily if I fancy cooking, I'll eat out, yesterday I had Pizza Express, the day before I had an Indian, the day before that I cooked some chicken in a mushroom and white wine sauce. Anything I want, that is my diet, if I'm hungry I'll eat and I'll eat anything that's there. And I don't drink water! Lucozade, Ribena or Apple Juice that is all I drink, all day long, so I'm pretty unhealthy.

Can you think of a question for the next person we interview please?

Hmm it's got to be something different...Who in the music industry do you have a secret crush on?

Who do you have a secret crush on?

No one! I'm a really picky person! It took me like two years to be attracted to my boyfriend!

FemaleFirst - Jessica Watson

  1. by naomi 18th Oct 2008 12:21

    i like n dubz so much and they r ma biggest numba 1 fan if only i could go to ur concer 22nd November 2008 but i cant ma sista is going n am to young 11 yrs old and i wish i could meet ... Read More

  2. by Louise 22nd Nov 2008 16:43


  3. by sabz 16th Dec 2008 13:36

    I think that N-dubz r the best!!!!!!!!! Tulisa is sooo pretty!!!! I love their new song Strong again!!!

  4. by katy 04th Jan 2009 21:17

    omggg i love n-dubz so much more then any 1 in the hole world i o tickets to see u tulisa and dappy there the 2 main 1ns coz dappy is fit and tulisa is so pritty so beat that love u n-... Read More

  5. by kim 14th Jan 2009 09:42

    i sooooo love ndubz xox bbz

  6. by Hanzie Baybiee 06th Feb 2009 14:52

    dappy is soo fit man i wish he could come to visit my school ah be soo cool i would hug him to death!!!

    Hanzie baybieex

  7. by sabz 27th Feb 2009 13:30

    i love n-dubz they so0o0o0o0o rock!


  8. by Lisa 08th Mar 2009 18:39

    I was such an admirer of Tulisa,until recently when I kept hearing she has dumped her boyfriend.I kinda feel let down by her,cos I didnt think she was the type to dump the guy just cos she's now famous.

  9. by shannen hoskins 08th Mar 2009 19:22

    just wanna say how amazing n dubz really are. yur album uncle b, there is not one song i dont like, your truley amazing, youve inspired me to belive i can achieve. :) keep it up. your number one fan ;) x

  10. by Debs 10th Mar 2009 07:30

    Her boyfriend is such a hottie,he lives near me.So lovely too,she's a lucky chick!!

  11. by holie a. 18th Mar 2009 10:06

    i love dappy soo much !
    goin to see the concert in manchestr :)

  12. by holie a. 18th Mar 2009 10:08

    tulisa is soo ugly :@

  13. by Starta 26th Mar 2009 10:47

    Tulisa is engaged to her man Adam.Not sure how long tht will last tho given the constant cheat rumours about Tulisa.
    He's a good bloke tho,Adam.

  14. by zogabby 31st Mar 2009 13:08

    well ... tbh i think you r pretty cool im so goin too the gig in manchester
    cant wait xx

  15. by amy 07th Apr 2009 23:31

    ahhh i like n-dubz :D going to see them in 10 days cant wait seriously! wish i was at the front row but unoo at least i get to see them live! gonna be imense :) nice interview t hope it... Read More

  16. by Talisa 09th Apr 2009 16:56

    Awww I fink shes mint! n we have the same name! just spelt diff!

  17. by shanni - leigh 10th Apr 2009 12:32

    i saw n dubz last night they was amazing then when it had finished me and my mates was waiting for our lift and tulisa cam eout in a car it was the best day of my life tulisa s my role... Read More

  18. by regan 11th Apr 2009 08:21

    tulisa is my faviroute shes sexy i love her xxx

  19. by Tanz 11th Apr 2009 15:13

    hi tulisa i love fazer!!!!

  20. by money man 22nd Apr 2009 16:00

    Tulisa you sexy and my mate said he wants to have your number and to give him heads so I beat him up because I like you

  21. by Robbie 22nd Apr 2009 16:57

    So,did Tula cheat on her man or not? Loads of ppl seem to think so,and app her Fiance didn't show to the London gigs either.What's goin on there?

  22. by Adam 26th Apr 2009 06:54

    Don't think thts her real Fiance in the video.I feel sorry for her real guy tho,cos she sure doesn't act like she's engaged.I don't think i've heard her speak nicely about relationships... Read More

  23. by luisa 26th Apr 2009 15:53


  24. by april 01st May 2009 16:45

    hiya i love u fazer and deffo dappy he is gorgus and u are too get back love april

  25. by Rachel 09th May 2009 17:26

    Did Tula just get secretly married in Greece? I don't know if there's any truth to it,but i heard the rumour tht,thts why she and her family and Fiance were in Greece last week.Then she had her flu scare.

  26. by Abigail 21st May 2009 14:11

    everyone is saying u hv swine flu but what aboutt ure concert on friday???????????

  27. by Nadine 28th May 2009 10:35

    N-Dubz has been my favourite since i was seven and my brother introduced me to their music, so whilst i was listening to N-Dubz, my friends where listening to Beyonce and Pink. Tulisa i... Read More

  28. by jo 29th May 2009 11:52

    i love her she is sexy i wish i married her and be my girl friend.

  29. by Leanne 22nd Jun 2009 19:27

    Thought Tulisa was cool til I heard her on 1xtra on Sunday,totally blasting her bloke.Changed my view of her alot.

  30. by Jayde 23rd Jun 2009 03:43

    Didn't like the way she made her Fiance look bad on 1xtra.Thought that was wrong and quite nasty.I do love her however,but that just wasn't right

  31. by Rob 26th Jun 2009 03:37

    She's hot,but don't like the way she made a fool out of her Fiance on the radio.Don't think that's the way to treat someone u're gonna marry.
    That suddenly made her very ugly to me.

  32. by Adam 27th Jun 2009 16:30

    The way she treats her bloke makes her very unattractive.I'm not sure she understands the loyalty and commitment involved in being Engaged to someone.She clearly doesn't show it.

  33. by Megan 28th Jun 2009 17:46

    She doesn't act like she's Engaged.Has she even ever said anything nice about her Fiance?
    She should say something when Dappy is slagging him off too,but she doesn't.Strange behaviour ... Read More

  34. by Nik 23rd Jul 2009 13:23

    really sad to read in todays Daily Star that Tulisa and her Fiance have split up.

  35. by saiba 04th Dec 2009 17:39

    hi yulisa i love ur songs i really do but fazzer and
    dappy are lunies ur the facking best

  36. by charlie hood 06th Dec 2009 11:37

    i agree my favourate music is yours n-dubz. i would love to meet you 1 day.as you have a great personality.im getting tickets for your next concert. xxx

  37. by kally and kelsea 13th Jan 2010 10:48

    kelsea and kally are ur biggest fans ever we think u are beutifull and we want to look like u your songs are great love ya x x x

    love from kally and kelsea x x

  38. by Josh 21st Jul 2011 22:05

    Omg tulisa n dubs are my idles i saw u live at winter gardens u were sertanly looking hot! xxxxx