I was joined by broadcaster Debbie Ryan to talk to singer-songwriter Beth Ditto about her debut solo album, Fake Sugar.

It’s an interview that began with talk about defecating after a nasty fall. Don’t ask us why. Or how.

Moving on…

Beth Ditto’s solo debut has been a hit with the critics. It’s also very clear to see that it was an enjoyable album to make.

“I wanted people to feel with the record the way I felt about growing up in Arkansas, where I grew up,” Beth said. “My childhood looked like something out of the movie Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe. There were trains, iron bridges, dirty rivers, with a really Southern landscape.”

“People keep asking me why I picked the name Fake Sugar. To me, that expression is so Southern. My granny would always say to me, ‘Give me sugars before you leave, and hug my neck’.

“Fake Sugar is like a cool, punk expression of that. I like the word fake a lot.”

● Listen to the uncut interview below. This interview is soon available to download via my iTunes podcast.

Fake Sugar

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As well as holding the Head of Music position, Phil currently presents the Sunday mid-morning show on Gaydio - the world’s biggest LGBT dance radio station. As a DJ, he has supported Tiesto and played for clubbing brands Fierce Angel and SupermartXe. He is one half of a remix duo with DJ Rich B and also produces the PMKEpodcast with singer Katherine Ellis, the LDN Vegans YouTube channel with Polly Harvey, and produces and presents Boys On Film with Raj Rudolph from EQ Music Blog.