Most people don't even know this world exists. How would you describe it to someone who has never seen or heard of "ballroom" culture?
I’ve been sitting here trying to think about how to describe it. But I don’t think you accurately can. It’s something you have to experience yourself. I wish I could.
How did you first discover and get involved in this scene?
Through one of my friends. I was doing music at the time and they asked me to make a vogue beat chanting their name. I didn’t know what that was so they directed me to youtube and showed me voguing clips and that’s where it all started really.
When did you get into production and who are your main inspirations as a producer? What set-up do you use to produce your tracks and remixes?
How would you say your production style differs from other ballroom producers?
You do a lot of bespoke remixes for performers and dancers - what's the most common thing you get asked to do for a performance track?
The most common thing is always a voguing break or to make it with a vogue feel house feel. That’s the number one thing I get asked.
Could you explain to our readers some of the terms used in ballroom?
- “Cunt” is used when you are just “feeling it” feeling your best. Or if something looks or sounds great/amazing. Which is virtually the same as “Ovah”
- “Drop” is when the producers name is placed in a song. Or some signature sound that shows that that beat maker or artist made the track or are featured in it.
- A “ha” is another form a vogue beat. There are a couple definitions for it, but one of the most common forms of it is when you transform a mainstream song, a youtube clip, maybe a commercial, tv show, vocals, and add it (sample it) or turn it into a vogue beat/track
- “Runway” is a category in the ballroom scene showing off your best runway walking ability. There are separate tracks usually used for this.
- A “Read” is when you basically call someone or something out. Or talk about someone or something. “Coming” for someone. It’s kind of hard to explain without being from or in scene. The film “Paris is Burning” explains it all!
Outside of music, what's a big influence on you personally?
Voguing has been appropriated by the mainstream once before (most notably by Madonna) - do you see this happening again?
There have been a few artists lately using some of the language and imagery of ballroom culture in a more mainstream context. What are your thoughts on that?
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