David Atlanta http://davidatlanta.com Atlanta's #1 LGBT Community Magazine Wed, 26 Aug 2015 18:55:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Latest Print Edition: Read It Now http://davidatlanta.com/2015/08/latest-print-edition-read-it-now/ http://davidatlanta.com/2015/08/latest-print-edition-read-it-now/#comments Tue, 25 Aug 2015 20:56:47 +0000 http://davidatlanta.com/?p=134401 David Atlanta Volume 18 Issue 34

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Volume 18 Issue 34

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Southern Decadence: Get Decadent on Labor Day http://davidatlanta.com/2015/08/southern-decadence-get-decadent-on-labor-day/ http://davidatlanta.com/2015/08/southern-decadence-get-decadent-on-labor-day/#comments Tue, 25 Aug 2015 20:55:25 +0000 http://davidatlanta.com/?p=135497 By Jason Mietelski Labor day is a time for decadence and excess during the “Gay Mardis Gras” in New Orleans—if you’ve experienced the parades, lavish costumes, non-stop 24 hour dancing and partying, and throngs of sweaty men enveloped in primal sexiness, then you know what I’m talking about (and you’re probably headed down to experience ...

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By Jason Mietelski

Labor day is a time for decadence and excess during the “Gay Mardis Gras” in New Orleans—if you’ve experienced the parades, lavish costumes, non-stop 24 hour dancing and partying, and throngs of sweaty men enveloped in primal sexiness, then you know what I’m talking about (and you’re probably headed down to experience Southern Decadence in its entirety from Wednesday, September 2nd thru Monday, September 7th). If you’ve never been, then you definitely want to keep reading!

What began in New Orleans in the early 70s as a costume and drinking party has now become one of the world’s biggest events, drawing over 160,000 LGBT participants and raising more than $190 million in 2014. This year, activities will be centered around the corner of Bourbon and St. Ann Streets, where you will find the hottest, most scantily clad dancers at The Parade dance club, and get the chance to meet more gorgeous and willing men 24 hours a day at The Bourbon Pub video bar. If you’re looking for things to do and tips on how to become a Decadence professional, stop inside Hit Parade Gift and Clothing store, where the Southern Decadence Official Welcome Center is located.

The gay bars never close in The French Quarter, so there will be plenty to do during your entire visit.  There will be huge street parties, and some of the best DJs in the country will be spinning at the clubs to keep your body jumping and your energy level at its maximum. A few of the DJs that will be headlining are DJ Kidd Madonny, who was a major success last year, along with DJ Ivan, Sean Michael, Billy Francesca and DJ Mike Bryant. At The Bourbon Pub, video grooves will be provided by VJs Brendan Thompson and Chris Allen. Southern Decadence officials also want to remind everyone to pace themselves: The men and parties are non-stop; there’s plenty to do; so take a breather every once in a while and remember to eat and stay hydrated!

Weekend passes can be purchased online @ www.southerndecadence.net for $60 or $100 VIP, and include nightly entrance into The Parade and The Bourbon Pub, which are exclusively hosting the most decadent events. Things kick off midnight Thursday with the official welcome party, hosted by “The Bearded Lady” Billy Francesca and Nicole DuBois, and the Big Dick Contest upstairs at The Bourbon Pub, giving you the chance to show everyone “you’ve got what it takes”.  Friday at 7:30 p.m. things pick up speed when the Southern Decadence Float Parade begins at Washington Park and meanders thru Decatur, Canal and Bourbon Streets, finally stopping at Ursulines. Then at 11 p.m., stop by The Bourbon Pub/Parade to see the hottest men in New Orleans strip down to bare skin in The Boys On Parade amateur strip night event. Saturday at 6 p.m. there will be a free outdoor concert at the corner of Bourbon and St. Ann Streets featuring Rozalia, Kristine W., Inaya Day, Jeanie Tracy and more. At 11 p.m., the perfect complement to The Big Dick Contest: The Hot Ass Contest will be held at The Bourbon Pub upstairs. On Sunday you will see some of the most ostentatious costumes during the Walking Parade which begins at The Golden Lantern near Decatur Street. Then the Twisted T-dance with Drag-a-Licious Billy Francesca starts at 4 p.m., taking you to DJ Ivan’s first New Orleans appearance featuring Shangela from Ru Paul’s Drag Race seasons 2 and 3, and live performances by Titan Men pornstars Tyler Rush and Hans Berlin! And then comes Labor Day Monday with the aptly named “Hungover and Broke” closing party featuring Eros and Poseidon of the Scorpio Boys performing live with The Ladies of Lipstixx at 8 p.m.

Just remember to keep your alcohol in plastic cups when walking through the city, don’t pee in the alleys, and by all means play, but play safely (Free condoms will be passed out everywhere in case you forget yours)! By the time you return to Atlanta, you’ll surely be exhausted and spent, but you’ll have memories to last a lifetime—or at least until next year when you won’t be able to resist doing it all over again!

For information on hotels, events, and official parade routes, visit www.southerdecadence.net or send an e-mail with questions to info@southerndecadence.net.

