Interview: Chewy She, the ultimate Artpop icon on Moth Popera Tour
We caught up with clown pop queen Chewy She to talk about the upcoming Moth Popera tour.
Expect magic, dance, joy and irresistible musique.
Pic by @noemiereijnen , duck sculpture by @dreemeez , outfit by @jivomir.domoustchiev make up and hair @unparalleled145
Tell us about your Chewy She project how did it come about and how do you describe your work?
CHEWY SHE started in a very peculiar way: because of a dream that I had. I was in a club with David Lynch who kept saying to me ‘I’ve got something for you…’ Frustratingly, I woke up before he could tell me what it was.
The very next day, ( in reality) I was in a car with a couple of friends who told me they would be playing at David Lynch‘s club in Paris and needed an opening act.
Initially, I play accordion, and as they were a rock band, I had to create something quite quick and punk for the occasion.
I wrote 6 songs in 3 days.
And this is how CHEWY SHE was born.
To describe it CHEWY SHE character is my alter-ego, and with the band, we play trash electro-disco music, with one duty in mind: spread joy.
What can we expect on your current Moth Popera tour?
The Moth Popera is an existentialist fairy tale.
it’s like a gig but with a narrative story mixing comedy, theatre, fashion, art, and dance.
Expect a Mothpit, a talent contest, over-the-top costumes, a mind-blowing set, tight choreography, tight musicianship, and professional clown dancers.
And also expect to leave more uplifted than you came in.
And ready to party afterward.
Who or what influences your art, visual style, and music?
Artistically my biggest influences are Peaches and Christeene.
And visually I get a lot of inspiration from Truly Hall and Leigh Bowery.
Costume wise my inspirations come from a mix of the Insects World, and Ru Paul Drag Race.
And musically I listen to lots of varied things, but I do get lots of inspiration from world music, new music, and old music.
at the moment I am really obsessed with artists like Cobrah, Kim Petras, Bigwett…etc
What are your tips for anyone wanting to get into exploring their theatrical side?
This last year I really got into doing clown workshops and I highly recommend it for any performers. It is life-changing.
As well do not be scared to go big, be overly ambitious, and be ridiculous.
And the most important thing: to have fun!
What are your favorite London haunts?
Fool’s Moon Cabaret is a must see (hosted by the director of the Moth Pop Paulina Lenoir).
Mildmay Club is a very cool venue as well if you wanna hang out in a haunted working men’s club that hasn’t changed since the 70s. This place really got an exciting energy that makes you wanna go wild.We’re doing our show the Moth Popera there on the 9th of June, double bill with the techno pocket duo D.O.G.S.H.O.W. and DJs. So if you’re looking for an occasion to check it out this is it!
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.