’89 domande a Florence “Cuppy” Otendola – DJ and Philanthropist

Name? My name is Florence ”Cuppy” Otedola (@cuppymusic).

How old are you? I am 29.

Whats your job? I’m a DJ, Philanthropist and serial entrepreneur.

What did you study?  I currently have three degrees, I just got my third one from Oxford University. My first degree was in Business and Economics from King’s College London, my second was a Master in Music Business from New York University in 2015 and the third is a Master in African Studies.

If you had the chance to live an historical event, which one would it be? I would have loved to see the Beatles’ performance on the 9th of February 1964, it was a record-breaking performance in New York. 

If you could have a super power what would you choose? Being invincible, and able to laugh at all the things people say behind my back. 

What do you think about NFTs? Before I answer that, I need to know what NFT stands for. 

Blur or Oasis? Oasis. 

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Can you tell us when you think a person is cool and when they are not cool? I think people are cool when they are showing authenticity, not cool when they are trying too hard. 

Do you think there exists an objective aesthetic value or you think aesthetic value is just subjective? I think the world pushes and pulls you between both

If you had to tell a person to fuck off, who would you choose? And why? I would choose my dad, because is the most blunt person I know. 

Can you give us a definition of art? Art is expressing freely.  

Can you tell us a number from 1 to 89? 11! As it’s Cuppy Day on the 11th of November, my birthday. 

A song that you would have liked to compose? Moment 4 Life – Nicki Minaj. 

If you could choose a club to play in, which one would you choose? Definitely Ushuaia in Ibiza. 

And a festival? Tomorrowland. 

Can you tell us a number from 1 to 89? 11! As it’s Cuppy Day on the 11th of November, my birthday. 

Your favorite style icons? Gwen Stefani, Jackie Kennedy and Paris Hilton. 

If you could speak in world vision for 15 minutes what would you say? I will speak about how they are more than enough as they are. 

How important is it for you to be rich from 1 to 10? 7. Money doesn’t bring happiness however it helps you help others.

And fame? 1. 

How important are fame and money to impress a partner? The important thing is you shouldn’t be trying to impress a partner. 

Do you consider yourself smart? I do, yes. 

If you have the possibility to end the social networks pushing a button, would you push it? At first I would say yes, but on a second thought I wouldn’t push that button. There are simply too many things we need to be able to know that could help save others. 

And globalization? No because I am product of it. 

If you could compose the best band in history who would be in? My sisters, Tolani and Temi. 

How important are fame and money to impress a partner? The important thing is you shouldn’t be trying to impress a partner. 

If you could compose the best band today, who would be in?  Kendrick Lamar, Dua Lipa, Ayra Starr and John Mayer. Who wouldn’t want to see that band? 

When, in your opinion, can you define a person as an artist? All our expressions is art and we are all artists when we are expressing ourselves. 

Do you think that the relationship between art and drugs is just a cliché? I think that artists are troubled and the escapism soothes those troubles. 

And between drugs and nightlife? I would let the dancefloor speaks for itself. 

Do you think that the value of a work, in the eye of an observer, is given from the context in which it was seen? I think this question could be simpler. 

Do you have any political orientation? Cuppy for president. 

Who is in your opinion the best dj in history? Avicii. 

What do you like most about Italy? Pasta. 

If you could live in one historical era, which one would you choose? The Tudor Era.

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And what you dont like? The traffic. 

Whats the city you like the most here? Rome.  

Whats your favorite artist? Tekno.

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Whats your favorite show business character? Nicki. 

If you could spend a day with an historical figure, who would you choose? Jackie Kennedy. 

What do you do for fun ? Chase my dreams. 

How much do you earn now? Less than I should but more than enough. 

Who are the people that inspired you the most? My old and future self. 

If you could choose a famous person for a night, who would it be? Nicki. 

And for a relationship? Elon Musk.

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What makes a DJ better than another? Uniqueness and consistency. I am strongly of the opinion that if you put in the time and hard work to get better at any craft, overtime you will get better and stand out. This has literally been my hack.

What was your best performance? At my grandma’s birthday.

Favorite book? A Piece of Cake by Cupcake Brown. 

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Where have you been on vacation when you were young? Disneyland Paris, I love it there. 

Where are you going on vacation now? Monaco is always my favorite vacation spot. 

Have you ever been in love? Yes.

Have you ever had a homosexual experience? Have you? 

Where do you live? At the Pink Penthouse in London.

Where are you from? Lagos, Nigeria.

Other cities where youve been living and for how long? New York for a couple of years while I was in University for my 1st Master’s degree.

Which languages do you speak? English, Yoruba, French.

Favorite movie? The Sound of Music

Whats your favorite historical character? I have always been intrigued about Cleopatra. She was the last ruler of the Ptolemaic dynasty, was recorded to have spoken between 5 and 9 languages fluently, and Medieval Arab texts praise Cleopatra for her accomplishments as a mathematician, chemist and philosopher. She was a fearsome leader and incredibly intelligent – a woman I can certainly admire. 

The most underestimated? I absolutely love London-based DJ Aik, we have our duo Parallele together. 

 If you were an animal, which one would you like to be? A Pomeranian! 

What car do you own?  A pink Ferrari.



What time do you usually go to sleep? When most people are waking up for the day.

What time do you usually wake up? Every day is different! But my dogs, DuDu and FunFun wake me up on most days. 

Whats your favorite city in the world? My city! Lagos!

Your favorite dish? Peppered snails. 

Do you have some phobias? Attychiphobia, the fear of failure.  

Best party you’ve been to? The launch party of Drake’s album More Life. 

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What drugs have you done? My drug of choice is cupcakes – I’ve definitely overdosed on sugar more than once!

If so, which one is your favorite? Red velvet. 

 What are the clothes you cant stand to see on a man and on a woman? Poulaines shoes, on anyone. 

 If you had a choice, whose interview would you like to read? An interview of myself, at 50.