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Welcome to https://www.inthekeyofq.com/ (In the Key of Q) the weekly podcast where I chat with inspiring Queer musicians from around the world as they share stories, inspirations and of course their music. Billy Mick released his first single in 2019. He's performed at Pride and Gay Days events. And in America's pandemic lockdown continued to release songs and music videos. The autobiographical studio album Just Be came out in 2020, followed up by the long-player Levelling Up. Billy speaks openly in this episode about the challenges of growing up in a household with a father who was both a drug dealer and a bullying influence on the family home. Eventually, Billy escapes into adulthood and performing dinner theatre and on the stages of https://www.universalorlando.co.uk/ (Universal's theme park) in Florida. A surprise HIV diagnosis eventually leads to hospitalisation and a near-death coma. But emerging from this crisis point Billy's life begins all over again and he goes on to produce some amazing tunes. He is passionate about the queer community, embracing the ethos of https://www.manchesterpride.com/ (Manchester Pride) in the UK. Here he witnessed what he describes as a true community where sub-groups did not disappear into their own silos, and instead mixed and enjoyed each other's strength and power. It’s how he feels out community should be. Additional MaterialBilly on https://open.spotify.com/artist/6LtraNbhR9byW6bSGipSKf?si=uXMnRXnqRlKNQ9ad1jIbhw (Spotify), https://music.apple.com/us/artist/billy-mick/1471376212 (Apple Music), https://billymick.bandcamp.com/ (Bandcamp), https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnDhp85VTy9LqPc5KsxsLng?view_as=subscriber (YouTube), https://soundcloud.com/billy-mick?ref=clipboard (Soundcloud) Billyon https://mobile.twitter.com/billymickmusic1 (Twitter), https://www.facebook.com/BillyMickMusic/ (Facebook), https://www.instagram.com/billymickmusic/?hl=en (Instagram) Billy's https://www.billymick.com (homepage) If you enjoyed this episode why not take a listen to https://player.captivate.fm/episode/ec383aa8-411e-4764-b886-678efe2052c2 (Daddy Dawg). https://www.inthekeyofq.com/ (In the Key of Q) is a weekly 30-40 minute podcast publishing every Tuesday. I’m your host Dan Hall, and in each episode, I chat candidly with a gay/bi musician about their life and music.  Access exclusive interview content and support the production of this podcast by heading over to https://www.patreon.com/inthekeyofq (Petreon) and making a small donation. Enjoy the music of previous guests by listening to https://linktr.ee/inthekeyofq (these playlists) with tracks selected by the artists themselves. CreditsThe podcast can be reached on email and on social media at https://twitter.com/inthekeyofq (Twitter), https://www.instagram.com/inthekeyofq/ (Instagram) and https://www.facebook.com/InTheKeyOfQ (Facebook). The podcast’s forever home can be found https://www.inthekeyofq.com/ (here). Theme tune is by https://www.unstoppablemonsters.com/ (Paul Leonidou). Press & PR by Paul Smith. Many thanks to Kaj and Moray for their continued support. https://www.inthekeyofq.com/ (In the Key of Q) is presented and produced by Dan Hall and made at Pup Media. Dan has recently produced the landmark BBC film, "Freddie Mercury: The Final Act" (dir. James Rogan) and is the producer of the podcast series https://btdtshow.com/ (Been There Done That). For audio or video production inquiries Dan can be reached here or at https://www.thetalentmanager.com/talent/156474/dan-hall (Talent Manager.) Would you like to appear on the show? Or have an artist you'd like to recommend, please tell them to get in touch via email.
Welcome to https://www.inthekeyofq.com/ (In the Key of Q) the weekly podcast where I chat with inspiring Queer musicians from around the world as they share stories, inspirations and of course their music. Levi Kreis is a multi-award winner. Having gathered himself awards from https://criticscircle.org.uk/ (Critic's Circle), Out Music, and most excitingly, the https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHrFrqB48wk (Tony's). Born in https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ba9mWXtGU4g (Oliver Springs), Tennessee his music features a fusion of styles influenced by gospel, country, bluegrass, and even rockabilly. He says of his career, "I've always believed that our mess is our ministry. I may be more candid than the next guy about my obstacles and struggles. I am not interested in painting a perfect picture for the world to see not when people all around me need to know how to turn their pain into personal power. The driving force behind all that I do is narrow and define. I want to heal." Even as a kid Levi had an eye for business. When offered a dollar to sing in the church for God, he suggests off the bat that given two he'd sing for Jesus as well! His deep relationship with the church and his amazing voice he was offered a lucrative gospel record contract. The contract vanished when he was outed by a betrayal within the church. Maybe it wasn't a bad thing as from the age of eight it taught him that his queerness was "detestable in the eye of god". Falling into a domestically abusive relationship, Levi's mother works out that his violent "flatmate" is actually his lover. Whilst she appears to rescue him from harm's way, she resolves the 'rescue' with a promise that his devilish homosexual ways will lead to https://www.aidsmap.com/about-hiv (an AIDS diagnosis and death). In search of community Kreis falls into the artificial comfort of https://www.aidsmap.com/news/feb-2013/crystal-meth-and-london-gay-men-examining-evidence (crystal meth), and as his addiction grows he somehow manages to win a Tony Award in 2010. Eventually breaking free from addiction he makes beautiful peace with his mistakes, his demons and wrong turns. "The truth is every pain brings you to power. Every mess is your voice to the world, and we need your voice." He is a true believer in the nature of things; the pattern of life. His career has since continued to grow including https://soundcloud.com/enrichedrecords/rich-b-vs-levi-kreis-ft-qboy-2 (a duet with alumni QBoy) and a lead role in the US touring production of https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INqi7_7PlCs (Hadestown). Additional Material Levi on https://open.spotify.com/artist/3MxSB2qv4d11PSgSVCSzJG?si=ELkPwRSwRSGTc5yLZFVn1w&nd=1 (Spotify), https://music.apple.com/us/artist/levi-kreis/128687046 (Apple Music), https://tidal.com/browse/artist/4954512 (Tidal), https://levikreis.bandcamp.com/ (Bandcamp), https://www.youtube.com/levikreis (YouTube) Levi on Twitter, https://www.facebook.com/LeviKreis/ (Facebook), https://www.instagram.com/levikreis/ (Instagram) Levi homepage Domestic abuse help from https://galop.org.uk/get-help/helplines/ (GALOP) the LGBT+ anti-abuse charity. Help with chemsex addiction from the pioneering team at https://www.dean.st/chems/ (56 Dean Street). QBoy's episode of https://player.captivate.fm/episode/5948fa4c-5c52-450e-812a-f0df5b941927 (In the Key of Q). If you enjoyed this episode why not take a listen to https://player.captivate.fm/episode/4a7602d9-9e5d-4fd9-9c61-fe43b98196c1 (Oli Spleen). https://www.inthekeyofq.com/ (In the Key of Q) is a weekly 30-40 minute podcast publishing every Tuesday. I’m your host Dan Hall, and in each episode, I chat candidly with a gay/bi musician about their life and music.  Access exclusive interview content and support the production of this podcast by heading over to https://www.patreon.com/inthekeyofq (Petreon) and making a small donation. Enjoy the music of previous guests by listening to https://linktr.ee/inthekeyofq (these...
