‘It made me a pop star – and I’m crap at being a pop star’: KT Tunstall on Suddenly I See

‘I sound angelic’ … KT Tunstall.
‘I sound angelic’ … KT Tunstall. Photograph: C Brandon/Redferns

‘I looked at Patti Smith on the cover of her album Horses. There’s no makeup, no glam, no plastic surgery – she’s not a famous pop star with lots of money. And I thought, “That’s what I want to be”’

I’d been living in Edinburgh, on the dole, trying to make it as a musician. I was once so skint that I stole broccoli from a field. I moved down to London in 2000, having signed a record deal, but I was in that awful situation where the label was saying: “We need singles.”

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