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Rodent DeCay

Photo credit: Allan Gregorio

With every Halloween at Dalston Superstore comes the cult horror smash hit Mints presents Miss Zombie Drag Queen! For the banging 2017 edition featuring Bell Towers, In Flagranti and Nadia Ksaiba, we are lucky enough to welcome East London’s very own queen of the underworld, RodentDeCay! She’s been haunting stages from The Glory to Sink the Pink, and most recently debuted new commissioned work at Birmingham’s Fierce Festival and we can’t wait to have her join us to judge the competition! We caught up with her to chat queering monstrosity, fighting real-life monsters and things that go bump in the night.


Hi Rodent DeCay! We can’t wait to have you join us for Miss Zombie Drag Queen 2017! How has your year been so far?

I finished my Masters in the back end of 2016 so most of 2017 has been trying to be a RealLifeHuman™. But it’s also been a year of a lot of experimentation and growth, creatively, largely in retaliation to the way the world seems to be closing in on itself. It’s been a very interesting year so far for the Rat Queen.

 You were recently involved in the incredible Fierce Festival in Birmingham, what was that like?

So throughout the end of 2016 and up until this week I was involved with the Fierce FWD development programme for emerging artists in and from the West Midlands. Through the programme I started exploring more sound design elements in my creative practice and presented my first solo work, HOMECOMING:  a 20-minute piece scored by my own original compositions, sound design and text that looked to weaponise the ugly emotions we brew in adolescence as isolated queers into a tour de force of destruction against the systems and structures that separated us. It’s been an amazing experience and I’m hugely grateful to the whole Fierce team for their support and for commissioning me!

We were absolutely GAGGED by your recent Aileen Wuornos lipsync at Cybil’s House! How did that idea develop?

I’ve been exploring monstrosity as a queer metaphor in a lot of my work recently and so stumbled upon Aileen’s story through that investigation. Aileen was a woman who was abused constantly throughout her life, suffering numerous toxic relationships and mental health abuses. She’s infamous as one of America’s most prolific female serial killers, murdering johns that she alleged abused her. Throughout her arrest, trial, incarceration and ultimately her execution, her life was used as a toy and bargaining chip by religious and political bodies: largely all men. I wanted to bring this “monster” back into our consciousness and use her final interview as a way to skewer abuses of power that are levelled against women, queers and those of us with mental health problems while also offering some kind of vindication.

 What is your process like when developing a show?

Usually I start with a nugget of an idea, a mental image or a piece of spoken word or audio that resonates with me. I magpie lots of bits and pieces from all over the Internet or in real life and make Frankenstein composites to try and weave new narratives. With my Sweet Dreams, Aileen act I found Aileen’s final interview with Nick Broomfield and overlayed this with an instrumental track of Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This). I thought the merging of Aileen’s narrative as an abused queer woman and the image or Annie Lennox as a powerful androgynous woman had some really powerful potential, especially with the pounding “Some of them want to use you… some of them want to abuse you” lines.

Where do you find inspiration?

At the moment, monsters, both real and fictional, but I’ve always been inspired by things that exist on the fringes of culture or society. As a queer non-binary person these modes of existence really resonate with me so I try to revel in otherness, difference and defiance. I’m really obsessed with the power of horror to shock and jar people from complacency and the ordinary, which is why my work plays with images like witches, werewolves and feral children.

rodent decay at dalston superstore

Photo Credit: Graeme Braidwood

We love your dark aesthetic.. how has it developed from when you first started out doing drag? 

It’s really bloomed over the past year now that I’m full out of education. My drag was always a little bit on the dark side, but was quite juvenile to begin with, mostly because I don’t think I initially had the confidence to celebrate a lot of the things that make me tick at the time. Coming into my own with my gender has definitely had a major impact in wanting to present something more liminal. I’ve evolved from being a MySpace emo princess, to an alabaster vamp, to a ferocious witch to now start pushing my drag in a direction that makes it more genderless and inhuman altogether.

If you could change anything about London’s LGBTQ+ scene, what would it be?

More celebration of and visibility for non-white and non-masculine bodies. The link between sexualities and bodies is inevitable in club culture but I’d like to see more room for discussions and challenges that take queerness away from the physical and the meat of us. I’d like to see a celebration of sexuality and queerness that doesn’t anchor itself to one singular kind of queer subject that is predominantly cis, white and male. I think a lot of people talk about these kinds of changes but I think our community has a very real problem with taking ideas off of Facebook and applying them in the real world.

rodent decay at dalston superstore

Photo credit: Phillip Prokopiou 

What does your queer utopia look like?

An intersectional equalisation of power, abolishing class, gender and racial barriers and fully automated luxury queer monster communism.

You were the winner of The Glory’s cult drag competition LipSync1000, and Miss STP a few years ago… what’s the next step in world domination for Rodent DeCay?

