Thinking of certain relationships you have with people it can be hard to believe how much time has been invested in them. In this case, it’s my friend Miss Guy... 20 years and counting. That might not seem so extraordinary if we were just plain folk... but we’re not — we’re two of the hardest working, most glamorous “girlieboyz” in NYC. And we have been for... well... awhile.
Michael T: How does it feel to be a DJ, performer, celebrity, rocker and “Night Club Personality?”
Miss Guy: Well, I don’t really think about it, you know. I’ve been in New York for a long time... I was sort of a night club fixture. Then I started DJ-ing, started the [Toilet Boys], started traveling with the band... love traveling. Playing live was far more exciting than when I started to DJ.
Michael T: You do travel as a DJ, correct?
Miss Guy: Yeah, DJ-ing wasn’t really anything I set out to do...
[I can relate to that, I started DJ-ing out of necessity and desperation.]
Michael T: How long have you been a DJ?
Miss Guy: Since, May of 1993... 12 years.
Michael T: Well, now that time has passed and you’ve done all these various things with your career... do you have a preference? Or, do you just sort of do things depending on how you feel, time, place, gig, etc.?
Miss Guy: I’m still pursuing the music, and writing/recording and doing occasional shows and things. That’s still my main love....
[Miss Guy reflects on a two-year period not too long ago when things were not quite as good as they should’ve been, especially in the DJ-ing department.] I had people throw things at me if they didn’t like a song I played or do a thumb’s down motion or cut the song [hand across neck motion for those not in the know]. It was pure hell in that period.
Michael T: Can we mention where you were DJ-ing?
Miss Guy: No, why bother... but don’t go to the Park... the GM is a real cunt! In retrospect, it was not worth going through what I went through at all! [Puts on slighty shady pier-queen accent to accentuate the delivery and disgust of it all]
Miss Guy: It’s amazing how many ignorant assholes there are out there in music right here in NYC!
[We continue to talk about the dark days of DJ-ing, and then how things started to turn around again when Formika hired Miss Guy to spin at Boysroom and shortly after that, Miss Guy and company started their own party “Charm School” at Marquee on Monday Nights.
Miss Guy: I actually started to enjoy DJ-ing again and have friends come to see me and hang out with me and I could dress up for some of my gigs. [Now, we all know with two fabulous ladyboys in the same room together we can’t possibly not mention the F word... FASHION!]
Michael T: Speaking of dressing up, you’ve always been a fashion icon and you’ve definitely inspired me... who do you get inspired by?
Miss Guy: [The phone rings] Oh, it’s Cher, I’m not gonna’ pick it up. I learned at some point... maybe in my early 20s... I had been dressing up for awhile already. Anyway, I think for me, it’s about doing what works for you, your body, not following trends. I’ve always had a certain way I like to dress: streamlined, tight clothes, high-heeled boots etc. etc. I’ve got it down and I think it works for me.
Miss Guy: Obviously, i’m still inspired by the people that originally inspired me as a child. I think people could look at me and figure out where my inspiration comes from. I hope so, he’s got some classic rock n roll looks...take notes, children!
Michael T: Did you feel the Toilet Boys had more of a straight following or a gay following, and did it matter to you?
Miss Guy: No, not really, you just want people at your shows. Initially, when the band started we were sort of lumped into that whole mid-90’s queer rock thing... remember that? But, that wasn’t us anyway, half the band was straight. As the band grew so did our following: we had girls, boys, freaks, regular rock boys with long hair and Metallica T-shirts... no, no more Motorhead T-shirts! [Miss Guy seemed quite proud of his rather mixed fan base in particular the less “glamorous” portion. Chi Chi Valenti would note this as a stamp collector comment.] I used to get most excited when the straight long-hair rocker boys used to want my autograph, or have a picture taken with me shaking my hand, whatever. They’re such rock’n’roll fans and they would be into the music not my looks, or the band’s image prevented them from liking the music. Ultimately, that’s what you want them to like, the music. All the extra stuff isn’t important, it’s fun, but, if they don’t like the music they don’t care if you have fire or high heels on.
Michael T: Do you consider yourself a gay icon?
Miss Guy: I don’t know, yeah, I guess I am. But it depends: the freaky... not the typical gay community, they don’t know who I am or give a fuck who I am. [I begin to laugh, as I have several times during this interview.] That being said, neither do the normal stereotypical straight people. It’s people who either love rock’n’roll or freakiness or outlandishness, those are the people who get me and/or appreciate me. That’s why I loved working at Squeezebox or going to Motherfucker or other parties like that. It’s like a huge mix of people, and the number one thing is music and getting dressed up and being individuals and it doesn’t matter what your sexual preference is. So, I think there’s a small little portion of the gay community that might consider me a gay icon, you know and that’s cool. But, I’m not a gay icon in the way Bette Midler is and I don’t necessarily want to be. But, if all the Chelsea queens thought I was the shit, that’d be fine too. [I couldn’t have said it better myself! Miss Guy turns the tables on me for a moment and asks, “Are you a gay icon?” TBC,on that one!]
Michael T. has been part of New York nightlife for over 15 years. His recent string of successes — Motherfucker/Rated X/ BUST! — have moved him to the forefront of rock promoter elite. He’s also one of the top rock/new wave DJs in the city. Obsessed with music, film and over-the-top glamour, Michael has created one of the most exaggerated and intriguing characters in recent downtown New York.