Welcome to https://www.inthekeyofq.com/ (In the Key of Q) the weekly podcast where I chat with inspiring Queer musicians from around the world as they share stories, inspirations and of course their music. Sonicfluxx was born and raised in Florida in the United States. And in January 2020, his first single https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guYvYLmA9gk (Nothing Will Ever Be the Same) debuted at number two in the https://lgbtqmusicchart.uk/ (UK's LGBTQ charts). Quickly following this success was the release of his debut EP, Nostalgia. His premier performance on stage was at only one-month-old playing Jesus - a tough opening act to follow! Growing up in https://www.melbourneflorida.org/ (Melbourne, Florida) just a stone's throw from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-83aWpiRt28 (Cocoa Beach) and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYSQzITMQoc (NASA's) HQ he grew up seeing launch after launch into space. This was a town where people didn't dream of becoming doctors or lawyers, they aspired to the stars. The https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccX4SEv-Hl8 (1980s sound) is hugely appealing to Sonicfluxx, even through he was only a nipper during its reign. The simpler synth sounds appeal to him more than today's complex, multi-layered some might say over-produced tracks. He speaks candidly in the episode about his music helps him manage https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQC2eRUilUM (depression) and https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/types-of-mental-health-problems/ (mental illness), and how very important it is for queer people to see themselves reflected back in art forms. As with many of us, he cites Russell T Davies' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xK9fkf7N33g (Queer As Folk) as a fixed point in time of seared identity. Sonicfluxx's https://www.sonicfluxx.com/store (stylish merch store) has also launched, and lucky listeners of this podcast get a 20% discount when entering the discount code INTHEKEYOFQ. This deal does not expire and can be used again and again! Shipping is free worldwide. Additional MaterialSonicFluxx on https://open.spotify.com/artist/2tyeVPOF8H42CpeBQW2cUB?si=ABxDd8zPR7qTU-9A-Ix4mg&nd=1 (Spotify), https://www.bandsintown.com/a/14855144 (Bandsintown), https://music.apple.com/us/artist/sonicfluxx/1493253843 (Apple Music), https://www.youtube.com/c/SonicFluxx (YouTube), https://tidal.com/browse/artist/9403128 (TIDAL) SonicFluxx on https://twitter.com/sonicfluxx (Twitter), https://www.facebook.com/sonicfluxx (Facebook), https://www.instagram.com/sonicfluxxofficial/ (Instagram) SonicFluxx homepage SonicFluxx https://www.sonicfluxx.com/store (merch) (remember to use discount code INTHEKEYOFQ). If you enjoyed this episode why not take a listen to https://player.captivate.fm/episode/9e6bff81-0cd4-4766-87d3-457761be6121 (Neyon). https://www.inthekeyofq.com/ (In the Key of Q) is a weekly 30-40 minute podcast publishing every Tuesday. I’m your host Dan Hall, and in each episode, I chat candidly with a gay/bi musician about their life and music.  Access exclusive interview content and support the production of this podcast by heading over to https://www.patreon.com/inthekeyofq (Petreon) and making a small donation. Enjoy the music of previous guests by listening to https://linktr.ee/inthekeyofq (these playlists) with tracks selected by the artists themselves. CreditsThe podcast can be reached on email and on social media at https://twitter.com/inthekeyofq (Twitter), https://www.instagram.com/inthekeyofq/ (Instagram) and https://www.facebook.com/InTheKeyOfQ (Facebook). The podcast’s forever home can be found https://www.inthekeyofq.com/ (here). Theme tune is by https://www.unstoppablemonsters.com/ (Paul Leonidou). Press & PR by Paul Smith. Many thanks to Kaj and Moray for their continued support. https://www.inthekeyofq.com/ (In the Key of Q) is presented and produced by Dan Hall and made at Pup Media. Dan has recently produced the landmark BBC film, "Freddie Mercury: The Final Act" (dir....
Welcome to https://www.inthekeyofq.com/ (In the Key of Q) the weekly podcast where I chat with inspiring Queer musicians from around the world as they share stories, inspirations and of course their music. Xantheartist counts an impressive hundred thousand streams on Spotify. He's only three years into his music career, but has already secured a number one record with his cover https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4k8YciWlzpc (Hapsburg Lippp). Before transitioning to a man, he served in the https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xk6YJiVsxUE (US military) and went on to make a considerable name for himself on the https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CldnNvIDj6M (drag king circuit). He grew up in a household with https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nirvana_(band) (Nirvana), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phil_Collins (Phil Collins), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Edition (New Edition) and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luther_Vandross (Luther Vandross) pumping from the family hifi. The home was of military stock, and during his childhood his father was deployed in the https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmwYNS97EbE (first Iraq war). The strict household and challenges around gender identity dropped https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_n9qegR7C4 (PTSD) on Xan, which is being worked through today with counseling. Accidental encounters showed Xan that he was an excellent performer, both as a rapper and drag king. He increasingly felt the drag king persona was closer to his genuine identity and went onto transition, female-to-male. He speaks eloquently about the https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9iKHjl5xAaA (importance to avoid mis-gendering), and the hurt this can cause. He speaks passionately about the importance of https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSe4tY6nVCM (self-denfence for the LGBTQ community) and especially within the https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=qpoc (QPOC) community. 'You can walk with your head high and confidently knowing that you can defend yourself against anything. ' Additional MaterialXantheartist on https://open.spotify.com/artist/6orEk0B4jR6HnZlpmQXNN1 (Spotify), https://music.apple.com/gb/artist/xantheartist/1489560585 (Apple Music), https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8ZqvX8YwfmqnDwbo9P6-tw (YouTube) Xantheartist on https://twitter.com/xantheartist (Twitter), https://www.facebook.com/Xantheartist/ (Facebook), https://www.instagram.com/xantheartist/ (Instagram), https://www.tiktok.com/@xantheartist (TikTok) Xantheartist https://aaothebrand.bigcartel.com/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=linktree&utm_campaign=xantheartist+merch (merch) Xantheartist https://linktr.ee/Xantheartist (homepage) If you enjoyed this episode why not take a listen to https://player.captivate.fm/episode/50141916-5c20-46d1-83b9-f4009555df25 (Ryan Cassata). https://www.inthekeyofq.com/ (In the Key of Q) is a weekly 30-40 minute podcast publishing every Tuesday. I’m your host Dan Hall, and in each episode, I chat candidly with a gay/bi musician about their life and music.  Access exclusive interview content and support the production of this podcast by heading over to https://www.patreon.com/inthekeyofq (Petreon) and making a small donation. Enjoy the music of previous guests by listening to https://linktr.ee/inthekeyofq (these playlists) with tracks selected by the artists themselves. CreditsThe podcast can be reached on email and on social media at https://twitter.com/inthekeyofq (Twitter), https://www.instagram.com/inthekeyofq/ (Instagram) and https://www.facebook.com/InTheKeyOfQ (Facebook). The podcast’s forever home can be found https://www.inthekeyofq.com/ (here). Theme tune is by https://www.unstoppablemonsters.com/ (Paul Leonidou). Press & PR by Paul Smith. Many thanks to Kaj and Moray for their continued support. https://www.inthekeyofq.com/ (In the Key of Q) is presented and produced by Dan Hall and made at Pup Media. Dan has recently produced the landmark BBC film, "Freddie Mercury: The Final Act" (dir. James...
