It’s been a minute since her 2014 Throw It Down single, and her features on Top 10 UK dance chart hits Earthquake (DJ Fresh Vs. Diplo) and Dance With Me ( Le Youth) during the same period, but DOMINIQUE YOUNG UNIQUE is making her presence known again. This time with a remix/remake of Lady Gaga’s recent release Perfect Illusion with a little help from vocalist Lemon.
Gaga’s Perfect Illusion hasn’t even done a slow death and artists are remixing the hell out of the song, giving it the life it was missing in its original form. Dominique’s rap about a love that done her wrong is the realist and will definitely help the song find life on floors of urban and hip hop clubs.
Welcome back DYU! We’re ready for more.
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Currently sitting at #69 on Billboard’s Hot 100 Charts, Lady Gaga’s Perfect Illusion has been receiving quite a bit of remix treatment from music producers out there of various genres to much delight, I’m sure, by the Lady in hopes that it keeps the fast descending single on the charts.
I came across an unofficial remix by The Watchmen (Sandeep / Steve Mig) that definitely breathes some much needed life into Perfect Illusion that I’m sure will catch the ear of many party spinning DJs out there with its Trap Remix treatment. Take a listen.
You are a Grammy-winning songwriter. You have had number one hits with Destiny’s Child. You developed the biggest act to come along in decades in Lady Gaga. You’ve made millions of dollars. But, you can’t find yourself through any of this. That’s what happened to songwriter/producer Rob Fusari. After the end of his involvement with Lady Gaga, Fusari found himself lost without a way to recapture what he thought was the dream he should have been chasing. “I was at a lost to where to go. What do I do next?” says Fusari about his after-Gaga period. It was not until his search to find the magic through other artist failed to provide the answer did he realize that the artist he was seeking was already there, inside himself as 8Bit, the frontman and inspiration behind musical act Cary NoKey. This discovery was more about his real identity than it was about the music, however. “Not only was I able to find the music, but through this I was able to find who I really was,” Fusari says when speaking about his rebirth into 8Bit.
8Bit and Cary Nokey have always been inside but unknowingly hidden and buried perhaps because it didn’t fit into the American Dream Fusari had been told to chase, a skewed dream he speaks about in his current single American Dream. Other songs like Be Who U Are also speak to 8Bit’s emergence as Fusari’s true self. These songs and a few others apart of Cary Nokey’s current set on tour as the opening act for RuPaul’s Drag Race: Battleof the Seasons Tour. “(My show) is in-line with the girls because it is about being comfortable in your own skin and putting it out there, but it’s also very different.”
Hosted by RuPaul’s Drag Race’s lead judge Michelle Visage,tonight, Feb 7, San Francisco’s Regency Theater becomes the venue privileged to stage performances from Bianca Del Rio, Adore Delano, Courtney Act, Jinkx Monsoon, Sharon Needles, Raja and other Drag Race series favorites. But, I think there will also be a high level of interest in seeing Carey Nokey open for the drag stars. 8Bit believes “RuPaul folks are saying to their fans that this is something that we saw that was cool and liked it, and you should check it out too.”
I had an opportunity to speak with 8Bit while on the Battle of the Seasons Tour and chatted about his true-self discovery, the true meaning of the American Dream, standing behind his Fusari-written songs, and the release of his first full-length album.
BeBe: Over the past couple of years, you have likened your discovery of 8Bit, by which you are now called, to the discovery of a transgender person’s true self.
8Bit: Yes, very much.
BeBe: When did finding your 8Bit and your musical act, Cary Nokey, with ValeNtino happen for you?
8Bit: I was at a time in my career and my life where I was in a holding patter. I was not admitting that to myself, and I was kind of going in circles. I was coming out of the (Lady) Gaga project which had gotten so big, bigger than any of us could have imagined. When an artist gets that big, there’s nothing to do bigger with that artist at that point. They tour and promote and all that, but for a writer/producer it’s a bit different. I was feeling pushed out. But it was never about the accolades or recognition, it was about being apart of something, and I lost that. The Gaga project was my baby, so when I lost it, I was at a lost to where to go. What do I do next? There were so many new artists that were reaching out to me because they had learned that I developed Lady Gaga. They wanted to meet with me with hopes that I would want to develop them. I kind of fell into this thought of I’ll just find me another Gaga, and I’ll do it again. But, you know what, a Gaga or a David Bowie doesn’t walk into your studio everyday.
