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Same Love

It’s not often a rap song carried a message of support for anything gay let alone marriage equality, therefore it came as quite a surprise to many to hear a rap tune supporting gay marriage had sneaked into the US top 20 of Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.

Rap duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis released the song Same Love, quite some time ago, February I believe and as the momentum for equal marriage across the US has increased so have sales for the enchanting tune. Last week it sold the most it ever had since it was released, an amazing 110,000 copies, pushing it into the charts.

The song comes from the duo‘s latest album and focuses on Macklemore’s personal experiences, thoughts and feelings around the issue of same-sex relationships and equal marriage. The accompanying video also features the lives of a gay couple, including a happy marriage and can be seen on YouTube.

The lyrics were inspired by Referendum 74, where voters in the US state of Washington voted to uphold a law legalising equal marriage.

Many believe the song, which also features vocalist Mary Lambert, gained an added impetuous recently because of the US Supreme Court’s ruling in favour of same-sex marriage, in two cases recently. It jumped from 28 to 16 in the Hot 100, as well as surging from 23 to 8 on the US Digital chart.

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis rose to fame in the UK last year with the song Thrift Shop, which topped the UK chart and the follow up Can’t Hold Us, is currently in the top 20 in the UK, having been on the chart for around 16 weeks.

Same Love is surprisingly evocative and packed with energy, passion and meaning. A worthy addition to any music collection.

 

Carly Rae Jepson Cancels Boy Scout Gig

“As an artist who believes in equality for all people, I will not be participating in the Boy Scouts of America Jamboree this summer”

Carly Rae Jepsen

 

Carly Rae Jepsen

Carly Rae Jepsen has pulled out of a concert organised by the Boy Scouts Of America, citing the organisation’s stance on gay rights.

The Canadian star was due to play at the Jamboree event in July.

Carly Rae Jepson Cancels Boy Scout Gig

“As an artist who believes in equality for all people, I will not be participating in the Boy Scouts of America Jamboree this summer”

Carly Rae Jepsen

 

Carly Rae Jepsen

Carly Rae Jepsen has pulled out of a concert organised by the Boy Scouts Of America, citing the organisation’s stance on gay rights.

The Canadian star was due to play at the Jamboree event in July.

UK pop star was ashamed to be gay

Will Young
UK pop star has told a local London free newspaper that he was so ashamed of being gay he became depressed and addicted to porn.    The revelations will shock and upset many of the performers fans who considered him a guiding light in being a dignified rolemodel for young gays.

‘It got to the stage last year where I thought I was on top of work, that I’d find a boyfriend and everything would be all right,’ he told the Metro, ‘But something was going wrong. What I’ve realised is that growing up knowing I was gay from a young age, I always felt extremely ashamed. It’s a cliché but it’s true. ”

‘I’ve only just realised how s**t that’s made me feel about myself for a very, very long time.’ The 33-year-old says the ‘trauma’ of  relationships has left him single for the past five years.”    Adding   “It doesn’t even help when you have loads of money,  I’d buy houses and get nothing from it.  Bought cars, got nothing from it. I’ve gone out and spent £5,000 in Selfridges – and nothing. I don’t even wear the stuff. All those things I thought would bring me happiness, don’t.’

He added: ‘It never moved into sex addiction. For me, it was love addiction and fantasy. I was probably addicted to porn.’

The pop singer also caused offence when he repeatedly swore whilst performing at a live national radio concert in London’s Hyde Park in 2011.   The live radio 2 bash was broadcast live and the singer swore as he made excuses for being late on stage and giving a rather weak vocal performance.

Jason Shaw talks to Brandon Anderson

Gay writer, broadcaster and Rainbow Post contributor Jason Shaw interviews American singer song writer Brandon Anderson about his latest single ‘I’ll Keep On Driving’  his career and life that took him from the midwest to New York.

