Pip Brown, better known as Ladyhawke, is coming back to music after turning her life around.

Capturing people's imaginations in 2008 with her self-titled debut album, which offered hit singles such as 'Paris Is Burning' and 'Dusk Till Dawn', she recognized after the second album that she was stuck in a negative headspace that was impacted on her career. Her transition from the indie realm of her previous bands to going solo as Ladyhawke thrust her into the pop world where music videos and photoshoots were alien and uncomfortable for her. She notes how she became reliant on alcohol which temporarily alleviated her anxiety and depression but ultimately amplified them.

Determined to make a better life for herself, she moved to Los Angeles with her partner and began taking steps to take care of her body and mind. She also began making a new record, Wild Things, which will be released on June 3rd. The album does not reflect the time which proceeded it, instead it counteracts it. It's an uplifting album and arguably her most cohesive in how it concentrates on the synthpop which sparkled on her debut album. The title song is a soaring pop song about not giving up on yourself in bad situations.

Andrew Darley talked to Pip about how making this album was an antidote to the problems she faced and her sense of place as a pop artist today.

It's great to have you back Pip! Around the time of making this album you said you changed things in your life to create a better environment for yourself. What was holding you back from enjoying life before?

I wasn't treating myself very kindly. I had a really bad drinking problem. I was eating badly and had an incredibly unhealthy lifestyle. I felt poisoned as a person and my thoughts were always dark. It got to the point where I realised I had been really fucking stuff up. I was cancelling writing sessions because I was too hungover to go and missing important meetings. I had to change a bunch of stuff; I quit drinking completely, started exercising and stopped eating sugar for a whole year to get it out of my system. I know it sounds cliched in how I moved to LA and do all these things but they made such a massive impact on my life. Waking up and not feeling that crap has changed my tendency for depression. I feel equipped to deal with it now. I'm better able to deal with anxiety and stress. I'm not coming at it as someone who's hungover or not had much sleep anymore. I'm coming at it now with a clear head.

Given how you felt at the time, it's surprising how uplifting the music is. Was this a way of acting yourself into a feeling?

Every song I wrote on the album was after I stopped drinking. I wanted to do something positive. I was sick of feeling bad. I didn't want to reflect any of the dark stuff. I really wanted to feel better so I made music, that in turn, made me feel better.

The album artwork too is quite bright and different compared to your previous two. How did you want present the music?

I had quite a strong idea of what I wanted. I worked again with Sarah Larnach who has done all my artwork in the past. I didn't want illustration this time. I wanted to come up with a concept together. We were looking at lots of old photographs and we became obsessed with old photos of Debbie Harry. She'd wear these cute little t-shirts that would have something cool or quirky written on them. We decided to make a Wild Things logo and printed it on a t-shirt to make it look like I was wearing a cool band t-shirt from the '70s. I loved the cover photo because I'm not looking at the camera and you can't tell what I'm thinking. The theme is a mixture of '70s and the '90s.

One of my favourite lines is "You've opened my eyes to the oldest tale of time". Why do you think love and pop music go so well together?

With that song in particular, I wanted to write something that wasn't a love song you write when you meet someone first and you're giddy about them. This one is written when you're a few years down the track and it's still good. With that line, I was acknowledging the fact that it is a love song which is the oldest trick in the book as far as songwriting goes but I wanted a new take on it.

Would you say the broad theme of Wild Things is finding love?

It's funny because it wasn't a conscious thing but it just ended up that way. It wasn't something I realized until I stood back from it and seen how it came through. It's nice to be reminded of good times, as opposed to being reminded of bad times.

It's almost like a time capsule of that period.

It's crazy. Everything I've done, even my past bands, whenever I hear the music I've made from that time, I instantly get a very vivid memory and get taken back to the exact feelings I had then.

'Sweet Fascination' is about one guy's obsession with someone. Is it sometimes easier to write about other people than yourself?

I've always liked making up fantasies. I've always been obsessed with obsession because it's something I have a tendency for. I always found it fascinating how a person can become obsessed with someone they haven't even met before. It can create a whole world inside their head where they think they know the person.

Do you feel the pop music scene has changed from when you first started?

