Emerging from Chicago's queer underground, Imp Queen premieres today her debut solo EP, Magenta Agenda, featuring four outsider club anthems that will have you worshipping Amanda Lepore, calling your favorite "Überdaddy" and moaning like a trashy girl. Packed with nothing but bops, this release marks the first official phase of Imp's burgeoning drag career.
The breakout effort's title was conceived as a humorous, "high idea" from Imp and longtime collaborator Ariel Zetina, who produced the EP, offering a play on the cliche phrase, "gay agenda," and Imp's debatably unhealthy obsession with pink makeup (direct your attention to her legendary Instagram to understand our concerns).
Magenta Agenda is largely an inside joke between Imp and Ariel "about queer aesthetics and politics, about coming into our transfeminine identities together [and] about entertaining the nightlife scene," the trans pop star tells OUT. "It's designed to be functional queer nightlife music, but it doesn't really take any of that very seriously. It engages with serious ideas about how my transfeminine identity interacts with capitalism, desire, beauty and marginalization, but again, doesn't take any of this too seriously."
Imp's EP tracks were all produced for and premiered at her "drag giggities," including cult classic, "Überdaddy," and, "Trashy Girls," which she notably performed live at New York's 2016 Bushwig drag festival. Chicago-based designer Kaleigh Moynihan of An Authentic Skid Mark contributes lead vocals to "Trashy Girls," further underlining Imp's admirable dedication to supporting on-the-rise queer talent.
Listen to the OUT premiere of Imp Queen's Magenta Agenda EP, below, and tip your Queen, here.
Photography: Colectivo Multipolar
Dress: Eda Yorulmazoglu
Makeup: Sugarpill Cosmetics