Singer/Songwriter Milahroy On Disconnecting In ‘Daylight’

Out singer/songwriter Milahroy in his new music video 'Daylight'
Out singer/songwriter Milahroy in his new music video 'Daylight'
Milahroy in ‘Daylight’

I recently had the chance to chat with out singer/songwriter Milahroy on an Instagram Live chat for Instinct Magazine about his new single and music video, ‘Daylight.’

The track, featuring theLMNOP, is a sonic exploration on unplugging, getting away from social media, and recharging.

i find peace inside of this space, take my time before i wake
day light / close the blinds up on the outside
somethings knocking so i stay quiet
back to sleep / leave a message after the…

Milahroy describes ‘Daylight’ as “an ode to disconnection & rejuvenation.”

“The song is about closing the blinds, locking yourself out from the world because sometimes we need to get away from everything and everyone just to recharge and check on yourself and spend time with yourself.”

Musically, the down-tempo synth-pop track alternates between a subtle sense of melancholy to rebellious rancor as the chorus downbeat kicks things up.

Milahroy’s vocals are evocative and strong without losing a sense of the introspective nuances at play.

In the video, directed by Patrick McPheron/Interiorstate and choreographed by Danny Dolan, Milahroy literally does battle with himself trying to stay off of social media.

Note – links to my previous coverage of Milahroy’s singles ‘DFO (Don’t Freak Out)’ and ‘Cool.’

In our IG Live chat, the furry artist opened up about the inspiration for the song and video, how he approaches the creative process, artists that helped shape him and more.

(note: some responses were edited for clarity and my incessant crosstalk)


Randy Slovacek: Your new single and music video, ‘Daylight,’ seems a bit more introspective than your recent songs ‘DFO’ and ‘Cool.’ What was the inspiration behind it?

Milahroy: One of my producers Jesse came into the room one day saying he was really depressed – it was the same day we opened up ‘Daylight.’ We heard the sounds of the synths and the drums, and it just felt like a sad song, right?

This was mid-pandemic and just always being on social media. Always checking your phone, always being in this constant communication, and never having time away from that. I put a limit on all my social media. Growing up in this day and age, with social media, it is kind of toxic and I really wanted to be very present in the moment.

I really wanted to brush upon mental health as well because that was a really big thing during this whole year. I had a lot of friends struggling, I’ve struggled myself. I got a therapist the first month of the pandemic and it really helps.

RS: How do you approach the creative process? Do you lockdown until a new track is finished? Or put it on a shelf and come back with fresh ears?

Milahroy: You know, every song is different. For ‘Cool,’ we came up with the guitar riff before anything else. With ‘DFO,’ the instruments did come first and then we just kind of sat down and listen listen listen. So, it’s often a sound that you’re looking for, or the sound kind of paves the way.

RS: When did you know you wanted to be a singer and songwriter?

Milahroy: My oldest sister tells me, “You were just always singing, always singing. Like ever since you were young.” And I’d memorize these little dances, and I’d get my little brother and be like, “We’re doing this dance.” And he’s like, “no.” And I’m like, “No, get over here. We’re doing this dance.” I was a very, very expressive kid when I was younger, but I didn’t know that. Freshman year of high school, I had a little notebook with little poems I was writing. And the poems became songs.

RS: What artists would you say influence your writing?

Milahroy: I’m going to start naming artists, but they didn’t necessarily inspire the way I sing or the type of music I write, but they were just sounds in my ears growing up. My mom loved Elvis a lot. My dad was really into the Doobie Brothers. My sisters were really into like R&B 90s, so like Salt-N-Pepa, they loved Christina Aguilera.

For me it was more the rock music, like the punk bands that I really got were like Fallout Boy and Linkin Park.

RS: What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

Milahroy: I’ve opened up for bigger artists and seen friends hit big success, and I’ve always asked that question. And they’re always like, ‘persistence is key.’ And I love that, it’s so true. But with that, I don’t want to lose myself in all of that as well.

Some people that I’ve seen hit success, they could lose who they are, as an artist. The authenticity starts to fade away when more eyes get locked on them. Persistency is key, I’ve been doing it for a while and I’m going to keep doing it, but I need to just remember my passion, what my gift is, and what my intention is behind creating and releasing music.


