She's best known for her work in the bounce sub-genre of hip-hop, but did you know that Big Freedia also features on Beyonce's already-iconic 'Formation'?
The New Orleans native - who has also worked with everyone from Diplo to Drake - is gearing up for the release of her new EP 'Third Ward Bounce' on June 1st and will be playing Dublin later this month.
Ahead of her gig at The Workman's Club on May 24th, she shared her worldview with us via entertainment.ie's Big Questionnaire.
What’s the music that you listened to growing up, that you still listen to today?
R&B - Michael Jackson, Prince, and Patti LaBelle.
When did you first realise you wanted a career in music?
When I was 10 and joined the church choir.
In three words, describe the minute before you walk on stage.
Pray, thankful, Mom.
How do you wind down after a gig?
Hang out backstage with my crew of dancers and DJ.
What’s the one song you wish you’d written or recorded first?
What song of yours are you most proud of?
3rd Ward Bounce on my new EP. Wait til you hear it.
What’s your favourite venue to perform in?
Your best and worst gig so far?
I don’t know about worst, but best was in Brazil a couple years ago. We took a boat to an island, and performed. It was amazing.
Whose career do you envy, and why?
Beyonce because she is such a professional and a true Queen! She is a model of beauty, talent and hard work.
Vinyl or digital downloads?
Give your thoughts on Spotify in three words.
Innovative, future, ???
You can only have three albums on your phone/in your house at any one time - what three would you pick for today?
Michael Jackson’s Thriller, Patti Labelle’s TK, and Beyonce’s Formation.
Name one piece of music memorabilia that you wish you owned.
Michael Jackson’s glove.
Name one record, one book and one film that everyone should hear / read / see.
Record: 3rd Ward Bounce.
Book: Big Freedia: God Save the Queen Diva!
Film: Black Panther
Pick the director and lead actor(s) for a biopic about your life.
Director: Barry Jenkins
Lead actor: Jason Mitchell
You’re ordering take-away, what do you get?
50 Hot Wings from my spot in LA.
You’ve been given €100,000 to spend, but only 1 hour to spend it. What do you buy?
I’d go to Saks Fifth Avenue and buy shoes…
Describe your perfect day off.
Sleep in, Spa, and then host a crawfish dinner for friends and family.
Tell us, in one sentence, why we should come to your gig.
Because you will experience something you’ve never experienced before. There’s nothing life a Big Freedia show!
Big Freedia plays The Workman's Club on May 24th. Tickets are on sale from usual outlets now.