This Sunday we welcome Grand Dame Jodie Harsh to our legendary annual Lovebox afterparty, Outside The Box. As the beehived head behind queer clubbing phenomenon Room Service (currently taking over the world, one major city at a time), a remixer of bonafide pop divas and a really good globe-trotting DJ in her own right, we're pleased to have this revered and veneered drag superstar in the laser basement!
What prompted you to first apply lipstick and heels?
Drugs mainly. Just kidding. It was drinks vouchers and the fact that I could get into Heaven for free on a Wednesday. True story.
Describe Room Service for the uninitiated?
The most fun you can have with half your clothes on. Great house music, hot boys, satisfaction guaranteed.
What's the most outrageous thing that's ever happened there?
A lady never tells. It probably involved me. I have to erase my memories of it every Friday morning.
You've remixed Cher. How did this come about?
I've been remixing for quite a few of the pop divas and got the call from Cher's people asking me to rework Woman's World. It was a bit of a pinch-me moment and so much fun to do.
Who is next?
I have a big wish list of people; there's so much good music around at the moment. I'd love to work on some music for some of the new-skool girl rappers around.
Are you the hardest working tranny in showbiz?
You have no idea. I would love to say I wake up mid afternoon and put some slap on and roll into a club but it's obvious it doesn't work like that. I have a team of really great people, and we have a lot of fun, and all work like bastards. But I really enjoy what I do, I don't think I could do anything else at this stage. Every day is different, and usually a lot of fun. My feet and back are fucked and my Dad hates me but that's a small price to pay really.
Who is your drag mother?
How many wigs do you own?
I go through one at a time. I try to progress through very slightly different hair styles. People say to me all the time "Why don't you go for a new style? Why are you always blonde with a fringe and beehive?" And I say, go fuck yaself.
What is the secret of your success?
Why are you obsessed with porn stars?
Cher. No really. Why am I obsessed with porn stars? They are obsessed with me! I just enjoy hanging out with people who are a bit unhinged and have big willies. Plus it's an inexpensive way to get laid for me.
What three tips would you give to someone hoping to make it as a clubland superstar/international entertainment mogul?
1. Have thick skin, people who aren't that great at their jobs can be cunts to you.
2. Be good at what you do, which means having ideas, and don't lose sight of why you chose this job in the first place.
3. Sign up for air miles.
Who are you looking forward to seeing at Lovebox?
Lil' Kim, which is the most genius booking ever! She is the Queen Bee. And I'll be partying in the dance tent after my set.
What will you be wearing?
A new wig.
Join Jodie at Outside The Box
here at Dalston Superstore on Sunday 21st July from 10pm -4am.