You can check out the full Instagram Live chat with Milahroy below. Follow his music on Spotify here and on Instagram here.

 

Performance Artist Serves Up ‘Super Gay Barbie’ Tribute

Dancer/performance artist Gunnar Montana
Dancer/performance artist Gunnar Montana
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To celebrate National Barbie Day on March 9, performance artist and dancer Gunnar Montana decided he wanted to bring his own particular flair to the world of Barbie.

When we say ‘flair,’ we mean ‘g-g-g-gay flair.’

Working with his collaborator Colin Burke, Montana turned himself into the very picture of what can only be described as ‘Super Gay Barbie.’

Along the way, he encourages us all to ‘make your own rules, build your own box, and always remember to accessorize!’

 

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Montana describes his artistry as “a whole is an array of visual art installations, prop-based choreography, set design, costume design, transformation of atmosphere, and innovative movement, concepts, and ideas.”

For the live art installation, Montana and Burke built a huge, life-sized ‘Barbie’ box in retro blue hues. The creatives then assembled a collection of all the accessories a ‘Super Gay Barbie’ would need including dumbbells, backpack, dildo, cell phone (complete with Grindr), wig, sunglasses, fan, bling, jungle jumper, and more.

And what ‘Super Gay’ would be complete without some subtle shade? So Montana threw in a passport and airline ticket so ‘Johnny Powerbottom’ can jet off to – where else? – Puerto Vallarta!

The woofy Philadelphia-based artist then posed inside the box clad in a ‘Super Gay’ thong and pink high heels.

In a Facebook post, Montana included a short video showing the construction of the art piece. All in all, we were pretty impressed.

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But this project is just a single facet of Montana’s multiverse of talent.

Perusing his Instagram, the gifted fur ball shows off several projects (and lewks) for his social media followers.

Here’s just a sample of the marvelous Montana. Definitely click that ‘Follow’ button below.

 

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Woofy Dancer’s Search For Room To Rent Becomes Viral Thirst Trap

Saverio Pescucci went looking for a room to rent but became a viral sensation
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Saverio Pescucci’s search for a room to rent in New York City went viral after he attached a few photos to his search ad.

A professional dancer by trade, Pescucci posted his search in the 284,800-member Gypsy Housing group on Facebook.

Describing himself as “super chill, friendly, gay, [and] Covid responsible,” Pescucci included the photos so people could put a face to the ad.

“I saw a lot of people … were posting pictures of themselves, like selfies and casual photos, to show that they’re not sociopaths or what kind of lifestyle they have,” the 29-year-old told the New York Post. “I did the same [but] I was not imagining that it would turn into an episode of ‘The Bachelor.’ “

Pescucci says the pics were a general assortment of vacation selfies and photos of him dancing.

To his surprise, the ad went viral garnering over 600 Likes and 400+ responses.

It’s pretty easy to see why the native of Tuscany, Italy, got such a reaction.

 

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One woman commented on Pescucci’s ad writing, “[The] hot ones are never straight.”

Another couldn’t resist chiming in with “You’re cute … that’s all I have to offer you. A compliment.”

Gay men were a bit more to the point (as gay men can be don’t you know…)

“You won’t be paying rent for too long once you get here … [you’re] f–king hot.”

“I don’t have a room but I am single,” wrote Hassan Salazar, a drag performer who resides in Queens. Getting straight to the point, Salazar just put it all out there saying, “I’m just here to snatch myself a good man. He can have my apartment lol.”

Salazar told The Post that he liked that Pescucci is a dancer, and his eyebrows – he really liked his eyebrows.

“I’m going to consider my marriage proposal as pending,” added Salazar.

 

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Pescucci told The Post that he didn’t intend for the ad to be “a thirst trap.” And while he wasn’t “uncomfortable” with the comments, he admits to being “really overwhelmed” by the responses.

He tried to respond to the comments individually but finally gave up by addressing everyone on the post.

“Omg, just waking up and what is happening on this post!?!??,” he wrote. “I just wanted a room!!!!”

He also thanked his new admirers “for all the sweet and kind words” and promised to read all of the comments as soon as he gets a chance.