You may not know his name, at least not yet, but Brandon Anderson is on the cusp of great things, this handsome young man is already an award winning singer/songwriter who hails from Wisconsin, USA.  He creatively blends folk with piano rock with a pinch of other alternative influences to create a delightful sound that he terms ‘edgy folk rock’.   It is a sound when combined with his provoking lyrics is already garnering many fans all over America and further afield around the world.  

 

He was born and raised in a Mormon family from Kenosha, a medium sized city on the western shores of Lake Michigan, Wisconsin, USA.  Music was a key background ingredient to life in Brandon’s home during his early years, yet there was always something creative hiding under the surface and Brandon got involved with school plays and school musicals as a kid.  It was during his early teenage years when his family situation changed that Brandon began to have questions not only about his own Mormon faith but also about his sexuality. There were questions he needed answers to, but at the time answers seemed few and far between. However it wasn’t long before the young adolescent found the perfect outlet for his creative desires and ideas which was putting pen to paper and writing songs.

 

Brandon is now a resident of New York and regularly plays gigs at many of the Big Apples premier singer/songwriter hotspots as well as touring across America.   It is along these travels that he picks up stories, ideas and inspirations that form the basis for many of his songs.  Indeed his latest album, Guitars and Grievances, is largely inspired by the stories of hardship, human spirit and grievances he picked up along the way.  

 

His latest single is a perfect example of just that, taken from Guitars and Grievances,  I’ll Keep Driving is a moving, evolving story inspired by a young gay fan’s sense of despondency, isolation and the desire of seeking out a better place to be.  Brandon’s effervescent voice delicately conveys the emotion with surprising depth echoing feelings that we can all identify with at some stage during our lives, at least to some degree. 

Super SIRPAUL interview

Guest Post from music blogger Howard Stump





SIRPAUL The Horse

In preparation for the stampede this week caused by the release of The Horse, I had the pleasure of sitting down with the creative force behind the album, SIRPAUL™, to learn what might hear on the album, and to just catch up with the amazing talent. But before we jump in, I thought it might be nice to get some background info on SIRAPUL. After moving to New York City in 1998, he released his first album, a self-titled collection now out of print. That was followed by Sexual.Human.Being, Robotika, Switch, and a favorite of mine, 2006’s Dismantle. And there was also Objectified and the most recent, Music & Me. And that is only the full albums, for there were also several EPs and Remixes available. I’ve been a fan for a while, fascinated by the way SIRPAUL is able to skim the best of Pop and Rock over the past few decades, and make startling new music that, at it’s core, has amazing heart and soul.

The music has all been released on the Controversial Records label, for which he is the CEO and Founder. The company as also released music by Cherylyn, as well as a recent release by Simulover. SIRPAUL has also released several videos in collaboration with director Andreas Anastasis. These videos have been featured on LOGO and MTV, and have topped the charts on LOGO’s ClickList and the NewNowNext, as being featured on MTV.com. With you all caught up now, let’s get to his latest release, The Horse. I couldn’t resist, I had to know what inspired the album title.

SIRPAUL The Horse SIRPAUL The Horse

“Well I felt that the two of the things I feared but am strongly attracted to are falling in love and riding a horse,” he answered. “Both are strong and powerful. Both require practice, patience and confidence, and when you get thrown off you have to just get back up and try again. I’m fascinated by horses and I have learned to trust my instincts…the title came to me and I just knew it was what the album was going to be called before I even wrote the songs.”

After getting an opportunity to hear an advanced copy, I couldn’t help but notice The Horse has a harder edge, harkening back to Punk roots, like the great music of Blondie and Debbie Harry. What drew you in that direction?

“I’m really at a very specific place in my life right now,” he told me, “and I really feel like I’m starting to understand the side of me that is a very head strong, powerful man. In a lot of way I think my last album Music & Me was my way of saying to the world: “Here I am! I can make really catchy music!” and with the exception of Colors and U it was more about me showing off my production skills more than it was about revealing anything too deep or intimate. The Horse is about the process of owning my strength, being unapologetic about my intense sexual energy and exploring the depths of my masculinity.

