Arts

Thursday Q&A: Britain's Got Talent winner Tokio Myers on MGMT, Marvin Gaye and Chicken Japur Curry

Jenny Lee puts artists on the spot about what really matters to them. This week, Britain's Got Talent 2017 winner Tokio Myers

1. When did you think about a career in music and what were your first steps into it?

As soon as my father gave me my first keyboard at the age of nine, I knew I had a passion for music. At that point, I could never have imagined being where I am now.

I left school to attend the Royal College of Music which gave me the confidence to really take it seriously as a career. So I suppose that was the moment when I really set my sights on being a musician.

2. Best gigs you've been to?

Prodigy at the Milton Keynes Bowl, Chemical Brothers at Bestival.

Both gigs were another level – it will be hard to beat them.

3. Fantasy wedding/birthday party band?

MGMT

4. The record you'd take to a desert island?

What's Going On by Marvin Gaye – one of those records where you can get lost in your own mind!

5. And the book?

Embarrassingly, I don't really read – yet. But I love Eminem's autobiography The Way I Am: I find it truly inspiring, the grit, determination and hunger he has to achieve his dreams.

I look up to artists like him, it drives me to push myself and go the extra mile.

6. Top three films?

You've asked me at a time where I've not had a chance to even turn the TV on, let alone watch a film! Can I come back to you at the end of the tour?!

7. Worst film you've seen?

See above!

8. Favourite authors?

One of my new year resolutions was to read just one book, no luck just yet… I need to work on that one!

9. Sport you most enjoy and top team?

Basketball – The Lakers

10. Ideal holiday destination?

Song Saa Private Island

11. Pet hate?

Weirdly I don't have any!

12. What's your favourite:

Dinner?

Dessert?

Strawberry Cheesecake

Drink?

Nothing beats a pint, but it's got to be Dark Caribbean Rum!

13. Who is your best friend and how do you know each other?

Latir, he's playing before me at my upcoming show at the O2 Forum Kentish Town on April 20.

14. Is there a God ?

God only knows.

:: Tokio Myers, Saturday April 14, SSE Arena, Belfast. Tickets Tickets £27.50 from SSE Arena box office and Ticketmaster outlets. Tokio's debut album Our Generation is out now

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