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Giorgio Moroder: The Big Daddy of Dance http://davidatlanta.com/2015/08/giorgio-moroder-the-big-daddy-of-dance/ http://davidatlanta.com/2015/08/giorgio-moroder-the-big-daddy-of-dance/#comments Tue, 25 Aug 2015 20:47:38 +0000 http://davidatlanta.com/?p=135493 At 75, disco pioneer Giorgio Moroder reemerges to once again produce some of the biggest icons of our time. By Chris Azzopardi   It’s been 35 years since Giorgio Moroder and Cher hooked up for a late-night session to produce “Bad Love,” the diva’s disco rave-up from the soundtrack of the 1980 coming-of-age drama, Foxes. ...

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At 75, disco pioneer Giorgio Moroder reemerges to once again produce some of the biggest icons of our time.

By Chris Azzopardi

 

It’s been 35 years since Giorgio Moroder and Cher hooked up for a late-night session to produce “Bad Love,” the diva’s disco rave-up from the soundtrack of the 1980 coming-of-age drama, Foxes.

“We were supposed to start at 2 o’clock in the studio, and who comes in at 2 o’clock punctual? Cher,” Moroder recalls, tickled. “I said, ‘Shit, because with an artist like her – the big stars, you think, if it’s 2 o’clock, they come in at 5 o’clock, if you’re lucky. So she was there at 2 o’clock, and I said, ‘Cher, something is wrong – I was told you’re always late.’ And she said, ‘Yes, I’m always late… except the first time.’”

Decades have passed and music has changed and Cher has not. One other thing remains the same: Moroder still lights up at the mere thought of the ageless icon, how “I loved her” and “she was so funny.” Undoubtedly, Cher, to this day, can still smack you with a punchline. A star, an icon, the diva of all divas – her success is abiding.

Now, returning to the scene at age 75 with his first album in 30 years, Moroder can say the same for his own monumental success.

The Italy-born musical mastermind who unwittingly blazed a fruitful trail of radio hits is the father of such celebrated dance-floor relics as Donna Summer’s “Love to Love You Baby” and Blondie’s ubiquitous No. 1 hit “Call Me.” A cavernous catalog of ’70s-era paragons and Moroder’s unprecedented artistic vision became the catalyst for modern-age dance music. Between 1974 and 1984, Moroder’s creative force was a hot commodity, and everyone who was everyone – Barbra Streisand, Elton John, Janet Jackson, Chaka Khan, Freddie Mercury, David Bowie – clamored for his heyday genius.

During Moroder’s most musically prolific era, the producer, composer and DJ could be found endlessly shacked up in a studio. There, he’d mix until the wee hours, never to succumb to his own burgeoning brand of sonic escapism that coaxed just about everyone but himself – the man behind those very beats – to the clubs.

“If I go back, I remember one year, ’85, when I did the (music for the) Top Gun  movie,” he says. “The whole year I was doing several projects, of which most didn’t work out, but I think I had one weekend by myself. I would work like crazy.”

And even that’s an understatement. While producing for an army of iconic artists during the first wave of disco-dance, Moroder was also becoming a booming cinema presence.

He won his first Oscar for his music in 1978’s Midnight Express, and then two more for “Flashdance… What a Feeling” and Berlin’s “Take My Breath Away,” from Top Gun. In 1983, he intensified Scarface with his music (he produced the soundtrack), and also contributed to the 1984 children’s fantasy classic The NeverEnding Story, for which he produced the theme song.

At 75, his own story, it seems, is neverending. Thanks to a much-deserved salute to Moroder on their latest opus, the track “Giorgio by Moroder” from 2013’s Grammy-winning Random Access Memories, Daft Punk prompted a welcome resurgence. “My name is Giovanni Giorgio, but everybody calls me Giorgio,” he adorably notes during the spoken-word, EDM-charged caper. The song is Moroder’s memoir. And as he looks back on his teenage years, he says “(my) dream was so big that I didn’t see any chance.”

But other dreamers did. Some – for instance, RCA Records, who commissioned his latest offering, Déjà Vu – even gave him the chance.

 

Love to love him, baby

 

Could anyone have predicted that Giorgio Moroder would change the future of music? Probably. But in 1969, the only evidence of his ingenuity was “Looky Looky,” a frothy Beach Boys-esque concoction that, while slight, still sounded remarkably ahead of its time.

Fast forward nearly 10 years to 1977, when, with the help of a blossoming singer named Donna Summer, his career boomed beyond his own wildest dreams.

The two made music magic together, storming the charts with the steamy disco number “Love to Love You Baby” in 1975 and, two years later, “I Feel Love,” a slice of synth heaven released in 1977. By incorporating the newly developed Moog synthesizer, which generated a bed of pulsating, writhing throbs, the latter was instrumental in revolutionizing the techno movement. But still, Moroder insists, “I Feel Love” would not have been the same without Summer’s ethereal coos.

Summer, he says, “humanized the machine,” a characteristic that was “one of the reasons it did so well.”

