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Meet a Mardi Gras Participant: Simon

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We've only recently become friends, so tell me some things I don't know about you...

Well I am 36, an engineer, so you see I can do more than be a very entertaining dinner companion. I work hard and I play hard - but I always know my responsibilities and take pride in everything I do.

 

You are definitely showing us the work and party hard attitude this Mardi Gras season. What have you got planned?

I'll be hitting the dance floor of the main party, volunteering for the Harbour Party this Saturday... very early from 7:30am, joining my friends during the party and doing Laneway party after Mardi Gras and whatever I still have the strength for!

 

You're also in the Parade

Yes! I am dancing in the official Mardi Gras final float 'Strictly Mardi Gras'... and it's strictly prohibited for me to tell you anything about it. But I will say I am wearing sequined shorts. Rehearsals are the day after Harbour Party so that is another thing I will be squeezing into my busy plans.

 

What has inspired you to volunteer for Mardi Gras Parade?

I came to Australia to live in 2004. Seeing all the smiling faces and looking at the other participants having so much fun at Mardi Gras had me wanting to be part of it. Most of my friends are in the parade as well, so I get to walk around and have a sneak peek before everyone sees it in action.

 

This will be your fourth time in the parade, so you know it takes stamina to dance the entire route. What have you been doing to get ready?

I been doing lots more exercising and watching my weight. It's progressive, but slow... but hey, that's not gonna dampen my mood on the day.

 

You are one of the most colourful people I have met - your bike is electric blue with pink plates. So what comes to mind when I say "Kaleidoscope"?

Well it means a bunch of coloured patterns changing so I am guessing when it comes to Mardi Gras and our community it means everyone having fun in their own expressive patterned way.

 

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Meet a Mardi Gras Participant: Brendan Arnold – Dancing in the Parade

Ever wondered what it's like to be party of one of the world's greatest GLBTI pride festivals? Join Guidetogay.com as we meet some of the people who make the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade the brightest Kaleidoscope in the gay universe.

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Brendan Arnold – Dancing in the Parade

 

I know you from the dance floor at some of Sydney's hottest parties, but there is a lot more to you than great moves.
I'm a genius hairdresser in the Sydney CBD. I am in my 20's and live in Surry Hills with my partner Damien. I am addicted to watching 'Buffy' reruns and making Mexican food and cocktails for friends at home. I love the ocean and the snow.

 

Your love of snow, now, that makes me think about what you're up to for Mardi Gras
I'm part of the Glamazon ALL STARS. Our theme is 'To Russia With Love', because we want to send a message of support and love to the GLBTIQ community in Russia. We are using Melissa Etheridge's 'Uprising Of Love' as one of our songs, and she has tweeted us her support.

 

melisssa-tweetIt's not your first year with the Glamazon ALL STARS, is it?
No, my first time was in 2012. It was one of the most amazing times of my life and I am so proud to be a Glamazon! Dressing up as male "Wonder Woman" and expressing infinite love was incredible.

This year I'm a dance coach / dancer in the routine.

 

It takes dedication to be part of the Parade. What motivates you?
I love to perform and I love that people just let their hair down and have fun. I really love the message of Mardi Gras as well, after all it was originally a protest for our rights.

 

You are full of passion. Is anyone sharing your passion on the night?
My Glamazon friends from the last two years will be joining me. My amazing partner Damien will also be joining me for the first time. My parents will be cheering me on from the TV at their home.

 

The first night we met, you were in some very bright tight pants. Have you been working to keep those buns in tip top condition?
I'm exercising lots - weights and cardio, eating very clean and drinking lots of water. I've also banned wine! (Seriously, no wine? My routine involves increasing wine intake!)

 

What does the Mardi Gras theme of "Kaleidoscope" mean for you?
The theme "Kaleidoscope" to me means all the different types and sides to the gay community. We are made up of all different types of people and Mardi Gras allows us to all come together.

 

Where else are we going to catch up over the Mardi Gras Festival?
I went to Fair Day and offered you some of my yummy guacamole... but we never found each other in the crowd. I will be attending the official party after the Parade. I'm sure I'll end up at a few other events along the way.

 

See you at the Parade.

 

You can join the official Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras group for all the latest info, competitions and more!

