Get Back – I had the basic song for ‘Get Back’ as something I could sing and play on the piano but I couldn’t figure exactly how I wanted it to sound. It was the last thing finished for the record – about a week before the EP came out. My friend Morgan from Midnight Magic – who also plays in my live band – came by the studio and added the bass line and then it came together really, really quickly. I like how it’s kinda dreamy and sentimental on the verses and then the outro gets really funky and tuff in contrast. Well not really tuff, but tuff-er.
Negative Space – ‘Negative Space’ was a song I had floating around forever that didn’t fit Holy Ghost! for some reason. I went out to Los Angeles to work on it with my friends Vaughn Oliver and Ryland Blackington at the Chromeo compound and we added the bridge and then from there it was easy. I think that’s always the case for me – finding the little thing in the song that was missing, then it all comes together quickly.
Ryland’s Theme – This is a thing Ryland started for a film that never happened. He played it for me and I was like “oh man, this is the perfect intro to ‘Lost Design’!”
Lost Design – Probably my personal favorite on the record, I made it with my friend Kosuke in about 3 days at my house and at the XL studios and it really captures the spirit of what we wanted to get across without compromise. I think that’s true for the EP – when you get to make something fast like this you don’t overthink or compromise what you wanted to get across at that moment in time.
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How would you compare your experience on Season 5 with your experience on All Stars 2?
Well, they always say things get easier the second time around. I don’t know if I believe that! [laughs] – because you kind of have to live up to or exceed all expectations the second time around. [This season's elimination process] first caught all of us off-guard, that’s for sure! It was so incredibly shocking. I would say, in Season 5 I went into RuPaul’s Drag Race just solely to win [with that] pageant mentality. With All Stars I went in to leave a legacy – I went in to laugh a lot and worry less. It was a very rewarding experience because it catapulted my art into a whole extra universe. I’m just very thankful to have had the opportunity. Thousands of queens audition – just now, over a hundred queens have walked in and I’m one.
On last week’s episode, you had quite a few touching, tender moments with your sister. In fact, the entire challenge seemed like an emotional one for you. Can you describe how it felt to work together with her on this project following your mom’s passing?
It was a tough one. That was raw and real. It’s so hard to kind of face – it doesn’t hit close to home because it is home. I’ve always been that role model, big brother for my sister and I felt that I had let her down – her and the rest of my siblings. It was so real – that whole episode I remember being there, I was just so emotionally tore up and affected but I felt that we needed that. It was so awesome sharing that stage with her. You know, my sister – she’s not a performer like that. For her to do that and do that for me, it was magical – something I will hold very tight and close to my heart forever.