|Lady GaGa offers San Francisco three opportunities to preview her debut album The Fame.
Many artists shy away from the āpop musicā label. Few admit to consciously shaping a āhit record.ā Lady GaGa has no problem with either. āI really wanted my first album to be just āpop-tastic,āā admits the New York club favorite, āI wanted this fire-breathing pop record, just smash-after-smash, the kind of record you can put on in your car and play tracks one through eleven and never skip a song.ā
So far, Lady GaGaās on-track for exactly that! Kicking off her debut album The Fame, which hits retails in July, is new single āJust Danceā featuring red-hot chart sensation Colby OāDonis. With clubs and radio embracing the track, audiences across the country are going goo-goo for GaGa.
Next week, the the Bay Area gets its taste of Lady GaGa. The now-20-something singer/songwriter lands at San Franciscoās Tuesday night legend Trannyshack May 27 and delivers back-to-back performances at Mecca and The Crib Thursday, May 29.
(Bay Times) What kind of drunken night out inspired your first single āJust Danceā?
Oh, many, many a drunken night out. I think you have to have many nights like that for it to come out. Itās so funny. When I wrote it, it was organic. Literally the first lyric I wrote was āIāve had a little bit too much.ā Then I looked over at my cowriter and said, āShould I write a song about being drunk?ā Around the time that I wrote āBeautiful Dirty Rich,ā I was doing a lot of partying and heavy creative wandering in New York and in the club culture. The song is inspired by that experience.
How did you get hooked up with Colby OāDonis for this track? Heās recently exploded into the Billboard Top 20.
I know. Iāve actually known Colby for a while, since before he released āWhat You Got.ā He was working with Akon, and I was writing with Akon for another artist. I met Colby, and he has an incredible voice. Heās young and fresh. We were talking about who to put in that section of the record. I just love his voice, and heās doing really well right now. Yippee! I love it!
What was it like working with the newly-reunited New Kids on the Block?
I love them. I just love them so much, I canāt really talk about it. When I first met them, I just almost had a heart attack. Itās really humbling and incredible. Donnie [Wahlberg] took a liking to my work and writing style and loved my vibe. We wrote a song together. I sang on another song they did. Itās been a really incredible experience. Iām really a pop girl. Iām not afraid of the word. I sort of strive to be similar to the way Andy Warhol made pop art that he wanted ā and it is considered to day ā fine art. He wanted to be taken seriously for making commercial work. Thatās what I want to do. I love working with pop acts. I love writing pop music. Itās totally my thing. Iāve 100-percent conceptualized endlessly, day-after-day, new ways to make pop fresh and new and not such a dirty word.
Musicians want to be āedgyā or āunderground,ā certainly not āpop.ā
Itās so funny, because I still get the āedgyā and āundergroundā licks all the time. I donāt consider myself to be particularly āundergroundā at all, other than maybe the sense that I came from the underground. The underground discovered me first. To me, itās just not a bad thing. Itās emotional. This is not at all the kind of music Iām trying to make, but there was something powerful about the whole Mickey Mouse Club thing that happened around 2000 with Britney, āN Sync, Backstreet Boys and Christina. If they were in New York, you absolutely couldnāt step foot near Times Square. Everything was just shut down ā all to see Justin Timberlakes hand. Since then weāve lost the desire to eat the artist, and itās something I want to bring back but in a cool way.
Many of your West Coast tour dates are in gay clubs. Why do you think your performances appeal to LGBT audiences?
There are straight clubs and appearances, too, but gay audiences were the first ones to embrace me really. They get it a little more. Sometimes in straight clubs, the girls give you the āWho the hell are you in your panties?ā look. Itās like the minute Iām in these clubs, for whatever reason, the gay community sees the concepts. They see the references. I can see them pointing out, āOh, thatās the Madonna shoulder pad!ā Or āThatās the this or that.ā I just love it.
Your performances are described as more āperformance artā than āconcert.ā
Itās definitely changed. My old schtick in my underwear, lighting things on fire with hairspray is gone. Now I have the ācoutureā version of the show, which is exciting, and I get to put my own vision into place now. Itās absolutely performance art. Iāve never really had the resources before to do exactly what I wanted to do. Thatās why it was a lot of hairspray and homegrown bubble machines and sequinning bras myself. Now I get to do sketches of the clothes I want. I get to design the props. And Iām working with people Iāve discovered in the arts community that I want to feature. Really, I feel like Iām giving birth. Iām so excited, I canāt even breathe.
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