16 September, 2015


TOYAH ON
MIX 96, AYLESBURY
WITH CHRIS MASKERY
29.8.2015




CHRIS: So "Park Life" this Saturday – are you looking forward to it?

TOYAH: Oh gosh yeah! I love outdoor gigs. This is going to be our last outdoor gig of the season having done big festivals all through the summer so we can't wait to do this one. And it's feels very local – I don't know why because I live in Worcester! But least I know we're not travelling up to Scotland and back! It's going to be great fun, it's outdoors, we will have our fans there but we'll also have new people there and hopefully we will win new fans on the day as well.

CHRIS: I actually was going to talk about the crowds – when you do your gigs … are they the same faces from the 80's, who've supported you since then ... is it new people? 




TOYAH: It's very very mixed. We still have people who have been with me for 37 years and now they have children and grandchildren and they tend to come along as well. But we have a new audience increasingly under the age of 25. I think that's because 80's music is so popular and it's popular with all generations. And the young – and anyone under 25 to me is like a child! I don't mean that in a condescending way – you know sort of in a age related way. 

They are discovering people like me for the first time, therefore the music is fresh and it's inspiring and they live their daily lives to it. So we're getting a huge mix of people in our audience. Our audiences are very very friendly, we don't have a reputation kind of having a following that wears only black. We have a following that usually is a family orientated audience and they want to dance and join in the choruses and sing along and film things on their iPhones and to me everything goes.

CHRIS: I bet you see some good outfits in the crowd?

TOYAH: Actually this summer has been spectacular! I've seen more dayglo than I did actually in the 1980's! And men are getting braver and braver – the other week I did a huge festival in Clumber Park and they were so many men dressed as women I just couldn't stop laughing! (laughs) 

They look fantastic! And I think the audience wants to participate, they want to be part of the show and to me that is absolutely cool. Go for it, dress up, have fun! This is going be the last outdoor gig of the summer - you know let's go out with a bang! 




CHRIS: Is it that sort thing … because you say 37 years is long time to be – if you like doing the same thing … is it a sort of thing that makes performing still fun? 

TOYAH: It depends what you mean by the same thing – I've made over 32 albums so it's never the same. Each night we chop and change what we play. And to be honest songs like “It's A Mystery” or “I Want To Be Free”, which I have been performing for 37, never feel the same. The atmosphere of the grounds you play in, the atmosphere of the audience, the whole ambiance of the night is utterly unique so you never feel as though here we go again. 

There's never a feeling of repetition. You always have to be awake, you always have to be on your toes and I'm always kind of spotting events that I can bring in to the show and share with the audience. For example if I've got a man out there who looks like Freddie Mercury, I'm going to tell the audience about him so I'm always on my toes.

CHRIS: I can see people in Aylesbury who look like Freddie Mercury sort of hiding, trying to hide behind other people so they don't get spotted (they both laugh) Bit of a family affair this weekend because your husband is performing in Aylesbury on Monday and Tuesday - 




TOYAH: It's unbelievable. I mean this is an Aylesbury week, I've already been down in Aylesbury all week because King Crimson are actually rehearsing in the area. My husband is Robert Fripp (below with Toyah), he plays in King Crimson, their tour starts on Monday in Aylesbury. It's just been great and very very exciting and it's a family affair this weekend. King Crimson are coming to see me on (sic) Sunday and we're all going to see them on Monday. So it's very very linked!

CHRIS: You could make it into a mini holiday down here?

TOYAH: It's a kind of not a holiday because all the guys in King Crimson are very very nervous and apprehensive and it's a huge show for them – their music is so complex. You can actually feel the tension in the room and their nerves building. I think they're looking forward to seeing us because they've never seen us, most of the guys in King Crimson are from America so it's – we're going to give them a bit of party on Saturday. 

CHRIS: They're performing in Friars – did you ever do Friars?

TOYAH: Yes. I was the fastest selling artist to ever play Friars.

CHRIS: Really?

TOYAH: I sold out in three minutes.

CHRIS: Wow! How was the actual gig?

TOYAH: It was fabulous! Absolutely brilliant! The man who is promoting me on Saturday, who is promoting King Crimson next week, is the same man who booked me in Friars so it really is a family affair! 

You can listen to the interview here 



Photos from the Parklife gig by Swale Photography and Russ Naylor  

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