Spotlight: Joe Black



GURL: Give us a little introduction for those who don’t know you?

I’m Joe Black, dark cabaret raconteur and high eyebrow connoisseur 

GURL: When did you first dabble in the world of drag?

I’ve been performing in cabaret shows for 13 years, though in a more ‘drag’ sense i’d say maybe 2013? 2014? I always wore makeup and costumes for shows, though i would say only typically more drag since then. I think it was a case of too many look ideas for one gender!

GURL: Well we do love a bit of gender bending so we’re glad you found new way to express your creativity!

GURL: How did you find the transition from singer songwriter to drag sensation?

Well I sort of carried on doing the same thing but then the visual element was mostly what morphed. Over the past couple of years I kind of let the musician part take a back seat, though during this whole lock down situation I have rediscovered that and found my passion for it again

GURL: Well we will definitely be keeping an eye out for some more music in the future then, one of the few benefits of lockdown.

GURL: Which of your looks has been your favourite so far?

My FAVOURITE look I’ve ever done no one has seen yet! It was near completion when lock-down happened so I decided to put it away and wait until a big grand return. Though from what I’ve done in the past I would say maybe my floral purple look, which is now in Brighton museum as part of their queer history of Brighton exhibit.

GURL: Oooo well there’s something to look forward too! We do love your floral look though, it’s great that it gets to be shown off to so many people

GURL: What is your dream gig?

I’m obsessed with the idea of opening for Marilyn Manson. I don’t know why him specifically but i just love the idea of doing a camp dark drag show to a bemused Marilyn Manson audience

GURL: Of all the songs in the world, which one are you just dying to perform?

Squirrel Nut Zippers song The Ghost Of Stephen Foster! I’ve been dying to do it for years but i am holding out for the day i get a full big band and i kind of want to wait until that can become a reality so that it’s PERFECT

GURL: If you got to choose a circle of hell, which one is your holiday home?

Whichever one has seating, i wish to be as comfortable as possible while partaking in damnation 

GURL: We’re sure you’ll have a VIP seat waiting for your pleasure!

GURL: Which horror icons inspire you the most?

Horror? Baby Jane. That’s my future… or present.

GURL: What does the future hold for Joe Black?

Well i hope it soon holds the freedom where i can go back to being a professional audience botherer. Working on lots more YouTube content, so i guess that’s the realistic and sensible answer!

GURL: Which performs would you recommend we check out?

Myra Dubois, Alfie Ordinary, Lawrence Chaney, Lydia L’Scabies, Rococo Chanel, Arran Shurvinton, Holly Stars, Ginny Lemon. I could go on and on and on and on. But there’s a lovely mixed bag for ya’!

GURL: What a fabulous set of artists, thank you!

You can find Joe over on YouTube for plenty of content and be sure to follow on Instagram below!

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