As Willam, Detox and Vicky Vox prepare to take Dublin by DWV storm, Alan Finnegan gets up close and personal with a super-busy Willam.
During Season Four of RuPaul’s Drag Race, contestant Willam was disqualified alledgedly for having conjugal hotel visits with his husband. Never one to rest on his laurels, Willam capitalised on the press exposure by releasing a single with former Drag Race diva, Detox and drag doyenne, Vicky Vox. Chow Down (at Chick-fil-A)’ became a YouTube sensation and since then, the band, DWV, have gone global with hits like Boy is a Bottom’, ‘Silicone’ and ‘Blurred Bynes’.
The queens are now travelling the world to meet with their legion of fans, and next on their tour list is Dublin. Alan Finnegan caught up with Willam to find out what her plans are for world domination.
How did DWV come about?
We were all in another band together (Tranzkuntinental) and we kinda split it off from that group and did our own thing. We were like a splinter cell.
What were your first impressions of Detox and Vicky?
The first thing I said to Vicky – I don’t remember but she does – she was rolling around on stage and I said she looked as happy as a pig in shit.
I don’t remember exactly when I first met Detox. I know we worked together on a reality show for the Osbornes that never aired. I do remember Detox’s impression of me though; she didn’t like me. I am a lot to swallow, and I talk a lot. But we did end up seeing each other on a hook-up site and we became better friends.
Describe the process of choosing a song, writing lyrics and making a video?
I usually start by thinking of the video. I’m like, ‘Oh, I wanna wear this in a video, let’s write a song’. But Detox and Vicky always accuse me of putting the wagon before the horse with that stuff. We usually find something that we have thrown about for like a week or so, and then put pen to paper.
I guess I’ve made them do most of our songs. ‘Chow Down’, we did together but ‘Boy is a Bottom’, ‘Silicone’ and ‘Blurred Bynes’ were all like, ‘Hey, these are my ideas, let’s do them,’ and they ended up doing them.
Who would you love to work with?
We would love to work with Katy Perry on anything. Detox, Vicky and I got to hang out with her at a party and she was really nice and knew all of our songs, which was amazing. She said she had the same shoes as me; I was wearing a really good pair of Loubs (Louboutins). She was really cool.
What have you learnt from your fellow band members in DWV?
You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink. If you want to do stuff with people you have to make sure that their hearts are in it 100 percent, or it doesn’t work. We have giant fights but we always end up working it out.
You have visited Ireland before. What did you think of it?
I have had fun there. You have really good flavoured potato chips. Dublin had a lot of hair and weave places. They sold Jessica Simpson hair. I was like, this is the shittiest hair, ever. I couldn’t believe they sold it.
You have also preformed in the Dragon before. What did you think of it there compared to clubs in America?
The drag queens are the same as in America; they have the same problems that we do. There was a big sign that says: ‘If you’re using spray tan, do not use it here because it will get all over everything’. The same sign is one of the first things that I saw when I first started doing drag in Texas.
Victoria Secret was really cool. She was really nice. She showed me a good time. Everybody was rad. I got to hang upside down on the railing in the Dragon, which was insane. It was like a dream; I’ve always wanted to do that. I love to climb stuff.
You are so busy at the moment, where are you now?
I am in Las Vegas for two days, then I go to LA for a day. Then I do three gigs in London, one in Glasgow, one in Dublin, two gigs in Amsterdam, then I have to fly to New York because I just got a job with MTV, which is like my dream. Then I go back to LA for a day.
I miss my husband. If I’m not gonna work hard, then nobody else is gonna work hard for me. I’m gonna make it happen, come hell or high water. They are gonna have to run me out of town and take away my camera. I’m gonna make it, one way or the other.
What are your plans for 2014?
Oh, don’t ask me. Don’t make me think that hard. I can barely think a month ahead. I’m trying to write a book. I have a publisher in New York. I am trying to become a host for anything that will have me. I am trying to get on Broadway in Kinky Boots. I am trying to have a kid with my husband. I am trying a lot of stuff.
I have seen recent Instagram photographs of you guys filming your new video. Could you give us a hint as to what it is?
Well it is not about building snowmen. It’s a… what I can say without giving it away… it’s a good time. We are advertising for a good time with DWV.
Have you any new films/television show appearances in the works?
I did a movie that isn’t out yet, Kicking Zombie Ass For Jesus. Plus it’s pilot season in LA, so who knows what I could find.
Describe your look in two words?
What music do you have on repeat at the moment?
I have a couple of people on repeat constantly. Graffiti 6, Beyoncé, Shoshana Bean who is like old school blues and jazz singer, Ciara, and I always have Buckcherry on there. Oh, and the new Paramore stuff is good.
Have you had any crazy fan experiences?
Yes I have. People biting me. People picking me up, people trying to get into my hotel room. Maybe one out of 500 get a little too close. People crying – that is weird I don’t get it. People wanting me to sign their tits. I don’t like signing people, it ruins my Sharpies.
DWV take stage in the Dragon on January 25.
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