Addictive - a duo to get hooked on

Kay Atwal BY DAY they are Aisha Stuart and Louise Bagan, but clubbers might know them better as Addictive – one of the hottest new music duos around. The girls, of Balaam Street, Plaistow, have already tasted success thanks to a massive club hit last year, Gonna B

Kay Atwal

BY DAY they are Aisha Stuart and Louise Bagan, but clubbers might know them better as Addictive - one of the hottest new music duos around.

The girls, of Balaam Street, Plaistow, have already tasted success thanks to a massive club hit last year, Gonna Be Mine.

Aisha and Louise first met as children 10 years ago but it wasn't until one fateful Christmas in 2005 at an open mic night that they realised their shared ambition.

Louise said: "I went up to the mic and started singing Silent Night, the Mariah Carey version. Aisha was there, and, because we knew each other, I invited her up onstage to join me. We just started vibing off each other. Everyone assumed we were a group already - so we decided to give it a go."

Both girls have years of singing behind them, honing their talents in gospel choirs and talent shows - Louise beat Leona Lewis to first prize in a east London singing competition.

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Aisha said: "We could write music individually, but we worked better as a duo. It fell into place. We had the same goals, had had similar experiences and we were both really serious."

But the girls still had a lot of work ahead of them. Aisha said: "We were juggling so many things. I worked in social work by day and helped look after my four little sisters. We'd be recording and writing music in the evening. We had so many commitments."

Louise was working in the family fruit and veg business. She said: "The hours were hard - we'd be at the studio 'til 2am, then I'd be getting up for work at 5am. We're no strangers to graft, that's for sure."

Their hard work finally started to pay off and they became massive hits in the clubs of north west England, thanks to Gonna Be Mine, Right There, Girl Like Me and My Love.

Now they are preparing to release their debut album.

Aisha said: "Five years ago we were singing R&B pop, then we started hitting the clubs with funky house and bassline, so we've enjoyed experimenting with different sounds. This album represents who we are. There's something on the album for everyone."

Louise said: "Lyrically, there are a lot of personal issues - songs that our friends are going to relate to."

Imagine, a thoughtful ballad, is about the pressure on young girls to conform to size zero, while Where I Wanna Be was written while Aisha was at work one day, staring at the clock and wishing she was somewhere else.

Dangerzone draws from a girl that Louise and Aisha know. "It's about a girl going off the rails heading off into the danger zone. So many people like that song and are like, 'who you talking about?'".

One of the tracks Hold On Me was featured in the British movie Fishtank, which received the Jury's Prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival.

Before the album, their latest single Domino Effect, was released in September. Recorded and mixed by Grammy Award-winner Simon Gogerly and programmed by Burhan G, the sexy video was directed by Andy Hylton.

It's all go in the Addictive world.

Louise said: "We killed ourselves trying to get things done, but it's all been worth it. We're so proud of this album and have worked so hard for it. World domination is next - we want an Addictive perfume and clothes range!

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