Astro princess of axolotls

Who are you?

I’m Astro princess of axolotls.

What’s your project?

I finished a novel last year that I would describe as a gay philosophical thriller. It’s follows a dysfunctional romance between an arrogant London club kid and a guy who dresses like he’s from the 70’s and claims to be psychic. I’m sending it to agents while writing a novella. I’m going to put the novella on a blog a chapter at a time to promote my werk.

I’ve ended up spending the last couple of months of lockdown in a mansion by a lake that my friend is looking after for his family. The setting has inspired me to sew a load of rococoesque costumes for a music video to a song called “Security.” The song is about my inability to be happy in a domestic, werkin’ 9to5 relationship.

What’s your gender identity?

I’ve been performing on and off as a drag queen cum psychedelic-alien-furry for almost a decade. But it’s only recently I’ve started questioning how I present myself in the day and what category I’d put myself in. I’m happy being called “he” but I don’t like being called “a man.” I lost my job teaching English in Switzerland because of the lockdown, so I’m taking this period of unemployment as a challenge to start presenting more how I feel. Hopefully that will stop me ever getting employed again.

How does your queerness influence your art?

All my songs and story writing tend to revolve about queer alternative lifestyles. I think it’s really self-affirming to see yourself reflected in art and media. I have a song called “Let’s Never Have Kids” which I wrote in reaction to all Ed Sheeran’s songs that are about getting married and having babies. And another called “Never Gonna Pay the Rent” in the chorus of which I sing “I’m not working my whole life to make up someone else’s mortgage payment.” And one called “Super Powers” about a kid growing up realising he has a super power – and that super power is that he’s incredibly gay.

How has lockdown/ quarantine influenced your artistic creation?

At first I wanted to do lots of online collaborations with people. Then I got hay fever and couldn’t do any singing and became a hermit just writing and sewing slutty Georgian attire. I feel like I’m just coming out of that phase now and really need to get back into sharing my creative stuff with the world.

When is your next event and how can we watch it?

My next event will be me entering some countryside karaoke bar with a three-meter-long train and leotard made of curtain fabric from this mansion. But if you’re not there you can watch some of my songs on youtube or of course go to my Instagram and like every photo

Interview with Homostash

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