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“Why Position Fashions are Essential within the Queer Neighborhood”: A Satisfaction Month Essay by Hanne Kah

“Why Position Fashions are Essential within the Queer Neighborhood”: A Satisfaction Month Essay by Hanne Kah


In honor of Satisfaction Month, Atwood Journal has invited artists to take part in a sequence of essays reflecting on id, music, tradition, inclusion, and extra.
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In the present day, German singer/songwriter Hanne Kah shares her essay, “Why Position Fashions are Essential within the Queer Neighborhood,” as part of Atwood Journal’s Satisfaction Month sequence!
Whereas primarily based in Germany, Hanne Kah’s worldwide recognition continues to develop. Having not too long ago carried out within the US at Kansas Metropolis’s People Alliance, Hanne Kah is making its mark from North America to Germany in addition to regionally all through Europe. Previous releases have obtained excessive praises from Spotify’s New Feminine Pop Artists playlist, Berlin On Air, UK Unbiased and a lot extra. The band’s charismatic singer is all of the extra pushed by the truth that their success could be additional proof of the standard of the German pop music scene.
She goes on to say: “My want is that German artists are seen increasingly on an equal footing with established worldwide bands and that we don’t have to cover. Us ladies within the music trade are battling all kinds of challenges and I hope that many younger ladies within the music scene can be impressed in order that increasingly proficient and self-confident ladies will assert themselves within the music trade sooner or later.”

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Trick Me - Hanne Kah

by Hanne Kah

“The visibility of function fashions in music and media is essential for younger queer and feminine people to muster the braveness to pursue a profession in these industries.

Furthermore, visibility doesn’t solely impression these aspiring to be a part of the music enterprise; it additionally influences listeners. Music serves as the guts of each tradition and wields the facility to open minds and cultures to queer people by merely making their presence identified.

I grew up in a small German city, which was picturesque however not significantly city. Consequently, popping out as a queer lady with aspirations of a musical profession rendered me reasonably unique in that atmosphere. Throughout my youth, round 2005 and 2010, there have been hardly any folks like me on German levels. Feminine performers had been not often seen, not to mention queer people. This lack of illustration meant that I had no function fashions who might instill the arrogance in me that I might discover my place on a stage (no less than not German ones). Thus, I broadened my perspective, unknowingly shifting it in direction of america. My dad and mom launched me to artists and songwriters like Tracy Chapman or Melissa Etheridge, and that grew to become the sort of music I all the time needed to create. The primary time I heard Brandi Carlile’s tune “The Story” on the radio (which was a uncommon incidence, imagine me), I used to be mesmerized. It felt like pure magic to listen to such a robust feminine voice on German radio, prompting me to look her up on-line. Inside a number of days, I knew all her tracks by coronary heart.

Hanne Kah © 2023
Hanne Kah © 2023

Plainly even throughout my youth, I used to be all the time drawn to music written and carried out by queer, lesbian, homosexual, and feminine artists.

You wouldn’t imagine how amazed I used to be when, through the years, I found that they shared my queer id. I contemplate myself lucky to have discovered function fashions in these unimaginable artists, and I firmly imagine that they gave me the braveness to step onto a stage and declare my house.

The world has progressed since then, significantly in Germany. We now have same-sex {couples} on TV, and the music trade is changing into extra numerous. Nonetheless, there are nonetheless scandals just like the latest one involving Rammstein’s Until Lindemann. It’s disheartening to comprehend that even in spite of everything this time, white males proceed to take advantage of their privilege.

Hanne Kah © 2023
Hanne Kah © 2023

Within the music trade, particularly, there exists a big energy gradient that’s all too continuously abused.

This is the reason I strongly imagine that ladies, significantly queer musicians, ought to obtain extra airplay and public consideration. Solely via the visibility of those ladies can we modify the male-dominated scene and contribute to a broader transformation on the planet.

In spite of everything, that’s the essence of my newest single, “Trick Me.” It goals to convey a message to ladies, queer people, and anybody who has ever skilled marginalization attributable to their id. “Trick me as soon as and I’ll change my course from you to clever – trick me twice and I’ll flip away out of your black and white.”

For many people, it takes greater than only one or two setbacks within the music trade to interrupt our spirit. Nonetheless, “Trick Me” serves as a reminder that there’s a path to vary that narrative. – Hanne Kah

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