Exclusive: Drag queen Tammie Brown talks Tina Turner, Talking Heads and a new album
The RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant chats with us before a pan-India tour, "I think we’ve reached a time where drag can be shown in a positive light."
Keith Glen Schubert, better known as the drag queen Tammie Brown, is perhaps most popular for being the fan favourite on RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 1. Tammie's style encapsulates the classic, Hollywood movie star glamour. The drag queen visits India to perform at Kitty Ko and we catch up in an exclusive interview.
Is this your first time in India?
Yes this is my first time in India and I have been wanting to come to India for I have friends in India and fans in India. I’m expecting burst of colour, wildlife and only the best that India has to offer. I am so excited to be in India and to be performing for you all.
Are you familiar with the drag culture in India?
I am not familiar with drag culture in India but I am familiar with the Hijra culture.
How would you describe your style?
My style is bohemian. It is culturally diverse and influenced by Latin American culture and European culture. I am also a folk artist and musician. Just mix all that together!
Who are some of your style icons?
My number one style icon is Tina Turner. I simply love Josephine Baker and Joan Crawford as well. I would even say nature and world travels inspire me.
Musically, who are your inspirations?
Musically my inspirations are the Talking Heads and disco music. Especially Euro disco, rock ‘n’ roll and the British invasion. Music is something that comes with organically to me.
If there is one thing you want to change about the representation of drag queens on screen and in the media, what would that be?
If there’s anything on social media or movies that I would like to change...I would like to make it more natural. More of a spiritual thing, a real thing. Not some old bitter queen or some actor in bad drag pretending to be a drag queen. I think we’ve reached a time where drag can be shown in a positive light.
What are some upcoming projects your working on?
I am working on more music. A new album influenced by the music of Amanda Lear and Euro disco is in the pipeline. I am also working on more short films projects. I also have my #ragqueenz. These are handcrafted paper mâché dolls that are covered in my previously worn designer nylons. They’re sold exclusively on Instagram.
Rs. 500. July 21. At Kitty Ko, The lalit Ashok, Kumara Krupa Road