Ahead of QBoy’s birthday edition of Put It In Your Mouth next Thursday, we did the unthinkable… and asked him to interview himself! He’s quizzed himself on all the burning issues from what really annoys him, to starsigns, and of course, music. Join him on a trip through his psyche in this extra special Qboy on Qboy interview…
So it’s your birthday! What have you got planned for your celebrations?
Well, my party Put It In Your Mouth, which I run with Neil Prince, is on at Dalston Superstore the very night of my birthday so naturally I have invited all my friends to come celebrate with me.
What will you be playing at Put It In Your Mouth?
Definitely some Teedra Moses, some TLC and Salt-N-Pepa are always necessary, maybe some Kendrick Lamar, Wu Tang, Eve, Major Lazer too.
What does “birthday” mean to you?
More often than not I have avoided birthdays, or if I celebrated them it was because I felt obliged. I am now at a point where I see life as a gift and a beautiful opportunity. I understand how lucky I am and how many people do not even get to my age in one piece.
You are naked on the poster of PIIYM – you seem to be naked a lot. Isn’t that a bit cheap?
One of my favourite places to be is naked on a beach, free from restraints and ideals. I’m pretty much a hippy at heart and consider myself to be very spiritual. I’m also a bit of a slut and have no problems using my body to get some attention. I am more aware than ever of how fleeting youth is so have no qualms about making the most of it right now.
I hear you’re into star signs?
LOVE them. Love horoscopes – I know a lot about them. I have a very useless talent of being able to guess people’s sign just from looking at them. I’m not always right but most of the time.
What is the thing you find most annoying?
I really should be on that programme Grumpy Old Men. At the top of my list are people who stand on the left side of the escalator and people who ring the bell more than once to stop the bus. I hold a special place for those people that design food packaging with no real thought. How many times have you peeled back the plastic film on something and instead of coming off in one piece with ease, it’s coming off in strips, sticking to the seal around the outside. It is my belief that these people should be slayed.
What are you afraid of?
Failure. Not achieving what I set out to. The idea of dying doesn’t fill me with joy either. Loosing my mobility too. I am a dancer. I dance my way to the kitchen to get breakfast. I dance all the time. I am a dancing fool. Loosing that ability would be really depressing.
What makes your day?
Things that warm my heart like helping people or feeling like I have contributed. However, I won’t stifle a smile if I were to sit down with my friends, some donuts and a pack of cards. I LOVE to play Shithead. That’s a good day right there too!
What are you most proud of?
I would have to say Coming Out To Class, the Channel 4 documentary I presented. I get e-mails from people affected or moved by it, from young teens experiencing the same things right now to older people who reflected on their own time at school. It feels good to be able to offer help and especially give younger people some confidence – as I certainly had very little when I was a young teen.
Are you worried interviewing yourself is a bit contrived?
Yes a bit, but I talk to myself all the time so this feels quite normal.
Can you figure out a Rubik’s cube?
Nope. I have no patience for that.
You have been an active DJ and party promoter – are you still making music?
Yes, I have a brand new music video out very soon, with a mixtape to follow. It has taken some time to get to this final stage but I am looking forward to getting it out there so I can start performing again. I love performing and love touring and travelling to different cities, meeting new people.
Who would you most like to work with?
Well – who would say no to a hook by Katy Perry? You can say what you like about her but her hooks are laced with razor blades and they get right in there, stuck in your head all day long.
Do you have any advice for me?
Yes. Stop worrying about what people think of you, listen to your soul more, understand how obsessive the mind is, meditate for longer, keep active, smoke less, help as many people as you can each day, shine from within and repeat the mantra “I approve of myself” as much as you can (even when you don’t – nobodies perfect, not even you, but it’s okay).
Join QBoy at his birthday edition of Put It In Your Mouth on Thursday 10th October from 9pm – 2.30am.