For all you queens that are fans of duck-walks, death drops, dips and spins, legendary ballroom producer/House DJ MikeQ (pic below) just delivered a new anthem for your cunt cunt fantasy life, a remix of Beyoncé’s new track Formation. I caught up with him and chatted a bit about the current ballroom scene, and his new projects…including forthcoming documentary KIKI that follows members of the scene as they prepare for and perform at exuberant Kiki balls in New York City. Check out more of his remixes HERE, including Vogue 2012 feat. Madonna, Zebra Katz‘s Ima Read, and M.I.A.‘s Y.A.L.A. Plus, get the FREE DOWNLOAD of Formation below!
Why did you choose this Beyonce track to remix?
I chose this track because one, it was just a hit and deserves a flip…secondly, the song stood for something to be, and just praising the color of my skin. And while so many people are hating Beyoncé right now, I’m sucking it in and spitting it back out… my way!
How did you get it done so fast?
I got it done within a week! Like as soon as it dropped, I was on it, and it’s not like that for many tracks I make which can take up to two years. It had an easy flow for me.
What’s your sound?
Just some exciting, bass driven, minimal and direct beats that still give you a feeling inside.
What are you working on now?
I just finished scoring the KiKi film…we’re promoting that now heavy. My label Qween Beat‘s first compilation is due out soon and then I’m headed right back into the studios to work on more solo material and a few remixes/production for artists.
Wot’s da KIKI:
In New York City, LGBTQ youth-of-color gather out on the Christopher Street Pier, practicing a performance-based art form, Ballroom, which was made famous in the early 1990s by Madonna’s music video “Vogue” and the documentary “Paris Is Burning.” Twenty-five years after these cultural touchstones, a new and very different generation of LGBTQ youth have formed an artistic activist subculture, named the Kiki Scene.
KIKI follows seven characters from the Kiki community over the course of three years, using their preparations and spectacular performances at events known as Kiki balls as a framing device while delving into their battles with homelessness, illness and prejudice as well as their gains towards political influence and the conquering of affirming gender-expressions. In KIKI we meet Twiggy Pucci Garçon, the founder and gatekeeper for the Haus of Pucci, Chi Chi, Gia, Chris, Divo, Symba and Zariya. Each of these remarkable young people represents a unique and powerful personal story, illuminating the Kiki scene in particular, as well as queer life in the U.S. for LGBTQ youth-of-color as a whole.