Cormac has launched his new podcast, Queerly Beloved.
With an intention to spotlight dance music, exploring its queer roots, and its history on and outside the dancefloor whilst also celebrating the evolving present, the first season features nine interviews and a bonus feature with Cormac examining deeper some of the genres, bands and locations mentioned throughout the series.
The first two episodes - available now - feature Romy and Andy Butler, aka Hercules and Love Affair. Forthcoming episodes (new editions drop fortnightly) feature Lakuti, Peaches, Planningtorock, Fat Tony, Kim Ann Foxman, fka.m4a and Josh Caffe, with the series accompanied by playlists with tracks featured across the episodes.
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Each episode will delve into the interviewee's voyage of discovery and their own history, with an intention to tell "unique individual creative queer stories whilst celebrating our communities similarities, rather than differences".
"My hope with the podcast is for people to connect through music," Cormac tells Mixmag. "It's my hope that in telling our individual stories we can find common ground, to remember and practice being a community more. Not only a LGBTQIA+ community but a dance music community. The podcast isn't exclusive, it's for everyone.
"I met Romy in the summer when we both played at Circoloco in Ibiza. We ended up deep in convo and turns out we have quite a few London parallel stories. She seemed a perfect guest for Queerly Beloved, so I asked and Romy said yes. I'm sure I join a chorus of folk if I mention just how lovely she is. I've been a bit obsessed with her album this summer. I put it on in the mornings and it's been a great mental health mood booster.
"I've been a fan of Andy's music for some time, and have seen Hercules & Love Affair perform in its various formats over the years. We played twice together last year, once in Germany and once in South America. I love his DJ sets. We have a lot of crossovers musically and like to surprise each other with tracks when we play. I look forward to doing a b2b together soon."
The first two parts of Cormac's Queerly Beloved podcast with Romy and Andy Butler are available now, check them out here.
Niamh Ingram is Mixmag's Weekend Editor, follow her on Instagram