IT is understandable one would get some snappy answers and cheeky chat…
from Adore Delano. In an unexpected and refreshing side-step for my blog; I chat to the U.S. drag artist/songwriter - who has won legions of fans because of her success on American Idol and appearances on RuPaul’s Drag Race. She gives me an insight into coming-out – how ‘Danny Noriega’ became ‘Adore Delano’ – and whether there was a lack of understanding and acceptance.
I find out about an intriguing and fascinating soul whose music has elements of legends like Marilyn Manson within – although, as I find out in the interview, Adore Delano is keen to forge her own identity. She discusses the single, Negative Nancy and the album, Whatever.
Hi, Adore. How are you? How has your week been?
It's been chill so far. Just got back from Vegas.
For those new to your work/music, can you introduce yourself, please?
'Sup; I'm Adore.
Many might know you as a semi-finalist from Season Seven of American Idol. What has the attention been like since you appeared on that show?
It's been chill.
I mean; it's ten years later: cancelled, then picked back up - and we still talk about it; so I say, “slay”!
RuPaul’s Drag Race was another show you were in. What was it like appearing on that and what is RuPaul like?
It launched my career, man – so, obviously, it was awesome.
Ru is cool-as-f*ck: she gives the best advice.
When did ‘Danny Noriega’ become ‘Adore Delano’? Was it - apologies if you get asked this a lot - when you were coming out and revealing your sexuality to the world?
I came out at twelve and started performing as ‘Adore’ when I was twenty-one.
Do you think there is discrimination in music when it comes to gay artists? Have you felt any discrimination because of your sexuality?
I came out of my mom being discriminated, so it's almost like birds chirping now. You just don't notice sometimes.
We've got a lot of amazing L.G.B.T.Q. artists out there, though.
Does being a drag artist give you a sense of freedom and identity? What is it like being Adore Delano?
I can get away with more sh*t when I'm ‘hot’.
I want to know about your music. The single, Negative Nancy, is one of your new ones. Can you tell me a bit about the song?
It's loud, fun and raw: I wanted to scare the peeps.
It is from the new album, Whatever. What were the events and stories that went into the album? Was it a hard record to make, emotionally, would you say?
It's never hard for me to tap into my emotions...so not really. I have a manic brain and I can write pretty quickly.
People might look at you and think “She’s going to sing Pop and be quite boring”, perhaps. You do, in actuality, create a sound that has embers of Marilyn Manson. Was it hard making the kind of music you want – and not what, in a way, other people wanted you to perform?
First off, thank you for that, so much.
But, I must say I get scared being a little queer from Azusa - when being compared to a legend.
It's definitely liberating to perform these songs, now.
I guess, intrinsically, the message you promote is: be yourself and do not live a lie. This extends beyond image and sexuality. How important is it for people to connect and understand the importance of that mantra?
I want them to really just be themselves: stop following your favorite artist; stop listening to T.V. Be ‘you’, for sure.
Can you reveal the kind of music you grew up listening to? What kind of artists did you respond to as a child? Have those tastes changed now you are older?
I listen to the same sh*t, really.
I LOVE POP MUSIC. I really do. It's shaped me as the person I am today. I love listening to Manson a lot, though.
His album, The Pale Emperor, was so good.
What does the rest of the year hold for you? Is there already more music brewing in your mind?
Absolutely insane. I'm already writing new sh*t.
Do you have any tour dates approaching? Where can we come and see you play?
Check them out, here: www.adoredelano.com
Who are new acts you recommend we check out?
Cher in Vegas! L.o.L.
If you had to select the three albums that mean most to you; which would they be?
Britney Spears - ...Baby One More Time
Marilyn Manson - Mechanical Animals
Amy Winehouse - Back to Black
What advice would you give to artists coming through right now?
Stay humble and always text your mother back.
Finally, and for being a good sport, you can name a song and I’ll play it here (not one of yours as I’ll do that).
Nirvana - Aneurysm
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