Interview with India Morel
Since the age of 10, India Morel, had always dreamed about being a musician. In Her Junior Year In High School she got her break. She started a girls singing group, Harmony Innocent, with some High School friends. They practiced everyday after school, weekends and every free moment they had.
After becoming local favorites, the group met a producer . He had worked with many R&B heavyweights. he took on the girls and polished their craft and after a lot of hard work they received a record contract They release the single, “That’s What I Like,” which quickly climbed to the top 100 Billboard Charts. India was balancing her freshman year in college when the group started to fall apart. Harmony Innocent broke up two years later.
India, it is a pleasure to meet you. Can you tell us a little about yourself and what you were like as a child?
I was born and raised in Compton CA and was raised by my single mother. I often dreamed about being in the entertainment business.
You were interested in music at an early age. Who did you listen to back then?
Back in the day I listened to many artists because I think the music was great in the 80’s. Some of my favorites were Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston and Pat Benatar .
Your group, “Harmony Innocent” did quite well especially with “That’s What I Like”. What was your sound like and why did the group fall apart?
in the early 90’s I started an all-girl singing group. We were young teenagers that just wanted to sing. We practiced everyday after school and gave up many weekends to accomplish our biggest dream. In 1994 we were signed by Russ Regan at Quality Records/Warlock but even with the success of a hit single we quickly broke up 2 years later after personal issues arose in the group.
Your career took a turn and you began a successful career in porn. How did you get started?
I never planned on becoming a porn star that just kind of happened. I met a guy on Venice Beach on a hot summer day in Los Angeles. I got the guys number and called him 6 months later and decided I wanted to find out more about the adult industry and the rest is history. To be honest with you I had a lot of fun while in the porn business, and yes, I had many ups and downs but that’s life. I came into the adult industry with a plan, executed that plan, and made my exit . I do miss the adult business but it was time for me to move on to other goals I wanted to accomplish .
You are one of the most well-known and respected porn actresses. What are some of your proudest accomplishments?
What I’m most proud of is me JUST HAVING FUN AND LIVING MY LIFE AND NEVER CARING WHAT OTHER PEOPLE THOUGHT OF ME ! I can’t lie to you, I didn’t feel this way when I first started out but later on I just realized that I did not care what other people thought ! I made a risky career choice that will indeed follow me my whole life but I wouldn’t change any of my decisions. “NO REGRETS “
Also on the eyestrane.com site there is an interview with Mariah Milano, who I understand is a close friend of yours. Mariah says you are known for having a perfect all-natural body especially your boobs and when you were on the Howard Stern show that Howard complimented them and even questioned if they were real or not? How did you answer him,what do you think are some of your strongest features and what do you attribute your success to in the industry?
I met Mariah way back when we both just started and we have been friends ever since. I love that girl. We may go months or longer without seeing or talking to each other but as soon as she enters the room it’s like we pick right off where we left off and that is the sign of a true friend! When I went on the Howard Stern show for the first time I was so scared I think I was shaking ! lol but once we came into the studio he was so nice and I warmed up really quick!!! I had a great time and it was a crazy experience ! He did say I was a pretty girl ! lol Maybe 1 year later I was invited back on the show once again, we had a lot of fun .
You have done quite a number of appearances in more mainstream projects as well. What are some of these?
I had music in the movie “Walking Tall” and I have had a few cameo appearances in movies such as “Bossing Up” with Snoop Dog and “Love and a Bullet” with Treach and I have appeared in many music videos. I started off by linking up with the famous director Dave Meyers and he just put me in most of his vids.! Honestly, I didn’t really enjoy doing the videos because I’m a artist myself and I wanted to be in my own music video lol, but at that particular time I wasn’t really doing a lot of music. The vids I did were DJ Quik “Trouble”, Madonna “music”, Juvenile “Set It Off “, Ja Rule “Living It Up”, Jay Z “H to the Izzo”, 50 cents “Shake Your A**” aka “Disco Inferno” and lots more. I have also appeared in many magazines from porn covers to mainstream mag cover stories and write ups incuding Source mag, Black Mens mag, XXL, Complex mag and more.
Even during your porn career your heart has always been in music. Your most recent music is a combination of R&B, soul, pop, rock and hip hop. How would you describe your sound best?
if you mixed pop with rnb,trance,and rock you would get INDIA MOREL. I LOVE mixing a lot of the genres because I’ma 80’s baby and I appreciate rock n roll along with pop and soul so its all me just being creative.
One of my favorites tracks is “Strip”. Is there a story behind this song?
I made strip just sitting at my computer in my home studio and I just started to freestyle the lyrics. I put on my earphones and began to record ! Strip is about people being free to just let go and have fun for the moment and of course me seducing some random cute guy ! lol
Do you write your own music and lyrics?
I do write all my music, I know exactly what I wanna say and how I want to say it so writing comes easy for me. What inspires me is my love for music ! Music is my love.
What are some of your favorite tracks?
My favorite song is probably “Dear Daddy”. I wrote that song to my father that has been absent for most of my life due to drug abuse. I wanted him to know that even though I had my mom I still needed him as well .
DADDY CAN YOU HELP ME WIPE ALL MY TEARS AWAY , MAYBE I WOULD’VE BEEN A DIFFERENT WOMAN THAN I AM TODAY , IF YOU WERE HERE.
I understand you also have a radio show called, “Dollhouse Radio” Tell us a little about your show.
I created dollhouse radio in 09 and since then we have had over 100,00 listeners tune in. I really appreciate the love my fans give me and it’s a great experience ! My show “The Dollhouse” is on every Sat 11pm est on blogtalkradio.com/
You are also an author and released a fiction book last year called, “Seductive Company”. The heroine in the novel leads a double like. Corporate professional by day, insatiable sex-starved woman by night. Is the character in the book, also named India, based on you?
Yes, I released a fiction novel last year called “Seductive Company“. The character in the book was named India as well but her life wasn’t mine ! We have many things in common but I think she was off the chain lol This book is a great read, not only you get great sex stories but also a fantastic story line to match !
I am excited to to learn you are currently working on your memoir, “Infamous”. Can you tell us what we can expect when it is released?
I have been working on my memoir “INFAMOUS, Memoirs of a xxx star” for a while but this book is my baby and I want to make sure its up to my liking . This book isnt a fiction novel like my last book. this is my life story and it’s way more pressure because this is real life ! I’m writing about things regarding my personal life … but I’m ready to share my personal side with the world ! I been through alot and maybe my story can help someone or motivate them. I’m looking at a October release date so I’m really excited!!!
What do you think of the porn industry in the present? Are many porn actors and actresses involved in other projects outside of the industry?
I think the porn industry now is way different than before but everything has changed even the music industry! Thats just life . In this business you have to be able to roll with the punches and keep up ! lol
What are your hopes for the future?
My plans in the future are to release more books and I’m thinking next a self help book! I also want to really focus on building my radio show the dollhouse and of course music will always be in my life. Maybe one day, in a few few years lol, I will have a kid. Maybe!!! lol
Where can we go to find out more about you?
Reverbnation: reverbnation.com/indiamorel all my music is there
also indiamorel.com which is still under construction but keep your eyes on it!
and dollhouse radio! blogtalkradio.com/