The music of Haverhill-based electro-pop artist St. Blair is unapologetic in its queerness. Her songs are at once celebratory, introspective, and filled with LGBTQ+-positive euphoria, while dabbling in realms of trap, ambient, trip hop, hyperpop, and even facets of Broadway showtunes, to craft a truly memorable pop experience. At the helm is thespian mastermind Lex Blair, for whom we of course have…
5 QUESTIONS FOR LEX BLAIR
1. What’s the last GREAT album you’ve recently listened to?
First thing that comes to my mind is SOUR, the debut album of Olivia Rodrigo. Its great for so many reasons from the variety of genres to the specificity in her songwriting. There’s incredible production and her breakup takes you on an arc of healing.
2. What band or artist would you most like to share a bill or collaborate with?
If I want to take it all the way to the stars and I could collaborate and share the bill with these lovely artists, I’ll say: The Weeknd, Frank Ocean, Lil Nas X, Lizzo, Rihanna, Cardi B, Megan the Stallion, Beyonce, Halsey, Lorde, and whatnot. I know this shit sounds popular but there’s no shame in pop. I find there’s so much you can do and expand like these artists have.
3. What passions and hobbies do you follow outside of music?
Outside of music, I want to do more within theatre. There has been so much I am doing and I am proud of where I am going. Over the past year, I have done 20 projects as an actress ranging in forms of virtual theatre, film, and podcast. I have directed 2 virtual shows and I am looking to do one more.
If people are looking to become fans of St. Blair, come to Acting Out! in Lawrence because I have so much going on. I am exploring my drag persona as Lexa Minnelli as part of their fundraiser, LIFE is a…DRAG SHOW!, and returning to the stage September 16th-19th as Hot Blades Harry in Acting Out’s production of Urinetown.
4. What’s the one thing about the music scene as a whole you’d like to change?
More queer/trans representation. Its not often you see people embrace those identities and take it to the top 40 like Lil Nas X has. I am hoping I can change the path for representation and introduce artists and make sure I pave the way for people to be accepted in this scene. Also for Distrokid, who I distribute music with, please make sure Spotify can make name changes in music easier because there are so many projects with the name St. Blair scattered around and its not helpful.
5. What genre would you like to see more representation of locally? (This question comes from the previous 5 Questions interview Jim Warren)
Honestly, it’s too much acoustic singer-songwriter and not enough electro-pop/alt R&B/hip-hop representation. I say these three genres because we need more authenticity and it doesn’t sound like anything else out there. Just imagine how crazy you could go with a talkbox. Or even think of the possibilities it could be when you add AutoTune and more venues embraced the aux cord.
St. Blair’s discography can be found streaming on all major platforms, and via her linktr.ee page.