Concerning their first hit together, “Love to Love You Baby,” Moroder recalls reluctantly finding the song a label home. “When I presented that song to some record companies – actually, I didn’t. Somebody did it for me, because I was embarrassed. I thought nobody would ever release this.”

To his surprise, the song surged the charts, eventually becoming recognized as one of the greatest disco-era songs of our time. Moroder credits the song’s success with a 17-minute extended cut of the five-minute single, an idea brought to him by Casablanca Records president Neil Bogart, who was inspired to maximize the track’s running time after hearing it looped at a party in its original form like it was drug. So, Moroder tagged on 12 minutes, which he now calls “the key to its success.”

Not all of Moroder’s projects managed the same level of commercial clout, however.

Janet Jackson’s second studio album, Dream Street, which Moroder produced when the entertainer was just 17 years old, didn’t fare as hoped. In fact, it didn’t really fare at all. Peaking at No. 147 on the Billboard 200 upon its release in October 1984, the pop icon’s coming-of-age sophomore release was, in retrospect, a stepping stone, a small push to a big breakthrough: 1986’s Control.

“Janet was such a darling, but at the time, she was so young,” Moroder says. “She was working on her voice, and I know that the father (Joseph Jackson) was involved with the production not directly but indirectly. It was difficult.”

That same year, Moroder produced Freddie Mercury’s first song as a solo artist, “Love Kills.” Their collaboration, however, wasn’t a Janet-like situation – it was just the opposite.  Freddie Mercury was so seasoned, he left Moroder feeling “intimidated.”

“Freddie was relatively difficult,” Moroder reveals. “He was such a great singer, composer, lyricist, performer, diva, dancer, icon that (I thought), ‘Am I going to tell Freddie that that high note he sang was not perfect?’ So between that and the little problems we had before we even started, it was a tough production.”

Tech advancements have certainly alleviated any potential social anxieties, but not, of course, without their own set of challenges. The process nowadays, Moroder says, is impersonal, two people – the artist, the producer – conceiving a song in a virtual world. Sia, Britney Spears and Kylie Minogue all appear on Déjà Vu, but during the recording, they and Moroder weren’t even in the same time zone.

“Compared to Donna Summer – she was busy but nothing like singers are busy now,” he says. “Sia, for example, is all over the world. One day she’s in Australia; the next day she’s in London. They don’t even have time to go into the studio with me as a producer. That’s the new way. The only problem is the communication – and that’s a big problem.”

 

Deja woo

 

With a cluster of white-robed men ogling a bearded Moroder, and a steamy haze obscuring the scene, the subliminal marketing of Moroder’s Knights in White Satin cover wasn’t exactly subliminal. By suggesting Moroder was gay by way of a not-so-subtle bathhouse setting – and changing “Nights” to “Knights” – Casablanca Records’ Neil Bogart could expand the producer’s already growing gay following. Moroder, though, was oblivious to the fact that he was being baited.

“For months, I didn’t even notice,” he recalls, snickering. “I realized that (Bogart) was giving this to the gay community, which is great. But what a sneaky guy! I was just surprised at how cleverly he changed the title. And I was happy. It was absolutely OK with me. Although, I must tell you: I’m not gay, but I love gay people. It’s absolutely in my… feelings, actually.”

In his “feelings”? In his thick, lovable Italian accent, Moroder clarifies, making you wish he were your smartphone’s knowledge navigator – your Siri.

“I love gay people; although I’m not, I love them.”

The feeling was mutual, as Bogart soon discovered.

“‘Love to Love You’ with Donna Summer was a big hit in the discotheques,” he says. “And since I never really went to discotheques, I did not really know exactly what was happening. But everyone was saying that the gay community made that song a hit. Now, I hear other people, especially with the song ‘I Feel Love,’ (saying) that it became a little bit of an anthem for the gay community. But, at the time, I didn’t really realize it.”

In fact, he wasn’t conscious of a gay following until just a decade ago, during his 60s. As Moroder savored his semi-retirement, he discovered – along with, obviously, Bogart’s calculated assistance – that he’d wooed a rather significant queer following over the years. On occasion, while casually perusing gay press, Moroder says he’d see him come up in reference to the EDM sound he had pioneered years before. His influence on today’s dance music-makers du jour – Avicii, Dr. Luke, Calvin Harris and David Guetta – is as inescapable as it is indelible.

“I noticed more and more the (gay) audience describing that production, which was similar or inspired by me,” Moroder says. “That made me think that maybe I have some (gay) following, at least with regard to the music.”

He does. He must. And Déjà Vu, with a smoldering line-up of gay-loved ladies, is just the beginning of a new beginning. In between DJ sets and solving one small booklet of crossword puzzles a week – which, he says, has kept his mind sharp (“I’m solving the same puzzles as I did 30 years ago”) – the music pioneer continues to dedicate ample time to his still-coveted artistry. Coming soon: a collaboration with Lady Gaga, who has recruited Moroder for her next album.

