F. D. Bordeaux
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F. D. Bordeaux

Philadelphia, PA | Established. Jan 01, 2018

Philadelphia, PA
Established on Jan, 2018
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"F.D. Bordeaux: 'It’s essential to live out and proud as a gay rapper'"

F.D. Bordeaux (real name Alexander Xavier Harris) isn’t ashamed to call himself a gay rapper. In fact, he believes living out and proud is an ‘essential’ act of defiance in his industry.

The 20-year-old rapper was born in Texas, then moved to New Jersey when he was seven. He now attends college in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

He describes his music as glitch-hop. ‘It’s very crass, it’s very vulgar, it’s very aggressive,’ he explains. ‘But I feel like there’s such a light – all of my music is danceable.

‘It’s trap, digital, galaxy and game-inspired,’ he said.

His name has an interesting back story to it. The ‘F’ stands for Fashion – an industry he’s always been in awe of. But the ‘D’ stands for Demon.

The gay rapper explains: ‘The “Demon” comes from my growing up. There was so much hate towards my sexuality and I just felt like I was being demonized for not meeting the conventional heteronormative idea of a masculine American black man.

‘So as a type of fuck you, I decided to be a Fashion Demon,’ he said. - gay star news


"THE URBAN BEATS OF F.D. BORDEAUX"

I caught up with F.D. Bordeaux to talk about life and music.

You’ve written that you’ve been surrounded by music all your life, but that it’s only relatively recently that you started creating music for yourself. What pushed you to start focusing on creating music for yourself?

I was in a relationship with an artist - I was writing all his music, creating all his beats, and putting together a rather elaborate marketing plan that involved him being an openly gay artist in the R&B world. Long story short, I got screwed over, and my marketing plan was met with fear, doubt, and an unwillingness to suffer whatever negative attention may come from making ‘explicitly gay’ music for the future of gay inclusion.
It was then that I decided - I’m willing to dedicate my life to the fight for acceptance of homosexuality in the urban setting. So, it’s not really music for myself, but music for all of us.

Your music is Glitch hop? How would you describe Glitch hop?

Glitch hop is something that I’ve described my music to be without the knowledge of there already being a ‘glitch hop’ in in the music world.

Also, I have so much music I’m sitting on that doesn’t sound like Seacars, Decided, or Wired. My sound for the moment seems to be going in the direction of Sage - but very urban.

Who are the musicians that are currently inspiring you?

I got a lot of drama for mentioning this person in an interview before, and I’d like to say that I don’t give a fuck. Azealia Banks may have said whatever in the past, but what I’m concerned about is her music. It has always inspired me.

There’s also a strange artist I don’t know too much about named Jordan Bratton that I’ve recently been listening to constantly.

What’s your creative process when creating music?

My creative processes is never the same. A god speaks to me at some point and I write it down.

Let’s take a look back at the tracks you’ve released recently. How did the track Amphibious come about?

Amphibious was about a guy I thought I was in love with. His religion caused him to hate himself for being gay. It was hard to watch. I tried to help him-and I did, eventually. But it was too late for us.

https://soundcloud.com/antparker/amphibious-feat-fd-bordeaux

You then released three tracks simultaneously - Seacars, Decided, and Wired. What brought these three tracks together?

These tracks were created together at a time where my music was to inspire happiness for those without. My mind and heart have changed greatly since then. All the music I’m sitting on now is to identify internal turmoil and to free the mind of weighted images of what we should be. - Gareth Johnson


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Born in Houston Texas Currently attending university of the Arts in Philadelphia. Bordeaux was performing internationally at 14 years old, but something didn’t feel right. "I was out performing songs by Mustafa Ceceli and Michael Jackson but i felt there was something greater." After attending University of the Arts Bordeaux discovers his sexuality, my sound, and a massive gap in gay culture.Where are the gay rappers? he's dedicated his life to filling the void, vowing the queer community will go underrepresented in hip-hop no longer. 

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