Dorian Electra

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Dorian Electra
Electra performing in 2018
Electra performing in 2018
Background information
Birth nameDorian Electra Fridkin Gomberg
Born (1992-06-25) June 25, 1992 (age 28)
Houston, Texas, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • performance artist
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2009–present
Associated acts
Websitedorianelectra.com

Dorian Electra Fridkin Gomberg (born June 25, 1992), known professionally as Dorian Electra, is an American singer, songwriter, and performance artist. Their debut studio album, Flamboyant, was released on July 17, 2019, with their second album My Agenda following on October 16, 2020.

Career[edit]

Early life[edit]

Electra graduated from School of the Woods, a Montessori high school in Houston.[4] They attended Shimer College, a Great Books school in Chicago, from 2010 to 2014.[5]

Career[edit]

Electra first drew national attention in 2010 with the music video "I'm in Love with Friedrich Hayek",[6] which lauded the philosophy of the Austrian economist Friedrich Hayek and garnered commentary from the modern Austrian theory professor Steven Horwitz.[7]

In 2011, they released two more videos, "Roll with the Flow" and "We Got it 4 Cheap". Both were covered by mainstream political media.[8][9] "We Got it 4 Cheap" came in second in the Lloyd V. Hackley Endowment's "Supply and Demand Video Contest".[10]

In 2012, they interned at production company Emergent Order.[4][11] Emergent Order had previously published "Fear the Boom and Bust", a similar Hayek-oriented rap video.[12][13]

Electra then produced a new, similarly economics-oriented pop video, "FA$T CA$H", with the support of an award from the Moving Picture Institute.[14]

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.[15][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] Later that year, Electra was featured on the Charli XCX track "Femmebot" with Mykki Blanco on the mixtape Pop 2.[32]

In 2018, Electra released three new tracks titled "Career Boy", "VIP", and "Man to Man".[33][34][35][36]

In 2019, Electra released their debut album, Flamboyant.[37] In August 2019, Electra embarked on the Flamboyant: Chapter I tour, which lasted until November 2019.[38] They began the second leg, Flamboyant: Chapter II, in early 2020. However, in March of the same year, the rest of the tour dates were postponed due to COVID-19. [39]

In 2020, Electra released the single "Thirsty (For Love)", a collaboration with fans.[40] They also released a deluxe version of "Flamboyant" later that year. Following this, they released the singles "Sorry Bro (I Love You)", "Give Great Thanks", "Gentleman", and "M'Lady". On September 21, 2020, Electra announced their project My Agenda, featuring appearances from Rebecca Black, Faris Badwan, Pussy Riot, Village People, and Dylan Brady among others. The project was released on October 16, 2020, and is described as exploring "crisis in masculinity".[41]

Personal life[edit]

Electra's father is Paul Gomberg, known as "the Rockstar Realtor" in Houston.[42] Their mother is artist and jewelry designer Paula Fridkin. [43] Electra is transgender and genderfluid and uses they/them pronouns.[2][44] They were diagnosed with attention deficit disorder.[2][44]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details
Flamboyant
My Agenda
  • Released: October 16, 2020
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: LP, digital download, streaming[48]

Instrumental albums[edit]

Title Album details
Flamboyant Deluxe (Instrumentals)
  • Released: May 1, 2020
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: streaming[49]

Demo albums[edit]

Title Album details
Flamboyant ~ Voice Memos
  • Released: May 14, 2020
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: streaming[50]

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Album
"Clitopia"[51] 2016 Non-album singles
"Mind Body Problem"[52]
"Vibrator"[53]
"High Heels"[54]
"Drag"
(featuring Imp Queen, Lucy Stoole, Eva Young, The Vixen, & London Jade)[55]
"Jackpot"[56] 2017
"Control"
(featuring Zuri Marley, Chynna, K RIzz and London Jade)
"VIP" (featuring K Rizz)[57] 2018
"Career Boy"[58] Flamboyant
"Man To Man"[59]
"2 Fast" 2019 Non-album single
"Flamboyant"[60] Flamboyant
"Daddy Like"[61]
"Thirsty (For Love)" 2020 Non-album single
"Sorry Bro (I Love You)" My Agenda
"Give Great Thanks"
"Gentleman"
"M'Lady"
"Edgelord"
(featuring Rebecca Black)
"My Agenda"
(featuring Village People and Pussy Riot)[62]

As a featured artist[edit]

Title Year Album
"Femmebot"
(Charli XCX, Mykki Blanco featuring Dorian Electra)
2017 Pop 2[63]
"Open My Eyes"
(Ravenna Golden featuring Dorian Electra)
2018 Non-album single
"Gec 2 Ü (Remix)"
(100 Gecs featuring Dorian Electra)
2020 1000 Gecs & The Tree of Clues

Other appearances[edit]

Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Teenage Dirtbag" 2020 Sega Bodega Reestablishing Connections[64]
"Give Great Thanks (Count Baldor Edit)" N/A Appleville (Golden Ticket)[65]

Videos[edit]

  • "I'm in Love with Friedrich Hayek" (2010)[66]
  • "Roll with the Flow" (2011)
  • "We Got It 4 Cheap" (2011)
  • "Party Milk"[15]
  • "Fast Ca$h" (2012)
  • "What Mary Didn't Know"[17]
  • "Forever Young: A Love Song To Ray Kurzweil"[19]
  • "Ode to the Clitoris" (2016)[67]
  • "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)[68]
  • "Man to Man" (2018)[35]
  • "Flamboyant" (2019)
  • "Daddy Like" (2019)[69]
  • "Adam & Steve" (2019)
  • "Guyliner" (2020)
  • "Malibu" (Guest appearance) (2020)
  • "Sorry Bro (I Love You)" (2020)
  • "Give Great Thanks" (2020)
  • "Gentleman / M'Lady" (2020)
  • "Edgelord" (feat. Rebecca Black) (2020)

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