How pop music became Queer culture? Well, it’s always been Queer culture. Manju Reijmer explains perfectly how he, a brown cis gay man, can identify with straight blonde pop princesses. As well as how he helps the Dutch Public Broadcasting Network acknowledge social issues through web-series.
Flashback Track: P!nk – Like a Pill Queer Artist Spotlight: Alan Manken – Proud of Your Boy Best Live Experience: Moses Sumney – Make Out in My Car Most Recent Discovery: Mike Jack Dean – Bij je Zijn
It’s a song as old as queerness itself. Whenever we don’t feel catered to by whatever type of media, we go out of our way to create our own representation. Heck, that’s in part why this podcast came to be. With Romy, an androgynous person of colour (living that afab with a low voice due to a cold lifestyle), this is just as much the case.
Flashback Track: Wham! – The Edge of Heaven Queer artist Spotlight: CupCakke – LGBT Best live experience: Hudson Mohawke – System Most recent discovery: The Internet – Come Over
Not the protest march type, Lu Lodi tries to help trans and other queer people in whatever way she can. Just acknowledging each others existence can seem small but carries huge power. This Brasilian support group host knows that like no other.
Flashback Track: Bia Bedran – Pedalinho Queer Artist Spotlight: Tami T – Trans Femme Bonding Best live experience: Broken Social Scene – Forced to Love Most recent discovery: Lizzo – Juice
As a musicology graduate Fabian had to put up with a certain level of snobbery and elitism, but that never stopped him from enjoying some great pop-tunes. As someone who analyses music, with an extended encyclopedic knowledge this might be the most in-depth conversation yet.
Flashback Track: S Club 7 – Reach Queer Artist Spotlight: Dorian Electra – Man to Man Best Live Experience: Jungle – Busy Earnin’ Most Recent Discovery: Moeshop – Lovesick
If there’s one thing that defines Iris, is that they know extremely well how to identify what they like and then act on it. Both in the professional sense, and in their musical preferences. Having friends who are into metal is cool and all, but that doesn’t mean there’s any less room for hip-hop, R&B and disco. A self-proclaimed scaredy-cat, but there’s a large amount of confidence and power lurking underneath the surface.
Flashback Track: Aaliyah – Try Again Queer Artist Spotlight: Lizzo – Batches & Cookies Best Live Experience: Scissor Sisters – Inevitable Most Recent Discovery: Likeili47 – Tick Boom
Ambitious, but still enjoying that student lifestyle. Nina Pušić combines journalistic research with parties and festivals. Her music taste is largely influenced by two things: her family and movie soundtracks. More pop than alternative, more 70’s than contemporary, but always a whole lot of fun.
Flashback Track: Nena – Irgendwie, Irgendwo, Irgendwann Queer Artist Spotlight: David Bowie – Heroes Best Live Experience: Goo Goo Dolls – Iris Most Recent Discovery: Charles Bradley – Changes
On the verge of graduating in Music Management Janneke Stam isn’t even sure if she wants to continue in the music industry. After a career that included co-founding a music website, an internship at Epitaph and time spend in London while working for RockSound, she is pretty much done with PopPunk and the party lifestyle.
Flashback Track: The White Stripes – Black Math Queer Artist Spotlight: Trash Boat – The Guise of a Mother Best Live Experience: Arcane Roots – Long & Low Most Recent Discovery: Sigrid – Strangers
Wouter Overman looks like an old school punk. A cigarette dangling from the corner of their mouth, green mohawk, leather jacket full of pins. This all obviously also shows in their music taste. What used to be an emo-phase, is now a more traditional punk attitude involving beer, squatting and a lot live-shows. However, it’s not the music that drew them into this scene. It’s the androgynous aesthetic that really appealed to this genderfluid booker.
Flashback Track: Panic! at the Disco – I Write Sins Not Tragedies Queer Artist Spotlight: Against Me! – I Was a Teenage Anarchist Best Live Experience: Belgrado – Progress Most Recent Discovery: Supernova 1006 – Gold