VINCINT.

The up-and-com­ing singer shares the things that make him proud.

Gay Times Magazine - - CONTENTS - Pho­tog­ra­phy Maxwell Poth Words Daniel Me­garry Fash­ion Eric Blake Parks

Since his de­but sin­gle Mar­row, the pierc­ing tones and em­pow­er­ing lyrics of VINCINT have made him an artist on the rise. Here, the Los An­ge­les singer shares the five things that make him proud.

As we all know, Pride isn’t one glit­ter­ful day of the year: it’s a sen­ti­ment that’s deeply rooted in all of us af­forded the free­doms to live our lives un­apolo­get­i­cally. As we step out of the colour­ful Pride sea­son, we’re main­tain­ing our Pride series to dis­cover what makes in­di­vid­u­als from around the world proud to be them­selves.

Since his de­but sin­gle Mar­row, VINCINT has so­lid­i­fied his place as one of the most ex­cit­ing emerg­ing queer tal­ents in the world of mu­sic. With beau­ti­ful melodies and em­pow­er­ing lyrics, VINCINT is show­ing his young au­di­ence the value of liv­ing life to fullest, and loud as hell. Here, we find out what makes him proud to be part of the LGBTQ com­mu­nity.

MU­SIC.

Mu­sic is the one thing be­sides be­ing in love that makes me feel like I’m fly­ing. It gives me that su­per­hu­man feel­ing that I can do any­thing when I’m on stage. More im­por­tantly, it helps me re­lease all of my frus­tra­tions and trou­bles and take in the love and en­ergy of the crowd. There’s some­thing crazy spe­cial about stand­ing in a room full of hu­mans and let­ting out some­thing spe­cial and sin­gu­lar to you, but that con­nects ev­ery sin­gle per­son to one an­other. Mu­sic is it for me.

FRIENDS.

My friends make me proud to be apart of the gay com­mu­nity. I sur­round my­self with like-minded in­di­vid­u­als that chal­lenge and push me to be greater. Whether that be in mu­sic, em­pa­thy or ac­tivism, I have friends that push me in all th­ese ways. They’ve shown me what it is to be proud of who you are in the face of a world that tells you that who you are and who you love is wrong. I wouldn’t be the per­son I am to­day with­out good friends.

LOVE.

Love plays a big part in my life and since I have a small cir­cle of close friends I love them hard. It’s the main source of con­tent in my work; my love for them, my­self and the world around me. It’s some­thing I feel is miss­ing in our day to day lives. Hope­fully what I’m do­ing can put a lit­tle more into the world.

BLACK­NESS.

My black­ness, my her­itage and my cul­ture makes me so proud. I come from peo­ple that have gone through just about ev­ery­thing you can throw at some­one. Racism, clas­sism, sex­ism and slav­ery just to name a few from a very long list. Yet, I was raised by smil­ing happy and op­ti­mistic men and women who in­stilled in me that I was great and that I had the blood of royalty in my veins. My black­ness is my most pre­cious gift, and I don’t take it for granted.

GAY.

Be­ing black in this world is al­ready hard enough, but be­ing a black gay man is a whole other fight in and of it­self. I have had to learn to be bold and brave and out­spo­ken in al­most ev­ery part of my life sim­ply to de­fend while si­mul­ta­ne­ously glo­rify all of the mul­ti­fac­eted as­pects of who I am as an artist, lover and hu­man. I love be­ing gay. It has its great days and it’s not so great days, but the great ones out­weigh the bad for sure. My gay­ness is apart of the thread that makes up my life. It has brought me friends, love, ac­cep­tance, strength and a con­fi­dence I don’t think I would have known had I not been born this way.

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