Spotlight

Spotlight On…Ezra Furman

Each week, we take a look at a queer artist from the present (and sometimes the past). This week, we’re looking at Ezra Furman, a Jewish, bisexual Indie-rock musician. Part of Ezra Furman and the Harpoons from 2006-2011, he now performs solo and tours with The Visions.

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Oh, and he’s really hot.

Not only is Ezra bisexual, he also identifies as androgynous. Androgyny is a gender-ambiguous combination of female and male characteristics. In many of his promotional photos, you can find him pairing red lipstick and pearls with sharp, two-piece suits, making him a personal style icon. Many of his songs discuss his bisexuality and androgynous identity. Wobbly, for example, deals with gender and identity issues, with lyrics like:

‘I’ve just been changing genders, fluidly

because they’ll never pin me

down in the pages

like a bug or bumblebee.’

Actual poetry.

One of the main reasons I love Ezra Furman, aside from the sheer joy that is his music, is his determination to be 100% true to himself. If he’s at all daunted by how other people might react, he doesn’t show it.

Another reason is that he’s a Kickstarter musician. He may have a label now, but way back when (in 2012) he released a solo album, fully funded by Kickstarter. If you don’t know what Kickstarter is, it’s no less than the FUTURE of the music industry. Artists, adventurers, board-game enthusiasts, anyone can ask for money from the wider public, in return for albums, books, pictures, bracelets… It’s a wonderful system based on trust that acknowledges that art is a gift. Ezra Furman clearly recognised the potential and full back in to his fans, arms wide open.

If you couldn’t tell, I LOVE a Kickstarter musician.

You can find him on Twitter, @ezrafurman, and, if you fancy a listen, here’s a link to the music video for ‘Wobbly’ (including a mini-talk on gender fluidity).

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