Thursday, June 30, 2016

M The Myth: Interview






M the Myth is a pop artist born in Fresno, CA and destined to perform. Created with both male and female energies, M the Myth is an androgynous, abundant expression of life. This being is intentional: he writes, sings, and dances for joy.

The live show is highly stylized, rhythmic, and surreal. Bright costumes, dramatic wigs, and heartfelt movement bring an undeniable air of radiance to the stage. It isn’t always easy. M the Myth encounters resistance. It is only when he renounces his armor – the falsity of conformity, the comfort of stagnation – that he is truly free to be.

His debut album This is M dropped in October 2015 alongside a striking video for the lead single, “LGDA”. This music is for you. Tap into M the Myth and experience your own divine: the vital love between us all.


1. What are your musical influences?
I am influenced by Lady Gaga, Freddie Mercury/Queen, Michael Jackson, Chris Martin/Coldplay, David Bowie, Sara Bareilles, John Legend, Adele, Sia, Brandi Carlile, Timbaland and Max Martin.


2. Have they changed over time?
My musical influences have changed over time in terms of who I listen to. Growing up I was all about the Spice Girls, Britney Spears, Samantha Mumba, Destiny’s Child, Fefe Dobson, Backstreet Boys, Nsync, TLC and Aaliyah. These artists, and the producers and songwriters behind them, gave me a solid pop foundation. They taught me about the structure of pop music as well as great melody lines and hooks. They still influence my songwriting today.


3.What is your favorite part about performing?
Performing is my favorite part about being a pop artist. There is nothing like a live show, a roaring crowd, and loud music. Live performance is where the artist and the audience share their joy and passion for music, art and humanity. My favorite part about it is the audience interaction, especially when they go wild, dance, and sing.


4.Can you tell us about your first performance?
I have always performed. Since I was a kid, I’ve always loved entertaining my friends and family. I studied acting and performance before I became a musician. Throughout my youth I would perform on stage as both an actor and singer. But when I discovered I could write music, I knew that’s what I wanted to do with my life. I will never forget my first performance as a musician. I was a junior in college at Stanford, and I played an acoustic set at a co-op called EBF (Enchanted Broccoli Forest). I invited all of my friends and their friends and their friends. I can’t remember how many people ended up coming, but it was packed. The show began and I stormed out in my friend’s 6 inch heels, his grandma’s fedora and a thrift-store trench coat. I played a few originals and cover songs, recited some shakespeare, and danced a little. I ended the show by flashing everyone with the lingerie I was wearing underneath my coat. I’ll never forget that night, it was the beginning of it all.


5.What should an audience expect at an M the Myth show?
If you are coming to an M the Myth show, expect to be entertained. It’s always my goal to give my audience the best show they’ve ever seen. So for the hour or two I am playing, I’m giving you every breath I have. Expect to dance. I make my music with the club in mind and incorporate dance into my shows. Expect to get ‘the feels’. I sing a few emotional ballads. Expect the unexpected. What you will see is an energetic and raw performance and what you will experience will be both a vulnerable and pop-fun-filled event.


6.Can you tell us what it was like to make the video LGDA?
Making the music video for LGDA was one of the most exciting experiences I’ve ever had. It was also one of the most humbling experiences, too. I raised over $5000 with my manager to fund the video. It was so amazing to realize how many supporters I have. Everyone involved in this project was amazing. William Green, the director of cinematography for Sage the Gemini’s “Red Nose” and “Gas Pedal” was my director for this video. Working with him was a dream come true. His artistic vision and mine aligned perfectly. I remember filming for most of the day and barely having a moment to rest because there were so many scenes and about eight costume changes. Needless to say, making this music video was a divine experience.


7.Do you write your own music and lyrics yourself?
Yes, I love writing! I write my own music and I sometimes collaborate. It is always important to collaborate, because it helps you become better at whatever you’re doing. It expands your perspective. Though, I love writing by myself and jamming out alone. You know it’s funny what they say about musicians, they have to have two kinds of desires. The desire to be alone and create and then the desire to perform and share with others. I have definitely witnessed these forces of ying and yang in my process. But I do love collaborating because it makes the experience of writing less lonely. Then again, sometimes I need to be alone. My most recent work, the “This is M” EP, had three collaborations on it with a total of eight songs.


