How to offend a celeb in less than 30 seconds!
Sonique stood right in front of me! It was so obvious, this 6ft-stunning
statue that is Sonique. So why did I walk up to her and come out
with the words, "Neil, when do you think she will be here?"
to the manager who was chaperoning Sonique and her PA? How could
anyone do that?
I think it was a look of disbelief for the first split second and
I dont know who was more shocked! But I recovered fast in
a way that anyone would after committing such celeb review suicide.
I grinned and blurted "Where? Oh yes!, so it is! Hi ya! Oops!"
I proceeded to scamper off into the office, hoping that she would
forget what had just happened.
A few minutes later Sonique walked into the
office and stood there, giving off a vibe of attitude. Then she
looked at me, sat down and began to laugh!
Luckily Sonique has a sense of humour and is very down to earth!
Phew!! I took the moment and rattled on with my questions; in order
to save what little credibility I now had left.
Alive is your latest single to the album Born
to be Free. What was the inspiration behind this song?
It wasnt a song that I actually wrote. It was written for
me and I heard it and really liked it because its so feel
good. It was totally opposite to what was going on at the time around
me in the music industry and its happy and uplifting! It was
done really well in Europe, although over here it didnt take
off to the same extreme.
What advice would you give to anyone wanting a career in the
Take your vitamins! Find good people around you and focus on what
you want to achieve. Professionally, I was a singer before I did
the DJing and I never expected to come quite as far as I have, which
I am very aware of and grateful about, but you have to work hard
to make it.
Who inspires your work?
But musically, Aretha Franklin, Peter Gabriel, Eurythmics
and Kate Bush.
You sang on Celebrity Stars in their Eyes as Donna Summer. Why
did you choose such an artist?
I was given the option of that song, Billie Holiday and Nina Simone.
But the first song I ever bought was "I feel love" (by
Donna) and I am a fan. Also she has fire and stage presence, which
is something I hope I have! I can relate her to myself.
You went to school with Judge Jules. He has described you as
a DJ who can cut it over and above the blokes. But how
does the music industry react to female artists?
Theyre great with me! I think that your sex shouldnt
come into it; its about playing records that people like.
And I did go to school with Judge Jules, yes! But I hardly knew
him! I seem to remember him wearing eyeliner, but that is it as
far as memories of him at school go, I was in the cool crowd (and
she laughs, jokingly).
You have been a keen athlete in the past. Do you have any tips
for someone who has applied to run the London marathon? (Come on,
I need as many tips as I can get!)
Eat plenty of veg and healthy stuff!
And train hard. I was captain of the hockey team and the swimming
team and I also played netball, as well as my sprinting training
four times a week. So you just have to put in the work!
Sonique then wished me well on my write up and
complimented me on my questions, possibly impressed that I had actually
proven some level of IQ!
I went over to the DJ booth where she had already begun working
the decks. As I looked around the room I saw Jodie ORourke
(Clubbing society President, who wouldnt-be-seen-dead-in-a-mainstream-club)
dancing merrily in the Works. It was then that I knew this DJ was
something special to the music industry!