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Interview with Next Magazine

Getting personal with Max Vernon:


After getting his start performing in East Village bars and around the downtown theater scene, queer antifolk singer Max Vernon began to receive wider attention for his 2011 musical Wired and score for the movie State Debate. On November 30, he’ll compile some of his material into Frisk Me: The Songs of Max Vernon at Joe’s Pub, showcasing his particular brand of theatrical pop.

The NYU graduate says that he initially started writing music as a coping mechanism. “Growing up, I was really bullied and writing songs was a way for me to escape­ into a different world,” Vernon explains. “[My music is] kind of like if Tom Lehrer and Stevie Wonder had a love child.”

In addition to the show at Joe’s Pub, Vernon is currently working on a musical inspired by the 1973 arson attack at the UpStairs Lounge in New Orleans. “It was the worst attack in LGBT history for this country, yet [is] relatively unknown.”

Choose one in each grouping:

Alcohol: gin, vodka, whiskey, beer

Late Night Food: pizza, crepes, burgers, IHOP

Short answer:

What’s your favorite album of all time?
Talking Book by Stevie Wonder

Where do you get your inspiration?

If you could score the film version of any book, which book would it be?
The Sluts by Dennis Cooper.

If you were on death row, what would your last meal be?
Something really laborious to cook.

What trend do you wish would die?
Queer people being shitty to each other.

If you could change one thing about New York, what would it be?
I’d make Broadway shows cheaper.

What is the most played song on your iPod right now?
“Didn’t Cha Know” by Erykah Badu (58 times)

What did you want to be when you grew up?
Mama Cass.

What’s in your fridge?
Moldy everything plus a bottle of Champagne.

If you could spend a day with anyone living or dead who would it be?
Laura Nyro.

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