Queer kink and dominatrixes take center stage in new NSFW rock video

A new queer duo hit the rock scene this week with the premiere of their first kink-themed video at last week’s Outfest film festival in Los Angeles.

The promo for the song This Love is On Fire is an atmospheric, sexually-charged piece of work. It features women of all ages engaging in sado-masochistic acts with one another. This includes the infamous BDSM performance artist, Sheree Rose.

This Love Is On Fire from Cristy Michel on Vimeo.

The track – think The Stooges I Wanna Be Your Dog with a dash of Peaches and Bauhaus – comes from You Can Call Me Sir‘s debut EP.

The band consists of Louisiana-bred, LA-based dominatrix Cristy Michel and Memphis-based trombonist Matt Petty.

‘Together they are making digital music informed by their lived queer experiences in the haunted swamplands of the American South,’ according to an accompanying press release.

Cristy Michel and Matt Perry

Michel tells GSN they were raised in Houma, Louisiana, but were sent away to military boarding school in St. Petersburg, Florida, at the age of 15.

‘I attended Tulane University my first two years of college in New Orleans, then ran off to NYC… but I’ve been in Los Angeles since I was 21 and I’m 43 now.’

Michel identifies as queer and their partner, the artist Cassils, as trans-masculine. It was Cassils who directed the eye-catching video.

‘I really wanted to do a video with my best friend Mary,’ says Michel.

‘We often did performances in the mid-2000’s and one recently at a queer club night called Shotgun at the Eagle LA.

‘Our performances always played with female empowerment and sexuality. I wanted to take this performance to screen. After long talks with Cassils it just became apparent that it was even more interesting to talk about an intergenerational power exchange.

‘Sheree Rose is a friend, but also a shero… she has come before me as a feminist, artist, kinkster. We really wanted her to be in the video and I was honored that she said yes to a day of shooting in the dungeon.’

You Can Call Me Sir have released a video inspired by the queer kink scene

You Can Call Me Sir: Cristy and Matt (Photo: Supplied)

Background in kink

Unlike some other musical acts happy to appropriate kink culture, Michel is no tourist on the BDSM scene.

‘I have worked in BDSM since I was 21, so I’ve been in the kink business for over 20 years,’ they say. ‘I currently have my own dungeon in Echo Park. Kink has always been a reliable source of income for me and it was a convenient job in my 20’s being a musician.

‘Living in LA was easier then, so it paid the bills and allowed me to focus on creative projects. I’ve always played in bands and my primary live instrument is bass. I’ve played all genres, from funk to jazz to prog rock to electronica to punk.’

Nursing

In recent years, they have turned to other sources of income.

‘In my 20’s I also completed a Master’s Degree in Philosophy. My master’s thesis was entitled “A Pro-Sex Feminist Defense of Consent to BDSM”.

Unsurprisingly, philosophy failed to pay their bills.

‘So I also worked a bunch of other random jobs, all while working in kink, including in film in television, which is also a bit unreliable.

‘I had a fear that somehow I would age out of kink… and Hollywood for that matter… and that I couldn’t be a 40 year old dominatrix. So I went back to school in my 30’s and am a Registered Nurse.

‘My most rewarding job as a nurse was working at the LA LGBT Center in primary care and transgender health. I think it is important that as a queer person I use my knowledge to help my community.

‘What I realized in the process of all of this though is that I need music in my life … and I can be a 40-year-old dominatrix.’

Meeting partners and working together

Michel has been with Cassils since meeting in 2008. They married in 2012 in Montreal, ‘because gay marriage wasn’t legal yet in the states.’

Michel first met fellow band member Perry in 2016 via the Montalvo Art Center in northern California.

‘After taking a year to develop ongoing projects, we coincidentally both returned to Montalvo in April of 2018. This time, having already connected over music, queerness, and growing up in the South, a collaboration began to form which eventually grew into the bigger project of You Can Call Me Sir.’

The band’s debut four-track EP hit streaming services this week. Cassils is already working on a video for Jackalope, a second track from the EP. Michel and Perry are now working on new songs and planning their first live show for the winter. Expect their output to continue to challenge.

‘Our sexist, misogynist, narcissistic president disgusts me on a daily basis,’ says Michel of the things that concern them.

‘ICE detention centers… the fact that they even exist, the conditions, separating children from their families is abhorrent. How are we living through this… why aren’t we doing more as citizens?

‘We live in a world of distortion and I have witnessed pain on many different levels. My work reflects this pain by exploring themes of abusive power, secret desire, mistaken identities and dark ritual.’

See also

WATCH: ‘I believe that everyone, regardless of their body shape, can be sexual’

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