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Adam Barta Talks Working With Tan Mom, Being a Stern Show Hot Topic, and His Heartfelt Housewives Connection

Adam Barta has always been a rarity in the music industry. From working with people like Mrs. Kasha Davis from RuPaul's Drag Race to the legendary Kathy Sledge, Barta has always managed to put his patented and unique sound on whatever project he was working with. His latest collaboration with Tan Mom, the now legendary "Free 2 Be" has gotten Barta his biggest exposure yet, putting him directly on The Howard Stern Show couch! I caught up with Barta to talk about his latest collaboration, being a constant Stern Show hot topic, and who his ultimate collaboration would be! 



Instinct: Adam, you’ve been in the music scene for some time, both with your solo work and collaborations. What do you think is one of your biggest accomplishments?

Adam Barta: Ironically, after so many years of doing this, I'd have to say 'Free 2 Be Me' which I talk about below. Howard Stern himself said it was the biggest achievement of my career! But if you put that aside, one of the coolest things (and most proud of) was going to see the movie Don Jon with my mom in theaters, and watching Joseph Gordon Levitt work out to my song "Give Yourself Up" (with Kathy Sledge) on the big screen and then seeing my name as a singer/songwriter in the credits. It was such a crazy moment knowing that people across the world were enjoying my song in a blockbuster movie and especially sharing it with my late mom.

You’re recent work with Tan Mom is getting your a great deal of attention, including on The Howard Stern Show! What’s it feel like to suddenly be getting that kind of attention from a true legend?

It's definitely a surreal experience. We went into this project back in August not expecting anything. I literally thought, "oh it'll be nice to see Patricia, and maybe we can do a fun song again". Once I heard Howard and Robin talking about it for the first time, I knew something was definitely brewing much bigger than we had anticipated. Howard was doing segments every week and said that he couldn't stop singing it. He even called it "the greatest song of all time". I'm sure it was in jest, but he certainly was right about it being an ear worm. True story, when we appeared on the show to perform the song on the show back in September, I almost had a panic attack right as we left the greenroom to enter the studio. I stopped myself in my head and said "no way, Jose! This is the biggest opportunity of your career and you're going to nail it". The rest is Stern Show history! Howard has a way of relaxing you when you are in the studio so you have fun. That's why he's so phenomenal at what he does.

Fast forward four months later and you have major A-list celebrities like Jimmy Kimmel and Ike Barinholtz saying they love me, Leslie Grossman (who I absolutely LOVED in American Horror Story: Apocalypse) saying she was a fan, and even Ryan Phillippe, my celebrity crush from my 20's, saying congrats on the smash success of the song. Is this real life? The craziest part of it all are the fans, and how absolutely amazing they all have been! For the first time ever I had a group of ladies come up to me at a restaurant interrupting my dinner to ask for pics, and I loved every second of it!

What’s it like being a current topic on the Stern Show?

I grew up listening to Howard (and watching his channel 9 and E! shows), so it's one of the biggest validations I could get in my career. To be even a small part of the legacy of the greatest radio show in history is mind boggling to me. I am forever grateful to Howard and so humbled by the experience. It also makes me really want to up my game for our follow up single, now that the eyes of the world are finally paying attention. I think that's the craziest thing, is that for years creating this "art" in the way of songs and music video, and I now have my platform to expose it to a really huge audience. That's the greatest joy and excitement for me - being able to create and make people happy with my music. I also am VERY thankful for Patricia and our unbelievable producer, Electropoint. We are a magical team!

You’re collaborations are always interesting from Tan Mom to Octo Mom to Dr Miami! Is there anyone you want to work with that you haven’t gotten in the studio?

There are TONS, but I would absolutely love to work with RuPaul. I love all his music, and he also does this kind of fun and sometimes tongue-in-cheek pop music that I think would blend well with my style. it would be a total honor. Ru is actually a legit music artist so I would treat it much like my collaboration with Kathy Sledge and turn out something that would smash the Billboard charts. Electropoint has worked with a ton of the top Ru girls, so I think his sound would be right on point for what we would want to do.

You’ve also worked with RuPaul's Drag Race superstars like Pandorra Box and Mrs. Kasha Davis. What’s it like taking on these dynamite performers and taking them in a new direction?

Pandora was one of my first collabs back in 2013, and we had so much fun filming that music video. She's crazy talented, and I think she has a lot to show the drag and mainstream world. Kasha is my partner in crime and I love being Ricky and Lucy at the red carpet premieres. When she calls to work on anything I always answer. I would LOVE to see MKD on a future All Stars (or any other) season. I'd love to do a filthy and fun song with Alaska too. 

Your song this year that you dedicated to your mother has some Real Housewives of New Jersey cameos and is a wonderful tribute. How has your mother and her memory influenced your career path? 

