I’m excited to announce that my band, XELLE, has finally brought out a new music video, and I was lucky enough to direct it! It’s called “Queen,” and it’s gotten about a quarter million hits in its first week out! Watch it:


Putting this video together was a crazy experience, but now that it’s out, I’m so glad we were able to pull it together. I’ll be editing the behind the scenes video about it very soon and can’t wait to share that too!

We also finally released our debut EP, Queens, so go grab it on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, or any of the other online music retailers worldwide, and leave us a review when you do! You can also get an autographed hard copy of the CD at www.XELLEmusic.com/store.

The Hologram music video is still in the works, but we’re finally nearing the end of that crazy journey, and should have it out in early 2013. Thanks for your saintly patience! In the mean time, catch a glimpse of it here:

XELLE in the Mojave Desert

Manomanomanoman,

This blog is becoming a lot like my real diary–one entry every three months! Yikes!

Definitely gonna try to be better about that–which is also exactly what I say when I write in my diary, haha.

Lemme try to recap the last few months.

So, after XELLE got back from all our crazy touring in June, it was time to actually take a moment to breathe and take in everything we’d done and how we could do it all even better. We took some time to tweak our choreography, stage show, outfits, look, etc. We’re always trying to find ways to do everything we do as well as possible.

Once we had reworked our live show and added a new song to it, we decided to put it up at Industry Bar in NYC to kick off the west coast tour we had booked for the end of October. As usual, we worked like maniacs for weeks to prepare for the show, and then once the show arrived, it seemed to be over within minutes. In reality, we have a full-on, 45 minute set ready to go, which is awesome.

XELLE performs live at Industry Bar 9.15.11

In true XELLE fashion, as soon as one huge endeavor (the Industry show) was over, it was time to focus on the next huge endeavor, our west coast tour. We played Las Vegas, St. Petersburg and San Jose, and in between it all we did an awesome photo shoot in the Mojave Desert. Talk about productivity. I didn’t sleep more than four hours in a night for about five nights in a row. That’s the ONLY part of touring I can live without. As soon as it was all over, it was straight to bed for me. Sleep is the love of my life.

Once we got home from our tour, it was time to start working on our performance at our label-mate Moses’ release party for his single, “I’m Your Man,” which features us. We borrowed these awesome zipper accessories from designer Autumn Lin and used small spherical LED lights on our hands as a special effect that looked amazing onstage and on film. In the same time period, we were gearing up for the Glammy Awards, where we closed the show with an explosive performance of one of our songs, Queen. That was another huge project, involving four stage hands, a cast of 12 people, confetti, props, costumes, choreography, and on and on. XELLE loves production value, that’s for sure.

XELLE backstage at the Moses single release party

And now, finally, finally, we have released our second single, Hologram. I am so glad to finally have more music out there for the fans to enjoy, and to show that we are not a one-song novelty act.

So now, it’s time for huge XELLE project number eleventyhundred and forty seven, the Hologram music video, which is going to be EPIC. So epic that I can’t even tell you why or how it will be epic, but when you see it, you’ll see what I mean. Look forward to it.

Wow. I’ve not been so busy as I was over the last few months in a LONG time. Since I last wrote, XELLE hired our fabulous choreographer, Mila Jam, found a costume designer (Bobby Goodrich) for our tour costumes and got those made, conceived, rehearsed and debuted our first full tour show, and played in New Paltz, NY, Albany, NY, Philadelphia, PA, New York, NY, Milwaukee, WI, and Chicago, IL.

Touring is the most fun thing in the world, in my opinion. Nothing is better than having someone pay to fly you out and put you up somewhere so you can get paid to do a show in front of hundreds or thousands of people who then come up to you afterward and take pictures and want your autograph. I wish we could be on tour every day and I can’t wait till we are!

The first stop on the tour was Albany, NY, where we opened for C&C Music Factory, which was awesome. It was great to see their music performed live and to meet the man who actually rapped on the recordings of songs like “Gonna Make You Sweat.” He was just a regular guy from Brooklyn and totally sassy and nice. My mind is always blown by meeting early 90’s celebs. Love it. The next day, we performed in New Paltz, New York, at Hudson Valley Pride, and then again that night at Truman’s, a huge club. It was so good to get some of the new songs on their feet in front of an audience, and we and the new music were both very well received.

Next, it was off to Milwaukee Pridefest, where we played to a crowd of over 2000 on Friday night…

XELLE at the PUMP! Dance Pavillion at Milwaukee Pride 6.10.11. Photo: Abeni Garrett
…and then for a crowd of over 6,000 on Saturday night, when we opened for Salt n Pepa!
XELLE on the Miller Lite Mainstage 6.11.11 at Milwaukee Pridefest
Two weeks later, we were off to Chicago to play in front of this many:
The crowd was huge at Chicago Pride!

But before we could do that, Mya (yes, THE Mya!) OPENED FOR US and then we met her!

XELLE with Mya at Chicago Pride 6.25.11

Then we performed our full show…

The beginning of the XELLE show at Chicago Pride
Then, since we’re basing the theme of our show on royalty, we knighted one of our fans, who turned out to be one of our twitter followers!
XELLE knights a special fan at the Chicago Pride show

After the show, a huge crowd of fans rushed over to the merch table to meet us, buy merch, take photos and get their merch autographed. It was so awesome to meet everyone and see what a great reaction we got in Chicago.

Now, it’s back to the grind, with continued dance rehearsals, revisions to the show, booking as many promotional and full show dates as possible in as many places as we can, and beginning to dominate the tri-state area so we can start expanding from there. There’s a ton of work to do, and I’m excited to do it!