Laganja Estranja is back to YASS Magazine for more! We have for you the exclusive release of the new song of and fabulous Laganja, called “Smoke Break” along with a sickening fresh interview where our favourite drag spills the T and reveals everything about her exciting new plans. She got us gaggin’ . Exclusively for you!
We are really excited about your new single “Smoke Break” that is released today. How do you feel about that?
I am beyond excited to be releasing another single this year. Music has always been a passion of mine, but it wasn’t until I teamed up with Big Snow Entertainment (BSE) that my dreams became a reality. Our team has so much more in store for my listeners, this is truly just the beginning.
What is the message behind the lyrics of the song?
“Smoke Break” is very different from my latest single, “Look At Me,” which released early this year. “Look At Me” focused on self love and celebration, but “Smoke Break” takes a much more personal turn. Focusing on my struggles as an artist and the struggles we all face in 2018, this song gives listeners a more realistic view of what it’s like to be “Laganja Estranja.”
Did you compose the lyrics yourself?
“Smoke Break” is written by the incredibly talented J. Tyler, another BSE artist who was also the featured rapper on first my track “Look At Me.” He and I talked at length about what it is to be “Laganja” and then he wrote these great lyrics from our conversations.
What was the idea behind the video clip of this song?
I wanted the lyric video to have a film noir feel. I was very inspired by the film “Sin City” with its unusual black and white style with pops of colour.
What do you think about the cast of “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 4”? Do you have a favourite contestant so far?
I am so ready for All Stars 4, I am a huge fan of RuPaul’s Drag Race. I began watching the series season one and have followed the show ever since. I truly believe this cast is one of the most diverse casts we have seen yet. And of course, I am rooting for my sister, Gia Gunn!! #TeamTooMuch
We recently saw you on Netflix’s Dancing Queen starring Alyssa Edwards. What are your thoughts about this show and how was it to be a part of it?
I am thrilled for Justin Johnson, aka Alyssa Edwards, and his show “Dancing Queen.” He has worked so hard to be where he is today, and I couldn’t be more proud of his growth. I have always known the man behind the character, and I am glad the world gets to see what makes him so special.
You revealed in the previous YASS interview that you live in the same house with Gia Gunn. How was the transition process she is going through?
Gia is one of the most influential people in my life. She has taught me it is ok to accept my femininity, and it is because of her that I now identify as non-binary. Watching her go through her transition has truly been beautiful. There have been some intense times, especially living together under the same roof, but our bond is stronger now more than ever. I am so thankful to call her my sister!!
How was the experience as Dr. Frankenfurter in Rocky Horror Show?
Playing the lead role in Rocky Horror Show was a dream come true. I first saw the film at the ripe age of 14 when my sister snuck me into a midnight showing. I was immediately in love. I have always been attracted to dark and sexy worlds, so being able to fulfil this goal of mine was very rewarding.
Is it true that you are going to perform live at the Young Arts Miami? What does this mean to you?
I already completed my three week dance residency this year at YoungArts, and am very pleased with the work I created. The piece was titled “[IN]VISIBILITY” and was a continuation of a previous piece “G[END]ER” that I created in Nottingham last year. I am so thankful the organisation gave me the opportunity, space, and funding to really show people what I am about. It felt amazing to be able to utilise all my skills, not just as a choreographer, but as a director, composer, technician, designer, and performer.
How important is dancing to you?
Dancing is my life! I truly believe that dance is a universal language and that movement has the power to heal all.
Rumour has it that you are planning to move to Colorado and expand your presence in the cannabis community. Is it true? What is your goal?
Yes, this is true. I will be 30 at the end of December, so I am taking this next chapter of my life very seriously. While I love drag and am beyond thankful for the opportunities it has given me, I am ready to explore something new. I plan to return to my roots as a dance teacher and begin creating my own dance company. I also plan to support myself financially by broadening my representation in the cannabis community.
Would you like to increase the awareness about cannabis and medication?
Yes, it is very important to me that cannabis becomes federally recognised as medicine first. Its recreational properties are already well-known and documented. I believe if we educate people about the medicinal properties of cannabis, we can change the stigma that surrounds its usage and help so many people in pain.
What does cannabis mean for you and how does it help your life?
Cannabis helps me regulate my sleep and eating patterns, and it also helps stabilise my mood. Cannabis is not just the platform on which I stand, but truly a life changing product that has improved my standard of living. as it has eased both physical pain from dance injuries and helped me to relax and sleep normally and regularly.
What are your future plans?
I would really like to start my dance theatre company and expand my brand past drag. I would also like to find a husband, renovate a house together, and eventually have kids.
What message would you like to send to all your YASS fans?
I would like readers to know ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE. If you work hard and believe, you can do anything you put your mind to.
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