 

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Meet a Mardi Gras Participant: Chris Fuller – Marching in the Parade

Ever wondered what it's like to be a part of one of the world's greatest GLBT pride festivals? Join guidetogay.com as we meet some of the people who will be participating in this year's Mardi Gras Parade -  the brightest Kaleidoscope in the gay universe!

 

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Chris, tell us about yourself...

I am 27 years old. I have been working in Finance from the age of 19. I am of German / Kiwi descent. Does that make me an angry drunk?

 

I moved to Australia permanently when I was 17. I remember sitting down at a club, the 3am shut down call was just announced and I thought to myself "You know what Chris, you're about to turn 18. You will no longer need a fake ID and you can stay out longer now. Let's move to Melbourne where you can go out and chase the sun". So I did. I packed my bags and moved to Melbourne within a month. (Needless to say, my 18th was huge).

 

I currently live in Sydney with my partner, Daniel. We have a cat named Ceefer. She is the queen bee apparently. If I am late to feed her, she lets me know!

 

This coming year is going to be a huge year for me, as I am going to be traveling around Europe for their winter and the US next year.

 

What float will you be on and what are you going to be doing?

I am on the Pride in Diversity float. I am representing the corporate 9-5ers. We are a float of big corporations across Australia. My role is to make sure I do not fall over!

 

What is Pride in Diversity's theme?

The theme is corporate diversity. A lot of LGBTi employees do not feel comfortable in the workplace, and we are here to prove that you can be. We will be wearing black bottoms and white tops with blue ties. Look out for the black brief cases with lights on them!

 

What inspired you to enter the Parade?

I am the person who started the LGBTi Network Group at The Westpac Group. As an LGBTi advocate, I felt that marching this year is a must-do! And it crosses that off my 'To Do' list!

 

Well, I'll be kind of marching, I have two left feet. I am really looking forward to the parade.

 

I have been diagnosed with an incurable heart disease, so I am now living my life to the fullest, not allowing small things to get to me and loving as hard as I can. I want to leave my mark on this world, and I want to enrich others to do the same.

 

Is your family joining you?

My partner has been invited along as an honorary member and dance captain to assist us office workers with the moves. My family will watch SBS2 to see me.

 

This year's Mardi Gras theme is "Kaleidoscope" - what does "Kaleidoscope" mean for you?

Kaleidoscope is a fantastic theme for MG14. It is such a view on life. When you are looking at everything around you, at first, it all seems like a blur. Different cultures, different colours, different families, different sexualities, different people. When looked at individually, it does not make a lot of sense. However when you look at the whole pattern of our diverse culture, it shows a true beauty. All you need to do it appreciate the pieces to the puzzle and allow the picture to form.

 

Give me the gossip on your past "unforgettable" Mardi Gras movements...

In all honesty, my last Mardi Gras was a complete "I wish I could forget" moment. I had just turned 18 and I was in the VIP area with free drinks. Standing around, in the sun, with free beer was not a good idea for younger me. I was home and passed out by 10! The photos I took just got worse and worse!

 

What are you doing to get your body parade-ready?

Hahaha. I think I should just give up on working on my body for MG and just join the bear parade! Lol. I have been playing a lot of tennis lately and also gym and learning the steps to our routine.

 

Where else will we find you during the Mardi Gras Festival?

I have already been to Fair Day. That was a lot of fun. As I'm originally from Melbourne, I found Sydney's Fair Day to be a lot like Midsumma, but on crack!

 

Guidetogay.com is going to catch up with you during the Parade...

Watch out for me in the Parade, I will be the uncoordinated guy (really narrows that down, eh?)

 

 

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Lee Dagger of Bimbo Jones

avatars-000003777468-zet3m1-cropHe is one of the world's most successful DJ/Producers and has played at the world's biggest LGBTIQ and Straight parties across the globe. His superstar remixes of some of the worlds top pop and dance acts also has his "Bimbo Jones" partnership and "Miami Calling" racing up the charts with hit after hit getting people onto dancefloors and grooving along on their ipods.

Guidetogay.com caught up with Lee over Christmas to have an EXCLUSIVE chat about some of his career highlights and bits you may not have known about this incredibly talented bloke in the lead up to his next Sydney appearance at Daywash's KIKI Pool Party on January 2nd.


