Aidin Vaziri | With her 1940s flat-top hairdo and booming voice, it’s little wonder people are tipping V.V. Brown as the next British soul sensation. The 25-year-old singer-songwriter played all the instruments on her retro-leaning first album, “Traveling Like the Light,” pairing doo-wop harmonies and Nintendo beats. It’s a dazzling introduction to an artist who spent two years in Los Angeles singing backup vocals for Madonna and the Pussycat Dolls and vehemently kicking against a possible career path as a Beyoncé clone.
Q: I’m looking at a photo of you about to put a gigantic snail in your mouth. Did you eat it?
A: I did, and it was good. They put loads and loads of garlic in it, and all you taste is the garlic, so it’s kind of like cheating. But I like eating weird things.
Q: What other creatures have you put in your mouth since becoming a pop star?
A: I’ve had snake in Japan. I had fried spider. That was disgusting. I almost had a heart attack. I’m quite adventurous. I’ll go to the Amazon jungle and climb trees and eat cockroaches.
Q: So you’re diving right into the lifestyle?
A: Well, I don’t know. I’m a nerd. I’m not meant for the fame game. I just stumbled into it because I love music. I’m enjoying the ride. I don’t think I’ll be constantly on the red carpet and stuff because I’m a little too crazy. I don’t think my record company would like me to do that.