We’re catching up with some of our favorite celebrities to see how they’re spending their summers – and for many of them, it’s been no vacation! RuPaul’s Drag Race and Drag U alum (and frequent Socialite Life contributor) Pandora Boxx has been having one busy season. In addition to touring the country with her show “Lick this Boxx”, our favorite funny queen recently released her fourth single, a collaboration with actor/musician Adam Barta – a parody set to the tune of the George Michael/Aretha Franklin hit “I Knew You Were Waiting for Me”.
Pandora’s new song, “You Seemed Shady to Me”, is already rising up the charts and the video features some of your favorite Drag Race queens, including Ivy Winters, Morgan McMichaels, Sharon Needles, Shangela, Manila Luzon, Phi Phi O’Hara and Mimi Imfurst. Pandora took a few minutes out of her travel-packed schedule to talk about the new song and fill us in on her busy summer.
SL: How have you been spending your summer vacation?
Pandora Boxx: That’s so sweet that you think I get one! Summer is always the busiest for me, besides October. My vacation will be during the winter months.
SL: What’s been the best spot you’ve visited over the summer so far?
Pandora: I got to perform at Mad Myrna’s in Anchorage, Alaska. Alaska is truly a beautiful state. I’m so glad I go to see it! Plus, the people were friendly and the show went really well.
SL: What was the inspiration for the new song?
Pandora: The inspiration came from nasty people online, like on Facebook or Twitter who always have a picture of a rainbow or a sheep and leave nasty hateful comments. It kind of morphed into a more going to hook up with people who have clearly sent you the wrong picture. The idea is still the same: people lying about who they are.
SL: How did you come about working with Adam Barta?
Pandora: It actually was because I posted on Francis Von Legge’s (who ended up directing the music video) post about Tan Mom’s music video and how gloriously terrible it was. Adam Barta worked on that with her and Francis suggested I do a duet with Adam. I knew Adam a little bit before and I figure why not talk to him and see where it goes. We got on the phone and started coming up with ideas. It happened so easily and organically, I knew I had to do it. We had a lot of fun working together.
SL: The video for “You Seemed Shady To Me” looked like so much fun. Was it?
Pandora: It was fun! The thing about music videos is that they can be real real REAL expensive. Neither Adam or I had thousands of dollars we could sink into this project so thankfully Francis really helped us out. The other bonus was that the day before the shoot I had a show in NYC at the Highline Ballroom which happened to also featured a gaggle of my Drag Race galpals. Thankfully, they all agreed to make a cameo in the video! It made it much more fun. Also, all the boys donated their time too. There wouldn’t be a video without them. We shot it all in my hotel room and the hallway. Hotel party! You gotta do what you gotta do.
SL: The video does feature a lot of Drag Race alumni. What’s it like working with so many fabulous queens?
Pandora: It’s fun and chaotic. There’s just so many it’s hard to really get a chance to talk to all of them. But I’m thankful they all agreed to do the video! Everyone had fun with it which makes it even better.
SL: Is the new song be available on iTunes?
Pandora: Yes it is! (Get it here!) As of right now it just cracked the top 100 of the Comedy Single Sales on iTunes!
SL: Are you still writing for the “Gay Voices” section of the Huffington Post? Would you ever want to write more long-form pieces – perhaps a book?
Pandora: I am still writing for Gay Voices. It’s tough sometimes because I can really write about whatever I want. Sometimes, that makes it hard for me to come up with topics. I would love to write a book. It’s very time consuming. I have a book started. It’s a Sci-fi/Horror novel but it’s been put aside for years now. I don’t know if I’ll ever finish it.
SL: What’s next for you?
Pandora: I’ve actually been trying to figure that out. I’m still touring with my stand-up show “Lick This Boxx!” which will be coming to San Francisco for a three night, eight performance run (September 6-8 at Rebel) and also doing various other shows. Somewhere in that schedule I’m taking some creative time off to figure out some new things. I have another run off-Broadway in NYC for a new stand-up comedy show, which I still need to write but that’s in February so I have time.