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Tuff Questions is our series where we ask artists a selection of incredibly difficult questions.
Champion of both music and sport, the amazing Monki is in the Tuff Questions hot seat this week.
After playing her first-ever DJ set 10 years ago, Monki has amassed an impressive array of achievements. The first East Asian person to have a show on BBC Radio 1, she's worked as an A&R for Stormzy home, Atlantic, held a prime time Saturday slot on Rinse FM, released on Defected, Toolroom and Hottrax, plus started her own label, &Friends, in 2018.
In 2020 she presented on Heineken and Defected's Champions League stream and earlier this month she released the incredible "Queen of Hearts" on her own &Friends label.
Her Women’s World Cup podcast won the Best British Sports Podcast Awards 2020, but what would be her wrestling entrance theme?
MoS: Describe your press shot in five words or less.
Monki: Taken in my kitchen.
House or Techno?
If House is a spiritual thing, who is its prophet?
What does your music smell like?
A good time.
What was the first song/album you bought with your own money?
Gorrilaz when I was 10 from Woolworths.
What was your first email address?
I can’t say, because I still have it!
What would you say in your tinder bio?
Live, Love, Laugh… lol nah I wouldn’t be on there.
Best way to cure a hangover?
Take booze off your rider.
What song would be your wrestling entrance theme?
Primal Scream - "Loaded" (Andy Weatheral Mix) …. Nice and calm, ready to lay the smackdown.
Who’s the biggest party animal in dance music?
Haha, there are too many to name!
You can only ever DJ B2B with one other person for the rest of your life, who is it?
How do you describe your job to your grandmother?
I go to the disco… that’s literally what she says.
You can only ever play one record again for the rest of your life - what is it?
Bill Withers - "Lovely Day"
Who is your celebrity crush?
Don’t think I have one!
If you could live in any other place and time, when and where would you pick?
I’m not sure, I enjoyed the era I grew up in!
Teetotal or tearing it up?
Favourite production? (pick one) lazers, disco ball, strobe, Co2, LED screen, confetti, foam, nothing or other.
You can only wear one colour for the rest of your life, black is not an option, what colour do you choose?
That is haaard. Blue.
What’s the best moment you’ve had on a dancefloor?
First time I went to Bestival when I was 17, the whole experience was just amazing.
What job would you do if you weren’t a musician?
Probably work in sports.
Would you rather all your burps smell of eggs, or have a green cloud appear when you fart?
lol wow, both are lame. Maybe the burp.
What’s your biggest non-musical interest?
You’re forming a cheesy pop group in the vein of 5ive, Steps, Spice Girls etc. You must all sing and do choreographed dance routines. Which other 3 DJs do you want in your band?
Gonna go for a London based girl band… Josey Rebelle, Moxie and Haai.
6 = 2(x+2) what is x?
What’s your secret weapon to rescue a dancefloor?
Depends what dance floor I’m on.
Strangest / funniest thing you’ve seen in a club?
I was warming up for Mark Ronson years ago, probably nearly 10 years ago at a night called Yoyo. In this tiny little club in London and there was a guy walking around with a real, alive snake around his neck. It was his pet, he just bought it out with him.
What single thing would make your life better?
I think we can safely say for everyone… no covid.
If you had your own nightclub, what would you call it, and what’s the dress code?
No dress code… Good Times.
Why do lots of DJs wear masks? What’s the deal with that?
Not a clue! Whatever works for you.
Most regrettable track you’ve dropped in a set?
I don’t know if I regret this but looking back I do think it was funny. I’d already played my set at one of those skiing festivals and my mate was doing an after-party in a small club down the mountain and I got talked into going b2b. I was a few jagers deep at that point but was up for it. The record's deff got a bit house party vibes which is always fun. As soon as I played Mariah Carey - "Emotions", I knew it was probably time to go home. Although it did go down well.
What’s the most expensive thing you own?
I tend to spend my money on experiences rather than things!
Where is the strangest place you’ve DJed?
I played in Georgia (the country) in a 500-year-old wine cellar.
One piece of advice you would give your younger self?
Always, be yourself.
Where’s the afters?
Not sure, you won’t catch me there anymore!