BeBe: No, those are phenomenons!
8Bit: Absolutely! That;s a great word for it. But, I was receiving over 100 emails a day a plethera of new artist from all over the world. So, I started to indulge and put myself into developing one, and another one…… I found out sooner rather than later that it wasn’t that simple. I met with a lot of artists and they just didn’t have that “thing”. Whenever a superstar walks into the room I always say that you can have your back turned to them when they walk in and your still going to feel that “thing” without knowing who it is. There’s a presence, a change in the room. Gaga had it even when she wasn’t a superstar. That’s how you know. So, I met with and recorded a ton of artists over the next couple of years. I tried to compensate for some of the artists by thinking if they’re not great on stage, maybe I can get them some bells and whistles. They don’t have a great look, but maybe I can get a stylist to style them differently. But al that didn’t work. And, I just started spiraling down at this point because nothing was sounding to me the way it had before. Nothing was gelling. I couldn’t find that artist.
BeBe: Maybe because you were looking externally, when that artist was within you.
8Bit: There you go! Long story short, one day, I nonchalantly wrote a song, not with a thought of who I would sell it to or anything. I just wrote it. And afterward, I thought about getting an artist to record the demo vocals, and then I thought I’ll just sing it. I wanted to hear it recorded the way I heard it in my head. So, I went to the studio to record the vocals. Later, I went out that evening and when I came back, there were a bunch of people round the mixing panel. Then one engineer turned to me and said “what are you doing? You are looking for an artist, and this is what I’m hearing from you?” I went silent. I couldn’t respond. But I could feel this crack in the sky with one little beam of light shining down. And, that day (February 26, 2013) Cary Nokey was born. I literally said that day was what it was all been for. Not only was I able to find the music, but through this I was able to find who I really was. I didn’t realize I was hiding and burying things. I was raised by my Mom and my aunts. I was always around women. I was in touch with my feminine side, but that was all I had thought of it. It wasn’t that I wanted to cross dress. It wasn’t that. But, I didn’t know how to show it.
BeBe: But what I see in 8Bit and Cary Nokey is no different then the imagery I saw in David Bowie, EltonJohn, and Boy George. I see all those rock stars who performed in their time when their stage expression was extraordinary, but not looked at as odd. They were rock stars!
8Bit: They weren’t put in a box. I think what started to happen is that it became a little odd, which is weird. Shouldn’t it have gone in the other direction? I think it became odd because of the popularity of rap music which is very masculine, very hard. But, there was always a culture after Bowie, there just wasn’t an artist for it. That’s why when Gaga came out, their was a voice for that again.
BeBe: Do you think though that the public is saying that it’s okay for a Lady Gaga, a Beyonce or a Katy Perry who are female to be extravagant or drag queen-like, but it’s not okay for a male counterpart to do the same thing?
8Bit: Absolutely! I can’t explain it. For me, I grew up with a lot of Liberace. My mother loved Liberace. Going to his shows, I never thought twice about it. It was a different mindset. I don’t know how it went into this thing where it’s almost uncomfortable. I see it in people when I hit the stage. But, I’m okay with it. I can understand if you haven’t seen the likes of Bowie or what have you, you’re taken a back at first. They really don’t know how to process it.
BeBe: How has this discovery of who you are, or, I’m going to call it what it is, this rebirth….. how has it changed your music? You are the guy who wrote No, No, No for Destiny’s Child. You are the guy who produced Whitney Houston and Lady Gaga, and wrote Paparazzi and those types of songs. That’s not the sound of Cary Nokey.
8Bit: That’s a great question. (My rebirth) changed my music entirely. I never before thought of music as visual when I’d write songs and produce records. Music never came across my creativity screen as a visual element. I never thought how I’d perform it on stage, or how the video would look. It wasn’t until I took on the Gaga project hat I started thinking that way. Before I’d think about the radio, now I think about the stage. I want the music to translate to the stage the same way it translates to the radio. It’s funny because if I had this as a tool as a producer, it would have helped me tremendously. When you are writing for another artist, you can kind of hide behind the lyric because you aren’t the one delivering it. I wasn’t forced to visualize. When you are delivering (the lyric), you have to make people believe this is your story. These are your words. What changed is I had to now open up my life into song and tell my story, and be okay with it. I do a song called My Name is Lisa, and it’s about me being in my room when I was young, and I would think as myself as different female characters. I’d think about how I would walk, act and dress. You’re kind of revealing your soul in song, and then you actually reveal your soul when you go on stage and say this is a song I wrote.
