Ladies and gentlemen, it’s Carmen Mon Oxide! We’re so glad that our favourite operatic-punk-baroque singer found some time to answer a few questions for the blog. Catch this multi-hyphenated, multi-talented tour de force at Luscious Cabaret on Friday!
1. What’s the ideal way for you to start your day?
A coffee, a cuddle with my cat, a smoothie and a vocal warm up! I generally like to start my days getting my voice ready for whatever the day holds for it-mostly that involves practising my singing so it’s always good to be prepared for that.
2. How do you come up with a new act or routine? What does that creative process look like?
I generally start with the music. I’ll find a song I feel passionate about and work out how I am going to twist it! A lot of the time I find comedy in music that was never intended to be interpreted that way. Then I ask my mum to make me the costume, which if it’s historical or glamorous she’s happy about, if not (for example my Meatloaf costume), not so much.
3. Where – or for whom – would you most like to perform one day?
This year I’d love to perform in a spiegeltent! But to be honest as long as I’m performing and getting paid for it I’m happy.
4. Favourite guilty pleasure?
Watching Eastenders, it’s total trash but I love it!
5. Tell us about the most embarrassing moment that you’ve had while performing.
I was once performing on the same bill as a dog fashion show. During one of my acts one of the dogs decided to play with a massive ball in front of the stage, totally up staging me! Later one of them did a shit in full costume. Luckily I wasn’t performing during that!
6. Do you have any hidden talents?
Broken glass walking, whip cracking and the straitjacket escape are things I don’t perform very often! I can also make beautiful traditionally made hats, I studied millinery in Walthamstow a few years ago, so if you need a hat, get in touch!
7. What would you be doing with your life if you weren’t performing?
When I started doing cabaret I never imagined performing would become my full time job, and I’m absolutely delighted it pays my bills! If I wasn’t performing I’d probably be working in a museum somewhere. I did five years in the science museum explaining exhibits to kids and running shows there, so I suppose that’ll was pretty performance based too!
8. Give us a teaser for what we can expect from you at Luscious Cabaret…
Something fun, cheeky and a bit phantom!
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