This weekend, Brekfast is pulling up to Nashville Pride to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall.
For those of you who may not know, he Stonewall riots (also referred to as the Stonewall uprising or the Stonewall rebellion) were a series of spontaneous, violent demonstrations by members of the LGBT community against a police raid that started in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn in Manhattan, New York City. They are considered to constitute the most important event leading to the gay liberation movement[ and the modern fight for LGBT rights in the United States.
We caught up with performer, Myylo to talk to him about his ongoing tour, his performance on Sunday, and Pride essentials. Check it out below.
First of all, you have been fucking killing it! You’re currently on tour, and Nashville Pride is one of the stops. How has tour life been so far?
Tour Life is a wild experience. There’s a whole lot of downtime hurtling across the world in buses and car and I’ve gotten to see so much of it from the passenger window. Overall, its been hella positive and I’ve been able to meet so many fans. I guess I didn’t even realize that people were really listening until tour. Meeting fans and experiencing their kindness has been more refreshing than a glass of your grandmother’s cucumber water.
Why is this particular show important for you?
A lot people may not know this, but along with the RNBW team (Emily Dryburgh and Jamie Dryburgh), I helped coordinate the local Nashville talent that is playing on the main stage (Joy Oladokun, Houston Kendrick, Shelly Fairchild, Stasney Mav, Spazz Cardigan, and Me). So, this particular show is important to me, not only as an artist playing the biggest stage of his career so far, but as someone who wants to push other voices to forefront. I’m really proud of the fact that we’ve weaved together talent who can represent black voices, Jewish voices, first generation voices, Southern voices, and other segments of our community. I hope that the audience feels seen by this diverse crowd of performers.
We saw you for the first time last year on the RNBW Stage, this year, you’re on the main stage. That’s insane! How does that feel? How have you prepared for it?
This is the first year I’ve played a main stage at any Pride so I’m feeling a lot of things. I feel really thankful to be honest. There’s a big responsibility that comes with playing for our community. Having a stage to present my story, throw more queerness into pop music, and be a part of the lineage of Pride, both as a celebration and a protest, is emotionally weighty. I’ve prepared by rehearsing a hell of a lot and pondering what it is I want to say to make all segments of our community feel loved in this space.
What are some of your Pride festival essentials?
Sunscreen to defend against UVA and UVB rays. Sunglasses to block out the haters and the homophobes. A practiced sneer to aim at the less-than-savory protestors. And, a comprehensive knowledge of Sylvia Rivera, Marsha P Johnson, and other early leaders in our civil rights movements.
Last, what can we look forward to from you this weekend?
A dope ass set and a big fat ear-to-ear smile of my fresh pearly whites.
Be sure to stream Myylo’s new single “I Can’t Help But Look” before his performance. Check it out below. Happy Pride Month!