How is Moroder feeling about his sudden reemergence? Overwhelmed. Humbled. But, mostly, thrilled.

“I remember I was on a press tour in the limelight – this was about 40 years ago, late ’70s, beginning of ’80s – and now I’m almost back as big and as known as then, and it’s quite something,” he says, uttering a blissful sigh. “Sometimes I think, ‘Shouldn’t I be playing with little dogs and having my hobbies?’ I’ve worked for two and a half years on this album and I’m happy. I’m absolutely not complaining. I mean, it’s a lot of work, but I guess it’s what keeps me happy.”

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DJ Brandon Moses: The Dreamy Music Muse http://davidatlanta.com/2015/08/dj-brandon-moses-the-dreamy-music-muse/ http://davidatlanta.com/2015/08/dj-brandon-moses-the-dreamy-music-muse/#comments Tue, 25 Aug 2015 20:42:10 +0000 http://davidatlanta.com/?p=135490 By Dustin Shrader With his affinity for fun, happy and light music, rising Dallas DJ Brandon Moses knows just what to bring to the opening Pride Party at the Georgia Aquarium this year. Bursting onto the DJ scene in 2008, Brandon has made a wanton name for himself playing everywhere in Dallas including the Tin ...

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By Dustin Shrader

With his affinity for fun, happy and light music, rising Dallas DJ Brandon Moses knows just what to bring to the opening Pride Party at the Georgia Aquarium this year. Bursting onto the DJ scene in 2008, Brandon has made a wanton name for himself playing everywhere in Dallas including the Tin Room and the Drama Room, branching out to Denver, Las Vegas, Miami Beach, rocking the 2013 opening Halloween party in New Orleans and the ever so popular Portofino Island Resort in Pensacola. This studly spinner is hotter than ever and in high demand! In anticipation for his visit to Atlanta, Brandon took the time to open up about his early beginnings, his musical inspiration and how pumped he is to be celebrating Pride with us this year!

David Atlanta: How did you get started in business?

Brandon Moses: It’s escaping me what year it was. It was probably about six or seven years ago. I just started putting out some podcasts. I found a program to put those together. Friends really enjoyed them, downloaded them, used them at the gym and then they started asking when I was going to spin live. I had no experience, no equipment at that point, so things just fell into place with a DJ mentor friend of mine here in Dallas, Paul Kraft. Humble beginnings and all. He had a gig at this club every other Saturday, he asked me to spin there on New Year’s Eve, that was my first time using his equipment, and then he asked me to take that over. So, I went from doing it for free to making money and having 3 days a week which is awesome.

DA: Has it expanded over the years?

BM: Dallas is a pretty difficult city to expand a DJ career. Many people have told me that. I have traveled a little bit but it’s mainly been events that I have been able to put together through local connections. For example, I have been to Pensacola for Memorial Day weekend like 12 years in a row now. A couple years ago, after just years of going to the pool at the Portofino Resort where a majority of the guys stay and just hearing this awful horrible local DJ that was doing shout outs and playing everything that they would play at spring break, I just messaged the hotel. I said, “I really appreciate what you guys are doing, but you are really missing the mark here. Would you like a gay DJ that actually knows what these men want to hear?” They brought me on, and I DJ’d at their pool three days in row for three years in a row and really built that up a lot. It was a lot of fun.

DA: How you would describe your style?

BM: My background is in music. I have a music education degree K-12 from liberal arts school in Ohio and I started my adult career for six years as a choir director, so I really enjoy singing and dancing. I was in Music Theater growing up and was in choir all through high school and middle school. I always just really enjoyed the combination of singing and dancing and it led into a natural progression. I’m not a teacher anymore. I used to sing in the gay men’s chorus here my first nine years in Dallas, but now really, my musical outlet is DJ’ng and just watching my friends and those that I hold dear on the dance floor with smiles on their faces and having a good time and going on a journey together.

DA: What brought you to Dallas?

BM: It was my teaching job. Texas is an undisputed leader in the nation for music education in middle schools and high schools so that’s what drove me here and I had a friend from college that was doing Master’s work down here at UNT, University of North Texas.

DA: What can we expect from you at Pride this year?

BM: Well, considering it’s the opening party I always get frustrated. I won’t name any particular parties, but I get really frustrated when I go to an opening party for a week and they have multiple parties and the music is just hard and heavy and sketchy. To me, an opening party especially for Pride weekend should be happy. Everyone’s celebrating. It’s fun, vocal music that puts a smile on everybody’s faces. There’s a time for the hard circuit darker music later in the weekend but for me it’s just going to be happy. I mean, we’re in an aquarium too. I can’t play sketchy, hard music in an aquarium. It’s going to be fun, lighter, still edgy, good sexy beats but it’s going to be stuff that people recognize because some of the songs we sing along to and hopefully even through in a lot of songs from 10, 15 years ago that the older generation at the party will know and really appreciate. I think it’s going to be a really fun night.

DA: I know you said you have such a heavy background in music. Do you have a big music inspiration that you turn to?

