Concrete online gave a high quality interview to Britt Quentin, focusing on his early life in Detroit and on his next solo projects to come!
Britt Quentin used to give many interviews with different kind of UK media to promote Thriller Live european tour. Many of these media are focused on the musical itself, but sometimes reporters try to know a bit better artists themselves. Concrete online gave a successful demonstration with this little talk with Britt.
– Concrete-online.co.uk: You have already performed the lead role 2,320 times in the West End, do you still get nervous when coming on stage?
– Britt Quentin: Often I do get nervous. I have those feelings before the show starts. But the way the audience react to you and what you’re doing quickly changes that. Especially because Michael isn’t with us anymore, people just want to experience his music. And when you feel that reaction from the audience those feelings of nerves tend to go away.
– Concrete-online.co.uk: What does keep your energy levels and enthusiasm up after every performance?
– Britt Quentin: A love for the music, and a passion for what we do. You can’t fit all of Michael Jackson’s songs into a two hour show, so over the years we have had to swap things out.
– Concrete-online.co.uk: What is your favorite song to perform?
– Britt Quentin: Generally the newest one we’ve added! So it’s human nature at the moment. But ask me again in a few months and it will be something different.
– Concrete-online.co.uk: You have experience as a both a director and a performer, with which do you feel the most comfortable?
– Britt Quentin: I’ve been performing so long it’s become second nature. There’s been times I’ve gone on stage to perform something five minutes after I’ve learnt it, but I’ve only been directing for the last decade.
– Concrete-online.co.uk: Will you get much time to explore Norwich while you’re here?
– Britt Quentin: After six and a half years of performing in London, I have only just started touring. My schedule is usually jam packed – you can’t rest like you usually rest! Days off are often spent on the road or in airports. As a director I often have to hold rehearsals, so when other cast members get to go and explore the city, usually I’m still working.
– Concrete-online.co.uk: You grow up in Detroit, a city that is both the home of Motown and in terrible decline.
– Britt Quentin: It was a conflicting place to grow up as a musician. Early on I realised I was growing up in an era where music was thriving. Detroit is my foundations: it was a privilege to be trained there and grow up around that sort of music. But I also realised that, because of the decline, I had to get out of there and go somewhere where music was still thriving.
– Concrete-online.co.uk: How did you manage to master the moonwalk?
– Britt Quentin: You know, we don’t all have to do it. The moonwalk was very specific to one era of Michael Jackson, so it’s only showcased in one part of the performance. There’s only five people in the show who have to do it, and luckily for me, I’m not one of them!
– Concrete-online.co.uk: What could the future possibly hold?
– Britt Quentin: I’m currently working on a solo album, and my own tribute show. I also still do vocal arranging for performance groups.
– Concrete-online.co.uk: Do you see yourself staying in the performance industry indefinitely?
– Britt Quentin: Absolutely! I want to stay until I can’t do it anymore. What I’m doing may change, I may move on to full-time directing. But I’ll always be in the performance industry. This industry is where my heart is.
© Interview: Concrete-online.co.uk