With just over a month to go to Pride Music Festival, our team had a chance to talk with some of the local talent from San Diego who are performing live this July. The support from the local San Diego talent is part of what makes the festival so successful. Local artists volunteer their time to support the vision of Pride and we could not be more grateful.

Pride Music Festival Artist WASI

1)     Tell us a paragraph about yourself. What type of music do you play? How long have you been performing? What got you started into music and performing?

We are WASI – a riot pop band from Los Angeles, CA. Our sound is along the likes of Le Tigre meets “closer-era” Tegan and Sara, and we’ve shared the stage with artists such as Shiny Toy Guns, were on select dates of the Vans Warped Tour 2014, premiered our debut EP Bleed Pop via Billboard.com and also released our latest music video for our single, And the World, via AfterEllen.com.

Cosmo (vocals, guitar) & Jess (vocals, bass) started playing music together in high school when Cosmo booked a gig for a non-existent band. They started playing music together to create a space away from the teenage norm, playing in different bands such as The Midol Poppers and He’s Not Gay! WASI formed in 2013 and they later invited members Garrett Harney (drums) and Dylan Robin (lead guitar) to be part of project in 2015. Their songs highlight an underlying theme of angst and rebellion towards an oppressive power dynamic and social structure.

2)     Tell us a bit about why you wanted to perform at Pride Music Festival?

WASI is a lesbian fronted band that stands for community – and the Pride Music Festival creates that safe space that minority communities need for the healthiness of their social identity. Every Pride Festival we’ve played has been an ultimate party. There is no judgement for who dance and looks the best or worst.

3)      What is your favorite track at the moment?

On the radio? Our favorite track Calvin Harris / Haim song “Pray to God”.

Of our own? Can’t Dance is one of the most fun ones for us to play live.

4)      Can you tell us some of your current inspirations in music?

Right now we’re heavily influenced by bands like Holychild, K. Flay, Awolnation and Fidlar.

5)      What will make your set stand out?

We think our set will stand out because the overall vibe is a mixture of pop-punk-hip-hop and meets the usual contagious dance grooves.

6)    Provide a link to one of your tracks / performances as a preview of what we can expect!

“Can’t Dance”

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Pride Music Festival Artist Tara Egnatios

1) Tell us a paragraph about yourself. What type of music do you play? How long have you been performing? What got you started into music and performing?

I moved to Los Angeles to go to law school and started doing stand up for the sole purpose of impressing a girl. I finished law school and was chosen to speak at my graduation. In my speech I told the crowd of nearly 1,000 that I’d be pursuing a career in comedy instead of law. Since then I’ve toured the country with The Young, Hot, & Gay Tour which sold out in New York, Denver, Michigan and at the Idaho Laughs Festival. I’ve been doing comedy for 5 1/2 years now-4 full time (since finishing law school) and yes, the girl was impressed 😊

2)     Tell us a bit about why you wanted to perform at Pride Music Festival?

We’ll for starters I’m mega gay. I came out in high school and have never even been on a date with a man (100% gold star baby!). I lived in Arizona then which, as you know, is a horrifying, archaic red state and it wasn’t always easy to be out back then. Now that I’ve been lucky enough to live in more progressive environments I want to make sure that I don’t forget how difficult it has been for LGBTQ people throughout history (and still today) and celebrate who we are as queer people. I’ve been to SD Pride the last two years and I absolutely love the vibe – it’s fun and positive and relaxed. It’s also a great place to meet drunk girls.

3)      What is your favorite track at the moment?

Tupac Shakur is the most important person in my life! He has a song “Unconditional Love” that not many people are familiar with but that is constantly owning my heart and soul. Nicki Minaj’s “The Pinkprint” meant a lot to me this year and Jussie Smollett as “Jamaal” on Empire singing “Keep Your Money” + “You’re So Beautiful” has also been on repeat. I normally only watch other comics live because the magic of the performance can’t really be captured on film or audio-the magic is in the room.

4)      Can you tell us some of your current inspirations in music?

Hip Hop has always been very important to me. It’s similar to stand up in that it’s a direct window into the artist’s soul. With stand up or hip hop you feel like the artist is your friend sitting on the couch discussing what real life is like. For that reason Tupac Shakur and Nicki Minaj as musical artists have helped me develop as a comic. Nicki has some of the funniest lines I’ve ever heard and Tupac had such a direct connection to his emotions/truth. The comics that have most inspired me the most are Margaret Cho, Maria Bamford, and Katt Williams. They are very different performers but they all bring a really deep honesty to their work. I don’t relate to comics who talk about general topics (“men and women SURE ARE DIFFERENT”) the performers that resonate with me are the ones that talk about their specific life experiences. Sinbad and Chris Rock were also comics I’d watch with my siblings growing up and they were some of my first introductions into stand up.

