Queerphoria is the first project from I.Den.t.T where the they explore gender, joy and love.
In the 90's I was living on my own as a teenager, making ends meet working at various weddings with a DJ company. I always got misty-eyed at the romantic first dance as a couple.
And as a young queerling myself, I didn't know if I would ever meet someone, let alone find so many people to gather and celebrate our love. Furthermore, marriage equality was still not legal yet.
However, I had a feeling that my love was no less than any other couple I witnessed embracing in their "first dance." So I wrote a song while diving into self-discovery, self-worth and self-love. Along the way, I envisioned individuals and communities coming together to celebrate love in all forms.
Out on the Floor is my "first dance" song dedicated to all queer folks who braved the journey to find themselves and others who also want to stand strong together in love.
"Out on the Floor" is streaming on all major platforms starting. Use this link to find it on Spotify.
In the summer of '22, I.Den.t.T was invited to perform at the "Christmas in July in August" and had a week to put together a Winter Holiday Themed song.
"The Gift of Being Queer" was born.
This song encourages people to break with traditions that no longer serve them and to let go of any need for a reason or a season to celebrate love.
"The Gift of Being Queer is streaming on all major platforms starting. Use this link to find it on Spotify.
Since the pandemic started in 2020, I.Den.t.T has had so many vaccines along with the dreaded side effects. Since then, they have mastered the art of getting a shot by timing it with taking a few days off or scheduling it just before a three day weekend. They call it a Vacacination.
I.Den.t.T no longer calls in sick to work, but calls in advanced when they know they are getting a shot.
But they remember the days when they used to call in sick because it was just to hard to get out of bed after spending a lovely evening with someone. Those days may be gone for them, but this memory and song lives on.
Sick to work is on all streaming platforms. Use this link to find it on Spotify.
No Boundaries started as a love poem by Geoff Peckman about the challenges of relationships. After hearing it, I.Den.t.T asked if it was ok if they tried to put it to music. Together they edited the lyrics to discuss the state of affairs with children in cages, and the Trump Administration. By the time they were ready for production in 2022, they edited the lyrics once again to pay homage to the struggles people were experiencing with connecting with their loved ones via Zoom as well as the war in Ukraine.
"Love knows no boundaries or borders..."
"No Boundaries" is available on all major streaming platforms.
During the first wave of the pandemic and the uprising in 2020, I.Den.t.T felt paralyzed. It seemed like there was very little they could do to control the situations outside of their home and faced the same challenges with the turbulence in their mind.
This inspired "Take a Breath," which pays homage to three victims of police brutality that they were consistently talking about with their son. Together, they would take a breath and then another, to cope with the constant violence and fear that seemed to permeate all social and other media.
"Take a Breath" is available on all major streaming platforms.
Queerphoria Part 1 started as an affirmation project where I.Den.t.T wanted to highlight queery joy and experiences.
While working on Queerphoria, they ended up paying homage to Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera as well as refered to the three article rule where police would arrest people for not wearing at least three artilces of clothing based on their assigned gender.
In their debut performance at Westchester Pride, I.Den.t.T wore two dresses, thigh high boots and heels as a tribute to those who couldn't.
To kickoff Pride Month, "Queerphoria Pt. 1" was released on June 1st on all major streaming platforms.