Interview – Coco Malone (singer)

Coco Malone is just one of the spectacular performers and artists to appear on the stage at a Mister Jack event. Here we ask the singer, who is set to star in Mister Jack presents “Until Dawn at the El Dorado”, a bit about her aspirations and inspirations.

How did you get into the music industry?

I actually started out performing in burlesque and cabaret shows as a jazz singer in the north of England, then across the UK and Europe.

What has been your career highlight to date?

Every show I do, brings something different and exciting for me and I’ve been very fortunate in the fact that music has taken me to some wonderful places across the world. One of the biggest highlights was being flown out to Seoul, South Korea, for a big event. That was a lot of fun!

Have you ever worked with or sung for any celebrities?

There are regularly famous faces in the audience. Possibly one of the most amusing occasions was being asked to delay our set at the Playboy Club because a Malaysian princess was coming and she wanted to hear us. By that point it was late and we ended up just playing for her and her bodyguards. Musically, the most inspiring person I’ve regularly worked with is jazz musician Herbie Flowers who has worked with all sorts of people from David Bowie to Lou Reed. He was responsible for writing the infamous baseline on Walk on the Wild Side.

What will you and your band The Question bring to The El Dorado?

Great music, great vibes and a whole lot of energy! We just love the fact that we get to share the songs we love with audiences who love them too!

What’s your favourite music genre?

Jazz, soul and the one genre that it all traces back to – blues. I love so many different genres, though. Anything and everything that moves something in my heart and soul.

How do you feel burlesque and live music work together?

I’ve worked with burlesque artists right from the beginning of my career and I especially love when the opportunity comes up to bring both together. It creates something beautiful when I get the chance to provide live music for a burlesque performer’s act.

What have been your biggest inspirations?

First and foremost, my mum. She’s my ultimate definition of a strong woman, who’s instilled strength, passion and determination in me. Musically, without a doubt, it’s all the artists of colour from way back. People like Billie Holiday, Bessie Smith, Ray Charles, Ella Fitzgerald. They went out there, day after day, week after week, sharing their music and talent at a time when being a black artist was pretty tough. Without their resilience things would be so different for many artists today.

What should people expect from the El Dorado?

In a nutshell, to be entertained, have fun and be transported away for a few hours. I would like them to leave the show, really feeling like they’ve experienced something that they’ll remember for a long time. For me, this is the ultimate beauty of music and performance. It has the absolute power to do just that.

interview by Ellen Widdup