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Interview: Big Freedia, Queen Diva of bounce

Interview: Big Freedia, Queen Diva of bounce

August 09
22:00 2012

Pablo Arauz / Staff Writer

Big Freedia is the fabulous Queen Diva of bounce music, a booty-shaking genre with origins in New Orleans and southern rap. The Louisiana native has played the club music circuit for more than a decade, putting out hit after hit of the fun-thumping hustle that is so distinctive of bounce. Most recently, her song “Azz Everywhere” has gotten the Diva recognition from music blogs and the mainstream. She’s spent the summer touring the continent, playing venues from Los Angeles to Montreal. Big Freedia, who last performed in Denton at 35 Conferette in 2011, is returning September 1 for 35 Denton’s Hot Wet Mess at the North Texas Fairgrounds.

You’ve been on tour for a while. How’s the tour been?

The tour’s been really amazing. I’ve been playing shows with all types of different people and mixed crowds. Really high energy and it’s really been picking up and going well lately. A lot of the shows have been sold out lately, so that’s very exciting. It’s just been really amazing.

So you’re playing the Hot Wet Mess here in Denton. What do you expect out of the crowd in Denton?
It’s going to get really hot, sweaty, a mess. And we’re going to really pick it up and have a really good time.

Some of your music can be really, should I say, provocative? How do you go about expressing that to the audience?

Well, all of the songs are not provocative. It’s all about a lot of bounce music. A lot of the lyrics are actually just fun lyrics to rock the crowd and to entertain people. You know, it gets a little raunchy and raw in some songs…but you know the people really love the participation, they love the raunchiness. It’s a really exciting high-energy show, but for the most part it’s not provocative to where people are not satisfied, they’re not disgusted – It’s not too nasty or anything like that. No, it’s not a big freak show. It’s all about bringing people together of all different walks of life and still having a good time.

What is bounce music?
Bounce is the uptempo, heavy bass, call-and-respond type of music. Definitely a party atmosphere type of music, where the people in the club can enjoy themselves and definitely get into the band.

You have a lot of crowd participation in your music. Why is that?
Well, to connect to my fans, most definitely – to make them feel a part, you know. To gravitate them to the stage and make them feel connected to me, as well as what I’m feeling. So, you know, letting them have crowd participation is very important to Big Freedia’s set because, you know, that’s what gets the crowd riled up. When you see people from the audience come on stage. Because, you know, I’m normal just like everyone else. I want them to feel a part and I want them to get their money’s worth. So I let them come up and party with me.

Your music can be empowering for women and those in the LGBTQ community. Do you do that on purpose?
Well, in the beginning I didn’t do that on purpose. But when I did realize that I was bringing all different walks of life of people together, I started to make it a point to keep all of the people together, you know, into my show, together all on stage. It’s just like a big fun party where we all get together and have a good time.

Totally! Do you have anything else to say for Denton?
Just be looking forward for a really exciting time from the Queen Diva. I’m going to be bringing some really hot, sweaty, noise, and I’m really excited to be coming to Denton once again.

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