David and Claudio – SEXSHOOTERS Full Interview
We speak to David and Claudio, a couple living in London who tour the world as the DJ producers SEXSHOOTERS. We’ve spoken to lots of couples on the blog before like, open relationship couple Alex and Matthias, or newlyweds Raphael and Liam, and we featured three food loving couples in our Eat Gay Love series. We think SEXSHOOTERS David and Claudio have a very unique relationship and approach to life. They speak frankly about sex, love, drugs, and turning vegetarian.
Please introduce yourselves to the ROMEO audience?
D&C: “Hey Everyone! We are David and Claudio aka SEXSHOOTERS. We are a London based DJ/Producer couple, and as far as we know the only real-life couple and DJ duo on the international scene. Therefore, we have our own particular perspective on DJ life and the industry.”
D: “I’m sure we’ll manage to offend some/all of you at some point throughout this interview, but we just like to keep it real.”
Can you give me a brief synopsis of your love story, how you met, who said I love you first etc.?
C: “We kind of met and started the ‘old-fashioned way’ lol.”
D: “Well if you call me making you take your top off and pose for a photo ‘old-fashioned’ then OKAY! Hahaha.”
C: “I was watching him take photographs at his infamous Thursday club night Gigolo and he asked me if I wanted to be photographed. I remember the moment he turned around to talk to me and there was just something in that moment that I kind of knew that I had to keep this one.”
D: “It all moved pretty quickly after that point. Date on Saturday. Moved in on Tuesday. I love you’s the following Saturday. The rest is history.”
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Are you married? and is your relationship monogamous, monogamish, open, closed, depends on who’s asking?
C: “Is joined at the hip a category?”
D: “We live on top of each other and breathe the same air 24/7 and never spend a moment apart.”
C: “It’s actually not a joke. I think we were ultimately looking for a relationship where we could live work and be together all the time, and we definitely found it!”
D: “Other than that we have a very committed relationship with our work.”
C: “Outside of that, our monogamous, monogamish, open, closed, depends on who’s asking relationship has the open-mindedness to consider options if the fit happens to be right (and tight!) Haha.”
Do you think you look alike? Tell me a bit more about that?
C: “I fucking wish!”
D: “Hahaha whatever! We’ve had that said before, but we don’t agree.”
C: “I think people can confuse dressing the same as looking the same.”
D: “It’s strange that even though we are a couple and only ever present ourselves as a package, people often feel it’s their place to tell us, which they prefer, and why.”
D: “It’s rude and boring and only eliminates their possibility of getting our attention or respect.”
Talk to me about vegetarianism? How can you be so buff if you don’t eat meat? What’s your gym/diet routine? Do you use steroids?
D: “Last year we watched a movie called OKJA which is based on the meat industry, it’s very well made and really moving. Anyone who watches this movie and continues to eat meat is kinda soulless. I also grew up mainly vegetarian, so the transition back was not hard.”
C: “It was an important moment for us to look at and change some of our lifestyle choices. Going to the gym religiously, eating shitloads of meat, taking steroids and basing our free time on pursuing a certain physique was unrealistic, unhealthy, and unobtainable. It was also not conducive to both a DJ’s lifestyle (irregular hours, lack of sleep, traveling internationally, airplane food) or the goals we have as producers/musicians.”
D: “Technically we are ‘pescatarian’ so supplement our diet with fish but mainly make vegetarian choices. Once you identify what vegetarian alternatives you can replace meat with, it becomes pretty straightforward and keep in mind that it can be a work in progress.”
You mentioned earlier, you do everything together and depend on each other. Are you a living art experiment? Do you plan or schedule alone time (as in away from each other) and time to be with other people?
D: “No, never. Don’t want to. Not interested.”
C: “Hahaha we come as a package deal, so whenever we spend time with anyone be it friends, family or anything in-between, then it’s always with both of us. It’s not something that everyone understands or accepts, but we don’t care.”
Do you find you receive a lot of criticism for being good looking DJs, and/or do you think your looks undermine your music?
D: ‘SHADE… Shade comes in all forms, from all angles and in every shady shade of shade. It’s something we’ve come to accept and embrace in this business as it keeps coming our way and has no signs of ever going away.”