BM: It’s interesting. Obviously, having a music background I understand the mechanics of Dj’ng a little bit more than other DJ’s do that don’t have any musical training. When it comes down to it Dj’ng nowadays it’s mainly finding music, being able to uphold the best music, being able to discern out of the hundreds of songs that I download, the 10-15 I’m going to keep and actually play and then arranging those and putting those in the right order to build the energy throughout the evening. I make sure there are a direction and a purpose that it’s not just throwing random songs together but actually a cohesive whole and that’s what my goal of every set is—to tell a story and to help people go through a journey throughout the evening from beginning to end. I feel really strongly that a DJ set is very much a story and has to have a rise and a fall.

DA: Since you stay so busy, but what do you like to do for fun in your down time when you’re not working?

BM: I do workout quite a bit. I have a personal trainer and I enjoy obviously downloading music. I’ve been watching a lot of shows like Blue Planet and Cosmos. A lot of shows recently just learning about the earth and it’s evolution and animals, plants. I love hanging out with my friends. We certainly have a good core group here in Dallas too. We really love each other and hang out with each other a lot.

DA: What do you have coming up in the next year?

BM: To be honest, I don’t have any major events planned. I am obviously a resident DJ here at Station 4. I DJ every other Saturday, so that’s really my main gig at the time and I just accept gigs as they come. I will probably be spinning for our Pride after the parade, when the parade stalls out. They’re doing a bigger park this year to accommodate more people and more stuff and I just got an email asking if I wanted to do an hour and 15 minute set. I thought that was very specific. So, Pride here and then Pride in Atlanta and then just wait to see what else gets offered!

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Rising Porn Star: Darius Ferdynand http://davidatlanta.com/2015/08/rising-porn-star-darius-ferdynand/ http://davidatlanta.com/2015/08/rising-porn-star-darius-ferdynand/#comments Wed, 19 Aug 2015 01:07:16 +0000 http://davidatlanta.com/?p=135483 Sure he’s a “pocket gay”, and sure he’s new to the adult industry, but there’s no denying that Darius Ferdynand is a star on the rise. Very quickly after beginning his fledgling porn career, Darius was awarded Britain’s Top Bottom. Darius isn’t affiliated with any particular porn house as of yet; he’s too busy working ...

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Sure he’s a “pocket gay”, and sure he’s new to the adult industry, but there’s no denying that Darius Ferdynand is a star on the rise. Very quickly after beginning his fledgling porn career, Darius was awarded Britain’s Top Bottom. Darius isn’t affiliated with any particular porn house as of yet; he’s too busy working for everybody around the world. He knows the value of a gorgeous body, a slightly exotic European face, a cock that makes everyone’s mouth water, and a muscle butt that craves everything you’ve got to give.

I caught up with Darius a few weeks ago between shoots and was lucky to get the inside track on what makes him tick.

Stats:

27

5’7″

145lbs

 

David Atlanta: How did you get your start in porn? What was the situation?

Darius Ferdynand: I have a background in acting and modeling. I started with theatre, and then I got more and more requests for underwear modeling. It didn’t take long before there were a few artistic nude photo shoots. Eventually my photographer friends told me that I should try in the adult industry, so I did.

 

DA: What has been your favorite experience thus far in the industry?

DF: I just went to vacation in Israel, and a few porn lovers have recognized me in Bethlehem and Jerusalem in a church. It has been one of my funniest and most favorite moments so far. It was strange to take pictures with fans in a very random, holy, strict and highly religious place like that.

 

DA: Who has been your favorite scene partner and why?

DF: I had a few favorite in my career thus far: Derek Atlas for his rough, straight-acting but sensual personality, Adam Champs for his pure masculinity and mind-blowing body, and Bruno Bernal for his fresh, youthfully horny energy and fantastic bum.

 

DA: Whom would you like to work with?

 

DF: I’d like to work with Avi Dar, Mike DeMarko and Carlo Massi. That would be guaranteed hotness!

 

DA: Are you naturally a very sexual creature, or is there a lot of “acting” on set?

 

DF: I have very high libido and get turned on easily. Having sex is art, cure and peace. I like to achieve this satisfying balance often. It’s like meditation or sport or hobby.

 

DA: How do you maintain such a fantastic body?

 

DF: I train 5-6 times a week and I’m mostly on a strict diet.

 

DA: What are you plans for the future? Do you plan on staying in porn for a while?

DF: I want to settle down a bit. Less travel. I’ll definitely stay in the industry for a while as a model while I still enjoy it, then I want to try myself as a director or a production manager.

 

 

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Melissa Etheridge: This is M.E. in the Garden http://davidatlanta.com/2015/08/melissa-etheridge-this-is-m-e-in-the-garden/ http://davidatlanta.com/2015/08/melissa-etheridge-this-is-m-e-in-the-garden/#comments Wed, 19 Aug 2015 00:45:58 +0000 http://davidatlanta.com/?p=135480 By Dustin Shrader Melissa Etheridge is truly a treasured rock legend. With an unparalleled career spanning more than two decades, the “Come to My Window” singer is back with her diabolical, critically acclaimed 12th studio album titled, This is M.E. M.E.is unlike anything Etheridge has gifted us with before. The new record encompasses an electrifying ...

