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Off the Wall

Michael Jackson

I was a big Michael Jackson fan and won a series of competitions doing impersonations of him. I would wear the waistcoat and shoes and moonwalk and throw my hands in the air.

His electric vibe and the way he danced hit me. Here was a young person doing so well and it gave me inspiration because I was a young when I started out. And he did it the hard way, coming from an already successful band.

is very tough; it has a harder vibe than his later music. It was a different Michael Jackson than before. A lot of the songs on the album were very personal, but he expressed them in a way that we could all relate to and enjoy.

That was the off-the-wall, on-the-wall stuff. I admire him for going into different styles and being experimental. He is still a great entertainer.

Forever

Puff Daddy

I think Puff Daddy is an entrepreneur. He's a very articulate and entertaining man. And what he has done is very clever: By making hip hop music more mainstream, he has brought it to a different market. That's what I would like to do with reggae music.

But I don't want people to be saying how Glamma has gone harder, or softer, just because my album has a bit of everything. Puffy has done it through fusion with other styles, and revitalised great hits.

I wouldn't say to anybody that it's always the way to go, but at certain times you have to give people some sugar with their medicine. And then it's easier for them to hear something different. The album is balanced between mainstream and hardcore: it's hip-hop, R'n'B and ballads. I admire him for his work. A lot of artists have gained from Puff Daddy's music.

Glamma Kid's new single, `Why', is out now on WEA

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