My mom is definitely guiding everything I do. In fact, I believe all the success from the past two years since she left us is due in large part to her. I've had two Billboard charting hits, starred on a reality TV show, have this massive song sensation on Howard Stern -- it's pretty remarkable for such a relative short time. She used to say how I had a black cloud over me and that's why I had a lot of disappointment in my career; since she's up there, she's lit up the way for me and I'm loving every second. It's bittersweet though because I'd want nothing more than for her to share in the happiness with me. That's also what drove me to do the song. She was a huge fan of RHONJ, and having one of the most beautiful women on the show inside and out (also named Margaret -- her name was Marguerite) playing her in a video her would definitely make her beam. Also true story, her hubby, Joe, is a huge Howard fan. Perhaps we could get Tan Mom on as a "friend of" next season. Who would win in a Teresa/Tan Mom showdown, or would they become best of friends? The possibilities are endless, lol!

What’s next for Adam Barta?

Tons! We're in the process of signing a deal with Dragqueenmerch.com/collections/adam-barta for the official line of "Free 2 Be Me" t-shirts, back in the studio with Patricia end of this month to work on our new song for early next year, a live tour kicking off February 1st at the Brokerage Comedy Club on LI with Shuli, a music video for "Peep Me Tonight" with Dr. Miami and Mariahlynn (from L&HH), and recording with the inimitable Traci Lords. Also I'll be waiting by email and phone for Ru's people to get back to me on that collab.. LOL! Follow me on Insta @adambarta for all the updates!

 

 

 

 

Smoking Hot! Ricky Martin Teases New Video for his Song 'Fiebre'

Looks like Ricky Martin is going back to his singing roots for the first time in nearly three years.

The super handsome and talented singer, who just starred in F/X's hit series American Crime Story: Versace, teased the video for his new song called "Fiebre" (Fever in English) featuring the equally as sexy duo Wisin y Yandel.

 

Get ready!! #Fiebre #videosFEB 23rd @wisin @yandel #PuertoVallarta

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It's the first song he has released since "Perdoname" from his 10th studio album A Quien Quiera Eschuchar.  That effort won him Best Latin Album at the 58th Grammy Awards, collecting his second Grammy award overall. 

The video (as expected) is incredibly hot with a tribal theme happening throughout.  Ricky does his sexy glare into the camera numerous times, something that we have seen him do for over twenty years now yet it doesn't ever really seem to get old. 

The song in its entirety gets released today, February 23rd, and Ricky will be performing it for the first time at the Dubai Jazz Fest at Emirates Airlines.  He'll be doing it live on his social media at 2:20 PM EST, 11:20 AM PST. 

Here's hoping it bangs, it bangs. 

Fischerspooner's New Album 'Sir' Will Quench Your Thirst

Iconic art-pop group Fischerspooner is back with another ultra-sexy, hyper sensual bop that will leave you sweaty and wanting more. The band, which just released their first album in nearly a decade, Sir, is giving us dark and luxurious sounds in Butterscotch Goddam featuring Johnny Magee. The video for the single features sultry men in their underwear that will reach all your senses.

Instinct got in touch with the boys from Fischerspooner and they gave us some insight on their latest album Sir.

Where do you find the inspiration for your highly sensational videos?

Warren:  Different places really, sometimes it’s from a performer we work with - other times it’s pulled from the lyrics.

How much precedence does the LGBTQ agenda take in your work?

Warren: In the past nothing overt - but now in Trump America, it’s crucial for artists to stand up to bigotry in all its forms.

 

 

Butterscotch Goddam comes just one month after Fischerspooner’s NSFW video for their single TopBrazil, which dives into the world of anonymous group sex. It’s the perfect dance song that will make you want to reach over to the guy next to you and put your lips on his neck—and then some!

What’s the story behind Top Brazil?

Casey: The thesis of TopBrazil is about the dark side of sexual compulsion and the internet. Specifically it’s about this experience where I was in Rome and I had this amazing hook up with this super hot Roman college student who snuck me into his home while his parents were sleeping and we had this amazing awesome epic incredible illicit night of sex. And the next day I got greedy and thirsty and hungry and I wanted it again, but I wanted the same thing, but different, and with another person. So I went and I hooked up with this guy and his profile name was TopBrazil and it was a nightmare. He was an awful person, weird, the whole experience was terrible. He was mildly degrading and abusive and rude and awkward and I don’t know why I stayed and I don’t know why I went through with it, even when I knew that it was probably not a good idea and so the song is sort of a portrait of this dangerous game you can play with yourself where you continue this pursuit for sexual satisfaction and sometimes it comes crumbling down and can be soul crushing, and actually unravels and diminishes all of the beautiful and amazing experiences you’ve had before. So I was really kind of beating myself up over going through with this terrible experience when I had had this amazing experience the night before and I wished that I had just been satisfied with what was great instead of trying to repeat that performance.