Welcome to https://www.inthekeyofq.com/ (In the Key of Q) the weekly podcast where I chat with inspiring Queer musicians from around the world as they share stories, inspirations and of course their music. This week's guest is from https://exploreedmonton.com/ (Edmonton, Alberta in Canada). His music combines personal experiences, passion, and is inspired by artists as varied as https://vanessacarlton.com/ (Vanessa Carlton), http://johnmayer.com/ (John Mayer) and https://www.ilovemetric.com/ (Metric). He is an educator, a model, and an actor. He's sung since the age of two and has written songs since he was 12. Despite being a shy kid, Matthew couldn't stop his love of the https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNa2Fr6CA0E (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) from escaping out. And he'd tell anyone who'd listen about https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonardo_(Teenage_Mutant_Ninja_Turtles) (Leonardo), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raphael_(Teenage_Mutant_Ninja_Turtles) (Raphael), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donatello_(Teenage_Mutant_Ninja_Turtles) (Donatello) and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michelangelo_(Teenage_Mutant_Ninja_Turtles) (Michelangelo) - those heroes in a half shell. And of course, he'd run around the house singing the theme. His home was beautifully musical with Soul, Hip Hop, Rap and R&B blending with the tunes of Abba's https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sj_9CiNkkn4 (Waterloo), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQsjAbZDx-4 (Fernando) and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvChjHcABPA (SOS). As an adult, he is frustrated how the gay community can be bad at looking after its own. And how we can often be blind to the silencing of https://www.cbsnews.com/news/bipoc-meaning-where-does-it-come-from-2020-04-02/ (BIPOC) of LGBTQ voices. He out and proud music most definitely moves towards that, even more so with the release of his new album https://matthewandthekeys.bandcamp.com/ (Victory) (Produced by https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brett_Reed (Brett Reed)). Additional MaterialMatthew on https://open.spotify.com/artist/4mk9UWr2VGXGH6Qch19GJY?si=JRe-pOwjRy-GUVSyS_QDIw (Spotify), https://music.apple.com/ca/artist/matthew-and-the-keys/1575113264 (Apple Music), https://matthewandthekeys.bandcamp.com/ (Bandcamp), YouTube Matthew on https://twitter.com/mathekeys (Twitter), https://www.instagram.com/mathekeys/ (Instagram) Matthew's homepage If you enjoyed this episode why not take a listen to https://player.captivate.fm/episode/6bb0c518-3782-4302-aa01-db3fa0b47d0b (Andy Pisanu ("Memory Flowers")). https://www.inthekeyofq.com/ (In the Key of Q) is a weekly 30-40 minute podcast publishing every Tuesday. I’m your host Dan Hall, and in each episode, I chat candidly with a gay/bi musician about their life and music.  Access exclusive interview content and support the production of this podcast by heading over to https://www.patreon.com/inthekeyofq (Petreon) and making a small donation. Enjoy the music of previous guests by listening to https://linktr.ee/inthekeyofq (these playlists) with tracks selected by the artists themselves. CreditsThe podcast can be reached on email and on social media at https://twitter.com/inthekeyofq (Twitter), https://www.instagram.com/inthekeyofq/ (Instagram) and https://www.facebook.com/InTheKeyOfQ (Facebook). The podcast’s forever home can be found https://www.inthekeyofq.com/ (here). Theme tune is by https://www.unstoppablemonsters.com/ (Paul Leonidou). Press & PR by Paul Smith. Many thanks to Kaj and Moray for their continued support. https://www.inthekeyofq.com/ (In the Key of Q) is presented and produced by Dan Hall and made at Pup Media. Dan has recently produced the landmark BBC film, "Freddie Mercury: The Final Act" (dir. James Rogan) and is the producer of the podcast series https://btdtshow.com/ (Been There Done That). For audio or video production inquiries Dan can be reached here or at https://www.thetalentmanager.com/talent/156474/dan-hall (Talent Manager.)
Welcome to https://www.inthekeyofq.com/ (In the Key of Q) the weekly podcast where I chat with inspiring Queer musicians from around the world as they share stories, inspirations and of course their music. Lloyd Best performing as Dead Method is an alternative pop artist based in https://www.visitcardiff.com/ (Cardiff, Wales). They started a solo career in 2018 and they've gone on to support https://65daysofstatic.com/ (65 Days of Static) and https://www.publicservicebroadcasting.net/ (Public Service Broadcasting). In 2020, their debut album https://deadmethod.bandcamp.com/album/queer-genesis (Queer Genesis) was released, an exploration of queer culture and identity. The sceptre of https://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcthree/article/cacc0b40-c3a4-473b-86cc-11863c0b3f30 (Section 28) hung over his upbringing as merciless homophobic bullying went unchecked in his Welsh Catholic school. Despite the comfort and support of a loving home the experience and failure of teachers to act https://www.legalchoices.org.uk/dictionary/in-loco-parentis#:~:text=Latin%20phrase,and%20responsibilities%20of%20a%20parent. (in loco parentis) still scar him today. Despite growing up in the country's capital city of Cardiff he faced narrow-minded attitudes towards his sexuality. Perhaps surprisingly these were present in the city's music industry too which left him feeling small and silenced. Thankfully he found his tribe as so many of us do, which allowed him not only to blossom as a musician but also as a queer man. This is shown no better than in his empowering and catchy new album release, https://www.audiofemme.com/dead-method-unpacks-generational-trauma-on-debut-lp-queer-genesis/ (Femme). Additional MaterialDealing with homophobic bullying at school from https://www.stonewall.org.uk/resources/ten-steps-tackling-homophobic-biphobic-and-transphobic-language-your-school (Stonewall). Dead Method on https://open.spotify.com/artist/3B3cVlhfVXbKGC5YXlmUCn?si=M5A_VSWERNGLOXMyuAM8iA (Spotify), https://music.apple.com/us/artist/dead-method/1111993076 (Apple Music), https://deadmethod.bandcamp.com/ (Bandcamp), https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRMeyXAPaGLi9tM4DAOJFUA (YouTube) Dead Method on https://twitter.com/DeadMethod (Twitter), https://www.facebook.com/deadmethod (Facebook), https://www.instagram.com/deadmethod/ (Instagram), https://www.tiktok.com/@deadmethod (TikTok) Dead Method https://www.deadmethod.co.uk/ (homepage) If you enjoyed this episode why not take a listen to https://player.captivate.fm/episode/da743736-934f-4d95-92d3-b4ac0596e17d (Daniel Versus the World). https://www.inthekeyofq.com/ (In the Key of Q) is a weekly 30-40 minute podcast publishing every Tuesday. I’m your host Dan Hall, and in each episode, I chat candidly with a gay/bi musician about their life and music.  Access exclusive interview content and support the production of this podcast by heading over to https://www.patreon.com/inthekeyofq (Petreon) and making a small donation. Enjoy the music of previous guests by listening to https://linktr.ee/inthekeyofq (these playlists) with tracks selected by the artists themselves. CreditsThe podcast can be reached on email and on social media at https://twitter.com/inthekeyofq (Twitter), https://www.instagram.com/inthekeyofq/ (Instagram) and https://www.facebook.com/InTheKeyOfQ (Facebook). The podcast’s forever home can be found https://www.inthekeyofq.com/ (here). Theme tune is by https://www.unstoppablemonsters.com/ (Paul Leonidou). Press & PR by Paul Smith. Many thanks to Kaj and Moray for their continued support. https://www.inthekeyofq.com/ (In the Key of Q) is presented and produced by Dan Hall and made at Pup Media. Dan has recently produced the landmark BBC film, "Freddie Mercury: The Final Act" (dir. James Rogan) and is the producer of the podcast series https://btdtshow.com/ (Been There Done That). For audio or video production inquiries Dan can be reached here or at...
Welcome to https://www.inthekeyofq.com/ (In the Key of Q) the weekly podcast where I chat with inspiring Queer musicians from around the world as they share stories, inspirations and of course their music. Gentleman Reg hails from Toronto in Canada. He's a singer songwriter, drag artist, DJ and makeup artist. He has released seven full-length albums with various bands, including https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_lRbqGuNlw (Light Fires), and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VArVTO0OB9I (Regina Gently). A former member of the group https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3Vca2JLG_o (Hidden Cameras), Reg has also sung is also sung with https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XrV14ujN4pw (Broken Social Scene) and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7G-cqAehehA (Owen Pallett). Intriguingly he also had a cameo in the film https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WSvrb9h2huc (Shortbus), which this year sees a rerelease. Reg had a nomadic upbringing. With a military pilot father, he grew up in both Germany and Canada. Eventually settling in the small town of https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=taC9a7gdvto (Guelph) he found himself surrounded by music, not least because of the indie-celebrating festival, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hillside_Festival (Hillside). Eventually releasing his own music, he worked with many different bands and guises including the highly popular Hidden Cameras. He has a