MySpace. First Number One single. Cheryl Tweedy. I interviewed Lily Allen a long time ago. But there are still some gems. It was one of my first interviews…or at least I hope it was, as I think i would have handled it a lot differently. But I still enjoy reading about 45 year-old strippers and Jade Jagger’s smug party. And also for the record Lily Allen has the BEST name for her fans.
Hey Lily, we’ve seen you in the papers at a bunch of festivals over the last year. You been having a good time? The first time I went to Glastonbury was when I was five weeks old, so I’m a dab hand. it’s a family thing.
Yeah, um, you’re Dad always seems to be at Glastonbury with his knob out. Yeah, it’s an Allen family tradition. I was thinking of doing it when I perform this summer. I did T4 On The Beach and that was fun. It was like my fifth gig ever and in front of 40,000 people, so I was really scared. I figured the only way to deal with it was to get very drunk. I ended up being very noisy and throwing drinks over some Hollyoaks people. Then my manager sent me home. I’d hardly call it a breakdown, that’s still to come. It’s all part of the masterplan. Number One single today; breakdown tomorrow.
Times really are a changing. These days there’s less of a need for cover ups and ‘beards’ for closeted boyband members. Now they are openly gay and have fiances. Here’s Union J World's Jaymi Hensley with his in Barbados.One Direction it’s over to you…
This Christmas Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon will be publishing a holiday children’s entitled ‘Roc and Roe’s Twelve Days of Christmas’. It will be geared towards children 3 years and up………and gays of all ages.
Gary then offered to shoot some exclusives for us - we had to think about it for a millisecond before replying ‘YAAAAAAAAAASSSSSSSS!’
So here we go…you ready?
Who has influenced your style over the years? My style has always been influenced by the feel of a look. It has to be an extension of the story of that day or moment of time. I’m pretty fearless in the way I present myself when I walk out of the house. I enjoy mixing the masculine with the feminine. If I feel like a star then that’s all that matters. And that’s how I want people to feel if they are in front of my camera.
What would you say are the fundamental elements that make up a Gary Gangi shoot? My main elements are studio settings, portraits that pop and photo manipulation. Basically the furthest thing away from a J.C. Penny catalogue you can get.
How do you make people relax for the shoot? Beer, whisky or wine usually helps people relax well. A fully stocked bar is a cornerstone for all shoots. I invite people to come have fun and the photos become the memories. I’m not changing the world, just trying to make people smile.
What were you doing before I Want Your Love? Hanging out in the East Bay, skateboarding, touring, making zines, hanging out a bathhouses and parks, getting drunk, witching it up in the woods, talking shit on the internet, writing for Maximum Rock n Roll, doing dance movies. You know. The usual…..
It may be because I just watched American Horror Story: Coven but sometimes I think Catherine A. Ross is a witch with the spell to make everyone look photogenic. Everytime we are in a photo together, I look at it and think ‘Wow, if Tyra saw this, she would take down those airbushed photos of herself in the Top Model house and just wallpaper it with this piece of art. #NoFilter’
Besides beng smokin’ hot, Catherine is also super talented and writes for various publications including www.close-upfilm.com. (You can read her thoughts on Floating Skyscrapers here and her scathing review of Bacherlorette here.)
In a bit of a coup for The Back Building, Catherine has interviewed my new favourite Director, Travis Mathews, for us. I watched I Want Your Love last weekend and fell in love. It made me miss San Francisco something awful and made me remember how creatively inspiring the city and its inhabitants are. But Travis also hooked up with James Franco last year for Interior. Leather Bar which is now next on my Netflix list to watch…
Interior. Leather Bar has been a regular feature on the festival circuit this year, how has it been for you? It’s been a bit of a whirlwind. When I initially heard from James Franco and he said he was revisiting the film Cruising in some capacity, plus explicit sex, I knew the sort of cornerstones of what would be Interior Leather Bar. I knew it was going to polarize audiences before they even saw the film. It’s docu-fiction and I knew that there was going to be a certain audience that would be excited about it and then there would be another audience that would just be rolling their eyes the whole time. And that is exactly how the experience has been on the festival circuit.
