Thursday 2 February 2012. A date in my life I shall certainly be telling my kids about (if I have kids that is. If not, my godkids or whoever).
As I, thanks to CLIC, got to interview 2010’s The X Factor winner, Mr Matt Cardle.
I’d never done a phone interview before and, to be perfectly honest, I actually prefer face-to-face interviews, since I dislike talking on the phone.
But, this was a perfect opportunity to both start getting over my fear of talking on the phone (I mean, if I can talk to a celebrity, I think I can talk to my best friend on the phone, right?) and interview someone as well known as Matt.
I had school beforehand and all the staff were fussing and flapping about me, wishing me luck and all that. After a freezing cold journey to Cardiff Bay, I finally arrived at CLIC HQ and got ready for the interview.
When the phone eventually rang and national CLIC editor Ryan handed the phone to me, my nerves actually just vanished. I suppose it felt a bit surreal. One of Matt’s reps asked how I was and then told me he was passing me on to Matt.
He then came on the phone and cheerfully said, “Hello, Jazmin! How are you, babe?” I was surprised by how casual he was. He was really kind. Anyway, without further ado, I’ll let you read the interview.
What helped you make your decision to enter The X Factor?
It wasn’t actually my idea. It was my ex girlfriend’s because she thought it would be really good for me. At the time, I didn’t want her to upload the video for an audition, but now, obviously I thank her for it.
With Dannii Minogue as your mentor, was there any specific advice she gave you that still sticks to you today?
Well, the fact that she believed in me and supported me is what still sticks with me today. I needed someone to believe in me and my voice and I can’t thank her enough.
Obviously, winning The X Factor has changed your life; can you remember what was going through your mind as Dermot O’Leary announced your name as the winner?
To be fair, I was really numb and just all shocked. I was like, “Oh my God.”
Who or what inspires you for your music and lyrics?
Anything and everything inspires me. Like times in my life such as break-ups, relationships. Just anything really.
What was it like writing and recording your own songs?
It’s amazing. I’ve been doing this now since I was 12 but to do it as a professional is amazing.
Who would be your dream collaboration?
My dream collaboration would be with Chris Martin from Coldplay. I think he is a total genius with lyrics and music, etc. Yeah, it would definitely be him.
Who did you root for in The X Factor 2011?
Little Mix all the way. And I’m so glad they won! They were brill.
What do you do in your free time?
I like skateboarding and I write songs, too. I’m working on my second album now.
Do you have any albums or singles coming out soon?
19 February is my next single so look out for that.
Are you looking forward to coming to play here in Cardiff at St David’s Hall?
Cannot wait! I love touring; it’s like my favourite thing to do. I loved Cardiff when I was on The X Factor tour.
What advice do you have for young people who have similar dreams to yours?
My advice is to never give up. Believe in yourself and keep trying. Never ever give up going for your dreams. Just keep at it.
What was 2011 like for you?
2011 was amazing! It was really good. I spent the majority of it working on my album and obviously, The X Factor tour took up a bit of the year, too, which I enjoyed.
What are you looking forward to in 2012?
The tour coming up shortly and my album. Those two are what I’m looking forward to the most.
Who do you still keep in touch with from The X Factor?
Aiden Grimshaw and I still talk. I also talk to the boys from One Direction and when Dannii is in the UK, I see her too.
The interview was much quicker than I expected, but still, I was thankful to have had the chance to have done it. I’d like to thank CLIC so much for letting me do this, my dad for being the lovely father he is and coming with me to Cardiff Bay (I would have gone and got lost without him. We also had a lovely father / daughter time taking photos down the bay and a chat over a Starbucks after) and of course, Mr Matt Cardle himself for agreeing to do the interview.
Matt Cardle plays St David’s Hall, Cardiff on Sat 24 March. Get your tickets here.