Originally trained at Milan’s prestigious La Scala ballet academy, Saverio Pescucci has danced around the world with elite companies like the Dance Theatre of Harlem and the Finnish National Ballet. In 2017, he made his Broadway debut in The Phantom of the Opera.

Unemployed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, he’s hung up his dance shoes for a while and will begin a new gig working at an Italian food distributor.

And yes – the housing search was successful. Our furry hero did find a room to rent.

 

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Seeing The Sights Of Sydney, Australia

A brief video celebrating the men of Australia

A brief video seeing the sights of Sydney, Australia

I was reminded of this travelogue video I shot 9 years ago seeing the sights during my first visit to Australia.

I start out trying my best to inform folks about the ins and outs of Sydney as I really enjoyed the scenery and ‘local flavor’ of the city.

But, things go a bit awry along the way 😉

You’ll see what I mean. Hit the play button below.

In addition to time spent in Sydney, Michael and I got to spend some time at Olivia Newton-John’s gorgeous Gaia Retreat & Spa near Australia’s Gold Coast.

News Round-Up: August 7, 2020

Pennsylvania legislator Brian Sims (via Instagram)

Some news items you might have missed:

LGBTQ Nation: A Republican lawmaker called the police this week on out Pennsylvania Democratic lawmaker Brian Sims saying that the gay legislator made him fear for his family’s safety. Sims denies the allegations.

Instinct Magazine: Walt Disney Studios and Hulu have decided to renew Love, Victor for a second season after the first season’s well-received debut in June. Hulu later announced that Love, Victor was the number one most-watched drama on the streaming platform during its premiere week in June.

theOUTfront: Premiering today on Disney+, the new documentary Howard pays tribute at the life of gay director/librettist/lyricist, Howard Ashman who also helped give a genie his magic and a carnivorous plant his menace and has made generations want to be part of that world.

Means Happy: Get ready to be celebrated because Gay Uncles Day is a thing. Since around 2016, Gay Uncles Day has been widely celebrated on the second Sunday in August – it’s a great way of recognizing the diversity of our families, and also the important contribution that queer men make to family life.

Washington Examiner: With the party’s presumptive presidential nominee, Joe Biden, leading President Trump by a wide margin in national polling, there could very well be a another “blue wave” come November. The nonpartisan Cook Political Report shifted ratings in four more House races this week in the direction of the Democrats.

New Music: Australian pop star Kylie Minogue recently released the music video to her new single, “Say Something,” and it is all you could want in galactic glitter goodness. The vibe of the video could be described as Xanadu meets Starlight Express as the pop princess galavants across the universe on a golden steed surrounded by shirtless men. #TotallyNotGayAtAll

#BeardedButtigieg Pics Go Viral

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Bearded pics of openly gay White House hopeful Pete Buttigieg hit the internet on Thursday and immediately went viral along with the hashtags #Bearded Buttigieg and #DaddyPete.

A quartet of photos was shared by longtime New York City gay blogger kenneth-in-the-212 with the headline “Mayor Woof for President.” Kenneth added the caption, “I’ll bet the gays wouldn’t be complaining about this candidate.”

Kenneth was referencing that, even though Buttigieg is the first openly gay viable candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, he hasn’t been universally embraced by the entire LGBTQ community.

Kenneth revealed they were the creative genius of Jim Fall, film director best known for the classic gay movie romp Trick and the upcoming Trick 2.

Fall told The Advocate he was inspired to beard-up Buttigieg after being “impressed with [Buttigieg’s] ability to stay cool and smart” during Wednesday night’s “fiery debate in Las Vegas.”

After coming across a pic of Buttigieg with a mustache Thursday morning, Fall decided to get creative with FaceApp on his own with the former South Bend mayor’s pics. “And damn, he looks good with a full-on beard!” he told The Advocate.

Falls says he doesn’t have a favorite in the Democratic primary race just yet, although he admits “both Pete Buttigieg and Elizabeth Warren have stayed at the top of my list.”

There was no FaceApp time for Warren though. “Elizabeth doesn’t look so good in a beard or mustache, so I didn’t post those,” Fall added.

Fall does hope, though, that perhaps the bearded images might help some folks take a fresh look at the 38-year-old candidate.

“It’s like, dang, he’s smart and sexy,” says Fall. “That’s an intoxicating combination.”

