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Don't know AB Soto? This up-and-coming queer musician has spent the last several years making waves, and he's back, inspired and ready to bring you a new album.
AB Soto is one of those musicians whose performances stay with you -- just check out his video for "Crunchy" above. His performances and music not only challenge traditional understandings of "butch" and "femme," but he's part of a growing collective of musicians who increasingly seem like they will shape the future of music and mainstream queer performance.
It's been over a year since AB Soto released his last album, and now he's crowdsourcing the funds to produce now music through a Kickstarter campaign. The Huffington Post chatted with the musician this week about the Kickstarter and his identity as a queer musician.
The Huffington Post: Who is AB Soto? How would you describe yourself as an artist and performer?
AB Soto: AB is short for Abraham. I combine my background in fashion and dance with music and visual performance. My work is a stylized commentary on homophobic attitudes present within dominant culture.
How do you explore queerness through your music?
I explore queerness by challenging ideas and expressing my own personal story growing up as a gay Latin boy in East Los Angeles. My goal is to inspire others by showing the diversity of the more marginalized members of the gay community and bring them to a wider audience.
What are you trying to accomplish with this new Kickstarter?
The goal with this Kickstarter is to raise $10,000 to produce my third album. I just returned from my second overseas tour and it's been over a year since my last album. Since I am an independent artist, this campaign is a great way to help spread the word and let the fans get involved in the creative process.
I plan to continue to grow as a person and as an artist by making new videos for this album and eventually planning another tour.