Body Connection featuring Loco Ninja
http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F36077273&show_artwork=true

I see that on the first single, you collaborate with Loco Ninja, a great new LGBTQ artist some of the blog regulars might recognize from previous posts. How did that come together?

“Loco’s my boy,” SIRPAUL exclaimed! “Believe it or not, we never even met until after we collaborated! Someone I know tweeted about him so I checked out his music and I loved his style. He checked out my stuff and he offered to collaborate. At this point, Body Connection was already done but I felt like the song lends itself really well to feature a rap break so I sent him the track. I was on pins and needles waiting to hear what he came up with,” he told me excitedly, “and was very happily surprised with the result. I think he has a very good career ahead of him.”

With a blog filled with the music of so many talented artists in the gay community, and enjoying the collaboration with Loco Ninja, I was interested in knowing if there were any other LGBTQ artists SIRPAUL would like to work with.

SIRPAUL The Horse SIRPAUL The Horse

“I just finished remixing Christopher Dallman & Baby Alpaca” he answered proudly. “They are both BRILLIANT and amazingly cool people that just so happen to be out AND have an immense amount of talent. I’m really not a fan of any of any mediocre “out” artists who think that by just being gay it’s enough to make their music good or interesting. When you listen to an artist’s music the last thing you should be thinking is “Is this person GAY?” Who cares?? I think some-how gay people have been credited with having good taste and that is hardly the truth. At the same time, enough with gay publications writing about Britney Spears, Madonna, Kylie and Rihanna. We have plenty of talented people in the LGBTQ community and if the music is GOOD, we should lift each other up.”

After hearing and loving the new music, I was dying to know what song SIRPAUL felt came the closest to capturing the man himself.

“I’d say Like A Horse feels like a true, classic SIRPAUL song to me… but then again,” he said with a laugh in his voice, “I have musical multiple personality disorder so, all of my songs are really very authentic to me as an artist.”

Like A Horse off the album, The Horse
http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F40741486&show_artwork=true

I have to admit, the density of sound at the top of Strict really grabbed me straight away. In fact, Strict, Hardcore Crazy and Dark Beat seemed to be coming from a different place than the others. They sound like they come from a darker, edgier part of your soul. Do they bring some light in there for you?

“No,” he told me mater-of-factly. “They reveal the darkness by pulling you into it with me.” Hmmm, I like the way that sounds.

Strict off the album, The Horse
http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F40744650&show_artwork=true

There is no way I could talk to him about this album without mentioning the cover art, which is artful indeed. It features SIRPAUL draped across a black horse. At first glance, it took my breath away. The cover is exquisite. Was it your idea to be naked atop a horse?

“Thank you,” he said appreciatively. “Yes it was. We were first trying to reinterpret a very famous painting called Mazeppa. I was to be tied naked to a horse, which is how the painting shows the character. It was a crazy idea but I worked really hard to make sure I didn’t make a fool out of myself. I put myself on a very strict diet and exercise regimen – six days a week at the gym for two hours a day, no wheat, dairy, soy or sugar.”

Mazeppa by Horace Vernet SIRPAUL The Horse
Mazeppa, by Horace Vernet. And SIRPAUL by Michael Young

I have to say, that seems pretty impressive to me. But so does SIRPAUL, looking young and strong, that is for sure. Was this just for the cover shot, or something more permanent?

“I’m trying to just make it a lifestyle now because I’ve never felt better in my life,” he answered. “I’ve also been working very closely with a brilliant photographer named Michael Young (Website here) and I trusted that if I got my body in really good shape and I made sure the location, set, props and styling (if any LOL) were all on point, we could create something magical and for me, it was a transformative moment in my life.”

As a man with many titles, including singer, songwriter, producer, CEO, and just about any other job it takes to make music in the current day and age, I had to know if SIRPAUL had a favorite part of the entire process of putting together and releasing an album.

