Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor
About WCMG Publications News  Entertainment Features Donate Bars & Clubs Calendar Archives OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor


  WINDY CITY TIMES

Singer Derek Bishop: On being out, 'Bicycling' and fashion
MUSIC
by Shawn Schikora
2014-01-22

This article shared 5297 times since Wed Jan 22, 2014
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


"When you're an independent artist, it behooves you to use as many different outlets as you can," admits openly gay singer/songwriter Derek Bishop. Derek's debut CD, Resistance is Beautiful, was a well-received, eclectic mix of various pop genres. His upcoming CD, Bicycling in Quicksand, will be more dance-oriented, yet still contain Derek's off-beat, idiosyncratic style.

When asked about the impetus behind his all-encompassing, hands-on creative input, Derek was straightforward. "In terms of the music" he explained, "it's one-hundred hundred percent because I have a clear vision of what I want, and I want to see it through." The Virginia native, now residing in New York City, plans a tour to promote his new CD, which he hopes incudes an appearance at this summer's Market Days.

Derek recently talked to WCT about coming out, his fashion style, his recipe for old-school disco and the possibility of Cher covering his music.

Windy City Times: A good percentage of pop music stars remain closeted. You're out professionally, and have said being out actually helped your career. In what ways?

Derek Bishop: Gay magazines, websites and festivals have been extremely welcoming to me as a new gay artist. I think of other new musicians trying to get noticed, [yet] they're fighting an uphill battle because they are one of thousands of new bands. However, because I'm gay and out, I was able to get some great attention just for that sheer fact. Many of the songs for my first album were about coming out—things that many gays were able to relate to. So being out and sharing my story helped to provide a shared experience with people who went through the same thing.

WCT: At this point in your career, you're an independent artist and can "call the shots." Do you fear that gaining major label backing would somehow discourage your current level of creative input and control?

Derek Bishop: I'd be fine with sharing the responsibility and input if a major-label wanted me. Perhaps I'm being naive, but I would hope a label would want me because they like my music and style, and not so they could shape or mold me into something I'm not.

WCT: The theme of your first CD, Resistance is Beautiful, was centered around the idea of using stagnation as an impetus to facilitate change. What's the theme of your new CD, Bicycling in Quicksand?

Derek Bishop: The theme of Bicycling in Quicksand is about going against the tide, fighting for something you believe in even when it seems like a losing battle. There's also is a motif running through the album about how music keeps us tied to our past. No matter how much time passes, a song can take you back years, or even decades. It can be a huge internal struggle fighting with your past and trying to move forward in life, especially when you hear a certain song from long ago, and suddenly you're reliving it all.

WCT: To a large degree, dance music is a staple in the gay world. Are you concerned your new CD might label you exclusively as a "dance music" artist? Did you feel any sort of pressure to put out a dance CD?

Derek Bishop: I certainly did not feel pressured to put out a dance CD. I just want each album to have a different feel. The last one was more of a singer-songwriter album; this one is a full-band disco sound. I want my sound to keep changing with each new project.

WCT: Do you feel that taking a more "commercial" approach with your second CD is actually riskier than recording material with the same quirky, off-beat style your fans are familiar with?

Derek Bishop: I'm sure it is riskier, but I'm using the term "dance music" loosely. When I refer to the album being dance, I mean that it's got a danceable beat. When the record comes out this spring, you'll hear music ( that ) is still eclectic and offbeat. I've got a unique mix of instrumentation: xylophones, saxophones and French horns, as well as a ton of vintage synths. It'll be a feast for the ears. Our goal was to make an old school disco record. As a result, I'm the humanity in the music [that] shines through.

WCT: Speaking of dance music, your song, "What it Takes," would be great for Cher. Maybe it could be her next power ballad or mega-dance hit?

Derek Bishop: Ha! I love that. It's a great suggestion, and please pass it on to Cher's people, by all means. Truthfully, I would be honored if any singer, established or not, wanted to cover one of my songs.

WCT: If an established singer recorded one of your songs and had a huge hit, would you feel that you might then be labeled more a songwriter than singer?

Derek Bishop: My goal is to get my music out to the world. I consider myself songwriter first and foremost. Being a singer is something I do so that I can present my songs to the world. So no, I have no worries about being labeled one or the other. I'm just thrilled to have the opportunity to make music.

WCT: Fashion seems to play a very important part of your stage performances, including your trademark leather pants! Tell us a bit about your fashion inspiration.

Derek Bishop: I think my look is a mix of Oliver Twist meets Mad Max. Stevie Nick always said she built her stage look around pieces she could change out. I was looking to do the same thing: create a uniform. My look is a male variation of that. Being on stage and having the opportunity to perform is not something I take lightly. It's a special opportunity and I want my outfit to reflect that.

For more info on Derek Bishop, visit www.DerekBishop.net .