We hear you once djed for Pink at her album launch. Tell us more?
What an honour to be asked to DJ for Pink at her European album launch. It was held at the Sanderson hotel in London. She was carried in by 6 hells angels. After my set I got myself past all of her security to say good bye. She was very sweet and friendly. I thanked her for having me DJ, gave her a CD and got a kiss on the cheek! Who would of known that within a year or 2 I would be remixing six of her tracks with studio partner Marc.


What was it like meeting Cyndi Lauper for the first time? And tell us about the tour bus!

It all began in Miami at WMC about 5 years ago. The famous singer from the Love Boat ‘Charo’ wanted to meet me. Her friend Carlos then told me that a certain somebody he knew wanted to work with me? I replied “Who”? and he said Cyndi Lauper!!! I almost fell over in disbelief & shock. Within 2 years we were working over the internet with her liasing with her lovely manager Lisa. Then finally whist in LA I was personally invited to come and meet Cyndi face to face at a famous hotel in Beverley Hills. I was told to park my car in the valet parking at head up in the lift to her suite.  A little nervous yet extremely excited I approached the door and rang the bell. Cyndi opened the door, her hair up, wearing glasses and said in her New york tone “Lee- is that you”? (We had spoken on the phone many times but had at this point never met). She invited me into her hotel suite and within 15 minutes it was as if we had known each other for years. We got on so well. Talking life, family, dreams and of course music. She very kindly played me some of her new music and we talked about writing together in London which did the following year! The next day I was invited to her show in LA. After the gig it was back to her hotel for drinks with the band. She also invited me onto her tour bus. It was epic! What a cool tour bus-  It was awesome!


You once turned down a gig for Annie Lennox. Is this true?

Yes sadly it is true. We originally remixed Annie Lennox back in 2002/3. A track called a thousand beautiful things. I’d always been a massive fan of her work so when the call came in asking if I would dj for her I jumped with excitement and said of course I would love too. I then checked the date but sadly it was my birthday and I had a party pre booked and had invited some very special guests who had travelled from all over the world to be there with me so unfortunately I had to turn the gig down! I was gutted but I know how important it is to take care of your friends in this world.


Is it true that you are an artist who likes to draw and paint pictures?

Yes its true. I love art. It was always my favourite subject at school. I love to draw, paint and design. I once had an exhibition of my work in London in Soho square. When ever I travel around the globe I like to take artistic photos of what I see and then covert them into painting once home. In the 90’s I quit my 9-5 and moved to San Francisco to stay with Irish cousins of mine. I had the best time! I recently used one of my paintings for the cd cover of a single of mine called ‘Capture your love’ with Laura Larue from San Francisco. Tiesto supported the track in his podcasts.


You once sang at Glastonbury – the UK's largest festival. What was it like?

It all began in Prague. I was on my way with 2 DJ friends travelling 3 hours in winter across the Czech republic to a gig. Whilst in the car I played a few track ideas to my friends. I then sang them a top line idea I had written. They’re response was mesmerizing! So much so that when I was at the end of my dj set they handed me a mic to get me to sing the idea live in the club! It was a little daunting but I thought why not. The crowd went crazy. I shall never forget it. I was a little nervous but it sure felt fun and good. I then decided to try it in Paris at an outdoor festival for Radio FG before finally doing it one more time live during my live set at the world famous Glastonbury festival in the UK. I have never had any training but as I write songs myself I feel I should at least know how to sing even if I really cant! Haha.


Who else have you written with?

I have been very blessed to of met and written with some amazing people over the past few years. Such as Crystal Waters meeting me in New york to write together, being invited to stay at Kristine W’s ranch in Vegas to write with her, meeting KC & the sunshine band at Harry (KC’s) house in Miami. Writing with Leo Sayer in Sydney, writing with Beverley Knight in London. Every one is an individual story. In 2009 4 days after Michael Jackson sadly past away the latin legend Sergio Mendes flew us both to LA to write with him on his album BON TEMPO (which won a latin grammy in 2010). We worked in Jermaine Jackson’s old studio. Sergio was a real gentleman. He took out to the best restaurants in Beverley Hills, invited us to his house to hang out in the pool, and even invited us to a VIP evening to watch his show at the Hollywood bowl! So many stories! maybe one day I should write a book! Haha !!!


Where else have you Djed in the world?

