Aliens & Rainbows

6.16.2009

By Shana Naomi Krochmal

What happened with your Capitol Records contract? The big fear when an out artist lands a big deal that doesn't last is that it was because they're gay. Was it?
I think, honestly, no. The person who signed me to Capitol left, and new people came in from the UK. I wasn't their project. My first single went to the top 15 on the charts. We should have released a second single, and we were poised to do that. But then there wasn't anyone there to approve budgets and whatever, and you just get lost in the shuffle. I'm not going to say anything bad about them, but you know when you have the right connection, and it wasn't the right fit for me.'

What's the upside to striking out on your own?
The music industry isn't what it was 10 years ago, and it's never going to be the same. I have the ability to do and say exactly what I want without anybody putting a piece of tape over my mouth and saying, 'We'd prefer if you weren't saying these things.'

Did people tell you that?
A little bit, yeah. I think when you have somebody as flamboyant as me, it can be a scary thing for an audience that's not necessarily made up of, you know, other crazy people.

Has Adam Lambert already changed the game?
Hopefully he will open up some doors for others to follow. I think we're very fortunate to have somebody like Adam who the world has gravitated to because of his sheer talent. But it's also time. It's nothing new. It's just finally happening because of the vehicle of 40 million people watching the show. I do think it says something that he's getting all this press. And it's because he's great, but it's also because he doesn't give a fuck. He is who he is, and that's something that's very novel'and respectable.

Tell me about your jacket. It's very Prince meets Tchaikovsky.
I got it at a thrift store. I really like the whole military style. It juxtaposes my personality.

You said you're not dating anyone. But what are you looking for?
A sense of humor. And a great ass.

For more on Ferras, check out his MySpace page.

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