Lady Gaga launches ‘Artpop’ at VIP New York party

Lady Gaga launches ‘Artpop’ at VIP New York party (via AFP)

Multi-platinum selling diva Lady Gaga electrified several thousand handpicked fans with a live performance at the Brooklyn docks, kicking off the global release Monday of her third album. Strutting and writhing across the stage dressed in a white leotard…


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SIRPAUL™: Going With The Flow and Showing It Who’s Boss

Who is SIRPAUL™?  At first glance, he is a fashionista mixed with a touch of sex symbol but trust me, it gets much deeper than that. A touch of Madonna with a little Lady Gaga thrown in, but absolutely an original in his own right.  Listen to his music and you imagine a fun-loving guy who would be great fun to hang out with.  Then read about him and see that he has a head on his shoulders, a LOVE for what he does, and he really knows what’s what in the music business.  He’s an artist, a lyricist, a producer, dancer, and a fan of great music.  He is very social media savvy, which connects him directly to what his fans are looking for or, more importantly, need.

I thoroughly enjoyed his answers to my questions, I learned so much about him and I hope you do to:

Q: You are pretty much a veteran of the music business. How has the industry changed in the time you have been recording/writing/performing?

A:  Wow. It’s 100% different than when I started out. Now it’s all about the artist connecting with their fans and I think that’s a good thing.

Q: Tell us a little about your new solo album, ‘The Horse’ and about working with superstar international DJ/Producer Alex Lauterstein?

A:  “The Horse” is the album I always wanted to make… it’s a really personal project that I feel deeply connected to. It’s about facing my fears, owning my sexuality, learning to love and becoming my authentic self. The influences on the album are all sounds that I grew up listening to so there’s a sense of 80s nostalgia in there juxtaposed with modern electropop.

I wanted to create a complete listening experience from start to finish over the course of the 15 tracks on the album. You can listen to every track from my new album “The Horse” on my Soundcloud page before you download on iTunes. I really can’t tell you how excited I am to share it with all of you!!

Alex Lauterstein is one of my best friends and he’s an amazing human being. Working with Alex is always an amazing growing experience for me. I’m a total control freak so it forces me to be open to new ideas. Our side project Simulover is very experimental and we both use it as a way to get out of our comfort zone and express ourselves without any of the constraints we place upon ourselves as solo artists. Simulover will be performing on the main stage at Washington DC Capital Pride on June 9th & 10th. Can’t wait!!

Q: You were making club music for over 10 years in NYC and then changed over to pop. Was this a natural progression for you? What are the similarities? Differences?

A: You know… it’s a very strange thing how somehow I got looped into making dance music first, switched over to pop and now I’ve somehow fused the two genres.  It was a very natural progression for me and I just went with the flow.  When I was feeling like making songs with electric guitars in them, I just did it. When it’s time to dance I certainly don’t hold back either and I just tap into that part of myself that basically grew up on the dance floors of NYC.

Q: Your bio is very impressive, heavy rotation on the Logo television network and a profile on MTVmusic.com. It seems like you are very good at achieving your goals,  what’s up next for you?

A: Thank you. I have honestly worked very VERY hard on my career for a long time.  I am proud to say that I have achieved many of the goals that I’ve set for myself thus far.  What’s up next? Well I’m starting to tour and I’ll be playing at the Poptronik Festival September 1st & 2nd in Sitges, Spain alongside some of my favorite electropop artists like Garcon Garcon, Bright Light Bright Light, Kazaky, Adam Tyler, Carlos Nobrega, Markus Riva, Martika, Woman E, Queen of Hearts and many more.  In October I’lll be visiting Huntsville Alabama to perform at an Anti-Bullying rally for GLBT Advocacy & Youth Services, Inc. and I’m really excited about being there.  I am currently promoting my new single & video for “Body Connection” (feat. out rapper Loco Ninja) directed by Andreas Anastasis and I will be shooting the video for the next single soon.  Life is insanely busy these days but all very good and exciting things are happening so I’m feeling very blessed.

Q: Today’s artists need to have a Social Media presence as well as the proper knowledge and a good Social Media plan.  In your opinion, how has Social Media changed the industry? Any downside to it?

