This Friday '90s dance popstar Sonique joins us for Club Lesley! With the private view for new photography exhibit Dyke Of Our Time taking place just before the party, it's looking set to be a big one. We caught up with the lovely Sonique to find out what she's been up to since her chart-topping days...
You're a born Londoner- what aspects of the city's diverse music scene has had the biggest impact on the music you make?
I love the fact that London is really cosmopolitan and eclectic and covers so many different kinds of musical styles.
What's your best clubbing memory from when you used to join S'Express's Mark Moore and DJ Judge Jules at their gigs?
One time – before I even started DJing – I was with Judge Jules in a club and he needed a toilet break… then the record ran out and he had not come back so I had to choose and put on the next track.
So many good memories of Mark Moore… he bought me my first mixer!
You were resident DJ at Manumission during its super hedonistic period in the late '90s... how do you feel about having been part of such a important (and notorious) time in Ibiza's dance music legacy?
I miss it a lot – everyone was so free and happy then and we could play what we wanted – Ibiza is too controlled now.
Are there any tracks from your sets back then that you'll be playing out at Club Lesley on Friday?
Oh yes but you will have to come down to find out which ones…
How do you feel about the current resurgence of '90s fashion?
I really like it – I can just pick something out of my closet to wear!
What are you currently working on besides DJing?
I am producing a lot of new tracks in my studio with various different collaborators – the latest one I have completed is with the Greek producer and DJ – Johnny Gerontakis.
Check it out – it is called Carry On by JG vs Sonique.
You're obviously a strong lady, from living by yourself at 16, to recently overcoming breast cancer. What motto do you live your life by?
"Live each day as if it were your last."
You've played or performed at a few Prides, including Bristol and Jo'Burg; what do you attribute your popularity in the LGBT community to?
I have no idea but I feel blessed to have such support!
What one record changed your life and why?
Donna Summer – I Feel Love – the first record I ever bought and an amazing song.
Join Sonique at Club Lesley this Friday 19th April from 9pm - 3am at Dalston Superstore.