Meet Smashby, the Brit boy-pop wannabe who loves twerking and is planning world domination!
DNA: What’s a nice boy like you doing with a name like Smashby?
Smashby: I’m definitely a nice boy but Smashby is bold and makes me feel empowered.
…in the tradition of single named divas like Cher, Madonna and Björk?
Of course! Cher, Madonna, Björk… Smashby! Who has most influenced you musically? Britney Spears, Lady Gaga and Kesha, plus more iconic artists like Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson.
Growing up, whose posters did you have on your walls?
Britney, of course. Miley, too. [Laughs.]
Define your musical style?
It’s electro-pop-meets-dance pop, super fun, synth-filled pop anthems.
Are you the next wave of openly gay pop star? There’s no one like me out there right now. I’m a little firecracker and I wanna change the world. When did you come out?
I was 15 when someone outed me, but I was gonna come out anyways.
Your new track, Wild One, tackles the subject of bullying. Is this close to your heart? Massively. I’ve been bullied since I can remember and had a lot of dark times but they never dimmed my light.
In the video, your body is covered with antigay taunts. Why?
This felt this was important. I wanted to make a statement – that those words don’t stick. That’s why I wash them off at the end.
Are you ready for global domination?
I was born ready. [Laughs.]
You’ve played lots of Pride festivals, but are you planning for arena tours one day?
I’m always planning crazy ideas that I could only do in an arena. Put it this way, when you’re buying a ticket to my show you’re getting your money’s worth.
What are the things that make you angry about the world?
Bullying and animal abuse really get to me. What do you love?
I love, love, love anyone who’s themselves and doesn’t care what anyone thinks. I love my family, my crazy friends, I love animals, like, way more than people and I love boys. I love girls, too, but in a different way. [Laughs.]
Are you romantically attached?
I’ve always been single. I’ve yet to have my first relationship, which sounds kinda sad but I’m just living my life. I would like to be with someone, but not just anyone, which is a reference to my song Someone.
What do you like to do when you’re not making music?
I love chilling out, eating junk food and watching movies I’ve seen a million times.
I love going out with my besties and getting drunk. There will be dancing, twerking – lots of twerking. [Laughs.]
What’s one thing that might surprise people about you?
I can get socially awkward sometimes when meeting new people. It takes me a while to be myself. Not my fans, though, they get me. Are you sex positive?
Totally sex positive. I love sex. I also love talking about sex. My friends can always count on me to say something outrageous no matter where we are. Like, we could be in a really quiet restaurant and I’ll just tell everyone how much my straight friends want my bussy. I love embarrassing them.
At the beach – speedos, boardshorts or nude? Depends on what beach and who I’m with. Normally I’m a short-shorts kinda guy.
What’s the next 18 months looking like?
I just released the Wild One EP so I’m looking to release more music videos and remixes. I have a lot of Pride gigs coming up and I’d love to take it worldwide. I’m really excited about the future. There’s a lot happening.
What’s your message to DNA readers? Always be yourself, have fun and don’t take life too seriously. We’re here for a good time, not a long time.
My straight friends want my bussy.