Swedish drag queen & artist Imaa Queen recently published the single “Global Melting Love” & has kindly taken the time to speak with Fierce & Fabulous Revolution about this latest musical release.
Hey Imaa Queen, thank you so much for agreeing to this interview. Can you start by introducing yourself to our readers?
“Yes, of course! As the man behind the mask, I’m Adam Spjuth, a 26-year-old from south Sweden, now based in Stockholm.
As Imaa Queen, I’m known for my artsy-crafty outfits. I worked almost every day for 3-years in a place called Gamla stan ”Secret Garden”, there I build up my public and who I am today.
Right now I freelance and evolve my artistry through my music with people and a variety of expressions. I don’t like to put myself into a box, I want to experiment and have fun with what I do but most of all, be this creation that has 1000’s of faces. I should introduce myself as the fantasy -artsy queen of Sweden.“
You just released your brand new single “Global Melting Love”, which sounds awesome by the way. How did the idea for this single come together?
“The collaboration behind this single is alongside singers, songwriters, & producers Ylva and Linda that are very well known for creating music within the Eurovision scene, who I met at Stockholm Pride 2019. We talked, followed each-other and later they contacted me because I wanted to do something with them. Niclas Haglund helped to co-write the lyrics, & producer Robin Kvarnström, who I have worked with before was a big part of this production.“
How would you describe the creative process behind this latest release?
“It started with Ylva and Linda, who wanted to explore more options for songs they had already written and I liked two of them. This song was already released but as another version. It was created for Vidbir 2016, the selection for Ukraine’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest that year, but was sadly not selected.
Robin and I talked how we could transform the song into our own and it became a piano-synth 90s house-style number, then Ylva and Linda linked Nicolas, who wrote the lyrics for me.“
What does this song personally mean to you?
“I wanted the song to be about something that felt up to date and what I can relate to. So it became a love song, but with two different meanings. A love for what we destroy, in this case, a metaphor for global warming. But also a symbolic gesture of the bond between two people. Overall, I wanted this song to have different surfaces that you can decipher.“
What message would you like listeners to take away from this latest song?
“Hopefully that people can become touched by the song and precious more the things what we have.“
Apart from music, I have noticed that you a very talented artist. When did you first discover your artistic ability?
“I have always wanted to be an artist and stand on stage, but I am often afraid of not being good enough, so it has taken time. Now I don’t care and see it more like a world of adventure!
I have studied fashion in the past & my artistic skills are part of my roots, my dad is a very talented painter. Combined with everything, it slowly has transformed me into who I am today. But it has taken 10 years.“
What TV series did you last binge-watch & did you enjoy it?
“Ohh my biggest favourite is Project Runway! The base for why I love fashion, create, etc. After that RuPaul.“
If you could perform a duet with anyone in the world, who would it be & why?
“OMG….Scary Question…. Of course, Lady Gaga as she is such a creative influence. I think she is one of the artists that I believe is the most inspiring of them all.“
Who would you consider to be your biggest inspiration?
“In the beginning, the character ”Cruella de Vil” was a very big inspiration for me. After a few years, I discovered it was Thierry Mugler’s style I loved, I see him as a creator.
My biggest drag influences right know is a goddess called ”Hungry” from Berlin, and my drag parents ”The Villbergs”.“
Finally, is there a message you would like to share with the readers of Fierce & Fabulous Revolution?
“Don’t care about the gender norms as we know them and dare to play and have fun with expressions. Let the chaos out!“
You can check out “Global Melting Love” on Spotify below.