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It's no secret that we love ourselves a drag king here at BWD so we were absolutely stoked when one of our favourite UK kings agreed to do us a little interview, enjoy!
BWD: First things first; introductions, who the hell are ya?
Adam: My name is Adam All and I am a Drag King performer based in London although I gig all over the UK. I am co founder/producer/host of BOiBOX Drag King cabaret night with my on stage and life partner Apple Derrieres (we married in August this year).
BWD: That's so adorable, congrats on the wedding and well done for the cabaret too! How long have you been performing?
Adam: I've been performing for roughly 11 years now.
BWD: What's been your favourite performance so far?
Adam: I've had some incredible experiences performing as Adam; two TedX shows - one on my own and one with my partner which were both amazing, hosting the main stage at Pride in London this year was also a huge honour, we absolutely love pride events. But the big one for me so far has to be hosting the finals of Man Up! at EartH, marking the incredible development of the King scene here in the UK with 16 amazing finalists, and it was my birthday so the 800 strong audience sung me 'Happy Birthday' which I think would make anyone well up a bit, just a stupendous night.
BWD: That must have been incredible, a well deserved turn out to exactly the kind of event that the UK scene needs right now. We can only imagine how proud you must be.
BWD: Show us one of your most fabulous looks?
BWD: Who are your biggest idols?
BWD: Tell us something absolutely random about yourself?Adam:So random, when I was young I was really into sport, I tried all sorts of things, and for a time I even trained in Synchronised Swimming... nose clip and all. I also did Judo when I was younger still, and climbing....i was pretty active. Now its more yoga and free weights and a lot of walking.
BWD: Any advice for someone wanting to embrace the art of drag?
Adam: So I love helping young Kings onto the stage, its a passion of mine to see people embracing drag. There are loads of ways you can approach it, its not any one thing, more like a medium through which you can express all sorts of skills. The one thing to be really mindful of is that it is a performance, its a show, and you have to sell it. My advice to budding kings, make it loud, make it big, sell it to the back row and bring something uniquely you.
BWD: Sounds like pretty darn sound advice to us, definitely important to embrace your unique self and absolute make the people in the back row remember your name.
BWD: One song to be your anthem, go!
Adam:I have lots of songs I really enjoy performing but there are two which seem to encapsulate my character the best. The first is Footloose by Kenny Loggins, its a feel good 80's floor filler about letting everything go and embracing the freedom of a dance floor. The other is Human by The Killers, a similar theme but also delivered in a genderless inclusive way that feels like just to be human is to be a dancer, whoever you are.
BWD: Both of those are absolute anthems and even more enjoyable when put into such contexts of freedom and expression.
BWD: If you had to recommend us a fellow fierce entertainer, who should we hit up?
Adam: There are some incredible kings hitting the scene right now, its utterly mind blowing how much talent is out there. I'm going to recommend checking out the amazing Romeo De La Cruz; he's my first Drag 'son' and an ambassador for BOiBOX as well as a dear and close friend, but watching him and his wife Jada Love conquer the world right now is just so amazing, they are both amazing.
BWD: Finally, what's your fave design from our collection?
Adam: I'm really enjoying your BWD wings collection, I love the design its got a real 80's throwback feel to it and even in rainbow its got some butch too.
Adam: Thanks again, Adam All.
BWD: Any time!.