It’s been quite a year. In the spring, XELLE brought out our long awaited Hologram music video. Shortly thereafter, it unfortunately became apparent that the group would need to make a painful but necessary change of reinventing itself as the duo of Rony and me to be able to move forward in a way that everyone could be happy with. It was a mutual decision between all members of XELLE, and although we made it to benefit everyone involved, it wasn’t easy to swallow the idea that it meant that we’d have to re-brand everything we’d done up to that point and find a way to relaunch and continue what we do while maintaining the interest and confidence of our fans.

So we got to work on two new videos, and the one above, Red Flag, is our first offering as a duo. I’m relieved and excited to say that it’s gotten lots of coverage and praise so far, in publications such as TimeOut New York, The Huffington Post, The Advocate, Towleroad, Out, and many more. We’ve been working like maniacs to support and promote it, including doing tons of promo performances of the song around NYC, and I’m so excited that XELLE can finally put the focus, time and effort into promoting a project the right way. Making Red Flag a big success is our mission for the next few months, and since it’s a great song that we all wrote together, and has a great message we all believe in, I wouldn’t want to spend my time any other way.

If you enjoy Red Flag and stand for equality, please share this video with all of your friends and family, and check out IRaiseARedFlag.com to find out how you can get involved in our movement for equality in Russia and beyond.

Thanks for your support and patience while we worked to bring you new XELLE stuff!

Deee-Lite!

So, as you may be able to tell from the sound of my music, I love the early 90’s and early 90’s club music. I mean LOVE. I mean it makes me happy more easily than anything else I know of. For those of you who are under a rock, one of the best songs to come out of the early 90’s club music scene was “Groove is in the Heart” by Deee-Lite. This song is one of about 5 songs that was SO good that they still play it everywhere, at every party worth going to. It is just. So. Good. I used to see the music video for this song playing on MTV when I was 7 and MTV was all about music. And it was amazing. And it still is.

Earlier this year, I met Josh Dreisacker, AKA JJ Japanime, another dance-pop singer/songwriter/producer, as well as artist and fashion designer, in Brooklyn, and we became great pals. Josh went to his cousin’s art show recently and met none other than Lady Miss Kier, the lead singer of Deee-Lite, and the two of them became friends. He told me all about how she was still making music and DJing, and he played her our song, Ice Dick, and she loved it. This was enough to make me go crazy. I could not believe that 20 years after I first saw her dancing in the music video for one of my favorite songs ever, Lady Miss Kier herself was listening to MY song and calling it great. Holy CRAP. BUT THEN, a few weeks later, Josh told me something even more amazing: that Kier would be filming a video for which she needed extras, and I could be one! I jumped at the opportunity, and before I knew it I was getting all dressed up in neon clothes and dancing while Kier herself filmed me and the other extras. She was really nice and funny and it was great to see her still in action. The whole time, I couldn’t help but think about how surreal and amazing it was that twenty years after seeing her video on MTV, there I was, in one of her videos myself. And she dances the exact same way she did in the old video, today! It’s amazing. My friend Elijah, who loves the early 90’s as much as I do, would have just died to be there, and I couldn’t hold back a smile thinking about that as I cued up Kier’s music for her on HER laptop as she filmed a glamor shot. WOW. CRAZY. Hope there are more moments like that to come!!

So, as many of you know, I have been sitting on the footage we shot for the “Everybody’s Crazy in New York” music video for over a year, but now I’m finally getting my act together, editing it, and putting it out there ! I’ve just released the hilarious and unbelievable outtakes video, which includes documentation of the ridiculous conversation we ended up having with a crazy old guy we found on the street while we were shooting. It is so much fun.

I think I might actually be able to get the music video out before the end of this week. Wish me luck!