Back to your style for a minute: Why the curlers in your “Tigeraso”
Growing up, if you were getting your hair done and you wanted something to eat, you would just go in your rollers—whatever. But you never went to the club with your rollers. So the concept was like: I’m Maluca. I don’t give a shit. I’m gonna go to the grocery store, I’m gonna go to the club—in my rollers! The funniest thing is that for my night look, I go in my good rollers, which are gold soda cans.
Do women actually use cans as curlers?
All the time. If you couldn’t afford to go to the hair salon, you’d use cans. Or if you wanted a more curly look, you’d use straws.
What was it like touring for the first time this past year?
The energy in Europe is so good. I love it there. In Belgium I played in front of 10,000 people. I thought I was gonna die. The audience was throwing things at me. But then I was like: I’m from New York. I’m gonna kill it! And I did. And then afterward I found out that when they throw things, it’s because they like you.
Do you still get stage fright?
I always get nervous before I go onstage, and then when I’m onstage, I go into a zone. It’s almost like blacking out. Even though I have choreography, you never know what I’m going to do. I stage dive sometimes, hide under the DJ booth. One time I did an outdoor show, and I decided to go for a run in the woods—midsong. People were like, Is this bitch crazy? But it’s about having fun. Times are tough; I just want to give people an awesome show.