I have been very blessed to of djed in some exciting locations all around the world. Such as Ibiza, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Czech republic, Finland, Holland, Ireland, Corsica, Cyprus, Majorca, Malta, Monte Carlo, Canada, Poland, Morocco, Switzerland, Hong Kong, USA, Russia and at minus 28 degrees in Siberia! And more…


We hear you are a keen surfer and collect classic VW camper van's. Tell us more…

I have always been into surfing. I love the water. People think I am crazy heading to the north Devon coast during our coldest winters. But that’s when you get the biggest waves! I also collect classic VW camper vans (combis) and I also love classic cars.


Tell us about the gift you once sent to Kylie in Prague!

A dear friend of mine from Czech republic contacted me to say he would be interviewing Kylie the following month and did I have any questions for her? He knew that we had previously remixed 2 of her tracks. I decided post Kylie a baby blue Bimbo jones t shirt along with a couple of my mixed cds with a note thanking her for all her music and for having us remix her in the past. During the interview Jerry presented the gift that I had posted to him. The next day I received a lovely email from one of the heads at EMI London to say how thankful and happy Kylie was to receive my gifts. And as a thank you she invited me to her London Aphrodite tour and wrote that she was looking forward to meeting me! AND as a little thank you she then asked if we would like to remix a new track of hers called ‘put your hands up’! (thank you Kylie) xx
 
 
This new years eve Lee shall be performing in Perth for the first time. Then on the 2nd January 2014 I will be djing at Daywash's KIKI @ the Ivy pool.

The long awaited 2nd Bimbo jones album called “Go Naked” will be out early next year, as will Lee Dagger’s debut album.

You can join Lee's OFFICIAL group on Guidetogay.com to get all the latest from the man himself, here.
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My friend... the Out-lympian


An impeccably chiseled and taught young man takes his mark, a deep breath, and dives. Thousands of fellow athletes and supporters look on, taking part in this international event of Olympic proportions... with a twist. They are in Antwerp, Belgium, celebrating their sexuality. Ladies, gentleman and miscellaneous, welcome to the World Outgames.

 
This gorgeous specimen that I am fortunate enough to call a good friend (and thus mercilessly objectify) met me for our weekly coffee. A state champion during high school, last year Kirk Goodsell revived his passion and talent in the pool as a member of Melbourne-based gay swim club, the Glamourhead Sharks. In addition to churning out world-class swimmers, the club provides a social and support network for its members. Kirk was fortunate to find them during a period of change. 'I was getting ready for the next chapter of my life' he reflects. 'I was reaching out to meet new people and make new friends.' 
 
Having just departed a long-term relationship, the club helped in redefining his identity, and he isn't alone in benefiting. 'We recently had a person join us who has just left a twenty-year marriage with children,' he tells me. 'A lot of people come to us because they don't have any gay friends. It's a place to meet people and get support.' 
 
And swim, relentlessly. After months of extensive training, protein shakes, physio appointments and heat packs, Kirk flew to Belgium alongside ten of his Glamourhead comrades. I am curious about these World Outgames... do you have to declare your sexual preference on entering? 'No', he says. Makes sense, the event promotes harmony and integration. 'The games are open to anyone, but like the Mardi Gras, they are run by a gay and lesbian organisation.' On behalf of my sexuality, I ask if there was much of a ‘straight’ presence at the games. 'Not amongst the competitors’, he says, ‘but definitely in the supporters and locals from Belgium that came to watch.' Very good. Previously unbeknownst to me there are numerous events like this taking place around the globe, including the Gay Games and the Asia Pacific Outgames.
 
Spanning twelve days and attracting five thousand athletes in thirty-two sports, the World Outgames are no small affair. Humble as ever, Kirk claims to have done 'quite well' in the three days of swimming events. The man walked away with no less than FIVE gold medals. And outside of the pool? Was there partying? Scandal? Currently enjoying a committed relationship, Kirk was not directly involved in the 'hook-ups with people from other teams and countries' but assures me that intermingling occurred, as one would expect from any half-decent Olympic village. 
 
As a citizen of, for the most part, a gay-friendly country, I can't help but question the need for segregated events such as this. Kirk stresses that there's still a long way to go, and 'not just in Australia with gay marriage.' 
 
