THE MUSIC

The musical landscape of REAL BOY is comprised of the original score by William Ryan Fritch and the songs of Bennett Wallace and Joe Stevens. You can find more of their music and writings here:

COMMUNITY PORTRAITS

In the summer of 2015, REAL BOY intern Melina Tupa interviewed several trans musicians and spoke with them about their work. We hope you enjoy these brief video portraits.

STORM MIGUEL FLOREZ
(San Francisco, CA)

Q: Who is your professional role model?
A: Janet Mock

Q: Who are your musical influences?
A: Tracy Chapman, Willie Nelson, Joan Armatrading, Suzanne Vega

Q: What are you reading right now?
A: The New Jim Crow

Q: Where can people go to find your music?
A: www.stormflorez.comYouTube

ATHENS BOY CHOIR
(Brooklyn, NY)

Q: Who is your professional role model?
A: Nicky Click – she’s all in!

Q: Who are your musical influences?
A: I’m a sucker for the singer/songwriters. The lyrics are so poetic. Also, Digable planets, Jurassic 5, Guns n roses.

Q: What are you reading right now?
A: Right now I’m reading “Just Kids” Patti Smith

Q: Who is your hairdresser in NY?
A: Topher Gross christopherlogangross@gmail.com

Q: Where can people go to find your music?
A: www.athensboyschoir.com

MYA BYRNE
(Berkeley, CA)

Q: Who is your professional role model?
A: Lucinda Williams

Q: Who are your musical influences?
A: Jimi Hendrix, Nina Simone, Steve Cropper, Tori Amos and so many more!

Q: What are you reading right now?
A: The Human Comedy, by William Saroyan

Q: Where can people go to find your music?
A: myabyrne.bandcamp.com;
www.youtube.com/myabyrnemusic

BLACK CRACKER
(Berlin, Germany)

Q: Who is your professional role model?
A: Joseph Beuys

Q: Who are your musical influences?
A: My friends and a full bottle of Nikka Whishey

Q: What are you reading right now?
A: time.com/4051470/peaches-rub-interview-museum-of-sex

Q: Where can people go to find your music?
A: www.blckcrckr.com; YouTube

RYAN CASSATA
(San Francisco, CA)

Q: Who is your professional role model?
A: Macklemore
Q: Who are your musical influences?
A: Led Zeppelin, T. Rex, The Doors, Alkaline Trio, Get Up Kids, Macklemore
Q: What are you reading right now?
A: On The Road, Jack Kerouac
Q: Where can people go to find your music?
A: www.ryancassata.comyoutube.com/xqueerkidx

TONY DOUBEK
(Milwaukee, WI)

Q: Who is your professional role model?
A: I think my role model is JK Rowling, cliched as it sounds.

Q: Who are your musical influences?
A: I listen to so many things looking for inspiration and take influences and ideas from so many different artists, but the ones who really inspire me are Hozier, Panic at the Disco, Fall Out Boy, Sara Bareilles, Stephen Schwartz, Mahler, Sia, and Danny Elfman.

Q: What are you reading right now?
A: Multiple books by Thich Nhat Hanh, On the Road by Jack Kerouac, and Harry Potter.

Q: Where can people go to find your music?
A: soundcloud.com/anthony-giovannis or on YouTube

JORDAN HOPE MILLER
(Medford, NY)

Q: Who is your professional role model?
A: My Professional Role model is Laverne Cox. She is so talented and well spoken. I admire her accomplishments and how she holds herself with respect and dignity.

Q: Who are your musical influences?
A: Jimi Hendrix, Fink, The Smashing Pumpkins, and Iron and Wine.

Q: What are you reading right now?
A: I am reading Transgender History by Susan Stryker.

Q: Where can people go to find your music?
A: soundcloud.com/mrjellodrain; www.color-outside-the-lines.org – this is my personal website. You can also find my music on itunes, spotify, cd baby, google music and YouTube

SKYLAR KERGIL
(Boston, MA)

Q: Who is your professional role model?
A: Tiq Milan

Q: Who are your musical influences?
A: Jack Johnson, Conor Oberst, Elliot Smith, Sleeping at Last

Q: What are you reading right now?
A: “David and Goliath” by Malcolm Gladwell and re-reading “Redefining Realness” by Janet Mock

Q: Where can people go to find your music?
A: skylarkergil.bandcamp.comwww.youtube.com/skylarkeleven

CHRISTOPHER AUGUST
(Laguna Niguel, CA)

Q:Who are your musical influences?
A:Justin Timberlake, Michael Buble, Josh Groban, Richard Marx. Personally, musically and professionally- Elvis Presley was my mentor and idol from the age of 8.

Q: What are you reading right now?
A: “Spook (Science tackles the afterlife)” by Mary Roach

Q: Where can people go to find your music?
A: www.youtube.com/cristopheraugust.

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