While living in Chicago, you hosted PLAYING GAMES at Wang’s - an event that promoted individuality and allowed attendees to step out of their comfort zones (and even host!) What did that function mean to you then? What does it mean to you now?
Playing Games was about shaking up the scene in Chicago. It's a small scene and we get trapped in ruts here. I wanted something that inspired those in the community to look at nightlife differently. Now I want to take that concept to NYC and create a new wave of individualism.
I remember you once asked me to host PLAYING GAMES. At first I was too scared, then I agreed, but wanted a partner… by the time I was ready, you were off to New York! Were you ever nervous to perform in front of a crowd? How did you overcome it?
I'm nervous almost every time. It's sort of like jumping in a pool. You know it's gonna be cold but after the initial shock you feel an overwhelming sense of belonging.
Your hair is stunning. Who flipped it?
The blonde style I had on Sunday was flipped by the legendary Kevin Aviance. We were up on 125th and found the most fabulous ponytails and made them into a curly short bob.
Who inspired the look?
The look was inspired by my late cousin Charles. He was the first fabulous person I had the pleasure of gracing my eyes upon. I can still remember how shocking it was to see him being confident in what I only knew as "women's" attire. Everything from his nails to his hair was fabulous and I instantly had a yearning to have the same impact on other people.
Your recently released Faggot EP is truly astonishing. I can’t stop listening - particularly to “Whoremoan”. What does the word “faggot” mean to you?
You and aCeb00mbaP, featured on the album, seem inseparable. How did you two meet? How do you two push each other to keep creating (such amazing pieces of art?)
We met when he was bartending and managing at Wang's. Holding space for someone isn't hard to do. It's especially easy for me to do so with aCe and in turn him with I. When we get out of each other's way it offers us the space we need to create. We do that for one another.
Sex and sexuality seem to be the theme of this album. Do you feel you are in your sexual prime?