'While it might not be a huge thing for me to go from Australia to Belgium, where I can walk down the street and hold my partners hand, there were some people there from Russia (where it's illegal to be gay) who had to enter under false names.' 
 
This harrowing reality was especially apparent during the opening ceremony. 'It was filmed', he says, 'but when Russia walked on stage they had to turn off the cameras so that no faces were shown. You could just tell for them, being there was such a scary, but embracing experience.' Stories such as this left him all the more determined to push for change, reminding me that 'it's our job as Australians to lead the way and inspire them to keep fighting so that one day, they can achieve equality.'
 

It most certainly is. And to make things a bit easier, the third Asia Pacific Outgames are being held in Darwin this coming May. The Glamourheads plan to send a sizable team, and I encourage others to go along and support this absolutely... fabulous event!

 

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The Cast of Whitney Houston's SPARKLE

 

Boy was I excited to have the opportunity to do an EXCLUSIVE Q & A with Jordin Sparks (“Sparkle Williams”), Tika Sumpter (“Delores Williams”), Carmen Ejogo (“Sister Williams”), Mike Epps (“Satin Struthers”), Derek Luke (“Stix”) and Omari Hardwick (“Levi”) to discuss their utterly fabulous movie release SPARKLE – Executive Produced and starring non other than Whitney Houston in her last ever movie project.


What drew you to your various roles in Sparkle?
TS: When [the script] was presented to me to audition for “D,” I loved her strength, I loved the power that she had and the indignation - she’s gonna do what she really wants to do and she’s gonna do what she thinks is right – and her know-it-all-mentality. But, at the end of the day, it was more about the family and the sisters. I couldn’t believe Whitney Houston was playing our mother. Then I looked up these lovely ladies, Miss Jordin Sparks and Carmen Ejogo. I saw [Carmen’s] work as well and I was like, wow, whoever does get this role, it’s huge for them.
JS: For me, I was super drawn to it because a lot of “Sparkle’s” story is in my own story. I was so excited that I even had the opportunity to audition for this role. Just hearing about the history of it and how long it had taken, I actually didn’t want to know who else had auditioned for the part because I was so nervous already. But I had such a blast and I was completely beside myself when I got that phone call and they said that I got the part. I screamed so loud and I can’t scream, so that’s something.
CE: I was drawn to the irony of the character. The thing that seems to be most seductive about her is what destroys her. That was such a pleasure to play: somebody that can go from being super-glamorous and sexy and really alluring to totally down and out and self-destructive and ruined by her own ambition. That’s a role of a lifetime.

 

What Was Your Initial Reaction When You Learned You Would Be Working With Whitney Houston?
TS: I dropped to the floor and cried.
JS: I’m pretty sure all of us fell out a little bit. I knew she was executive producing so I knew I would be able to be like [waves], “Hey” in the hallway. But for her to be standing or sitting as far as you are right now or sitting this close blew my mind. I was like, “What am I going to do? Jordin, don’t make a fool of yourself. Don’t make a fool of yourself. Just don’t do it.” But it was so fun and she made it so comfortable and easy for us to just have that bond. She loved us and we loved her and that was really genuine.

 

What Was Your Favorite Song To Perform in the Movie?
CE: “Jump.” I love “Jump.”
TS: “Jump” was fun. That whole sequence was so fun. I loved it.  
JS: It was such a blast. I loved being able to do that. I loved doing “One Wing,” as well. That song, for me, personally and stylistically, was something I had never tried before in my own voice and then with how well it fits so well to the movie. [Points to Carmen] She says, “Sister can’t fly with only one wing” and Sparkle takes that and writes a song about that and the song is so inspiring and had so much emotion I loved being able to perform that.

 

Had You Seen The Original Sparkle From 1976 Before You Filmed This?
CE: I didn’t want to see it because I felt like the original was this wonderful, iconic movie that inspired people like Whitney. She was a thirteen-year-old girl going to the movies every Saturday to see that film and it stands alone and it has its place. We were trying to do something that was inspired by that and that honors that but is something that is very different. So I didn’t want to be influenced. Lonette McKee [“Sister” in the original] gave a great performance in that one. We get a chance to bring this story to life in a modern age with new dynamics, new storylines, new ideas, new characters, and real depth to the characters in the way that maybe wasn’t there in the original. It’s a whole other thing.
    


