Cazwell once described his sound by telling an interviewer to “imagine if Biggie Smalls ate Donna Summer for breakfast.” Say what? “I just meant that ultimately I rap with dance music more,” laughed Cazwell during a recent phone interview. “It’s not that I think I’m as talented as Biggie Smalls, but gay people can also relate to Donna Summers a little more. (That image of) my music makes it maybe more relatable.”
Relatable? Definitely, but funny too. Google Cazwell and you’ll surely find a few cheeky videos, as well as several that are just plain humorous. One fan favorite: “I Seen BeyoncÃ© At The Burger King,” though – for the record – he’s never seen the diva at any fast food locale. “I think that’s why the song is so fun. Have you ever seen her at Burger King? “¦ I love BeyoncÃ©. She’s kind of like the perfect pop star. She always looks great, she thanks God and Jesus when she gets an award. “¦ She’s like the personification of the ultimate pop star.”
Years before Lady Gaga became arguably the world’s most talked about pop star, Cazwell performed with the singer-songwriter. “When I performed with her, it was when her career was starting and she was pushing the “˜Just Dance’ single. I rapped on a remix of it that went out to DJs. We performed together on Avenue C at a party called Family. She took what she did on stage (then) just as professionally as she does now, even though we were standing on a stage about the size of a twin bed.”
Gaga’s ability to connect with a diverse fan base is obvious, said Cazwell, but “ultimately it’s the music. I know people talk a lot about her looks, but if her music wasn’t connectable – she sings, she writes her own stuff. I think that’s No. 1, and I think that she’s really passionate about what she does.”
So, too, is Cazwell. Though it’s mostly about the music, the DJ admitted he has “some political enthusiasm just in the spirit of what I do. Especially my videos, you might be able to see it. I do hope that (enthusiasm) ignites something for gay people. We’re beyond pride. We need to believe that we’re the f—ing s–t.”
Immediately following Lady Gaga’s March 12 performance at the Yum! Center, Louisville native Derek Saathoff of LOGO’s “The A-List: New York” will host The AfterPARTY, benefiting the Fairness Campaign.
The party, which is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Fairness Campaign, is from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the Kentucky International Convention Center and features DJ Cazwell and DJ Fierce Tease.
There also will be a Lady Gaga costume contest. The winner gets a trip to Las Vegas.
Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. VIP entry is $100 and includes open bar and hors d’oeuvres.
For ticket information, go to www.fairness.org or call (502) 893-0788.
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Angie Fenton is Managing Editor of The Voice-Tribune, a Blue Equity company. She is also an entertainment correspondent for WHAS11′s new morning show, “Great Day Live!”, which debuted August 22 on Louisville’s ABC affiliate. Additionally, Angie is an entertainment correspondent for the Saturday Morning Show with Ron ‘n’ Mel Fisher on 84WHAS (840 AM) and has served in the same capacity for Churchill Downs, the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks; Breeders’ Cup; and Circuit of the Americas during the Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix in November 2012. Angie also serves as an emcee, host, voiceover professional and on-camera commercial talent.
Angie has a bachelor’s and master’s in English from Central Michigan University and began her career as an adjunct professor at her alma mater. She is the youngest of five — four of whom were adopted, including Angie, and none of whom are biologically related. She is also a Michigan native who moved to Kentucky in June 2002. Angie is owned by two dogs — Herbie and Yoda — and feels lucky to have loved and been loved by many more, including Pooch, Jessie, Onyx, Jack and Big Bud, who took his last breath on Christmas Day 2012.