Archive for category: Interviews

LGBT History Month: Stokeley Interview

Pictures from the Sky.

Stokeley talks about his musical influences, his record label and being an out musician.

“Aspects of my sexuality certainly have motivating affects on me, but whether you could call it influence I’m not sure – thus far, at least. It definitely informs what I do, and how and why I do it that way.”

No Holds Barred: An Interview with Xiu Xiu

Angel Guts: Red Classroom.

Xiu Xiu’s frontman Jamie Stewart about his relationship to music, being a queer artist and how he sees the future of the band.

“I always felt pretty unwaveringly and confidently bisexual. Fortunately I grew up in a big city so there wasn’t a cultural bias towards me, to a degree.”

Armistead Maupin: In Conversation

Tales of the City.

Armistead Maupin talks about The Days of Anna Madrigal, the last Tales of the City novel, his Republican beginnings and his plans for life after Tales.

“Anna Madrigal is a good person by the time we meet her at the beginning of Tales, and I had to go back and find out what it was that created this person, that created the possibility of this person. And darkness was required.”

The Irrepressibles – An Interview with Jamie McDermott

The Nude EP Trilogy.

Jamie McDermott talks about his musical influences, playing live in Russia, and YouTube slapping an inappropriate age restriction on one of their videos.

“I made this video because there are kids out there who kill themselves for being gay and I wanted to make something that would communicate directly to those kids and tell them ‘it’s ok to love’.”

Rosie Wilby: Is Monogamy Dead?

The Polysaturated Alternative.

Rosie Wilby talks about monogamy, and the ways in which we’re all polyamorous without necessarily knowing it.

“I’d always been led to believe that monogamy was the only optional, but there are options that don’t just involve having an affair. There are people who are polyamorous, people who have open relationships.”

Joey Arias & Kristian Hoffman: Lightning Strikes

Greased Lightning.

Colin Ginks talks to Joey Arias and Kristian Hoffman about bringing the legend of Klaus Nomi to life once more. Polari Magazine celebrates music for LGBT History 2014.

“Punk was ‘hate everything’. Klaus said, ‘No, you can be this rebellious revolutionary or outsider, by creating the most beautiful noise ever heard in the world.’ “

LGBT History Month: Billie Ray Martin

The One and Only BRM.

To start the Polari Magazine celebration of LGBT History Month 2014, John Preston talked to Billie Ray Martin about her upcoming single with trans artist Aerea Negrot..

“There will always be naysayers who want to block progress and equality, but there was a huge surge of positivity and change last year with gay marriage becoming ‘normal’ in many cities and countries. I do believe more good things will come.”

One To Watch: Kiddy Smile


Polari Magazine spoke to exciting newcomer Kiddy Smile about his break-up ‘Get Myself Alone’.

“It’s the expression of pure fun. It’s about letting go of everything bothering you at the moment, just during one track, and for 5 minutes it’s all about escape.”

Ones To Watch: Classroom Battles

Call To Arms.

Andrew Darley talks to Classroom Battle’s lead singer Tigrane Minassian about the band’s debut EP, This Week’s Question.

“It’s a great privilege to be living in the era of digital music and social media. I know it doesn’t sound very ‘retro’, and I love physical CDs more than anything, but the reality is that without the internet we wouldn’t be where we are today.”

Edmund White: In Conversation, Part II

A Boy’s Own Story, Part II.

Edmund White talks to Michael Langan about the thirtieth anniversary of A Boy’s Own Story, and how men and women have to learn to be gay. Part II of II.

“I once had a very good gay psychiatrist say to me that the cliché is that straight fathers tend to reject the gay son but, actually, the opposite is true – that the gay son rejects the straight father because the straight father doesn’t know how to love him in the way he wants to be loved.”