Rising like Surtsey out of the oceans to take over everyone’s minds and hearts with cold, nihilistic beauty. Seriously though, more of the same. Keeping my momentum up and putting out more unique and original content and trying to be more disruptive, political and vocal.

And now for the upcoming Halloweekend!! What are you looking for in Miss Zombie Drag Queen 2017, and what advice would you give any wannabe drag zombies readying their lewks?

 I wanna see some hilarious causes of death. A fully intact fresh from the grave zombo is all well and good, but I’m really hear for chunks missing, implements in eye sockets, zombie experiments gone wrong and radioactive super zombies. Top tip: twisting your head around 360 degrees successfully, without severing any major nerve or spinal system, is a definite winning move.


Catch Rodent DeCay at Mints Miss Zombie Drag Queen 2017 on Friday 27 October from 9pm-4am at Dalston Superstore!

 

CC:DISCO!

Femmesexual disco freakout Mints turns one this Friday, and they’ve invited Melbournian disco doyenne CC:DISCO! to join them for a very special high-camp birthday set in the lazer basement! Having opened for Theo Parrish in Auckland, soundtracked the romantic Adriatic Sea at Dimensions and unleashed her magic on Boiler Room and Meredith’s coveted Supernatural Amphitheatre, she is no stranger to setting dance floors alight with an irresistible blend of boogie, disco and house. We couldn’t think of a better babe to help us ring in their first year of PAK’s lipstick-stained nonsense! We caught up with her to chat thunder storm drama, parting in Melbourne and plans for Mints!

Hey CC! We can’t wait to have you join us this August for Mints! Can you tell us about yourself and how you got to where you are now?

I can’t wait either!  Well I’m a DJ and radio host from Melbourne who plays disco, boogie and house. I’ve been djing out in clubs for about eight years and in radio for a long long time. Getting to where I am now? Probs just set after after set and working me butt off.  It’s a been a great ride.

You started out as a radio DJ at the ripe age of 15, before progressing to clubs and festivals years later. How did you find that transition?

I think it was an easy one for me because I LOVE to go out, and back then I was a club rat for sure so I was super eager and always keen. They are both so different so I can’t even compare them, but it’s great to be able to see people’s faces react to music. With radio you just hope they are loving it and the only way you know is through communication to the station. Both are amazing. 

Can you tell us a bit about your Melbourne club night, Club Coco? 

Club Coco is my little baby, and I guess it follows the ethos of “less chin stroking, more dancing.” It’s open to everyone and the main focus is disco, boogie, soul and having a good time with no bullshit. The first one this year had my faves Rahaan, Frank Book and Rich Medina. It’s a good time with a good vibe. 

Your go-to track to rescue a waning dancefloor?

Shirley Lites – Heat you up (melt you down)

Dead seat classic but it never get olds to me and it always works on the dance floor

What’s the craziest things that’s happened during one of your sets?

Last year I was playing after Moodymann at Strawberry Fields at 2pm on the main stage and it was actually the most beautiful day. Smiles all round, but then in what I swear was two minutes it turned ugly/amazing really quickly. This storm came out of nowhere and wiped out the whole main stage. Basically, the last moment I remember was having a tarp put over me because water starting flooding on to the stage. It was scary as fuck, and then I look down and Move is under me cradling his record bag, as he was supposed to be on next. He was not keen on mother nature ruining his stuff – it was quite cute. The whole system shut down and that was that. But the 40 mins I got to play was heaven!

You’re taking us on a night out in Melbourne – where are we going to eat, drink and dance?

Lets say its an amazing day in Melbourne summer then.

Cheese and wine in Edinburgh Gardens. Then get me that Kingfish Sashimi from Chin Chin. And the most Melbourne thing you could do is drinks and dancing at SECTION 8 which is always amazing.

You have played at some of our dream fesitvals, from Meredith in the Australian bush to the idyllic Dimensions in Croatia – what has been your career highlight?

Meredith will always be the highlight of my life. It was the one thing I aimed to play and was number one on the bucket list. I will never forget having all the people I loved on stage with me, in the front row smiling and all in the Australian bush. There’s something special about having all of your loved ones in one place supporting you that could never compare to anything in life. 

If you had a time machine and could go dancing anywhere/when, where would you go?

Easy, New York 1978-1983 . We are still trying to create what was born there, I wish I could have lived through it. 

Do you have any exciting plans in the pipeline that you can let us in on for the rest of the year and beyond?

I do indeed! Firstly, these shows in Europe are SO SO exciting for me and I have lots of events in Australia in the pipeline, and a couple projects that I can’t talk about but are SUPER exciting .. so stay tuned.

And finally, in six words or less, what are you planning to unleash on the lazer basement at Mints?

SWEAT, BLOOD, DISCO AND HANDCLAPS BABY


Catch CC:DISCO! at Mints this Friday 11 August from 9pm-3am at Dalston Superstore!