BeBe: And, we have to believe you.
8Bit: That’s the only way it works is for you to believe me.
BeBe: You have a Web Series which is basically following you and ValeNtino as you do tour dates across the country. As I watched, I couldn’t help but wonder how much of the series is for you a way for you to help the public understand Rob Fusari vs. 8Bit or the movement from Rob to 8Bit?
8Bit: That’s actually very perceptive. It is true. Right now,whether it’s right or wrong, I’m doing it with a bit of “onetoe in the water” because it’s a life of Rock ‘n Roll. It’s a life out of mayhem. Think of it as….. as amazing and life changing it is to be reborn into someone I want to be and dreamed of, there’s also another side to it. There’s a side of the caterpillar trying to become a butterfly. I can give you an analogy of a woman giving birth to a child. Its painful, but something beautiful comes from that pain. There’s pieces of (my discovery) that are not easy.
They are very painful. (Such as) You are someone or something thing wholeheartedly but you still have to live a life of someone or something else, like a Rob. You have family, a mother, a brother, and friends that still call you Rob. You accept it because you know it’s only a small piece of it. It’s almost as if it is a small chapter. I know it sounds a little whacked, but it is what it is. Rob is a chapter. I know I can’t ignore Rob, but I want to speak he truth about what is going on. My reservation and angst about the web series is that my team wants to be careful about the things we are revealing, and I don’t want to be. They are lie “people may look at that in the wrong way.” This is very much my life. There is one episode where I get beat up, and I get beat up because I was being me.
BeBe: I think certain people want to say that your are just portraying a character on stage as Cary Nokey. They want to say that 8Bit is not really you but a performance on stage. That prefer to think that you go off stage and strip 8Bit off like drag queens do. They are more comfortable with thinking 8Bit and Cary Nokey are personas separate from your real identity when the reality is 8Bit is you. Your web series, to me, shows that.
8Bit: Yeah, this is more than about the music and gaining success in the music through stage performance. This is literally life or death. I was lost and going down the wrong road, I don’t want to sound ungrateful for the success along the way, but I couldn’t figure it out. It wasn’t getting any prettier after the success. It’s a slap in the face to say that this is about a #1 record or a $1 million publishing deal. Sometimes I wish it were that I come off stage and take off the make up and go into this business world life, but it’s not that way. This is me. There is no goal here. My finish line has already happened (with Rob).
BeBe: You have a new single called American Dream, and you say that our American Dream that we are so hard at work trying to achieve, the one we are told to seek, has been skewed. It is no longer what we told it was. You say those who have the where-with-all to shed the skin that society has said they must wear to become who they really are, they are the ones living the American Dream. Can you elaborate on that?
8Bit: None of the leaders, if you will, have revised over time what we know as the American Dream. It became more clear to me, inside of myself, that all these material things that represented my success didn’t complete me. Not only did it not complete me, it made things worse. I always thought that having a hit record and some success as a producer that people would respect me and I would be fulfilled as a person. But that (notion) kind of turned its head, and I started looking at the so-called American Dream differently realizing that American Dream was a Rule of Exception, almost like playing the lottery. That’s not what I was taught in “work hard, pay your taxes, and follow the rules of society and everything will be okay. You’ll have a better life.” That’s not what happened with me. It was more like propaganda for me. I’m not anti-America. I love this country. It’s the best country imaginable, but I thhink the American Dream needs a little clarity. I think we need to be honest and say that the American dream is different than what we all thought and read in the text books. No one has had the where-with-all to stand up and do that. The thing for me was having the ability to discover my place in this country, and that doesn’t always mean money or a Mercedes Benz. The true Dream is to discover who we are and live that freely.
BeBe: Do you feel then that the success and things you achieved before as Rob Fusari had a lack of authenticity because they were not achieved as your real self?
8Bit: I think that’s absolutely true, yes I do. I hate to admit that. Not to take away from the songs I’ve written. I still stand behind those songs. The tricky part about coming into this (music) business is finding a way to adjust your thought process and still be able to keep your artistic integrity. That was hard for me. I mean I grew up a white guy from New Jersey who liked David Bowie and Rocky Horror Picture Show, and I was trying to write music and find my way in the business during a time when R&B was becoming popular again. I had to find some R&B in me somewhere because I didn’t have an outlet to express the Bowie side of me. I had to continue on this road. I became this R&B producer because “I gotta do what I gotta do”. But, I stand behind the records because an example is when I perform those songs, I perform them Cary Nokey-style, the way I originally heard them in my head. The songs weren’t fake, they were just presented differently.
