Kinkster MAG Pride Mix 2017

This year's sizzling Pride Mix is full of LGBTQ talent to help you wiggle wiggle your way through the season.
born this way jacket, Kinkster MAG Pride Mix 2017

Last year we were all devastated by the news of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando. I’m not sure if I was more upset at how some of the media outlets jumped to terrorism or how a presidential candidate could use the tragedy as a pond in a scheme to win the election. But it was amazing to see so many people come together to honor those who lost their lives.

My first selection for the Kinkster MAG Pride Mix 2017 was one of the tributes to this horrible event. “Keep On Dancing (Until We Are Free)” by House of Wallenburg featuring JWL B. and Lady Bunny reminded us that we can’t let incidents like this scare and terrorize our community. Go out and remain proud and defiant.

Our second track features one of the nicest guys I have ever met. Glenn Soukesian is not only sexy but also an amazing vocalist. Oh…you probably know him better as Mr. Colton Ford. No matter what you knew this name for before you can’t deny that the guy is talented. And I thought his cover of the classic House track “Follow Me” by Aly-Us was perfect for a Pride mix.

Over the past few years I can’t think of any other OUT artist who rose quickly on the scene and charts like Sam Smith. From his featured vocals on Disclosure’s “Latch” to sing a James Bond theme, Mr. Smith definitely let the world know that he is here. So, I chose his biggest hit “Stay With Me”. The Throttle remix is my favorite version of this song.

Another openly gay artist that made a huge impact being an American Idol contestant is Mr. Adam Lambert. I haven’t heard much from him in the past 6 months but I’m sure he’s busy working on his next move. And I know he had bigger hits than the track I chose, but the Dirty Disco remix of “Another Lonely Night” spoke to me as I was programing this mix.

Our next vocalist changed the world with his appearance and fashion sense when he hit the scene back in the 80s. Although he’s the only person who is openly gay in Culture Club, you can’t have the group without Boy George. And the Joachim Garraud & David Guetta remix of “Miss Me Blind” reminds us that the music industry thrives on LGBT creativity.

And I’m sure many were just as shocked as I was to hear of George Michael’s passing on Christmas Day in 2016. And although I know Adele’s tribute at the Grammys was well intentioned (kind of a weird choice of lyrics for someone who just died) nothing beats the original vocal on his meg-hit “Fast Love”. And the very rare unreleased Tony Moran remix fit perfectly in this mix.

My alter-ego, Jade Elektra is not only an openly gay recording artist but also very politically OUT about being HIV+ as well. The work that Jade and her husband John Allan do to fight the stigma of being positive online and in Toronto is finally being recognized and honored. Jade’s cover mashup of “Hot Child In The CIty (Wild Thang)” went very well with the “Fast Love” theme.

One of the legends in New York City is the ultimate club fixture Amanda LePore. I can remember hearing from a friend who was traveling in Germany back in the early 90s and he said there were huge billboards of Amanda for some line of jeans. She’s an icon and I was thrilled when I heard she had covered the 80s classic “I Know What Boys Like” by The Waitresses. Craig C did an amazing job at remixing this one! Miss LePore is the only transsexual on this mix.

Honestly, we are losing too many of our artists. The news of Pete Burns’ death back in October of 2016 was a bit of a shock as well. And like Boy George with Culture Club, there would be no Dead Or Alive without Pete Burns. I dug up another rare remix of “You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)”. The Matt & Vito remix was never commercially released. This was an exclusive mix back when “promo only” meant not everyone could get it (unlike today and the internet).

Another New York City icon is the only commercially successful openly gay Hip Hop artist is Cazwell. Unapologetic is the word that comes to mind. Obviously there are many other gay rappers out there, but Cazwell has consistently worked his marketing and music videos. So, I used his first Mel Cheren (the Godfather of The Paradise Garage) blessed release, “All Over Your Face”.

We can’t appreciate where we are now without paying homage to those who paved the way. Disco legend Alicia Bridges’s “I Love The Nightlife” has been the soundtrack for many clubs, radio stations and movies. I had the honor of being judged by Miss Bridges in a lip sync contest at HMV back in the mid 90s in New York City. She was really sweet and nice. Alicia is the only lesbian on this mix.

And speaking of groups that couldn’t be without their front vocalist, Blondie is not Blondie without Debbie Harry. Back in 2014, Debbie revealed that she is bisexual. I was the musical director for the Glammy Awards in New York City when Debbie presented Jayne County with an icon award. Debbie has such a presence when she enters a room. So, I had to include a single from her latest album. The Eric Kupper Disco remix of “Fun” is a throwback to the Studio 54 days.

And to close out the mix I chose the newly OUT Barry Manilow. Now…for many this was not news. Given his history of being the piano player for Bette Midler at the Continental Baths it wasn’t really a surprise. In fact, it seemed like common knowledge. But we have to remember that he comes from a different era where being outed as gay could have ended your career. Remember…Librace never officially came out either. So, I thought it was fitting to end this mix with the Direct Hit mix of “Copacabana”.

We here at KINKSTER MAG wish you a Happy and Safe Pride!

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Sr. Music Contributing Writer – A disc jockey since 1980, DJ Relentless has a career that has spanned from local dive bars to major club venues all over the United States, Amsterdam, the Dominican Republic and Toronto.

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