https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Farts-crafts.ca%2Fartists%2Fgentleman-reg.html&psig=AOvVaw2SPN3ChHPxa2gy6Tcc9HBc&ust=1644938109762000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAsQjRxqFwoTCLjmu5C-__UCFQAAAAAdAAAAABAD (striking look) with white hair and pale skin, and eventually learned to embrace people's wrong assumption that he was albino. And as the effeminate kid in school, from an early age he learned to roll with is Otherness. Gentleman Reg embraced online living during the pandemic and found himself not only entertaining his old audience but swathes of new people who never usually visited bars. He is an advocate of the alternative side of the queer scene, and this was a natural extension of that, reaching audiences for whom mainstream queer living mostly ignored. Additional MaterialGentleman Reg on https://open.spotify.com/artist/4c8kfEGVYPmMAijqIm6L2Y?si=0My2_ZzZR1yrAzbIfA3rjg (Spotify), https://music.apple.com/us/artist/gentleman-reg/205752528 (Apple Music), https://gentlemanreg.bandcamp.com/ (Bandcamp) Gentleman Reg on https://twitter.com/gentlemanreg (Twitter), https://www.instagram.com/gentleman_reg/ (Instagram) Gentleman Reg https://gentlemanreg.bandcamp.com/ (homepage) If you enjoyed this episode why not take a listen to https://player.captivate.fm/episode/7bd70726-57e7-4749-9f0e-c3952bb4280e (Nick Vaan). https://www.inthekeyofq.com/ (In the Key of Q) is a weekly 30-40 minute podcast publishing every Tuesday. I’m your host Dan Hall, and in each episode, I chat candidly with a gay/bi musician about their life and music.  Access exclusive interview content and support the production of this podcast by heading over to https://www.patreon.com/inthekeyofq (Petreon) and making a small donation. Enjoy the music of previous guests by listening to https://linktr.ee/inthekeyofq (these playlists) with tracks selected by the artists themselves. CreditsThe podcast can be reached on email and on social media at https://twitter.com/inthekeyofq (Twitter), https://www.instagram.com/inthekeyofq/ (Instagram) and https://www.facebook.com/InTheKeyOfQ (Facebook). The podcast’s forever home can be found https://www.inthekeyofq.com/ (here). Theme tune is by https://www.unstoppablemonsters.com/ (Paul Leonidou). Press & PR by Paul Smith. Many thanks to Kaj and Moray for their continued support. https://www.inthekeyofq.com/ (In the Key of Q) is presented and produced by Dan Hall and made at Pup Media. Dan has recently produced the landmark BBC film, "Freddie Mercury: The Final Act" (dir. James Rogan) and is the producer of the...
Welcome to https://www.inthekeyofq.com/ (In the Key of Q) the weekly podcast where I chat with inspiring Queer musicians from around the world as they share stories, inspirations and of course their music. A-Natural founded https://www.naturalcitymusic.com/ (Natural City Music) recording label and has himself won two international independent music awards. He's opened for https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBrRBZy8OTs (T-Pain) and has written and produced for multiple major artists. In 2020 he released the album, 'https://open.spotify.com/album/3XEhQ8Bfh632eE4bUQaWpf?si=8gAosREPT9SKWdFWKwxjew (Kwame)', a seminal autobiographical piece in 12 tracks. Gospel church music has been hugely influential on A-Natural with the church being very present throughout his upbringing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqDSxuxGx-g (B Slade) (formerly Tonex) is mentioned as a particular inspiration - a "gospel Prince"! Coming into college A-Natural discovered new kinds of music and went into writing and performing his own material. But the task is not easy, and as a friend of his said, musicians sacrificed their lives so that everyone can have a soundtrack to theirs. He faces the challenges of being Black, American, Queer and Christian helped particularly by the book https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conversations_with_God (Conversations with God) by Neale Donald Walsch. He tells us, Faith doesn't just have to be about God. Faith is about understanding that the things that you want for your life can come to pass. If you just believe. After a period of homelessness he gets onto his feet, but is raped on the night he loses his virginity. It's a traumatic memory that has laid dormant until viewing the BBC show 'https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000jyxy (I May Destroy You)' by https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2021/sep/05/michaela-coel-you-ask-the-questions-misfits-personal-manifesto-interview (Michaela Coel) in which the character Kwame experiences a similar experience. He goes on to plea for musicians to give themselves time and space to be creative; to allow themselves to make their art and not just 'content'. He says with sadness, We're demanded to be these caricatures of ourselves. And we get exhausted and burnt out trying to please an algorithm that really doesn't know who we are. Additional Material A-Natural's homepage. A-Natural on https://twitter.com/Anatural4Ever?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor (Twitter) and https://www.instagram.com/anatural4ever/?hl=en-gb (Instagram). A-Natural on https://open.spotify.com/artist/2YjQ3m0XlKoyx2PY9OnryA?si=AA8EoqRUSEaznljWcMAGqQ (Spotify) and https://music.apple.com/us/artist/a-natural/201657418 (Apple Music.) https://www.sexualhealthwirral.nhs.uk/media/1076/sexual_violence__men.pdf (Leaflet) providing assistance to those affected by sexual violence. Help after rape and sexual assault from the https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/sexual-health/help-after-rape-and-sexual-assault/ (NHS). If you enjoyed this episode why not take a listen to https://player.captivate.fm/episode/8499f3af-4a24-4f54-bb87-ff4048758eb8 (Wuhryn Dumas). https://www.inthekeyofq.com/ (In the Key of Q) is a weekly 30-40 minute podcast publishing every Tuesday. I’m your host Dan Hall, and in each episode, I chat candidly with a gay/bi musician about their life and music.  Access exclusive interview content and support the production of this podcast by heading over to https://www.patreon.com/inthekeyofq (Petreon) and making a small donation. Enjoy the music of previous guests by listening to https://linktr.ee/inthekeyofq (these playlists) with tracks selected by the artists themselves. CreditsThe podcast can be reached on email and on social media at https://twitter.com/inthekeyofq (Twitter), https://www.instagram.com/inthekeyofq/ (Instagram) and https://www.facebook.com/InTheKeyOfQ (Facebook). The podcast’s forever home can be found https://www.inthekeyofq.com/ (here). Theme tune is by...
Welcome to https://www.inthekeyofq.com/ (In the Key of Q) the weekly podcast where I chat with inspiring Queer musicians from around the world as they share stories, inspirations and of course their music. Benjamin Stewart has been making music for over 10 years and has written and recorded since the age of 12. They define as non-binary. Living an authentic life in America's Mississippi state. In November 2021 they released the album 'Spaces', a dystopian electronic eight-track instrumental work. Benjamin is constantly inspired by the everyday, accidental rhythms around them such as the weekly fire alarm test in their complex. These lead to the creation of their long, complex instrumental pieces that are both edgy and relaxing. Listen with headphones! The music will take you into another world. Further inspiration is taken from within as Benjamin talks about https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OK3SfNxbK3Y (lucid dreaming) and the remarkable way that they have managed to teach themselves the skill to regularly achieve it. It's all about habit, hands and a candle! And tied in with this is Benjamin's celebration of rest, and a plea to the world to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LYzuqhBU0Ic (allow itself time-out.