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Linnea shouldn't be a stranger to the Nashville community. The dance music diva in training showered Nashville with love in June during her Pride performance as well as a follow-up later that evening at Play Dance Bar. The performer just released her new single "I'm Bad" (download a free remix for the single here) and will kick off a club tour at Play on October 25. O&AN caught up with Linnea to chat about the new single, coming back to Nashville and more.
Loving the new single, tell me what makes Linnea bad?
I think what makes me bad is that I'm not scared to do what I think is right, whether other people agree or not. I'm extraordinarily loyal to my loved ones and go to great lengths to protect and support them. I also have never been afraid to take a risk when it comes to my career. I've believed in myself and what I have to bring to the table. I knew what I had inside and how hard I was/am going to have to work to get to where I want to be, but I'm not scared of it. It excites me. I have a fierceness inside that needs to be let out fairly often.
In a blog post you mention “good, country roots” when talking about home. Can you talk a little bit about growing up in Missouri?
Growing up in Missouri was amazing! We lived a very simple, "country" life. I grew up fishing, riding 4-wheelers and horses, going to the river, playing baseball. I also grew up with a huge family! There was a family function just about every other week, so I grew up very close to all my cousins and family. I have some great roots that come from there, and I'm very proud of that!
From a young age, it seems you were destined to perform? Can you talk about some of your earliest moments performing?
Yes, I started dancing before I could walk. I started in dance class when I was barely 3 and I remember getting very frustrated when the other kids wouldn't stay focused and do the choreography correctly! There's not much in life I take too seriously, but apparently that was one thing that I did! I also have been putting on shows for the neighbors and friends and family in the garage or the porch for as long as I can remember. Everything from making up skits with my sisters to choreographing multiple dance routines for a show. That was my big outlet, performing. And it still is!
You performed this summer at Nashville Pride, can you talk a little bit of that experience?
Nashville Pride was amazing! That was my first pride fest and it felt so good to be able to stand up there and sing for what I believe in and to be able to support the gay community. Everyone involved was so welcoming and accommodating! It was really such a fun experience for my whole team!
Is performing for gay audiences/fans different?
I would say that yeah it's probably a little different. I feel like the gay community is so accepting and just excited to go see a girl go out there and work it. They're very receptive and I love and appreciate that so much. I know I can take things a little closer to the edge with the gay audience because I know they love a good booty shake and hair whip!
I think you said you were a little under the weather during Pride, are you bringing it this time around?
Well, sick or not, I ALWAYS bring it! But yeah my voice was most definitely shot. I had bronchitis and laryngitis. It was pretty brutal doing back to back shows, and for my first pride fest. Of all the times to lose my voice. But I FULLY intend to bring it this time and I'm taking good care of myself so I can be nice and ready. I just hope mother nature continues to stay on my side.
You’ve found success on the Billboard Dance Charts, is there a softer side to Linnea?
There's absolutely a softer side to me. The performer side to me is really an alter ego that only comes out when she needs to. I'm actually very low key in my life outside of entertainment. I'm so attached to my family and love just spending time with them and my close group of friends. I often just stay in and play board games and do puzzles, or go to the movies for fun. I really have two completely different sides to me, because the fierce little vixen that comes out on stage is definitely a real, living part inside of me.
The lyric video for “I’m Bad” has been released and you are touring clubs through the fall and winter, what is next for Linnea? A full-length release?
That's definitely a goal I'm working towards! My music video also just premiered on VEVO, that was a huge focus. And aside from that, right now I'm just in the writing process and working with some other new writers and producers and really enjoying the artistry of making music. My immediate goal is just to be out and performing as much as possible and then when I'm not doing that, I'm behind the scenes working on the next big project!
There is so much talk about female empowerment vs. the music industry’s perceived propensity to exploit female in overtly sexual ways- what are your thoughts?
I think there is a fine line in using sexuality as exploitation vs. using it as your own empowerment. I have a sexuality that has always come very natural, and I've never been pressured to use it in a way that makes me feel uncomfortable. I do use sexuality a lot when I perform, but only because when I do so, it empowers me. Women are given a gift of sexuality, and I would never judge someone based on whether they choose to use it or not. However, I believe what makes the difference is the reason you are using it for. I feel strong and confident when I feel sexy. I think every woman does. I just choose to use my sexuality on a bigger scale. It's makes a huge difference in my performance and how the audience perceives it. The more confident I am, the better show I'm able to put on.
