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QBoy: His Hair Is Full Of Secrets

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It finally seems like the Queer Hip Hop scene has had enough of keeping things on the downlow. We’ve recently seen Mykki Blanco, Nicky Da B and Zebra Katz hit the headlines while our friends Big Dipper, AB Soto and Rica Shay continue to tour sell-out venues across the US. (When are you heading this way, guys?)

QBoy was the UK’s first openly-out MC and has been making music since 2001. He was also a founder of the genre ‘homo hop.’ He released his debut LP, Moxie, in 2009, and a Remix Edition in 2011. Right now he’s fronting two London club nights. There’s PUT IT IN YOUR MOUTH, 80s/90s RnB/Hip Hop and also GULLY, Hardcore Rap - both happening next week. QBoy also tells us he’s working on something special with Larry T. Let’s see what else he has to say…

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Which Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle did you want to be?
Turtles were not my era. I wanted to be He-Man…or She-Ra…or her winged unicorn Swift Wind…but mostly Cheetara from Thundercats     ;-)

What’s your favourite Tina Turner lyric?
"A church house, gin house, School house outhouse, On highway number nineteen, The people keep the city clean" because as someone said to me once, you can never be stuck on what to write a song about, just look at Nut Bush City Limits. It’s a song about a place with simple lyrics explaining it’s contents…and it became a hit song.

It’s our first date. Where are we going?
Date? Oh, I’m far too efficient for dates. We staying at home and getting to the point.

Which group were you in at High School?
I guess you didn’t see the Channel 4 documentary I did about being bullied at school - I was in a group all on my own (wha wha wha)

If you got arrested for stalking anyone who would it most likely be?
I never get caught stalking. Far too deft on my feet. Oh by the way, I got those naked Bieber shots you asked for.

Who is your favourite supermodel?
Beth Ditto - she’s unique.

What is the most expensive item of clothing in your wardrobe?
My trainers. Some kind of multi-coloured Nike affair.

Which song do you wish you could hear again for the first time?
The intro to Lil’ Kim’s debut HARD CORE album. The first time around, being so young and used to more commercial pop rap, it was quite shocking and I almost took the CD back to the shop! Of course, I didn’t, it stayed in the CD player for months. Deep inside I love a slut.

Would you sleep with Jack Donaghy from 30 Rock?

Finally, tell us a secret…
It wouldn’t be a secret then would it?

Outback with…Sia: ‘I brought the condom!’

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This is going to read like some kind of love letter sent in to the Sia Furler fan club so I apologise now. If you skip this intro and head straight to the bit where she talks about condoms, taping her face up and nearly topping herself I won’t be offended.  For those of you that are still here, are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin…

The first time I heard Sia’s solo stuff, I was standing in my friend’s kitchen, reading the paper when Jo Whiley played ‘Taken For Granted’. I immediately went out and bought the random first album with the kid talking about ghosts, Sia singing about her fear of sharks and well,  it was love at first listen.
After uni I lived with my Mum in the middle of nowhere and felt very alone. So I joined Sia’s forum and made new friends where we discussed all the Artsy shit I missed from not being in The City. Then I went to Sia’s show (Hot Chip were supporting!), saw her afterwards and gave her a mix cassette I had made for her. It’s fair to say I had properly geeked out. 
As you can imagine meeting her for this interview was another landmark in my journalistic career. I went to the K West Hotel, met Sia in her room, jumped on the bed with her, told I was MickTurnbull80 (whom of course she remembered!) and had a rather lovely time. She ‘came out’ to our rival magazine which I was a bit pissed about but whatever. Here’s Sia….


Where did the name Sia come from?
Well my Mum was a hippie but she also studied Greek mythology. She is an Art Historian. I think Sia was at the end of a bunch of words like Anastasia and Dionysia, the festival for Dionysius, the god of love and wine. She liked that but couldn’t be bothered to call me the whole thing so she just took the last three letters.

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