Windy City Media Group Frontpage News


home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2023-12-13



To SIRPAUL with love: Dance artist talks hair, being out
WINTER MUSIC SPECIAL Special to the online edition of Windy City Times
by David Byrne

This article shared 2969 times since Tue Dec 11, 2012
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

New York DIY dance musician SIRPAUL released the superb album Horse on his own label, Controversial Record,s earlier this year.

Windy City Times was first introduced to this handsome artist via Logo's music programs like NewNowNext, where his video "Do U" was in heavy rotation. On top of having multiple albums and EPs, SIRPAUL has remixed "Circus" for Britney Spears and "Bulletproof" for La Roux. He also wrote and produced "Sublime" for RuPaul's Drag Race season-three winner Raja. SIRPAUL recently talked inspirations, being an out musician and hair.

Windy City Times: "Lay It on Me," from Horse, is very pop and shows an '80s influence.

SIRPAUL: "Lay It on Me" is super '80s, like Van Halen's "Jump" with those synths and simple drum beat. I wrote that for my sister. She went from a normal life to having two kids, it was such a change. We have worked on music together. This was something to cheer her up. It was her hey-day in the '80s. She really loves it.

WCT: When I heard "Like a Horse," I thought it could have been recorded by Lenny Kravitz.

SIRPAUL: This is the cornerstone for album with parallels between falling in love and riding a horse. We get knocked down, then get back up again.

WCT: You are very visual. Please elaborate on your collaborations with director Andreas Anastasis.

SIRPAUL: Andreas was one of the first people to really notice my talent, take it and push it. We did my first video, "Thrust," together. I wanted to push some buttons, but we pushed too many and "Thrust" did not air on TV. Both of us are very hypersexual; combine this and we get a really interesting result. I love working with him; he uses real storyboards. It is an inspiration brought to life. The process is very organic.

WCT: You are the founder and president of your own label, Controversial Records. How is it being your own boss?

SIRPAUL: I love it and hate it. Now it is such a well-oiled machine. It would be a piece of cake to work with another label. But they want to place limitations on me. I am not going to dumb down my sexuality or compromise my artistic integrity.

In media, I feel like anyone who is out has to be castrated for mainstream society. I am not comfortable in hiding my sexuality. I do not mean sexual orientation, like Ellen [DeGeneres] making everything jokey or funny. That is not how I am. They ask me, "Can you tone this down?" This is counterproductive and counterintuitive. Compromise means less value [at] the end of the day.

After performing, kids come up to me and say it inspires them to be out in a place where it may not be OK or safe. I get tweets from all over the world thanking me for being inspiring. Because I am on a tiny independent label that is just me, I assume nobody hears what I am doing. So it is a surprise to hear this. I want to think that I made an impact on our younger generation and have them express themselves freely. Suppressing themselves is the most evil thing.

WCT: What benefits do you find in self-releasing work?

SIRPAUL: There are plusses and minuses. I get whatever profit. There is not a lot of money making music, so scratch that one. When I release my own work, I can put it out there exactly how I want it to be.

Anytime I speak with promo companies, they just want to partner you with the trendy remixer of the moment. I really have been blessed to meet and work with those who have remixed my work. They can make any remix they want. I do not give them any limitations. DJ Alex Lauterstein did three interpretations of "Swinger." It was so experimental. I have a side project with him called Simulover, where we get to work with different artists and singers that I would not with my own work.

WCT: Some artists change sound. Throughout your career, your hair has changed a lot.

SIRPAUL: [Laughs] That is my trademark. Both my parents were hairdressers. I have a separate career in the beauty industry, so I have a facility at my fingertips. Everytime we saw Cyndi Lauper, she had something different. I changed my hair for the first time when I was, maybe, 9 years old. I am just having fun with it and I never have same cut twice. It is as if I am hiding from government.

The music and beauty industries are perfectly complementary. It is interesting to work behind camera, because it helps me understand what to deliver in front of the camera. Music videos are when these two personas collide. My parents both did hair and did music. My mom was on Capitol Records; Dad played drums for Ed Sullivan. All of my siblings are creative in food, hair or music. Oddly enough, we are not hippies.

SIRPAUL's Horse is out now digitally. He is working on embarking on a tour, too. Find SIRPAUL on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

This article shared 2969 times since Tue Dec 11, 2012
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

Out and Aging
Presented By


Gay News

SHOWBIZ Jerrod Carmichael, '9-1-1' actor, Kayne the Lovechild, STARZ shows, Cynthia Erivo 2024-04-12
- Gay comedian/filmmaker Jerrod Carmichael criticized Dave Chappelle, opening up about the pair's ongoing feud and calling out Chappelle's opinions on the LGBTQ+ community, PinkNews noted, citing an Esquire article. Carmichael ...

