Published on July 9th, 2012 | by Wild Gender0
ELEVEN QUESTIONS with StormMiguel Florez
StormMiguel Florez’ can be described as a New Americana Transgender Cantador. I first met Storm a couple years ago when we toured with the Tranny Roadshow in the Northwest, where he crooned audiences with heartfelt folk ballads. Recently, we shared the screen together during the “Transtastic!” shorts program at Framline36 International LGBT Film Festival where Storm premiered his music video “I’ve Been to Manhattan,” a drinking song with zombies.
A: What was the last song you listened to?
S: The last song I listened to was My Morphine by Gillian Welch but that’s different than what’s in my head.
A: What song is in your head?
S: Video by India.Arie
A: What was the last thing you ate?
S: A pork bun
A: Pork butt?
S: No, a pork bun…A cold one. A cold pork bun…leftover.
A: What was the last thing you said to someone else prior to this interview?
S: Verbally: “Hey Babe” and on-line: Love Tio! More soon
A: What was the last thing that inspired you?
S: The Fully Functional Cabaret that happened on Friday night that Annie Danger put together. It was brilliant; blew my mind. I bawled my tranny eyes out.
A: Where was the last show you played?
S: I think it was Fresh Meat. Yeah, The Fresh Meat Festival.
A: In three words, what was it like the first time you picked up a guitar?
S: Pretty Bad Ass
A: If you could share the stage with any musician dead or alive, who would it be?
S: Lila Downs
A: So obviously ‘I’ve Been to Manhattan’ is destined to become classic in the transsexual zombie canon. Do you have a favorite zombie film?
S: Shaun of the Dead. I am not a big zombie film fan. I get kind of pissed off because they are so gross. My wyfe (with a y) is a zombie enthusiast. The video was my idea though.
(Side note: StormMiguel and his partner renewed their vows at ZombieCon in a ceremony officiated by Bruce Campbell.)
A: What would be the best thing about being a zombie?
A: What have you been working on lately?
S: Right now I am basking in the completion of the music video for my newly released single “I’ve Been To Manhattan.” It’s a drinking song, an ode to the Manhattan cocktail which contains whiskey, vermouth, bitters, and a maraschino cherry. It’s delicious and intoxicating. The video is zombie themed and has nothing to do with the song, but somehow it all ties together as a story of a freshly made zombie returning excitedly to his lover only to be rejected. Before this video, I could never come up with a good idea for a music video for any of my songs. Most of my songs are very emo and broody, and I could only imagine a music video making them more serious, which in my opinion would be TOO serious. So finally I wrote a fun, twangy song that was ripe for a silly music video. The video featured at Frameline this past June, which was very exciting. For the time being, I’m focusing on getting it into other film festivals around the world, so I’m holding off on making the video public. The song, however, is available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon.
ELEVEN QUESTIONS is a weekly interview series by Adelaide Windsome