20 QUESTIONS WITH DORIAN ELECTRA, POP’S MOST FLAMBOYANT BRO

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If the world’s plans weren’t drastically derailed by the pandemic, Dorian Electra would’ve been on tour right now in support of their debut album, Flamboyant. Instead they’re stuck at home like the rest of us, though luckily the artist’s DIY roots have kicked into full gear. Between last month’s earth-shattering remix of 100 gecs’ “gec 2 ü,” a Microsoft Paint-designed merch drop, and almost nightly online DJ sets, not many artists have been more productive in quarantine than Electra. Their brand-new single and video, “Sorry Bro (I Love You),” is yet another product of their unstoppable creative momentum.

Over the track’s tight ninety seconds, the gender-fluid artist expresses more direct adoration for their bros than many cisgender men are able to in their entire lives. “I can count on you to always keep it real. That’s why I’m singin’ man ‘cause I want you to know bro, no homo,” Electra professes on the explosive anthem. The music video, shot in quarantine, fills an ultra-masc workout scene with beer cans, flashy cars, and passionate, friendly love. Assisted by co-director Weston Allen, Electra envisions a world where masculinity is non-toxic and actually quite endearing.

“Sometimes you realize that you’re just in love with one of your bros. That’s what this song is about,” Electra shares of the track, co-written with Mood Killer. With bouncy, harpsichord-laden hyperpop production by 100 gecs’ Dylan Brady and Count Baldor, “Sorry Bro (I Love You)” is tailor-made to be spun in the virtual club. Check out the new single, call up your bros, and tell them you love them too––they need to hear it now more than ever.

We recently caught up with Dorian Electra for a round of 20 Questions about fashion, DJing from home, the weirdest thing they’ve ever autographed, and more. Check it out below:

What was the last meal you ate?

Okay, I ate an Amy’s vegetarian Chili Mac frozen meal (laughs).

What is your favorite article of clothing that you own?

Right now it is a long-sleeve t-shirt that features an image of the Grim Reaper flipping the bird.

What is your go-to brand of Guyliner?

Oh my gosh, actually MAC. Let me see what it’s actually called. It’s the most waterproof shit ever for when I’m on-stage and sweating. It is called MAC Liquidlast 24-Hour waterproof Liner, and it really does stay the fuck on.

Cowboy hats or fedoras?

How about a fusion of both together? Has the world even ever seen that? I would love to wear it. I would love to be the first human being to wear that.

What’s the weirdest dream you’ve had lately?

I always have food dreams, and in this one I was making some kind of weird french toast where I just toasted four pieces of bread, put some vegan butter spread in there, and then got out a can that looked like a Cheez Whiz cheese spray can, but it was Reese’s flavoured icing, and I put that all over it. It’s not that weird of a dream. It actually sounds like it’d be pretty good, but yeah.

What was the first concert you ever saw?

First concert that I ever saw was actually Destiny’s Child and Christina Aguilera. They were touring together.

What is your favorite live-streaming platform for DJing?

Ooh, for DJing…I mean, Zoom is fun because you get to see everybody else, and you get to see their cute looks. It feels like you’re actually in the club, so I like that.

What is your essential DJ set song?

Probably…oh my god. Shake It by Metro Station.

What do you like the most about performing?

I like getting to act out the songs and feel out the songs both with my own body, because I’m doing the choreo, but also feeling the energy from the crowd. And which parts they go crazy to always gets me excited.

Who is your dream collaboration?

Okay, okay, let me think, let me think. Gosh, I don’t fucking know. Honestly Lil Nas X would be incredible. That’d be crazy.

What was your favorite class in college?

Favorite class in college was this philosophy of science class. I don’t remember what it was called, but it was just fun. We got to debate stuff, and it was really hard to understand it, but it was very mentally stimulating.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I think I wanted to be a Broadway actor.

If you had a time machine, would you go to the past or the future?

Oh god. Both of those are way too stressful (laughs). Honestly I would probably destroy the time machine, actually.

That’s a good answer.

No wait…fuck, I don’t know. I would not be able to handle the pressure of having a time machine. You can just say that.

Night owl or early riser?

Night owl.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever autographed?

I’ve autographed a vibrator. That’s probably the weirdest one.

What is on your quarantine watchlist?

I’ve been recommended the movie Orlando, so I’m interested in watching that. I guess it’s like a gender-bending, Shakespeare vibe. Also, Dylan Brady recommended that I watch this Metallica documentary, so I’ll probably watch that.

What is your favorite fast food restaurant?

I love how cheap and healthy-ish Del Taco can be, and also ’cause they have Beyond Meat, so you can get that in any of the items, and it’s so good.

What food do you crave the most often?

I’ve been craving arugula which is nice, but I crave poke bowls recently.

We know you are a Career Boy. If you were not doing music, what career would you pursue?

Originally I wanted to go into academia and do something in that world, but I think if I wasn’t doing music, I would be doing music video directing.

What is something that you do everyday that would surprise your fans?

Oh my gosh. I try to do a hundred sit ups right before I go to bed, like right before my head hits the pillow. Or a hundred crunches, I mean. You do them, and then you’re like “Ahh,” and then you go to bed.

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photos / Weston Allen

story / Jack Irvin

 

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