Seal on AOL Live tm
14th December, 1998

Entertainment Asylum proudly presents SEAL to AOL Live. Seal will be chatting today about his latest release entitled "Human Being."

Question: Why did it take so long for us to be blessed with another album?
Seal: Because of the success of KFAR [ed: Kiss From A Rose]. I didn't get into the studio till about two years after the release of the second album.

Question: Human Being is obviously your most personal release to date, was it a difficult time in you life when you were writing the songs? It seems as though you must have been going through some personal struggles.
Seal: Not really, It's more of a reflection on the state of mankind than a personal battle.

Question: Hey SEAL, (I love you man!) You want to buy a Furby?
Seal: If I knew what a furby was, perhaps I would want one.

Question: I'm always impressed by your unique music. Do you consider yourself a pioneer of music in this decade?
Seal: Thank you very much for that compliment. I consider myself as a musician first and foremost.

Question: When is your next world tour?
Seal: My next world tour will start in March 1999. We have not decided whether we will start in America, but it will start some time in March.

Question: The song "Crazy" came out at a time when my life was exactly that! What was your inspiration for that song?
Seal: All the inspiration for Crazy came from all the importance events that happened in 1989. Like Gorbachev meeting with the Pope, the Berlin Wall coming down, etc., and the beginning of a new spiritual revolution.

Question: How does it feel to be looked up to in life from younger people?
Seal: It feels good. It gives me a sense of vocation and makes me feel as if I am making a difference.

Question: What country are you from?
Seal: London, England.

Question: Why do you like singing so much? What's your favorite song to sing?
Seal: Singing is like breathing for me and so it is something I must do. My favorite song to sing at the moment is "God Give Me Strength" by Burt Bacharach and Colour from this album.

Question: I just wanted to know what inspired the song "If I Could"?
Seal: I cannot remember, but it was probably an affair of the heart.

Question: What's your favorite song on your albums?
Seal: My favorite song is Colour because it entertains a world without racism.

Question: How is your body so perfect?
Seal: Lots of Wheeties.

Question: Can you get me started in rapping?
Seal: Don't give up your dream and don't try and control your success just surrender and it will happen.

Question: What is your inspiration when you write songs? It seems you are a very sensual person who has had lots of love in his life.
Seal: My inspiration when I write comes from day to day life experiences and all of them essentially come from the heart.

Question: Are those scars on your face from rituals?
Seal: They are from a condition I had called Lupus.

Question: Do you wear boxers or briefs?
Seal: Neither if I can help it, although that can be a bit tricky sometimes.

Question: How did you get started in the music business?
Seal: With a little difficulty because I was trying to control it, but once I surrendered then it found me.

Question: Hello Seal. Have you been online before?
Seal: Yes, I have been lots of time. I am always on line.

Question: What other singers do you work with?
Seal: No one at the moment. Although in the past I have worked with Joni Mitchell.

Question: You are the greatest and I hope you're around forever!
Seal: Thank you very much. That makes me feel very happy that I have people who care about me that much. I hope I am around for sometime to come. I do not know if I will be always doing music in this way. I have a feeling that my path will change sometime soon, that is not to say that I will stop music entirely. I just have a feeling it will change.

Question: Who are some of your influences?
Seal: Some of my influences are Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Crosby Stills and Nash, and Joni Mitchell just to name a few.

Question: The new album is great, but it's a lot different from the past two. A lot less electronic music. Is this a permanent new direction? Also, when are you coming to Kansas City again?
Seal: Thank you. Albums are like musical journals and so this one is a reflection of how I felt at the time. The sound of the next one will largely be determined by what is happening in my life at the time.

Question: What kind of sports do you like to watch in your spare time? Hockey?
Seal: I like to watch. Don't do them on Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays, or Sundays. Tennis and Football. Although I have not seen Boris for a while. No American football.

Question: What's next for you, Seal?
Seal: I am taking a Christmas break. Then I will finish a long promotional trip and start rehearsing for a long tour in February.

Question: Who directed your new video?
Seal: Francis Lawrence a great director. I feel that he really captured the spirit of the song.

Question: What kind of music do you personally listen to?
Seal: That is a difficult question to answer seeing as my tastes are quite eclectic. A Swedish artist by the name of Stina Nordenstom is one of my current favorites.

Host: Thank you for all your questions!

Seal: Thank you so much.

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