LA pop star The Hound (known to his mum as John Con­stan­tine) is a dirty mu­si­cal dog, un­ques­tion­ably queer and to­tally humpable! By Marc An­drews.

DNA Magazine - - CONTENT #221 - MORE: Go to the­hound­mu­ or find him on In­sta­gram at @the­hound

DNA: Where does your woofy stage name come from?

The Hound: I was in a duo called Or­chid And Hound and it felt nat­u­ral to con­tinue as a solo artist as The Hound. This was be­fore Game Of Thrones, by the way.

How dif­fer­ent is John to The Hound?

I don’t know her! [Laughs.] The only real dif­fer­ence is John’s favourite thing to do is watch Buffy with his cats, Taco and Sake. The Hound lives his best life on stage in plat­form shoes, mesh pants, a leather har­ness and a crown.

We love your racy video for Can’t Let You Go. Thanks, I’m very proud of it. Is it racy though? It’s prob­a­bly some of the tamest vi­su­als I’ve ever re­leased. Had I known it would have caused so many is­sues I would’ve added a lot more to push it over the edge.

YouTube had is­sues with it. Why?

Once the views started grow­ing it was placed un­der “age restric­tion”. YouTube said they didn’t find it ap­pro­pri­ate for all au­di­ences. Mean­while, ev­ery straight pop artist can cap­i­talise on their sex­u­al­ity in their mu­sic videos. Where’s the age restric­tion on Kanye’s Fade or Tove Lo’s Disco Tits? I ap­pealed the de­ci­sion and they took the video com­pletely off­line. I got my fans to tweet and share the story. Even­tu­ally YouTube apol­o­gised and put the video back up. A few months passed and the video was hit with an­other age restric­tion. Now I’ve just ac­cepted I have to do it ev­ery cou­ple of months un­til YouTube de­cides to stop at­tack­ing the LGBTQ and POC [Per­son Of Colour] com­mu­ni­ties. You’ve put the sex back into ho­mo­sex mu­sic. Dis­cuss.

Straight men and women can sing about sex ex­plic­itly and that’s a beau­ti­ful thing. We de­serve that, too. Some­times I want to sing about what’s go­ing on in the world, some­times about love and loss, and some­time about a man go­ing down on me and play­ing with my ass. Are there any sim­i­lar­i­ties be­tween you and Sam Smith?

We’re both gay and we both sing. Other than that, noth­ing.

As an openly gay artist what are the ben­e­fits and the down­sides?

As a per­former who plays in gay clubs, it’s great. The clubs in down­town LA have some of the coolest shit go­ing on. Let’s be real, the LGBTQ com­mu­nity starts trends, breaks artists and we’re in ev­ery sec­tor of the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try. There are still many down­sides. The rea­son YouTube tar­geted my video is be­cause there are two furry men kiss­ing in it. You’re at a dis­ad­van­tage from the be­gin­ning be­cause the mar­ket still favours het­ero­sex­ual mu­si­cians. Openly gay artists who have ad­ver­tis­ing dol­lars back­ing them still have a dif­fi­cult time, so imag­ine what it’s like for the lit­tle guys.

What in­spires you?

Fail­ure, re­demp­tion and dark nights of the soul. I’m usu­ally hav­ing an ex­is­ten­tial cri­sis.

Who’s your diva?

If I could book my own di­vas con­cert it would prob­a­bly look some­thing like this: Björk, Kate Bush, Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Kylie Minogue, Ala­nis Moris­sette, Kelly Clark­son, Barbra Streisand, Gwen Ste­fani, Bey­once and Dolly Par­ton… with a spe­cial appearance by Ru­fus Wain­wright.

What is­sues are close to your heart? Visibility of marginalised groups. With­out that, we won’t solve any other prob­lems in the world. The more we learn about each other, the more un­der­stand­ing we will have.

Are you ro­man­ti­cally at­tached?

I’m mar­ried to (artist/porn di­rec­tor) Jeremy Lu­cido… does that count?

Yes, it does, and are you an “open re­la­tion­ship” kind of guy?

We are open. Open re­la­tion­ships are fuck­ing great. Are there bad ones? Of course, but any­one who is ex­pect­ing per­fec­tion is go­ing to be chas­ing that ideal for­ever.

What’s your work­out regime?

Does be­ing a bot­tom count?

What’s the one thing that might sur­prise peo­ple about you?

The first thing that comes to mind is I’ve never had a three­some, which seems to sur­prise a lot of peo­ple.

Some­times I want to sing about what’s go­ing on in the world, some­times about love and loss, and some­time about a man play­ing with my ass. LEADER OF THE PACK (TOP) THE HOUND RUNS WILD ON STAGE IN LA. (ABOVE) MAKES BOOTY CALL FROM HOTEL!

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