What do you think about the attention Top Brazil is getting?

Warren: We love it, it’s nice to work for years and feel it well received in culture. It’s fun to watch the youtube comment battles that are raging. People are all up in it!

 

 

The electroclash band, who released their first album in 2001, is the brain child of classically trained musicians and performers Warren Fischer and Casey Spooner. Fischerspooner has delighted fans with their electro sleazy beats and raunch-esque visuals that reach deep into the psyche and unlock your deepest desires. Their hybrid blend of Depeche Mode, Scissor Sisters, and Studio Killers give them a uniqueness that can only they can manifest. Sir is the comeback listeners have been waiting for and the make-out session that will leave you needing to come up for air.

Where do you find the inspiration for your highly sensational videos? And who, in your opinion, is the Fischerspooner listener?

Warren:  Different places really, sometimes it’s from a performer we work with - other times it’s pulled from the lyrics.

Wow - I have no idea to be honest. I think it’s a range of people interested in different aspects of what we do. Film, photo, fashion, music, performance, politics. Whatever works!

Fischerspooner will kick off their West coast tour in San Francisco on March 14th, heading to Los Angeles on March 15th and then to Orange County (Santa Ana) on March 16th where I plan to attend for some much needed music pulsating through my body. You can grab tickets to their West Coast tour HERE

Sir is out now iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music. Let it consume you today!

 

 

 

Country Singer Donovan Woods Releases Pro-Gay MV & Tells Fans To Be More Tolerant

Singer-songwriter Donovan Woods is working his way into our good graces.

Woods recently released a new music video for his song “Burn that Bridge.” From conservative eyes, the music video is very controversial. The video depicts a gay, interracial couple, who were apparently roommates that fell in love, dancing around, talking, kissing, cuddling, fighting, and even smoking weed.

Then, Woods talked to Billboard to discuss the music video.

“Once he figured out the groundwork of the song’s story -- one of two good friends falling in love with the other -- he felt strongly that it should be represented by a gay couple," said the Billboard writer.

Donovan Woods also shares that its his co-writer, who’s a gay woman, was the person who inspired him to have a gay couple in the music video.

After being asked, “How do you think the folk and country industries and those communities are doing in terms of including more LGBTQ individuals?” Donovan replied, “They’re not doing well at all,” he added that he was “shocked again and again by how slow the progress is in the country world.”

“I think people are still afraid to sort of express their real opinions outwardly for fear of losing fans.”

That said, a new generation of country singers are coming in and shaking the genre up. Woods says its these young singers, like Maren Morris, and Brothers Osbourne, that are going to change things for good.

“These are young people who have grown up in the real world with a realistic view of what 2018 should look like.”

Also, Woods shared that country music’s very basis is the problem. With the genre constantly looking towards the past with lyrics like, “the good ol’ days,” and words against the crazy modern world, country music is ignoring social progress.

“It's all codified language that is dangerous because things were not better in the past. Like, they just weren't. We all know that. They were not better from a social justice standpoint, they were not better for human rights or equality. We all know that.”

Robyn Confirms Her Album Will Be Out This Year

Enigmatic pop star Robyn has responded to a fan on twitter, confirming her album will be coming this year.

The fan asked "Who decides your next album release date tbh?" to which the Swedish songstress replied "I do. Some time this year honey", perhaps alluding to the track "Honey" that was featured on an episode of the HBO series 'Girls' last year.

We have been waiting for our slice of icy electro pop from the hitmaker for too long, please don't make us wait any longer, Robyn!

If you need a refresher course on Robyn, take a listen to the BANGER below

 

 

 

OPINION: Should the Spice Girls Reform?

Earlier last week, Posh, Sporty, Ginger, Baby and Scary set social media alight when they posted a selfie together, their first one in 6 years. Understandably, my gay little heart, as well as countless others, couldn't take it.

Having missed out on their 2007 reunion tour, I was determined to see them in any capacity in 2018.

Yesterday, rumors circulated that the Girls were to embark on another reunion tour, 11 years after their last, with sources claiming the girls know "its what the fans want".

Girl power is clearly not dead, with their first two albums and their greatest hits climbing back up the charts after the selfie post alone. The fan base is as strong and ravenous as ever, clearly, but I can't help but think, is it really the best idea?

The girls we once knew to stomp about in platform heels and bum skimming dresses are now much more mature women, with their priorities in a lot of different walks of life. they are not the same group that they were 22 years ago. Mel B has carved out a successful career as a talent show judge, Geri has expanded into TV presenting and baking, Melanie C is going strong as a solo act, Emma has a radio show, and Victoria has a fashion empire. Sure, they're icons, but are they really pop stars any more?