C: “Us gay’s don’t band together and support each other outside of our cliqués as much as we should. We’ve had some pretty harsh criticism about where we should or shouldn’t be playing based on our looks. ‘They’re not bearish enough for this venue,’ or ‘they’re good looking and therefore their music is crap,’ are some of the opinions that have been passed on to us. A DJ should be booked on the basis of their music and then their brand. If anyone gives us any shit, we just tell them to fuck off. We work too hard and are too passionate about making music to have our work limited by someone’s shitty small-minded opinions, or their need to label themselves or us into a certain group within the gay community. We already all have GAY as a label so why the need to add more labels that segregate and exclude people within the scene?”
D: “I would say that it’s just people’s judgmental, jealous, bitchy opinions, but then I’d risk being accused of being full of it! ☺”
What do you want to say with your brand? What’s the core of your story? Do you have a mission?
C: “Musically speaking we are constantly evolving and changing our sound to bring (in our opinion) something familiar but fresh and new. There’s no point in DJ’s all presenting the same package and playing the same generic sound of pop remixes and cliché cover versions at every party. Music is a personal experience, and it’s all about sharing your point of view through the music you choose to produce and play, and we always admire the DJ/Producers that have a loud, clear and unique perspective.”
D: “Personally speaking, we do not try to present ourselves in any particular way, either brand wise or personally. Our press images, our Instagram feed, anything we choose to put out there is literally just a representation of us at that moment; things we see beauty in and things we take inspiration from, etc. What’s most important to us is that in whatever we do, we do it with authenticity. You either like us, or you don’t, we have no interest in confirming, or being like someone else in order to potentially succeed more.”
What’s your position on drugs in the gay community and on the club scene?
D: “UGHHH! This question. Everybody in the scene is well aware what drugs are doing to our nightlife. All too often we hear ‘So and so has dropped he’ll be back for more later!’ But this shouldn’t be accepted as a normal and humorous part of a night out.”
C: “Every time someone dies of an overdose (presumably G) another club closes down, and people get on the bandwagon of accusing the venue of negligence. The reality is that clubbers need to grow the fuck up and realize that there is no ‘magic dosage formula’ to avoid dying and that they are personally responsible for killing themselves and more importantly killing clubbing as a whole.”
D: “We also know that nightlife goes hand in hand with drug use. BUT if we want places to continue to be open for us to go and party at, then maybe we should make better choices. Perhaps buy a drink so the venue can actually stay open, instead of taking the cheap, dirty option all the time… Especially, if you asked to be on the free guest list – lol.”
How do you feel about slut shaming?
D: “I love sluts!”
C: “There’s no shame in enjoying sex. Fuck as much as you can as often as you can. One day you’re going to be dead, so make good choices, get all you can and don’t judge others who are fortunate enough to have more sex than you – lol.”
Do you consider yourself to be masc, femme, or a bit of both?
C: “Labels can fuck off. Not interested. We are David & Claudio aka SEXSHOOTERS. If anyone wants to know what we are like, then come and have a chat with us.”
D: “We are a couple of guys who love each other, work hard, and have personalities that could incorporate any/all of the characteristics/stereotypes that gays use so often, so it would be pointless and boring to have to use a label.”
If you see masc4masc on a profile, what’s your first reaction?
C: “MARK AS SPAM.”
David and Claudio Brand
Do you think your brand sends out a message to young gay men that if they are not buff, they are somehow less important?
C: “There is a TON of pressure for gays, in general, to look a certain way these days. It’s sad that so many conversations are focused on size, weight, measurements and steroid courses. We aren’t perfect, we try our best to focus on what’s important and hopefully this is represented in everything we put out there in the world. As a community we need some perspective, and gay men in general (not just young ones), should limit being influenced by social media ‘fitness models’ brandishing their protein shakes and unobtainable ‘natural’ physiques. EveryBODY is different, and that’s OK!”
Anything you’d care to add?
D: “Ohhhhhh now that you ask, there are a few things!”
C: “Be kind.”
D: “Be honest.”
C: “Don’t wear fur.”
D: “Don’t ignore people.”
C: “Be on time.”
D: “Be yourself.”
C: “And remember, you’re not a ‘social influencer,’ you’re just a dickhead with an iPhone.”
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