Photo by Michael Medrano
Queer Next Up is a series originally posted to our Instagram. We feature smaller queer artists who we think deserve your love, support, and dedication.
Michael Medrano (he/him) LA’s sleazy disco cowboy that lives & breathes pop music. My only goal is to make everyone loosen the fuck up and have a great time.
What is your earliest memory of wanting to be an artist?
I remember watching Britney Spears strip while performing “Satisfaction” and “Oops!” at the VMAs. My life changed in that moment, I wanted to be just like her.
What are you most proud of?
How much I’ve accomplished by myself! This industry is so tough to break into and every milestone I’ve reached was done independently.
What have you learned about yourself though the artistic process?
So much. I learned more about my sexuality, my strengths and weaknesses as a songwriter, but most importantly I figured out what I want to say to the world.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
You have everything you need. Use it and do it confidently.
What does your work mean to you?
My art is the main way I open myself up to the world. I have a really hard time opening up in my every day life, so my work is a release in every way possible.
Why do you create art?
Everyone is so afraid of being cringe and honestly who gives a fuck? My goal is to make people feel sexy and confident. Loosen up, have fun, feel yourself on the dance floor. Those good feelings are the only ones that’ll matter when you look back on your life.
Can you give us a sneak peek of what’s to come?
In just under a month my first project ever, “LoveSexDrugs,” will be out everywhere! The album roll out will last all the way through summer so keep your eyes on me, it’s gonna be fun.