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By Dustin Shrader

Melissa Etheridge is truly a treasured rock legend. With an unparalleled career spanning more than two decades, the “Come to My Window” singer is back with her diabolical, critically acclaimed 12th studio album titled, This is M.E. M.E.is unlike anything Etheridge has gifted us with before. The new record encompasses an electrifying energy derived from commanding lyrics belted by that raw, pure voice we have come to indulge and respect. Unforgettable melodies and the raging guitars are sheer proof this is the real Melissa Etheridge. In anticipation of her upcoming performance at the Botanical Garden on August 22nd, Melissa took the time to discuss her new album, the reinvention of her career, what it felt like to rock out with Blondie and Joan Jett and her love for performing in Atlanta.

David Atlanta: Where did the idea come about for the solo sets on your current tour?

Melissa Etheridge: Actually, for years, five years before I was signed I only played solo sets. After I was signed I didn’t do a solo set until 2000. It was fun back then, but now when I am doing it, it’s totally different. I use some loops on stage, drum loops, electric and guitar things. With this style I can actually show everyone what I can do. For the audience, it’s like I can bring them inside this world and show them what it is all about.

DA: Oh, wow! Well, the Botanical Garden is the perfect venue for a set and acoustics like that.

ME: Great! Although it is not just acoustic. A lot of people think when they see I am performing solo, it will just be my acoustic guitar and me. It is so deeper than that. It ends up rocking out. By the end we are dancing and it is just a lot of fun.

DA: That should certainly, coincide with your new album. I noticed it is quite different than your previous work.

ME: You know, that is where I am kinda at right now, breaking out of boxes, trying something new. I am finding my independence. This is my first independent label, I changed management completely. I am flying solo now and really enjoying it. The record was a big part of that. I wanted to do something that was so far out of the box, that people are like, “Whoa! What is this!?” The thing where I thought I was getting further away from who I am, actually let me get closer to rock ‘n’ roll.

DA: What set you on this path of reinvention?

ME: Well, when I grew up in Kansas in the sixties and seventies, we had one radio station. And it would play everything! It would play Tommy Jay, Tammy Wynette and then a Motown song and Led Zeppelin. It would play all kinds of music. I didn’t grow up with this categorizing of music genres. I played country but enjoyed rock, as well. I didn’t have those walls. Even though I was always pointed to the genre of rock ‘n’ roll, I finally decided to let those other genres within me shine through on the new album.

DA: Did the idea for starting your own label come before or after the creative process of the new record?

ME: That actually came from a choice to change management. When I did that, they showed me how an artist like me can create a social media base with a direct connection to my fans. So, I wouldn’t need to go through the corporate middle man anymore. Now, it was a jump. It was tight and we had to change the budget structure. I am so pleased with how it was done and the response we have gotten. I haven’t been excited about an album like this in along time.

DA: Speaking of social media, I saw a few clips of your sets with Blondie and Joan Jett! I can only imagine the surrealness of having all of you legendary rockers on one stage at the same time.

ME: That was some of my favorite shows this summer! It was so historic. The thing was, looking out at the audience, it was a total mix of people, ages, men and women, all colors. It was a beautiful mix of people. Crazy but I loved it and can’t wait to do more. I loved that it wasn’t about us being girls or anything. It was about us, “rock legends” as you say just enjoying the music and the moment.

DA: Any more future collaborations?

ME: I hope so! I don’t have anyone in mind at the moment. That experience was one of those things that came from changing agencies. So, I am hoping to do more collaborations similar to that in the future.

DA: Do you have a history with Atlanta?

ME: Oh yeah! I love Atlanta. I’ve played everywhere there. Ever since the beginning, Atlanta has always been one of those places that I always look forward to revisiting.

DA: I wanted to talk about your work with Greenway Compassionate Relief. I know it has to hold a special place in your heart.

ME: Just like with any other activism in my life, it is sort of an accidental activism. When I came out as a gay person early in life that sort of opened the door up for being a personal advocate of LGBT rights. When I went through cancer, you know, those roads opened up to me. And part of that was using cannabis medicinally. It was a huge relief. I don’t know how anyone does it without. I think it’s a huge black hole in our society that we have such a taboo about the plant marijuana. The work they did in the thirties, forties, fifties to demonize it worked and it is sad that was passed down to us. I have a strong belief in balancing out how we look at medicine and health. I have a great passion for wellness and I look forward to being on the forefront of that movement.

DA: Where do you see the rest of your career taking you?

ME: You know, I am really enjoying my career right now. People would ask 20 years ago where I saw myself, and I would say, “I still want to be making my music and having people come to my shows.” And I am! I am very happy to still be doing what I am doing. Now, when I look to the future, I have no idea what that looks like. I do have a strong belief though, that I will be doing what I love, making music that I love and still following that path. I have been touring all summer long, playing sold out shows and that’s without any airplay! So, I think I am doing okay.

