Nigel Hartagan's Interview for Clairissa SinClair's Character Witness Blog
Updated: Aug 11
Tell me a little bit about yourself?
Nigel: I’m the Bass Player for Sambuka Fedora. Voted Sexiest Man alive three times in Pop Hits over in the UK. Some people think that I’m a sex god incarnate, but I’m just a man who knows how to please women.
Why did you choose this author to tell your story?
Nigel: D. and I have a special connection. I can’t really explain it but we haunt each other’s dreams. Seriously, she just let me borrow her name, so she could make a splash with my tell-all.
Describe your best and worst attributes?
Nigel: My face of course. Woman tell me my eyes are dreamy, and they love my smile. Worst, I have a bit of an addictive personality.
What is the greatest challenge you’ve ever faced?
Nigel: I’ve faced a lot of things, but I’d say my current situation being cut off from my wife, daughter, and identity has to be the hardest. The world is spinning out of control and I feel like I’m trapped, but the truth is it was all my doing.
What do you look like?
Nigel: My hair has returned to its natural brown. It’s about shoulder length and pretty messy. I’m about 6’1 and about 11 Stone. Sorry, this is a US publication, I’m about 154. I should eat better, but I just don’t have an appetite for food. No, my appetite is for other things. Sorry, we were talking about my looks. I have amber-brown eyes and as I said before a killer smile and a strong chin. I think that helps make a good smile, great.
What is something no one knows about you?
Nigel: That I believe in love at first sight. With my second wife, Ava it was totally love at first sight, but I must say the feeling wasn’t mutual initially as she had misgivings. Looking back, I can’t blame her.
What is your hidden talent?
Nigel: Well, if I told you then it wouldn’t be so hidden. Let’s just say it’s reserved for the very few that I allow to stay after pleasing me. If someone’s worthy, then I will show you how talented both my fingers and tongue are. Trust me I don’t suck, until I think you’re ready and then you will be seeing stars as you climax over and over.
Who are your best friends and why?
Nigel: Tristan is of course. He and I have been getting into trouble for a long time since his mum married my dad. The friendship outlasted their marriage and well, we always know how to have the best parties with babes, booze, and as we got older blow. Mason our other brother always is up for a good party as well. Julian and I go way back but he can be a bit uptight and pretentious. Our friendship is best left for the band.
What is the worst pain you ever felt?
Nigel: When I thought I was going to lose my little girl. Seeing her in the hospital and being helpless to do anything just tore me apart. I don’t want to think about that. I can’t go back there. I just can’t. Next question.
What is your greatest accomplishment?
Nigel: I have many. Being voted the sexiest man alive, winning accolades for my skill as a bassist. My Grammy and well marrying one of the biggest names in Hollywood, Ava Richards. That alone was a great feat and therefore a great accomplishment.
What song should be your theme song?The one that will play every time you walk into a room.
Nigel: Life in the Fast Lane by the Eagles. I mean, I prefer to live my life in the fast lane then being bored out of my mind playing house.
Tell me about your significant other?
Nigel: My wife the glamourous and ever so talented Ava Richards. She started this ride from small-town waitress to megastar many years ago. You know my poster used to be on her walls when she was in high school, in fact, I asked her on the tour bus the first time I met her when she was just a fan. Don’t get too excited she didn’t come aboard. Even gave her a pass and all I got was a kiss. I suppose I should’ve paid attention then because there has always been some amount of disappointment with us.
I digress, we had this wonderful whirlwind romance. Traveling the world on tour with her band as the opening act it was fantastic. She looked at me like I was her everything, even willing to embrace my daughter. Back then John didn’t matter.
Anyway, their music took off and Hollywood came calling. We had a lovely ceremony and the bride was beautiful. Form-fitting dress, her long blonde hair all pinned up. Mmm, things were so good then. What happened? Maybe it’s because she’s working all the time but somewhere I think we lost each other. Maybe it’s for the best, but I have my doubts.
Do you consider yourself to be a “good person”?
Nigel: I’m a freaking great person. I’ve brought so much joy to people over the years that I know in my heart I’m a great person, on some days even saintly.
What do you see when you look in the mirror?
Nigel: Wow, talk about cut to the quick. If I’m honest, I’m starting to not like what I see. I had everything and now. Oh, wait did you mean what I look like, no we covered that. Next question.
Tell me about your “superpower”?
Nigel: I’m capable of giving a woman a wonderful night of multiples if you know what I mean. You know, I could actually show you if you like. Oh, sorry for being inappropriate. No offense.
Who would you want to play you in the movie version of your life? Who would play your SO? Nigel:He is a little shorter than me and he’s not English, but I think Johnny Depp. I mean, women fancy him as much as they fancied me. Ava, well she could play herself, but I get it you want someone else. I guess Charlize Theron.