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVe8wpmH_lU (Narrow definitions of gender) are very much not their bag. Benjamin talks about their own journey, delighting in the freedom granted by being freed from gender expectations. Additional MaterialBenjamin on https://www.instagram.com/benjamin_james_stewart/?hl=en-gb (Instagram) and https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100073334365846 (Facebook). Benjamin on https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLK21KYnbD4ik3X9wl1sGDsGrJW4swrfkb (YouTube), https://open.spotify.com/album/3PvFOb9h5lUtj6ttoCu4YU?si=dKl5Mqh-SG2GZONJs9t4CA (Spotify), https://music.apple.com/gb/artist/benjamin-james-stewart/1425560739 (Apple) and https://projektrecords.bandcamp.com/album/spaces (Bandcamp). A great article celebrating https://www.hrc.org/news/celebrating-the-diversity-of-the-non-binary-community-for-international-non (non-binary living) and great ways to be a https://www.stonewall.org.uk/about-us/news/10-ways-step-ally-non-binary-people (tip-top ally). The Guardian newspaper asks https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/nov/14/can-lucid-dreaming-help-us-understand-consciousness (Can Lucid Dreaming Help Us Understand Consciousness?) Fans of Benjamin's work might like to hear music from the https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QbmZDG_0B8&list=PLGoZY3QbnoT2PuohOX8GIOqApwGmgvIWX (BBC Radiophonic Workshop), one of the pioneers of the genre. This week's cross-promotion comes from the wonderful https://songsurfingpodcast.com/ (Song Surfing Podcast.) If you enjoyed this episode why not take a listen to https://player.captivate.fm/episode/68fbaf21-2a5d-4a20-9503-36ad9882bfd8 (Dhorin Fireheart). https://www.inthekeyofq.com/ (In the Key of Q) is a weekly 30-40 minute podcast publishing every Tuesday. I’m your host Dan Hall, and in each episode, I chat candidly with a gay/bi musician about their life and music.  Access exclusive interview content and support the production of this podcast by heading over to https://www.patreon.com/inthekeyofq (Petreon) and making a small donation. Enjoy the music of previous guests by listening to https://linktr.ee/inthekeyofq (these playlists) with tracks selected by the artists themselves. CreditsThe podcast can be reached on email and on social media at https://twitter.com/inthekeyofq (Twitter), https://www.instagram.com/inthekeyofq/ (Instagram) and https://www.facebook.com/InTheKeyOfQ (Facebook). The podcast’s forever home can be found https://www.inthekeyofq.com/ (here). Theme tune is by https://www.unstoppablemonsters.com/ (Paul Leonidou). Press & PR by Paul Smith. Many thanks to Kaj and Moray for their continued support. https://www.inthekeyofq.com/ (In the Key of Q) is presented and produced by Dan Hall and made at Pup Media. Dan has...
Welcome to https://www.inthekeyofq.com/ (In the Key of Q) the weekly podcast where I chat with inspiring Queer musicians from around the world as they share stories, inspirations and of course their music. This week's guest is Brandon James Gwinn, a https://www.livenation.co.uk/ (Live Nation) touring artist and Billboard number one indie music producer. He won the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Rodgers_Awards_for_Musical_Theatre (Richard Rogers award) for musical theater writing. Previous winners include such illustrious alumni as https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGciEYSshrQ (Rent's) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonathan_Larson (Jonathan Larson). His most recent album https://open.spotify.com/album/3n3ifoQrHhiEHY94v6WgOw (Bullit) is a rock delight with glorious splashes of https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWI6E8gdBzk (Hedwick), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4H5I6y1Qvz0 (Scissor Sisters), and musical theatre. Lock two gay men on a call and it is inevitable that within a minute they mention https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEMaMPkYmPc (Bernadette Peters). But not to be outdone we also get https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTOzR1sSfFs (Better Midler), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6UmO8K6pJY (Katherine Hepburn) and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_KOoYClwgw (Moss Hart) in there too! Brandon talks about the creatively restrictive living of smalltown https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXMnkqDjh1U (Murfreesboro, TN). But despite this, his parents and grandfolks managed to fill the family home with https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJzNZ1c5C9c (REO Speedwagon), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZ1RP84QLdY (the Eagles), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPn0KFlbqX8 (Eighties Pop), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vOUYry_5Nw (Glenn Miller) and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mp349H8G0XQ (Billie Holiday). With such a gorgeous mix of inspiring music is it any surprise that their boy headed to the https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1gMQ_q3FSM (bright lights of New York and the dreams of Broadway!) Despite a modest schooling, talented Brandon beat all the odds and made it into NYU training to write for musical theatre. He's a https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fv3GxVeZ5Xc (real-life Gabe)! Of course, by this point, we've discovered a shared love for the movie https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R94MIJXMjB8 (Trick) and hope that the COVID-delayed https://www.out.com/popnography/2018/8/11/director-jim-fall-talks-trick-2-and-20-years-original (sequel) will still materialize. He talks about connecting with https://trixiemattel.com/ (Trixie Mattel), and how touring together inspired his Bullit album. And how he's learned to lean on good chums in times of depression. Or to put it better https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWpzwsg2f6M (he quotes the great Bette herself!) Episode highlights: Brandon's links: homepage, https://www.instagram.com/brandonjamesg/?hl=en (Insta), https://www.youtube.com/user/brandonjamesgwinn (YouTube), https://music.apple.com/us/artist/brandon-james-gwinn/1370791771 (Apple Music), https://open.spotify.com/artist/3I9T5AgjwclSl9nR6VAIi5 (Spotify) Gateway song: https://open.spotify.com/track/0SitASdFfwGFesYwsWGi7G?si=c9a5928cbe96454d (Bullit) I totally love this video for https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nKZu5KHSiY (Cristal Conners) possibly because Brandon looks such a dish in it. If you enjoyed this episode, I suggest taking a listen to https://player.captivate.fm/episode/6388204c-33f3-4bfd-8c1c-cd6073f4b4a6 (Matthew Presidente). https://www.inthekeyofq.com/ (In the Key of Q) is a weekly 30-40 minute podcast publishing every Tuesday. I’m your host Dan Hall, and in each episode, I chat candidly with a gay/bi musician about their life and music.  Access exclusive interview content and support the production of this podcast by heading over to https://www.patreon.com/inthekeyofq (Petreon) and making a small donation. Enjoy the music of previous guests by listening to https://linktr.ee/inthekeyofq (these...
Welcome to https://www.inthekeyofq.com/ (In the Key of Q) the weekly podcast where I chat with inspiring Queer musicians from around the world as they share stories, inspirations and of course their music. This week's guest is https://www.qboymusic.com/ (QBoy). Born Marcos Brito he is a DJ, music artist, producer, rapper, and dancer. He was raised in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basildon (Basildon), Essex and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Gomera (La Gomera), Canary Islands, being of half-British, half-Gomeran descent.  He has five independent releases under his belt, he has helped lead the way for diversity and inclusion within the LGBTQ community and hip-hop. At present, he is co-promoter and DJ at popular club night 'https://www.randsheclub.com/ (R & She: The Queens Of Hip-Hop)' which now in its 8th year has featured sets by https://www.instagram.com/djspinderella/?hl=en (DJ Spinderella) of https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCadcBR95oU (Salt-N-Pepa) and https://www.instagram.com/melanieblatt/?hl=en (Mel Blatt) of https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVNdTXEJv1A (All Saints). QBoy also has a weekly residency at London's megaclub https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVNdTXEJv1A (Heaven) and also plays regularly for https://www.thened.com/ (The Ned and Ace Hotel )London. In the episode, QBoy chats about his love of rapping, how he loves that it carries the visceral energy of youth. We touch on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wk8YrrMVAaY (Section 28) and the negative impact it had on his schooling as he experienced the dark cloud of classroom homophobic bullying. Passions for music and dancing carried him through those tough times, as did indeed a love of https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QnpyVzigng (Five Star) and the wonderful https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFI5Jl_IqsE (Victoria Wood.) Launching himself into the hip hop scene of the early 2000s, QBoy chats about joining gayhiphop.com and finding himself at the centre of a Queer hip hop collective with the likes of https://soundcloud.com/kisumandntt/mister-maker (DJ Mister Maker). He was part of that first generation of https://myspace.com/discover/artists (MySpace) musicians, able to use the then-new technology of the internet to connect to audiences. QBoy was self-producing and self-releasing content at a time when it was an unusual thing to do. Because he's a https://www.romeo.