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XELLE :: Raises the "Red Flag"

by JC Alvarez
Friday Nov 1, 2013
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XELLE is suiting up to fight for equality.
XELLE is suiting up to fight for equality.  (Source:Project Publicity)

The ladies of the girl dance music group XELLE are starting a new revolution. Protesting Russia’s recent anti-gay policies that are throwing the super-power into social turmoil, JC Cassis and Rony G are suiting up and doing their part to raise awareness through their music. The duo’s latest single "Red Flag" is not only a great sounding dance tune, it’s music with a message. Troubled by what they recognized was an injustice to the LGBT community in Russia, the ladies who emerged from the New York City gay club culture are speaking out, rallying the troops and are taking action.

"We’re trying to get everyone involved in this movement for LGBT equality," the band insists. "Step one is to have everybody ready to speak out!" Their track "Red Flag" draws attention to the harsh tactics Russia is taking against its LGBT citizens, the rights that they are infringing on - imprisoning protestors and even displacing children of LGBT parents - even as the all-eyes fall on the upcoming Winter Olympics, taking place in Sochi a city in Krasnodar Krai, Russia.

"We all need to be completely free and have all our freedoms respected," added XELLE’s JC. "You can’t limit people’s freedoms. New experiences teach you new things." Working along with their producer Zach Adam XELLE went into the studio to craft "Red Flag". The group was thrilled at how easily the track came together. "It was awesome. We all wrote it together," Rony G said. "When we sat to write it, the power of this lyric just spoke to all of us.

The single "Red Flag" and its video are gaining momentum and elevating these ladies to a new level as longtime advocates and supporters of LGBT rights and equality. "It’s true that we’re two straight girls," added Rony G, "but we really feel that this is our community too." JC agrees,"The point that we’re trying to make is that it’s not just gay people’s rights - we need to embrace our full humanity."

Check out the video for XELLE’s "Red Flag" directed by Zach Adam



The cover art to the new single from XELLE.  (Source:Project Publicity)

XELLE Marches On

XELLE came up through the club culture, and instantly nabbed themselves a gay following with their single "Party Girl." The track introduced the then terrific threesome of JC, Rony G and "RuPaul’s Drag Race" alumni Mimi Imfurst. While the ladies provided most of the musicality and melodies that gave the group its distinct sound, Mimi provided a lower register and poetic prose that added an entire other layer to the band. Producer Zach Adam incorporated Mimi’s unique style into their most recent EP release "Queens."

The group itself recently has gone through some changes, and are performing now as a duo. It appears that perhaps the unpopularity that followed Mimi Imfurst from the third season of "Drag Race" made its way into the band. "We were all very excited with what the group was before," said Rony G of the band’s initial formation of two real girls and a drag queen, "but we found ourselves going in two different directions." Mimi Imfurst brought in an added mystique, that perhaps some interpreted as "camp," but now these queens - sans the drag queen - are still making beautiful music together. "It’s always fun performing with JC and now we’ve opened [XELLE] up to something else."

Now a dynamic duo, XELLE is focused on the next phase of their career, and their dedication to the community is infallible, even as JC and Rony G pursue mainstream success with "Red Flag" they will always step up in support of equal rights. "Anybody can have a party song, but is it going to move people?" Taking a page from the incredible success of this year’s breakout hip-hop act Macklemore, the ladies learned the power music can have to make a difference. "In the same way we want to inspire everybody to take notice."

And take notice everyone will! XELLE’s new single and video for "Red Flag" are only the beginning of their new music revolutions, but you can join the battle! Visit www.xellemusic.com and download the new track today on iTunes. The ladies are also hitting the club circuit taking their message onto the scene. Stay connected to upcoming live dates by visiting their site.

To listen to the full "Out Loud & Live!" interview featuring the ladies of XELLE, get into The HQ and subscribe to the show on iTunes.


Native New Yorker JC Alvarez is a pop-culture enthusiast and the nightlife chronicler of the club scene and its celebrity denizens from coast-to-coast. He is the on-air host of the nationally syndicated radio show "Out Loud & Live!" and is also on the panel of the local-access talk show "Talking About".

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