TelevisionMarch 23, 2022

Lance Savali dances to the beat of his own drum


DJ, dancer and Celebrity Treasure Island runner-up Lance Savali tells FIRST about his personal history with hair dye and shares a huge instant noodle tip.

First conscious fashion decision

“I always wanted to dye my hair when I was younger. My mum never let me dye my fricken hair. She used to let me get these mascara pens that you could streak your hair with, but I had an allergic reaction to it once and had lumps all over my head. That was it for me as a younger kid. And I was shattered, because I always wanted coloured hair.”

First real hair dye experience

“When I first did it we got the box dye but it was just like that ugly orange. But we still thought we were skuxx. We weren’t allowed to dye our hair at school, so I’d try to be cool and do the jet black / dark blue vibes. I thought I was so cool, and I look back now and I’m just like, ‘What are you doing, bro?’”

First hobby

“When people ask me if I have hobbies, I kind of don’t. My hobbies are like playing music, hanging out with my friends, eating heaps of food… and that’s it. I don’t do anything else. There’s no real like collecting spoons, going to Scouts club, selling biscuits down the road, singing kumbaya with the homies… nah.”

First time dancing in front of an audience

“Probably at church. My family was like the performance family, and we would always school every other family at White Sunday. So everyone would look forward to seeing us. And if we didn’t do a good job, we would know about it from our parents and grandparents. So we would nail it every time.”

First impression of Celebrity Treasure Island

“What am I doing here? Who am I? Am I going to survive? I’m so precious. Or not precious, I’m just like, I like to be warm and I like to have a shower. And I like to not have to do a crazy challenge to hopefully win some food.”

First thing you learned to cook

Toast. Hold on, rewind. Surely something of substance, Lance. Mi goreng noodles. But I do the works: fry the onion, do the noodles, maybe scrambled eggs if you’re lucky, side of toast with butter. When I boil my water I dip the plastic [sachet] in, just ever so slightly because you don’t want the plastic to melt into the water, obviously it’s quite poisonous. But that way when you chop the thing off, boom – it just falls out easily. Try it.”

First single

“I love to party, I like to travel, I love DJing, I love being in front of a crowd. And so I was like, ‘why don’t I just make my own song, and hopefully it does good and then I can travel the world and hopefully meet a girlfriend along the way?’ Nah, I’m kidding. I just love music and tech house is one of my favourite genres. I look up to a lot of DJs and producers and I just wanted to do what they do. So this is my first step.”

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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