8.What is your creative process like?
My creative process for music is so fun! I sit down at the piano and I let my creative juices roll. I’ll find a chord progression I resonate with and start recording on my phone. Then I start playing and singing; sometimes a whole song will just come out right then and there--the words might be mushed or unintelligible but the melody will be there and some key phrases of the chorus will manifest too. After I have a basic rough draft of the song, I’ll fine tune each individual part, the verses, choruses and bridge. Then when I’ve finished that, I’ll produce an acoustic piano track and record my vocals. One of my favorite things to do with pop music is to boil it down to the basic acoustic versions; so I try to start off with that acoustic version before I go into production. After the song is written and recorded acoustically, I’ll take the music and produce it in ableton live and create a beat. I sometimes work with another producer to create beats for my songs too. When the song is fully produced, I’ll go into the recording studio and finish the track there.
My creative process for different projects like shows or videos varies, but the constant in each project I create is a path of joyous emotion that I follow.


9.Are you currently producing another album?
Yes, right now I am working on another album. It will be my first album, the last was my debut EP. I am currently producing and writing songs for the project. All I can say about it is that this project is my best work yet.


10.What drives your music?
My desire to release my inner most thoughts and emotions that I can’t express through conversation, or any other means of communication, drives me to make music. For me, music is a conversation you have with your listeners. Music is reflective and expressive, and anyone who has experienced a piece of music that really made them feel something knows how music can influence and heighten emotional energies. Daniel Levitin, a neuroscientist and musician, wrote a booked called “This is Your Brain On Music” and in it he argues that music is the advantageous result of human evolution connecting the human race with each other for further survival of our species. My urge to make music is primal, as well as our desire to hear it.


11.Who is your target audience?
Anyone who enjoys dancing, singing, having fun, and expressing who they are in that moment and who they want to become is my target audience. I am a genderqueer artist and I am wanting to share new ideas about gender with the world.

12.Where do you see yourself in a year... in five years?
In a year, I see myself having signed with a record label that allows me the freedom to express my visions, performing across the USA, having created more music videos as well as music, writing for myself and for other artists, and being on the radio. In five years, I see myself selling out major stadium shows, and attending music award shows including the Grammys, AMAs, MTV Music Video Awards, being nominated and winning those awards. I see myself setting cultural trends that shape the way we see gender. I see myself evoking clarity in others and inspiring them to live their own dreams. I see myself as a very, very happy and passionate person.


13.What else should our readers know about M the Myth?
I’m releasing a new single called “I’m Holding On” this summer 2016. It’s a pop ballad about loving someone who will never love you in return. Also, if you want to truly experience what M the Myth is about come to a live show; there you will see the energy I channel and share with my audience. You can find my music on Spotify, Pandora, iTunes, SoundCloud and YouTube, so please listen, share, and subscribe. I’m on Twitter and Instagram @m_the_myth. Oh, and one last thing, I love you!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

EVENT: Professional OUT Women's mixHER



Professional OUT Women's July mixHER is set for Friday, 7/22 from 6pm-until at Idle Hour Winery located only 30 minutes up the hill in the adorable community of Oakhurst.

We're taking a trip up the hill to enjoy an evening with friends at the owned and operated winery of Professional Out Women, Anna Marie Dos Remedios and Deb Payne.

So, please make plans now to enjoy an evening under the stars, socializing over a great glass of wine! If you are not receiving our monthly POW emails, please post your email below and we'll add you to the list.

Make sure to copy the FB link and share in your networks! Professional OUT Women (POW) is a community of women that gather at monthly events, happening at rotating locations, for networking and socializing. Our goal is to be inclusive without gender boundaries and accepting of women who self identify on a wide continuum of sexual expression.

If you have any questions, would like to join our email list or would like to be more involved, please email Robin@GetEQUAL.org


FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE HERE

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

IDC Investitures



The Imperial Dove Court de Fresno/Madera
And
Her Most Imperial Majesty Empress XLIII
Isis de Luna
Request your attendance for
Rio Carnival: The Imperial Dove Court Investitures

The IDC is the oldest LGBT non profit charitable organization from Madera to Kings County. 


We invite the communities of Madera, Fresno, Tulare, Kings and Kern County to attend this regal charity function.


Investitures is a time honored tradition: it is an event that celebrates commitment and service to the community through the Imperial Dove Court.
We encourage everyone to attend in their finest state affair regalia including gowns, crowns, medals and sashes.


Anyone interested in becoming a member of the IDC or being involved in volunteerism for charity, please Save-The-Date and join us for an evening of member recruitment and entertainment.
and as they say in Brazil
"Noite feliz de carnaval"


FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE HERE

Saturday, June 18, 2016

ONE Seat Left On The Pride Bus!



One seat left on the SF Pride Bus...who will buy the LAST ONE?

