We’ve been into Big Freedia for some time now and that’s because she’s incredibly bad ass and takes little to no shit from anyone. She also kills it on the stage and the dance floor with her unruly beats and high energy performances.
Luckily for local uninitiated, Freedia will return to RVA this fall when she takes the stage at Strange Matter on Oct. 15th.
Check out the track “Dangerous” off her most recent album, 2014′s Just Be Free:
The real game changer for Freedia was some of her early work, including the still bang’n “Excuse:”
We’ve had the pleasure of interviewing Freedia a number of times on her trips to town. A particularly memorable interview included a breakdown of the dance move often associated with her music, twerking, and the reality of the situation which actually involves a lot more than just the twerk.
I want you to put one thing up cause I’m clearing this up in my interviews and all of the media. They’re starting to use the word twerking a whole lot, which is one part of what we do inside of bounce music, is twerking. We use many styles of dance in bounce music, which is shaking, twerking, bouncing, wobbling, wiggling, bending over, busting open, all of that, and I just want them to bring that back to bounce music. No matter [whether] they call it twerking, wobbling, shaking, it’s bounce music at the end of the day. They didn’t just twerk it, they bounced it, first of all.
Now that Miley Cyrus has made this twerking, so-called, video, she’s doing bounce music, period. And she’s using one of the twerking terms–we use twerking as one of the terms. We’ve used that for a long time. Like I said, I just bring the fuel for the dances that we do, and twerking is one of them. I’m just getting that back around, so that we can keep it within our genre and let them know where it comes from.
What was your reaction to the Miley Cyrus video then?
I was excited about it. She’s not doing anything to help bounce music get to that next level, but now that she has been twerking, everybody’s like, “I wanna twerk like Miley Cyrus.” No, it’s twerk like Big Freedia, because Big Freedia has been twerking before Miley Cyrus. You’re like the second person I’ve mentioned it to, so you’ll be able to get that out there. It will be in every interview from now on.
The performer’s shows are marked by lots of ass shaking and booty sweat. Make sure you take part in both when Freedia returns to RVA Oct. 15th. Snag your tickets here!