Why is LGBTQ representation in the music industry important?
Growing up in a small Texas town, I didn’t have any gay role models. My conservative Christian family raised me to think that homosexuality was a sickness and a terrible sin, so I spent years pretending to be straight. I didn’t want to lose my friends and family, and I grew to hate myself and my sexuality. When I was 21 years old, self-hate and hopelessness consumed me. I was ready to end it all. I chugged a bottle of painkillers and chased it down with a bottle of vodka, and as I waited for the drugs to end my life, I called my family and shared my ‘terrible’ secret. Although they didn’t react well, it was the first step on a long road to self-love. I survived the incident, but many don’t. Unfortunately, this story is way too common.
I think it is important to represent the LGBTQ community in the music industry, because I know this story is still happening every day. I know kids are out there hurting. LGBTQ kids need to know that they are beautiful and that nothing is wrong with them. That they are loved! We will not be put into a box and swept under the rug. We are worthy. We are beautiful. We are proud. (Jinx McGee)
I think it is important as reality itself. My hope is that we can get to a place of total inclusion. The music marketing machine represents a very unrealistic view even for the straight community, let alone its almost 100 percent lack in representing the LGBTQ community. It’s always been odd to me, living in such a diverse culture with an immense amount of differing preferences, that the only preference that is presented is the straight, white perspective. This has never resonated with me because it’s not real. In fact, it’s never been the reality, but instead a mere one-dimensional projection of a dominant and domineering perspective that through time has always been afraid of truth and diversity. (Alexander Beatz)
What should SXSW attendees expect from your showcase?
Our show is an expression of self love, an invitation to let your freak flag fly sky high. It’s not a “fuck you” to the man, but instead we invite everyone, including the man, to come and celebrate the beauty of individualism. SXSW attendees should expect the week’s best dance party saturated in freakiness, self-love and our signature feel-good vibes. (McGee)
Any upcoming plans?
This summer we will be touring in support of our debut EP, HouseWife due in May. Then we’ll be taking some time to record our first full length album in collaboration with some of Austin, TX’s immense talent. We’ll also be changing our live show to include choreography, dancers, lights and props. (Beatz)