Have You Seen Any Part Of The 1976 Version?  What Is Your Favorite Song From The Original That Made It Into This Film?
TS: I saw pieces of it because I YouTube-ed it once I got the part to see what they did and what I had to do and what I kind of had to live up to. I remember, “Jump,” but the lovely thing about that original scene is that the camera’s kind of shaky and the lip-syncing’s kind of off.
JS: It’s dark.
CE: There’s room for improvement. Clearly.
TS: But I love how unpolished it was. We kind of brought that to our performances, although the camera’s not shaking or anything. It’s kind of an unpolished, organic moment.
CE: It feels like sisters really trying…
TS: To make it happen!

DL: What do you love about the original? What don’t you love? It’s laced with truth, romance and it was raw. It was a cult classic for our parents so we’re sort of reliving it in our generation.
 


What Was It Like Shooting This Film In Detroit?
JS: I had toured in Michigan before but I’d only been to Auburn Hills so going to Detroit was new for me. But I remember driving in the day I got there and seeing the city. It’s definitely had better days but you could still feel the energy there. I could see Diana Ross getting out of a limo with a fur and her fabulous self just walking around. I could picture Stevie Wonder walking down to a corner store. It has that feeling and I think that really helped while we were shooting there to get us in the mindset of being in that place and that era. But it was a lot of fun. It was also freezing cold. We’d be shooting at night and it was freezing. We couldn’t have certain lights on. We’re standing there singing [fake shivering], “Giving him something he can feel…” It was freezing! But it was a lot of fun. We had a blast.

OH: Great.
ME: Rainy. Some good days. But you know how the Midwest can be dreary. It really, really matched the continuity of the movie. The emotion of the movie, too.
OH: We can’t picture it being any other place so shout-outs to Detroit. They really welcomed us.  

 

What drew you to your various roles in Sparkle?
ME: It was a much different role than I’ve ever played in that he was a comedian - that’s what I do - and I felt like I could put a spin on it and bring a totally different approach to a comedian actor in a movie.  
DL: Sparkle is a theme throughout my parents’ lives. The same way [“Stix” and “Sparkle”] met in the movie is the same way my parents met at church and they followed that by making an album together with her sisters. I just felt like I was reliving their paths. That’s what drew me to Sparkle, mostly.
OH: The period. I love the old period. A lot of us have old souls in us so I definitely feel like, in yester year, we lived in that era in a former life. Plus the writing was really just impeccable and the cast they put together.

What Was Your Favorite Scene That You Shot With Whitney Houston?
ME: When me and her were sitting at the table was my best scene with her. I didn’t have any more spots with her.
DL: My favorite scene with Whitney was watching her and my favorite moment was behind the scenes because that’s where you got to see a legend down to earth, just being human, being a mom, a friend, an aunt and all that good stuff.  

 

Tell Us About Your Scenes With Your Love Interests In The Film.
ME: I ain’t ever been mister romantic so I was trying to work my Dos Equis man the best way I can.
OH: Well put.

 

Thanks to our friends at Universal Sony – you can score yourself copies of SPARKLE on DVD and BLURAY – but hurry – the comp closes Feb 14 2013.

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Frequency Celebrates Its First Birthday

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It's one of Sydney's party treasures: a brand that has taken it all back to what counts - great people, amazing DJs and stunning locations.

The Frequency brand has put on some of the funkiest, freshest parties on the Sydney scene, and they are about to get even more fabulous with a stellar line up for their first birthday harbour cruise and after party club events on Saturday 10th November - headlined by Kitty Glitter - named Sydney's Favourite DJ at the recent DIVA Awards.

Guidetogay.com caught up with joint promoters, Anna and Brad to see what all the buzz is about!

 

altFrequency is celebrating its first birthday with the upcoming cruise and party. How did you guys come together initially over 12 months ago?

Anna and I came together through friends on a harbour cruise just like Frequency. We found out that we knew a lot of the same people, got along like a house on fire and had an awesome day partying on the harbour. We both thought that these cruises were too few and far between and so with 10 months of deliberation Frequency was born.

So what does "Frequency" actually mean as a party brand?

Frequency is the number of cycles per second electricity travels at, which is measured in Hertz. It's also a term commonly used when referring to music and sound. We're all about the music bringing friends together, so this was the perfect name and symbol for our parties!