“My favorite part is writing and recording the songs,” he told me, not surprising me at all. “I also love conceptualizing the artwork. Believe it or not, I actually love every part up until the point where I have to switch gears and do all of the business side of things. Booooooring,” he told me, rolling his eyes. “I need to sign with a record label…I can’t keep doing everything on my own anymore. I just want to focus on making the music and performing now.”

With a change in the New York law, SIRPAUL took advantage of the opportunity to marry Paul Petersen earlier this year. So I was dying to know if and how this made a difference. How has married life affected your music?

“Married life has given me the freedom to explore both the darkness and the light,” he said thoughtfully. “I feel more willing to look at the parts of myself that I was too afraid to see before because I know now that I’m unconditionally loved. You couldn’t ask for a better husband or a more supportive partner. He has given me the courage to fly.”

I have to thank SIRPAUL for taking time to answer my questions. The Horse will be released Tuesday, April 3rd. It will be available on iTunes and Amazon. I will post the links when I have them. Meanwhile, you can visit his official website for more about SIRPAUL. You can also check out a recent theme song from a movie, Going Down In La-La-Land.

To learn more about Going Down In La-La-Land, visit the official website. You can purchase the song on iTunes and Amazon. You can find SIRPAUL’s music catalog on iTunes and on Amazon.
Interview and post from Howard Stump

50 Cent wants gays to kill themselves.

50 Cent wants gays to kill themselves……

Rap star 50 Cent has refused to apologise for a series of homophobic and anti-gay statements, one of which suggested gay people should kill themselves.

The rap star,  whose real name is Curtis Jackson, posted a message on twitter a while back,  he wrote: “If you [are] a man and your [sic] over 25 and you don’t eat pu**y just kill yourself damn it. The world will be a better place.”

He posted it not long after the death of Tyler Clementi,  the 19 year old who jumped off a bridge after his roommate secretly filmed him having a same sex assignation and streamed it over the internet.

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Making music TimPermanent

Special music feature from Howard Stump.

TimPermanent

TimPermanent is about to release his latest collection of music. I first heard his music at the beginning of the year when he released Marker, a wonderful EP. My appreciation only grew when he released an acoustic cover of Robyn’s song, Dancing On My Own. He is about to release another EP, Resident. I was lucky enough to get my hands on an advance copy, and it is outstanding.

I first covered Tim through the release of Marker. You can find that here. Tim has been an out and proud performer since he was part of the socially-conscious anti-folk duo Testosterone Kills. As a solo performer, he weds electronica with infectious Pop and heartfelt lyrics.
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Coldplay’s Chris Martin had gay fears.

Chris Martin tells The Sun newspaper that watching Take That made him think he was gay!

 

The Coldplay star said his favourite bands growing up were “U2 and five handsome, strapping men from Stoke and Manchester”.
With his tongue firmly in his cheek, he added: “I’m not afraid to admit it, they made me ask the question ‘Am I gay?'”
Gwyneth Paltrow’s other half made his revelation as he presented Gary Barlow with an award for his songwriting achievements at the Q Awards yesterday. It left Chris wide open to a response from U2, who also picked up a gong later at the bash at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel.

Leading to the light of love – Chris Dallman interview.

To make the new release from Chris Dallman,  Jason Shaw talks to the enigmatic mellow tunesmith with a voice of pure honey.

Article first published as Light The Love – Christopher Dallman Interview on
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A tragedy of modern life I find is the painful truth that there are many people that really don’t seem to quite get the recognition they richly or rightly deserve.  In an effort to elevate some of that misfortune and injustice,   I’d like to introduce you to a singer/song writer whose blessed mellow evocative tones deserve to and should reach a multitude of fresh ears.


Christopher Dallman is a rare combination of incredible talent and unashamed niceness,   he was born in September  1978 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, this handsome fella learned the piano from just 8 years of age, then picked up a guitar around the age of 16 and taught himself to play.  Sometime during 1996 he started playing Sunset Boulevard, no not the famous street in LA, but a coffee shop in Milwaukee!