5)      What will make your set stand out?

I only speak the truth. My comedy is 100% real and for that reason people can relate to it. A lot of my jokes are related to sex/dating/being permanently single/etc and because of who I am that ends up becoming about the queer/lesbian experience as well. I also identify as a person of color and bring race relations into the discussion as well. Because my work is honest it is accessible to a wide variety of people from all different backgrounds.

6)    Provide a link to one of your tracks / performances as a preview of what we can expect!

Here’s a short video from one of my sold out shows in New York earlier this year:

Oh! and I’m an Actor. I’m wrapping on the lead in a short film later this month and also reprising my role as Don Carlos in a stage production of “Don Juan” in Los Angeles. I also really like to aggressive clap.

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Pride Music Festival Artist Sherryce Emery

1)     Tell us a paragraph about yourself. What type of music do you play? How long have you been performing? What got you started into music and performing?

      I grew up in a small cow town in Eastern Oregon and started singing for my family on my grandparent’s karaoke machine and the hand held soap bar microphone in the shower.  My favorite artist to sing to was Patsy Cline.  After receiving a music scholarship to college I traveled to Estonia for a 1 month tour.  We were the first choir from the U.S. to perform at Estonia’s Lalupidu where I sang in a 30,000 person choir.  Life changing.  It was then I decided to always have music in my life.  Since then I’ve been blessed to perform for Obama’s Cabinet and travel the world performing (including some surprise performances with Martians. They are really very nice and LOVE House Music :-).
 
2)     Tell us a bit about why you wanted to perform at Pride Music Festival?
           I’m excited to perform at Pride Fest because it celebrates people in our communities that are EXTREMELY brave.  I’ve had many friends come forward about their sexuality.   It took courage and cajones.  I also love the self expression and art that Pride brings to a music festival and love supporting SoCal.
 
3)      What is your favorite track at the moment?
           Sam Smith, I’m Not the Only One
 
4)      Can you tell us some of your current inspirations in music?
             Imogen Heap, Beyonce, Daft Punk, Skrillex (for his ambition to break creative boundaries), Aretha Franklin….she just rocks and always will!
 
5)      What will make your set stand out?
 
      I combine DJing with live vocals and rock the house!
 
6)    Provide a link to one of your tracks / performances as a preview of what we can expect!
      
 
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Lastly, I’m extremely excited to be producing an ALL FEMALE electronic album this year.  We just partnered with 237Worldwide.com  and have an amazing lineup of female talent including producers, songwriters, singers and musicians.  You can follow us and participate at http://bit.ly/DestinyAlbum

 

Pride Music Festival Artist Phenex

1)     Tell us a paragraph about yourself. What type of music do you play? How long have you been performing? What got you started into music and performing?

We are a Progressive House / Electronic music in general DJ Duo. We’ve been producing our own music as well as performing live for just about a year. Although we haven’t officially released our first track, we’ve got almost a full album of music we can’t wait to release! We got started performing based on a love for music and growing up with musical backgrounds playing guitar and piano.

2)     Tell us a bit about why you wanted to perform at Pride Music Festival?

We performed at Pride Music Festival in 2014 under a different alias we used to play as “AWX” It was an amazing experience and we had such a good time, we were very excited when Pride Music Festival invited us back to perform again this year. There are so many talented artists that volunteer their time to help contribute to the organization, it is great to be a part of that.

3)      What is your favorite track at the moment?

This is a really tough questions because it literally changes all the time! We have been really into KSHMR’s production work. I think we’d have to say Toca by Timmy Trumpet, KSHMR and Carnage.

4)      Can you tell us some of your current inspirations in music?

As mentioned in the last question, a huge inspiration is KSHMR. Along with him, DallasK, Pierce Fulton, Avicii, and countless others.

5)      What will make your set stand out?

We have a ton of unreleased music and special edits we made just for this show! We are excited to share it with you all!

6)    Provide a link to one of your tracks / performances as a preview of what we can expect!

Here is a mix we did for Pride Music Festival’s Podcast!

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San Diego Pride wants to give a huge thank you to all of our local talent that will be volunteering their time at this year’s festival in Balboa Park. To see these artists and many more this July, make sure to Buy Tickets to Pride Music Festival.