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Thumbnail_Qboy_sexy.jpg (sexy-looking pup), QBoy managed to get hip hop onto the world's pride stages. They were happy to hire a cute white boy, but not his Queer black counterparts. QBoy talks about his frustration on this and his attempts to redress the balance pushing artists like the https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNXDquAtOxE (Deep Dick Collective) and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bl1hpM-ieMo (Tori Fixx). As with so many of the Queer generation, QBoy's life was touched by HIV and for years he battled with the https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yiU8nQ_-q9s&t=28s (stigma and shame) around his status. He speaks passionately about https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MU163mygEUs (positive shaming on Grindr and Scruff,) and his irritation behind people crowing on apps about their negative status. Additional Material Basildon - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vmUm3YTSlc (BBC rebranding), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvBtJ5DTRrM (New Town Utopia (Trailer)) Assistance for people with HIV: https://positivelyuk.org/ (Positively UK) (standing up for the dignity and rights for people with HIV); https://www.nat.org.uk/ (National AIDS Trust) (securing rights and stopping HIV); https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/hiv-and-aids/living-with/ (NHS Advice on Living with HIV) (UK health service); https://www.tht.org.uk/ (Terrence Higgins Trust) (landmark UK-based HIV charity). Gateway Song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqHvmSp5PDo (Q.B.O.Y. (Is Just So Fly)) If you enjoyed this episode, I suggest taking a listen to...
This week, presenter Dan Hall welcomes back a Santa sack of guests, each with an exclusive musical treat for listeners. The singing festive elves are: Ty McKinnie (ep 2), Aruan Duval (ep 3), Paul Andrews (ep 9), The IZM (ep 10), Vincent DiGeronimo (ep 11), Matthew Presidente (ep 22), TIN (ep 25), Tommy Atkins (ep 31), Venn Smyth (ep 32), Mr Slade (ep 35) plus special guests London performers Derek and Orla presenting their Christmas single.   Useful links:   Support the pod at http://patreon.com/inthekeyofq (Patreon) and gain access to exclusive interviews with every guest. Let’s chat about #QueerMusic on https://twitter.com/InTheKeyOfQ (Twitter), https://www.instagram.com/inthekeyofq/ (Instagram) and https://www.facebook.com/InTheKeyOfQ/ (Facebook). Feeling lonely at Christmas? It’s nothing to be ashamed of. Links that might help: https://www.verywellmind.com/how-to-cope-when-you-are-alone-at-christmas-3024301 (Very Well Mind), https://www.campaigntoendloneliness.org/the-challenge-of-christmas/ (Campaign to End Loneliness), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJK9Vv9f9T4 (Mind) and https://www.redonline.co.uk/red-women/blogs/g25583455/feeling-lonely-christmas-how-to-help/ (Red Online). Spotify links for guests: https://open.spotify.com/artist/7HVyXlLQIqjf3lJWZIVF3E?si=39tkMoybQKSQQcdcexKO0g (Ty McKinnie), https://open.spotify.com/artist/6uJvv7JQmnDJqRBS5JVTq9?si=9np8vBtXRxegeZz53g9TUw (Aruan Duval), https://open.spotify.com/artist/2o6QzQ3bJDOKI0EnpDYzNK?si=RBWklYENS_-xTWI7FWpa6Q (Paul Andrews), https://open.spotify.com/artist/1tzmAlOsyCtLTmG0EsoK87?si=m5F4iAS2QTugTFO7gwIYSw (The IZM), https://open.spotify.com/artist/0Og1pxwWXWHil67hvXTX5J?si=eFAmcDPMTDGpsa-GhWQRfQ (Vincent DiGeronimo), https://open.spotify.com/artist/4ahZVKtqkJw9KA5j3JOmSN?si=hqZFqyy5SButOgV1qhgxUA (Matthew Presidente,) https://open.spotify.com/artist/2hn7scWH7kk9GKBk16ALiw?si=gD6BL37yTbyIdAfUh5pJlg (TIN), https://open.spotify.com/artist/3oJxd0R3hdsN9XJrTJrHPu?si=DpjAI_s0QveZ1CdeUqy4aw (Tommy Atkins), https://open.spotify.com/artist/7MVN873BWXp8uv51LdKfM1?si=EJRGlssdSlKdrLfCqsbR7g (Venn Smyth), https://open.spotify.com/artist/2TqQ9VJggVOUwAGXYt19QL?si=2U7V0MI3QhWjX2dK5M_zYQ (Mr Slade) and https://open.spotify.com/artist/1qDstFDOetm7rKWUeyqzHn?si=SkZurph7THWyxKpQ5Uj4iQ (Derek and Orla). More Queer artists with Christmas cheer! – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qlpnt-6HQZo (Steve Grand), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qd2pwo2QImE (Kevin Yee), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FFY-I7r1OA (Tom Goss). KoQ favourite Christmas advert this year, for https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDLumk_rQQw&t=16s (Posten Norway). So nice to see that us gays are allowed to be over 30! This is the final episode of Season 1, with a new series beginning on 1 March 2022 with a two-part special featuring British rapper, QBoy (https://open.spotify.com/artist/3O2hoSIQ1irZqay1C1buOI?si=UZOgpp9rRhafhLvwcVFjzQ (Spotify)).   Dan Hall is a TV, film and audio producer whose credits include the podcast series ‘Been There Done That with Susan Osman’, ‘Cher and the Loneliest Elephant’ and ‘Freddie Mercury: The Final Act’.
This week, presenter Dan Hall welcomes back a Santa sack of guests, each with an exclusive musical treat for listeners. The singing festive elves are: Ty McKinnie (ep 2), Aruan Duval (ep 3), Paul Andrews (ep 9), The IZM (ep 10), Vincent DiGeronimo (ep 11), Matthew Presidente (ep 22), TIN (ep 25), Tommy Atkins (ep 31), Venn Smyth (ep 32), Mr Slade (ep 35) plus special guests London performers Derek and Orla presenting their Christmas single.   Useful links:   Support the pod at http://patreon.com/inthekeyofq (Patreon) and gain access to exclusive interviews with every guest. Let’s chat about #QueerMusic on https://twitter.com/InTheKeyOfQ (Twitter), https://www.instagram.com/inthekeyofq/ (Instagram) and https://www.facebook.com/InTheKeyOfQ/ (Facebook). Feeling lonely at Christmas? It’s nothing to be ashamed of. Links that might help: https://www.verywellmind.com/how-to-cope-when-you-are-alone-at-christmas-3024301 (Very Well Mind), https://www.campaigntoendloneliness.org/the-challenge-of-christmas/ (Campaign to End Loneliness), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJK9Vv9f9T4 (Mind) and https://www.redonline.co.uk/red-women/blogs/g25583455/feeling-lonely-christmas-how-to-help/ (Red Online). Spotify links for guests: https://open.spotify.com/artist/7HVyXlLQIqjf3lJWZIVF3E?si=39tkMoybQKSQQcdcexKO0g (Ty McKinnie), https://open.spotify.com/artist/6uJvv7JQmnDJqRBS5JVTq9?si=9np8vBtXRxegeZz53g9TUw (Aruan Duval), https://open.spotify.com/artist/2o6QzQ3bJDOKI0EnpDYzNK?si=RBWklYENS_-xTWI7FWpa6Q (Paul Andrews), https://open.spotify.com/artist/1tzmAlOsyCtLTmG0EsoK87?si=m5F4iAS2QTugTFO7gwIYSw (The IZM), https://open.spotify.com/artist/0Og1pxwWXWHil67hvXTX5J?si=eFAmcDPMTDGpsa-GhWQRfQ (Vincent DiGeronimo), https://open.spotify.com/artist/4ahZVKtqkJw9KA5j3JOmSN?si=hqZFqyy5SButOgV1qhgxUA (Matthew Presidente,) https://open.spotify.com/artist/2hn7scWH7kk9GKBk16ALiw?si=gD6BL37yTbyIdAfUh5pJlg (TIN), https://open.spotify.com/artist/3oJxd0R3hdsN9XJrTJrHPu?si=DpjAI_s0QveZ1CdeUqy4aw (Tommy Atkins), https://open.spotify.com/artist/7MVN873BWXp8uv51LdKfM1?si=EJRGlssdSlKdrLfCqsbR7g (Venn Smyth), https://open.spotify.com/artist/2TqQ9VJggVOUwAGXYt19QL?si=2U7V0MI3QhWjX2dK5M_zYQ (Mr Slade) and https://open.spotify.com/artist/1qDstFDOetm7rKWUeyqzHn?si=SkZurph7THWyxKpQ5Uj4iQ (Derek and Orla). More Queer artists with Christmas cheer! – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qlpnt-6HQZo (Steve Grand), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qd2pwo2QImE (Kevin Yee), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FFY-I7r1OA (Tom Goss). KoQ favourite Christmas advert this year, for https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDLumk_rQQw&t=16s (Posten Norway). So nice to see that us gays are allowed to be over 30! This is the final episode of Season 1, with a new series beginning on 1 March 2022 with a two-part special featuring British rapper, QBoy (https://open.spotify.com/artist/3O2hoSIQ1irZqay1C1buOI?si=UZOgpp9rRhafhLvwcVFjzQ (Spotify)).   Dan Hall is a TV, film and audio producer whose credits include the podcast series ‘Been There Done That with Susan Osman’, ‘Cher and the Loneliest Elephant’ and ‘Freddie Mercury: The Final Act’.
Paul Leonidou

