Sticky sweet

Cheeky raps and beefcake videos? Yes. But Cazwell is serious about his music … even if he is a club diva

RICH LOPEZ  | Staff Writer lopez@dallasvoice.com

HIS ‘ICE CREAM’ BRINGS THE BOYS TO THE YARD  |  Damn right! Cazwell, in front with white hat, put together his viral video in a day, but the rap is poised to be his biggest hit yet — thanks in large part to all the beefcake.
HIS ‘ICE CREAM’ BRINGS THE BOYS TO THE YARD | Damn right! Cazwell, in front with white hat, put together his viral video in a day, but the rap is poised to be his biggest hit yet — thanks in large part to all the beefcake.

CAZWELL
Station 4, 3911 Cedar Springs Road. Sept. 30 at midnight. Doors at 9 p.m. $15.
Caven.com.

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The most surprising thing about Cazwell is his soft-spoken demeanor. With all the bravado in his rhymes, ranging from overtly sexual to ridiculously fun, he’s really just a guy. He just happens to also be the toast of gay club culture. But first thing’s first.

“Normally it takes a couple of months of planning,” he says. “But we did this quick.”

He’s referring to “Ice Cream Truck,” his rap and video which has turned into a sensation on gay dancefloors everywhere.

With a bevy of scantily clad beefcakes, including the tattooed hunk himself, the music video is two minutes and change of amateur production that doesn’t matter one bit — its guerrilla roots aside, it’s sexy as hell. When the video pops up at Station 4, the boys aren’t hoppin’; they’re staring at the monitors.

“That’s awesome,” he chuckles. “We were just gonna run up an ice cream truck with some friends and make it into this summer video. I knew some of the guys; Marco [Ovando, the director] knew others, and they came over. We filmed the whole thing at my apartment in a day.”

The video was posted a month ago on YouTube by Cazwell’s label, Peace Bisquit, and has notched more than 2 million views. For what started out as “a stupid song” for a movie called Spork, the old-school rap recorded in three hours is positioned to be Cazwell’s biggest hit to date.

With this tune and others such as  “I Seen Beyonce at Burger King” and “I Buy My Socks on 14th Street,” it’s easy to get the impression that Cazwell is more club kid than musician. And that would be wrong.

“I am serious about music,” he says. “Just because I don’t get too deep with my lyrics shouldn’t make me feel like I don’t do a good job. I’m flowing with it and I know I’m doing a good job. I think people might take things way too seriously. I just want people to connect to what I’ve done.”

Good thing, then, that he’s down with the people almost every night.

“Clubs are my life. I’m out like five nights a week,” he admits. “I don’t think anything shapes my music as much.”

Cazwell’s music is club-based, with slick danceable beats and raps that flow well over his groove. He’s a throwback to actual disco from its heyday. Cazwell and his team cleverly sidestep the detachment of DJ-induced techno and house and deliver reliable music to dance to.

“DJing has influenced my music and lyrics,” he says. “To me it’s more about the hook and lyrics. I think people don’t wanna think so much. That’s what I’m hearing in clubs. People just want to dance.”

With a big life in the circuit and club scene, Cazwell seems to have a very un-Lohan like air. He describes himself as a closet health nut and begins discussing his crash regimen to get cut for “Ice Cream Truck:” He swears by liquid meals and cleansing protocols.

“That’s changed my life the most,” he says. “I see results really quick and I’ve lost most of my cravings for processed foods — unless I’m stoned. Plus, I go to the gym as much as I can.”

Regardless of his boisterous persona and ability to get shirtless faster than Matthew McConaughey at a paparazzi convention, Cazwell is just a timid soul. Or so he says.

“The thing that would surprise most people about me is that I’m really, really shy,” he says. “People don’t expect that and sometimes I think they feel like I’m not making an effort. But, yeah, I’m painfully shy. “

He assures that won’t be an issue at Thursday’s meet and greet after his show at Station 4 — he knows how to turn it on. Mostly, he looks forward to meeting the fans he gained with his last show in Dallas at minc back in 2007. Plus, being in a different city than the Big Apple gives him some new perspective.

“Sometimes I take it for granted that I live in New York City where all these gay guys know the words,” he says. “I think they gain a sense of entitlement, but in a good way. I want people to feel like that. I hate to sound corny but it’s cooler to be gay than straight and I want people to get a taste of that.”

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition September 24, 2010.

—  Kevin Thomas

Gay Pride Eve³

That’s right, the main festivities are only three days away, and we’re breaking out the exponents! Actually, here at Instant Tea we’ve been partying nonstop the whole month, which may explain some of the posts you’ve seen lately. Below is a list of Pride-sanctioned events at which we’ll likely continue our epic bender on Thursday. For a full schedule, go here.

