The Felt, Denim and Go-Kart Mozart man is a cult hero who’d never won an award before. We rectified that. “Mavericks should be noticed and rewarded and looked after,” he says.
Hi, Lawrence, how does it feel to win the Q Maverick award?
It feels really great. I’ve never won an award before! I feel like I’ve always been a maverick – they’ve just found out about it and given me an award for it. When I was at school, I was always different from the other boys. I was a cut above, with the sharpest shoes and clothes. At home, I could only eat certain foods, like crinkle-cut frozen chips. I wanted to do something that was really free and express myself, to be, like, an underground figure but to take it into the charts. To not change or be changed by the industry. To remain an outsider. Mavericks should be noticed and rewarded and looked after and always featured in magazines, because without mavericks we’ve just got a bland music scene! But like I said in my speech, “I don’t want to say thank you to God because I think I did this all by myself.”
Are you still into Charity Dingle off Emmerdale?
No, I’ve gone off her. She’s become like a normal soap character now. I tell you who’s great, there’s a young drug dealer in EastEnders [ Jagger Rawley, played by Aaron Thomas Ward]. He’s the best actor on TV at the moment. I really believe he’s a drug dealer from the streets in the East End and they’ve just hauled him in. He’s amazing!
You’re a stylish dresser. Do you get much attention in the street?
When I walk out the door… I don’t get that much attention to be honest, the hardest thing is when I’m walking round the East End, and like, a lot of people call me madam! I find that really annoying. They think I’m a little old lady. It’s in Whitechapel that it happens mostly. I’m an observer, and I observe people, but they’re not doing any watching because they’d realise there’s so many different facets of humanity in London. They’re stuck in a stereotypical male [ mindset].
Are you the Morrissey it’s still possible to like?
That’s a quote. You’ve got it.
“When I’m walking round the East End, a lot of people call me madam.” Lawrence
“The Morrissey it’s still possible to like”: Lawrence (with Jarvis) onstage at the Q Awards.