Killian Wells, CEO of Fragrance House Xyrena, shares the joy he finds in his corner of the internet

Here at Mozilla, we’re the first to admit that the Internet isn’t perfect, but we’re also quick to point out that the Internet is pretty magical. The internet opens doors and opportunities, allows people to connect with others and lets everyone find where they belong: their corners of the internet. We all have an internet story worth sharing. In My Corner of the Internet, we talk to people about the online spaces they can’t get enough of, that we need to save on Bag to read later and what sites and forums they formed.

With Pride celebrations taking place in June, this month we showcase LGBTQ+ leaders as part of our My corner of the internet series. In the latest episode, Killian Wells, CEO of award-winning fragrance house Xyrena, talks about his love for geek culture, launching a beauty brand website and pocketing his favorite blogs.

What is your favorite corner of the internet?

I’m on Instagram a lot and love throwback accounts like @insta80s90s@80_decopopculturedmemes, and @onlyninetieskidsknow

What’s a deep internet dive you can’t wait to dive back into?

A few times a year I fall down an internet rabbit hole of looking for synths/patches used on popular songs, especially by my favorite producers like Max Martin and Timbaland.

Which tab in your browser do you always regret closing?

As a movie buff, I’m on IMDb a few times a day, especially when I’m watching a movie or show and need to know where else I’ve seen a well-known actor. I’m on it so often that I’ve developed the very useless talent of being able to name the year a movie was released and the distributor.

Who is an LGBTQ+ person with a very online presence that is a role model for you?

I am a big fan of Jeremy Scott. I love its design aesthetic so much! I also saw his documentary a few years ago and really relate to his story in many ways.

What can you not stop talking about on the internet?

We just launched a brand new site for Xyrena (xyrena.com), so I’m really excited about that. I am quite obsessed with the retro design.

What was the first online community you engaged with?

I’m a big pop culture nerd and collect Funko Pops (the Ad Icons are my favourite), so as a teenager I got in touch with other funatics. My first business was actually selling Wacky Wobblers online and I had the chance to meet Funko’s founder, Mike Becker, and visit one of their original headquarters.

What articles and videos are waiting in your Pocket to be read/watched?

I keep my favorite blogs in my pocket like lunchmeatvhs.com and alternativemovieposters.com

If you could create your own corner of the internet, what would it look like?

It already exists on xyrena.com

Killian Wells is an Austin-based pop artist/songwriter/producer turned perfumer and CEO of award-winning fragrance house Xyrena. Called ‘the bad boy perfumer’ and the ‘Damien Hirst of the perfume world’ by press and critics, Wells’ work is heavily influenced by the pop culture of the 80s, 90s and Y2K. Follow him on Instagram @KillianWells

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