It's crazy how fast it changes from album to album - even single to single! The way everything is done has changed so dramatically. I can't really keep up with it. In my mind I think about making a record, getting it printed and pressed and putting it out. Now there's all this other stuff with social media. The only medium I like is Instagram because I like putting up photographs. I really struggle with Twitter and I hate Facebook because people can write whatever they want and send you the most horrible stuff. You could get 20 lovely messages and one really nasty comment is the one you remember for the rest of your life.

It leaves yourself wide-open to assholes.

Assholes and the trolls of the world... they're everywhere! I've told my family and my managers not to read me anything so I've managed to avoid most of it. Something will pop up that catches my eye that's a little bit mean or hurtful. Even if it's a back-handed compliment. Some guy on Twitter said "I actually think I'm excited about Ladyhawke's new album" and I'm thinking why would you word it like that?

Or why even tag you in the first place!

Oh, they always tag you! He obviously wanted me to read it and I did. My mind was racing as to why he's so sarcastic when he says it. I never respond to the negative stuff because I'm not equipped for an online argument.

Is the pop world somewhere you feel comfortable?

I've always felt I have one foot in the pop world and one foot in the indie or dance world. I haven't really fit 100% in anywhere. I don't think I fit into the pop world that we all know and love. I like to think I have a finger in all the pies.

Since the beginning of your career you have been very open about living with Asperger's syndrome and how early music videos and photoshoots were extremely uncomfortable. Do you feel more adept to cope with these now?

I still struggle with heaps of stuff. I'm way better at interviews and I like talking to people now more than I used to. I used to get really nervous before interviews - I felt put on the spot with every single question. I don't deal very well with photoshoots. There's an assumption that the pop singer, or whoever it may be, is the big personality and the diva but more often than not, the people who are working on the photoshoot are worse than you. I've had really stroppy stylists who I can't even have a conversation with because they're so pissed off that I won't wear the clothes they've bought. I get so sick of it. I really hope it doesn't happen this time round. No matter how many times my managers tells these people "don't bring clothes, she won't wear them" and then they do and get angry.

Is it because they have an idea of how you should look before they even meet you?

I think they project their own dreams onto me because I have a specific way I want to present myself. They quite often have stuff that's close but not quite there. A little bit too effeminate or overly masculine. I've been handed a full man's suit that doesn't even fit me properly. I hate feeling like I'm fighting for my own identity. You shouldn't have to do that.

Do you think the success and attention of the first record spurred you on to address your anxiety and depression?

This is a problem that's been on my mind a lot lately. There's a huge issue in the entertainment industry with depression, suicide, alcoholism and drug addiction. People shrug it off as being a part of the job. It's encouraged too - every show I play, you never have to pay for a drink, people offer you everything. If you're prone to depression, which most artists I know are, then it's like an endless cycle: you're depressed so you drink but then the drinking makes you depressed. I think there needs to be more support somehow for musicians. Too many of them end up taking their own lives or end up in rehabilitation centres. You have to keep healthy and look after yourself because you get to a point where your body can't physically cope with it anymore. No one likes feeling like this.

Do you feel you've experienced the dark side of pop music which most people don't see?

There's elements of the pop world that are pretty scary but you don't have to give into that stuff. A lot of people sacrifice their own beliefs and who they are because they want it so bad. Shows like X Factor create this instant celebrity culture where the people haven't spent years practicing their craft or getting used to doing shows. They're prepared for fame but they're not prepared for the fall afterwards.

Have your interests of what you want as an artist changed then?

I always loved making music but now it's like I'm not writing for anything other than myself. I remember doing my first album and never thought for one second people would like it. I was always in indie rock bands that never had any success. The amount of success I got as Ladyhawke was more success than I could have ever hoped for in my whole life. I've never had big dreams of taking over the globe. I remember when I got off the plane and saw London for the first time - it was the most exciting thing I had done in my life. I remember thinking that my life could not get any better. That's something I've tried to keep with me. Everything I do I need to think that this is the most amazing thing that's ever happened to me. It's made doing music for me a lot more fun. I think of myself as an album artist. I want to create these albums that when I'm older I can put them in a row and see the timeline of my life. I think I've relaxed a lot more as an artist.

Wild Things is out on June 3rd and upcoming tour dates can be found here.