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Down to Earth with BeBe Sweetbriar

by Guy Welton
Thursday Jul 30, 2009

If you don't know BeBe Sweetbriar from the SF Castro scene, you will now, her new single SAVE ME hits soon and EDGESanFrancisco.com caught up with her at a VIP preview. Read here!

EDGE: As a budding artist, what is it like to "break into" the LGBT music scene? Do you feel welcomed and supported?

BeBe Sweetbriar: Well, I am no stranger to the LGBT scene in general, so it was easier to get things started here in San Francisco since it is the scene I am apart of. Though I am hoping to branch out to other geographic areas, I was hoping that my fanbase here in San Francisco would receive the new song well, and thus far they have.

EDGE: Who/what inspired you for your new video?

BeBe Sweetbriar: I know it sounds clich?, but Michael Jackson was an inspiration for the video. The director, Amir Jaffer, and I wanted to tell a story like back in the 80s when Michael ruled MTV. We wanted more than a video of me singing and dancing as if in a concert. I wanted to give the public something different than seeing it performed on stage. You know...mix it up. Keep it interesting. Give them a reason to watch it.

EDGE: Tell us about the Down to Earth tour, what should we expect?

BeBe Sweetbriar: We are just getting it off the ground and booking locations. But it is basically a mini concert designed for the space confines of a night club. I will be doing some cover tunes with a couple of dancers and a BeBe take on them that I think the clubbers will enjoy. And of course, the tour will showcase the Save Me single.

EDGE: If you had one piece of advice for other musicians/performers trying to enter the music scene what would you advise them?

BeBe Sweetbriar: I would tell them to be prepared for everything to go wrong. It's tough to be an independent artist. You don't have the big music studio there to protect you. They need to be prepared to hit the pavement to promote their stuff. It's not easy, but if it is what you want, it is worth it. No matter how long it takes. Lady Gaga has been my inspiration. She kept hitting the radio programmers and the clubs to play her music until they finally did. The rest is history.

EDGE: If you could change one thing in your career what would it be?

BeBe Sweetbriar: I really try and stay away from that question because hopefully if I have a desire to change something, I just change it, instead of talking about changing it. But one thing I am working on is to get on cable TV on a regular basis. So we will see how that goes.

EDGE: Has anyone ever compared you to RuPaul?

BeBe Sweetbriar: Better yet, when am I not compared to Ru? LOL! Of course it is always an honor for any artist to be compared by a fabulous trailblazer who came before them, and being compared to RuPaul is no different. My goal is to definitely take what Ru has laid before all of us Queens a step further. I am taking my film roles into more mainstream arenas with very strong stories, and producing music that all clubs and radio should be happy to play. With my desire to get into cable television, I want to produce and host an LGBT success story talk show called From Queer To Success. I think I have, however, developed my own identity as a drag performer that will have others compared to me someday.

How has "color" affected your career in a good or bad way? My skin color has affected my career the same way it has affected my life....in the way I have made it effect it. I am sure it has had both positive and negative affects with what I am doing, but trust me, color is one of many aspects of who I am that affects what I do. I am a black, gay male who happens to be a drag performer. That description on the surface has a whole lot wrong with it, but since I am deeper than the surface, I push through my career and life as if the description read "I am human".

www.bebesweetbriar.net

Check out the video premier of Save Me.

Comments

  • Mr. G , 2009-12-25 22:11:11

    Bebe Sweetbriar is a truly wonderful person. She is a role model and inspiration to many that have the fortune to call her friend. Her unique and outgoing personality along with a willingness to help/fight for others has been what the LGBT community has needed.


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