 

altIs there a signature sound or key musical style to expect at the Frequency events?

Frequency has a range of music genres ranging from Dance, House, Funky House, Electro, ranging into a bit of High Energy and I am sure that the music we play at our events will forever evolve according to our guest DJ's and party-goers interests.

 

What types of crowds do you get at your parties?

The Frequency crowd so far has been a mainly straight dance party crowd with a slight gay contingency, and while the parties have been fantastic we are aiming our parties further towards the gay community hoping to get that so-called perfect balance. Anna and myself have been partying in and around Oxford Street for the past 10 years and we have both found that we have LOVED the scene and people we have met along the way. This is the crowd that we are looking for at our parties. The fun crowd of both straight and gay!

 

What can people expect from the 1st Birthday celebrations?

Guests at our 1st Birthday celebrations can first and foremost expect a fun and friendly vibe with great people. The music is a top priority and of the highest standard with a vast array of the best DJ's Sydney has to offer. You can expect to be blown away with what you're about to experience - starting on the picturesque Sydney Harbour, you couldn't ask for a better backdrop for a dance party. The After Party will continue right where the Cruise left off, so those who can't make the Cruise will definately not be disappointed. I am sure after all the partying is said and done, people will be wanting more and talking about Frequency with their new found friends and old partying buddies until the next.

 

Don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity to hear DJ's like Kitty Glitter, Jimmy Dee, DJ Israel and more - check out www.frequencyparties.com.au for more info and tickets.

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Oxford Hustlers Remix Christina Aguilera

They are a powerhouse DJ/Production duo that hail from Australia's golden gay mile - The Oxford Hustlers have played some of the world's biggest party audiences, but their name is about to go mainstream and global with the pair's official remix for international phenomenom, Christina Aguilera being used for the worldwide release of her smash hit single "Your Body". Guidetogay.com's Rob Manser caught up with the boys on their home turf of Sydney's Oxford Street for this exclusive interview.

 

A big congratulations on getting your remix of christina picked up for international release!

Thanks Rob, still pinching ourselves right now!

 

How did you manage to score that prime gig?

Brett: Lots of patience and a good remix manager! We've been laying down the foundations I guess for our production technique over the last couple of years, and it was time to take it to the next level. When Daz our manager contacted us and said we got the gig, we were just ecstatic!

Murray: Exactly right. It's a mixture of patience, having faith in our manager, and maintaining a consistent level of production. We'd already done a bunch of remixes for a wide range of artists and for different labels, and it's always a surprise to see what name pops up next. Suffice to say this was a very pleasant surprise, and we've been absolutely overwhelmed by the positive reactions and feedback.

 

DJ style producers have had a huge influence on chart hits over the past few years, sometimes having their version out-sell the original radio version. In your opinion, what have been your favourites from the past few years?

Murray: The Freemasons have been a master at this for a while, with their remixes pretty much always outshining the original artist and the other mixes. Love him or hate him, David Guetta has obviously epitomised the DJ/artist hybrid in recent years. And that's paved the way for many other DJs to do the same.

Brett: Tikaro's mix of Spectrum most recently is just an absolute winner on the dance floor. But there are so many to choose from!

 

You guys have played some pretty massive gigs, both here in Oz and overseas, what have been your favourites?

Brett: Locally, it has to be Freemasons @ the Ivy x2 !!! Both gigs have been a highlight. Overseas, Poland sure knows how to party. Had a gig at Opera Club this year, and was blown away by the great attitude, and sexy venues they have over there!

Murray: Big Gay Day in Brisbane was a real highlight, huge street party in Brisbane. But even down to the Fair Day Gaydar tents, it's not a massive big room gig, but the energy is always so electric. A bitter sweet moment was this year's Fair Day after we had all just learnt of Whitney's passing, and our closing song was So Emotional. Sets and moments like that stay with you.

 

How did you come together and form the Oxford Hustlers?

Brett: Believe it or not, Murray and I have known each other now for over 10 years there about's, before we were even DJs. We lost touch, but reconnected again when I had moved to Sydney - he was already going hard on the scene with a great DJ career. I started mucking around with production first before the DJing, then moved over.