Paul Leonidou

2021-12-1342:40

‘What have you got to be depressed about?’ is like saying, ‘What have you got to have a cold about?’ In this episode, Paul discusses his Greek Cypriot roots, his battles with depression and suicidal thoughts, and his own journey into authenticity. Useful links: Support the pod at http://patreon.com/inthekeyofq (Patreon) and gain access to exclusive interviews with every guest. Let’s chat about #QueerMusic on https://twitter.com/InTheKeyOfQ (Twitter), https://www.instagram.com/inthekeyofq/ (Instagram) and https://www.facebook.com/InTheKeyOfQ/ (Facebook). Paul’s homepage can be found https://www.unstoppablemonsters.com/ (here). Alumni Andy Pisanu is mentioned, and his episode can be found https://www.inthekeyofq.com/episode/andrew-m-pisanu-memory-flowers (here). Click https://www.nhs.uk/mental-health/feelings-symptoms-behaviours/behaviours/help-for-suicidal-thoughts/ (here) for help with suicidal thoughts. Coming next Quesday is the second of our two-part specials in which previous guests return to deliver exclusive audio gifts to our listeners! TRANSCRIPTION: Dan 00:00 Hello and welcome to the first in two Christmas special episodes of In the Key of Q, the guest in this week's episode is, well, one of the family, really. He composed our theme tune and has been a brilliant supporter of the podcast. Please be aware, though, that there was extensive discussion of depression and including some references to suicide. So listener discretion is advised. As ever, there will be support links provided in the show notes. Paul 00:27 Well. I remember the first time I was depressed, seven years old. And my answer to me? What's wrong with you? I said, I'm depressed and she goes, Oh, seven, how can you be depressed? I was. It was this sense of someone dims the screen and your lens of perception, and everything feels heavy. Dan 00:52 This is In the Key of Q featuring musicians from around the world who inspire my queer identity. Everybody is welcome to the conversation, whatever beautiful identity pleases you. Music helps us feel connected and know that we are not alone. This program is made possible thanks to the financial support of listeners like you over at hatred on dot com slash in the key of queue, and remember to join the conversation across socials using the hashtag queer music. I'm Dan Hall. Come on in, sit down and be heard. You've been hearing this week's guests since episode one. He composes and sound designs for advertising and short films and studied music technology at the University of West London, as well as a composer. He's also a singer performing and releasing under the name to D Loono. So a big, big welcome to the horribly talented and very, very lovely Paul Leonidou. Paul 01:45 Hello. Hello, Daniel San. I was born in North London, which is a bit of a cliche if you're Greek Cypriot. I remember my mum telling me that at about a year and a half old, the first sign that she saw that I loved music was that I was watching Bugsy Malone with my milk bottle. I was lying on my back with my legs crossed, swinging my leg and kind of learning every single word that musical. And I remember being so small that I didn't get that they were kids. They were like grown ups to me, you know, in terms of context. So and then I started singing a bit of Tallulah, and then she got a bit worried was going to be warning signs. Dan 03:02 You should be singing The Boxer! Paul 03:05 Yeah, exactly. I sang that to a saying all of them. Yes, the thing I embrace, the more indiscriminately. Dan 03:10 What was your upbringing like? Paul 03:13 I had a very vivid imagination, and you know, I would talk to things and beings that weren't there. And I was so in my own world and kind of music being this intangible thing that's just surrounding you, I just get swept up into music. I remember. I remember my mum playing Phantom of the Opera on vinyl, playing a really...
Aris Ziagos

Aris Ziagos

2021-12-0641:11

‘Hang tight, because things will change and you are inspiring someone by being you and not being afraid to be you. And that is contagious.’ In this episode Aris discusses the pain and inspiration behind grief which has been woven throughout his life, be it through the loss of his mother, his friend Ari Gold amongst others. He reveals the importance of being authentic as an artist, and the importance of empathy. Useful links: Support the pod at http://patreon.com/inthekeyofq (Patreon) and gain access to exclusive interviews with every guest. Let’s chat about #QueerMusic on https://twitter.com/InTheKeyOfQ (Twitter), https://www.instagram.com/inthekeyofq/ (Instagram) and https://www.facebook.com/InTheKeyOfQ/ (Facebook). Aris can be found over at https://www.youtube.com/user/ArisZiagos (YouTube), https://twitter.com/arisziagos (Twitter), https://music.apple.com/us/artist/aris/1450455580?fbclid=IwAR0miYJs-RP2Sh4anXDg1HEHTcFUi8QvgrRJYofMVvm34P9J4YcH3YoqMZA (Apple Music), https://www.instagram.com/arisziagos/?hl=en (Insta) Alumni Vincent DiGeronimo recommended Aris for the pod. Hear his episode https://inthekeyofq.com/episode/vincent-digeronimo (here). Coming next Quesday is In the Key of Q composer and singer, Paul Leonidou. Dan Hall is a TV, film and audio producer whose credits include the podcast series ‘Been There Done That with Susan Osman’, ‘Cher and the Loneliest Elephant’ and ‘Freddie Mercury: The Final Act’.
‘If we could all just be aware about each other’s mental health and not look down on each then we could actually learn to get on with each other.’ In this episode bandmates Ethereal and Ant O'Donnell. duo whose music is inspired by the best of Anthony and the Johnsons, London Grammar and Portishead. In the episode they discuss the disrespect shown to trans identities, the Marvel vs DC comic wars and Veganism. Useful links:  Support the pod at http://patreon.com/inthekeyofq (Patreon) and gain access to exclusive interviews with every guest. Let’s chat about #QueerMusic on https://twitter.com/InTheKeyOfQ (Twitter), https://www.instagram.com/inthekeyofq/ (Instagram) and https://www.facebook.com/InTheKeyOfQ/ (Facebook). Ethereal and the Elevated over on https://open.spotify.com/track/4epDilqIy4tFwxRakfe045?si=OGRTL58MR3KJnw5VYAxKRA&nd=1 (Spotify), https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCn_ebkcntYmnEL0vMIAGiLA (YouTube), https://www.facebook.com/etherealandtheelevated (Facebook), https://www.instagram.com/etherealelevated/ (Insta), https://twitter.com/etherealhealing (Twitter). Trans support groups in the https://www.transunite.co.uk/ (UK), the https://www.glaad.org/transgender/resources (USA) and https://lgbt.foundation/who-we-help/trans-people/resources-for-trans-people (globally). Coming next Quesday is Aris Ziagos. Dan Hall is a TV, film and audio producer whose credits include the podcast series ‘Been There Done That with Susan Osman’, ‘Cher and the Loneliest Elephant’ and ‘Freddie Mercury: The Final Act’.
Oli Spleen

Oli Spleen

2021-11-2243:36

‘After I got the diagnosis I start having lots of unprotected sex because I thought, “Well why did I even bother to be careful if I still managed to have this?”. In retrospect, I should have just enjoyed it.' Oli Spleen comes this week from the ever-sunny seaside shores of Brighton in England. His first album was released in 2013. Titled ‘Fag Machine’ it was a Velvet Underground-tinged take on Queer life. His most recent album is 2020’s ‘Night Sweats and Fever Dreams’ and is a complex and moving work inspired by the HIV / AIDS epidemic. Oli discusses in the episode how HIV brought him dangerously close to dying and the effect that crystal meth addiction has had on his personal life. This episode also contains discussion of suicide, so listener discretion is advised. Useful links: Help for suicidal thoughts from the UK’s https://www.nhs.uk/mental-health/feelings-symptoms-behaviours/behaviours/help-for-suicidal-thoughts/ (NHS). Oli’s pages at https://olispleen.bandcamp.com/ (Bandcamp) and https://www.youtube.com/user/OliSpleen (YouTube). Help for crystal meth addiction at https://dean.st/chemsex/chems-crystal-meth/ (56 Dean Street). Useful info about HIV AIDS from https://www.lgbthero.org.uk/Pages/Category/hiv (GMFA). Compilation of death references in Fraggle Rock via https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBA2tokFOsk (YouTube). Domestic violence and abuse, support resources from https://www.stonewall.org.uk/domestic-violence-and-abuse-resources-lgbt-people (Stonewall). The podcast can be financially supported at https://www.patreon.com/inthekeyofq (patreon.com/inthekeyofq) where for as little as five US dollars a month subscribers can access exclusive interview contact with every guest. Keywords: #HIVAIDS #HIVDiagnoses #CrystalMethAddiction #CrystalMeth #VelvetUnderground #QueerSon #FraggleRock #JimHenson #Queercore #BoysInMakeUp #BoysInDrag #FraggleRock #DeathObsession
Mr Slade

