Jodie Harsh is undoubtedly the UK’s foremost tabloid-friendly drag queen who has risen from London’s underground club circuit to becoming a celebrity in her own right. Wonderland caught up with the self-proclaimed “real Queen of E Find My Ex Girlfriend ngland” ahead of the launch of her new club night CLOUD at Moonlighting, London on Friday – we premiere the event’s full-length trailer below.
Your nightlife company This Is… Circus has just unveiled it’s freshest club-night venture, CLOUD. Would you tell us a little bit more about it? What can we expect?
Kris Di Angelis and I are listening to a load of deep house; it’s the music we’re really digging. We wanted to set up a cool club night in Soho for a while, in keeping with our pioneering approach to parties in that area of London. The name CLOUD seemed quite organic and zeitgeisty and it also stands for “Circus – Loud”… although that only popped into my head about a week ago. A happy accident!
You’re also curating a stage at Lovebox festival again this year. Who can we expect to see on the This Is Circus stage?
We have Mika and DEV performing, and a whole load of cool DJs like Felix Da Housecat and Jaime Ritchie. Kris Di Angelis is putting on an awesome live show on the stage – a DJ set accompanied by an orchestra and singers. There’s lots of visual too – Thomas Knights has made some awesome video for the screens. It’s going to be a mental day.
How will CLOUD differ from your previous parties, Room Service and Circus? What will it bring to London nightlife?
Room Service is so gay. It’s Latino GoGo dancers and trannies and muscle boys dancing with their tops off to house music. Circus is big now, it’s a festival brand and we’ll be touring it around Europe and Asia in the near future. CLOUD is going to be like the early days of Circus – very underground and crazy. Lots of colour.
You recently produced and co-wrote The Night, a new three track EP with former Spice Girl Melanie. C. How did the collaboration begin?
I loved “I Turn To You” and wanted her to revisit those dance days. She was writing an album at the time, and even though the tracks we made didn’t work with that release, we wanted to put the music out to make people dance! It has a bit of an underground vibe. There’s no TV promo or record signings, so it’s a lot more like a traditional dance release.
As a promoter, DJ, club-host and now a successful musician, how does Jodie relax?
I don’t really. I go on holiday a few times a year somewhere hot and far away and that’s when the phone goes off and I check my emails every other day for. The rest of the time I just work, but I enjoy my job so it doesn’t seem like a chore in the slightest.
The EP is doing amazingly well throughout the UK and Europe. Is music your main passion?
Music, nightlife, people, fashion. Working in clubs you get the whole lot in one place. That’s why I chose this job.
How will you be celebrating the Jubilee holiday?
By running around being a big ol’ Queen. I have a load of DJ sets that weekend, it’s going to be fun! I’m a big fan of the royal family actually, I think they’re great for the country and I’m glad we’ve hung on to them.
Words: Shane Hawkins