Where do you see yourself in the landscape of contemporary pop/edm?
I think I kind of fall right in between the two, with an urban touch. I've always wanted to make music that doesn't just fall in one category. I kind of created my own terminology for it years ago, "genre-mashing." My music taste has always been extremely diverse, and there's not just one type that I like. My personality is also very multi-faceted, so I like to add all kinds of different vibes of music to satisfy every side of myself. I've been so excited to see more and more artists and DJs "genre-mashing." Specifically people like Avicii, who is mixing bluegrass and folk pop with his EDM. I love an unexpected mix, and that's what I hope to be able to continue to do. I've always been a HUGE fan of hip-hop and urban sounds, and live instruments are incredibly important to me as well. I'm also a dancer, so my music always has to be something you can move to. If I can continue to somehow incorporate all of those things into my music without it sounding like a mess, I'll be a very satisfied little girl!
I remember you covering an Adele song during sound check for Pride, so I wonder about your influences?
I have SO many influences when it comes to my music and performances! I'm constantly being inspired by new people. Adele's voice is parallel to none, and I love how raw her music is. Then there are performers like Beyonce and Jennifer Lopez and Justin Timberlake, whom I believe are some of the best entertainers in the world. I'm all about putting on a show and that is what they do! And all three of those people are dancers, and that is one of the most vital components of every show I do. Sonically, my music inspiration comes from everywhere! Everything from Latin musicians like Sergio Mendes, to Lorde whom I'm LOVING right now, to Miley Cyrus who just put out one of my favorite albums of the year. I'm just such a fan of music in general. I'm happiest when listening to music.
I know you’ve mentioned Janet Jackson…. So favorite Janet song, Go!
I would have to say my favorite Janet SONG would be "Son of a Gun." I once spent hours a day choreographing and ultimately performing to that song for a talent show on a family cruise trip when I was about 11 years old. Interesting song choice for an 11 year old, I know, but I was interesting kid, and still love the song. And her video with Michael for "Scream" is still one of the greatest music videos of all time in my opinion!
What song do you most wish you’d written?
Currently, it's a toss up between "Royals" by Lorde and "Roar" by Katy Perry. Both of those songs are so catchy! I love them so much!
Who are you listening to now?
I'm listening to so many different things right now! Again, loving Lorde and Miley Cyrus' albums, as well as Justin TImberlake's Part 2 of 2 20/20 Experience. I'm also really into MS MR. For some reason I love listening to slightly darker music in the fall and everything about their new album is amazing. I also REALLY love a good dance beat! I'm super into Disclosure, Subfocus and Nero right now. I'm a little obsessed with the Subfocus song "Tidal Wave." It makes me think of my best friends because we always have dance parties in the living room to it and it just takes me to my happy place thinking of that.
For those with a thirst to celebrate, Red Bull Unlocked is the key. In city after city, the most exciting bars, clubs, mixologists, performing artists, and more take over a local landmark building to showcase their signature ambiance while also collaborating for a must-see mashup. And now it's Music City’s turn to seize the spotlight, as the event brings 10 bars together in East Nashville’s Five Points neighborhood.
Fueled by the best of Nashville’s thriving music scene, Red Bull Unlocked has curated an eclectic night of show-stopping entertainment performances including a pop-up Whiskey Jam show, DJ sets, musicians, and more. The full lineup is here:
- Whiskey Jam (feat. Dozzi, Willie Shaw, and Johnny Hayes)
- A.B. Eastwood
- Daisha / Rap Girl
- Boom Bap (DJ Collective feat. DJ-Rate, Case Bloom)
- Whiskey Disco (DJ Collective feat. Coach, Jim O'Shea)
- Old Crow Medicine Show’s Jerry Pentercost (DJ Set)
- DJ Stretch
- DJ Griffin Green
- The Play Mates (Drag Show feat. Sasha, Vanity, Deception, Aura Mayari, Corlis Todd, and Carmin Triple C)
Counting down to the epic celebration, Daisha shares, “I never thought I’d have the opportunity to perform in so many of Nashville’s top spots all in the same night. Fans can expect a lot of bops and high energy. I want people to dance and have a good time.”
