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Raph Solo Releases New Music Video Titled Love Lives

Artist Raph Solo Releases New Music Video Titled Love Lives

(NEW YORK) Artist Raph Solo has released a brand new music video that shows a different side to the out artist.   He dances! “It’s all very tongue-and cheek,” he laughs. “I hope fans like the choreography and chutzpah.”

In “Love Lives”, Raph Solo boldly declares that he is no less equal than any other person for who he is or who he loves.

“I have worked very hard to gain the self-respect and acceptance I enjoy today,” he explains.  “It’s been a difficult journey but I’m finally at a point where I know that I don’t need anyone’s approval to feel comfortable in my own skin.”

Just a few years ago, Raph admits he fought his feelings for men and even underwent reparative therapy in an attempt to cure himself of his homosexuality.  In the end, it was even more damaging to Solo and his self-esteem.   “It made me feel like a failure because no matter how hard I tried, I could not change my feelings.”

“Love Lives”  was written and produced by Raph.  The song is an R&B, modern pop groove; melodic with an edgy tech feel.  He says he wasn’t originally planning to release the song.  He recorded it on his birthday as a special gift to himself.  Ultimately, however, Raph felt its message was an important one and that it  reflected his current state of artistry.   “I wanted to take my sound onto the streets and into the clubs,” he says.

Born to Lebanese/Chilean parents on the Gulf of Guinea in Nigeria, West Africa, Raph Solo is a singer, songwriter and music producer.  He has released three full-length albums, including last summer’s THE ANONYMOUS ICON, featuring “Star” and “Good Morning London”.

Today, Raph is a proud gay man in a loving relationship with an English man from the East Midlands who shares his core values and beliefs.

Raph Solo’s “Love Lives” is being released globally through Angel King Musique and is available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon as well all other online retail outlets. Visit his website.  Follow Raph Solo on Twitter and Facebook.

Queer Rock Act Boys Entrance Rocks Out

Queer Rock That Rocks-by Julie Perry

Queer Act Boys’ Entrance Releases News Single on iTunes

(Houston) – Queer artists are flourishing in most music genres, including Country where artists like Shane McAnally, Ty Herndon, Steve Grand, and Brandy Clark have joined the ranks of out superstars Chely Wright, Melissa Etheridge, and k.d. Lang.

The last frontier of music might just be in punk rock where only a handful of acts exist, among them; Pansy Division, Against Me, and Boys’ Entrance.

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Tim Cain of Boys’ Entrance

Tim Cain created Boys’ Entrance over 25 years ago and, in that time, has produced some of Queer Rock’s most iconic, political, and galvanizing music.  Their latest album, out this month, is Tunnelvision, a rock opera that is being called the next Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

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Boys’ Entrance features Cain’s husband, Billy Ramsey on bass; lead guitarist, Jaybo Key; and drummer, John Spinelli.

Set during the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s, it tells the story of Tim and Troy and their tumultuous relationship.  The story opens with Tim, a rock musician, on stage, getting jeered by the audience for being queer. He responds by unabashedly claiming the title of “Mr. Sissy”. His bold declaration wins the crowd over, then, in “Creation,” he explains how the purpose of gay men is to create, not procreate.

Troy, a closeted straight guy, happens to be in the audience. The two hook up after the show and begin a rollercoaster ride of a relationship that involves break-ups and make-ups, drugs, alien encounters and one of the men becoming a call boy. The two say they want to be in a committed relationship together, but they simply don’t know how to make it work. Its the 1980s, after all. The physical relationship between Tim and Troy eventually breaks down, but their desires continue unabated. That is when the “wolf” comes knocking at the door.

The wolf in “The Wolf Is At The Door,” the first single release from the album, is temptation. The song is Peter Gabriel meets Duran Duran meets David Bowie. It is funky like Gabriel’s “Sledgehammer” with a Duran Duran veneer and a final verse that pays homage to Bowie. It is the climax of the opera, coming at a point of intense exasperation between Tim and Troy, conveying sexual appetite and frustration.

The love story ends not-so-happily-ever-after, which shouldn’t come as a surprise.  Tragedy is the currency of opera.  Still, the music of the finale sounds like a sunrise. The song, “Back to One,”  conjures up those first few moments when the sky begins to turn and the sun appears. For Tim, there is satisfaction at having removed himself from the madness of his relationship with Troy. There is also a pride that comes from realizing he is ok with being alone.  It’s a reminder that at the end of the day, we all ride solo in this journey of life.

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It’s easy to see how some might compare Tunnelvision with Hedwig. Both use the power of rock to convey a dramatic and powerful story, but while Hedwig uses humor to defuse a personal tragedy, Tunnelvision is more operatic and dramatic, incorporating a wide array of music genres into its story. There is Heavy Metal and Goth; also Soul, Industrial, New Wave, Hip Hop, Jazz, Psychedelic, Gospel and even Cabaret. The songs flow in style and type, helping to inform the lyrics.  Now, if only they had added just a touch of Country…

Tunnelvision by Boys’ Entrance is available on iTunes now along with the band’s first single release, “The Wolf Is At The Door”. Visit their official website here.

