November 12, 2013


Big Freedia Brings New Orleans Flavor to The Big Apple

New Orleans bounce queen Big Freedia recently spent a weekend in New York City for Brooklyn Bowl's two-day "Freedia Fest" bonanza, and Fuse tagged along for the musician's jam-packed city press tour.

First stop was an interview at WNYC Radio with Soundcheck host John Schaefer, during which Freedia discussed setting a world twerk record and the influence of New Orleans culture on bounce music (be sure to check out Fuse's bounce history guide). She also revealed that the term "sissy bounce," often used to categorize gay bounce artists, is not part of her vocabulary.

"There's no such term to us in New Orleans," Freedia explained. "We call it bounce music—we don't separate ourselves just because some of the artists are gay. It's just one culture, and it's called bounce music."

Next stop was a quick photoshoot for Complex TV before heading to Paper Magazine. After a quick touch-up via phone camera, Freedia chatted with Associate Editor Abby Schreiber about the industry's go-to twerking gals (i.e. Miley, Vanessa Hudgens, Iggy Azalea) and critiqued their Youtube clips.

Freedia's verdict? Iggy's ass-shaking ain't too shabby. "She did way better than Miley, I'll tell you that."

Check out the full behind-the-scenes video above, and catch an all-new Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce Wednesday night at 11/10c!