This season one of the highlights of London Collections: Men comes courtesy of Red Bull Catwalk Studio, who have enabled a collaboration between young London designer Alex Mattsson and Brooke Candy. If you haven’t heard Brooke’s music thus far in your life, imagine if a sexually perverse, feminist alien landed in L.A, learnt their ways and then set to freaking the fuck out of everyone with music. Anyway the collaboration involves quite a lot: Brooke’s recorded a new track, and Alex has made custom outfits for the accompanying video, all supported by Red Bull. Gorgeous. Red Bull is also the reason why this interview is so incredible as I think we drank too much of it and thus were bouncing off the walls. Did you know there’s a blueberry flavour? Me neither. It’s something else., let me tell you that.
You can download the song here!
Our interview’s replete with interjections from the woman, the legend, the PR that is Ella Dror, who very nicely set up the interview. I’ve left Ella’s name in full throughout as I can’t imagine saying anything but her full name.
Hi you two! How’s it going working together?
Brooke Candy: It’s been great!!
Alex Mattson: It’s been good so far.
BC: It’s bliss! He’s so chill. I’m so fucking crazy so it’s good that you’re chill.
[Straight off the interview dissolves into unprintable LA gossip, which I can’t print but can tell you was pure juice]
Okay on the subject of Ella’s tattoo, if I was going to get a bad tattoo what would you guys design for me?
AM: Really bad? A dolphin in the sunset. Or ‘Thug Life’.
BC: OMG ‘Thug Life’ in olde English across your stomach. Huge. Like Tupac.
Ella Dror: And a fish jumping over it.
BC: And a gun in your pants. Or eyeballs on your dick.
Sounds great. As you guys are making a music fashion film thing together, what are your favourite music videos EVER.
BC: Lil Kim and Ray J where she’s a Barbie doll. And she comes out and is on the catwalk.
Also Marilyn Manson where he’s got the red hair. And the military. In the pink. A SWAT team in all pink. And he looks like a mannequin walking all weird. And he has this weird tubing on his face it’s the creepiest video ever.
And I like Christina Aguilera ‘Dirrty’.
I like all Christina Aguilera’s videos. Even the new one.
Yeah how do you feel about her now.
BC: I love how she looks now. She can pull it off. I love her body. Yo! This is real controversial. You know ‘Not myself tonight’ she almost looks better like this than she did when she was skinny as fuck. God I love Lady Marmalade too.
AM: There’s a still where she’s wearing a bandanna in that video and her face looks just like [Brooke’s makeup artist] Daniel in drag.
Have you see the video for ‘Your Body’ where she murders all the men and they erupt into pink glitter? [Everyone starts wailing the song]
BC: THAT’S WHEN SHE LOOKS AMAZING! And she has a diamond necklace that says rich bitch, and she comes into the pool hall in braids and a beanie.
I like when it looked like she got her period performing at Etta James’ funeral.
BC: wait that’s SO PUNK!
AM: It’s fake tan I think.
But it’s not like when Fergie pissed herself.
BC: Yeah that’s not as cool.
[Image: Brooke on the set of her video wearing custom Alex Mattsson]
If money were no object what would be your music video vision?
BC: Oh my God opulence.
AM: On a boat.
BC: If we had endless amounts of money – have you seen the Kylie Minogue video in New York with the unicorn and naked people? Slowly more and more naked people come and then it’s like A FUCKING MOUNTAIN OF NAKED PEOPLE and she’s at the top? Yeah like that.
I obviously have so many ideas that can’t come to fruition because of money restraints, so I have to do the cheap version.
AM: Sometimes I prefer to have a box to break out of, if the restriction is the budget you have to be more creative. Where do you start with unlimited budget?
BC: WHAT DO YOU MEAN? Ok maybe I guess. Who’s a good example. Oh yeah Will.I.Am and Britney Spears ‘Scream and Shout’. There’s a perfect example of a video which literally had so much money thrown at it and it’s like what am I watching? All this shit that’s meant to catch your eye and makes you feel like your brain is frying. Expensive fucking visuals.
What’s your vision for the video and next season clothing wise Alex?
AM: Camouflage which is really strange for me because I’ve never like the idea of using existing prints like leopard print, I try and do something new. But this time I did camo. I imagine Rastas in the future. Cyber rasta.
BC: Isn’t that cool? This is something I’ll be wearing, a Snoop Lion.
