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!! OMG, a Q&A with Robyn !!

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At a time when elaborate fashions, pyrotechnics and big, arena-worthy electro beats rule the American pop landscape, Robyn has arrived in North America to shift our focus back to where it belongs: on the music. On her all-too-brief “All Hearts” co-headlining tour with Kelis, which makes its way toward the east coast this week, the Scandinavian singer/songwriter is promising to dazzle audiences with a minimally-art directed, high-energy stage show styled as an after hours club jam.

This year Robyn plans to release a trilogy of albums that incorporate diverse musical influences, ranging from gay dance anthems to dancehall and minimal techno, into her platinum blonde pop world. Though her songs are sometimes heartfelt and introspective, there’s no mistaking Robyn’s swagger and self-confidence — either in song, on stage or over the phone.

“For me, there’s nothing like, what do you call it? A ‘guilty pleasure’,” she says. “I don’t even know what that means. Either you like it or you don’t.”

Check out the video for Robyn’s latest single “Hang With Me” below and then read our Q&A with the singer after the jump.

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!! OMG, a Q&A with Chris Willis !!

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Over the past few years, music writers have spilled a lot of ink on the resurgence of dance music in mainstream pop music: Flo Rida, Kelis, Black Eyed Peas, Akon and Kid Cudi are just a few of the A-list artists that are whippin’ Top 40 fans into an 808 state with club-ready pop tunes. But before all of those people were household names, Atlanta-based pop vocalist Chris Willis was a big deal in France thanks to his many collaborations with producer David Guetta, which included the dance hits “Love Is Gone”, “Just A Little More Love” and the current hit “Gettin’ Over You”.

Willis is also a seasoned gospel and session singer who’s worked with everyone from Dolly and Dusty to Ricky and RuPaul. This year Willis will try his hand at solo fame with the release of his new single “Louder” (which you can preview below). We caught up with him to chat about the song and what it takes to make it big in the mainstream pop world.

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“Louder” by Chris Willis” (snippet)

Read the full interview with Chris Willis after the jump.

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!! OMG, a Q&A with Ana Matronic of Scissor Sisters !!

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After a four-year hiatus, glam pop act Scissor Sisters are gearing up for the release of their third album Night Work on June 29 (June 28 in the UK). The inspiration for the record’s dark, backroom disco sound resulted from a tumultuous couple of years that saw the band scrap an entire album’s worth of songs and start afresh.

Determined to shake his bout of writers block following the Sisters’ disappointing 2006 sophomore effort Ta-Dah, front man Jake Shears vanished from New York and threw himself headlong into the Berlin club scene. He emerged with an idea to team up with mega-producer Stuart Price (Madonna, Kylie) and write an album that paid tribute to the seedier side of New York’s gay nightlife in the 1980s.

To find out more about the inspiration behind Night Work and what the Sisters have been up to recently, we caught up with Trannyshack drag performer-turned-Euro pop idol Ana Matronic for a chat. Read the Q&A after the jump.

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!! OMG, a Q&A with Big Freedia !!

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Earlier this week we introduced you to New Orleans bounce music, a style of call-and-response rap that often inspires women to contort into impossible positions and jiggle their generous booties. Over the past few years the mainstream American media has caught on to this underground club scene thanks to a flamboyantly gay sub-genre known as sissy bounce.

Today we bring you an interview with the queen diva of bounce Big Freedia, who started out as a back-up performer for her friend Katey Red, the first openly gay rapper in New Orleans. Freedia is one of the most respected rappers in the game, performing up to six nights a week at block parties, hip-hop clubs, gay clubs and even in her autobiographical bounce musical “Catch That Beat”.

This month she’ll embark on short North American tour and perform at her hometown Gay Pride for the first time ever. For a sense of the ass-tastic mayhem that Freedia unleashes in the club, watch the video for “Azz Everywhere” and then read our Q&A after the jump!

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!! OMG, a Q&A with Ken Vulsion of Honey Soundsystem !!

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What is Honey Soundsystem? It’s a San Francisco-based collective of DJs/producers/musicians Ken Vulsion, Pee Play, Robot Hustle, Jason Kendig, Josh Cheon and Derek Bobus who throw a party every Sunday at Paradise Lounge that attracts a mix dance music heads, bears, wild tranny party hoppers and straight boy DJs.

What sets Honey Soundsystem apart from most other gay dance parties is their desire to capture the decadence of San Francisco’s past nightlife and link it with contemporary musical happenings. That appreciation also extends outside the club: this week the Honey boys released a compilation of original dance music and last year, Vulsion and Robot Hustle’s became preservationists when they uncovered and reissued a long-lost album of left-field synth music by disco legend Patrick Cowley.
“It was this amazing inheritance for us and we felt a responsibility that the music got released and got heard,” says Vulsion. “The core of what we do as Honey Soundsystem has to do with a connection to what came before us and in San Francisco especially, there’s a rich history.”

Read the full interview (and peep a little butt crack) after the jump! And if you’re in New York tomorrow night, check out the Honey boys at GALAXIE, a party happening at LPR Gallery Bar (158 Bleecker Street).

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