SKYE STRIKLER

Texan hot­tie Skye Strick­ler likes go­ing nude, spread­ing love, do­ing dudes and his de­but al­bum is called… DNA.

DNA Magazine - - CONTENT - By Marc An­drews

DNA: You’re a man of many tal­ents – many of them mu­si­cal! Skye: My mis­sion is to en­cour­age peo­ple to love them­selves and spread that love and I to do this through sing­ing, song­writ­ing and pro­duc­ing mu­sic. I was al­ways sing­ing as a kid.

Who has in­flu­enced your mu­sic?

My grand­mother. When she passed away I wanted to keep her mu­si­cal le­gacy alive so I tried writ­ing songs and fell in love with it. Those first few ideas even­tu­ally be­came my al­bum DNA, each one a chal­lenge to be as dif­fer­ent from the last as pos­si­ble. Ca­reer high­lights so far?

I part­nered with Face­book to per­form for 400,000 peo­ple last year dur­ing Pride – that was epic. I won the John Len­non Song­writ­ing Con­test twice, head­lined Port­land Pride, and sang God Bless Amer­ica dur­ing a Hous­ton Astros home game. I cried tears of joy. Does it mat­ter th­ese days if you are de­fined as a “gay singer”? When one uses that term there’s a pre­sump­tion or stereo­type. I’m ex­pected to dress, act, talk or even sing a cer­tain way. I’m an artist and I’ve sac­ri­ficed for it will­ingly. I also hap­pen to like dudes. Who are your gay role mod­els?

Ellen De­Generes and Lav­erne Cox. They strive for great­ness and they’re pos­i­tively af­fect­ing peo­ple’s lives.

Who was your idol grow­ing up?

I lived vi­car­i­ously through a blog­ger in San Fran­cisco. He was a gay man, liv­ing in a polyamorous re­la­tion­ship, chron­i­cling his newly re­alised sex­ual fan­tasies-turned-ex­plo­rations. I read his sto­ries and wished I could be some­where I had the free­dom to meet a per­son who could make me as happy as he seemed to be. I learned to em­brace and love my­self a bit by fol­low­ing his sto­ries. What was your com­ing out like?

I came out, a lit­tle un­ex­pect­edly, dur­ing my first ra­dio in­ter­view. I wasn’t hid­ing it at the time, but I hadn’t con­fronted some of the peo­ple in my life who may not have un­der­stood it yet.

Did you ever suf­fer from bul­ly­ing at school?

I’ve sup­pressed a few mem­o­ries – prob­a­bly not healthy – but I’d rather fo­cus on a pos­i­tive fu­ture. I will say this to those who may be get­ting bul­lied: com­mu­ni­cate. Tell your par­ents, tell your teach­ers. You’re not alone but no one can help you if they don’t know. You are a beau­ti­ful per­son. Don’t let some­one’s words or ac­tions af­fect you so neg­a­tively you de­value your­self or your life. Was mu­sic your safe place?

I didn’t have close friends in school so I of­ten spent time with the mu­sic. I had ac­cess to a pi­ano, so that’s where I went to find peace and un­der­stand my­self. I wrote de­press­ing pop songs in high school and com­posed a mu­si­cal the sum­mer be­fore col­lege. Are you ro­man­ti­cally at­tached?

I wish. I like spo­radic dates and a man who can woo me. Ap­pli­ca­tions open.!

What do you like to do when you’re not mak­ing mu­sic?

I’m hit­ting the gym ev­ery sin­gle day try­ing to outdo my­self and sur­pass my lim­i­ta­tions. I’m also learn­ing a new lan­guage and mak­ing a point to travel more.

What are the is­sues that are clos­est to your heart?

Love, hu­man­ity, equal­ity. A lot of that’s lost in my coun­try. Sadly, it’s now a game of pol­i­tics that has noth­ing to do with ba­sic hu­man de­cency.

Do you ever imag­ine your­self get­ting mar­ried and hav­ing kids? To­tally. I’d love to have kids with Mr Right.

What’s the nicest com­pli­ment any­one has ever given you? When good-hearted peo­ple share their hearts with me – that’s the big­gest com­pli­ment ever.

At the beach, speedos, board­shorts or to­tally nude? [Laughs.] I’d go to­tally nude every­where if it were doable.

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