Pop music is ever changing, and their brand of bouncy, retro funk contrasts a little too much with the music landscape today, where tropical house, rap and acoustic guitars saturate the charts.

Thinking more and more about it, I'm just not sure if I'd want to see five women who don't really seem to want to be there, up on stage going through the motions for two hours. The reunion tour in 2007 was a fun throwback, but there was no plan to continue afterwards, and it felt more like a remembrance.

The spark they had back then isn't there now, and something so high profile seems like it may not end well for the girls.

We all love a bit of nostalgia, but has the Spice Girls time come and gone now? Is it time to put the union jack dress to rest?

Let us know in the comments if you want the Spice Girls to Spice Up Your Life one more time, or if its just Too Much...

 

(All opinions expressed in this article are of the writer himself and not the opinions of Instinct Magazine)

Listen To RuPaul's New Album "Diva's Live"

A few days ago, RuPaul released an album made up of two song medleys in a conjoined effort with the current All Stars Season of RuPaul’s Drag Race.

In the album Ru had fellow drag queens (most from All Stars) sing as female icons.

In “Divas Live, Pt. 1” Milk sings as Celine Dion, Kennedy Davenport sings as Janet Jackson, Aja sings as Amy Winehouse, and Chi Chi DeVayne sings as Patti LaBelle.

Then Pt. 2 has Trixie Mattel as Dolly Parton, Shangela as Mariah Carey, Thorgy Thor as Stevie Nicks, BenDeLaCreme as Julie Andrews, and Bebe Zahara Benet as Diana Ross.

If you're thinking, "I'll pass," I'd recommend checking the music out. If only for Julie Andrews (bless).

Don’t believe me? Check out the songs down below.

It's Official! The Spice Girls Are Back!

Just as reported late last year, the Spice Girls are back for new projects and to make our gay fabulous dreams come true!

When their first reunion since 2012 was announced last year, it was thought that Posh Spice, Victoria Beckham, was not on board—per usual—but now we’ve learned that all five spicey pop stars are back together and moving forward in 2018!

Just look at the ladies today:

 
 

Great catch up with my girls! #bffs always  the future is looking spicy!

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We can all thank Simon Fuller for bringing the girls back together.

A source shared with The Sun about the reunion:

This is the pop reunion no one thought would ever happen again. But after a long period of negotiation Victoria agreed the time is right to work on new projects this year. It’s very exciting because she has always been adamant she wouldn’t go back. Victoria and Geri agreed it would be impossible to be part of a  fully-fledged tour because of family and business commitments. Now that she’s a top designer Victoria is concerned about singing but she wants to make money to pump back into her business.

The pop sensation girl group will get $12 million each in order to reunite. The reunion includes new music, television shows, a greatest hits compilation—and can we dream of another cult-classic movie?!

 

Billy Porter Drops Fierce and Political Music Video

Tony and Grammy Award-winning artist Billy Porter has released a new politically-charged video I’m Gonna Was That Man Right Outta My Hair. The performer, known for his incredible portrayal as Lola in Broadway’s Kinky Boots, recorded the song for his new album The Soul of Richard Rodgers which offers new and soulful takes on classic Richard Rodgers songs.

I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair is a video that begins with snippets of monumental moments in Porter’s life. From stage performances on Kinky Boots to day he married his partner Adam Smith, the video celebrates a time when the artist felt his life was at a high, until you-know-who stepped into the White House.

The video takes a political stance on Black Lives Matter and LGBTQ+ rights and is a mixture of spoken word and dance that empowers and uplifts those who are feeling that the country has some split ends.

Watch the diva slay in this new video:

 

Troye Sivan Serves Up Hot Musical Performances on SNL

ICYMI Troye Sivan was the musical guest on the January 20th episode of Saturday Night Live. The gay South African-born Australian artist performed his single My My My! a song that dropped a couple of weeks ago. It was the first time as musical guest for the triple threat singer, actor, YouTuber. Troye served up some sexy moves and sultry hair tosses during his first performance.

 

ACTUALLY HAPPENINGGGGGGGGGGGG #TroyeOnSNL @nbcsnl

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Toward the end of the program, SNL host Jessica Chastain welcomed Troye back for his second performance where he slowed things down for a performance of his song The Good Side.

Troye's performances will give you everything your twink-loving-hearts have ever wanted. An incarnation of Call Me By Your Name's Elio.

Troye later tweeted out his excitement:

Both My My My! and The Good Side will be on Troye's new album out later this year.

Check out Troye Sivan on SNL:

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