Are you an introvert or an extrovert?
Nigel: I like my alone time but in my line of work there are times when you required to be an extrovert no matter what your mood is.
What’s your favorite animal? Why?
Nigel: Lion, because like me he is the king of the jungle, like I’m the king of my castle.
Do you consider yourself a hero or a heroine and why?
Nigel: Hero, for sure. I saved my wife’s life. Now if you ask others including her, they might say I’m more of a monster. Don’t believe them.
Where would you go on your dream vacation?Who would you take with you?
Nigel: Took it. The wife and I spent two weeks in Bora Bora for our Honeymoon. It was back when she wasn’t shy about wearing a bikini bottom and nothing else but a smile. Fond memories.
Do you consider yourself to be a sexual “vanilla” or a more exotic flavor?
Nigel: Exotic for sure, nothing boring when it comes to shagging. Vanilla is just too boring, even for ice cream.
Do you have a kink or fetish? If so, why do you think that particular act is so exciting to you?
Nigel: I like to be in control and well, having the perfect person to dominate- Well that gets me hard just thinking about it. Though I must admit that sometimes I don’t mind being dominated by a strong woman.
What was your childhood like?
Nigel: Screwed up, but looking back I guess it was really a blessing. Because of my stepbrothers, I’m the man I am today.
Tell me about your parents?
Nigel: Dad was great until he met my step mum, then the booze started to flow. I was glad that marriage didn’t last forever. He was better when he moved on to the next one.
My mum, well she left dad to find herself and once she finally did she became the mum I really needed. Supportive and not as judgmental as my step mum was.
What is your favorite book of all time?
Nigel: A true classic, The Great Gatsby. I suppose in some ways in the early parts of our relationship I was Jay Gatsby to Ava’s Daisy. Sorry, all you asked was my favorite book.
Do you feel like the music of your youth influenced who you are today?
Nigel: Definitely, had I not gotten into Bowie or Roxy, I would’ve never picked up a guitar. Their music and looks inspired me and gave me a dream. They gave me the confidence that a geek, with acne and glasses, could make it. I didn’t have to be perfect, though eventually, I did become just that.
Did anyone or anything influence your sense of style?
Nigel: For years now, I’ve influenced styles. Maybe not so much now but I used to and because of that I still get free clothes. The free clothes, that’s what influences my style. So, anyone out there that wants to dress me, is more than welcome too.
Tell me about your house or apartment?
Nigel: Well, the mansion I share with my wife, I like to call the castle, because it reminds me of one. It’s in the hills of Malibu and you can see the ocean from our patio and the master suite. It’s on a little over an acre of land and has two guest houses. One is a studio so we don’t have to pay the exorbitant studio fees. It has five bedrooms, seven bathrooms, two half baths, and a four-car garage. The kitchen is a chef’s kitchen because we do entertain occasionally and Ava would have it no other way. Of course, there is a pool and hot tub as well. Unfortunately, I’m currently living in my one-bedroom condo in Santa Monica, while it is nice for the extra-curricula activities, it isn’t a place for daily life.
What are the five items you could never live without?
Nigel: Booze and Blow for sure so, that’s two. Kubicki Ex Factor 4 Drop D, Fretless Bass, you know so I can continue to play. It’s one of my favorite basses to jam with still. Let me think about this. Something that means everything, there, was a picture of Ava, Renee, and I in my office. I wish I had that, so yeah, that would be something I couldn’t live without. I guess even though, I am currently, but it would be a nice reminder of my life. My wedding ring, as much as I love my freedom, somewhere deep down I liked being married. My ring is my tether to my true reality. So that’s five.
Do you have children? Do you want kids of your own?
Nigel: I have one, beautiful girl who is very spoiled by her mothers. Ava and I’ve tried but no such luck.
What if your life philosophy?
Nigel: To make the most of every moment and every opportunity presented.
Do you have a motto?
Nigel: Enjoy every moment like it’s your last
Imagine yourself as being 80 years old. Tell me where you’re at and what kind of person you
Nigel: I don’t plan on being here at 80, but then does anyone?
What is your dream career?
Nigel: I’m living it, well I was. I dreamt of being a musician since I was a teen and went to my first concert. As soon as this mess blows over I’m sure I’ll be living the dream again.
If you were a dog, what breed would you be?
Nigel: Some kind of spaniel. You know the ones that hunt. Cause, after all, I like a good hunt for birds as well.
What makes you laugh out loud? When was the last time you laughed until you cried?