Gay News

Judith Butler focuses on perceptions of gender at Chicago Humanities Festival talk 2024-04-10
- In an hour-long program filled with dry humor—not to mention lots of audience laughter—philosopher, scholar and activist Judith Butler (they/them) spoke in depth on their new book at Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., on ...

Gay News

Andersonville Chamber announces Andersonville Midsommarfest entertainment lineup 2024-04-09
--From a press release - CHICAGO (April 8, 2024) — The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce (ACC) is pleased to announce the full entertainment line-up for Andersonville Midsommarfest, one of Chicago's oldest and most beloved summer ...

Gay News

SHOWBIZ Outfest, Chita Rivera, figure skaters, letter, playwright dies 2024-04-05
- For more than four decades, Outfest has been telling LGBTQ+ stories through the thousands of films screened during its annual Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ+ Film Festival—but that event may have a different look this year because ...

Gay News

SHOWBIZ Dionne Warwick, OUTshine, Ariana DeBose, 'Showgirls,' 'Harlem' 2024-03-29
Video below - Iconic singer Dionne Warwick was honored for her decades-long advocacy work for people living with HIV/AIDS at a star-studded amfAR fundraising gala in Palm Beach, per the Palm Beach Daily News. Warwick received the "Award of ...

Gay News

'Rumors' performers create alternative drag playground 2024-03-24
- At first glance, Dorian's Through The Record Shop (1939 W. North Ave.) looks like a brightly-lit shop with a handful of records on the wall, but there's a secret world behind those unassuming shelves. Visitors are ...

Gay News

SHOWBIZ Queer musicians, Marvel situation, Elliot Page, Nicole Kidman 2024-03-21
- Queer musician Joy Oladokun released the single "I Wished on the Moon," from Jack Antonoff's official soundtrack for the new Apple TV+ series The New Look, per a press release. The soundtrack, ...

Gay News

THEATER Chicago's City Lit has anxiety on tap with 'Two Hours in a Bar' 2024-03-21
- Two Hours in a Bar Waiting for Tina Meyer by Kristine Thatcher with material by Larry Shue Text Me by Kingsley Day (Book, Music and Lyrics). At: City Lit Theater, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.. Tickets: ...

Gay News

Lollapalooza announces lineup; SZA, Skrillex among headliners 2024-03-19
- Lollapalooza has released its line-up for the event that's taking place Aug. 1-4 at Grant Park. Headliners include SZA, Blink-182, Skrillex, The Killers, Hozier, Melanie Martinez and Stray Kids, among others. Some of the other acts ...

Gay News

Jamie Barton brings nuances of identity to her Lyric Opera 'Aida' performance 2024-03-18
- Chicago's Lyric Opera is currently featuring a production of Giuseppe Verdi's Aida starring Michelle Bradley as Aida, Jamie Barton as Amneris and Russell Thomas as Radamès. The opera runs through April 7, 2024, with Francesca Zambello ...

Gay News

SHOWBIZ Lady Gaga, 'P-Valley,' Wendy Williams, Luke Evans, 'Queer Eye,' 'Transition' 2024-03-15
- Lady Gaga came to the defense of Dylan Mulvaney after a post with the trans influencer/activist for International Women's Day received hateful responses, People Magazine noted. On Instagram, Gaga stated, "It's appalling to me that a ...

Gay News

House-music festival on Aug. 30-Sept. 1; icons, Idris Elba to be part of it 2024-03-13
- The ARC Music Festival—an event celebrating house music—will take place Aug. 30-Sept. 1 at Chicago's Union Park, per WGN-TV. This will mark the fourth year that the festival will celebrate the genre at Union Park—less than ...

Gay News

COBRAH slithers into Chicago and brings Feminine Energy 2024-03-08
- COBRAH snaked her way into Thalia Hall, 1807 S. Allport St., for two nights March 7 and 8 for her Succubus Tour. This Swedish-born talent has a way with naughty words and ...

Gay News

SHOWBIZ Jinkx Monsoon, Xavier Dolan, 'Frida,' Lena Waithe, out singer 2024-03-08
- Two-time RuPaul's Drag Race winner Jinkx Monsoon is headed back to the New York stage, joining off-Broadway's Little Shop of Horrors as Audrey beginning April 2, according to Playbill. The casting makes Monsoon the first drag ...

Gay News

Queer Eye's Jai Rodriguez is set to slay at The Big Gay Cabaret 2024-03-05
- Out and proud performer Jai Rodriguez is set to play at The Big Gay Cabaret this March for three days. Presented by RuPaul Drag Racer Ginger Minj, this monthly series highlights the wide world of cabaret ...


Copyright © 2024 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives.

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 Transgender 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.






About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots
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     
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.