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.
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 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 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.
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
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
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.