Five minutes with Banks

Nick Grimshaw is a fan


For the December issue we handed over the task of curating ELLE’s music pages to the very charming Nick Grimshaw. Predictably, he did a stellar job.
One of the new female talents Grimmy profiled in the section was LA electronic soul singer Banks. She’s currently in London so we jumped on the opportunity to quiz the woman who’s name Grimmy wants to ‘scream from the rooftops.’
Describe yourself in 140 characters or less…
Honest, sensitive, playful, emotional, passionate.
Your earliest music memory?
Driving in the car with my mom listening to Tracy Chapman.
The first single you bought?
Probably something by TLC.
If you could only listen to one album for the rest of your life…?
This question makes me sad and anxious.
What brands do you wear on stage?
All black looks by Alexander Wang and Helmut Lang. I like feeling womanly, sexy, powerful, and able to move. These brands have beautiful pieces with soft thin fabrics that I love.
What is your favourite song to perform?
It changes every day, today it is Bedroom Wall.
What beauty products do you swear by?
I love Malin and Goetz Grapefruit facial cleanser and Decleor Paris aromessence Neroli essential serum. It makes my skin soft and perfectly moisturised.
Banks’ playlist:
Spirit Fade by Kwabs – ‘his voice makes my heart pulsate’
No Doubt by Lil Silva (feat. Rosie Lowe) – ‘I’m in love with this song’
Indecision by Sampha - ‘I don’t know how to explain what he does to me’
Forever by Haim – ‘fellow LA natives doing really special things’
Beware by Big Sean (feat. Jhene Aiko and Lil Wayne) – ‘Jhene Aiko has the sexiest voice. I love listening to this song before I go on stage.’
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