Martin Kemp

We spoke to the Spandau Ballet star about his life, loves and his live 60-minute DJ set at this year’s Jack Up The 80s…

Q: When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A: Not what but who…Elvis, Marlon Brando or Bruce Lee.

Q: You visited the Isle of Wight when you were younger and Spandau Ballet have played there – what are your memories of the Island?
A: It was the first holiday I ever had where I had to travel across water. It was the first time I had left the mainland and it was so exciting. I felt like I had gone to Australia.

Q: You’ve had a tremendously successful and multi-faceted career so far, what have been the highlights?
A: So many highlights – hit records, hit books and hit TV shows… but a highlight might be making the movie The Krays. It was such a responsibility as the story meant so much to all Londoners.

“I love mixing things up and taking on different adventures”

Q: Musician, actor, director and DJ – how did the DJing come about?
A: Why not? I love playing music to people and making them dance, whether it’s with a band or on a turntable…playing people their favourite music is just a buzz!

Q: We’re looking forward to your DJ set at this year’s Jack Up The 80s, what can fans expect?
A: I’m an 80s man…everything from the classics to my favourite 80s soul…anything that makes you think ‘wow I needed to hear that’!

Q: You and your wife, Shirlie, have been married since 1988 – how did you meet?
A: At an after-show party for a play called Yakety Yak where a friend of mine, Paul McGann, was performing.

Q: Describe your perfect Sunday?
A: Chill, dog walk, lunch, movie, Zzz!

Q: What kind of music do you listen to when you are at home?
A: Anything and everything, I think the one good thing about streaming is that it’s made all of our tastes much more eclectic as we don’t have to invest in complete albums anymore. But my first choice is always 80s soul…

Q: What advice would you give to young, aspiring actors and singers looking for their big break?
A: Remember it is and will always be a hobby and if you make a living out of it that’s a bonus!

Q: What’s on the horizon for the rest of the year?
A: I love mixing things up and taking on different adventures…I have just come back from South East Asia filming a show called Road to Saigon and all will be revealed shortly but it was certainly

You can see Martin at Jack Up The 80s at Smallbrook Stadium, Ryde, on August 11th. For the full line up and tickets, go to


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