Interview: Ricky Rebel Is Sprinkling Confidence

Ricky Rebel Is Sprinkling Confidence

Interview: Ricky Rebel Releases New Music Video For Upcoming Album

(Los Angeles) – In “If You Were My Baby,” the first single from the upcoming album by Ricky Rebel, the glam rocker sings about how one should never be afraid to ask for what he or she wants from life.    The super fun video is out today, as well ten slick remixes of “If You Were My Baby” by some of the biggest DJ/producers on the planet.

“I’m sprinkling confidence into every club in the world,” proclaims Ricky Rebel from his Los Angeles home to About Magazine.  “Confidence is an asset. It shows leadership and draws people in.  I truly believe it is the most attractive quality a person can possess and to all my Rebel Mafia out there, I say: if you like someone, tell them and make a case as to why you are the best. You might be surprised with the results.”

“I had something to prove on “If You Were My Baby,” continues Rebel, who noticeably sings a lot more on the record than he has previously.  “Sam Harmonix, the producer on this single, works alongside Grammy award-winners and I wanted to impress him with my harmonies.  You know, prove there’s real talent behind the fierceness.”

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The “If You Were My Baby” remixes offer a wide array of different sounds.  “Godfather of EDM” Tommie Sunshine gives the track a fun, modern twist that crosses between EDM and club in his mix, while Zambianco presents a cool tribal beat that fitness buffs will enjoy working out to.   Hector Fonseca’s version is straight up club with a Brazilian vibe that sounds tailor-made for the world’s biggest Pride festivals.  The Dirty Werk mix is a pop dance hybrid best suited for straight dance floors, while the SaberZ mix is hard core EDM, perfect for large stadiums.  DJ Hayworth’s track, with its lovely tropical deep house vibe, is the most unique of the remixes while KOIL and Vito Fun’s mix has an urban club vibe that fans of Beyonce will enjoy.  Mr. Mig’s pop remix is probably the closest to Rebel’s original track.

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Ricky Rebel burst on the music scene in 1997 as the lead vocalist of the boy-band No Authority. Signed by Michael Jackson to Michael’s MJJ Music label at Sony, he toured with 98 Degrees, Destiny’s Child, Aaron Carter, and Ashlee and Jessica Simpson.   In 2000, the band moved to Madonna’s Maverick label where they toured with Britney Spears and released their Billboard Top 40 chart hit, “Can I Get Your Number.”

Ricky went solo as Ricky Rebel in 2012. Since then, he has released two albums, Manipulator featuring hit singles “Geisha Dance,” “Get It On” and “You Need a Woman” and The Blue Album featuring “Star” and “Boys and Sometimes Girls”.

Visit his website.

Queer Artist ‘The Hound’ Releases New Video Starring Adult Film Star Adam Ramzi

Queer Artist 'The Hound' Releases New Video Starring Adult Film Star Adam Ramzi

Queer Artist ‘The Hound’ Releases New Video Starring Adult Film Star Adam Ramzi

(HOUSTON) – Queer Artist ‘The Hound‘ has released a new single, “Can’t Let You Go,”  and stars adult film-fox Adam Ramzi as the no-good ex The Hound can’t break free from.

The Hound tells About Magazine he drew inspiration from Alanis Morissette’s “Your House”.

“I wanted the viewer to think that they were watching me moving around my apartment, burdened by memories.  Suddenly, they realize that it’s not my place, that I’ve broken into the home of my ex who is now with someone else.”

Co-directed by The Hound and Adrian Anchondo, the music video features choreography by Andrew Pearson and some incredible dance moves by Ramzi.   It also has the distinction of being banned from Instagram for being “too sexually explicit”.

“Adam brings the relationship to life in the video,” continues The Hound.  “There were a few scenes that we kept doing over and over again and it got so very real. I could tell we were both channeling some true life experiences.”

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The Hound knows about the dangers of a toxic love.  He admits to being in a low place in life when writing, “Can’t Let You Go.”   “I didn’t know what I wanted anymore.  I was very depressed and found myself in an incredibly toxic relationship with someone who suffered extreme highs and lows, and I was coming to terms with the fact that just because it’s love, doesn’t make it right. People also love heroin and meth, and he was definitely like a drug to me.  It took everything falling apart for me to finally walk away.”

One of the lyrics that resonates with him most is:

I could see the end,
but it was easier to pretend,
that we’d make it out alive and I wouldn’t lose a friend.

“There’s this awareness that the relationship would eventually fall apart, but until it did, things could be swept under the rug,” he explains.

The Hound grew up in Santa Clarita, a suburb outside of Los Angeles.  Music was an escape from his parent’s divorce and his dad’s alcoholism.

He came out 14, when, as a freshman at Los Angeles County High School of the Arts, he caught the eye of a popular senior.  “It was the second week of school and I heard this very cute and talented guy liked me,” he remembers.  “I wasn’t out, but that changed very quickly.”

He’d go on to date other boys in high school, including Lawrence Alarcon, his eventual bandmate. After graduation, they formed Orchid and Hound in San Francisco and began performing and releasing records.  When they broke up, The Hound kept his name.

“My songs are about my life and the lessons I’ve learned,” he explains.  “Being human means making mistakes; hearing that voice of reason and consciously choosing to ignore it.

“One thing I have learned is that relationships define us and we struggle with who we are without them. The worst ones can be impossible to let go of.”

The Hounds’ “Can’t Let You Go” is available on iTunes, Spotify and all digital platforms.  The music video is available on Youtube.

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