BeBe: You are currently on tour with RuPaul’s Drag Race: Battle of the Seasons Tour as its opening act, and I’m curious, how are the audiences who are coming to see the drag stars responding to your Bowie-esque style, for lack of a better term? Are these audiences accepting of you?
8Bit: It’s funny because I struggled with this when the RuPaul folks asked us to come on the tour. It made sense, but I had to make it make a little more sense. I’m not drag. I don’t do what the girls do. I was trying to connect dots a little bit more. I started saying to myself that I’m not trying to compete with what the drag stars do or trying to give you what they do, but it’s like the RuPaul folks are saying to their fans that this is something that we saw that was cool and liked it, and you should check it out too. It’s different than what they came to see, but they can give it a look. It’s in-line with the girls because it is about being comfortable in your own skin and putting it out there, but it’s also very different. It’s music. It’s theatrical. It’s Bowie-esque. It’s a dance party with angst.
BeBe: Are you currently in the studio now recording new material?
8Bit: Yes. There are so many new songs, but we are about to release our firt full-length album in March or early April (2015). There’s gong to be 8 songs and we’re calling it Journal 8.
After Cary Nokey’s performance tonight in San Francisco, they continue on with the Rupaul’s Drag Race: Battle of Seasons Tour in the following cities:
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Eden xo is the latest moniker of Los Angeles-based pop starlet Jessie Malakouti. Her previous incarnationJessie and the Toy Boys made serious waves a couple of years back with debut EP Show Me Your Tan Lines. As an opener for Britney Spears on theFemme Fatale tour, she was hyped to be the next Lady Gaga.
Taking some time off to overhaul her sound, the 25 year old is back with a new song called “Too Cool To Dance”. Produced by Fred Falke and Ron Fair, the bubbly club-banger categorized as a little Katy Perry-ish but with a lot more sass.
It’s a great song from a creatively rejuvenated diva. Listen to Eden’s infectious anthem.
As reported by Peter Holslin for RollingStone Magazine
Lady Gaga debuted several new songs in a theatrical, hour-long concert at London’s Roundhouse on Sunday, playing eight cuts off her upcoming album, ARTPOP, as part of a show that was broadcast live online for the month-long iTunes Festival.
Playing for a packed crowd of adoring Little Monsters, the provocative singer wasn’t able to unseat Miley Cyrus as the most controversial star of the moment, but did deliver some musical surprises. The opening song of the night – which found Gaga performing in a freaky black mask while holed up in a cage, Hannibal Lecter-style – featured a dubstep-style bass drop. Later, rappers Too Short and Twista showed up to deliver verses for a hip-hop banger called “Jewels & Drugs.” (T.I. was also featured in the song, but he couldn’t make it to the concert, so his voice played over the sound system.)
While playing these brand-new selections from ARTPOP – which comes out via Interscope on November 11th – Gaga occasionally dialed back the theatricality to hint at her human side. At one point, she removed a humongous brown wig to reveal her real hair underneath. Her voice getting shaky, she told the audience that when she was younger, she did things that ended up making her feel “like trash on the inside.”
That intimacy didn’t last long, though. Seated at a keyboard, she started playing a song called “Swine,” which opened with some quiet, reflective notes before bursting into a wailing rock ballad, and then a pumping club blowout. Gaga banged on drums and cried defiant lines – “You’re so disgusting!” – and in a finale, dancers wearing pig masks and what appeared to be astronaut costumes soared into air on cables, where they pulled off coordinated somersaults.
Gaga ended her show with a performance of “Applause,” Artpop’s lead single. But before that, she debuted a sentimental tribute to her adoring fans. Seated solo at her keyboard, she pointed to her London audience as she sang: “I wanna be with you.” With the live-stream beaming across the web, it wasn’t long before fans were professing their love, too, in the form of a Twitter hashtag: #WEWANNABEWITHYOU.
It never takes long for a drag queen to parody a Lady Gaga song, so here we have one of the firsts done Gaga’s new hit Applause by drag parody extraordinaire Charlie Hides with his impersonations of Katy Perry and Madonna included.