I think this may be the first PSB album I am excited about. I love them, I really do, but I am not the biggest fan of their musical output. Plus it doesn’t sound like their will be a Stuart Price AOR ballad moment (Killers’ Human, Kylie’s All The Lovers, Scissor Sisters Fire With Fire…) hurrah!
Scissor Sisters’ album Night Work will forever be in my Top 10. Firstly it feels like a complete piece of work with the same themes running throughout. Secondly those themes are all about bumming! I remember Jake saying at time, that he was fed up that so many Mums were buying Scisor Sisters albums in supermarkets, so the band decided to go hardcore homosexual. It obviously alienated a lot of their fans but I loved that they didn’t give a shit and needed to produce this epic piece of pop music faggotry. Every track shocked me and made me want to head to The Eagle. I never thought they had it in them…so to speak.
But after ten years the band have decided to have a break and pursue solo projects. First up is Del Marquis who has hooked up with Xavier to cover the Jermaine Jackson/DEVO duet ‘Let Me Tickle Your Fancy.’ You can watch the video below and download the free EP at www.delmarquis.com/tickle
What’s the story behind your name change? As far as stage names? Del is a nickname for Derek - in the UK, there are so many variations on a birth name; I could be Degsy, Deggars, Dez, Daz…Del. Marquis was down to the fact that I liked Dandyism at the time, so it was a suitable last name…pretentious.
What inspires you when you’re writing music? There are so many ways in; movies, a word, a loop. I’ve started songs from the top down; starting with lyrics, and the bottom up, built around a loop or sample.
Are there plans for a solo album/tour? I’ve got a record under the name Slow Knights, which involves a rotating group of collaborators. After a decade of touring, I can say it’s something I never want to do again, but I’m planning a few shows in NY.
Are you branching out into other media beyond music? I’ve worked on videos with my collaborator Embryoroom, usually as a producer doing anything from set design, props & budgeting. I’m formally trained as a furniture designer, though I’m not sure I’d ever go back to be being a straight up & down designer… I like to incorporate the different skills I have.
What music are you listening to at the moment? Some newly added music on my Rdio playlist; Discodromo, Cos/Mes, Hot Toddy, George Fitzgerald, Larry Heard, Moullinex, Tim Hecker. Loved the last Usher record, Miguel…but the Tegan and Sara record trumps them all as far as pop music is concerned.
Who tickles your fancy right now? In terms of pleasure & disgust, any celebrity that has the misfortune to end up in the Daily Mail, I’m sustained by those ridiculous stories…even better is reading the comments - so vile!
What is your favourite Scissor Sisters track? 'Skin Tight.' I love that song…could be a Stevie Nicks song. Also a song titled 'Sadistic', which I don’t think got an official release…it’s the only Scissors song that sounds like my guitar playing without a filter.
We recently spoke to Del Marquis from The Scissor Sisters as they take time out to explore to solo projects.
Del is hooking up with vocalist Xavier to cover Jermaine Jackson & DEVO’s hit ‘Let Me Tickle Your Fancy’.
We’ll be posting the interview in full later this week. In the meantime, David Mason from fashion/fetish House, Slick It Up, channelled his inner Barbara Walters exclusively for us.
David Mason: Hey Del, I was wondering what the story was behind your stage name?
Del: Del is a nickname for Derek - in the UK, there are so many variations on a birth name; I could be Degsy, Deggars, Dez, Daz… Del. Marquis was down to the fact that I liked Dandyism at the time, so it was a suitable last name…pretentious!
I spent the last three months of 2012 in San Francisco and hung out with some of the most amazing performers - one night we even got up on stage ourselves but that’s another story. One of our best friends and favourite talents was Sparklez. She’s got a range to rival Klaus Nomi, she’s as happy rapping alongside Rica Shay as she is belting out Purcell’s ‘Dido’s Lament’ and she’s even down with the occult - but we’ll talk about that another time.
Who is your favourite mean girl? Cady. She has a good heart and I mean who doesn’t wanna try to bring down the system for the inside out?! Cady’s character tells us to beware of not becoming a pawn of the system.
Who is your favourite 90s pin up? Pam Anderson. Baywatch. Hot blonde bombshell. Need I say more?
What would you wear at your funeral? I will be wearing all black, looking very goth chic. I will not be in a casket. I will be sitting in front of the alter in a throne as I want to be plasticized.
What’s your favourite scary movie and why? Candyman. It was super scary it took place in the ruins of Cabrini Green in Chicago which was hella scary enough. But add some bees, stand in front of the mirror, chant candyman 5 x and you will be pissing your pants.
What would your drag alter-ego be like? Ru Paula Deen. Hey Y’all add one quarter butter with one quarter sequins. Blonde hair with enough Aqua Net to cause an asthma attack. Fierce wit. Blend together with a MAC fiber optics brush and there you have it. And don’t fuck it up!
Who belongs in The Burn Book? We will just call them K.A.M. Ruining children’s dreams and hopes for life
What album turns the sidewalk into a catwalk? Scissor Sisters Night Work especially the Running Out song
Where do you sit at the cinema? I like to sit in the middle of everything mostly but if it is a scary movie i wanna sit in the front to be super scared.
What is in your right pocket right now? I’m wearing picky boo leggings. No pockets.
It’s our first date. Where are we going? Sylvia’s Queen of Soul Food Restaurant, 328 Lenox Ave, New York, NY, after a matinee at the Metropolitan Opera.
