BEAT's album ‘Go ahead and touch it’ delivers a dark electro-pop and R&B sound filled with lust, desire, and the simmering fury of an outsider on the run.
BEAT's album ‘Go ahead and touch it’ delivers dark electronic R&B filled with lust, desire, and the simmering fury of an outsider on the run.
Set in the context of Melbourne’s gay scene from 2000 – 2010, the nine-track retrospective, documents BEAT’s early relationships, and the velvet rage of growing up gay and Muslim in Australia.
In contrast with queer culture today, BEAT lived through the rise of the internet but was young enough to travel with it.
“It wasn’t just about partying... You had to be on the scene to be visible and make connections. Going out was how you found others like you and built community. For me, it was always a little more complicated and that’s what this album is about…”
Becoming more aware of the intersections of experience at play, BEAT takes you on his personal and political evolution. Undressing issues of identity, class, race, and privilege as a totem to himself and others living through a similar experience.
“I really wanted to convey the dance of my different identities within the context of queer club culture. To know there is no simple choice in being one identity or the other. It does not matter which you choose to amplify, the internal struggle is the awareness you cannot choose one over the other. You must reconcile and celebrate it all, regardless of how messy or confusing it looks to others…”.
BEAT scratches the surface to show us what lies beneath.