Dorian Electra

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Dorian Electra
Born (1992-06-25) June 25, 1992 (age 26)
Houston, Texas
GenresPop
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, musician, film-maker, visual artist
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2009–present
Websitedorianelectra.com

Dorian Electra is an American singer, songwriter, video and performance artist.[1]

Career[edit]

Early Life[edit]

Electra graduated from School of the Woods, a Montessori high school in Houston.[2] They attended Shimer College, a Great Books school in Chicago, from 2010 to 2014.[3]

Career[edit]

Electra first drew national attention in 2010 with the music video I'm in Love with Friedrich Hayek,[4] which lauded the philosophy of the Austrian economist Friedrich Hayek and garnered commentary from the modern Austrian theory professor Steven Horwitz.[5]

In 2011, they released two more videos, Roll with the Flow and We Got it 4 Cheap. Both were covered by mainstream political media.[6][7] We Got it 4 Cheap came in second in the Lloyd V. Hackley Endowment's "Supply and Demand Video Contest".[8]

In 2012, they interned at production company Emergent Order.[2][9] Emergent Order had previously published Fear the Boom and Bust, a similarly intellectual, Hayek-oriented rap video.[10][11]

They then produced a new, similarly economics-oriented pop video, FA$T CA$H, with the support of an award from the Moving Picture Institute.[12]

In September 2012, Electra released the music video Party Milk, which they describe as an attempt to merge common party scene symbolism with something one would never associate with a party, but that everyone is familiar with in another context.[13][14]

Electra drew criticism from Gawker's Maureen Tkacik, who criticized them as an example of "tween indoctrination" with libertarian ideas.[15] In 2013, Electra told The College Fix that they no longer identified as a libertarian.[16]

In 2014, Electra released a music video called What Mary Didn't Know,[17] based on Frank Jackson's philosophical thought experiment of the same name (1986).[18]

2015 saw the release of Electra's video Forever Young: A Love Song to Ray Kurzweil, a tribute to the futurist Ray Kurzweil.[19][20]

In 2016, Electra released Ode To The Clitoris on Refinery29 detailing the history of the clitoris from ancient Greece to modern 3D models.[21] In an interview Electra stated it was to "desensitize people to the word CLITORIS and help bring it more into popular consciousness." [22] In June 2016 Electra released Mind Body Problem on Bullett Media, a song and video "about femininity as a performance — when being a 'woman' feels like putting on a costume and the costume doesn’t seem to come off with the clothes,” [23]

Electra continued their music video series with Refinery29 about intersectional feminism and queer histories with The History of Vibrators (2016),[24] the Dark History of High Heels (2016),[25] 2000 Years of Drag (2016),[26] and Control (2017).[27] These videos focused on the histories of intersectional feminist and queer issues, collaborating with many artists including Imp Queen, London Jade, The Vixen, Lucy Stool, Eva Young, Zuri Marley, K Rizz, and Chynna.[28][27][29] 2000 Years of Drag was accepted and screened at The East Village Queer Film Festival, NewFest, Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest, TWIST: Seattle Queer Film Festival, Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival (aGLIFF),[30] Art All Night - Trenton: 6th Annual Film Festival, Desperado LGBT Film Festival, QUEER-Streifen Regensburg, Filmfest homochrom, Flatpack Film Festival, CINEMQ.

In 2017, Electra released the single Jackpot through Grindr's digital publication Into More, a song that "addresses gender fluidity, but in a more subtle, less explicitly educational way." [31]

In 2017, Electra was featured on the Charli XCX track "Femmebot" with Mykki Blanco on the mixtape POP2.[32]

In 2018, Electra released three new tracks titled "Career Boy", "VIP", and "Man to Man".[33][34][35]

Personal life[edit]

Electra identifies as genderfluid and uses they/them pronouns.[36]

Videos[edit]

