Today we caught up with the sensational trans star Amber Waze. She is afterall appearing in Dalston this very Saturday afternoon - at the Q&A following the screening of Dressed As A Girl (Rio Cinema - Tickets)
How have you been since the premiere? Have you been up to anything fun?
The premiere was such a cleansing experience for me - to finally see the seven years of my transition squeezing into two hours was emotional, self-inspiring and has made me realise just how far I have come both mentally and emotionally. I am currently on tour in Berlin and have had the most outrageous weekend of hedonistic fun at KitKat Klub and Berghain with the girls!
You enjoyed an overwhelmingly positive response to the film at the BFI world premiere from viewers, has it all had a chance to sink in yet - how are you feeling about it?
I adore the film. It’s ground breaking, it’s honest, it’s real, and it covers a lot of shit that we all deal with at some point in our lives. It’s a slice of East London life too. I’m so humbled and surprised at how my Dad came across in the film. He really has come full circle and is a totally loving, guiding tour-de-force of support for me right now. I feel like I have made a brand new friend and this has come out of a man who has hated me, beaten me and once refused to acknowledge that I even existed. It’s a simple fact of life - stay true to yourself. People are scared of change and unfamiliarity (especially working class people it seems) but people also admire a person who has true courage to live the way that they wish and truly be at one with themselves.
Wow! In the documentary we see you dabble with the fashion industry. What's your 2015 summer wardrobe going to be looking like?
Oh that’s easy..... Vintage over-embellished kaftans (think pom pom edging, tiny cow bells, heavy embroidery etc.) teamed with a killer open toe spike sandal (Alaïa) and MEGA hoops. I’m also feeling sprayed on latex sex trousers teamed with over-sized slashed NOKI hip hop t-shirts and customised neon coral trainers with mismatched laces. OH - and a hot bit of fluff, preferably over six foot with a sex drive that is through the roof (that’s standard to finishing off any man-dem-gyal's summer wardrobe - this season I highly recommend Germans).
Love it. You were spotted at Horse Meat Disco following the premiere. Was it weird to be back on the old scene - or do you miss it?
I remember going to THE very first HMD and have always had so much love for Jim and all the boys and some off the wall memories from all kinds of goings on. It’s a musical spiritual home, as is The NYC Downlow, just full of love, freedom and great music. I'm in a relationship right now and have been concentrating of my career so I don't get out as often I used to or would like to!
What are you listening to at the moment? Any Amber anthems for summer?
I LOVE King Los - He's KILLIN it right now and just full of raw street energy that comes from the deep down animalistic place where you gotta focus - hunt and kill to eat! I'm also feeling LOGIK, his mixtape Young Sinatra is crazy cool, constructive, inspiring and totally positive. I recently had the pleasure of seeing two of my faves live in New York last month; Rachelle Ferrel at the Blue Note (one of THE most beautiful voices of all time) and Theophilus London at the Bowery Ballroom (the stand out track for me is Girls from the Kanye West produced Vibes album and also Rio for that laid back summer sizzler).
We loved the video to your single Ten Star Hotel. Who would be your four famous men of choice if you could have anyone in that jacuzzi?
Thank you - The things boys will do for a few bottles of prosecco! Oh if I could have the pick of my four top hotties for the tub then I'd have to say Mr Tony Ward (I've always had a major crush on him since hustler white - Laurence Dallaglio, Davide Ginola, it’s the eyes, the eyes, the eyes .... and of course my super hot boyfriend George who accompanied me to the premiere of Dressed As A Girl - (two of the above I have already met - say no more hush hush!). I love the bashed-in look - when you’re not sure if you’re about to get dicked or decked.
We wish our life was half as exciting as yours Amber!
Dressed As A Girl is at the Rio Cinema for a special preview screening matinee in Dalston on Saturday 18th April. Tickets are on sale now.