Interview: Camille O’Sullivan – First and last

Irish soul singer discusses first dates, David Bowie and Kanye West's outfits


This article is from 2014.

Interview: Camille O’Sullivan – First and Last

Jamie Baker

Having shaken off some recent criticism in France, the Irish chanteuse reveals all about Kanye West, Korean cuisine and Krusty the Clown

First record you ever bought
John, I’m Only Dancing’ by David Bowie.

Last extravagant purchase you made
On impulse, I bought a Theremin last week in New York. 

First film you saw that really moved you

Wizard of Oz. It’s still magical to me: 'just close your eyes and say to yourself there's no place like home’.

Last lie you told
Putting incorrect name and contact details when adding to random free Wi-Fi websites.

First movie you ever went on a date to
Sadly, Scent of a Woman.

Last time you cried
Remembering a dear friend.

First thing you do when you’ve got time off work

Clean my bedroom! While having a glass of wine …

Last great meal you cooked
Korean Bibimbap. Took forever but it was a success!

First crush
David Bowie: obsessed

Last book you read

Chronicles by Bob Dylan

First great piece of advice you were given
From my father: JDI (just do it).

Last time you were starstruck

Meeting Nick Cave. No words or sounds formed.

First thing you’d do if you ran the country
Educate the politicians; those that needed it.

Last meal on earth
Death by dark chocolate cake.

First song you’ll sing at karaoke
Total Eclipse of the Heart’ by Bonnie Tyler. For the explosive dramatic karaoke chorus!

Last time you exploited your position to get something

Last night (but in an acceptable way) getting the theatre crew to take sound and light instructions.

First time you realised you were famous

Eek, don't think I have realised it!

Last time someone criticised your work

Last night. A gentle criticism after a gig in France about speaking too quickly. There have been much more harsh and brutal ones before, but that was the last one.

First three words your friends would use to describe you

Eccentric, loving, passionate.

Last time you made an impulse buy and regretted it

Plenty of bad clothes buys that make me look like Krusty the Clown.

First concert you ever attended
Tina Turner in Toronto with Glenn Frey on support.

Last time you bought someone flowers

Recently, for my lovely mum.

First object you’d save from your burning home
My rabbit lamp and sketch books.

Last funny thing you saw online
An outfit Kanye West was wearing with no humour intended.

First job
Waitressing in Cork on weekends when I was 15.

Last person you fantasized about
Usually thinking of chocolate recently, so no one comes to mind.

First word you spoke 
Supposedly 'knickers'.

Last crime you committed
Over eating and drinking on tour …

First song at your (potential) wedding

In My Life’ by the Beatles.

Last song at your funeral
Somewhere’ from West Side Story, sung by Tom Waits.

First person you’d thank in an award acceptance speech
It'd be plural: my parents.

Last thing you recommended to someone
Take a lovely walk to Poolbeg Lighthouse in Dublin Bay, in the middle of the sea.

First thing you think of when you wake up in the morning
Wish I had more time to sleep!

Last thing you think of before you go to sleep

Ahhh great.

Òran Mór, Glasgow, Wed 29 Oct; Lemon Tree, Aberdeen, Thu 30 Oct; Eden Court Theatre, Inverness, Fri 31 Oct; The Maltings, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Sat 22 Nov.

This article is from 2014.

Camille O'Sullivan

Stunning voice and passionate performances of work from the likes of Nick Cave, David Bowie and Jacques Brel.

Union Chapel, London N1

Sat 8 Apr 2017

£22.50 / 020 7226 1686


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