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Sonique Webchat with Sonique,
July 18.

Greg Sullivan: What do you think of the calling off of Radio 1's Love Parade?
Sonique: I think it's an absolute disaster! Unfortunately, when you do something on such a high level, what usually happens is that somebody makes a very big mistake, and obviously that's what happened here. It's just one of those things, but I don't know who the guilty person is. I don't think many people will turn up as most people will know it's now not happening. Everybody I know already knows it's not happening.

Johnny: Will you still be playing in Newcastle this weekend?
Sonique: I would like to be. When something so big falls apart, usually the smaller things fall apart as well, so I'm not sure really. It's all a bit of a mess at the moment. I think I will be in the area somewhere though. We're working on it at the moment.

Manny: Have you ever been to Love Parade before, either in the UK or Berlin?
Sonique: No I haven't. Last year I was experiencing my success in America, so at least I felt I didn't miss too much.

Charlie: How did the success of 'Feels So Good' come about? How did you feel?
Sonique: Originally when it went to number twenty four, I was over the moon because it never had any radio play and no video hype or anything, and it did really well. I was surprised with the scale of the success. Both myself, and the guy who worked on it, still think it was like a fairy story. It was just so massive the second time, there was no way of predicting that success. I've adapted to that success now but it took a while.

Emily Abey: I love your album, my favourite song is 'Cold and Lonely'. What is your favourite song off the album?
Sonique: 'Sky' is my favourite. Every record has a feeling that it gives you, and every time I play 'Sky' I get a lovely feeling through my body.

Mike Pope: What are you up to at the moment?
Sonique: I'm in the studio working on a really good track. Basically, working on the next album. I work quite quickly so hopefully around Christmas, or New Year, the new album should be out.

Chloe: How do you handle fame? Does it get you down being recognised in the street?
Sonique: It doesn't get you down because it's a compliment, you've reached people. It's just something to get used to. It is intrusive, but at the same time, how often do you see a star on the road! If you're a kid, and suddenly you see a star, you would have a few palpitations. I understand why I get the reaction I get, but it's really weird as I'm human too. There's people like Stevie Wonder who I would be like that in the street. I have met him, and the first time I did, I cried. The second time I met him he wanted to meet me, so that was great. We were just chatting about music, and why he was here (in England). I took some pictures as well.

Patrick Stokes: Which DJ's do you like? What do you think of Roger Sanchez's 'Another Chance'?
Sonique: I haven't heard Roger Sanchez's tune yet, or I can't actually remember it at the moment. I really like a guy in Ibiza called Carlos Dias who is a great DJ, and I think Carl Cox is really good. It's all about when you go into a club though, I look for somebody who is playing to 'me' in a club. If nobody is dancing and they're still playing it, it's not the same. It's difficult to criticise top DJs. I usually just go to clubs to dance, but I'm dancing to the DJs so I suppose it goes hand in hand. The music has to be right or I'm not dancing.

Jenna: How does it feel to be a big massive DJ and hear everyone singing your songs? PS: I love 'Move Closer' on your album.
Sonique: I love it all, I'm really lucky. I've worked hard as well. Words almost don't describe how it's touched me, both DJ'ing and singing. It's the best feeling when people are singing to your songs. I don't play my own stuff though, unless I've got a super exclusive mix of something, and then I will play it.

Mauro Picotto: What type of music do you play in a usual set?
Sonique: Very high energy, funky, trancy house! It's something that I play as it's always changing, music never stays the same. You can never stay in the same style all the time, I think you have to grow with the music.

vinylslammer: When did you first start DJ'ing?
Sonique: I started DJ'ing about eight years ago. I just had this need inside me to do it. It always scares me when I get these needs. I thought that it would be possible to DJ, I felt that something inside me would let me do it, so I just kept on with it. I still fight to do it now.

Ulele: Do you prefer DJ'ing or performing?
Sonique: I actually like them both. That makes so sense at all but I couldn't do one without the other.

