Scott Mills: Radio days and nights
My book has just come out and it’s a bit scary. I’ve been putting up loads of silly trailers on Twitter today for it. I only got the physical book yesterday. When you see it all written down, it’s quite odd. I’m quite apprehensive about that. It is very personal.
I’ve been going to Greece every weekend for the last nine weeks to play club gigs. On Saturday morning I leave the house at eight then go to Gatwick and get on a flight to Vienna. I spend two hours in Vienna airport before flying on to arrive in Zante at 6pm. I DJ in the club from 2am. The gigs are great there – it’s all kids on their first holiday; it’s a different crowd every time. I get about five hours’ sleep and get up about 10am then I try and get about two hours by the hotel pool. Then it’s back to Gatwick and an early night.
On Monday I get into work about 11am. Even though my show doesn’t feel like it’s planned, it kind of is. But then people text in or tweet, so you never really know where it’s going to go. That’s from one o’clock until four. I stay until about five or six, doing bits for the next day.
I go to the gym three times a week. I’m trying to tone up a little bit at the moment. I’ve got this personal trainer who puts me through hell. But on Monday I was still a bit jaded from the weekend, so I went home and watched TV. I like to watch real mind-numbing things, like Don’t Tell the Bride. I’m in a relationship with a lovely man called Brad. It’s quite hard to find time to see him. It’s a bit ridiculous now because we have to swap diaries.
My weeks switch between really weird stuff and really normal stuff. So on Tuesday, I went to buy my new tax disc for my car, then we had Nicole Scherzinger on the line from LA talking about X Factor. I’m not really a friend to the stars but they do know me. People like Lady Gaga and Katy Perry will see me a lot in their lives.
This evening I’m going out with a couple of my closest friends for a little celebration. We’re going to a restaurant in Soho that used to be a sex shop. You have to book three weeks in advance and the front of the place still looks like a sex shop but inside it’s just a regular Mexican restaurant.
When I was a teenager I had really bad anxiety issues. It’s not nearly so bad now because I know how to manage it. Because you’re on the radio, everyone expects you to be super-confident. But confidence has always only been there for the radio. Eventually, I will be too old for Radio 1 [Scott is 38]. But I’ve just signed for another three years with them, which is great. I’ll be happy to move to Radio 2 when they ask me to. I’d like to think I’d move on before I start to sound out of touch.
Scott Mills’ autobiography, Love You Bye, is on sale now. His Radio 1 show is on weekdays, 1pm-4pm
Illustration: Matt Hollings