Sordid Pride; The Party
Palomar Hotel
Celebrate Pride with complimentary Blythe Bites and soothing southern cocktails, the ultra-hip vibes of DJ Guillaume and all the sordid characters you can handle.
6:30 – 9:00 pm
Suggested Donation of $20 benefiting the Resource Center Food Pantry
Central 214 @ Hotel Palomar
5300 E. Mockingbird Lane
Dallas, Texas 75206
214-443-9339

Juanita’s Annual Pride Dance Contest!
Round-Up Saloon
Prizes for best dancers and best costuming. Cash prizes. No entry fees. Applications available at the front door.
9:00 pm
3912 Cedar Springs Road
Dallas, TX 75219
www.roundupsaloon.com

Gay Pride Karaoke with Little Chalupa
Sue Ellen’s
8:30 pm
Added bonus of KittiCo. Cat Rescue Benefit (upstairs)
7pm – 10pm
3014 Throckmorton
Dallas, Texas 75219
www.caven.com

“Ask The Sex-Pert” 9pm -11pm
The Brick/Joe’s
Text your sex and love questions for Pride Week to
our ‘Sext-Pert’ PATTI LE PLAE SAFE
Show Us Your Pride Strip Contest 11pm
Cash Prize to Winner
2525 Wycliff
Dallas, Texas 75219
www.brickdallas.com

Special Strip show celebrating Pride starting at midnight (12am)
Exklusive
Drink Specials – $2 wells / $2 domestic from 9pm – 11pm
No Cover
4207 Maple Avenue
Dallas, Texas 75219
www.exklusive.tv

Bear of the Month Contest
Dallas Eagle
10:00 pm
5740 Maple Avenue
Dallas, Texas 75235
www.dallaseagle.com

Niky Lauren celebrating the Pride of Latino Heritage
Kaliente
Folklorico Dancers at midnight (12a)
Drink Specials – $2 wells / $2 domestic from 9pm – 11pm
No Cover
4350 Maple Avenue
Dallas, Texas 75219
www.kaliente.cc

—  John Wright

Get your gay Pride on early — and often

The parade and festival aren’t until Sunday, but gay Pride-related festivities in Dallas have already begun and continue every day this week. The Dallas Tavern Guild has posted a full schedule of Pride-related events on its website (the schedule can also be found in DTG’s annual Pride guide distributed inside Dallas Voice on Sept. 3 and 17). But for your convenience, here’s a look of what’s happening today, Monday, Sept. 13:

JR’s Bar & Grill
Sushi, Sake, and Sapporo
Sake & Sapporo all day all night – Sushi 6:00 to 9:00
3923 Cedar Springs Road
Dallas, Texas 75219
www.caven.com

Service Industry Night
Round Up Saloon

Join us as we salute the service industry with Happy Hour prices all Day and all Night.
3912 Cedar Springs Road
Dallas, TX 75219
www.roundupsaloon.com

Step Up To The Mic For Pride
The Brick/Joe’s
Give us your best Pride Performance at OPEN MIC NIGHT
Poets, Comedians, Spoken Word
Enter for your chance to Win up to $300
9pm
2525 Wycliff
Dallas, Texas 75219
www.brickdallas.com

Koko Chanel Show at midnight (12am)
Kaliente
Karaoke starts at 9pm
Drink Specials – $2 wells / $2 domestic from 9pm – 11pm
No Cover
4350 Maple Avenue
Dallas, Texas 75219
www.kaliente.cc

—  John Wright

Concert notice(s): Jackie Beat, Karen Noseff and Laura Leon at Station 4 starting Thursday

The peeps at Caven have booked three live shows all at Station 4 starting this evening. I can’t believe these almost sneaked by me.

Thursday night at the Rose Room, and after the Miss ilume pageant, Jackie Beat brings her wacky and sassy drag music act to town. She may look mean, but she’s fiercely funny. According to Facebook, Beat goes on at midnight.

Karen Noseff joins the ranks of the dance diva wannabes who could end up being the next Lady Gaga. She peforms at midnight Friday at the Rose Room.

Mexican actress and singer Laura Leon kicks off her tour in Dallas at Station 4 next Wednesday. Celebrating 30 years in the business, she starts touring with this being her sole gay club concert. Along with her is DJ Carlitos from San Fran and Sexy Papi Dancers from L.A.

And then there’s Gaga on Thursday and Friday.

—  Rich Lopez

Starting this Thursday, The Mining Company fills in the hip-hop void left by the Brick

With the Brick closing, it looked like there were zero options for  hip-hop in the local gay scene, but Kirk Myers, business advisor for Dallas Southern Pride, called to tell me that The Mining Company will pick up the slack and partner with DSP  to host Magnum Thursdays starting this week. TMC is already posting it on their Web site.

“We see this as a new time in Dallas where all races can have events on the strip and that Caven took the lead on providing a place to have a hip-hop night,” he said. Myers also mentioned that Caven might be a part in this year’s Dallas Southern Pride event with current event promoters, Magnum Encounters and After Dark Entertainment in October. “Cavern has expressed a desire to support this year’s Dallas Southern Pride as they see it as vital part of the overall gay scene in Dallas. We hope this partnership leads to more exciting ventures and we see this as a great opportunity to make the strip the go-to destination for all in the GLBT community,” he said.

DSP chair, Val Coleman chimed in as well. “Although there are several African-American social and civic organizations in Dallas, we are ecstatic that Caven has chosen to partner with the only official African-American Pride in Dallas and as a result we look forward to this leading to an ongoing effort to make the strip the go to GLBT all inclusive destination,” he said.jet-hackспособы рекламы сайта

—  Rich Lopez