So this may not mean too much to people outside the UK, but back in the early 00’s, Lee Ryan was part of a big UK RnB boyband, Blue. Then they reformed last year and two nights ago he went into the Celebrity Big Brother House. I interviewed Lee back in 2010 and have been meaning to write this up for ages, the Mariah story is too good to just sit in my files. But actually as I’ve been writing this up, the interview just keeps giving and giving. So here we go, in all his deluded glory, I present Lee Ryan….
Hi Lee, what’s new? Well right now I’m sitting with you in the Mayfair Hotel having a cappuccino. I’ve had a few meetings about film stuff that I’m doing. I’ve just had some great news about a film i’ve written and am producing. A really amazing director is now attached but I can’t talk about it. I’m not playing around. I really want to make an impact on the film industry. I think I’ve already made an impact on the music industry with the 14m records Blue sold. I’m only 26 - I got in the industry when I was 16. People forget how young I was.
Your #1 post this year was the gorgeous Pavel Pétel talking about life in Russia. It was a bit of a scoop for us that even had CNN knocking on our door… It opened up a big debate in our Comments section too which really surprised us with some of you sympathising with him and some, well, not. See what you think…http://bit.ly/1c67pq5
YOUR TOP #5 FOR 2013: #3 SEAN PAUL LOCKHART AKA BRENT CORRIGAN
#3 for 2013 is Sean Paul Lockhart (probably better known as Brent Corrigan) His salubrious and scandalous story was perhaps one of my favourites of 2013.
"People believed for nearly two years that I had something to do with Bryan’s death and by the time it had been announced that I was a witness and nothing more in Harlow Cuadra’s murder trial, everyone had moved on and stopped caring. And so did I." Read more http://bit.ly/XxSZ4B
Your #4 interview for 2013 was between Francois Sagat and some of our favourite people as we put their questions to him. Find out what Pavel Pétel, Adrian Ánd Shane, Nik Pate, David Mason Chlopecki and Rogan Richards all wanted to know, exclusively for us!!
'Oh yes, I used to have the one by Dannii Minogue ‘And Iiiiiiiii Begin To Wonder.’ I loved the video. I’m very gay you see.' Read more at http://bit.ly/15zl6oy
Today we start our countdown of the most popular people on The Back Building in 2013….
Coming in at #5 is Marco Da Silva - he’s BFFs with Kylie, he’s danced with Britney and played a 3 hour hip hop set at a Golden Globes after party….find out what he has to say on all this and more. Click here…
What better way to celebrate Christmas than with a new pop star who is coming from another galaxy to save us from the banality of our everyday lives?
Meet Veronika Vesper. Namechecking Lara Croft, ‘that chick from the Fifth Element’, Depeche Mode and Bjork as influences, she instantly grabbed our attention. But with big names like that, could her material really live up to our expectations? Well there’s not much out there yet, but what we’ve heard so far sounds very listenable indeed. Bring on 2014. Veronika, we are ready to be saved…
Hey Veronika, it says in your biog that you are a liberator… Yeah, I’m aspiring to be one. I didn’t mean that so much related to pop music, but more about liberating/inspiring people to be themselves and to let go of their own constrains and concepts. But in terms of pop music I do think that there are plenty of artists playing it too safe. We are generally way too scared of what other people think, too limited by our own ego, culture, tradition etc…. And what’s all this about coming from ‘outer space’? Well, my “space popness” comes from my own feelings of being from a different world. We also started to describe my music that way because of its atmosphere and cinematic quality. I like music which you can float in, like in space, it takes you to another world, it surrounds you.
You started writing at a young age, right? Who was your first audience? My collection of cuddly toy bunnies of course! Moving their ears and jumping around joyfully! Hehe… But yeah, I think I was putting together some kind of “all over the place” tunes as a five-year-old. I actually remember using loads of weird sounds and beats from my yamaha keyboard. Then I started writing properly when I was like 17, that was mainly abstract or made up language or about drugs.