JC and Ulltra Something prep for the post-show interview at Break'N Through

So the first time I taped my round 1 performance for Break’N Through, the organizers weren’t happy with how the tapes came out for all the pop acts, so they invited each pop act to come back and tape their performance again to open up another genre’s night. I was invited back to perform on the rock night, and it was tons of fun, just like last time. I’m glad I got a second shot at it, because I think I did better this time with the dance moves. Hopefully the tape turned out great, and it will be up soon so I can share it with y’all!

I also did a really funny post-show interview with Charmin Ulltra lying on my lap the whole time, so I can’t wait to see that tape either!

After the show, we got some funny comments. A lot of people said they loved us and they were so happy we did “Show Me Love,” because, 20 years after it came out, it is STILL such a beloved song for so many. As I passed by some dude in the crowd, he was like, “Nice job, BOYS!” Haha. It’s so funny to me that people always think I’m a guy when I’m dressed up. I guess that’s what happens when you surround yourself with drag queens and dress like they do. It’s also funny that people think this would be upsetting for me. It’s just silly and funny. Some other guy was like “Thanks for not sucking like everyone else usually does!” Haha. Can we say “Jaded music industry person?” But I agree.

Krystal Something-Something, JC Cassis and Charmin Ulltra on the red carpet at Break'N Through!
Krystal Something-Something, JC Cassis and Charmin Ulltra on the red carpet at Break'N Through!
Krystal Something-Something, JC Cassis, Paul Epperlein and Charmin Ulltra on the red carpet at Break'N Through!

So over the last many days, Krystal Something-Something, Charmin Ulltra and I worked on making a dance to Robin S.’ 90’s masterwork, “Show Me Love.” We only rehearsed together twice, but I was running through that routine on the subway cars, on the platform, on the street, in my mind, everywhere! This was in preparation for our performance at the first round of Break’N Through, an awesome unsigned artist showcase I recently got into. We taped interviews for the showcase on Sunday, which was super fun, and then, on Wednesday, it was time to do the show. It was one of my longest days ever, but also one of the most fun!

Things began at 12 noon for sound check at Red Bull Space, where I chatted with the other artists in the show until it was time to sound check my set. We ran through “Show Me Love” and “Dance Dance Dance” and the other artists loved it, which was so cool to see. It was another reminder that absolutely every single time you get on stage should be treated like your biggest show ever, because that was the only time the other artists really got to watch my whole set. After run through, the boys and I went out for lunch in SoHo, and we ended up sitting a few tables away from Moby, who I probably see like once every two months in New York. He’s ALWAYS out and about in the city, and I must say I love that about him. No entourage, no sunglasses, no bs. Just Moby, hangin’ out in New York, alllllllllll the time. It was Krystal and Charmin’s first Moby sighting, so they were excited. It was just another awesome part of an awesome day. After lunch, we returned to Red Bull Space to start getting ready, and once the boys were in full makeup and costume, we started taping pre-show footage and interviews, which was super fun. When the audience came in, we went downstairs to mingle, have our picture taken over and over, and walk the red carpet, which was SO much fun. We met lots of awesome people, and before we knew it, it was time to go on.

We got up on stage, and as soon as the first note of “Show Me Love” hit, the crowd was totally on our side. I heard the sounds of recognition and excitement as we started dancing to that infamous synth line, and I was so excited along with everyone else in the room, because that really is the best song ever, and everybody knows it. The crowd also LOVED when we did our little Stephanie Tanner from Full House dance move, which I specifically requested we do, since “Show Me Love” is such a 90’s song, and that’s such a 90’s dance. It was amazing. People literally laughed out loud when we busted that out. It was perfect. Then we did “Dance Dance Dance,” which always goes over well, and before we knew it, it was all over! Then we were whisked away for a post-show interview, more pictures, more schmoozing, and more fun. The people who had come to see me were blown away and kept telling me that everyone kept saying that we were their favorite act. So awesome!

As soon as it’s time for you guys to help me win round 1 by watching the video of my performance as much as possible on YouTube, I’ll let you know!!