#ASCAPProud: Crush Club
Crush Club is a Pop/dance duo based in NYC.
Q. Where or when do you feel most authentically yourself?
A. I feel the most myself when touring and playing shows with my Crush Club partner Le Chev. The band has become such a huge part of my identity because it’s the vehicle I have to share my personal experiences to the world. And there’s honestly no better feeling than giving your entire self on stage to a crowd of people ready to dance and have the best time. It’s a beautiful thing to be a part of.
Q. How does creating music fit into your identity?
A. It is my identity. As much as I identify as a queer gay man I also identify as a performer/singer/musician. And I know that it means a great deal to some people that I get to be front and center singing about my love and sexcapades with other men. It’s a great time to be LGBTQ in the music industry!
Q. What would be the elements of your fantasy pride parade? The sky is the limit, NO RULES.
A. First I would bring back all the courageous souls that fought for our rights at Stonewall 50 years ago, and I know many are still with us today too. They would lead the parade just like they paved the way for us then. I would also bring back Freddie and George Michael and Frankie Knuckles and all the queer icons who’ve passed who created space for LGBTQ people in popular music. We owe them everything. We’d also need Elton and Grace Jones and Robyn to play extended sets, of course! And for The Grand Finale there would be fireworks and unicorns and millions of rainbows ripping through the sky! Haha I’m so gay. Also - this parade would happen on a newly discovered island called EQUALITY ISLAND and on this island HIV/AIDS doesn’t exist. We’d close out the night with a DJ Set by Honey Dijon because she’s THE BEST and she’s representing us so hard right now.
Q. What is your wish for the next generation of queer creators?
A. That they always be inclusive. That they collab as much as possible. That they take care of themselves and check in with their mental health, and reach out to friends and loved ones if needed. Music can be isolating at times, so we gotta check in on our people!
Q. What’s been your proudest moment so far?
A. I’d say the volunteer work I’ve done has been my proudest moment. Connecting with people who maybe need some love or an ear has been the most fulfilling thing for me.