The much anticipated new British drag docu-series ‘Drag Queens of London’ premiers tomorrow, featuring some of London’s most well-known drag queens. We got the opportunity to speak with the queen that initially became the fan favorite in our ‘Drag Queens of London’ poll, Meth (yes, “Just Meth”). This is the first interview in our exclusive series getting to know all 10 queens from the ‘Drag Queens of London’!
Meet Meth – ‘Drag Queens of London’
Drag name: Meth
Hometown: Taunton, Somerset
Birthday: 30th September 1988
Zodiac Sign: Libra
Dragaholic: Why did you decide to use the name “Meth”?
Meth: I was high at the time…
D: How many years have you been doing drag?
M: I’ve been doing Meth for 2 years now but prior to that I was a gender-bending, Queerlesque performer known as Mr Mistress for 4 years. So I guess 6 years…but I was a cross-dressing, freak of a teen from the age of 15 so I guess you could say I’ve always been a queen!
D: Who inspired you to do drag?
M: I grew up in a very matriarchal family so I always credit my inspiration to the fierce and fabulous women in my family. Particularly my beautiful mum and my formidable Nana Lips.
D: How competitive are you?
M: I’ll cut a bitch. But on the sly so no one expects a thing.
D: What are you strongest at in drag: makeup, hair, costume, performance or all of the above?
M: Performance for sure, I do drag because I’m a performer to the bone. I do take a lot of pride in my aesthetic though and I’d definitely consider my look to be strong but there’s still lots more I could learn and perfect. Hair is probably my weakest point.
D: How long does it take you to get in drag… from start to finish?
M: On average an hour and a half.
D: Which celebrity/entertainer inspires you?
M: I’ve recently been getting back in touch with a lot of the artists who inspired me when I was a teenager. The Dresden Dolls, Regina Spektor and Rufus Wainwright are regular features in my headphones at the minute.
D: What special talents do you have? (i.e. backflips, splits, firebreathing, etc.)
M: I’m a damn good stripper if that counts?
D: Who is your favorite queen from RuPaul’s Drag Race?
M: You can have my favourite from each season: Nina Flowers, Raven, Raja, Latrice Royale, Detox, Laganja Estranja. But I genuinely adore and respect at least 75% of all the Drag Race Queens.
D: If you had to choose three adjectives to describe your drag persona, what would they be?
M: Bizarre, surreal, fierce. #YoureWelcome
D: Do you design and produce your own outfits and costumes?
M: Whenever I have the time to actually design and make my own shit then I do, I have a degree in costume design so it’d be a shame to let the tuition fees go to waste! But I’m a busy queen so I have a few well sourced and highly trusted labourers who I use from time to time but it’s always firmly guided by me.
D: What can people expect to see from you on the ‘Drag Queens of London’?
M: I haven’t seen any of the final edits so I am clueless. I think they’ve cast me as a cross between a wide-eyed, young queen and a super professional bitch which I’m happy with. I’m hungry for success and I work fucking hard to get where I want to be but there’s definitely a human in there somewhere.
D: Which queen did you enjoy working with the most on the ‘Drag Queens of London’?
M: Why every single member of my beautiful and talented Familyyy Fierce of course!
D: Thank you so much for your time today. Is there anything you’d like to add before we go?
M: Kids, don’t do drugs… Do Meth!
The first episode debuts tomorrow at 10pm on London Live! (Freeview 8, Sky 117, Virgin 159 and YouView 8). This episode follows “Silver Summers and Lady Lloyd as they set out to re-launch pop girl band Buffalo Girls. Can they put aside their egos and make the Buffalo Girls work this time?”