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…
Britney: ‘I get inspiration from my gay fans on almost all of my songs. They’re somewhat girls, so it’s so inspiring to do stuff that they like to hear, like the cool “in” stuff. Whatever I do for each record is definitely inspired by them.’
Here on The Back Building it’s no secret that we love a porn star or a drag queen. But I recently worked with someone on a top secret project that is so exciting I thought we should speak to him more and see what else has been going on.
Meet Joseph Harwood who has the skill to turn your face into a living, breathing Lichenstein portrait. Earlier this year he won Simon Cowell’s YouGen makeup artist award and now he is being commissioned by The Daily Mail for video tutorials as well as launching his own line.
Hey Joseph, what age did you begin to get into makeup?
I’ve always lived in a dressing up box. The idea of transformation and becoming new characters has been something I’ve always been very attracted to, but I only really started playing with makeup when I became a teenager. I began wearing foundation to hide acne and then through my love of painting, I decided to translate my portraiture onto myself. I guess it was a mix of my obsession with the 90s supermodels and how cathartic painting was that inspired me to start translating my ideas more literally into makeup.
Did you ever think ‘Um, this isn’t what boys are supposed to like’?
I have a distinct memory of coming home from reception class in school and announcing to my entire family that I’d found my future husband, I was actually talking about a girl but I’ve always been someone to make up my own rules, and my family for the most part go along with it. They’re the only people who really have an impact on me, but I definitely have a really punk attitude when it comes to the sense of fitting in with the mundane. I’ve naturally had a very gender ambiguous face and I think growing up being mistaken for a girl kinda steered my interests and led me into experimenting with my own image. One thing that I’ve always preached is something my mum said to me, that if I’m going to stand out in anyway for the way I look, make it look expensive. I think it’s a rule to live by, just have value to what you do and it’ll work out.
Running a little behind on this one. Yeah it’s good but it could have been SO much more. Imagine if it had been Missy during her 4 My People Days. That’s what Azealia should have been aiming for.
Not only is this Britney’s best post-breakdown video but it is easily one of the best videos of the year. It’s so good seeing her dance properly. And muthafucking sharks?! Your faves could never. WORK! ♥
I know that when I worked at one gay scene magazine I had to be totally unbiased and not say who my favourite promoters were. The good thing about running your own blog is that now I can say whatever I want, like how much I am totally crushing on Munroe Bergdorf right now.
My favourite promoter on the London scene, she’s full of wisdom, karma and positivity all served with a side order of shade when required - just don’t mention Christina Aguilera….
She’s kicking off her new night OMFG! this Tuesday at London’s Shadow Lounge and it sounds like the shit. It’s basically a big ol’ RnB/Pop night but based in Central London, so no more scuzzy night buses back home from Dalston. Can I get an Amen up in here?!
To celebrate we got Munroe to tell us a bit more about the night but also her ultimate RnB video hos. Have a look below and we’ll see you down Shadow Lounge on Tuesday night…
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Marco Da Silva and I have been trying to make this happen for aaaaaaaaages but what with the DJing, modelling, acting, dancing and being BFFs with Kylie, there has never been time. That’s his diary btw, not mine.
But amazingly on the eve of his show at BEYOND in London, I managed to speak with him while he was getting an MRI scan on his back…as one does.
What do you prefer - DJing/dancing/choreographing/modelling?
I GET THAT ASKED A LOT AND IT’S SUCH A DIFFICULT ANSWER SINCE I HAVE A DIFFERENT LOVE FOR EACH OF THEM! DO I HAVE TO CHOOSE ONE? IT WOULD BE DANCE SINCE ITS LIKE THE FIRST BOYFRIEND. YOU’LL NEVER FORGET HIM…
What has been the most surreal moment of your career so far?
WAY TOO MANY…..FIRST TO MY HEAD COMES THE A LIST ONLY PRIVATE GOLDEN GLOBE AFTER PARTY WHERE I DJ’D AND LITERALLY THE WHOLE DANCEFLOOR WAS HOLLYWOOD 1 ON 1….PLAYED A 3 HOUR HIP HOP SET ( GO FIGURE)