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PinkPantheress wants to become “the female Rick Rubin”

"I’m always like, ‘Babe, I don’t even really want to do the performing.’"

By Will Richards

PinkPantheress wears top by POSTER GIRL, shoes and jeans both from MILKA ARCHIVE, jewellery by MESSIKA. (Picture: Jeff Hahn)

PinkPantheress has discussed her love of writing over performing, saying she wants to become “the female Rick Rubin“.

The singer released her debut album Heaven Knows earlier this month, and spoke to NPR about her musical evolution and her progress as a writer.

“I really love being a singer, but honestly, my main love is writing,” she said. “When people try and people tell me, ‘You’re not a great performer,’ or ‘She needs to improve,’ I’m always like, ‘Babe, I don’t even really want to do the performing.’

“I’m more of a writer,” she added. “I want to be like Rick Rubin — the female Rick Rubin.”

PinkPantheress, shot for Rolling Stone UK.

The singer’s chart-busting Ice Spice collaboration is up for the Song Of The Year Award at the first ever Rolling Stone UK Awards in collaboration with Rémy Martin.

At the ceremony, which takes place at London’s Roundhouse on November 23, she will be up against the likes of Dua Lipa, J Hus, Kenya Grace, Calvin Harris and Ellie Goulding and Dave and Central Cee.

In a new Rolling Stone UK cover feature, PinkPantheress also discussed how her music goes beyond pure nostalgia, saying: “When people say, ‘Oh, she’s not original,’ or ‘She hasn’t done anything different,’ or ‘I’ve heard artists like her before,’ they can never name me a single one. Because even if you name people back in the 2000s, they didn’t really sound like me, and I don’t sound like them.”

She added: “I think people forget that music is more than just the beat.… Unless you’re finding someone that uses this type of beat, and writes about the same thing that I do, and in the same melodic way that I do, then I am the first person you’ve heard make this kind of music.”