The Pride Issue
Young, Gifted and Queer: Q&A with SA musicians Saakred and Pink Leche
Published: July 2, 2014
Do your performances and music help shine a light on queer SA?
PL: I think it’s very refreshing as a queer person, seeing a performer like that. Especially since we don’t have very many in San Antonio. If a queer person hasn’t seen you before and goes to your show, they’re like “oh shit, this is happening in San Antonio.” I think it’s cool we’re doing this.
S: I’m sure we’ll continue to see young, queer artists come up in San Antonio. I believe that we’ve helped make a way for that. I know we have. There was nobody doing it when I started, and Pink Leche came along and I’m psyched we’re doing it together. There are other artists that are doing it too, but I don’t think they’re out in the same way or as visible. Things are starting to happen that are indications of progress, but they exist in bars.
Pink Leche, could you break down your song “Young, Gifted and Gay”?
PL: It started off building up my song bank by using some covers, including Nina Simone. I was thinking about “(To Be) Young, Gifted and Black” and I thought it’d be rad to do “Young, Gifted and Gay.” A friend was listening and said, “What you’re doing is badass. But you need to be powerful. This song is power. And the way you’re singing it is timid. You need to bring it.” So I did a different beat to it and sang much louder and it came across how I wanted it to. You can hear the pride in that song. It shows my journey as a person. And singing to others, it’s like “guys, it’s our time.”
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