This article shared 5297 times since Wed Jan 22, 2014
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

Chicago Cabaret Professionals make a gift of their free gala concert 2020-11-30
--From a press release - For over twenty years the Chicago Cabaret Professionals' (CCP) annual Gala has been a festive live event. This association of over two hundred singers refuses to be deterred by the pandemic and will make a gift ...


Gay News

SHOWBIZ Singer Justin Utley, Gus Kenworthy, video game, 'Jackplot' film 2020-11-30
- OUTMusic Award winner Justin Utley has released the single "All Is Bright"—his first holiday release, a press release noted. Utley described the song as a little-bit of Lumineers/Mumford & Sons mixed in with a lot-a-bit of ...


Gay News

MUSIC (Colton) Ford tough: Singer is back and 'Stronger' than ever 2020-11-28
- Colton Ford has been an actor (in mainstream, off-Broadway and adult features) as well as singer, but he had see out of the spotlight for a few years—until now. Ford (who's openly gay) is back with ...


Gay News

'The Prom' out Dec. 11 on Netflix 2020-11-27
- The Prom—a musical-comedy film directed by Ryan Murphy and adapted by Chad Beguelin and Bob Martin (from their and Matthew Sklar's 2018 Broadway musical of the same name)—will be out on Netflix on Dec. 11. The ...


Gay News

New narrative podcast offers lesbian rocker slice of life 2020-11-26
Podcast attached below - For audiophiles in search of punk rock tongue-in-cheek lesbian dramedy-driven narrative storytelling, look no further: "Tampon Rock" is here. The podcast, from Anthem and iHeart Radio, focuses on lesbian bandmates Deja and Chloe as they navigate ...


Gay News

SHOWBIZ: Awards, 'Bebop,' Andy Cohen, Mariah Carey, Revry 2020-11-23
- The American Music Awards aired live Nov. 22 and some of the biggest names in music took home awards; Taraji P. Henson hosted. According to CNN.com, Doja Cat won new artist of the year and Becky ...


Gay News

MUSICALS 1997 version of Anyone Can Whistle out Dec. 4 2020-11-17
- On Sunday, Dec. 4, Jay Records will release a 1997 recording of the musical Anyone Can Whistle, which originally had music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim as well as a book by Arthur Laurents. The production ...


Gay News

Jim Verraros: From 'Idol' to now 2020-11-14
- It may seem just like yesterday when Jim Verraros was among the finalists who performed on the very first season of the reality-competition show with the likes of Justin Guarini and Kelly Clarkson (who won). However, ...


Gay News

Theater community to offer online plays, musicals, dance, comedy for holidays 2020-11-10
--From a press release - Chicago, IL (November 10, 2020)— The Chicago theater community will produce a wide variety of online festive plays, musicals, dance and comedy offerings this Holiday season. Theatre venues in Chicago and across the world remain closed ...


Gay News

57th Street Art Fair to return next June 2020-11-10
- The 74th annual 57th Street Art Fair is slated to return June 5-6, 2021. The free event is the Midwest's oldest juried art fair, featuring nearly 200 artists, live music, kids' activities and a food court. ...


Gay News

The African American Arts Alliance announces 2020 Black Excellence Awards 2020-11-05
--From a press release - Chicago, IL—The African American Arts Alliance (AAAA) will host the 20th annual Black Excellence Awards, an evening celebrating Black artists, Black voices, and Black stories across artistic disciplines, on November 10, 2020 at 7pm. The 2020 ...


Gay News

American Blues Theater to present 19th production of It's a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago 2020-11-01
--From a press release - CHICAGO, IL — American Blues Theater will produce its 199h Annual Production of It's a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago! from Frank Capra's film and directed by Artistic Director Gwendolyn Whiteside with musical direction by Michael Mahler ...


Gay News

THEATER REVIEW Being Earnest 2020-10-29
- Playwright book and lyrics by Paul Gordon, music by Paul Gordon and Jay Gruska At Skylight Music Theatre online at SkylightMusicTheatre.org. Tickets: $25. Runs through Dec. 31, 2020. Two things to remember when proposing to transform a ...


Gay News

SHOWBIZ Viola Davis, Tyler Posey, Elton John, Tegan and Sara 2020-10-26
- Ma Rainey's Black Bottom will premiere on Netflix on Dec. 18, a press release noted. The movie—based on the August Wilson play—will star Viola Davis, Chadwick Boseman, Glynn Turman and Colman Domingo. In the film and ...


Gay News

'V for Vendetta' at Music Box Oct. 30. includes talk with Wachowski 2020-10-22
- The 15th-anniversary theatrical re-release of V for Vendetta, which now includes bonus content—a 13-minute, pre-recorded conversation with director James McTeigue and writer/producer Lana Wachowski—will run at the Music Box Theatre ...


 



Copyright © 2020 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS







Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



About WCMG Publications News  Entertainment Features Donate Bars & Clubs Calendar Archives OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.