Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2019-10-02
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

MUSIC Lion Babe roaring into the Windy City
by Jerry Nunn, Windy City Times
2019-06-05

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


The R&B duo Lion Babe is composed of singer Jillian Hervey ( whose mother is actress/singer Vanessa Williams ) and producer Lucas Goodman. The two met through a friend and released their first song, "Treat Me Like Fire," in 2012.

Childish Gambino asked them to open for him on tour and their collaboration with the rapper—"Jump Hi"—was played on the hit HBO series Insecure. Lion Babe's new track—"Western World," off the album Cosmic Wind—is inspired by the Pet Shop Boys song "West End Girls" and features Wu-Tang member Raekwon.

Windy City Times: Where in the world are you currently?

Jillian Hervey: We are both in New York. I am in Brooklyn on a windy roof. I'm trying to get the Chicago vibe right now.

WCT: I am excited about you coming here again.

Lucas Goodman: I love Chicago!

WCT: I saw you perform at Lollapalooza in 2015.

JH: That was the hottest show in the world!

LG: Our laptop crashed because of the heat. That was one of our first August at 12 p.m. shows. We didn't realize how powerful the sun could be.

WCT: Well, you sounded good. Were you both into performing growing up?

JH: I have always loved performing. I grew up dancing primarily. I went to school for dance with both modern and contemporary.

I loved music. With my family, I had a lack of confidence to try it. My mom was into musical theater. She wanted me to take voice lessons and go to Broadway. It didn't get me excited.

I think it really started to emerge for me when I got to New York. I was with my dad and seeing a lot of performance art. It was with mixed media and people doing spoken word. I wanted to start having my voice into my work. Around that time I ran into Lucas. He was the first person I knew that was making beats. I always imagined that if I did something big I would want to write it. Lucas came out of nowhere and helped me out.

LG: My parents are huge fans of music. My dad was a big rock and roll guy.

By age 11, I wanted to learn guitar. That was my first introduction to music. In college, I started making beats and production on a computer. From that point on, I wanted to do music in some capacity.

WCT: Explain the name of the group.

JH: Even with this new album, we have always been interested in astrology, so with Leo and the lion, that was symbolic for us.

I went to South Africa around age 17 and had a life changing trip. I was out in the wild with my family and saw a lioness.

A babe is the opposite of that. I'm a Gemini, so we wanted to have a duality within the name. Our mantra has become strength and vulnerability. That is about taking risks and what we authentically want to do. We want to be powerful, but not look a certain way.

When we thought of the name, we wanted something a bit ambiguous. We wanted something like Blondie with a name, but not a person.

WCT: Jillian, I Interviewed your mom, Vanessa Williams, on a red carpet one time and she was awesome. I asked her about her huge LGBT fanbase. How do you feel about the band building that kind of fan base?

JH: I am a huge fan as well. We love each other.

I think it's through my mom, but I have had amazing gay men around me my entire life.

We try to create a comfortable space where everyone can be themselves. We are inspired by people who experience life the way they want to. Hopefully we do something for Pride this year because that's always a fun show.

WCT: You will be here during Pride Month.

JH: Oh fun! If you know any leads let me know…

WCT: Describe your live show for this tour.

LG: We will be playing all the new music. We will be mixing that in with our past album. We will have the band and plan on making it interesting. We are going to have a funky time!

WCT: Where was the "Honey Dew" video filmed at and where was the big statue from?

JH: It was in Northern New York. We wanted to find a nature space with great art pieces. I started googling "goddess art" and we found this artist who has been living there for over 30 years with his wife. That whole space was his with all different statues.

It was about capturing the beauty of the art he was making, but was also about the connection when you go to a pyramid or spaces with a lot of history.

We wanted to make a party vibe for a fun song, also.

WCT: Who does your hair for all of these videos, Jillian? It's different every time.

JH: Jeffrey Williams is our stylist. Chuck Amos does my hair and did my mom's hair when I was a child. I've know him for a long time. I love that he can make anything happen. He can make it larger than life.

I am always looking different anyway. Black women can express ourselves in our hair and we don't have to define our look in one certain way. I always try to match the mood of the song, so that inspires the hair.

WCT: How was working with Pharrell Williams?

LG: I grew up with his music that The Neptunes touched. It was a huge learning experience. To this day, I remember the one session he did and all the things he was saying. It all stuck with me. He talked to us about making an album and navigating the industry. It was awesome as I am sure anyone can imagine! [Laughs]

Lion Babe will perform at Reggie's Rock Club, 2109 S. State St., on Tuesday, June 25, with tickets at LionBabe.com .


facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

Mixtape coincides with Warhol exhibit 2019-10-08 - As the Warhol exhibit comes to the Art Institute of Chicago this October, DJ Heaven Malone is releasing a mixtape, Factory Girls, honoring ...


Gay News

Oct. 21 benefit for homeless at Metro 2019-10-05 - More than 40 Chicago punk, prog, noise, rock and surf musicians—including current and former members of PiL, Naked Raygun and Local H—will perform ...


Gay News

'Activists and Icons' to end Oct. 27 2019-10-05 - "Activists and Icons: The Photographs of Steve Schapiro," an exhibit at Skokie's Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, will close Sunday, Oct. 27. ...


Gay News

Simply Sensational Benefit to salute Music Director Robert Ollis Nov. 4 2019-10-02 - Pride Films and Plays' annual fall benefit, SIMPLY SENSATIONAL, celebrates theater artists who have had a tremendous impact on all they work with. ...


Gay News

Chicago's queer hip-hop scene: Visibility, evolution and culture 2019-10-02 - Chicago has long been known as a mecca for hip-hop culture. Within recent years, however, there's been a rise in queer and gender ...


Gay News

Don't lose the magic: Checking out the Chicago Magic Lounge 2019-10-01 - When Joey Cranford's wife jokingly bought him a magic kit as a Christmas present, she had no idea what she had unleashed. ...


Gay News

Jonathan Van Ness discusses memoir at Music Box 2019-10-01 - According to Jonathan Van Ness of the Netflix series Queer Eye, "Writing a book is kind of like putting your soul into a ...


Gay News

Mark Farris at Drew's Oct. 4-5 2019-10-01 - Vocalist/musician Mark Farris—who has performed in piano bars and cabaret lounges throughout the world—will return to Chicago cabaret at Drew's On Halsted, 3201 ...


Gay News

SHOWBIZ Trans actor, 'Judy,' 'Concert for America,' Dolly Parton 2019-10-01 - Trans actor Brian Michael Smith was one of three casting announcements made ahead of Fox's 9-1-1 spinoff, Lone Star, which debuts in January, ...


Gay News

Madonna at Chicago Theatre now Oct. 16-28 (UPDATE) 2019-10-01 - In what is being billed as a series of intimate concert experiences, Madonna will perform seven shows on select dates between Oct. 16-28 ...


 



Copyright © 2019 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.