A: Social media has made it possible for emerging artists to get out there and create visibility for themselves.  I was into it very early and I think it’s helped me stay ahead of the curve and let go of a lot of the resentment that some artists have against digital media.  I think the only downside is that some people don’t want to pay for the music that we, as artists, work so hard to create.  Social Media is amazing but it is an extremely time consuming full time job that you are required to master if you want to have a genuine connection with your fans.

Q: Speaking of Social Media, where can we find you online?

A: Everywhere! You can start here:

SIRPAUL™
www.sirpaul.com
SIRPAUL on iTunes
www.facebook.com/SIRPAULMUSIC
www.youtube.com/THEREALSIRPAUL
www.twitter.com/SIRPAUL
www.myspace.com/SIRPAUL
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SIRPAUL

Q: Who are some of your dream artists to work with? Producers? Singers? Songwriters? Musicians?

A: Cyndi Lauper, Madonna, Prince, George Michael, Terry Nunn (from Berlin) and Shirley Manson.  I would also like to work with William Orbit & Mirwais.

Q: Reality TV has become synonymous with music. What do you think of shows like American Idol, The Voice, and America’s Got Talent? Are they helpful to the industry?

A: I don’t really watch them but I’m sure that they have their place in helping people get discovered.  I think they are, in their own way, actually helping the industry.

Q: Longevity is something that isn’t easy to come by. What do you think are the most important aspects/tools for an artist to secure they will be around for a while?

A: Stay true to yourself and your brand.  Figure out what sets you apart form other artists.  Don’t jump on the bandwagon of the “new sound” or trend…it’s cheesy. Learn how to use Twitter…it’s the best thing in the world for networking that exists I’m #obsessed.

Q: Do you think some artists put out too much music in a short period of time?

A: Yes. We don’t need every single demo you ever made released as a single.  Take a break, live your life a little bit and then come back with something very strong for your listeners.  We need to missss you!

Q: What’s up next for SIRPAUL™?

A: I’m working on the next video, producing music for some very cool new artists and remixing a lot.  I love to remix artists that are from a different genre than my own, like the remixes I just did for Christopher Dallman & Baby Alpaca.

Q: Anything you want to leave your fans with?

A: I want to thank you for letting me connect with all of you through my art.  I set out to make 2012 the best year of my life and so far it has been truly magical. Command respect, live the life you set out to live, never betray yourself and always remember that you are royalty.  Hit me up on Facebook or Twitter and say hello! Lots of love and light xxx @SIRPAUL

Oprah’s LifeClass

I have been getting so much out of the new series Oprah has been doing on OWN, her new network.  I started watching the Oprah Winfrey Show as a kid in school, I think I watched from the very first show.  Over the years, I learned so much about myself just by watching when I could.  Of course, when the announcement was made that season 25 would be the last, I felt a little bad.  While I couldn’t watch every day, I did manage to catch it when I could and record the episodes that were particularly interesting to me.

The LifeClass series has been a culmination of so many of the things Oprah has learned by doing her show and kind of a refresher course for us all at the same time.  This show has taken the experience to the next level by incorporating my favorite thing into it, Social Media.  There are webcasts on Facebook every Friday to recap the week’s shows.  On Oprah.com there are sections with Daily Life Work, Today’s Question, and even a section for you to take notes.  It truly is a global classroom.  You can even tweet your answers to the daily question from the site.

The funny thing is, all of these lessons are things I find myself discussing at length with good friends of mine all the time.  The classes have been reaffirming things I have probably subconsciously learned from watching Oprah and from wonderful people I have known in my life.

I know we are all very busy with life, work, and other things but I do encourage you to take some time out for YOU and catch this series.  By participating in the course work and webcasts, you will get even more out of it.  One of my goals has always been to keep learning, evolving, and improving.  With the guidance of Oprah and her team, I think you all will find it easy to reap the benefits of these classes and use the lessons learned to improve certain aspects of your life.

The classes have explored topics such as: Letting Go of Anger, You Become What You Believe, The Truth Will Set You Free, Joy Rising, When You Know Better…., You’re Responsible For Your Life, Holding On To The Past, When People Show You Who They Are, Believe Them, and What Animals Can Teach Us.  All great topics, all valuable lessons.