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THREE Seats Left on the Bus





Only 3 seats left on the SF Pride Bus...

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Five Seats Left On The Bus!



Only FIVE seats are left on the SF Pride Bus on Sunday June 26th...they're going fast!

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A Night of Resistance TONIGHT




Join us this Saturday as we come together one week after the tragedy in Orlando for a night of healing. This event will uplift the voices of trans and queer people of color.

7:30pm Meet on the northeast corner of Blackstone and Shields for a vigil and open mic.

9pm Dance the night away at Legends as we continue to be unapologetically trans and queer. We refuse to give in to hate and fear. Our existence is resistance.


FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE

Community Town Hall @Painted Table


Jump On The SF Pride Bus!


Focus Group MONDAY at the LGBT Center

Transgender Survey

 
I am Arianna Stratakis, a graduate occupational therapy student from Stanbridge College, located in Irvine, CA. My classmates and I want to create a better healthcare experience for those who identify as transgender. 

We have developed an anonymous survey to distribute to the transgender community and were hoping you could help us in the distribution process. I have attached a direct link and PDF flyer below. 

Growing up I watched my younger cousin face many challenges through his transition, which has inspired me to help others. As a San Francisco native, I have a passion for equality and want to make positive changes for the future for the LGBTQIA community.

It would be an honor to have your help seeking out participants for our survey! You can find more information about us and our goals at the beginning of the survey. Feel free to contact me with any questions. 

Here is the link to the survey:
Thank you for your time, 
Arianna Stratakis, OTS
Stanbridge College

Eight Seats Left!



Only EIGHT seats left on the SF Pride Bus...get your tickets soon!  

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Time Is Running Out!

Only 12 seats left on the SF Pride Bus! 

Get your tickets today!


FREE Grief Counseling This Saturday At the LGBT Center


In response to the tragedy in Orlando last week, the Fresno LGBT Community Center will be hosting a day of grief counseling.  

The Center is located at 1067 N Fulton in the Tower District in Fresno, on Fulton, just south of the Tower Theater. 

The Center is open Noon to 5pm and counseling will be available during that time. The Center is a safe place and open to all. Please join us in this safe, non threatening environment to talk and share.

Dr. Catherine Pou, PsyD  PSY22197 of the Women's Integrative Stress Clinic will be providing her services free of charge to the public. 

Please feel free to come in for some counseling.

If you need directions please contact the LGBT Center at 559-325-4429

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

What now?



A lot of people have been asking us how they can help / get involved / support the LGBT Community.

We encourage everyone to do the following as they are willing and able:
Call out homophobia and hate when you see / hear it. 
This can be hard, but it is so powerful when our allies stand up for us. 

Familiarize yourself with local resources and leadership so you can point people to the right place. 

Free at the Fresno LGBT Community Center

Support your local organizations by attending events / volunteering / promoting them / financially contributing.


Monday, June 13, 2016

The Day After

Things worth noting:



* Photos from last night's Fresno vigil can be seen here.

* Video of last night's vigil is here:




* Death Count is at 49.

* Victim List and brief bio info when available is here. 

* President Obama's remarks are here:




* If you are in crisis, help is available

* The Fresno LGBT Community Center is closed today but will reopen at noon tomorrow.


Sunday, June 12, 2016

Candlelight Vigil TONIGHT



Gay Central Valley will be holding a candlelight vigil tonight at the Fresno LGBT Community Center. The Center will be open starting at 5pm for those that need a quiet, safe place to process. 

We will also have sign making supplies for anyone to make their own signs. 

We will start gathering at 7:30pm outside the Center for a candlelight vigil. The Fresno LGBT Community Center is located at 
1067 N Fulton
Fresno, CA  93728

We welcome everyone in this time of unbelievable tragedy.

LED Candles will be provided to all in attendance. Please do not bring real candles.  

FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE HERE

Friday, June 10, 2016

MEETING: Fresno Stonewall Democrats

SF Pride Bus Is Almost Here!


Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Congratulations to our Winners!


All the winners of this year's Gay Central Valley Fresno Pride Raffle have been notified and have accepted their prizes. 

Thank you to everyone that entered this year's prize giveaway, we have a great response!

This year we gave away...

A pair of tickets to see Gwen Stefani

Two pairs of tickets to see Cyndi Lauper

Two pairs of tickets to see Todrick Hall

A pair of passes to the 2016 Reel Pride Film Festival

and 

4 seats on the San Francisco Pride Bus!

Thank you all for supporting Gay Central Valley and the Fresno LGBT Community Center!