This month, I had the great pleasure of interviewing Ben Ofoedu, who is most famous for being the former lead singer of the band ‘Phats & Small’.
‘Phats & Small’ came onto the music scene in 1998 with their worldwide famous hit ‘Turn Around’, which reached Number 2 in the UK singles chart. Ben has also performed as a solo artist, as well as being involved in a number of other music and TV projects. He is currently engaged to the television and radio presenter Vanessa Feltz and they live in North London.
Q. Hello Ben, I hope you’re keeping well. So tell us, how did you first get into the music industry?
A. I first got into the music industry through a DJ called Dave Pearce. I won a rap competition on his radio show and he then invited me back to the radio station, where I met the owner of the first record company I was signed too.
A. Being part of one of the biggest house tracks of all time, Phats & Small’s ‘Turnaround’. Also, performing at Hyde Park in front of 120,000 people, including Princes Charles, William & Harry, which was pretty amazing.
Q. What projects are you up to at the moment?
A. I work as a TV agent at the moment and am working on a number of different programmes including ‘Big Reunion, I’m a Celebrity Get Me out Of Here, Big Brother’ and ‘Strictly Come Dancing’. I’m also currently putting a show together to support a group of my friends on tour. Also, I’ve recently shot both an advert and a movie with Shane Lynch of Boyzone. The advert is for Ver2 vodka, which is a brilliant drink I hasten to add. The movie is a psychological thriller dealing with the paranormal. It’s called ‘Attachment’. They are both two entirely different types of projects, where Shane and I just both happened to end up on the same set.
Q. Where can people check out your projects?
A. Nowadays, most things I’m doing will go up online first, which is a good thing, as it makes the artist feel at one with the public.
Q. What one piece of advice would you give to someone trying to make it within the music industry?
A. Make your own path and don’t let anyone tell you it has to be done in a certain way. Everyone’s path is unique, so go for yours. Also, hard work does bring results.
Q. Who are your favourite music artists?
Q. What are your links with Crouch End & Muswell Hill?
A. I’m always jogging around Crouch Hill & Muswell Hill. I Love the area.
Q. Final words to the people of North London?
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See you all again in next month’s edition…