And finally, tell us a secret… I am a Britney fan.
One of my personal heroes is David Mason Chlopecki, the founder of Slick It Up. Anyone who can combine high fashion with high fetish AND get Francois Sagat to model spandex was always going to be a winner with me. (Read our interview with Francois here.)
Ages ago I remember David saying that someone had described Slick It Up gear as Victoria’s Secret for men. That was when I knew I needed some in my life. OK, perhaps the pink Candy Sling was ill-advised but the Killian Suit is great and will be worn for my trip to this year’s Folsom.
Read on as David discusses his obsession with super villains, how it feels to inspire Gaga and how he came out to spite his Mom.
What did you want to be as a kid? I genuinely had no plans although an eccentric millionaire was always somewhere in the background……
At what age did you start to draw clothes? I was always more into the gear than the clothes. I liked the cool accessories my toys had when I was young - the weapons, the boots, the masks… Pretty much all they wore was just bodysuits or fetish gear so it was never just about the clothes. I started with fetish hoods. I don’t even know how to make normal clothes.
What is your favourite piece you have designed and why? Hmmm, I guess I would say the jeans. They really make people look good and I can’t think of a sexier jean on a guy. They’re our best seller so I think I really nailed it with them.
Do you always imagine the same person wearing the outfits as you draw them? Not at all, I have many types but I usually have a direction or theme for the pieces. So each piece can satisfy a particular fantasy or scenario.
Who would you most like to see in Slick It Up? Good Question! I mean Grace Jones would be nice. If I had to choose a guy…hmmm…I can’t think of anyone particularly sexy I’d want to see. I mean the models we have are sorta the hottest to me but if I had to pick someone famous I think Ryan Gosling is cute. To be honest though I really couldn’t say I’d ever thought about it before. When you work in an industry that’s about looking sexy, sexy people sorta become invisible/real and not fantasies in the same way….Oh Tilda Swinton in Slick It Up would be rad.
What’s next for Slick It Up? Well we have a new line coming out called Trophy Pony which is more fun stuff, not necessarily sexy stuff. It’s more fashion and funny. We also have a home collection called Throne to the Lions that will be out soon too!
What age did you come out? I came out age 18. I was laughing watching Desperate Living and my mother said to me ‘David, you don’t know what is and isn’t funny.’ I got SO ANGRY. It’s so insulting for someone to tell you that what you find funny is WRONG. Anyway that was IT. I was like ‘You know what, Mom, I don’t like girls!’ I felt like ‘You wanna ruin my day?… POW… now we’re even.’
Who is your biggest influence? Super Villainy in most forms.
What’s with the obsession with Skeletor? I can really relate to Skeletor. He was my favorite as a kid. Turquoise and purple, he lived in the coolest house, had the coolest friends, had a hot body and had a purple panther as a pet…perfection. He was also interesting as a person. He wasn’t just some dumb brute, he had PLANS! He also dabbled in magic and witchery which I thought was cool and very rare for a muscular guy.
Is it fair to say you have a mild obsession with super-heroes? I like super villains, not heroes. Heroes are interested in retaining the status quo. As a kid I never understood the heroes. I didn’t know how I was supposed to relate to them. They always wore such sucky colours and outfits. Green Lantern was cool and as a kid I loved Spiderman but that’s about it.
You’ve changed your body significantly, right? How and why? And do the tales of Erik Rhodes who died from overdoing steroids scare you from going further? I wouldn’t say significantly, but yes, I did get more muscular. I really like transformation. I think it’s so empowering and interesting. I mean why not?! You’re here on Earth for a limited time. Do as many looks as you can! I try and offer a lot of fantasies. Erik Rhodes was a sad extreme case. I never knew him so I can’t say much but it seemed like he was very alone, or at least FELT very alone.
Your unicorn outfit seems to have taken off, with Britney copying it in Glee. Where else have you seen it? Have any GLEEKs contacted you? I’ve seen a few places - on cakes, painted on velvet in Mexico next to Mother Theresa. No GLEEKs have ever reached out to me because most people had zero idea as to who made that image and why. They just think it’s some quack taking a self-pic despite the fact that it’s clearly very heavily photo-shopped so it’s obviously very deliberate. But I think people prefer the lie that it’s a home photo.
Gaga’s Born This Way video has an undeniable SIU vibe and it comes just after she toured with Scissor Sisters who wear your gear. Co-incidence? I don’t think its a Scissor Sisters thing I think its the director of the video. He clearly saw the intro to the kids show we made The Multinauts in which I play the villain. The ‘Born This Way’ video is clearly very inspired by the intro of the show and our art direction. When did you last pinch yourself and say ‘I can’t believe I do this for a career’? Well Slick It Up has really opened up my psyche. It’s much broader now. I now have friends all over the world and not just New York or L.A. I pinch myself when we’re shooting because some insanely hot guy will be asking me for direction and I’ll just be thinking ‘I can’t believe this is my job’.
Have you ever been tempted to do porn? No, I’ve never been into porn. I don’t even watch it. If it’s ‘produced’ it’s super unattractive to me. Amateur stuff is sexy but nothing commercial. Otherwise it is just like work and not sexual at all. I just see the lighting, the poses, the fake noises, the edits etc. I’m not ‘captured’. It’s just like watching a commercial for a blender or a car, just some other product.
Finally what would your drag name be? Hmm, Ive often wondered. I think Id be a shitty version of Demi Moore called Demi Less….
Francois modelling Slick It Up for Terry Richardson