Local Frequency: Bay Area Artist Q&A w/ KID AKIMBO
|Photo: Rami Hyun|
If you could describe your sound as a San Francisco neighborhood, which one would it be?
KID AKIMBO: It would be on a plane from New York to Rio with MIA leaving from the Tenderloin, which is where I live. You know, late night trannies, yelling in the streets.
You just got off a European tour, how was that?
KA: Fantastic. It got kicked off with a cover feature by XTRA! Magazine, which is Australia's largest gay magazine. I had the experience of walking around Vienna and being recognized. It was kind of a trip, to see my face everywhere. In Europe it's a different aesthetic in terms of people listening to music. It's broad, and so were my audiences. It's so different here in the States, where you have to fight so hard to have a little piece of something. After Europe I played a couple of shows in New York, and Miami as well.
Do you see yourself as an artist just for the gay community?
KA: Well, the short is answer no. I see my music as having a broader appeal than just the gay community. I've had a lot of gay people telling me to get out of the community a bit and explore other opportunities. People tell me I'm not just a "gay" artist, they say they can hear it in my musicianship, see it in my dancing, it's what I'm working on now. I also don't see myself as an R&B, dance, or electronica artist either. To me it's the whole package, just like my name, it means "all at once." That's really what I do. I sing, write, I do my own choreography. I'm getting into doing my own costume design as well.