Sally: I really want to learn how to mix records - how long did it take you to perfect your mixing skills? Sonique: The thing about mixing is all about concentration. The minute you lose your concentration is the minute your mix goes wrong. That's all you need. I found it really hard to begin with, I was making a complete mess of it. It took me a long time to get it together. I stayed at home for about three years before I got it right.

Leonie: How do you feel being a female DJ when a lot of the other DJ's are male?
Sonique: I don't really care because if I was a male DJ, I would still make as much noise as I do now. I don't look at being female. It's just me and the kind of records I play. I've never experienced any sexism in the industry. I never notice things as I'm too busy working. You haven't got time to be worrying about these things. I stay very focused.

James D: I would like to consider myself a budding DJ, but to be honest I just don't know where to go to be heard? What did you do when you was first starting out?
Sonique: To be honest, it's very difficult at the beginning. You've got to do it for free really, that's the best way. Then somebody comes along and hears about you. You've got to be playing somewhere, and for free if that's what you have to do. DJ'ing for me at the beginning was a hobby. It should never be something you'd give up everything for at the beginning.

sonique sonique: What was it like going back to your own school and teaching the children about homelessness?
Sonique: It was one of the biggest moments of my life. You go back to your school and you realise how quickly the years went by. I wanted to see if I was still a little bit cool to the kids. They were a really nice bunch. Even my Mum came and she said I handled it well. It was a good thing for me to go back. It was very humbling to just go back and see where you come from. The reason I did it was because I have been homeless before. I didn't want to drag it out but it was already mentioned. There was no-one else that could speak to the kids like I could as nobody else had experienced it. I was a bit nervous. You need to do some good, for yourself and others, and I felt much better about myself doing it. I did it because I knew I could help a lot of people and this was the main reason. It seemed like a really important thing to do. If out of 3,000 kids, I could help one, it's one I've helped.

Michelle: Was it hard coming from homelessness to fame?
Sonique: Yeah, but most things are difficult. It's just the change. I feel that I can appreciate my position at the moment much more.

Joe Robinson: Who's helped you most in your career?
Sonique: I would say my Mum. She's always been there supporting me, and her judgement is normally right as well. If I talk about a specific situation, she tells me what she thinks, and has a very black and white view of it. She's quite blunt and I like that.

Hannah: When are you next going on a world tour?
Sonique: I wanted to give the fans more, which is why I stopped releasing anything off my previous album. Once the new album is out I hope to go on a world tour and release new songs. I hope by the summer of next year. I think I can cope with a world tour, I need to get that out of my system.

Nathan Kendall: Do you write your own songs?
Sonique: Yes I do. I do all the lyrics on my own. I always arrange the vocals as well. I'm a bit of a control freak in the studio. I work with people I trust so I tend to do what I want to do, and then leave it in their hands. I like to work with the same people as when you've got a good team you should stick with them.

Sarah T: Is there anything else you would like to accomplish in life?
Sonique: I would like to have a production company, and to be able to work in the studio and use all the equipment.

Stuart Maskelyne: Are there any musicians, or DJs, who you would like to work with in the future?
Sonique: Slash from Guns 'n'Roses would be funny. I'd like to try out his guitar! I've heard a couple of solos he's done which were quite amazing, and the messy hair is good too. I would say Kid Rock is one as well, I'd like to do something with him. Other people like Wyclef, David Bowie, there's loads really.

Lizzie: What's your fave UK club?
Sonique: Cream in Liverpool. It's just the best. They have a really great atmosphere. The people in Liverpool are always up for it, they keep the party atmosphere all year around. A lot of clubs are always changing, that's why I say Cream as it's still there.

Rob Hammond: What is your favourite Ibiza club?
Sonique: Manumission! For me it is because I'm always DJ'ing. If I was partying, I would probably go for somewhere like Amnesia. In Ibiza this year, I'm doing Es Paradis on the 1st August, and I'm doing BCM on the 2nd August. I'm doing Torromolenus, Manumission on the 6th August, and various others. I haven't got a residency over there this year as I want to concentrate on the new album. I've cut down a lot on my DJ gigs whilst I'm recording. I might do a residency for BCM but I'm not sure, we'll see!

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