“It’s amazing to me that we are living in a time where an out gay married man is a serious contender for the presidency,” explained Fall. “No matter what you feel about his specific politics, the LGBTQ community should be celebrating. I see so many gay men on social media knocking him down, and it’s disheartening.”

“You don’t have to love him or even support him, but don’t disrespect him,” added the director. “Don’t eat your own.”

(source: The Advocate)

#FlashBackFriday – Appreciating David Beckham’s Big, Beautiful…Watch

David Beckham and his big, bodacious…watch

Let’s face it: former professional footballer and all-around hottie David Beckham is eye-candy for the ages.

And here’s some #FBF action to prove it.

A thread over at Reddit’s r/gay chat recently discovered this eye-catching meme from a while ago highlighting Beckham’s bodacious backside watch. How did I miss this???

The pic of Beckham’s “watch” went viral when an eagle-eyed fan zoomed in on the legendary footballer’s timepiece from Tudor Watches. It turns out the 44-year-old is an ambassador for the brand and wears their Black Bay Bronze diver’s watch.

But in close-up, many found something much more interesting to focus on.

The meme is fun, but so are the comments by the thirsty Redditors.

Here are just some of the comments from the gays of Reddit showing their appreciation for Beckham’s big, fat, wonderful ‘watch:’

“He has such a nice…watch.”

“I need to do things to that watch.”

“I want to eat that watch.”

“It’s a very form-fitting watch.”

“The watch was literally the last thing I noticed.”

“What watch?”

“Goddamn, he’s got a watch you could bounce a quarter off of. That watch is so nice I wouldn’t mind adjusting it a little bit, and I’m a complete bottom.”

But the winner for best response just might have to be:

“Takes a licking and keeps on ticking.”

And while we’re here, let’s take a quick trip through some of dashing David’s Instagram for some holiday inspiration and woofy goodness. Happy Friday!

 

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Good Morning and Happy Christmas Eve.. Can you tell I’m slightly excited 😆 chestnuts roasting on an open fire and all that 🎄

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Merry Christmas Uncle Elton @eltonjohn @davidfurnish 🎄

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Buenos Dias Miami ❤️ ⚽️ @southern_legion

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Mr Richie’s challenge to myself day 2. @guyritchie

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Silver-Haired Daddy Is Dancing Us Through Hump Day

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This past Saturday, a Facebook user shared a clip of this silver-haired daddy throwing down some serious moves. Accompanying the video was the simple question, “Who’s father is this? I’m trynna make him my daddy.”

The post has been viewed 2.7 million times on Facebook and shared more than 51,000 times.

Well, you know someone was going to come up with the pertinent details 🙂

Turns out his name is Gianluca Vacchi, 52, and the video is from his own Instagram where he has 14 million followers. Vacchi posted the clip six days ago, and so far has racked up over 4.4 million views.

Take a look and you’ll see why we’re having Daddy Gianluca:

Vacchi has been described as an “entrepreneur,” “a multi-millionaire,” even a “hedonism-loving playboy” according to GQ Magazine UK.

The Evening Standard named Vacchi as the 4th most influential fashion Instagram celeb, and he reported commands over $16k for a single post.

Back in 2014, Vacchi was discovered dancing with hottie Zac Efron in some Instagram posts shared from Italy.

 

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Daddy GV can bust some serious moves.

He takes a good pic, too. Take a look at some more from the oh-so-woofy Vacchi.

 

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Isn’t it the purest love you can receive?What do you think? #Doyoulovedogs? 🐶 ❤️ • • #dogbestfriend #gvlifestyle #miami #dog

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Today is saturday and i decided that will spend sometime answering to some of your comments Enjoy @ducos__ #gvlifestyle

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Back again…😉 Thanks to the instagram team #gvlifestyle

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Woofy Raph Solo Drops New Album ‘LIFE’

Raph Solo

Hunky out singer/songwriter Raph Solo shares the first single from his fifth studio album, LIFE.

The single, titled “Jasmine Petals,” looks to nature for inspiration in how we look back at lost loves and knowing when to let go.

“Trees release their buds after the loveliness decays and that’s when real growth to the tree occurs,” says Solo. “Such should be the case with people and love.”