DA: Is there anything you would like to shout out to your Atlanta fans?

Oh, I am just looking forward to getting down there, sweating it out in the humidity, seeing everyone and having a good time. I can’t wait!
Melissa will be performing at the Atlanta Botanical Garden at 8:00 p.m. on August 22nd. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.melissaetheridge.com/tour/.

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Transgender Model Entering The Atlanta Housewives Fray http://davidatlanta.com/2015/08/transgender-model-may-be-entering-the-atlanta-housewives-fray/ http://davidatlanta.com/2015/08/transgender-model-may-be-entering-the-atlanta-housewives-fray/#comments Tue, 18 Aug 2015 23:16:32 +0000 http://davidatlanta.com/?p=135473 It looks like The Real Housewives of Atlanta are following suit and joining the representation of trans people on reality television through the possible casting of trans woman Amiyah Scott. This will mark the first ever casting of a trans person as a housewife in Bravo’s entire franchise. The stunning model and social media maven ...

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It looks like The Real Housewives of Atlanta are following suit and joining the representation of trans people on reality television through the possible casting of trans woman Amiyah Scott. This will mark the first ever casting of a trans person as a housewife in Bravo’s entire franchise.

The stunning model and social media maven has yet to officially comment on the casting rumors. According to Variety:

“Though Bravo declines to comment on any casting rumors surrounding the network’s programming, insiders tell Variety that Scott attended a Monday night event with the cast where she was filming scenes for season eight.

At this point, a source close to the series says the cabler has not made any decisions regarding Scott’s casting, whether she joins as a full-time Housewife, “friend of the housewives” or just appears in an even-smaller role, as Monday’s event was the first time the model filmed for the show, and much is still under consideration.”

In addition to Scott helping to fill the void left by the O.G. and longtime fan-favorite NeNe Leakes, former Facts of Life star Kim Fields will also join the cast for season eight.

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Rainbow Crosswalk At 10th & Piedmont Has Been Approved http://davidatlanta.com/2015/08/rainbow-crosswalk-at-10th-piedmont-has-been-approved/ http://davidatlanta.com/2015/08/rainbow-crosswalk-at-10th-piedmont-has-been-approved/#comments Thu, 13 Aug 2015 19:55:13 +0000 http://davidatlanta.com/?p=135467 It’s official! The corner of 10th & Piedmont is about to get a lot more prideful! The City of Atlanta & The Office of Cultural Affairs approved the The Atlanta Rainbow Crosswalks to be added into the City of Atlanta’s permanent collection of art.  According to the released statement, “The Atlanta Rainbow Crosswalks will be a Public ...

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It’s official! The corner of 10th & Piedmont is about to get a lot more prideful!

The City of Atlanta & The Office of Cultural Affairs approved the The Atlanta Rainbow Crosswalks to be added into the City of Atlanta’s permanent collection of art.  According to the released statement, “The Atlanta Rainbow Crosswalks will be a Public Art Project that symbolizes the diversity of the LGBT community and its allies. It will be a visual message of acceptance, unity and tolerance that remind us all of how diverse the community is.”

Driver behind the crosswalks,Robert Sepulveda Jr. has plans to form a non-profit organization around The Atlanta Rainbow Crosswalks with the mission being; Advancing the awareness of diversity and equality through public art and community outreach. The logistics of installing the Artwork must be coordinated between The Atlanta Rainbow Crosswalks Organization and the Department of Public Works.

The Atlanta Rainbow Crosswalks should be installed for the weekend before the annual PRIDE festival in October of 2015. A formal ribbon cutting ceremony will take place once the work has been completed.

“This is not only a win for the LGBT community, but a win for all citizens of Atlanta, these crosswalks symbolize the diversity of our community, while spreading a clear visual message of acceptance, unity and tolerance, no matter ones race, gender, creed or sexual orientation.” – Robert Sepulveda Jr.

 

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It’s Time To Sop Up Cazwell’s New Music Video “The Biscuit” http://davidatlanta.com/2015/08/its-time-to-sop-up-cazwells-new-music-video-the-biscuit/ http://davidatlanta.com/2015/08/its-time-to-sop-up-cazwells-new-music-video-the-biscuit/#comments Wed, 12 Aug 2015 19:11:44 +0000 http://davidatlanta.com/?p=135463 The eighth single from Cazwell’s Hard 2 B Fresh album is a provocative, high-energy club banger whose name ironically enough has something in common with a popular sex party game. “The Biscuit” has all the catchy phrasing and suggestive lyrics we’ve come to expect from a Cazwell number, but with a Middle Eastern. The beat ...

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The eighth single from Cazwell’s Hard 2 B Fresh album is a provocative, high-energy club banger whose name ironically enough has something in common with a popular sex party game. “The Biscuit” has all the catchy phrasing and suggestive lyrics we’ve come to expect from a Cazwell number, but with a Middle Eastern.

