The fact that all bars, restaurants, clubs etc have been closed down since the middle of March hasn’t stopped the fantastic musicians on Lanzarote doing their very best to continue to share their music with you.
We wanted to find out more about the people who’ve entertained you over the years, so we’ve asked questions such as how they’re managing to keep music alive, if they’ve got a lockdown song, and what messages they have for family, friends and fans. We’ve also included their social media details so you can check out any videos you might have missed.
First published in Gazette Life, May 1st 2020.
What type of music do you perform?
Being a drag performer, my musical style is really eclectic. I tend to stick to camp sing-a-long and disco tunes. You might call them “crowd pleasers”, although the crowds may have a different opinion! I tend to use the Shirley Bassey belters as bookends to the show for a bit of good old fashioned showing off.
How are you keeping going with your music?
I host a viral pub quiz each Friday at 7.30pm. “Spice’s Fact Hunt” is a way to entertain and have a giggle whilst also encouraging people to form teams and interact so they feel less isolated.
How did you start out in music?
It was a bet that went horribly, horribly wrong. My local pub was holding a talent show, and a friend called me up and told me we were entering as a drag queen duo. Neither of us had done anything like it before, but what started as a joke ended up with us winning the whole thing.
Do you have any tips for beginners?
Don’t do it – it’s a trap! Seriously though, if you really want to entertain for a living then there is nothing stopping you. Try and watch as many live performers as you can – take mental notes of what you liked about their shows and what you didn’t. Put together a strong half hour set, then pester anyone you can to let you get up and perform, even if it’s for free. It’s all great practice while you find your feet. Oh, and be prepared to be broke for a very long time.
What are you missing about not playing live gigs?
I often joke at the start of my shows that we will all be good friends by the end, and we often are. I miss that camaraderie.
Is there any venue in particular that you miss playing in?
I work in quite a few venues, both on the island (Abbey Road Bar, The Auld Triangle, Paddy’s Point, and Waikiki Bar) and I love each of them for different reasons. They each have a unique vibe and as they all pay me, I have to say that I miss them all exactly the same amount! How’s that for diplomatic?
What’s your lockdown song?
I’ve been ending my online shows with ‘Life is a Happy Song’ from The Muppets Movie. It sounds silly, but the lyrics really lift your mood and remind you that we are in this together.