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20 questions with... Oscar

This month, Oscar runs the gauntlet of our random, stupid queries.
Published: 8:00 am, July 07, 2016
20 questions with... Oscar

Yes. We know this isn’t how 20 questions really works, but STFU, OK? This month, Oscar runs the gauntlet of our random, stupid queries.

1. Hello. How are you?

Good. I’m in Toronto looking for Drake.

2. What have you been up to today?

Today I wondered around Queens Street West (the hip bit) looking at records (found my own), going through thrift stores to find stage outfits and buying cool socks for people I know!

3. Tell us something about yourself.

I’m very empathetic, so much so when I was young I used to cry about stories I’d heard and worry about how waitresses would live if no one gave them tips. I once found an umbrella whilst I was out with my parents and my mum picked it up and I started crying and told her she had to put it back in-case it was someone’s favourite umbrella and they came back to look for it. She did.

4. What’s your favourite thing about being a musician?

Being able to express myself and have creative freedom with that. Singing and dancing for a living is a pretty good occupation don’t ya think?

5. What size shoes do you wear?

I wear a size 11-12. I’m pretty sure my left foot is slightly bigger than the other though.

6. What did you last dream about?

I dreamt about an Earthquake that happened in someone’s house in LA. I was saved from it by my tour manager telling me to lie underneath a table, but strange things were happening. Trains were ploughing through each corner of the building and the world was shaking like jelly.

7. You have to support either U2 or Red Hot Chili Peppers on tour. Who do you pick?

Red Hot Chilli Peppers by MILES! My best friend growing up was obsessed with them and I think it would be a teenage rite of passage to tour with them. They have some pretty wild stories!! And to hear ‘Under The Bridge’ played live every night would be dreamy.

8. What’s your favourite smell?

Freshly washed clothes.

9. What’s the best song you’ve written or played on?

Hard to say for myself. I do really like ‘Daffodil Days’. I have got songs that I’m really pleased with but they’re not out yet!

10. Tea or coffee?

Tea. The last time I drank coffee was in 2015. It was a flat white in Brixton Market, and shortly after that I went into TX Maxx and bought three scarves (that I’ve never worn) and lots of underwear. Coffee does weird things to me and so I can’t drink it. It’s like speed or something.

11. How much sleep do you need?

Max 4-5 hours. I can operate on that (and often do). I find myself staying awake sometimes just because I’m bursting with creative energy. But I do love to sleep to. Pretty sure as a teenager I grew 6 inches in a year from all that sleep so I got my fill back then.

12. What was the last thing you broke?

A pair of really nice Sennheiser headphones. They had this little microphone on them which I got such a great vocal sound from and they were actually my Mum’s. I felt really bad about that. I tweeted about it and then someone sent me free new ones!

13. What’s the best music festival in the world?

I’ve probably never been. People rave about Primavera. I’m not really a festival man. I love performing at them but when it comes to camping I feel a bit in over my head. Gimme a caravan any day.

14. What’s your biggest fear?


15. What’s your favourite type of pie?

Lemon Meringue Pie has been my go to for a good few years now. Before that it would have been something ridiculously chocolatey.

16. What’s your biggest accomplishment?

Putting a record out!

17. Who’s your favourite new band?

Frankie Cosmos. Her lyrics are so poetic and her melodies are so unique.

18. Have you ever won anything?

Yes, when I was younger I won The North London Music Festival two years running.

19. Which strength Nandos sauce do you order?

LOVE THIS QUESTION! I’ve got some flack for it but I believe honesty is the best policy, and after sampling every sauce I stuck with ‘Lemon and Herb’. I feel that it compliments all the flavours much more and actually has a hidden more subtle kick.

20. How ‘punk’ are you out of ten?

8/10. My mum was and still is a punk and I have that engrained in me. I hate institutions and I really hate to be told what to do, and don’t do it anyway. I’ll never do it your way.

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