Making Music with Cazwell
In just a few short years, Cazwell has become one of the most sought-after DJs/rappers/songwriters/video artists of our time, and is one of very few who are openly gay. The New York-based king of "homo-hop" (gay hip-hop) will be taking the Main Stage at Orange County Pride on Saturday, August 11.
Born Luke Caswell in 1979, Cazwell discovered his dual interests in music and boys at a relatively early age. His music today focuses on gay and bisexual urban themes, with some of his songs sporting blunt titles like "The Sex That I Need" (with Avenue D), "All Over Your Face" and "Watch My Mouth." The video for "All Over Your Face" was infamously banned by Logo due to its explicit lyrics and sexual imagery. He can also be sly and funny on such tracks as "I Seen Beyonce at Burger King," "Get My Money Back," "Ice Cream Truck" and his latest, "Rice and Beans" (hint: it isn’t about food). Cazwell has served as an opening act for Lady Gaga and Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Tour as well as collaborating with Boy George, trans model/performance artist Amanda Lepore, David Lachapelle, former gay porn star Colton Ford and Ladyfag.
Cazwell has described his style as, "if Biggie Smalls ate (the late) Donna Summer for breakfast." As he writes on his website: "More than anything I want to inspire people to have a good time; When I go to a club, I want to party and I want to make music that makes other people want to party." The party boy recently took time out from his increasingly busy schedule to chat with The Rage Monthly about his upcoming O.C. Pride appearance and other stuff.
You look great in your new "Rice and Beans" video (which can be viewed along with other hot videos at cazwell.com). What’s your workout regimen?
Thank you! Well I’m not one of those people who go to the gym every day, I go really up and down. When I have to do a video, that’s when I start working out to get in shape. I also stop eating meat and cheese and drink a lot of water, and I eat a lot of vegetables. Is that too much information? (Laughs)
Are you looking forward to your appearance at Orange County Pride?
Yes. I was there in Santa Ana a couple of months ago (during Long Beach Pride). I had a bigger reception there than I expected, so I’m looking forward to getting back.
The O.C. has a conservative reputation. Do you intend to shake things up while you’re here?
Does it really have that reputation? Well, I will be taking more of my clothes off. I’ll be changing outfits several times, which I usually do on stage. And I’ll have hot Latino and white boys. It’s going to be an unforgettable show.
Any plans to take your "Rice and Beans" or "Ice Cream Truck" boys to Disneyland?
That would be great! Oh my God, that would be sick! You have Gay Days there, right? Tell the organizers to raise enough money to fly me and the boys there-we’d love it!
What are your thoughts about (R&B singer) Frank Ocean’s new album and admission that he fell in love with another man?