For the next edition of cult wonky pop and faggy synth bash Douche Bag we are thrilled to announce our very special guest, the ukelele-wielding acerbic talent that is Lord Hicks! With off-the wall covers of pop hits ranging from Iggy Azalea’s Fancy and Azealia Banks’ 212 to his own original hit, The Grindr song under his belt, we can’t wait to see what he releases at Douche Bag! We caught up to chat musical idols, Francis Bacon and plans for the year!
Hi Lord Hicks! We can’t wait to have you join us at Douche Bag! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself for those who don’t know you yet?
“An eligible bachelor with a sparkling wit and a somewhat incongruous penchant for Hip Hop” (Country Life Magazine)
What has been your proudest moment as Lord Hicks?
It was this earlier this year actually. I played my first solo show in a tattoo parlour-come-art space in Liège called L’Usine. It was sold out which was a joy, but even better were the two women in the front row singing every word of my Grindr song back to me. That was pretty special.
What made you choose the ukulele as your instrument?
I didn’t choose it, it chose me. My dear sister gave me one as a Christmas present years ago and I took to it like a duck to water and we’ve been inseparable ever since.
Who is your musical idol?
Freddie Mercury for his flamboyant showmanship, Noel Coward for his impeccable wordsmithery.
If you could change one thing about LGBT+ nightlife in London, what would it be?
More gentry, less gentrification
What inspired you to write the Grindr song?
As the refrain suggests, it was borne out of my dismay at the lack of gentlemen. I thought to myself that there must be some nice young men out there with a modicum of civility. From the response it received, I gather it’s a common experience.
What is your favourite song to cover?
It’s a rather crude little number, you might know it, it’s called ‘Fuck You’ by Cee-Lo Green. Terribly cathartic!
If you had a time machine and could go dancing anywhere, when /where would you go?
The Colony Room in Soho when it was frequented by Francis Bacon to get squiffy, then on to The Grand Tour with Byron and Shelley (while avoiding death by drowning or venereal disease).
Do you have any exciting plans in the pipeline that you can let us in on?
I’m writing a show to coincide with the 50th year since the introduction of the Sexual Offences Act. It’s a piece exploring a queer history of the British Isles through song.
In five words or less, what do you plan to unleash on Douche Bag?
Catch Lord Hicks at Douche Bag on Friday 24 March from 9pm-3am at Dalston Superstore!