Dorian Electra - Gay Times Elevate x Apple Music_Photographed by Jakub Koziel

Dorian Electra: the ultimate genre / gender mash up artist – Interview

Dorian Electra | Heaven London | Fri 24 April 2020 | £14.50 + bkg fee

We caught up with future-pop icon Dorian Electra to talk about their upcoming gig at Heaven and their inspiration.

Tell us about your upcoming gig at Heaven. What can London fans and newbs expect?

DE: This will be my biggest show in London yet and my biggest headlining show ever actually! I’ve got a lot of fun surprises planned, some special guests and I’ll be playing some new songs too ;}.

Dorian Electra - Gay Times Elevate x Apple Music - Photographed by Jakub Koziel
Dorian Electra – Gay Times Elevate x Apple Music – Photographed by Jakub Koziel

How would you describe your sound?

DE: A hard one to answer, but I generally say experimental electronic pop music with elements of baroque, medieval, metal, other eras and styles of music mixed in. I like to mash together as many genres as possible otherwise I get bored pretty easily!

Dorian Electra High Snobiety Photograph by Julien Tell 17
Dorian Electra – High Snobiety Photograph by Julien Tell 17

Your songs concern gender. What’s your philosophy around gender and it’s importance to your music?

DE: I see gender as just one of many facets of a person’s identity that is fluid and flexible and not necessarily the core of any person’s being, but more of a function of our social interactions. In my music, it’s just as important to show the fluidly of genre as it is to show the fluidity of gender and challenge people’s expectations and help them see greater possibilities for their own personal gender expression than the traditional narrow definitions that are usually presented to us.  

Dorian Electra High Snobiety Photograph by Julien Tell 17
Dorian Electra High Snobiety Photograph

Who or what inspires you to make music, dress spectacularly as you do and perform?

DE: I’m very driven by the phrase “go big or go home.” I like to take things to extremes in aesthetics, fashion, makeup, music, and in my live performances. It also gives me great satisfaction to entertain people and for me going “all the way” and entertaining people usually go hand in hand. 🙂 

Dorian Electra FINAL COVER by Clare Worsley
Dorian Electra FINAL COVER by Clare Worsley

Have you been to London before? If so what are your favourite haunts or if not what are you looking to do while you’re here?

DE: I love London so much. My mom first took me here when I was 8 and I remember that trip really vividly.

I love that it’s such an old city and that you see relics of so many different historical eras all mixed together almost anywhere you look. I’m super fascinated by history so I find London a really inspiring place. 

Rupert Dannreuther

About 

I am Joint Editor at To Do List. I like free, cheap & offbeat London, especially: cabaret, art, theatre, pop-ups, eating out, quirky films, museums, day trips, social enterprise & much more.