Miniprofile: Jay Brannan

This article is from 2008.

Jay Brannan

Sound sugar-coated acoustica with crystal clear swooping vocals and an edge of stark sexuality.

Was it terrifying releasing your first album Goddamned yourself?
It seems like the natural order of things to me because I’m such a weird person with very specific ideas and opinions and beliefs. It’s a lot of work, for sure. I’m like, ‘do I get to write another song at some point?’

Are you a fan of your touring partner Bitch?
I love her. I’m a fan of her music and of her as a person. She’s actually been a little bit of a mentor of mine.

Your acoustic ‘Straight Outta Compton’ cover is legendary. Do you have any more surprises for us?
A lot of times I end up playing the cover people ask for at the show. I also worked up a new cover for the tour of a Joni Mitchell song. It’s called ‘All I Want’.

And now the obligatory Shortbus question
I’m proud of the film and I love the people in it so that I’m happy to be associated with for ever. There’s parts of me in there but if you watch the movie it’s not like you’re seeing Jay Brannan by any means. I’m quite different.

Cabaret Voltaire, 08444 999 990, 24 Aug, 7pm, £8.50.

Jay Brannan

New York-based singer-songwriter (who was in real sex film 'Shortbus').

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