  • I'm in Love with Friedrich Hayek (2010)
  • Roll with the Flow (2011)
  • WE GOT IT 4 CHEAP (2011)
  • Party Milk[13]
  • Fast Ca$h (2012)
  • What Mary Didn't Know [17]
  • Forever Young: A Love Song To Ray Kurzweil [19]
  • Ode To The Clitoris (2016) [37]
  • Mind Body Problem (2016) [23]
  • The History of Vibrators (2016)[24]
  • Dark History of High Heels (2016)[25]
  • 2000 Years of Drag (2016)[26]
  • Control (2017)[27]
  • Jackpot (2017)[31]
  • Career Boy (2018)
  • V.I.P. (2018)
  • Man to Man (2018)[35]
  • Flamboyant (2019)[38]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://dorianelectra.com/
  2. ^ a b Dorian Electra (May 30, 2012). "Dorian Electra's in Texas". Blog.shimer. Retrieved October 18, 2012.
  3. ^ Electra, Dorian (September 8, 2010). My First Day at Shimer College (YouTube). Chicago, Illinois: Shimer College. Retrieved October 18, 2012.
  4. ^ Electra, Dorian (December 19, 2010). I'm in Love with Friedrich Hayek. Retrieved October 18, 2012.
  5. ^ Steve Horwitz (July 10, 2012). "This is the Best They Can Do?". Retrieved October 18, 2012.
  6. ^ Veronique de Rugy (October 17, 2011). "More Hayek vs. Keynes". National Review. Retrieved October 18, 2012.
  7. ^ Matt Welch (October 17, 2011). "New Hayekian Music/Econ Video: "Roll With the Flow (My Date With Keynes)"". Reason.com. Retrieved October 18, 2012.
  8. ^ Lloyd V. Hackley Endowment (February 1, 2012). "Supply and Demand Video Contest Winners". Fayetteville State University. Archived from the original on August 6, 2012. Retrieved October 19, 2012.
  9. ^ Shimer College (April 18, 2012). "2012 SIM Interns". Retrieved October 19, 2012.
  10. ^ Caitlin Kenney (January 25, 2010). "Watch: 'Fear The Boom And Bust'". NPR. Retrieved October 18, 2012.
  11. ^ Cindy Perman (February 12, 2010). "'Fear the Boom and Bust': A Rap Anthem for the Economy". CNBC. Retrieved October 18, 2012.
  12. ^ "Speakers at the Futures of Entertainment program". Futures of Entertainment. Retrieved October 18, 2012.
  13. ^ a b Electra, Dorian; Bush, Wolf; Hong, Lynn (Director) (September 8, 2012). Party Milk (YouTube). Retrieved October 18, 2012.
  14. ^ "Party Milk". Aweh | Casual Creative Culture. Retrieved February 9, 2016.
  15. ^ Moe Tkacik (July 5, 2012). "Meet Rapper Dorian Electra Gomberg, the Libertarian Lolita". Gawker.com. Archived from the original on October 1, 2012.
  16. ^ Ershadi, Julie (February 22, 2013). "Libertarian Rock Star Dorian Electra Isn't a Libertarian". The College Fix. Retrieved February 11, 2016.
  17. ^ a b Electra, Dorian (August 29, 2014). "What Mary Didn't Know" (Video). YouTube. Retrieved February 11, 2016.
  18. ^ Jackson, Frank (May 1986). "What Mary Didn't Know" (PDF). The Journal of Philosophy. 83 (5): 291–295. Retrieved February 11, 2016.
  19. ^ a b Electra, Dorian; Allen, Weston Getto. "Forever Young: A Love Song to Ray Kurzweil". YouTube. Retrieved February 11, 2016.
  20. ^ Toobin, Adam. "Singularity Futurist Ray Kurzweil Gets 'Forever Young' Cover He Deserves". Inverse. Retrieved February 11, 2016.
  21. ^ http://www.refinery29.com/clitoris-clitopia-music-video
  22. ^ http://www.attn.com/stories/6587/dorian-electra-explains-clitoris-music-video
  23. ^ a b "Premiere: 'Clitopia' Artist Dorian Electra Returns with 'Mind Body Problem' (Watch)". Retrieved December 15, 2017.
  24. ^ a b "This 1950s Vibrator Is Downright Bizarre-Looking". Retrieved December 15, 2017.
  25. ^ a b "See The Surprising History of High Heels". Retrieved December 15, 2017.
  26. ^ a b "This Catchy Song Explores The Fascinating History Of Drag". Retrieved December 15, 2017.
  27. ^ a b c "A Brief Guide To Every Cameo In This Gloriously Extra Music Video". Retrieved December 15, 2017.
  28. ^ Gaines, Lee V. "Dorian Electra celebrates 2,000 years of drag with a crowd of dazzling Chicagoans". Chicago Reader. Retrieved December 15, 2017.
  29. ^ "Dorian Electra's 'Control' Is The Intersectional Feminist Anthem Of Our Dreams". October 12, 2017. Retrieved December 15, 2017.
  30. ^ "aGLIFF's 2017 Lineup Announced". Retrieved December 15, 2017.
  31. ^ a b "Watch Queer Pop Visionary Dorian Electra Hit the 'Jackpot' in this New Music Video". INTO. Retrieved December 15, 2017.
  32. ^ "Charli XCX Announces New Mixtape Pop2, Shares New Song: Listen". pitchfork.com. Retrieved December 15, 2017.
  33. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDDukLyXY-M
  34. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8C-jx6NAFY
  35. ^ a b DORIAN ELECTRA, Man To Man - Dorian Electra (Official Video), retrieved December 14, 2018
  36. ^ O'flynn, Brian (April 25, 2019). "Get to know Dorian Electra, the Liberace of fantasy pop music". Dazed. Retrieved May 11, 2019.
  37. ^ htt /ps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3E2pBC1R2A
  38. ^ Cite error: The named reference :7 was invoked but never defined (see the help page).

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