Social media star Joey Suarez is feeling Proud as he tours the US with his music
Joey Suarez has embraced a summer of Pride celebrations, taking his music on the road and touring across the US.
We caught up with Suarez to talk Pride, music, and community.
What does Pride mean to you?
Pride means everything to me. It was my first big performance as a solo performer. My first major article covering my music was for Pride, and now it’s become the centre-piece of my tours and branding. Without Pride events, you wouldn’t have the person you see today. The confidence, the love, the hope, and opportunity come from my experiences at Pride.
What was your first experience of a Pride event?
It was when I was 16, when I snuck out of the house and went to our San Antonio Pride festival. I wasn’t old enough for the clubs and bars, but this was enough to make me feel like I wasn’t alone in this world.
How do you approach a performance at a Pride event?
Before each show I cry, I panic, I get excited, then I rehearse – again – feverishly. It’s honestly something I wouldn’t change. Performing is a very emotional act for me, and the messages I carry on stage can sometimes be overwhelming before I get to the mic. That’s how I know I’m doing what’s right with my talents. I can feel it.
As a ritual, I hug all of my team members, producers, and family – if I’m lucky enough to have them there. As I do this, I thank each and every one of them for giving me the chance to express my emotions and represent something bigger then myself. Every time I get on stage, I feel like the luckiest person in the world. I have the world to thank for that.
What can people expect when they see you perform?
All of my original music – live! Dancers, free swag, and a ton of prizes on social media. No matter the size of the show, we’re prepared to bring down the house with original electric pop music!
What’s the message that you hope to convey through your music?
I hope to remind our community of those who have sacrificed so much for us to be here. Pride is something beautiful, born out of times which we sometimes view as terrible. It’s something we celebrate as a reminder of how far we’ve come, and it’s a lesson to those around us who are fighting for the same human rights we all deserve.