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Heavy rock and metal isn’t normally a genre that you associate with gay men, but Andi Phoenix and Desasterkids are showing why the passion and power of this music is something to which we should all be paying attention.

Andi Phoeni sat down with Torsten Schwick — Editor-in-Chief of Boner Magazine — to talk about stereotypes, music, and men.

You describe your music as ‘post-hardcore’ and ‘metal-core’ — what do those terms mean?

This style of music is a branch of rock and metal. The music is much harder, and usually not radio-friendly. But there are so many different bands playing this style of music, and there’s so many different influences, that you can’t confine them to a specific style of music. For example, we play songs that could be compared to Nickelback, but we also play songs that could have come from the pen of Slipknot.

In simple terms, we scream a lot, sing loud, and there’s a lot of guitar.

What’s your creative process?


My guitarist, Iain Duncan, and I write the songs together. He writes and arranges the music, I write the lyrics, and together we find the melodies and rhythms for the vocals.

Do you enjoy playing live?

We live for the live shows! Only at a concert can you really experience the energy of our songs. It’s music that you have to hear loud in order to feel it.

I love playing at open air concerts — the crowds are usually very relaxed and everyone can enjoy the weather.

We’re playing lots of festivals this year, and we’re headlining our own tour through Germany in September.

What music are you currently listening to?

It’s a real mix of pop, RnB, rock, and metal. Everything from Katy Perry to The Weeknd, via rap like NF and Nothing, Nowhere, and on to Linkin Park and Thirty Seconds to Mars.

Top of my playlist at the moment is Post Malone, and also Chase Atlantic.

What’s it like being a gay man in this genre of music?

It’s definitely difficult to convince people that I really am gay. I don’t make any secret of it, but I don’t push it on anyone like a newly-converted vegan.

But, once people get their head around it, there’s no issue. That’s what hardcore music is all about — cohesion and versatility. I haven’t had any trouble with anyone in the music scene so far. Most people are curious and ask me about everything, because sometimes I represent the first gay person in their lives.

What are you looking for in a guy?

For the first date, thick biceps and a great ass is enough. However, for the second date, he has to have a certain amount of self-assurance and confidence. I like people who know exactly what they want and where they want to go. I’m always working on lots of different projects, and I travel a lot with my music, so I need someone who can support me with that.

Good relationships take communication, compromise, acceptance, and freedom. No relationship is perfect because no one is perfect. But once you understand that and accept your partner with all his flaws, it feels perfect.

I met my first great love in 2012. We’re still together after six adventurous years in love, and now we’re planning to get married.

Desasterkids 2018 festival dates

  • 7 July — Halver, Hardcore Help Foundation
  • 7 August — Münster, Sputnikcafé (Support für Northlane)
  • 11 August — Herzogenrath, Rodarock

Desasterkids tour dates 2018

  • 31 August — Kaiserslautern, Kammgarn
  • 1 September — Markneukirchen, ReeveLand Music Festival
  • 6 September — Dresden, GrooveStation
  • 7 September — Leipzig, Naumanns
  • 8 September — Koblenz, Circus Maximus
  • 9 September — Osnabrück, Bastad Club
  • 13 September — Stuttgart, JuHa West
  • 14 September — München, Backstage
  • 15 September — Köln, Tsunami Club
  • 16 September — Hamburg, MarX
  • 26 September 2018 — Hannover, LUX
  • 27 September 2018 — Wiesbaden, Schlachthof
  • 29 September 2018 — Berlin, Musik & Frieden

Desasterkids release their album Superhuman on 3 August 2018

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Original reporting by Torsten Schwick — Editor-in-Chief of Boner Magazine

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  • Dates run from November 2018 — April 2019 — check the website for locations and booking details.

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La Demence Cruise

La Demence — Brussels

Hard On

Trough — London

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Circuit Barcelona

Naked Camp

Jamie HP — London

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