Chris is a sensitive chap with a vocal style is a delight to the ears and his all round sound is of transcendental, authentic and rather moving.  Chris has already built up a small army of fans all over this globe of ours and is all set to release a brand new five track EP.   I caught up with the LA based musician to find out more:

 

Hello again Chris, so this is a very exciting time for you, with you just about to release a new EP, when’s it coming out?
It is very exciting.  I’ve been living with these songs for so long and I love them so much that I can’t wait to share them.  It’s out September 27th.
We will talk some more about that in just a little while, however, first I want to take you back,   to where it all first started, when did you know you wanted to be a musician and that you had a such an emotive voice?
Well, I’ve always been musical.  I sang a lot as a child.  I have many memories of singing in my pyjamas while my grandmother played the upright piano in our living room.
I started actually writing songs when I was 17.  I recorded a little album I called ‘Poison Jack’ on a four track recorder in my parents’ basement.  It was a collection of fuck-you songs,  I’d written to the older boy that had just broken my heart.  I dubbed a bunch of cassette copies for my friends and they responded really strongly to it.  I suppose that was the first time I knew my voice had any kind of emotional power.  And, you know  that’s what gave me the confidence to set up my first live show at a coffeehouse in the city.


You talk about singing around the piano with your grandmother as a youngster, did you always hold a dream of being a singer or an entertainer?
I always wanted to be a performer.  Other jobs have never much appealed to me. But I started out wanting to be an actor and that turned into music when I was 18.
Who was on the young Chris Dallman’s stereo? 
Earliest loves were Madonna and Prince.   In high school and college, I got very into Tori Amos and Ani DiFranco.  I was very Lilith Fair then.  I still love all that, but back then it was all I listened to, whereas now it’s a tiny slice of my taste.  I didn’t really listen to dudes until I was in my 20s and I think you can hear that in my voice.  Now I listen to everything. I’m stuck on James Blake at the moment.  Stuck hard.
So are these the same kind of people that you take your influences from now?
Absolutely.  I learned to play music by mimicking the musicians that moved me most.  Over time, my own style has emerged, thank God, but I can still hear their influence in my tunes.
Did you take guitar lessons or where you self taught?   Singing lessons?
Self taught on both fronts.  It’s wonderful and terrible at the same time.  It’s both liberating and limiting.
Fascinating, most of the great guitar players are all self taught,  now lets change the subject a little and talk more about locations.  You currently reside in Los Angeles with your husband, now please forgive me, being a simple Brit, I may have got this all wrong, but is LA like it appears in the movies,  an wanna be actor at every street corner?  And Do you all go down to the beach at the weekend to surf?
Haha,  the side of LA that’s shown in movies is true to life, but it’s just a sliver of what the city really is  It’s accurate, but narrow.  I’ve been to the beach 3 times this year.  But never to surf.  And yes… actors EVERYWHERE. 

Jason Shaw
Thank you for that insight, one of the reasons I wanted to know about LA, is that from your sensational  EP ‘Never Was, there’s a track I simple  adore called ‘Has Been’.  Which seems to typify the whole LA, New York, Paris or even at a push, London ideal, the aspirations of making it in the big city, yet finding the streets are not paved with gold, that dreams and realities are not always the same things.  Did you have that in mind when you wrote it?


Definitely. I wrote it on the road after a really rugged gig.  I’d been stuck in a period of time where I couldn’t get out of my own head onstage.  The whole THING of performing is letting go of that and allowing yourself to go to another place that has nothing to do with the brain.  If you’re in your head, it kills it.  And the thing is that when you remove that part from the performing experience, you’re left with just the bad stuff– the anxiety.
I was driving to my next destination after that show feeling all sorts of washed up.  But then I laughed because how could I feel like such a has been if I’d never really made it?  I wrote the melody and lyrics then and there.
Is the best of you, yet unseen?
Absolutely.  I’m just getting started.  I really dig where my voice is headed and my five newest songs are my five faves.   The older I get, the freer I feel.


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