'Queen of the Internet'
Jeffree Star to throw glamorous dance party at Club Congress
Tucson, Arizona | Published: 05.24.2007
"Wouldn't it be funny if we were on the phone and I died?" mused Jeffree Star last week.
Star had just averted a car accident while being shuttled around North Hollywood.
His death would have devastated his roughly 500,000 MySpace friends, who have helped the pink-haired Star become an online cult sensation.
Dubbing himself the "Queen of the Internet," the colorful 21-year-old has landed a spot on this summer's "True Colors Tour" with artists like Cyndi Lauper, Debbie Harry and The Gossip.
What he's famous for is debatable, but like Star chides in his song, "Louis Vuitton," "Google me, bitch."
Or you could just check out his show tonight at Congress.
"I promise glamour and sexual tension," he said. "It's like a big sexual dance party."
Getting started in his late teens as a makeup artist for music and porn videos, Star eventually found himself jokingly penning graphic raps with the drummer for Canadian electro-artist Peaches.
He posted the tracks online to overwhelming response (his songs on MySpace have been played more than 22 million times), so he kept going and wound up touring with Peaches last year. His EP, "Plastic Surgery Slumber Party," was released in March.
While it's true that Star's music is still finding its shorn legs, his out-there personality, charisma and ability to build an audience are undeniable.
On your Buzznet page, it says you've got a "mold to break." What mold is that?
"I feel like people that wear tons of makeup, they're automatically called a 'freak' or a 'drag queen.' I just want to break all the stereotypes, which is what I'm doing. I'm not trying to be a girl or a guy, I'm just me. I'm trying to give everyone the confidence to be who they are and not be afraid to try new things."
Do you ever wonder if your persona will overshadow your attempt to be a musician?
"I sometimes think about that, but it hasn't so far."
The show at Club Congress is all-ages. Your live shows look kind of racy. Should parents be worried?
"Everyone comes from a different background. Some people's parents are so close-minded and they have to sneak away. A lot of times, there are mothers singing my dirty lyrics with their daughters. People think that maybe I have a gay audience. But seriously, it's 14-year-old girls, it's cute straight guys, it's not a gay thing at all. Lots of people want to stereotype me like I'm some (freaking) RuPaul."
Courtesy of Jeffree Star