[Brooke's wearing a mesh dress with a multicolour lion on the front]
What’s the Rasta of the future errm up to?
AM: Having implants in his brain to become even more spiritual. But the clothes are a vision of a Rasta wearing old Salvation Army gear with…
BC: Hallucinogenic stuff. I feel like this top is straight up “I took acid, I’m outside at the zoo and this is my vision of the lion”.
Casual. Speaking of Rastas, how do you feel about Lauryn Hill going to prison?
BC: She has one of the best albums of all time, it’s horrifying she hates white people.
She said it’s slavery, as she minced into court in a multi print suit and sunglasses.
BC: Of course she did. Everyone’s a slave!
I google Lauryn Hill for days on end. I love her unplugged session where she freaks out for hours.
BC: But ‘The Miseducation of…” really is one of the best of all time, top 10. I mean what the fuck one of the biggest musical tastemakers is going to jail. See ya later. I wonder who has more money Lauryn Hill or Erykah Badu?
AM: Erykah! She’s not gone crazy yet.
BC: But she’s quite nuts. She fucked every thoughtful rapper.
AM: The Game says he fucked her in that song.
BC: The Game says he fucked Erykah Badu?!?! Biggie has that song where he says he wants to do Chaka Khan, Erykah Badu, Mary J Blige.
Ella Dror: He didn’t meet me that’s why I’m not in the song.
[Transcription dissolves into wild screaming]
[Image: Brooke wearing Happy Ashley, being adjusted by stylist Matthew Josephs in her pink hotel room]
Who would you rather guest on a track for, Chaka or Mary J?
BC: Mary J.
Who would you rather make love to Lauryn or Erykah Badu.
BC: Erykah Badu. She’s sexier. I’m sure she’s also smelly though right. I mean you can tell by looking at her that she doesn’t wear deodorant. But she has a perfectly symmetrical face and I fuck with that. Conventionally she’s hotter.
Ella Dror: But do you think she doesn’t wear deodorant because like my Aunt says it’s bad for your skin.
BC: All my San Francisco gay friends were like “We don’t wear deodorant because it’s so bad for you” so for a while I didn’t wear deodorant, it’s my friend Austin whose grandfather wrote the Wizard of Oz and he’s very cosmic and psychic. And I feel like he knows everything and he was like “Don’t wear deodorant it ages you”. So I didn’t wear it for a while.
And then my Mom was like “BITCH WEAR THAT SHIT!”
Ella Dror: You can get organic deodorant.
It’s disgusting please never wear Tom’s.
BC: Everything gives you cancer!!!!! Literally!
[At this point we’re told to wrap it up by Brooke’s manager]
OKAY QUICK FIRE QUESTIONS. What is the ideal heel height?
BC: six to eight inches.
What is the future of hair?
BC: I would agree with that.
What is Beyoncé going to do with the Neverland ranch?
[Allegedly Bouncey has bought Michael Jackson’s Neverland]
BC: I told you that! You know I told you how she’s been documenting her whole life and she keeps it in a vault, she’s a crazy narcissist, she’s had someone document ever moment.
AM: Every phone call she’s ever made is recorded.
BC: It’s all in a locked room. That’s what she’s going to fill Neverland ranch with. If you were making a musical film about your lives who would play the romantic lead?
Ella Dror: Can we change it to “If you were going to make a documentary about the Red Bull Catwalk Studio project who would play you”.
Obvs. If you were making a Red Bull musical romantic comedy about your lives drinking Red Bull who would be the romantic lead opposite you?
Ella Dror: SEE I told you it would be better!
BC: I don’t want to play myself. I want Meryl Streep to play me.
Ella Dror: you know who should play you? That one in that thing where she opens her legs like that.
BC: SHARON STONE. I was just thinking of her but I like Meryl in that movie Adaptation where they catch her and she’s doing the coke and fucking the guy. My co star would be… I wanna say someone but I don’t want to be judged. Paul Walker from the Fast & The Furious. He’s so hot. So Meryl Streep is with Paul Walker.
AM: I’d play myself and then have Amanda Seyfried opposite.
FYI Bai Ling would play me.
BC: FUCK!!!! Meryl Streep would play me and Bai Ling would play you FUCK THAT’S SO GOOD! SHE’S THE SHIT!
[Ella Dror can be heard crying softly and laughing]
Is there anything you’d like to add?
BC: This was my favourite interview so far.