'I'm so ready for people to hear it': Mabel talks High Expectations

'I'm so ready for people to hear it': Mabel talks High Expectations

Mabel has revealed her global ambitions for her upcoming debut LP in a new interview with Music Week

The fast-rising singer/songwriter, who has tasted international success with her smash single Don't Call Me Up, drops High Expectations via Polydor on August 2.

“I’m so ready for people to hear it,” said Mabel, who stars on the cover of this week's issue. “I’ve been working on it for about two-and-a-half years and I can’t wait for people to make the songs their own.

"I’m very autobiographical in my writing and I did get to a point last year when I was just like, ‘I don’t know if I can talk about my feelings anymore’ because you’re picking at old wounds every day. Sometimes I feel like you lose your clarity and then somehow, magically, it comes back and you are stronger than you were before. There isn’t anything else I’d want to do – I have no other skills! So it is definitely worth it."

Co-written with Steve Mac and Camille "Kamille" Purcell, Don't Call Me Up peaked at No.3 in the UK and has been a Top 10 hit in countries such as Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Greece, while her current single Mad Love debuted in the UK Top 20 last week. 

I work hard every single day because I want to be a global artist. I want to be as big as possible

Mabel

"I want to be as big as possible," she admitted. "I think you have to speak these things into existence and I work hard every single day because I want to be a global artist. I’m already living the dream, so if I could carry on just making music, doing shows and singing about things that people relate to then I’ll be very happy."

The 23-year-old, who broke through in 2017 with the No.8 single Finders Keepers and was crowned YouTube Music’s first UK Artist On The Rise last month, credited the role of her manager Radha Medar in her ascent. 

“I wouldn’t be where I am without her," she said. "Sometimes it takes somebody else to believe in you before you believe in yourself and she was that person for me. Musically, I hadn’t really worked it out and having a manager that is so gifted musically – she used to be in A&R [at Asylum Records] – is priceless.”

Subscribers can click here to read the full cover story, which also features Medar, Polydor's Ben Mortimer and BMG's Hugo Turquet. 

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