Dorian Electra’s live stream is an experience just as transcendent and confusing as his music, a mix between a dance floor and ride-hailing at Eurotrance in the ’90s and a thrash metal concert where senses are turned over and icons bring meaning back to the queer key. This is Dorian Electra’s music, a multi-level overdose where the base is constantly being rewritten. Take it or leave it, like the red pill matrix Which – ironically – does not represent the absurd truth that white supremacy craves, but rather the transgender metaphor, as revealed by the directors themselves, and Wachowski.
Now that the concerts of international artists are finally back in Italy, we’ve come to Dorian Electra for her date in Milan in support of my agendahis most recent record, a manifesto of the peculiar politics of boundless musical regions.
Hi Dorian, how are you going on tour? How was it starting over?
just awesome! How good it is to see so many people, people, fans – especially after all this time – and to feel all this energy. It’s just crazy.
I was at your last show in Italy, in 2019, and it opened at Charli XCX. In recent years, despite everything that’s happened, I’ve done a lot since Album 2020 my agenda (also released in a large deluxe version) into an official Lady Gaga remix, as well as many different collaborations. What do these years mean to you?
Despite all the negatives of that period, these years have given me time to grow as an artist and as a human being. It was a time of intense online communication with fans and influenced the way I think about my music. I think, for example, of Internet culture, the science of memory, and a whole series of things that motivated and inspired me.
from Brightthe previous album you made in that 2019 live, A my agendaYour voice has changed a lot. Self Bright It had more cool, bob, and glamorous images, my agenda It is a clash of species with camp flair and extremist ideas. What idea do you have for it my agenda And that sound?
I wanted to make a log that would cross the boundaries, without filters. You know, a record I wanted to hear. To keep it all together, there’s pop; This is what connects my agenda to Bright. I wanted to create something that was extreme, but at the same time accessible thanks to my pop sensibilities. I wanted it to be a dancer though using very harsh sounds, taken for example from rock or metal, to create something stimulating for the audience.
address path my agenda Perhaps the strangest features you can think of: Pussy Riot and Village People. How did this collaboration begin?
I wanted to collaborate with Pussy Riot and when I wrote this song in early 2020 I knew it was the right opportunity. We reached out to the village folks and found out that they too are a Pussy Riot fan, so it all started very simple. It was great to be able to bring together artists from different historical periods; This is what makes the song special.
my agenda It is a satirical and satirical clip about the conspiracy theory of the gay agenda, or that idea by some members of the American alt-right that the LGBTQIA+ community is carrying out a conspiracy to turn people into homosexuality. The clip also refers to the conspiracy of gay frogs, and in the video it refers to Pepe The Frog. Did you get some clarity?
Pepe The Frog is a meme dedicated to the American alt-right. It all started with right-wing sites like 4chan, where the far right and white supremacists turned this meme into an offensive symbol of racial hatred and homophobia. However, at the same time, there has been a counter-movement aimed at re-referencing this symbol in an offbeat and holistic perspective, turning something violent into something positive. When I sing in the song “We’re Here We Turning Frogs Gay” (We’re Out Making Frogs Gay) I’m referring to a viral video featuring Alex Jones Information wars One says he “puts chemicals in the water to make the frogs gay,” another conspiracy idea on the part of the conservative right. The irony is that doing research on chemical pollution of water found that in certain cases animals such as frogs can experience gender mutations due to pollution. This would be an important issue to highlight, but for the conservative right, the concern is not pollution, but this crazy idea that a gay conspiracy for America’s lesion. What struck me about all this was the multiple levels of meaning. When there are symbols rooted in the collective unconscious, I think it is fun – as an artist – to play with and subvert them, to re-reference them; The audience was shocked by something that could suddenly take on a different progressive meaning.
Like I said, different realms like gamification and memetics have entered your music. What impresses you about these ultra-modern dimensions?
Memes are the new form of collective storytelling. It is a new form of transmitted oral history; It’s like Greek mythology. It’s the right art for our technology. The rapid and obsessive repetition of these images before our eyes has the power and ability to change culture, politics, opinions and the way they are expressed. That’s why, as an artist, I can’t help but care about her.
Your music has always been political and politicized from the start. How important is it to include messages in your work?
It is essential because it is what gives it extra value. That’s why I do it. Sure, pop music is often a no-brainer, a form of escape, but I get bored when you stop there. I prefer multi-layered music.
We are in a historical moment where music no longer has a clear chronology. Every artist’s music is always present, contemporary, and permanently aggregated into digital distributors and their algorithms. But the attitudes, ideas, and political messages embedded in music often evolve, change, and change over time. As an artist, is there anything you said or expressed that you now regret?
When an artist grows, changes, constantly changes and definitely to look back, there is something I no longer believe in, but naturally that is the case. Every human being – if he wants – learns, grows and changes. But I always prefer to say what I think, as I believe, than to remain silent for fear of regretting it later. It is necessary to be honest; Change is part of the journey.
Have you ever dreaded all of this?
Yes sure. It is normal to feel insecure and afraid of misunderstanding.
You work a lot with the body, with the aesthetics, with custom stories and characters. How has the field of music helped you identify yourself?
The music industry gave me the opportunity to explore different characters, to experiment with different storytelling. When I make music I always think of the body language that follows the song. For me, body language is related to identity. Making music allowed me to investigate who I was, and to understand who I was.
You are definitely a role model for the many young people who have finally had the opportunity to have a wide variety of identities being inspired in order to understand each other. When you were younger, who was your reference?
My dad made me fall in love with his legends, bright rock stars like Alice Cooper and David Bowie. You know, artists are bigger than life.
Being in the crowd at one of your concerts is great, people of all identities and genders are completely free to express themselves in a safe place. What is your relationship with your audience?
There is a reciprocal exchange between me and this wonderful community of people that I have had the pleasure of communicating with in recent years. I think we inspire each other, just look at the clothes you see in my concert, they are always more beautiful than mine.
I think there is a ferocious counterpart to that much love.
I must admit that there is a part of me that is happy with the extreme reactions it provoked because I think they arise when someone is faced with something they do not understand. This means that what you did got under your skin, created a shock, some questions, a confrontation. It is this confrontation that can lead to stepping out of the comfort zone. If I don’t get those reactions, I guess I’m not doing enough to push the boundaries.
You convey a deep love for what you do. What do you love most about this job?
My favorite thing is that music gives you the opportunity to build your own world within it, a world that can transcend the boundaries of reality and can expand and spread through each individual collaboration.