Accomplished artist Z-Star will be performing at GFEST – Gaywise FESTival 2010 Performances @ Cochrane Theatre, Southampton Row, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 4AP. Box Office: 020 7269 1606 / Thurs 18 Nov / 7.30PM
Full GFEST 2010 performance programme on: http://www.gaywisefestival.org.uk/performance.php
A Chat with Z-Star:
What are you doing right now?
Z*: Spiritually?…on an evolved path to absolute zen 🙂 Music?…Meeting a lot of talented musicians, performing live, promoting my new album at home and abroad, understanding what it is to run your own indie record label and to make it a successful exciting adventure.
How do you see your art or artwork?
Z*: Mirroring each other. My records always have an underlying message, songs are like characters in the story or they offer the experience of the character. With my current album “Masochists & Martyrs” the artwork is very symbolic, with two hearts one wrapped in barbed wire and the other in flames. I’m surrounded by thought bubbles each holding a symbol of deep self. Well sometimes we need genres to identify ourselves in art, when in the end we are all flesh and blood being affected spiritually in the same way… so music, a mix of magic acoustic blues n psychedelic soul-jazz with a bit of rock intensity.
How relevant is your work or practice today to be a part of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) or queer art work?
Z*: Because of who I am in this life, who I choose to love. My music reflects these choices, its not always a bed of roses
buts its real and true like the masochistic lover of a “Trouble Woman” or the unrequited love of “Emilies Play”.
Tell us more about your reasons for presenting your work as part of GFEST 2010?
Z*: As an artist, its inspiring if you can see or listen to other artists talking about their work or their lifestyle honestly. So many artists separate the two. In the past yes possibly with good reason, public perception is a treacherous wind. Stay true to you in whatever way you feel comfortable. We are here to nurture and support each other. For me, its an empowering feeling GFEST is about Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender solidarity.
Do you see yourself as ‘gay or queer artist’ and can you tell us your view on the art Vs. sexuality debate?
Z*: (first part of question,) Yes I do, but I’m more subtle about it. I’m not political in that aspect but if anyone listens to my music or comes to see me live they get it like “wow thats cool” because you can feel it, where my heart belongs and indeed I may sing about all kinds of love, some of them observations, some experiences we’re just living and being affected by each other. In the same way that I don’t like to paint myself into a corner musically, I would say that my work encompasses gay and queer art and more its intense profound spiritual dynamic multi-racial. I personally love it when an artist comes straight out and says I’m GAY. What’s the issue here? Does it really make gay people support gay artists more or maybe the mystery is more intriguing? Art encompasses all forms of sexuality, you can see it in men’s magazine adverts through to Banksy…its so homo erotic. The truth is you don’t have to be gay to make Gay art.
How do you fund your practice?
Z*: At the moment I do a lot of live shows around Europe & I’ve released 5 albums which brings in a decent income, so I
fund myself from consistent hard work. Though it never feels that way cause I love what I do.
How well do you publicise or market your work? / Where or how would you require specific support in
terms of getting your work out there?
Z*: This is an ongoing process because things are changing all the time. The internet is great, radio, TV…I’ve had my music on HBO sitcoms like ‘Ugly Betty’ & ‘CSI’, and in TV/Radio commercials. For me, the best way is live performance, its intimate and in the moment. I believe ‘word of mouth’ is the best support you can get as an artist. I’m in the process of making a video for my new single “Tree of Life”, and when its posted online I hope that my music lovers will send it to all their friends and post it around the net. People power!!! “People don’t understand the kind of fight it takes to record
what you want to record, the way you want to record it.” BILLIE HOLIDAY
How would you like yourself or your work to be known?
Z*: An inspiration, inspired and inspiring. Intimate deep kick-ass music 😉
How do you see tomorrow’s ‘gay or queer art’ scene?
Z*: Thriving, innovative, more visible, an ever expanding community of creative individuals who get support not just from the Gay scene but from the general public. The future needs the LGBT community to really get behind its artists, like a country supporting its athletes, a global GFEST, GFEST TV, GFEST Radio!
Any single wish ?
Z*: That humanity, the global collective of all races and all countries, continues on the positive path of evolution…peace, consciousness, compassion, understanding, empathy, tolerance and universal love.
Thank you Z-Star and best wishes from GFEST.
GFEST 2010 images on http://www.flickr.com/photos/GFEST
GFEST 2010 Performers: http://www.flickr.com/photos/gfest/sets/72157624995681186/
More info on GFEST – Gaywise FESTival (GFEST for short) web: http://www.gaywisefestival.org.uk/GFEST Artistic Director: Niranjan Kamatkar
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