The beat is borrowed from “Ek Smaak Jou”, a hit song originally released in South Africa by DJ Naaldekoker and produced by Justin DeNobrega (who works with popular South African rabble rousers Die Antwoord). “They were looking for a cool vocal to accompany the track and my management suggested I take a stab at it,” says Cazwell. “Naaldekoker and DeNobrega loved what I handed in and the rest is history.”

The exclusive video was produced in partnership with the gay dating app, Hornet. Cazwell’s “The Biscuit” is available on iTunes and at all major online music retailers now.

“I believe that stepping out of your comfort zone is important”, says Cazwell of his latest song and music video. “The production on this track is unlike anything I’ve done before, and the music video might potentially be controversial, but I was once told by the legendary Flawless Sabrina that ‘If it doesn’t scare you, don’t do it.’ Were the costumes and visuals inspired by another culture? Sure. But I made this decision to allow the video to be organic to the sound of the song and emphasize its uniqueness. Me and Athena Maroulis, the video’s director, used the song’s unique production as our primary inspiration for the video.”

The Biscuit is a hazing game that involves a group of boys surrounding a biscuit. The last boy who ejaculates over the biscuit must eat the whole biscuit, semen and all.

And yes, Cazwell can be found on Hornet.

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Knotty Notes: Eat It! http://davidatlanta.com/2015/08/eat-it/ http://davidatlanta.com/2015/08/eat-it/#comments Tue, 11 Aug 2015 23:00:46 +0000 http://davidatlanta.com/?p=135428 Selecting a suitable menu After reading the article last year about the Indiana restaurant that wouldn’t serve their pizza at a gay wedding, I knew my work was cut out for me. To those I am about to piss off, I apologize in advance. The real problem with that story doesn’t lie with the restaurant, ...

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Selecting a suitable menu

After reading the article last year about the Indiana restaurant that wouldn’t serve their pizza at a gay wedding, I knew my work was cut out for me. To those I am about to piss off, I apologize in advance. The real problem with that story doesn’t lie with the restaurant, but rather any couple (gay or straight) that is serving sliced pizza at their wedding!

The cuisine should be crafted around your personality and in this regard, your palate. No matter the level of formality, style of presentation and quality of taste doesn’t have to be compromised. However like with everything else in life, you get what you pay for. You can’t call the pizza place down the street and expect your guests to feel like they’ve experienced anything different than their usual Sunday hangover helper. I’m going to give you three different menu options for you to choose from, to which a buffet is never an option. We aren’t sending our guests down a line like we’re in a high school cafeteria.

1. Hors d’oeuvres: This means that a heavy selection of small bites would be butler-passed through the night. I find this style to be the most informal, and only appropriate for a wedding beginning later in the evening after the dinner hour has passed. Usually this would be chosen if the ceremony has been held on a different day and just the reception is taking place. Such a party would be from 7-11 or 8-12, which would give guests the 5-6 hour for a real meal. I would recommend a mix of seated tables, high cocktail tables and low lounge seating so your guests will be comfortable.

2. Stations: This is the today’s take on a buffet. Instead of everyone shuffling down one miserable line, food stations are placed strategically throughout a space to prevent a long wait. These can be self-serve or action stations, which means they are chef attended. While this option requires an attendant, more space and a bit more time, it gives you an opportunity to provide interaction and customization to your guests. Stations may take the place of a formal seated meal, but don’t expect people to balance a beverage and fumble around with a full plate. Provide at least 80% of your guests seating at any given time. Last bit of advice, stay away from dips or anything too messy. If it requires a spoon or a knife, you’re going in the wrong direction. And one of my biggest pet peeves: the only thing that belongs in a damn martini glass is a martini. No one is impressed by a glass of mashed potatoes, circa 1994.

3. Seated Dinner: My favorite and the most elegant way to serve your guests. Don’t get it twisted sister, a seated meal doesn’t mean it’s stuffy and formal. It simply allows for your guests to be pampered and who doesn’t want that?! Most people avoid this option because they feel it’s more expensive. I will be transparent to say that it will consume a little more of your budget, but there are ways to offset the cost. No matter if you select stations or a seated meal, you have to provide your guests china, glassware and flatware. If you book a venue or catering company that has those items in their inventory, then you’re already saving money. You’ll pay for a bit more labor as a seated meal will require more servers to work the room, but I feel the small fee is worth the investment.

Let’s quickly cover the other important aspects of the night, cocktails and cake.

Cocktails: Some form of alcohol is a necessity. True, the majority of your wedding budget will be consumed on food and beverage, but these two items will dictate how your guests react to everything else. Too much booze and not enough food, everyone is wasted. Too much food and no booze, everyone is full and lazy. If you want to save money here, find a venue where they allow you to bring in your own alcohol. If that isn’t an option, serving just beer and wine is acceptable. My staple suggestion is to offer a “full” but limited bar. There is no need to have tequila or fireball stocked at a bar. I tell my clients to offer a selection; for wine: a red and white, beer: a regular and lite. Make sure you have a vodka, and either bourbon or whiskey. That should please everyone, and if it doesn’t they can leave and pay for it themselves.

Stay Knotty,

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