Murray: Yup, one night over dinner in Paddington, with the help of a little sangria, tapas, and a lot of random chit chat with decided to make the move. We wanted to take things to the next level, and thus Oxford Hustlers were born!

 

The remix for Christina - we are assuming that is just the beginning of huge name artists your going to remix for! Can you let us in on any upcoming remixes we can look out for?

We can't say much right now, but we do have one out soon for an Aussie Diva who everyone is familiar with, the mix is finished, label is just finalising release details. More big ones are in the works too!

 

You can check out the Oxford Hustlers official group on Guidetogay.com here. And check the Guidetogay.com what's on listings for their appearances across the globe.

 

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Laydee Kinmee takes Australia's Got Talent by storm


She took the latest season of Australia's Got Talent by storm, and was even back on the show's grand final as a special guest - we think one of the world's only Yodelling Drag Queens, Laydee Kinmee - who you may know from her stint on radio show, Queer Out West, sat down with Guidetogay.com in Melbourne, just as she came off on stage from taping the grand final episode of the popular talent show.



What made you go on the show in the first place?

Well you know, sometimes I believe that shows like this are just as much about gimmicks and stories as they are about talent.
After I started yodelling in drag, I was gobsmacked at how well it went over with the crowds and how entertaining people had found it. The show had never had a yodeller on before, yet alone a drag queen doing it, so I thought why not give it a go.


How has the Journey been?

It has been amazing. Just like everyday life, it has had it's high's and lows, but fortunately, my journey's high's far outweighed the lows. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity and I am so happy with how it all went.


Whats it been like exposing your unique performance talent to the entire country through Drag?

As a performer, I don't think you are ever fully satisfied. You continually challenge your repertoire, performance technique and of course your fan base. I have been most fortunate to perform over most continents, and nothing can compare to the feedback of fans - no matter where they are. After my initial audition, my facebook and email went into overdrive. I had hundreds of friend requests and numerous messages from fans all over the country and even some international fans who watch the show online. It's dreams becoming reality when things like that happen,  all the years of hard work really have paid off.


Whats the reaction been to you and your craft by other Drag performers?

You know, Sydney Queens have witnessed my talents in the flesh for about 2 years now. From the first time I performed the number, they have been amazed. I have always had a great support here in Sydney, and now it's great to see that queens all over the country are just as supportive.


How was the process of filming the show?

LONG. The actual process itself was pretty easy. It's just all the waiting that can take it's toll. For my initial audition, I arrived at Parramatta Riverside at about 11am. I didn't hit the stage til after 10pm that night. It's a long time to be sitting around in a corset and heels. The crew are all so amazing though. They cater for your every whim and continually make sure you are feeling ok and that you are kept hydrated and everything. So even though it was sometimes long - it was always pleasant.


What was your relationship like with the Judges? Did you like or hate any of them in particular?

Before going into the show, I was fairly confident Dannii would LOVE my performance. I was very unsure about Brian and I was most worried about Kyle. A lot of people hate Kyle, but I personally love him. He tells it how it is and says what everyone else is too scared to say. I knew his opinion would be very honest, so I was terrified he wouldn't like it, thankfully he did. Off screen they were all so down to earth and really friendly. I would chat to Kyle and Brian on there cigarette breaks and I had a great time catching up with Dannii at the after party.


What was it like coming back to be one of the featured guests on the Grand Final episode?

It was such a great honour coming back as a guest. The production they put together was so much fun and it was great being part of it. Initially they actually wanted me swinging onto the stage off a giant rope,which I thought would be hilarious,  but unfortunately it wasn't possible with timings and microphones etc. Walking down the stairs was probably more glamourous anyways. Coming back also gave me closure on the show. After the announcement of the finalists, it's like you've just been cut off and no chance to say good bye to all the wonderful friends you've made. It was great being able to see everyone one last time, and even meet some new people and be able to party on and say good bye.


What does the future hold in store for you from now on?

I always keep myself very busy. I am now busier than ever. I am working on my debut album which will feature some originals, great classics and of course my now famous yodels. The album will be camp, somewhat country flavoured but with a more modern twist. I am also in the final stages of new and exciting show to tour the Clubs called "Drags To Bitches" which should begin touring in November/December this year. More television is hopefully on the cards for 2013 also.


You can join the official Laydee Kinmee Group on Guidetogay.com here.

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