In our continuation with catching up with high profile scene-stars and taking them down a interview road all not to familiar, for SQU we caught up with the ever popular Queen of the Disco, Minty. In this interview we find out a little about about her clubbing life, ask what she thinks of the EU and ask what would she do if she ruled the world.
MINTY: I worked for an event company, heading up the team. Everything from Madonnas birthday party, album launches-Pulp, Coolio, East 17, lunch for Lady Di….I then ran my own bar for a while. As I was a licensee Wayne Shires employed me as assistant manager and/or stock controller sporadically. When he asked me to take the money at the door a monster was created! I worked on all his parties- Giant, Universe, The Cock. There was also Sleaze, the men only night for the wonderful Spike Rhodes. Once people know you they seem to want you, Shadow Lounge, DTPM, Punk, Matinee…and of course Orange Nation!
SQ: on Love…Do You Believe In Love At First Sight?
MINTY: Lust at first sight is far more common than love! But I do believe in it,for the lucky few.
SQ: on Politics…What Do You Think of The European Union?
MINTY: Bollocks to the EU!
SQ: on Power…If You Were The Queen of the Earth, What 3 Laws Would You Pass?
MINTY: What a terrifying thought! I have no desire to rule over people or pass laws. However…Don’t concentrate on what you can get,think about what you can give. In the words of Sai Baba,”Love all,Serve all”.
SQ: on ADMIRATION…IF You Could Invite Any Three People For Dinner (Living or Dead) Who Would They Be?
1. Billy Idol. I’ve wanted that man since I was about 14 and I see no reason why I can’t have him. 2. My Dad. A brilliant raconteur, dangerously charismatic, and I miss him. 3. Keef Richards. The Man. (Keef Richards is also know as Keith Richards also know as one of the founding members of the band The Rolling Stones)
SQ: on Sex…Monogamy, What Is It?
MINTY: Monogamy not only works for some people but some are lucky enough to never want anyone else. Should it be propounded as the true way to live? No. Nothing should. Each to their own. Respect,honesty and love are what matter.
SQ: on HUMANITY…What Are The Humans Race Best Three Qualities?
1: Our creativity. 2: Our incredible diversity 3: Our ability to survive the greatest traumas, on an individual level.
..and our worst?
.1:The belief some people have that they, and only they, are right. None of us is God (for want of a better word), so if we want the right to live as we choose, we have to allow that right to others. In the words of Martin Luther King”If I’m not free-you’re not free”. 2: Territorialism. You can’t own the land you stand on. 3: the fact that we allow governments and corporations to play with human life.
SQ: on WAR, What is is Good For?
MINTY: Absolutely Nothing!
SQ: on MUSIC…What Three Tunes Best Describe You?
MINTY: 1. Mony Mony:Billy Idol. “Here she comes now….”My perfume’s strong enough to smell me coming,my jewellery jangles so you can hear me coming….and I’ve got lots of energy. 2. Tenderness is a Weakness:Marc Almond. The constant struggle I have between having the courage to be vulnerable and feeling the need to protect myself. 3. My Way: Frank Sinatra. Needs no explanation really. If I end every day believing I’ve done no harm to the world or anyone in it,I can sleep in peace with a clear conscience. N.B Strive to accept, not merely tolerate.
In continuation of Brent Nicholls versus well know scene-stars, we also asked Minty for a collection of tracks that she would play if she was the DJ. We then took 10 of those tracks, got Brent to mix them and came up with DJ BRENT NICHOLLS VS MINTY- THE MINTY MIX.
Brent says about the mix…”it was a challenge. Minty selected many tracks that did not have house beats, so we had to compromise with a few remixes we found that incorporated her choices. She also chose quite a few house tunes too which have also been added. Her taste range over a 10 year period and I remember her going off to these tracks at the old Beyond in the VIP room which she ruled. Her other house choices were remixes of old rock records, in fact the ten tracks selected definitely have a rock feel somewhat reflecting, what I think, is Minty’s Rock-Chic image. Admittedly some of the tracks would not fit together well, so there was some fiddling about…but the end result is one I ‘ve got to say really hooks you in with a catchy, sexy and sometimes dirty vibe…just like our Minty….”
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