Interview with Adam Deacon: Fueling my Ayia Napa envy
Having a number of abilities is useful in show business. Ask prominent glamour model Jordan. Remember her track with Peter Andre, A Whole New World? Errr, actually, best not. I apologise in advance for that particular memory.
But some people do multitask well. Adam Deacon, who’s starred in a plethora of roles as varied as Simon Pegg’s Spaced to The Bill, and critically acclaimed Kidulthood. I also remember Adam in the underground series Dubplate Drama which featured a multitude of today’s stars; including Dappy and Tulisa from N-Dubz (don’t forget Dead Set – quality stuff).
The 30-year-old has also developed a fair career in the music industry. Deacon has hits currently on iTunes featuring Paloma Faith, grime heavyweight JME and rapper-come-soul-sensation Plan B – not to mention a host of solo tracks.
So what’s he doing now?
“I’m hosting a DJ Cameo event in Ayia Napa,” he says at the airport, moments before flying out.
“I hosted it last year, and then decided I was doing it again this year. It’s the biggest festival going on at the moment. People are talking about Ibiza like that’s where it’s going on, but Napa is the place.
“Cameo has made it amazing and the place has lost its violent image that some people might still have.”
I’ll admit. I got a press release for this particular event a month ago. I excitedly asked the PRs if anyone fancied flying me out there and putting me up for a few days… they didn’t.
So why am I so drawn to Napa. There’s plenty of grime events going on in the UK so why do I suddenly feel the urge to do it, on the beach, in the sun, with cocktails?
“Napa always been the place for the biggest urban names,” he tells me. “It’s got a vibe where, if you’re an urban artist in England, you’re going to blow up there if you’re going to blow up here.
“The beach is amazing where the festival is. It’s the perfect place for it.”
Damn. My beach envy and anger due to nobody considering me important enough to spend thousands of pounds on me rises at this point.
I can’t talk about music anymore. How long have you been a host, Adam?
“Well, I hosted the Mobo awards last year, always loved it and the music goes hand-in-hand. I feel myself; I’m very connected to the urban scene. It’s a great movement for the veterans and youngers.”
Nobody invited me to the Mobos either.
Switching the subject back to my original point, I speak to Adam about his range of talents and the multiple platforms he has to showcase them on.
“I want to concentrate on music a lot more,” he tells me, while I think of the fun I could have had in Napa; or at the Mobo awards.
“At the same time, acting is my bread and butter. I’m writing a BBC3 sitcom, similar to [2011 comedy/youth drama] Anuvahood and just want to enjoy what I’m doing.Adam Deacon, ayia napa, cameo, grime, summer love beach festival
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