ABOUT THE QUEEN
Mayhem: noun - violent or damaging, disorder, chaos.
There you have it folks: a complete spectrum of what you will be forced to endure upon witnessing Mayhem. Your feelings will be violently shifted and you will be stripped of what you previously supposed a “drag queen” should be while disorder and chaos descend over what you once thought, all because of Mayhem. Forever challenging your senses and shaking the very foundations of your emotions. To watch Mayhem is to be both alive and dead as she will bless and slay her way to your anxiously beating heart, and with her talons she will pluck you from the mundane and gift you purpose of being. She IS the show and the show IS she. Mayhem.
Hailing from the jewel of the Inland Empire, Riverside, CA, Mayhem Miller (a.ka. Dequan Johnson) has proven herself to be a paragon of what the Southern California drag scene has come to produce. She has performed and worked her way through the last 16 years of broom-closet dressing rooms and hours-long traffic jams to serve you a polished product that is truly unique and multi-faceted. Mayhem has always had such an enigmatic presence, it comes as little surprise that Drag became the only option to fully express the many talents she possessed. She has even furthered that career into nurturing the paths and future careers of other drag queens by producing her own shows Los Angeles, Riverside, Palm Springs, and San Diego. She will have you cackling in your seat one minute and then steal your breath away the next with her captivating artistry and glamour.
Known locally as the Queen of the Party, Mayhem Miller brings more to the table than many can fully stomach. You will be forced to come back for seconds and thirds, and for that reason, she has become a staple to the drag and nightlife communities that extends far past the California border and into the international arena beyond. From her home bar of VIP in Riverside, USA to Oz Nightclub in Adelaide, AU, Mayhem has persevered, not just within the nightlife/drag circuits, but in elevating her performances to the next level. You can now find her at The Laughing Factory in Los Angeles and on Netlflix in Cherry Pop. She has worked in outreach for UC Riverside and interviewed for Huffington Post and BuzzFeed. She has been featured in Photography Books and walked down scores of Runways and still finds time to pray and give thanks. The art of female impersonation will never be the same now that Mayhem has, in some ways, literally danced her way through the ranks.
We search for idols and heros in sports and academia, but it is in the arts that we are faced with the visceral and introspective. Artists like Mayhem Miller fill you with euphoria while still voicing issues in the world that need to be discussed while drawing from both academia and experience. They are political and they are knowledgeable, athletic as they are comedic, but most of all they are real people who have proven that with hard work and just a little bit of magic, anything is possible.
“You are all beautiful, and don’t you let NOBODY tell you different.” - Mayhem Miller