Pandemic be damned, All Stars winner Alaska Thunderfuck and NYC drag scene mainstay Kandy Muse have teamed up for the “Sitting Alone in the VIP,” a surprisingly poignant electro banger about the sense of isolation that’s part and parcel of a drag queen’s life. And now, the music video is here, featuring both Alaska and Kandy in and out of drag (flaunting some quarantine mask protocol fierceness, naturally) as well as another Drag Race alum.
“This industry really is a lonely one” and “nobody asked me about my day” don’t sound like they’d be lyrics to a thumping dancefloor anthem, yet “Sitting Alone in the VIP” is anything but maudlin. It’s a clear successor to Alaska’s own how-to-treat-a-queen tutorial “Hieeee” and is sure to be a favorite lip sync among other drag queens whenever the world opens back up (fingers crossed).
Alaska explained to Billboard how a tweet from Kandy inspired the song. “When Kandy Muse first sent out a distress call on Twitter that she was ‘Alone in the VIP…’ and feeling miserable, I think she tapped into a feeling we’ve all had in a club at one time or another — I’m here, surrounded by fancy things and fabulous people but I’m still somehow managing to feel all alone. Ever since, people have jumped onboard taking pictures of themselves sitting despondently in a VIP booth.
“The song came naturally as a logical next step. Recording it with Ellis Miah of Beat Salon was one of the last things I did before the world shut down completely. Kandy recorded remotely from New York and the rest is herstory.”
As for the decision to include drag and out-of-drag shots in the video, Alaska explains, “this aesthetic choice could be seen as a commentary on what roles drag and gender play in society. But it’s mostly because I’ve been growing in a sickening mullet and I wanted to show it off.”
“Alaska had originally brought up the idea of doing some out of drag shots for the videos and I automatically agreed to it,” Kandy Muse explained. “I think it’s important to show both sides of the entertainer (queen) specially since drag is such a play on gender, bending and breaking the rules. I love the glamour of drag and how stunning I look, but I also love to show that I have some self-love for Kevin and not only Kandy and I’m comfortable showing that to the world.”