Consider checking out the show, weeknights at 8PM on OWN and head over to Oprah.com to participate in the daily activities and to find out where you can find OWN in your area.  You can catch up on previous lessons there as well.  I think you will find that the messages are hopeful, helpful, and life changing.  For me, long before there was Mother Monster (Lady Gaga), there was Mother Oprah.

Let’s Rant About The Boys of Raannt

I have known Peter Monn and Alex Paredes as the Boys of Raannt for some time now.  I have also known them as individuals who are trying to make a difference in a time where we desperately need such individuals.  Peter has been so unbelievably honest about his addiction problem and about not always being perfect and that has always struck me as refreshing as well as necessary.  I was very happy that they agreed to talk to me about their lives and about their site, The Boys of Raannt.  It is more than just an entertainment blog, it is about teaching and uplifting people.

Peter also has a blog of his own, where he discusses his past at length.  His battles with drugs and alcohol are depicted as they truly were. No sugar coating, no fluff.  I appreciate his honesty and I am sure many people need to hear his stories.

First question of course is, How did you guys meet?


PETER: Haha.  I think I’ll let Alex answer this question…Needless to say.  I had planned on canceling the first date because I was pretty set on moving to Denver.  But
that never happened.  Thankfully!
ALEX: Well we met the good old fashion gay way… at a bar.  Peter actually saw me out one night giving a friend birthday spanks and a few days later I got a message on Myspace from him.  In the message he said that he saw me out a few days before and thought that I was very handsome and that I had “Kind eyes”.  When I replied I thanked him for thinking that I was handsome and told him that I’m not kind.  We talked for a few months before we actually went on our first date, I told him that I was still into my ex and that I wasn’t ready to date.  At the end of that summer we went on our first date where we talked the whole time, barely touched our food or drinks, and ever since then we’ve spent pretty much every day together. Continue reading “Let’s Rant About The Boys of Raannt” »

Top2Bottom & Everything in Between

Some things are just meant to be. This I know for sure.  After meeting Harold and Andrew, one quickly realizes that they were meant to be “somebodies” AND they were meant to do it together.  Although different personalities, they compliment each other perfectly while raising the energy in any room they occupy.  I had been following them on twitter under their show account, @Top2BottomBoys for a while and I remember immediately liking their profile. The first line reads, “Opinions; everyone’s got one, too bad OURS is the ONLY one that counts.”  C’mon, that’s bold and funny.  Of course, I liked them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/#!/Top2BottomBoys but I never thought it would all lead to this article.  You know what they say, NEVER say NEVER.

I was at the 140 Twitter Conference in NYC when I got a tweet from them saying they would like to have me on their show. Flattered, thrilled, but not one to let an opportunity pass me by, especially lately, I immediately asked them if I could sit with them for an interview.  When they arrived, I realized we had all been at the NOH8 Campaign photo shoot in NYC in May.  I guess fate intended for us to meet one way or the other.

Let me tell you a little about Harold (seated, right)  and Andrew (standing, left).  Harold is all about fashion, having fun, enjoying the night life. Andrew, while still very fashionable, is more about the self help, yoga, and hasn’t had as much time to party.  He’s an early riser while Harold would prefer to sleep in.  Although, I have a feeling if Andrew had the time, he knows how to stir up some trouble.

As far as Top2Bottom, it will be premiering on Monday, July 11th at 9pm as a part of Top Shelf Network.  It will be a show about everything from NY nightlife to self help to fashion, and more.  I think of them as a sassy Oprah and Gayle.  The unique part of Top2Bottom and Top Shelf Network, is that it is tied into merchandise & charity. You can visit their online store to buy items with show logos and their events will all be centered around various charities.

We were also joined by Eleni and Demetra, co-founders of Top Shelf Network as well as hosts of Sweet and Vicious. The Sweet and Vicious podcast is featured on the iTunes what’s hot for new and worthy podcasts. Monday, June 27th was their live premier and I was right there to enjoy every Sweet and Vicious moment!   Read the conversation after the jump:

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