Back in the game RUFUS WAINWRIGHT
Jack of all trades or Renaissance man. However you want to put it, RUFUS WAINWRIGHT, son of singers Loudon Wainwright III and the late Kate McGarrigle, certainly has his finger in many a pie whether itâ€™s rock, classical, opera, recreations of old showbiz concerts or even film-making. SIMON GAGE caught up with him as he was celebrating a new â€œdanceyâ€ album and getting ready to marry his partner of seven years, JÃ¶rn Weisbrodt
The new album is very up and poppy. Is that because youâ€™re in a happy place in your life?
Itâ€™s nice that people now have the idea that I can experience many emotions, isnâ€™t it? But thereâ€™s a practical issue: even though I do write operas and do classical work and did the Judy Garland (his recreation of Garlandâ€™s legendary Carnegie Hall concert), at heart I am a pop musician, thatâ€™s where I started out and thatâ€™s where I make most of my money.
It sounds like you have a bit of a crush on your producer, Mark Ronson.
Oh, I do! Iâ€™ve fallen under the Ronsonite spell. If he was ugly that would be a relief. But heâ€™s so handsome and so talented and so nice. Itâ€™s a tricky triumvirate. But heâ€™s a very dear friend and itâ€™s all above the belt and his wife is a good friend as well and my boyfriend loves him. Maybe weâ€™ll have a foursome. That would be cool. Itâ€™s just part of the territory, the artist falling in love with the producer.
Are you a good boy now? Youâ€™re not allowed to play away?
Oh, why are you asking those kind of questions? Weâ€™re getting married next week!
What made you want to get married?
I was, for a long timeâ€¦ I wouldnâ€™t say anti-gay marriage but not necessarily into the idea for myself. I subscribe more to the Wildean shore of love.
You mean shagging around?
Just that being gay meant complete and utter freedom in terms of sexual mores and I lived that and enjoyed it but then I had a child and I just felt like I wanted to honour the commitment weâ€™d made to each other. Viva is biologicially my offspring and doesnâ€™t have a connection to JÃ¶rn genetically but I know heâ€™s going to be very involved in her upbringing so I wanted it to be kind of official. Weâ€™re at the forefront of this gay marriage venture and I think itâ€™s going to be different from straight marriage. Itâ€™s pioneering territory and Iâ€™ve always liked to be out front.