What are the perks to DJing in drag? If you’re Kitty Glitter, it’s all the tipsy straight guys who want to get under her, uh, decks. A queen on the scene in Sydney for 15 years, Glitter made the jump from drag performance to DJing six years ago and has since risen to headliner status in her native Australia, where she throws the annual Glitter Ball costume party.
This month she’ll bring her uplifting vocal house jams to Toronto for a two-part fundraiser event for Fashion Cares 25, featuring Elton John. On Aug 11, she’ll hit the stage at Woody’s and then spin at fly. (She’s also doing a warm-up gig at Woody’s on Aug 9.) Ahead of Kitty Glitter’s TO stint, we fired a few question Down Under to find out more about the queen beneath the cat suit.
When did you start going to clubs?
I started going to clubs long before I was legally allowed to. There was no way I was waiting until I was 18 years old! Back in those early years, dance music was not as mainstream as it is today. It was called funk back then, and there were a few clubs in Sydney that I used to sneak into that played that kind of music
I was so drawn to.
Why did you start doing drag?
I used to watch drag shows and think “I can do that,” so I entered a big annual talent quest and ended up winning the grand finale. It wasn’t so easy to get work with the showgirls at that time, though. I think any new queen that comes along with an obvious potential to succeed is seen as a threat. Even though there wasn’t much encouragement from them, it was the energy from the audiences I performed to that kept my focus and eyes on the prize. Fast forward to today, many of those queens are no longer performing and my star is still rising! That’s showbiz, ladies!
What was your look back then?
I wore a pink, sequined head-to-heel cat suit for my debut in the talent quest (mainly because I didn’t want to shave my hairy chest and legs). These days I’m seen flashing a lot more flesh. Needless to say, the hair is gone and I’m as smooth as a sphinx!
What did you decide to go from performance into DJing?
After 10 years onstage I wanted to step off and give the younger queens their chance to shine. Music has always been my greatest passion, so it was a natural progression for me.
What advice do you have for other queens who want to DJ?
If music is a genuine passion, then go for it! Having a drag queen on the decks is not only a great visual, but it lets people know that we aren’t all ditzy, bitchy queens that only know how to prance around and lip-sync.
Any memorable wardrobe malfunctions?
I was leading a huge show in front of 8,000 people once, and I seriously thought something had popped out! There were lots of photographers in front of the stage all snapping away, but I just kept going, hoping it wasn’t so obvious. It turned out everything was where it was supposed to be. It was the belt made out of mirror balls I was wearing that confused me.
I’ve read that you want to start recording. Any original music on the way for 2012?
It is something I have wanted to do for a long time. I wanted to build up a strong fan base before I release anything, and I have that now, so it’s getting closer. Lately I have had some interest from record labels to get into the studio, so it’s possible it could happen this year sometime.
What’s the most surprising proposition you’ve received in drag?
Straight boys wanting to get kinky under the decks . . . while I’m playing! Also, I think it’s hysterical when someone orders a drink!
What’s the most unusual place you’ve discovered glitter the morning after?
You would have to ask that question of many wives around the world.