Welcome to the insta-hood: @wesleyisdrella !

This week I had the pleasure of interviewing @wesleyisdrella !

  1. Tell me a little about yourself:

“My name is Wes, but in drag I go by Drella. I started in the Orlando punk scene, opening a few shows with my personal taste of underground music, new wave and synth punk.

There I am, a queen of the night and then the punks would rage and beat the hell out of each other (while I watched, voyeuristically).

That was my way of avoiding the gay circuit, I am quite stubborn and refused to go the route of a ‘talent’ night and so on. And I had more fun with this crowd anyway, I was pleased Drella was received so well on Mills Avenue. I was just getting the taste for blood before the pandemic. I aspire to weird people out, I care not for big tits or death drops. I want the audience to leave with their date in silence, thinking “how queer..how strange..”

2.  How did you come up with your instagram name? 

Art by @mackamo10

“Simple, Wesley is Drella, Drella is Wesley. I got Drella from Andy Warhol’s persona and the album dedicated to him after his death by John Cale and Lou Reed, Songs for Drella. It’s my love to Andy.”

3.  If you had to pick 3 icons (living or dead) over for a dinner: Who would they be and why?

“I love this question; it is very fun to daydream about. For a dinner of only champagne, I would welcome Andy Warhol, Grace Jones and Nina Hagen to talk about art and all things worth living for. All three have inspired me very much to live as extraordinarily, fiercely, and proud as I can. Then we would all go nightclubbing together.”

Grace Jones

4. Name 3 movies that would best describe your personality and why would those movies be it?

“Oh god. Well, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. I believe there are few movies that strike so many chords like conviction, humor, liberation, pride and pain the way that exquisite film does. I really love Blade Runner 2049 too. The dreary, neon world that was built accompanied by the music of Hans Zimmer is enrapturing. I enjoy that kind of viewing experience most, not to mention conceptual, post-apocalyptic fashion and makeup. I am terrible at deciding, so there are many others I could choose for my third movie, like Alien or Black Swan, but I will go with the tried-and-true The Mummy. A camp masterpiece and a look into 1999 Hollywood, silly, but golden, nonetheless.”

5. Do you have any exciting news or events that you would like to share?

“I am excited to be now living in Denver to pursue studying art history as well as drag, where I believe Drella will prosper even more in the west.”

If you would like more information on @wesleyisdrella the following contact information is below:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wesleyisdrella/?hl=en

Thank you so much for the interview! Until next time!

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