Interview with a star, man!
Today I had the utmost privilege of interviewing the lovely (but almost elusive) Andrew Stone. The interview was originally booked for yesterday but thanks to a collapse in modern technology, we had to reschedule for today. Andrew is calling from a pay phone somewhere in London so I call him straight back.
Ring ring…. “Hello, it’s Andrew Stone”
We get the niceties out of the way, Andrew tells me what a busy day he has had so far – ITV2 show, dance classes, etc, and then I ask him some questions:
SFC: Who would you like to dance with?
AS: There’s two actually. I’d love to dance Justin Timberlake, next to each other, doing the same routine and with Shakira, who is a great dancer and has a very unique voice and she’s tiny.
SFC: Away from the band, what music do you listen to? What are your influences?
AS: I don’t really listen to music to relax but I like to listen to music and take from all different elements for my song writing. I like Jamiroquai’s Seven Days in Sunny June, David Guetta, the Saturdays, Sam Sparrow’s Black and Gold (SFC: I was listening to that on the radio earlier), a bit of Stevie Wonder and Barry Manilow (at this point Andrew sings a snippet of a Barry Manilow song to me down the phone). I also love Elton John (SFC: who doesn’t?) and when I’m at the karaoke, a few beers and I’ll sing Dead or Alive by Bon Jovi or Careless Whisper by George Michael although I like the more modern stuff like Jesus To A Child.
SFC: When was the last time you were angry and what caused it?
AS: I wasn’t so much angry as frustrated today. I’d been filming for a new ITV2 show with Sally Morgan (the psychic) and was in a taxi trying to get back to Pineapple for classes. We got stuck in traffic and the driver was swearing, blaming Boris Johnson.
SFC: What to people most often criticize about you?
AS: I don’t listen to criticism so much as it evokes insecurity and paranoia. Even with positive criticism I take the bits I like and work with those.
SFC: What is your greatest weakness?
AS: Caring too much or being too sensitive. I know it’s not a weakness as such but I have a strong belief that I’m sensitive because I give a shit and I care what people think.
*In the backgound a load of Hare Krishna’s wander past the phone box, chanting loudly…*
SFC: What would be your chosen superpower?
AS: Can I be a superhero because I’ve really thought about this?
SFC: Of course, go for it!
AS: The new superhero wouldn’t be Superman, which is the obvious choice, but it would be STARMAN and STARMAN would have a Mask of power, like Jim Carrey in the film (The Mask). STARMAN would be invincible whilst wearing the mask, dodging bullets, bending round things, never dying, yet when he takes off the mask he can be normal again and be anonymous. I’d never lose the power unless I lost the mask. And if I couldn’t have be that superhero then I’d just have to be Andrew Stone.
SCF: What colour is your nail varnish today and what state is it in? AS: It’s not as bad as usual as I did it last night. It’s black (natch) and not quite as chipped as it has been. I sometimes wear purple (SFC: I’ve got purple on. I did mine last night too). It has to be dark purple (SFC: Oh yes, no other colour!!).
SFC: What is your current ringtone?
AS: I got a new phone yesterday and haven’t set it up yet so it’s just the basic ringtone that it came with.
SFC: Right, I’m going to ask you some quickfire questions now and you have to answer the first thing that comes into your head.
AS: (a very nervous) OK…
EASTENDERS OR CORONATION STREET?
AS: You’re going to hate me if I say Eastenders, aren’t you?
SFC: Not really… just because I’m a Northern lass, eh?
AS: Ok then, Eastenders.
SFC: I don’t watch either, to be honest
AS: Oh well neither do really
(*so much for quickfire*)
ROLLER DISCO OR ICE SKATING
AS: I can’t do either… erm… Roller Disco but only with four wheels. Not roller blades
POTATO CHIPS OR POTATO SKINS
AS: Potato Chips
WITH MAYO OR KETCHUP
TWITTER OR FACEBOOK
DAVID BOWIE OR SCISSOR SISTERS
AS: Fucking brilliant question…. erm… gotta go with Bowie, yeah, Bowie.
GOING OUT OR STAYING IN
AS: Going out
DANCING OR SINGING
AS: Argh… erm
SFC: You don’t have to choose if you want both
AS: OK, I’ll have both… no, singing… this answer is officially going to put me in The Priory. It’s a very close call but I’ll have to go with singing.
So that was that. I wound up the conversation with some more nice chit-chat and have promised to send Andrew the link to this interview. I hope he likes it (come on over and leave us a comment, Andrew). We have agreed to keep in touch and there is apparently some very exciting stuff coming up for Starman so we will hopefully have a few exclusives for you. Stay Tuned!!
Massive thanks to Andrew for the chat and to Laura Graham (Vital PR) for setting this up for us.