Ward Guenther, Whiskey Jam Founder, adds, “Red Bull has been enjoyed at Whiskey Jam since the very first night, so it's only fitting Whiskey Jam is enjoyed at Nashville's first Red Bull Unlocked. Looking forward to this!”
Red Bull Unlocked Istanbul
Photo courtesy of Red Bull
Local favorites including Pearl Diver, Tin Roof, Lipstick Lounge, White Limozeen, and more will join forces for one epic night. Full list of bars and partners below:
- The Dive Motel
- Lipstick Lounge
- Pearl Diver
- Play Dance Bar
- Rosemary & Beauty Queen
- The Stage
- Tin Roof
- Whiskey Jam
- White Limozeen
- Woolworth Theatre – Opening Fall 2022!
- Eleven Eleven - Opening 2023!
Date: August 21, 2022
Time: 6 PM – 11PM CT
Location: 1102 Forrest Ave, Nashville, TN 37206
Entrance: Ticked event
Rumble Boxing, the boxing-inspired group fitness studio, opened its doors for the first time in Nashville on June 20 at 609 Overton St, Nashville, TN. The hottest workout on the block is hosting its official grand opening from August 4th-7th with daily classes, membership specials, and prizes from local vendors. The new Rumble Boxing studio is currently offering a buy one class, get one free promotion for the Nashville community.
Rumble Boxing delivers 45-minute, 10-round, strength and conditioning group workouts, crafted around teardrop-style aqua boxing bags and high-intensity strength training circuits. This brings all fitness levels together to experience what Rumble is known for: combining the sweet science of boxing with high energy and positive vibes.
Rumble Boxing Fitness Studio
Photo courtesy of Rumble Boxing Gulch Nashville
This boutique fitness brand offers serious benefits like increased stamina and strength, with cardio that’s actually fun. The seasoned trainers at the new studio are thrilled to serve their local community while offering this fun, new modern approach to boxing and welcome members of all fitness levels to the Rumble family.
The new Rumble Boxing studio is owned and operated by Blake Baskin and Antonio Compton. With their background in the fitness industry, this dynamic duo is excited to bring their passion for boxing and group fitness to Nashville. As business and life partners, Blake and Antonio aim to create a strong community within their new Rumble Boxing studio and share their message of non-apologetic inclusivity.
Black and Gay-Owned Business
Rumble Boxing Store with Dolly Parton Mural
Photo courtesy of Rumble Boxing Gulch Nashville
“We own who we are, and this brand aligns with that perfectly,” said Antonio. “This is what we want to create and bring to this community: a fitness class that is designed for anyone and a place for people to be who they are. As a Black and gay-owned business, we want to help lower the division we see in the world right now. Our goal is to bring people together through Rumble, set everything aside, and have fun.”
To echo their message of acceptance and inclusion, Blake and Antonio commissioned a local Nashville artist to paint an 11 X 6-ft. mural of Nashville icon and philanthropist, Dolly Parton. The massive portrait features the country star in Rumble Boxing gear in the lobby of the studio.
The excitement and buzz around Rumble allowed Blake and Antonio to recruit top-tier trainers to head up the new studio, including Head Trainer Oronde Jones, a well-known celebrity trainer in the Nashville market.
Rumble Boxing Fitness Studio
Photo courtesy of Rumble Boxing Gulch Nashville
“Compared to other fitness classes, Rumble is a class you can truly get lost in for 45 minutes. With the dark room, you don’t have to worry if anyone is paying attention to you. The music is awesome and inspiring, and the beat drops right when you need it the most. Also, with boxing being a sport you can never truly master, you’re always improving and crafting your skill. On the floor, you’re consistently doing something new, which prevents you from ever hitting a plateau.” Said Oronde Jones about his favorite part of Rumble.
Rumble has massive brand loyalty and widespread appeal, partly thanks to attracting top names like Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Kendall Jenner, Hailey Baldwin, Jason Derulo, David Beckham, and Kevin Hart to its studios.