“We live and love and it’s ok to lose sometimes,” he adds. “What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.”

The contemporary euro-pop track begins with a haunting, melancholy introduction before a heavy bass beat kicks in along with piano and violin.

Shot in a cemetery and in a French period mansion in North London, the music video is full of symbolism.

In one scene, Raph is seen playing a violin, blindfolded. The artist says the visual is his way of questioning whether we really see what is happening in our lives, or if we simply go through life blinded.

In several scenes, Solo brandishes a gun. In that guns can end life, Solo includes the weapon as a metaphor for choosing or ending life. Choose to put the gun down and you choose life. Regardless of circumstance, Solo says the decision between life and death is ultimately our own.

“Jasmine Petals” and LIFE are currently available on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon and other digital music sites.

You can check out my previous coverage of Solo’s music on The Randy Report here.

Check out the video below, and you can find more info on Solo at his official website here.

Ellen Really Wants To Shave Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman’s Beard

Ellen DeGeneres offers Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman money for charity if she can shave his awesome beard
Super Bowl LIII MVP Julian Edelman (and his awesome beard)

Super Bowl LIII MVP Julian Edelman of the New England Patriots dropped by The Ellen Show to chat about winning this year’s big game, but Ellen clearly had one thing on her mind.

After walking out with the Vince Lombardi Trophy in hand (and that glorious beard on his face), Ellen asks if each player gets a trophy. The answer is ‘no,’ but Edelman does share you can buy one – from Tiffany’s!

After presenting him with the MVP award, Ellen does explain since it’s his first time on the show that there’s a tradition that a shirtless pic has to be shown (!!!).

And she does. Squee!!! I ain’t mad.

But wait, there’s more!

Another pic – and jostling Julian is naked in it! This one from his photo shoot for the 2017 ESPN Magazine Body Issue.

When did TV talk shows get to be so much fun?


Ellen notes the technical merits of the photo asking, “How’d you do that? What’s happening there? I mean, you just jumped in the air and they took that picture?”

“You know… it was a crazy day,” offers Edelman. “The temperature was just right, though, that was a good thing,” he adds with a smile.

After pointing out his obviously muscular legs, Ellen shifts her attention to Edelman’s arms and how you can’t miss them, even asking, “Do you wear shorter sleeves than the other guys?”

And he does!

Edelman explains something about ‘being tight,’ and less surface area, and ‘putting hands on him,’ but it was lost on me as I was still looking at his biceps, so, oops.

He adds it takes two guys to put the jersey on him before a game. “And afterwards, it’s like the worst thing ever… getting it off.”

“Getting it off?” inquires Ellen.

“Yeah, getting it off….” affirms the wide receiver.

“Cause it’s so tight and sweaty?”

“Without a doubt,” confirms Edelman.

I might have lost consciousness there for a second, anyway…

Ellen finally gets to what’s really been on her mind as she addresses Edelman’s big, bushy beard. #swoon

Asked if he’s shaved at all since the football season began months ago, Edelman explains, “(Patriots) Coach Belichick says ‘Put everything in the drawer, and worry about it ’til the season’s done.’ So I put my razor in the drawer.”

Noting that the 32-year-old wide receiver is a fan of The Boys & Girls Club of America, our intrepid host finally gets down to business offering him $10,000 for the charity if he’ll allow her to shave his beard.

Wait, whaaaat? The beard is going away…??? But, but… #stunnedblankface


Edelman grabs his whiskers (as if to protect them) as he ponders the offer. “It’s like a child that grows on you…,” he says.

But he’s up for it, and even offers to kick in his own $10K for the Boys & Girls Club. So, off to the barber’s chair they go.

Before they get started Edelman does inquire as to whether Ellen knows how to trim a beard, and she helpfully offers that she’s used clippers on her dog.

So, great.

Ellen gets going with the clippers and you can see some apprehension in Edelman’s face. But he’s a tough guy, he’ll get through.

Halfway through Ellen checks to see if “there’s anything else” he’d like trimmed?

“Are we talking a Brazilian?,” says Edelman laughing.

Ellen does stop to consider whether the considerable porn stache should stay for a moment…

Going, going….

Gone!

You know, that is a handsome face.

And all for a good cause! Happy Friday!