Nigel: My daughter, Renee, can usually get me to laugh out loud. She has some of the stupidest jokes and impersonations. One time she decided she wanted to play mom and dad. So, she came into the living room wearing one of my jackets, sleeves pushed up, and starts acting like me, lecturing her about the fine art of music. The funniest thing was it was like looking in a mirror. She had me down cold. Then she left and came back wearing one of Ava’s shirt, which was a dress for her. If Renee chooses, she’ll be one hell of an actress. Anyway, when she started impersonating Ava on the phone with her agent, I about pissed myself. She was spot on and the topper was she looked at me all serious. This eight-year-old girl looks at me, serious as can be and says, “What are you laughing at wanker?” Ava was mortified and corrected Renee, but I fell over on the couch and started laughing so hard I was crying. I mean, I’ve heard Ava say this very thing many times when she was being serious and I was goofing off. My daughter can truly be brilliant.
What are you most passionate about?
Nigel: My music, that’s the one thing I still feel truly passionate about. I could say my friend the goddess but truth is, it’s not a passion, it’s something to just fill the void, because I lost my true passion, Ava. Next question.
What is your favorite sexual position?
Nigel: Doggy style and this will sound bad, but it’s because I don’t have to see who I’m screwing and can think it’s someone else, even if it feels different.
Where is the craziest place you had sex?
Nigel: I’ve had sex so many places, I’m not sure what the craziest would be. Well, there was the one time recently when the cops caught me, but the story has been well documented and I’m not really proud of it. So, let’s just pass on that one.
What were you like in high school? Were you a cool kid or an outcast?
Nigel: We didn’t have high school. The equivalent for me was O levels, but I didn’t really care for it. Art and music were more for me, though I finished.
Outcast all the way. I didn’t hit my cool phase until I was working at the club and met Cami. It’s in the book if you’re curious.
What is the biggest risk you’ve ever taken?
Nigel: Hooking up with my first wife, Sil who got knocked up. She could’ve really screwed me royally in the financial sense. Fortunately, a few years of being Mrs. Nigel Hartagan cut that risk.
What scares you about your future?
Nigel: Being a has been. I think I’m more terrified of that than being alone. Though I guess being a has-been and being alone would be the worst.
What does happiness mean to you?
Nigel: Right now, I guess some good blow and a good woman on her knees. However, there was a time when that question had a very different answer.
What are three things you want to be remembered for and why?
Nigel: Being a great bassist. I’d like to say being a good husband and father but I don’t think that’s possible at this juncture. I guess for being a cliché, but the truth is no one wants to be that. Bloody hell this is hard. Next question.
Tell me about your best friend?
Nigel: Tristan Langford, the lead singer of our band, Sambuka Fedora. He’s my best mate but can also be a righteous sod at times. Though I commend him as he has found a perfect balance between being married and being a Rockstar. That’s something I’ve never been able to do. He always knows where to find the best birds and the best blow. The amazing thing, even though he’s put on extra weight, the woman still fawn all over him. That’s the bad thing about having him as my best friend. We’ve always had a competitive rivalry for the best bird. Though competing with him for Ava was nice, though Tristan never stood a chance. He wasn’t her type.
Is there more to your story?
Nigel: Of course, so much more. Life is an adventure.
Do you believe there is a fine line between love and hate? Why or why not?
Nigel: Very much so, while I love Ava, there are times I despise her. I guess if we go back to the passion question for a second, she is my passion because she pushes my love and my hate and always has. There was a time she was my drug of choice.
What is your secret fantasy?
Nigel: Oh, I wrote that in the book. If I tell you here, you won’t want to buy the book.
What is your favorite food?
Nigel: Steak, a good filet, grilled cooked to medium rare with butter smeared across the top and a nice baked potato with all the toppings. A meal to die for.
If you were stranded on a desert island and only had five items, what would they be?
Nigel: Five things again. I have to admit an unlimited supply of booze and blow because well; I have a problem. Does this island have power? I know it’s a fantasy but you know I don’t want to take something if it’s useless. Okay, my Ex-Factor bass like I said earlier. I know they’re not things but Ava and Renee. I think then maybe she’d finally listen to me, and we could work through everything. We’d be a family again.
What makes you tick?
Nigel: Music, it always has.
What is your happiest childhood memory?
Nigel: My stepbrother Russell, he’s a really cool guy. He got tickets for Tristan and me to go see David Bowie with him at Hippodrome in 1977. It was his gift to me for my fifteenth birthday. It was the Idiot World Tour and besides Bowie, Iggy Pop was playing. They were pure genius. After the show, the three of us waited outside the backdoor to try and meet them and we did. Man, to have your idol look down at you and smile. It was just the most mind-blowing experience. There are times when I’m meeting fans after a show that I remember that moment and know I’m living my dream.