About Rumble Boxing
Founded in New York City in 2017, Rumble is a group fitness concept delivering a mix (or combination) of boxing-inspired circuits and the transformative power of resistance training. Pro and amateur fighters glove up together, no matter their fitness level or skill, to reveal their inner fighter. The experience is a 45-minute, 10-round, full-body cardio and strength workout crafted around specially designed water-filled, teardrop-style boxing bags. Rumble was founded by Noah Neiman (former Barry’s Bootcamp Master Trainer, and cast member of Bravo’s Work Out New York), Eugene Remm (Co-Founder of Catch Hospitality Group (Catch Restaurants, CATCH STEAK, Lexington Brass), Andy Stenzler (Co-Founder Cosí, Kidville), and Anthony DiMarco (13-time IRONMAN, former Managing Director, Google).
Who would have thought that we would have to get through a pandemic in order to appreciate the small things we have, such as the ability to simply pack our bags and hit the road?
For two years, there’s been nothing left for us travel junkies to do but sit at home and try to find new destinations that we will conquer once we defeat what appears to be the biggest villain of the 21st century. But once that happens, hold your bags tight because we will be up for some of the most interesting travel experiences. Take a look at some ideas for your post-COVID traveling plans:
A Gay Cruise
One of the best options to have in mind when all of this passes is a good, nice and long (pun intended) gay cruise. Or cruise in general, for that matter. Bear in mind, social distancing will still be a thing in the post-COVID world. But COVID-19 likely doesn’t mean that cruises will cease to exist. On the contrary, though cruise ships will probably keep the number of passengers smaller than before, it is believed that they will become an even bigger hit in the following period, especially because they are all going to go a lot more environmentally-friendly. On the bright side, is there any better way of celebrating the end of the pandemic than by cruising around some magnificent seas, stopping by at great cities and having romantic dinner nights at nice restaurants?
A getaway in nature
On the other hand, there is always the option of stepping away from the hustle and bustle of large cities, and spending some time in a place that’s not only healthy, but also beautiful. Some of the destinations that plenty of people will look for are the ones that can cater for both peace of mind and amazing things to see or do. One such destination is New Zealand, one of the greenest countries on Earth right now. Not only will you be visiting the magnificent country that gave us the beautiful Shire from Lord of the Rings; this is also a destination that’s excellent for everyone who prefers relaxing to partying. If you’re up for some partying, you will be able to hit Auckland, while if you’re for something calmer, there’s plenty of amazing places that you can see and visit.
Dancing Around at Pride
Pride parades are also events that you want to have in mind for the post-COVID world. Such events have always been quite important, but it seems that they are now more important than ever. The virus has canceled more than 75 Pride parades all around the world, which is one of the reasons why we must support the ones that will see the light of day once the pandemic stops. Truth be told, the upcoming Prides will perhaps be the best Prides ever organized. Give the gays a couple of weeks of quarantine, then let them outside and see what kind of party they are able to throw!
A road trip
If you’re, as well, waiting for the day to wake up and say “long gone are the days when we were not allowed to go wherever we wanted?”, and if staying at one place gave you a lot to think about, then your first post-COVID travel experience should definitely be a nice road trip. You can practically choose which country you want to tour, and you can either take your own car (you have probably missed it so much), or rent one at your destination. Australia is an amazing country for this, though, as it offers the possibility of seeing the Great Ocean Road, which is an amazing thing to see and experience. On the other hand, if you do not want or cannot leave your country, you can also choose to go on a domestic road trip – there are amazing things to see in your vicinity as well.
Holiday for a single guy
If you’re single, or you’re traveling someplace with another single friend, then you should definitely organize a nice vacation for yourself or for you and your single friend, and hit one of the best European cities. Europe has been greatly affected by the virus, which means that now it’s time to pay it back and get it back on its feet by traveling there and seeing all the amazing things it offers. Any city you choose in Europe – you will not make a mistake. Apart from being able to see great landmarks, you will also have the chance to have a drink at great gay clubs and pubs, and join unforgettable gay parties. And if the gay scenery is not your forte, worry not, as Europe indeed has to offer so many different and magnificent things.