Interview: Rita Ora to headline Windsor Racecourse


Rita Ora plays Windsor Racecourse on Saturday 24 August. Here’s what she had to say…

You are the first female British artist to ever have 11 Top 10s in a row. What does that milestone mean to you?

It’s crazy. Look: I never get bored of hearing it because it’s such a crazy and incredible achievement. I’m so proud. There’s so many incredible British musicians and to be able to have that in my back pocket, for now, is truly an honour. I’m so happy that my fans like my music. Without them, I won’t be able to do anything. 

Let’s talk about your album Phoenix. What would you say, from an emotional standpoint, was different about making that record from Ora?

In Phoenix, they were the things that hurt and affected me but ultimately, made me a better songwriter. My first album Ora was a party album. There were so many vibes to it. Don’t get me wrong. There are a few party tracks in Phoenix, too, but there’s way more depth in my lyrics.

‘Your Song’ was both mine and Ed’s (Sheeran) energy. It was so easy to write with him, so it was natural.

How did you link up with Rudimental for ‘Summer Love’?

I started off doing drum and bass. ‘Hot Right Now’ was the first drum and bass song to go number one in the UK and that was a big achievement for me. Over the years, I’ve been jumping on DJ beats and that’s when I got involved with Major Lazer and Diplo. It was sort of in my blood to work with someone like Rudimental. They make great music to rave to but they also make incredibly emotional music for festivals. It was almost a given. It helped that they’re on my label too. 

What are your hopes for the rest of the year?

Finishing this tour. Hopefully putting out another album. Now that I’ve opened this door again, I don’t want to have that big gap anymore. My goal is to put out as much music and do as many movies as I can.