Mr Slade

2021-11-1541:02

‘In our attempt to be accepted by mainstream media we’ve exchanged leather parties for quiche partiers and BBQs with neighbours.’ Mr Slade’s sound features tinges of Grunge mixed with the British 80s Goth scene, a splattering of Punk’s guitar fury and a smidge of Pop. He discusses how an empowering Arts High School saved him from the familiar classroom Queer experience of isolation. He talks about the compromises Queer culture has made to be accepted into the mainstream, and also the homophobia, sexism and racism behind Rock’s hatred of Disco. Useful links: Support the pod at http://patreon.com/inthekeyofq (Patreon) and gain access to exclusive interviews with every guest. Let’s chat about #QueerMusic on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Mr Slade’s https://mrslademusic.com/ (homepage). Mr Slade on social media: Instagram Mr Slade’s music: https://open.spotify.com/artist/2TqQ9VJggVOUwAGXYt19QL (Spotify), https://music.apple.com/us/artist/mr-slade/1521977045 (Apple Music) Billy Idol made us gay! See him on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AAZQaYKZMTI (YouTube). And so did Sinitta’s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7DqwRKqyMk (So Macho). Living with HIV with Matthew Hodson on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Ul_mJKHzdc (YouTube). Trailer for the HBO film, The Normal Heart on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpPou_eDisQ (YouTube). Blake Mundell discusses his complex relationship with religion. https://player.captivate.fm/episode/80ab65df-042a-4eb0-a4b5-5c975b83e7ea (Click here). “Dear Straight Acting Gays” on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UXIsi2CRu4 (YouTube). ‘When I grew up in the 1980s I almost never heard pop songs where openly gay men sang about their truths,’ says Dan Hall. ‘But these days there are plenty of songs where openly Queer men sing their truths. This podcast aims to celebrate those musicians and raise the profile of their music so we can feel connected, heard and not alone.’ To hear the Series 1 30s promo, https://www.dropbox.com/s/7plgec4ktlzwk7m/30s%20S1%20Spot_v2_18LUFS.mp3?dl=0 (please click here.) Earlier highlights include https://player.captivate.fm/episode/7b66c7ac-42b3-4e0e-8fa4-a7223772a40c (Carrington Kelso), https://player.captivate.fm/episode/22a8a089-46ae-4489-bb45-a30e933eb365 (Brendan Maclean), https://player.captivate.fm/episode/b05248dd-d2e7-41ce-9779-3f6189bcb83e (Emmet Michael), https://player.captivate.fm/episode/240a098a-dab5-4061-9146-d7e700f1178d (Matt Fishel), https://player.captivate.fm/episode/ac6a69ce-d7e1-4376-abc8-62c57350fb43 (Bowie Special with Janette Mason & David McAlmont), https://player.captivate.fm/episode/b9d311c5-5903-4c5f-8ceb-86c040e944eb (The IZM), https://player.captivate.fm/episode/d40975e0-ebc7-4e43-91ca-93ec4a70df55 (Tom Goss), https://player.captivate.fm/episode/e21ae566-a86a-4fc8-a5ba-b6a4fd4c1350 (Rebel Will), https://player.captivate.fm/episode/2da0a6fe-1769-4025-bdd3-0525ce0987d5 (Jsky), https://player.captivate.fm/episode/80ab65df-042a-4eb0-a4b5-5c975b83e7ea (Blake Mundell), https://player.captivate.fm/episode/6874f5f9-af3f-41a7-b565-963aa8d1e48f (Aruan Duvall), https://player.captivate.fm/episode/be2edbc9-9f5c-4580-b5eb-c5370a9f356c (Vincent DiGeronimo), and the Black Queer America specials (https://player.captivate.fm/episode/92ce250c-6fc7-4909-9f44-7d66fc59d21e (Part 1) and https://player.captivate.fm/episode/520e56c0-8996-4a2e-a229-dae9120e00b4 (Part 2)).
‘When we come out we free ourselves of the shackles of having to perform.’ This week, Dan’s guest on In the Key of Q is British producer and singer Kieran Lewis, performing under the name Sevenths. His first EP was published in 2018. Titled “08/08” it introduced audiences to his mid-tempo synth-pop and catchy hooks. Most recently he has released ‘The Other Side’, a higher-tempo track drawing influences from early 1990s dancefloor bops. Kieran talks about growing up in a poor household in the North East of England and the betrayal he felt being outed by a classmate. He discusses the self-destructive conflict within Queer communities and his passion for Trans rights. Find Kieran's music on https://open.spotify.com/artist/2nirEsQmUmakywnAwRliNw (Spotify) and https://music.apple.com/us/artist/sevenths/916414716 (Apple Music). Keywords: #QueerMusic #PoorLiving #NEEngland #Fakeliving #Str8Acting #Outed #NoFatsNoFemmes #NoFats #NoFemmes #LGBAlliance
Tramel

Tramel

2021-11-0141:20

‘I think DaBaby is not understanding that the world is changing. And what I will say is that he has to have more of a higher standard of quality when it comes to dealing with people.’ Tramel is the star of the popular reality YouTube series G-Status. In 2020 he released the critically-acclaimed EP, ‘Six Page Letter’ and this year two follow-up singles, ‘Favourite’ and ‘Popped Off’. He discusses his time on the show, and how honest conversations got him into hot water. He also chats about being outed and the legacy effect it had on his education and new-found Queer community. Useful links: Support the pod at http://patreon.com/inthekeyofq (Patreon) and gain access to exclusive interviews with every guest. Let’s chat about #QueerMusic on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Tramel’s music videos for ‘https://youtu.be/T9ZIwEX4Ff0 (Popped Off)’, ‘https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7WaklMHA34 (It’s Real)’ and ‘https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-BJ6ZqA7P9g (Single)’. Tramel on https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKnIAMCoKPADEi_qLrGUaeQ (YouTube), https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/tramel/six-page-letter-2?ltclid=23a7ca68-615c-4116-9427-8b96e44d4782 (Distrokid), https://open.spotify.com/album/1P3qltnnKUSWY9c1VsOWhb?si=hTy9wo72TNqHVhtsCZUSxA&ltclid=12edde4b-97df-4f6f-97b0-3fa4fcd372b1&nd=1 (Spotify), https://music.apple.com/us/album/six-page-letter/1532657046?ltclid=2ebf8fd0-134a-48cc-8502-ba148f8e8213 (Apple Music) and https://tidal.com/browse/album/155933656?play=true&ltclid=505cce60-0709-4147-9972-0484d56415e2 (Tidal). Tramel performs the song ‘Single’ live on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KM0YIDUk7Ek (YouTube). Tramel’s social media on https://www.instagram.com/iam_tramel/?hl=en (Insta) and https://twitter.com/harris_tramel?lang=en (Twitter). Help with being outed from https://www.minus18.org.au/articles/what-to-do-if-you've-been-outed-before-you're-ready (Minus18) and The https://www.indy100.com/people/how-to-cope-if-outed-before-ready-shahmir-sanni-vote-leave-whistle-blower-stonewall-8276366 (Independent). ‘Why do so many LGBT people suffer from mental health problems?” from the https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EnUqDjCqg0A (BBC). Fellow Georgie peach, Wuhryn Dumas’s episode of https://player.captivate.fm/episode/8499f3af-4a24-4f54-bb87-ff4048758eb8 (In the Key of Q). “Don’t talk with your hands” Ty McKinnie’s episode of https://player.captivate.fm/episode/492b004a-5c0c-4196-8715-5bfe4e2eca33 (In the Key of Q). “If you can’t be funny without tearing someone down, then you’re not funny” JR Price’s episode of https://player.captivate.fm/episode/f2a29465-a762-4698-b253-7d879a18454c (In the Key of Q). Tramel’s partner The Prince on https://www.instagram.com/kiid_fro/?hl=en (Insta). ‘When I grew up in the 1980s I almost never heard pop songs where openly gay men sang about their truths,’ says Dan Hall. ‘But these days there are plenty of songs where openly Queer men sing their truths. This podcast aims to celebrate those musicians and raise the profile of their music so we can feel connected, heard and not alone.’ To hear the Series 1 30s promo, https://www.dropbox.com/s/7plgec4ktlzwk7m/30s%20S1%20Spot_v2_18LUFS.mp3?dl=0 (please click here.) Earlier highlights include https://player.captivate.fm/episode/7b66c7ac-42b3-4e0e-8fa4-a7223772a40c (Carrington Kelso), https://player.captivate.fm/episode/22a8a089-46ae-4489-bb45-a30e933eb365 (Brendan Maclean), https://player.captivate.fm/episode/b05248dd-d2e7-41ce-9779-3f6189bcb83e (Emmet Michael), https://player.captivate.fm/episode/240a098a-dab5-4061-9146-d7e700f1178d (Matt Fishel), https://player.captivate.fm/episode/ac6a69ce-d7e1-4376-abc8-62c57350fb43 (Bowie Special with Janette Mason & David McAlmont), https://player.captivate.fm/episode/b9d311c5-5903-4c5f-8ceb-86c040e944eb (The IZM), https://player.captivate.fm/episode/d40975e0-ebc7-4e43-91ca-93ec4a70df55 (Tom Goss), https://player.captivate.fm/episode/e21ae566-a86a-4fc8-a5ba-b6a4fd4c1350 (Rebel Will),...
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